We are a multidisciplinary and non-commercial effort, supported by EeroQ. Our goal is to encourage early dialogue about the ethics of this potentially world altering technology.
Sean Holland, PhD
Sean Holland is an independent advisor to organizations, helping them identify and manage ethical risk, especially in the area of emerging technologies. He brings significant expertise in the areas of ethics, human rights, and corporate culture, as well as experience working in technology companies. His work with clients includes consulting with senior leadership on ethical risk and ethical corporate cultures; workshops on ethical decision-making for employees and leadership; and a novel Ethical Foresight Analysis — a structured process designed to identify ethical risks posed by an organization’s new technologies, services, communications, or marketing campaigns.
Prior to his advising role, Sean worked at two technology companies. Most recently, he managed internal communications and corporate culture initiatives at Two Sigma, the world’s largest technology-driven investment manager. His work at Two Sigma included revising the company’s corporate values; advising senior leadership on communications and culture issues; redesigning the company’s new hire onboarding process, where he spearheaded his initiative of writing and producing an innovative graphic novel “culture handbook”; and entirely revamping of the company’s annual online compliance training.
Before moving to Two Sigma, Sean was Chief of Staff to the founder and CEO of LRN, a leading and award-winning technology company focused on ethics and compliance training, and helping companies build ethical corporate cultures. LRN’s clients included numerous Fortune 500 companies from across all industries. In this role he managed operations, strategy, and communications for the Office of the CEO.
Sean has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he focused on ethics, human rights, and moral and political philosophy. While there, he was a Summer Associate Research Fellow, Measurement and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where his research focused on quantitative data and measurement techniques in global human rights policy. While there he published “Ranking Rights: Problems and Prospects for a Quantitative Global Human Rights Index” on the feasibility of a quantitative global human rights index.
He completed his B.A.at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, earning First Class Honours and publishing “Dispositional Theories of Value Meet Moral Twin Earth” in The American Philosophical Quarterly, a significant achievement early on in his career. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
Ms. Wattleton’s distinguished career spans more than three decades, during which she has amassed an extraordinary track record for leadership, both as a CEO of national not-for-profit organizations and serving on the boards of public and private corporations, academic institutions and high-impact philanthropic organizations. Perhaps best known for her executive leadership and advocacy of improving the status and healthcare of women, she brings dynamic and demonstrable experience as an executive, board member and consultant in the health sector and public policy arenas. She has served as a director for a range of public companies, including as chair of audit and corporate governance committees.
From 1978 to 1992, Ms. Wattleton was President and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She was the youngest, first woman and first African American-and longest tenured professional-to hold this position. At the time of her departure, a restructured Planned Parenthood had grown to become the nation’s seventh largest nonprofit organization, with an aggregate budget of $500 million, providing medical and educational services to four million Americans each year, through 170 affiliates operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Under its international arm, known as Family Planning International Assistance, PPFA provided technical assistance and commodities to organizations in dozens of developing countries.
Lauded as a public spokesperson and for her managerial skills and revolutionary public policy advancement by Business Week and Money, Ms. Wattleton has received countless honors and awards. She is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Fries Prize for service to improving public health and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
With more than three decades of corporate governance experience serving public and private corporations, Ms. Wattleton is an active member of the board of trustees of Columbia University, the board of governors of the PardeeRand Graduate School and serves on the board of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Previously, she served on the boards of directors of public companies including Ehrlich-BoberFinancial Services (1986-1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estée Lauder Companies (1995-2003), WellChoice, Inc. (1993-2005), QuidelCorporation (1994-2006) and SavientPharmaceuticals (1997-2007).
Johannes Pollanen, PhD
Johannes is a Jerry Cowen Chair of Experimental Physics & Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. In his experimental research group at MSU, the Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems (LHQS), they are exploring the fundamental physics and potential quantum information (QI) applications of low-dimensional electron systems (electrons on helium, graphene, and semiconductor 2d systems) and superconducting circuit based quantum bits (qubits). Additionally, they are interested in creating hybrid quantum systems by bringing together materials or devices with a variety of interacting degrees of freedom.
Before joining the Physics and Astronomy faculty at Michigan State University, Johannes was an IQIM postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at the California Institute of Technology working with Prof. Jim Eisenstein. At Caltech, he studied the exotic properties and many-body quantum states of single and bilayer 2d electron systems in ultra-clean semiconductor heterostructures grown via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Recently, Johannes and collaborators demonstrated a method for controlling the orientation of a class of 2d electronic liquid crystals known as the quantum Hall nematics and a highlight of the work can be found here.
Johannes earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from Northwestern University where he worked with Prof. Bill Halperin in the Low Temperature Physics Group to understand the properties of complex many-particle quantum systems and engineer novel quantum mechanical forms of matter. During this time, Johannes discovered a new chiral state of superfluid 3He, which he stabilized by introducing anisotropic disorder to the superfluid in the form of high porosity silica aerogel.