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Rebecca Donaldson

Technology Strategy Consultant for Cambridge Consultants and Fellow at the World Economic Forum's Bioeconomy Initiative

Rebecca currently works as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in their Bioeconomy Initiative. She also works as a Technology Strategy Consultant for Cambridge Consultants (part of Capgemini Invent). In this role, she advises clients on the impacts of disruptive technology on their businesses in the short and long term. She is particularly interested in the opportunities and risks associated with bio-innovation, from its potential to reduce carbon emissions to the democratisation of genetic engineering technologies as a biosecurity threat.

Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Cambridge, where she also studied Natural Sciences as an undergraduate. She also has an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering through her work as co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the social enterprise Blue Tap. Blue Tap developed a low-cost water disinfection technology which is currently deployed in Kenya and India. In her spare time, she is a trustee of the Cambridge Development Initiative charity, which works in Tanzania.

Content by Rebecca Donaldson


Sounding the alarm on AI-enhanced bioweapons

In our latest commentary produced from our New European Voices on Existential Risk (NEVER) network, Rebecca Donaldson explores the potential of new technologies for security whilst minimising their potential for harm in the realms of AI and the life sciences. She proposes that more funds go towards the biological weapons convention, the creation of an Emerging Technology Utilisation and Response Unit (ETURU) and the fostering of a culture of AI assurance and responsible democratisation of biotechnologies.

26 February 2024 | Rebecca Donaldson