Megan Marie Butler; BA, MBA IHRM, Cert HRM, PhD candidate

Senior Research Advisor; data, technology, and AI, CIPD

Megan is a subject matter expert in artificial intelligence in human resources, the future of work, data and technology, as well as ethics. She has served as senior research analyst and advisor at CognitionX and the CIPD; and is involved with the HR Think Tank and the Institute for Ethical AI.

Megan’s research is also investigating applications of AI in digital social science and the practical application of this research in business to solve unique business solutions using the latest in systems-thinking research methodologies, problem-solving, and innovation support and improvement among other passions.

My Sessions

Are You Biased? How Fair is AI Use in Your HR Processes? (Sponsored by Manetu)

AI is a useful tool to help with HR Processes such as recruitment screenings of CVs, social media and personality tests, and processing performance data, automating parts of the onboarding process, agile learning and workplace data analysis. Nevertheless, there are some biases and privacy implications.

Researchers in Germany conducted a study sending three resumes with identical qualifications to recruiters with one German name, one Turkish and one Turkish name wearing a headscarf. They found that the German name was called back 19% of the time, the one with a Turkish name 14% and the candidate with a Turkish name who wore a headscarf, just 4% showing a clear bias in recruitment.

This panel will explore the biases within HR recruitment and processes and what companies can do to consider data protection law and equalities law when developing AI systems.

  • Joe Tidy, Cyber Security Correspondent, BBC News
  • Amy Lui Abel, PhD, Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board  
  • Megan Marie Butler, Senior Research Advisor; data, technology, and AI, CIPD
  • Dominic Holmes, Partner and Head of Employment Law at Taylor Vinters