Meet the Innovators Under 35

Rediet Abebe, Harvard Society of Fellows

2019 Innovator Under 35: She uses algorithms and AI to fight socioeconomic inequality

Rediet Abebe, Cofounder, Black in AI; Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

Rediet Abebe is a computer scientist with a strong interest in the promotion of equality and justice. Her research is in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on improving access to opportunity for historically marginalized and underserved communities. As part of this research agenda, she co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative, as well as Black in AI, an organization focused on increasing the presence and inclusion of Black individuals in AI. Abebe is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a PhD candidate in computer science at Cornell University. She holds MS degrees from Cornell and Harvard as well as an MA from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Harvard College, both in mathematics. Abebe was recently honored in the Bloomberg 50 list as a "one to watch." Her work has been covered by outlets including Forbes, The Boston Globe, MIT Technology Review, and The Washington Post. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until moving to the US in 2009.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.

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