StateUp is thrilled to welcome Dr. Paolo Turrini and Dr. Rehema Msulwa to the team as Affiliates, helping to bring further expertise on both Artificial Intelligence and Infrastructure and the Built Environment to the company.
An Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Warwick, Paolo focuses on Artificial Intelligence for social good, using game theory to design artificial agents and environments that display desirable social behaviour. His research looks at computational models of social influence and its effects on collective decisions, mechanism design for social networks, and rational decision-making in complex games. Paolo’s work has substantive real-world applications, including understanding how to engineer systems in which this social influence can yield desirable outcomes, and how decisions can best be made with incomplete information.
“Efforts such as StateUp are the missing link between academia and society, leading the digital change to improve people’s lives. Becoming a StateUp Affiliate is for me an opportunity to get out there and show that my research can be used for social good.“
Dr. Paolo Turrini, Affiliate
Rehema is a Research Associate with the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute. Her interests lie at the nexus of where policy meets the design and delivery of capital-intensive infrastructure projects. She is an expert in the governance of megaproject initiation, the nature and limitations of competitive tendering in public procurement, and the capabilities that firms require to create (economic and social) value in public-private relationships. Rehema has engaged with with organisations like Highways England, EDF Energy, Tideway, Heathrow, transport authorities and practitioners in India and Nigeria, and with the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire to research infrastructure policy, design and delivery.
“I’m excited to contribute to StateUp’s outstanding mission of working with public purpose-driven startups to advance the use of technology across governments and other organisations, especially in the area of infrastructure development.”
Dr. Rehema Msulwa, Affiliate
Dr. Tanya Filer, Founder and Director of StateUp, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Rehema and Paolo to the StateUp team. Both embody the ethos of StateUp in their commitment to ensuring that cutting-edge research on digital technologies and their real-world applications reaches the policy community. These appointments reinforce StateUp’s commitment to building the leading insights and advisory practice focused on public-purpose technology. I look forward to working with our new expert Affiliates as we continue to serve governments, international organisations, and start-ups on innovative and responsible technology practices.”