Information about 2019 speakes will be added in due course.
- Sophia Adams Bhatti, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, The Law Society
- Brhmie Balaram, Senior Researcher, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
- Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Data Protection and Privacy, Gemserv
- Dr. Natalie Banner, Understanding Patient Data Lead, Wellcome Trust
- Matteo Berlucchi, CEO & Co-Founder, Your.MD
- Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, Digital Europe
- James Boyle, Senior Associate, Taylor Vinters
- Shelley Campbell, Lead Product Owner, Intelligent Automation Garage, DWP
- Sarah Castell, Head of Public Dialogue and Qualitative Methods, Ipsos MORI
- Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
- Dr Claire Craig CBE, Chief Science Policy Officer, Royal Society
- Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone
- Kate Coughlan, Head of Planning, BBC
- Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
- Dr Kanta Dihal, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
- Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information Oxford University and Director of Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute
- Tim Gardam, CEO, Nuffield Foundation
- Sarah Gold, Founder & CEO, Projects by IF
- Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, CognitionX and Chair, AI Council
- Cora Govett, Deputy Directors, Digital Charter, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Giles Herdale, Director, Herdale Consulting and Co-Chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing (IDEPP)
- Margot James MP, Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Mark Jennings, COO, Health and Public Service - Europe, Accenture
- Dr Indra Joshi, Digital Health and AI Clinical Lead, NHS England
- Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE, AI Select Committee, House of Lords
- Darren Jones MP, Bristol North West
- Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Office for Artificial Intelligence
- Helen Mayhew, Chief Operating Officer, QuantumBlack
- Katherine Mayes, Programme Manager, Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK
- Simon McDougall, Executive Director, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
- Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC UK
- Hugh Milward, Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
- Jessica Montgomery, Senior Policy Adviser, The Royal Society
- Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Consumer Association, Which?
- Ana Perales, Strategic Transformation Director, Barclays
- Richard Potter, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Services
- Sam Roberts, Delivery Manager, Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport
- Kate Rosenshine, Cloud Solution Architect Manager, Data & AI, Financial Services and Insurance, Microsoft
- Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society
- Lenny Stein, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Splunk
- Hilary Sutcliffe, Director, SocietyInside
- Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
- Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute (ODI)
- Sir Alan Wilson, Chair, Ada Lovelace Institute
- Emma Wright, Partner, Kemp Little
Sophia Adams Bhatti, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, The Law Society
Sophia is a public policy and regulation expert, having spent over 15 years in the regulatory and policy arena, working across a range of sectors, including legal services, financial services, economic regulation and healthcare. Sophia joined the Law Society in July 2016 where, as the Director, she leads the Society's legal and regulatory policy team with oversight for policy development across the full breadth of the justice system, engaging with policy makers in government, and partner agencies. Specifically Sophia leads the Law Society’s programme of work on the impact of technology on the law and the justice system and practice of law. She is the creator and lead of the Law Society’s ground breaking Public Policy Commission on the use of Algorithms in the Justice System.
Brhmie Balaram, Senior Researcher, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
Brhmie is a Senior Researcher in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. Her research focuses on the social and economic impact of technology. She leads the RSA’s research on the ‘sharing economy’, the ‘gig economy’, and the ethics of artificial intelligence. She is currently the programme manager for the RSA’s Forum for Ethical AI, which is engaging citizens in a deliberative dialogue about the use of AI for decision-making. Brhmie was previously a researcher for the Independent Review of the Police Federation and for the influential City Growth Commission. She has experience exploring issues of institutional reform, economic inequality and labour market disadvantage. Brhmie joined the RSA from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and was formerly at The Work Foundation.
Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Data Protection and Privacy, Gemserv
Ivana Bartoletti is a Privacy and Data Protection professional. She heads up the privacy & data protection Practice at Gemserv and advises businesses and organisations on best practice and how to comply with privacy legislation at the UK, EU and global level. She works across all sectors, from finance to adtech, and within the energy market. Ivana has extensive knowledge in the smart and digital economy, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the Internet of Things and she is often asked to speak at conferences in the UK and overseas on the challenges they bring.
