2023 Winner of the Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize

Mohammad Hossein Eslamian Wins 2023 Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize for Research Analysis of AI Trustworthiness in UK Applications.

2023 Winner of the Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize

We are delighted to announce the 2023 winner of the Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize is Mohammad Hossein Eslamian for his dissertation “AI Trustworthiness and Responsible Innovation”.

Each year the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research sponsors the Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize which is awarded to the best dissertation submitted to the MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship at Alliance Manchester Business School.

The dissertation uses the EU Trustworthy AI framework to analyse three cases of AI application in the UK: ChatGPT in education; live facial recognition technology in policing; and, the GP at Hand NHS primary health care service. The dissertation provides practical recommendations regarding responsible governance of AI in the UK.

The dissertation was supervised by Philip Shapira, Professor of Innovation Management & Policy at MIOIR who commented:

This is a novel and creative contribution which undertakes original data analysis to apply a framework for AI trustworthiness.

Professor Andrew James, Programme Director for the MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (IME) added:

Max’s dissertation combines academic rigour with real world insights and application and is a great example of what we are trying to achieve on the IME programme.

The Kiki Ahmadi Dissertation Prize honours the memory of Kiki Ahmadi, IME alumnus from the class of 2017. Kiki passed away in January 2021, leaving a lasting impact through his career in Indonesia's start-up scene. 

Kiki was a stellar student and a kind classmate. His dissertation examined the emerging tech start-up ecosystem in Jakarta, and the connections he made when conducting this research helped him to secure a job at Indonesian fintech start-up Amartha after graduation, rapidly ascending to AVP of Business Development by 2019. 

An avid blogger and communicator even as a student, Kiki inspired classmates and future IME students with his curiosity, analytical abilities, and passion for innovation. The dissertation prize bearing Kiki's name celebrates these qualities in the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and honours Kiki Ahmadi's short but impactful life.