James E. Francis

Founder/CEO of Paradigm Asset Management,

James E. Francis, a visionary leader in ethical AI and asset management, stands out for his innovative integration of technology and data to revolutionize industries ranging from finance to entertainment. As the founder and CEO of Paradigm Asset Management, he has skillfully managed over $7 billion in assets, pioneering the use of Collective Intelligence and advanced data science. His investment strategies leverage human expertise, comprehensive data, and agile software, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

In addition to his financial pursuits, Francis founded Artificial Integrity, an initiative dedicated to promoting ethical AI development. This platform addresses critical issues such as AI bias and fosters fairness, accountability, and transparency in AI systems, aiming to ensure that AI technologies uphold human dignity and societal norms. He also established BlackChat AI, a consumer-focused extension that fosters community engagement and provides resources to understand AI’s societal impacts. His commitment extends beyond business, as evidenced by his involvement with the Council of Urban Professionals and contributions to various boards and organizations committed to diversity and ethical standards in technology. A Morehouse College alumnus, Francis’s leadership continues to inspire a future where technology reflects cherished human values.