Valerie Morignat
Dr. Valerie MorignatPh.D. (Arts & Art Sciences, Sorbonne) & MIT Certified in AI and Business Strategy and Machine Learning.

Associate Professor
AI Ethicist & Strategist
Design Expert

The CEO of Intelligent Story in San Francisco, Dr. Valerie Morignat is a seasoned leader and educator with 20 years of cross-functional experience in business, public governance, and academia. She founded Intelligent Story to foster thoughtful and ethical AI design.
At the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the University of Montpellier III, Valerie produced pioneering research work on Virtual and Augmented Reality and cinematic arts. She served as Executive Board Member at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), leading research on virtual environments at the Sorbonne's lab IDEAT. A Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema and Interactive Arts, she designed and taught programs spearheading the development of post-digital aesthetics studies. The courses she delivered included "Post-Digital Cinema Aesthetics", "Interactive Media Semiotics", "Transmedia Storytelling", "Philosophy of Virtual Worlds", "Sociology of Hypermedia", "Empathy-Building Design", "Archeology of the Future", and "Arts & Cyberculture". She also taught applied courses in video, videogame design, VFX, CGI, photography, and HCI design.

In 2011, Valerie embraced entrepreneurship by founding, in Oceania, a strategy firm centered on inclusive innovation. She was commissioned by the President of New Caledonia, her native island, to serve as a Government-appointed Innovation Strategy Principal Consultant, advising the President and the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy. She devised forward-leaning public policy reforms supportive of digital innovation and cultural inclusiveness, built international strategic partnerships, engineered $MM research and education projects, and transferred high-value technology to the public sector. She designed the Superior School of Digital Media Design, the Audiovisual and Digital Innovation Support Fund, the Territorial Support Plan for the Creative Industries, and engineered the Creative Industries Promotion Agency of New Caledonia.

After fostering digital innovation in the South Pacific, she relocated to the U.S. where she has occupied several positions in San Francisco, such as Director of Experience Design and Director of Interactive Innovation at Evoke Giant, the largest healthcare advertising and marketing agency on the West Coast, before joining, as Chief Innovation Officer, the latest startup of Ancestry founder Paul Allen to develop a lifelong learning marketplace.

The CEO of Intelligent Story, Valerie advises and educates leaders on responsible and inclusive AI transformation. She is a Founding Editorial Board Member of the Springer Journal of AI & Ethics and a contributing expert to the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Valerie regularly serves as Ph.D. Jury Member and expert evaluator for academic research and tenure assessments in the U.S. and Canada. She is currently writing a book on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence to be published in 2021.

A multi-awarded underwater photographer and designer, Valerie's interactive video and photography work has been exhibited globally in museums and art galleries.

Born in New Caledonia to a multiracial family, Valerie is a longtime vegan who actively supports human and animal rights and a passionate environmentalist.

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"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

EDUCATION
DEGREES

Dr. Valerie Morignat holds a Ph.D. in Arts and Art Sciences (awarded Summa Cum Laude), a Masters of Research (awarded Summa Cum Laude) and a Masters of Fine Arts (awarded Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne. She was awarded two Merit Doctoral Fellowships by the Sorbonne University of Paris 1 and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for her research achievements.

TITLES

She holds the French civil and academic rank of "Maître de Conférences" (Tenured Associate Professor) since 2003 after being hired and confirmed in her tenure by the University of Montpellier III (FR) and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. She holds the title of "Agrégée des Universités" after winning France's most competitive national teaching contest "Agrégation Externe".

CERTIFICATIONS

She has two executive certifications from MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT CSAIL in "Artificial intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy", and from MIT in "Machine Learning: From Data to Decisions". She is also certified in "Design for Virtual and Augmented Reality" with the Interactive Design Foundation. She is a Level 3 Rescue Diver certified by CEDIP and ANMP International.

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