Irakli Beridze is in charge of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). He has more than 18 years’ experience leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programs and channels of communication with governments, UN agencies, international organizations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, private industry and other partners on an international level. In his role, Beridze heads the creation of UNICRI’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with the objective to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of AI through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, awareness-raising and global outreach activities. In 2014, he initiated and managed the first United Nations Programme on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, organizing a number of high-level events at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international organizations. Prior to joining UNICRI served as a special projects officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) undertaking missions in politically sensitive areas around the globe. He is also a recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.