Michael Akinwumi, PhD
Chief Tech Equity Officer
National Fair Housing Alliance
Michael Akinwumi leads the National Fair Housing Alliance’s (NFHA’s) Tech Equity Initiative (TEI), a multi-faceted effort to increase the fairness of and re-shape the design of algorithmic systems in the housing and financial services industries. Conducting research to advance the Artificial Intelligence (AI) fairness field is a cornerstone of the TEI. Dr. Akinwumi coordinates stakeholder activities involving identifying, testing, validating, and publicizing AI-centric underwriting and pricing methodologies which responsibly advance fair lending and fair housing. He is responsible for acquiring and managing data and technologies for the Initiative while managing cross-functional relationships to ensure that solutions that result from the Initiative, meet needs across NFHA and of other stakeholders.
Previously, Dr. Akinwumi led governance engineering efforts in Fintech by minimizing exposures to regulatory risks, managed a machine learning-powered recommender system that presents product and service offers to retail customers of a bank, and pioneered the use of machine learning solutions in auto and property insurance pricing of a property and casualty insurance company.
Dr. Akinwumi lives his belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living.”