Amba Kak is the director of global strategy and programs at the AI Now Institute, where she develops and leads the organization’s global policy engagement, programs and partnerships.
As policy counsel, researcher and lawyer, Amba has worked on a variety of technology-related issues. She joins AI Now from her role as policy advisor at Mozilla, where she led the organization’s work in India and contributed to global policy fora on issues such as data protection, online content regulation and network neutrality. She was also part of Mozilla’s inaugural cohort of technology policy fellows.
Amba’s interdisciplinary research includes a project on network neutrality and zero-rating at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2014, as well as work on copyright licensing practices in the digital age as Google policy fellow in 2012. Previously, Amba worked at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, where she advised government regulators on telecom policy. She was also the secretariat coordinator for the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, an advocacy network focused on transparency and accountability laws.
Amba has published widely across academic journals, is a regular opinion piece contributor to national news dailies, and has been cited in international publications such as Wired, Los Angeles Times and Forbes.
Trained as a lawyer, Amba received her B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the National University of Juridical Sciences in India. As a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, she received a master’s in law (B.C.L.) and an M.Sc. in social science of the internet.