Advanced analytics and automation can optimize anti-fraud approaches, achieving cost reduction while enhancing the customer experience, balancing friction and supporting revenue growth targets.

Dr. Kristin M. Gilkes

EY Global Innovation Quantum Leader

Crime-fighting mathematician and data scientist. Children’s book author. Race car driver.

Kristin is the EY Global Innovation Quantum Leader and oversees EY’s Global Quantum Computing Lab.

With a focus on bio-facial recognition, Kristin leads teams that use this technology, as well as AI, data and analytics to help clients combat financial crime and illicit activity including money laundering, terrorism, fraud and drug, and human trafficking.

Before joining EY, Kristin held senior leadership roles in banking. She has led teams across more than 20 countries.

In 2021, Kristin contributed to the final report of the US’s National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

An experienced board member, she sits on the Children’s National Hospital Foundation Auxiliary Board in Washington, D.C.

Kristin has a PhD in Decision Sciences and a graduate diploma in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford. She has an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BBA in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. 

How Kristin is building a better working world

“The Covid-19 pandemic ignited technological innovation and crystallized the need for agility and creativity in business. I’m working on powerful and transformative data science solutions that I hope can contribute to moving the industry forward. There is enormous potential for quantum computing, AI and data analytics to disrupt the financial crime behind some of the world’s most horrendous illicit activity such as terrorism and human trafficking.

I’m also a passionate advocate for diversity. Working in a sector where I am still often the only woman in the room, I am committed to encouraging women and girls to pursue a career in data science, and to bring their authentic selves.

I feel strongly about improving racial diversity in children’s literature so that black and brown children, like my son, can see themselves within the pages. My recent book, Tell me, Henry, is inspired by peaceful protests against racial injustice.”

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