Author of Among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100). Former Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance). 10+ years of experience at Telefonica in several management positions related to Big Data and Analytics. Co-founder of start-up and NGO. Frequent speaker on Data and Artificial Intelligence events. Member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC. Author of

His passion lies with creating value from data. Commercial value, but also value for the society: he is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department. He currently works on how to make Data & AI sustainable from a business, societal and ethical perspective. He is a strategic advisor to BigML – a startup to put Machine Learning in the hands of businesspeople, and to Focus360.

Before joining Telefonica, he was director and board member at iSOCO, which he co-founded in 1999. Based on his work, iSOCO were granted the National Award for Computer Science.

Benjamins has held positions at the Technical University of Madrid, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, and the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona.

He is co-founder of the Spanish Observatory of the social and ethical impact of AI, and one of the founding members of a European Incubator for Open Data start-ups (

He has published over 100 scientific articles (see Accomplishments section below) about Artificial Intelligence, AI & Ethics, Knowledge-Based systems, and Semantic Web. He co-chaired numerous international workshops and conferences. He is on advisory boards of several start-ups and international research projects. He was Chair of the K-CAP 2013 Conference and co-chair of the Industrial track at ISWC 2014.

He is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Intelligent Systems, and of the Big Data for Social Good task force of the GSMA. Dr. Benjamins received his Ph.D. (1993) in Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam.