Cyrus Hodes

Cyrus is the Director of the AI Initiative, co-founded within The Future
Society-a (501(c)3 incubated at Harvard Kennedy School-which he manages by
engaging a wide range of global stakeholders to study, discuss and implement
the governance of AI.
He is a Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a silicon-valley based VC firm
focusing on early stage AI startups as well as pre-IPO firms.
Cyrus is an Advisor to the UAE Minister of Artificial Intelligence, working
on projects that positively impact the world through the use of AI and help
shape the upcoming global governance of AI.
Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Cyrus led robotics and AI
ventures in the US and the UAE.
He has hands-on experience in crisis countries (Afghanistan, RDC, South
Sudan) with NGOs, the UN, the EU and private sector.
Cyrus is a Member of the OECD Expert Group on AI (AIGO), of the Council on
Extended Intelligence (MIT-IEEE) and part of 3 committees of the IEEE
Ethically Aligned Design since 2016.
He was educated at Sciences Po Paris, where he later was a Lecturer, holds a
M.A. (Hons) from Paris II University in Defense, Geostrategy and Industrial
Dynamics and a M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.