Portrait of Michael Segun Akinwumi

Michael Segun Akinwumi


Eagleton Institute Civic Science Fellow



Project focus: The Fellow will develop a guidance document for state-level legislators on best practices and recommendations on artificial intelligence regulation.

Michael Akinwumi is the Chief Responsible AI Officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) where he is tasked with critical responsibilities, including the development and implementation of Responsible AI policies and guidelines that prioritize nondiscrimination, privacy, security, explainability, reliability and non-algorithmic solutions. He provides strategic oversight and leadership, collaborating with senior management to advocate for ethical AI practices in housing and lending, and assess potential risks associated with AI use in housing and lending. Stakeholder engagement and education are part of his portfolio, involving interactions with both internal and external parties to gather input, educate employees, and ensure adherence to Responsible AI principles. Moreover, he represents NFHA in industry discussions, advocating for responsible AI practices and staying current with emerging regulations and ethical frameworks to educate providers of housing and lending AI products and services on the need for compliance and alignment with national and global Responsible AI standards.

Previously, he led governance engineering, recommender systems, and machine learning solutions for various sectors, such as fintech, banking, and insurance. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alberta and has multiple certifications and honors in data analysis and mathematical modeling.

Michael lives his belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living.”