Eileen Lach joined IEEE, a global technology think tank with more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries, in 2011 and served as its first General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer until her retirement in April 2018. In her role as the lead attorney and a senior executive at IEEE, Ms. Lach was key to the commencement in 2014 of IEEE’s major initiative on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, and engaged in its initiatives on the Internet of Things and the protection of patent rights for technology innovators and implementers through the IEEE standards development process. Following her retirement, Ms. Lach moved from being an IEEE staff member to a voting Member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and the IEEE Council on Extended Intelligence in collaboration with MIT. Ms. Lach is also a member of The Future Society, a Harvard University incubated independent think tank committed to the advancement of the global governance of Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of IEEE’s for-profit subsidiary, IEEE GlobalSpec, Inc., and a member of the Board of Governors of St. Thomas University Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to her work in the technology and ethics arena, Ms. Lach serves as a judge/arbitrator in the Civil Courts of the City of New York and has focused her philanthropic work in New York City, where she lives, on the protection of victims of international trafficking and the funding of innovative theatre and arts projects.
Prior to joining IEEE, Ms. Lach, was a senior executive in a major global healthcare company and a partner in a national law firm. Ms. Lach began her career with a Wall Street law firm and for seven years simultaneously served on a pro bono basis as the General Counsel of Amnesty International in the United States.
Ms. Lach is admitted to practice law in New York and holds court admissions to the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Ms. Lach earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She received a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs, with a concentration in Diplomacy and Development Economics, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.