for Augmented


“AI is the primary source of power for the 21st century and beyond.”


“AI rewrites the rules and forces us to lose no time in rethinking fundamental questions of our humanity.”


“In the 21st century and beyond, AI is the very core source of power that fuels politics, business, and society: our minds, our work, and our homes.“


“AI is a present reality: we live at the threshold of an AI-dominated era. AI is more than a technology wave: it needs full, multi-disciplinary understanding and steering.”


We advise world leaders in government, business, and impact.


We work with leading organizations on AI-related research studies.


We gather top minds to co-create in novel formats for the AI Age.


We publish books that guide and educate on taking back our AI Future.


We design programs and solutions that bring about the AI Future envisioned.


We partner to craft an AI tech stack that serves the public interest.


“…whose image AI development will take and how the AI Age will be shaped is still in the hands of informed and clear-sighted citizens and leaders.”

Omni-Stakeholder: We support governments, leading enterprises, think tanks and the social sector on all continents. We work best with high-impact global initiatives in need of unlikely allies coming together.



Our thoughts, deeds, and novelties.

FutureTalks: AI watched by tens of thousands live
President George Tilesch hosted a 2-hour TV show with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, AI...
ACM Interview: Adding AI to Education
President Tilesch has been interviewed by the ACM, Association for Computing Machinery on what the opportunities and...
BetweenBrains is AWS Book of the Month
The 2020 book BetweenBrains: Taking Back our AI Future, co-authored by NASA's Dr. Omar...
US government speeds up on Ethical Application of AI
Developed by the Artificial Intelligence Working Group of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of...
AI Regulation reimagined
How should government and society come together to address the challenge of regulating artificial...


Founder & President


DR. GEORGE A. TILESCH is a senior global innovation and AI expert, executive, and consultant, primarily in the transatlantic space. For over 20 years, George has been active as a cross-sector and cross-industry conduit between AI ecosystems worldwide and as a trusted advisor for world leaders. His global senior executive and strategy consulting leadership track record span decades with government leaders on all continents; Microsoft, Ipsos, and Fortune 50 Tech corporations; international organizations and global think tanks (World Economic Forum, Club de Madrid); startups/scaleups; and global social innovation leaders. Dr. Tilesch is also the co-author of the 2020 book BetweenBrains: Taking Back our AI Future. As a C-suite advisor, researcher, convener, keynote speaker, and guest lecturer at major universities, George is headquartered in Silicon Valley and circling the globe in pursuit of delivering on PHI Institute’s mission.


Partner, AI Ethics and Governance

New Zealand

Dr. Olivia Erdélyi is an internationally recognized AI ethics and policy expert and consultant with a multidisciplinary background in AI, economics, law, and political science. She is active in international AI policymaking and advises governments and organizations on their journey towards Responsible AI readiness. She has been serving as an expert on leading AI policy and standardization bodies worldwide, including the OECD Network of Experts (ONE AI), the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), the Council of Europe’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition to her role at PHI Institute, Olivia is also Director of Ethics and Policy at Soul Machines, Senior Lecturer at University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Prior to these roles, she worked with international law firms, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Commission in corporate law and international financial regulation.
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Partner, AI-Ready Organization and Culture


Eszter Debreczeni is an established thought leader in the European HR community: a globally recognized Human Resources (HR) Leader, Digital Workplace Strategist, and Organizational Design Expert. She stands for and is known for co-designing futureproof organizations via harmonizing digital and human approaches responsibly, aligned with business strategy and purpose. Her North Star is Augmented Organizational Intelligence: successful AI adoption in HR and in other corporate functions. She builds on her 20+ years of international HR and Leadership experience gained in organizations like DHL, Pepsi, augmented with the digital leadership accumulated in her 10+ years as international HR Director of Microsoft. In 2017 she founded esthra-HR Orchestration and brought organizational transformation successes for corporate clients (Audi, Shell, DLL), start-ups, and educational institutions. She is an executive coach, a certified Platform Design Facilitator, and a member of the Advisory Board of Ms. AI and HumanAIze. Eszter is based in Munich and runs projects in English, German and Hungarian.
Dr Ferenc Birloni

Partner, AI Technology and Research


Dr. Birloni represents a unique blend of academic, organizational, technical, and leadership experience acquired in the European, Asian, and Australian markets. He is an AI & Agile strategies expert, lecturing on Risk Management and Project Implementation at the University of Melbourne. Ferenc is a Certified Agile and SAFe Coach, Trainer, and Consultant. He has deep technical knowledge in information technology, electrical engineering, and physics complemented by over 15 years of experience in adaptive management practices (Scrum, Agile, Lean, Kanban, SixSigma, etc.). Ferenc has successfully guided a diverse range of businesses – including European and Australian banks, Ernst & Young, and Siemens – through the bumpy road of enterprise-level Agile transformation, turning them into sustainable Agile organizations ready to deliver continuous innovative solutions. He is also an AI advisor, research and tech lead in several startups and founder of MedTech StartUp Medi-AR. Dr Birloni holds a PhD earned at the University of Tokyo, and is an expert committee member of the ISO AI and Big Data groups. His customer-centric, flexible approach leverages various methods to optimally tackle organizational needs, ranging from strategic consulting to hands-on coaching, project management, and training.

Partner, AI Research and Data Science

New Zealand

Dr. Gabor Erdelyi is an internationally recognized AI researcher with a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has an extensive research track record and knowledge in AI and Data Science-related topics. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and is serving as an expert at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition to his role at PHI Institute, Dr Erdelyi is also a Senior Lecturer in Data Science at University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Prior to these roles, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Economics at University of Siegen (Germany) and as researcher at several universities worldwide, including Nanyang Technological University; Singapore, HHU Duesseldorf, Germany; University of Rochester, USA. His current research focuses on multi-agent decision-making and on societal aspects of AI.

Partner, AI and Data in Business


Gergely Szertics is a senior AI expert specialized in bridging the gap between business needs and AI opportunities. After having built an AI startup in the field of natural language processing (NLP), upon exiting he started to focus on large corporate and national strategies. As COO of the Hungarian AI Coalition, he orchestrated the elaboration of the first national AI strategy for the Hungarian government and coordinated its key projects after the strategy got adopted. Gergely is a regular lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management teaching AI in Business in the EMBA program (Ranked Nr. 1. EMBA in Germany). His research topic is the emergence of the data economy, and secondary data usage, involved as an expert in the preparatory works of harmonized EU data governance. He is helping companies of all sizes (largest was $2Bn German manufacturing company) to improve their AI maturity, building on the strengths they have developed, and combines clarity in understanding with a strong pragmatic and doer mindset to help clients deliver results, He is a Management MSc alumnus and former guest lecturer of Corvinus University.


Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead, PwC UK

In her role as Responsible AI and AI for Good Lead at PwC, Maria leads the implementation of ethics in AI for the firm while partnering with industry, academia, governments, NGO and civil society, to harness the power of AI in an ethical and responsible manner, acknowledging the benefits and risks in many walks of life. She has played a crucial part in the development and set-up of PwC’s UK AI Center of Excellence, the firm’s AI strategy and most recently the development of PwC’s Responsible AI toolkit, firms methodology for embedding ethics in AI. Maria is a globally recognised AI ethics expert, a Advisory Board member of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups, a Fellow of the RSA and an advocate for gender diversity, children and youth rights in the age of AI.


“Doing AI well needs depth, morality, and long-term perspective.”