Branka Panic is a political scientist, expert in international security, international development policy, and peacebuilding. She is currently a CIC Visiting Scholar, focusing on researching the utilization of data-driven approaches to peacebuilding and prevention, conflict early warning/early action, and designing the pathways to establishing a Peacebuilding Data Hub.
A passionate advocate for positive peace with 13 years of global experience in the humanitarian, peace, and development fields, Branka’s current emphasis is researching the benefits, risks, and ethical implications of exponential technologies. She is excited about combining data-centric and human-centric approaches to solving some of the biggest global challenges, particularly creating peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.
Branka is the Founder and Executive Director of AI for Peace, a nonprofit ensuring artificial intelligence benefits peace, security, and sustainable development and where diverse voices influence the creation of AI and related technologies. She is a co-founder and Board Member of the Center for Exponential Technologies, connecting policy and the tech world and a member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Working Group on Power and Technology.
Branka holds a M.A. in International Development Policy from Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, and a M.A. in International Security from the University of Belgrade. She also studied International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of North Carolina. Branka is a Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna, Paul Harris Fellow, and ambassador at the Institute for Economics and Peace.