Ivana worked for seven years as an Information Governance Manager at the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management and has held senior management roles at Barclays Bank and Sky TV. In 2012, she received the Best Personal Achievement in the Public Sector Award for introducing new safety policies on hospital premises.
Ivana is an International public speaker and commentator on privacy, digital rights, data ethics and regularly features on the BBC and other outlets. She also runs the Women Leading in AI initiatives, encouraging women to shape the debate around the use and norms of AI and big data.
Dr. Natalie Banner is the Lead for Understanding Patient Data (UPD), an initiative hosted at the Wellcome Trust to support better conversations about how patient data is used for care and research. UPD works with patients, charities and health professionals to champion responsible uses of data, feeding into policy development, creating accessible resources and horizon scanning for emerging issues that may affect public confidence in the use of health data. This includes exploring emerging data-driven technologies and how to create the right ethical and governance frameworks for these in healthcare and research. Natalie formerly led Wellcome’s policy work on GDPR and data protection, seeking to ensure UK legislation and regulation creates a supportive, trustworthy environment for health research using patient and health-related data. She was recently named in BioBeat’s “50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness” for 2018. Prior to joining Wellcome, Natalie was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at King’s College London.
Matteo Berlucchi, CEO & Co-Founder, Your.MD
Since 1995, Matteo has founded and run several start-ups across the major verticals of the digital spectrum (the number is actually 9!). He is a senior exec/company CEO, angel investor, mentor, guest lecturer, speaker and board director. Matteo loves sharing his experiences; he is Entrepreneur in Residence at ETH Zurich and a regular guest lecturer at Imperial College Business School, UCL and Goldsmith. He also enjoys speaking at conferences (FT/World Bank/IFC/etc) or contributing to think-tanks, round tables (UK Government, Guardian) on various subjects like Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation and Start Up Financing.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, Digital Europe
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl is Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, representing more than 35.000 digital companies. She sits in the Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI and is a member of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.
Formerly, she was Executive Board member of the Danish Royal Export Ministry and Chairman of the Export Grant Committee. She also served as Executive Board member in DIGITALEUROPE, and as member of the association’s high level Digital Advisory Council.
Ms Bonefeld-Dahl has served as board member of the Danish Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of the Danish ICT association (ITB) where she has developed policy positions on Digitalisation of Business, ICT security, disruptive business models, telecoms and education.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT industry. She previously held international positions for IBM and Oracle as well as with SMEs building business across Europe and China, and founded the cloud provider GlobeIT. She has deep insight into the digitalisation of business and society and data driven economy.
Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone
Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a think tank that champions fairer technology for everyone in society. She has spent the last 20 years turning emerging technology into products and services, and helped many organisations adapt to the digital world. She has created and delivered large-scale content-driven services for Microsoft, BBC and Channel 4, was a pioneer in the UK digital arts sector, and has consulted for many FTSE companies across a range of sectors including finance, energy and healthcare. She is also a trustee of the Fawcett Society.
Shelley Campbell is the Lead Product Owner for the Intelligent Automation Garage within the Department of Work & Pensions. The Garage plays a role in catalysing the digital transformation of central government, by pioneering the application of break-through AI technologies (such as robotic process automation, machine learning and virtual assistants) to improve the service the Department offers to citizens and reduce its cost-to-serve
Before moving to the public service, Shelley spent 20 years in pursuit-of-the-possible roles spanning digital, business development and marketing within FTSE 100 companies: Shell, Alliance & Leicester and Royal & SunAlliance. Her mantra, to “Dream Big, Start Small,’ combined with a rampart curiosity, a relentless focus on delivering tangible benefits and an Agile ‘test-and-learn’ approach has resulted in a catalogue achievements including winning the Petroleum Economist, Cleaner Energy Initiative of the Year industry award.
