Introducing Portulans Institute’s 2023-24 Fellows

Earlier this week, Portulans Institute welcomed its 2023-2024 cohort of Fellows. Our Fellows are graduate students and young professionals who work on novel research related to human capital, technology, and innovation policies over the course of their 12 month Fellowship. Through their work they develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology, and innovation contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.

Our 2023-2024 Fellows:

Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and is focused on new emerging technologies, communication and journalism. She is a Research Assistant in the same university where she is occupied in different research programs and in project management. Also, she is part of the Digital Communication Network (DCN) Global and freelancer journalist. She holds a Master of Arts in Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Media, and Communication cum laude with praise of excellence from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has been awarded with scholarships for her undergraduate and postgraduate studies and has been part of fellowships for various organizations. She holds strong in research, communication, and media management gained through her work in NGOs, public and private sectors, and international organizations. She is fluent in Greek, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Arabic.

Samantha Msipa is a passionate researcher and has actively engaged on various projects on law and technology throughout her career. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree as well as a Master of Laws in International Commercial Law from the University of Johannesburg. Her affiliation with Research ICT Africa as an AI Research Fellow allows her to delve deeper into the complexities of AI and its implications on the African continent. Samantha endeavors to fosters change through her work and looks forward to doing so as she joins Portulans Institute.

Matheus de Souza Depieri is a Brazilian researcher and lawyer, currently pursuing an LL.M. (Master of Law) at the University of Cambridge – King’s College. He has represented local and international clients from a wide array of industries (such as technology and internet-related companies), advising and representing them on strategic litigation cases before the Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court. He is also associate Editor of the International Review of Constitutional Reform(IRCR), Director of the Center for Comparative Constitutional Studies (UnB), and researcher at the Research Group on Civil Procedure, Access to Justice and Protection of Rights (CNPq/UnB). During his Fellowship at the Portulans Institute, Matheus’ research will be focused on the impacts of the usage of Artificial Intelligence in the Judiciary and the future of technology in the legal field.

Amari Cowan is a dedicated technology policy professional with 6 years of experience working in emerging technologies and novel governance frameworks. Her work has helped to shape a safer and more accountable digital landscape. Amari has worked on a variety of global, cutting-edge tech governance projects as an Associate Manager on Meta’s Governance team, including launching the Oversight Board — a first-of-its-kind independent content moderation decision-making body — researching community-led governance methods in the Metaverse in partnership with Stanford’s Digital Democracy Lab, and enhancing Meta’s elections-related policies during the U.S. 2020 Presidential Election in partnership with Harvard’s Social Science One. Amari continues to collaborate with pioneers in the AI/ML policy industry and community-based organizations in the hopes of successfully implementing responsible technology policy solutions at scale. Beyond her professional endeavors, Amari finds solace in exploring nature, often hiking and climbing in national and state parks.


Stay tuned for updates on our Fellows’ work and projects throughout the year!


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