• Mikael Ekman

    Director of Policy, Microsoft



    Mikael Ekman leads Microsoft’s public policy in Denmark and Iceland. He works closely with govt. stakeholders, civil society, universities and internal teams across Microsoft to advance priorities in responsible AI, cyber security, climate, digital skills and regulation. Previously, Mikael worked as a diplomat for more than 10 years, and most recently helped establish Denmark’s tech embassy in Silicon Valley.       

    Title of presentation: 

    Designing digital welfare platforms for inclusion – and why this benefits everyone  

    Abstract of presentation: 

    It has never been more important that technology benefits everyone. Learn how Microsoft uses inclusive design principles to deliver increased access and societal impact, while creating new, dynamic ideas.    


    Speaker for following sessions
    • Conference Hall
      30-11-2 -
      Organized by RUC

      Machine learning algorithms may become biased because of the data they are trained on or the way they are coded, thereby delimiting the ethics of technological innovation. On the one hand, bias represents a key challenge to the development of responsible AI. On the other hand, identifying and revaluating bias in data and code might offer technological solutions to social problems. In this session, we discuss the challenges and potentials of working with algorithmic bias.


      Introduction: Sine N. Just, Professor, RUC
      Scientific Talk: “Bias in machine learning: let the one without bias cast the first stone” Christina Lioma, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Dept. Computer Science
      Business Talk:  “Why tech companies should lead in advancing responsible” AI Mikael Ekman, Director of Public Policy, Microsoft Denmark & Iceland
      Business Talk: “Infrastructures for AI fairness and trust”, Meeri Haataja,  CEO & Co-Founder, Saidot
      Scientific Talk: “Black-boxing the future – algorithmic bias in open-ended systems with long-term externalities”, Alf Rehn, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
      Debate: “What are the challenges of and opportunities for working with algorithmic bias?”, moderator: Sine N. Just, Professor, RUC

      Session coordinator: Sine Nørholm Just, RUC
      Facilitator: Sine Nørholm Just, RUC

      Algorithmic bias: What is it? How can we work with it?
    • Amager Strandpark
      01-12-2 -
      Organized by ITU
      Digital technologies for the interaction between public sector authorities and citizens are mostly designed with an individual, self-serving user in mind. But what does the reality for the user actually look like, and what means do they take in use to successfully go about their business with the state. In going beyond the self-serving citizen as a design persona, the session brings nuances to what is actually needed for technologies to be socially inclusive. Companies will be interested in evidence presented for why digital inclusion is the next big thing.
      Introduction: “The importance of designing for social inclusion in a digital welfare state”, Brit Ross Winthereik, Professor and Head of Center for Digital Welfare, ITU
      Scientific Talk: “The new spatialities of the digital welfare state”, Irina Papazu, Associate Professor, and Working Group Leader at Center for Digital Welfare, ITU
      Business Talk: “Designing digital welfare platforms for inclusion – and why this benefits everyone”, Mikael Ekman, Director of Policy, Microsoft Denmark.
      Business talk: “Public digital self-service solutions for non-digital citizens”, Patricia Mbabazi, Management Consultant, Implement Consulting Group, and Anders Justian, Management Consultant, Implement Consulting Group
      Panel Discussion: “In search of Design Principles for Socially Inclusive Technology.”
      Irina Papazu, ITU
      Brit Ross Winthereik, ITU
      Patricia Mbabazi, Implement Consulting Group
      Anders Justian, Implement Consulting Group
      Mikael Ekman, Microsoft,
      Susanne Duus, Kontor for digital inklusion, Digitaliseringsstyrelsen
      Session coordinator: Center for Digital Welfare, ITU (Laura Juncker, Strategic Project Manager
      Facilitator: Adam Fribo
      Beyond the standard user – paving the way for socially inclusive technologies
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