Shelley lives in a modernist, self-build eco-home in Cheshire with her husband and two children.
After starting her career in consumer and social research and brand consultancy, Sarah has spent the last 15 years exploring complex, future-focused issues around emergent technology, with the public, experts, stakeholders, creative artists and others. She carries out horizon scanning and scenario planning to envision different futures around technology.
In 2009 she set up Ipsos MORI’s Public Dialogue Centre, designing ways to engage and inspire all stakeholders and make sure the public has a voice in decisions which affect them. The Centre addresses the knotty questions: How should new technologies be used in society? What are the implications of breakthrough science? What is the role for publics, regulators, business, and government?
Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
Dr Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall, all at the University of Cambridge. At CFI, he oversees a team of over twenty researchers across five programmes on the nature and impact of AI. His own research interests currently focus on the portrayal and ethics of intelligent machines. Previously, Stephen earned a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge, then joined the British Foreign Office, where he served as a policy advisor and diplomat. He is author of the book Immortality, a New Scientist book of the year. He is one of the authors of the Royal Society report Portrayals and Perceptions of AI and Why They Matter and co-author (with Kanta Dihal) of the forthcoming monograph AI: A Mythology. He is an editor of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Dr Claire Craig CBE, Chief Science Policy Officer, Royal Society
Dr Claire Craig CBE is Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society. Previously Claire led the Government Office for Science, and has worked for three UK Government Chief Scientific Advisors. She was awarded a CBE for her work on Foresight, the UK’s science-based strategic futures programme, and was a member of Faculty at the World Economic Forum. Her career includes periods at McKinsey & Co and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. In October 2018 she was pre-Elected as Provost of the Queen’s College Oxford.
Her first book “How does government listen to scientists?” was published by Palgrave in August 2018.
Kate Coughlan, Head of Planning, BBC
Kate is Head of Audience Planning at the BBC. She runs a team of strategists, who work across products and services from BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, to BBC News. Kate's career has spanned advertising, content, product design and innovation. She has worked with commercial businesses, charities, public bodies and government. The common thread in her work is understanding people, psychology and behaviour. As a result, Kate now brings a human perspective to technology and media. Her current focus is the personal and societal impact of technology, particularly AI, and how to improve it.
Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
She has set out a commitment to increase consumer trust people have in what happens to their personal data. This forms the basis of her strategic plan, and has been demonstrated in her commitment to ensuring companies are transparent with the public about how personal information is used, notably with high-profile investigations into Yahoo, Camelot, WhatsApp and Facebook.
The Commissioner has also demonstrated a focus on the essential role data protection can play in innovation, and the importance of organisations understanding the growing impetus on companies to be accountable for what they do with personal data. This forms a central part of the new General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force in May 2018.
Dr Kanta Dihal, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
Dr Kanta Dihal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the Research Project Coordinator of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She is one of the Project Leads on Global AI Narratives and the Project Development Lead on Decolonizing AI. In her research, she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the development and public understanding of artificial intelligence. Kanta's work intersects the fields of science communication, literature and science, and science fiction. She obtained her DPhil in science communication at the University of Oxford: in her thesis, titled 'The Stories of Quantum Physics,' she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children. Kanta is one of the authors of the Royal Society report Portrayals and Perceptions of AI and Why They Matter and co-author (with Stephen Cave) of the forthcoming monograph AI: A Mythology. She is an editor of the forthcoming collection AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (Oxford Universty Press, 2020).
Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information Oxford University and Director of Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and is Professorial Fellow of Exeter College. He is also Turing Fellow and Chair of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute. His areas of expertise include digital ethics, the philosophy of information, and the philosophy of technology. Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press (OUP): The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), winner of the J. Ong Award; The Ethics of Information (2013); The Philosophy of Information (2011). His most recent book, The Logic of Information, will be published by OUP
Tim Gardam is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2016, Tim was Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. He is also Chairman of Which?, the Consumers’ Association.
