This biographical article is written like a résumé. (May 2019)
Kriti Sharma, (born April 1988) is an artificial intelligence technologist, business executive and humanitarian. In 2017, Sharma was named in Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30. She was appointed as United Nations Young Leader for the SDGs in 2018. She is currently[when?] the vice president of artificial intelligence and ethics at Sage Group, one of the UK’s largest tech companies. She has been leading efforts to create more diverse and ethical artificial intelligence and “embracing botness” which means that artificial intelligence does not have to pretend to be human, instead it needs to be useful. Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, appointed Sharma as an adviser on AI, Data Ethics and Innovation in 2018.
Sharma was born in 1988 in Rajasthan, India. She and her two siblings were brought up in Jaipur. She lives in London.
She holds a Bachelors in Engineering  and a Masters in Advanced Computer Science from University of St Andrews . At the age of 21, Sharma was elected as a Rajiv Gandhi Science Fellow for her work in energy optimisation and its applications in astrophysics, material science, polymer and bioinformatics research. In 2010, Google awarded her the Google India Women in Engineering Award for excellence in computer science and demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity. She was awarded a Systers Pass It On award by Anita Borg Institute for her work in educational outreach for girls in Rajasthan.
In September 2011, Sharma joined Barclays where she joined a product management team of technology innovations such as Pingit mobile payments app. Pingit won the App Store Best of 2012. She was later appointed Head of Big Data and Advanced Analytics at Barclays Africa where she led a team of data scientists and created products using open-source real-time analytics. Her group focused on using machine learning to make user engagement with financial services intelligent and personalised. During this time, she also mentored fintech and healthcare startups in Africa and drove Open Data Collaboration across industries.
In February 2016, Sharma joined the UK’s largest software group Sage to lead mobile products for more than 6 million businesses globally. On 26 July 2016 Sharma and Stephen Kelly, chief executive officer of Sage, launched Pegg, the world’s first personal artificial intelligence for business finance. Within six weeks of launch, the chatbot was being used by people in 85 countries. Sharma also announced a partnership between Sage and Slack to create conversational workplace.
She led a global research at Sage on the new generation of entrepreneurs in July 2016. The report revealed insights about young entrepreneurs. It also highlighted the need to change policy to enable businesses of today.
In November 2018, Sharma launched rAInbow, a digital companion for the victims of domestic violence in South Africa with Josina Machel, an activist and Nelson Mandela's step daughter, supported by Sage Foundation and Soul City Institute of Social Justice.
Awards and honors
- Forbes 30 under 30 in Technology 
- Recode100 people in Tech, Business and Media who mattered in 2017
- United Nations Young Leader (2018)
- Financial Times' list of the 'Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology
- Systers Pass It On Award (2010)
- Google India Women in Engineering (2010)
- Ambassador of One Young World (2011)
- Roll of Honor FFWG (2011)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2016)
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