About me…

I have spent more than two decades building AI tech across a broad spectrum of use cases, starting with early work on NLP for search systems and then moving onto AI bots, smart assistants, recommendation systems, etc. This work has fueled my passion for the ethics of data science and led me to focus my work on technology that empowers individuals with their own data. In recent years I’ve been particularly interested in the application of decentralized data exchange, specifically self-sovereign identity which reimagines how data is exchanged within a digital society, putting the person at the center. Some of the work I’ve enjoyed most during recent years are:

  • 2023 – present: As Managing Director and Digital Identity Lead for Accenture’s Metaverse Continuum Business Group, I get to work with clients to build a responsible digital future that seamlessly integrates the physical and digital to deliver personalized experiences that improves people’s lives while respecting their privacy and ensuring their safety.
  • 2020 – 2022: As chief architect of IBM Digital Health Pass, I built a decentralized identity solution that allowed individuals manage their own Covid status and which was successfully deployed in New York State, as the Excelsior Pass, to re-open the economy for tens of millions of New Yorkers.
  • 2018 – 2022: As a researcher and solution architect, I built blockchain-based solutions to solve a variety of healthcare use cases; from bundled payments to consent management to provider credentialing.
  • 2010 – 2018: As a global strategist, I helped product teams across IBM develop their analytics roadmaps. One of the most interesting project was the Personal Social Dashboard that combined algorithms for measuring expertise and influence, with techniques for modelling knowledge flow, to provide sophisticated social network analysis that was used by 40,000+ IBMers globally.
  • 2001 – 2010: I was one of the founders of IBM LanguageWare, an NLP library and tooling adopted by dozens of products across IBM, including IBM Watson.

IMPORTANT: All opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent those of my employer.

6 Responses to “About me…”

  1. Marie – your TED talk was deeply moving and insightful for me, watching in the audience, and getting to watch you as we practiced whilst there at S.F. Jazz Center. I signed up for this blog and cited your talk. As a non-geek, former WSJ reporter I admire your capacity to make your research relevant to so many people.

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    • Thanks so so much Kare, this is a huge complement coming from someone of your caliber and experience. As a data scientist with a focus on people analytics, I feel a personal responsibility to ensure that my work “does no harm”, which to me means being open and transparent, respecting privacy, giving choice, supporting personal autonomy, and ensuring that my analytics improves people’s lives and doesn’t exploit or manipulate them. Being able to share that message on the TED stage was such a wonderful opportunity, made so much better because of the inspiring folks I was sharing the stage with. And I like to think that analytics (if done right) can help to serendipitously connect people and hence become an “opportunity maker”.


  2. Would love to talk in January :-) Will ping you separately via e-mail to organize.



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