Our Team.


Nicolas Economou

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas Economou is the chief executive of H5 and was a pioneer in advocating the application of scientific methods to electronic discovery. He contributes actively to advancing dialogue on public policy challenges at the intersection of law, science, and technology. He serves as co-chair of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, chair of the Law Committee of the Global Governance of AI Roundtable hosted in Dubai as part of the annual World Government Summit, chair of the Future Society’s Science, Law and Society Initiative, and Senior Advisor to the Future Society’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative.  He is also a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), a joint initiative of the MIT Media Lab and IEEE-SA.

Nicolas has been featured in Forbes magazine and is the author of a number of published articles on issues relating to technology and the practice of law. He has spoken on issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and its governance before policy makers and legal audiences at a wide variety of conferences and organizations, including the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Renmin University of China Law School, and the American Bar Association, and appeared with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at a groundbreaking summit hosted by Georgetown University Law Center and moderated by Arthur R. Miller, the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (“And Justice for All: How the Electronic Information Explosion is Transforming the American Legal System”).

Nicolas was a member of the Law and Judiciary policy committee for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He serves as a student mentor at the Executive Master of Science in Technology program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Trained in political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), he earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and chose to forgo completion of his M.P.A at Harvard’s Kennedy School in order to co-found H5.

Representative Speaking Engagements


IEEE Global Initiative Law Committee Draft Principles for the Beneficial Adoption of A/IS in Legal Systems”, The First Summit on Digital Economy and the Future Rule of Law. Beijing, China, November 26, 2018.

Workshop on AI and Ethics, Presenterco-hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, and MIT. Cambridge, MA. November 8, 9, 2018

Vendor Viewpoints on eDiscovery, Present & Future, Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute, November 16, 2018

IPI Panel: “Why Should We Design and Deploy Human-Compatible AI?”, International Peace Institute, United Nations University,  June 22, 2018

US-China AI Tech Summit, Half-Moon Bay, CA, June 29, 2018