Tim worked for 25 years in senior broadcasting roles. He was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, later becoming Head of Current Affairs Programmes at the BBC. He was Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003, and from 2008 to 2015 he was a member of the Ofcom Board and Chair of the Ofcom Content Board.
Sarah Gold, Founder & CEO, Projects by IF
Sarah is a leading expert in emerging issues and trends in privacy, security and technology. Attracting some of the most influential global companies, Sarah has developed IF, a world renowned, multidisciplinary team who work with organisations shaping our digital world to show how they can be trusted with data. Through their work, IF demonstrates how to design services people can trust.
Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, CognitionX and Chair, AI Council
Tabitha is co-founder of CognitionX, an AI Advice Platform which connects organisations with a global network of AI experts. She is also Director of CogX, the Festival of AIl Things AI, which in June 2018 brought together over 300 speakers and 6,500 members of the AI community to discuss the Impact of AI.
Alongside CognitionX, Tabitha is the AI & Data Business Champion and chair of the AI Council for the UK government, to champion a rapid and responsible adoption of AI. An advocate for increased diversity in the industry, Tabitha also set up Why Women in AI and Co-Founded Future Girl Corp.
In 2008 Tabitha co-founded Rightster (now Brave Bison), the largest online video distribution company outside the US, and was part of the executive team that took the business to IPO 2011, with 250 people and offices in 11 countries.
Cora is the Deputy Director for the Digital Charter team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Her team designed and set up the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. This was part of wider work she is responsible for on the Digital Charter - a rolling programme of work to agree norms and rules for the online world and put them into practice. Cora has over 15 years experience of policy and regulation and has worked for the UK Government, the European Commission and Ofcom. Beyond AI ethics and tech policy, her key areas of work and expertise include EU and trade policy, regional growth, telecoms, spectrum and education reform funding.
Giles Herdale is co-chair (with Professor Charles Raab) of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing, an expert advisory group of academics, policy advisors, technologists, lawyers and senior practitioners who advise law enforcement agencies on the ethical implications of new digital capabilities. He has a longstanding interest and involvement in developing policy and practice on investigation and intelligence, including establishing the NPCC digital intelligence and investigation programme. He is currently supporting the NCA to establish Tracer, a new cross community capability to identify threats and opportunities and promote innovation arising from changes in the digital landscape. He is an associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.
Margot James MP, Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Margot James was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in January 2018. Margot was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2016 to January 2018. She was elected Conservative MP for Stourbridge in May 2010.
Margot was educated at Millfield School and studied Economics and Government at the London School of Economics.
Margot served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.
Margot was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Green during his period as Minister for Trade and Investment. She served as a local councillor in Kensington and Chelsea from 2006 to 2008.
Mark Jennings, COO, Health and Public Service - Europe, Accenture
Mark is the Director of Operations for Accenture’s $1.1bn European Health and Public Service business. He has spent much of his 20 years’ in Accenture working with the Department for Work and Pensions. Mark is passionate about our work there and retains an Executive Sponsor role for the account. Despite an education focused on the humanities, Mark found an affinity for software development and is a technologist at heart. He has extensive experience in application development, robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. Prior to his current role, Mark led Accenture’s Technology Consulting practise for Health and Public Service in Europe and has led Accenture’s work in Citizen Services, which encompasses tax, social security, employment education and public administration. Mark lives in Newcastle with his wife and two children.
Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE, AI Select Committee, House of Lords
Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of the global law firm DLA Piper. Former positions within DLA include London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations. He is Chair of Ombudsman Services Limited, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service that provides dispute resolution for the communications, energy, property and copyright licensing industries. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW. Tim was made CBE for political services in 1988 and life peer in 1998. Until July 2004 he was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for the Digital Economy and a former spokesman on the Creative Industries (2015-17). He is the former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (2017-18) and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. He is Deputy Chair of the APPG on China and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Intellectual Property. He is Chair of Council of Queen Mary University of London and has very recently been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education, led by Sir Anthony Seldon. Tim was an external member of the Council of University College London and Chair of its Audit Committee (2012-17). He is President of Ambitious About Autism, an autism education charity and school for children with autism and other communication disorders and its former Chairman (2001-08).
