Kerstin Vignard

Research Scholar, Science Diplomacy & Tech Policy      

Ms. Vignard is a research scholar for science diplomacy and tech policy in IAA, senior analyst at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. She is research scholar is an international security policy professional with interests at the nexus of international policy, technology and ethics. Her areas of expertise include AI, autonomous technologies, cyber, and human enhancement.

Following a 25-year career at the United Nations, in 2021 Vignard joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab where she works on a range of issues related to improving technical advice to multilateral policy fora and engaging technologists on ethical, legal and social implications of innovation.

From 2019 to 2021, Vignard was on UN special assignment leading the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) team supporting the Chairmen of two UN negotiations on cyber security. Prior to that assignment, Vignard was Deputy to the Director at UNIDIR (2012-2019), and UNIDIR’s Chief of Projects and Publications (2005-2012). In addition to her institutional responsibilities, Vignard established UNIDIR’s workstream on increasing autonomy in weapon systems and AI-enabled weapon systems and led UNIDIR’s team supporting four previous UN cyber negotiations.

In 2021 Vignard was named to the list “100 brilliant women in AI ethics.”