Rediet Abebe is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a computer science Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University. Her research is broadly in the fields of algorithms and AI, with a focus on equity, justice, and social good concerns. As part of this research agenda, she co-founded and co-organizes Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research initiative working to improve access to opportunity for historically underserved and disadvantaged communities. She also co-founded and co-organizes Black in AI, a non-profit organization tackling diversity and inclusion issues in the field.
Abebe holds an M.S. in applied mathematics from Harvard University, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College. She was recently named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review and honored in the 2019 Bloomberg 50 list as a “one to watch.” Her work has been covered by outlets including Forbes, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. Her research is deeply influenced by her upbringing in her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.