Richard Benjamins

Chief AI & Data Strategist @ Telefónica

Richard Benjamins

Chief AI & Data Strategist @ Telefónica

Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is also co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish Observatory for Ethical and Social Impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA, and before that spent a decade in big data and analytics executive positions at Telefónica. He is an expert to the European Parliament’s AI Observatory (EPAIO), a frequent speaker at AI events, and strategic advisor to several start-ups. He also was a member of the European Commission’s B2G data-sharing Expert Group and founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, published over 100 scientific articles, and is author of the books “The myth of the algorithm: tales and truths of artificial intelligence” (Spanish) and “A Data-Driven Company”.

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