Darren Jones MP, Bristol North West
Darren is the Labour MP for Bristol North West. He is a member of the Science & Technology Select Committee and co-chairs the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFor). Additionally, Darren is the chair of a new global network of politicians engaged in the regulation of artificial intelligence and co-chairs a Parliamentary Commission on Technology Ethics. Darren is a technology and telecommunications lawyer by training.
Dr Indra Joshi, Digital Health and AI Clinical Lead, NHS England
Dr Indra Joshi is the Clinical Lead for NHS England’s Empower the Person Portfolio overseeing the national citizen facing digital initiatives within the NHS with a focus on evidence, data and digital health standards.
Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across policy, governance, digital health and marketing, national project strategy and implementation; whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medic.
She is the Clinical Director of One HealthTech – a network which campaigns for the need and importance of better inclusion of all backgrounds, skillsets and disciplines in health technology. Alongside she is a Vice Chair for the British Computer Society (Health), an international speaker and consultant on digital health, an expedition medic, and most importantly a mum to two wonderful little munchkins.
Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Office for Artificial Intelligence
Holding a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sana Khareghani has over 20 years’ experience in technology and business across the Private and Public Sector. She has worked as a software engineer in big corporates and start-ups, as a management consultant advising senior officials throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, and most recently in HMG, as Deputy Director, Head of Office for AI – a joint unit between Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Helen Mayhew, Chief Operating Officer, QuantumBlack
Helen Mayhew is Chief Operating Officer at QuantumBlack in Europe and is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Helen has advised both public and private sector clients on their journey in advanced analytics, particularly focused on consumer-facing industries. Helen has brought QuantumBlack’s capabilities to a range of clients and has a background in a broad range of topics such as commercial and front-line team optimisation. In addition she also led the development of McKinsey’s own
advanced analytics strategy.
Katherine Mayes Programme Manager, Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK
Katherine joined techUK in May 2018 as the Programme Manager for Cloud Computing, Data, Analytics and AI. Prior to techUK, Katherine worked as a Policy Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS) supporting the digital transformation of UK Government. Whilst working at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Katherine led AMRC’s policy work on patient data, consent and opt-out. Katherine has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham.
Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC UK
Rob works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders, in order to drive innovation within the Firm and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a TEDx speaker, and a Fellow of The RSA. Rob is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.
Simon McDougall, Executive Director, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
Simon took up the position of Executive Director in October 2018. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.
His work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO itself more ‘tech savvy’.
Prior to this appointment, Simon led a global privacy consulting practice at Promontory, an IBM company, leading projects across Europe, the US and Asia. He previously led a similar team for Deloitte in the UK.
Simon is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and a long time ago read English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.
Hugh Milward, Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
Hugh Milward leads Corporate, External and Legal work for Microsoft in the UK, with a seat on the UK leadership team. His focus includes work to help organisations overcome legal and regulatory hurdles to their technology adoption and transformation, managing some of the complex geo-political issues relating to tech, and working to ensure no one is left behind from the onward march of technology. Hugh’s background is in politics, corporate affairs and reputation management, working for some of the world’s most high-profile brands. He is passionate about the interrelationship of society and technology.
Jessica is a Senior Policy Adviser at The Royal Society, where she leads the Society’s machine learning and artificial intelligence policy portfolio.
Prior to joining the Society, Jessica was a clerk at the UK’s House of Commons, where she was head of secretariat for a number of parliamentary committees. During her time at the House, she delivered policy programmes for committees including: Transport; Business, Innovation, and Skills; Regulatory Reform; and Science and Technology, in addition to a period as Board Secretary to the Parliamentary Restoration and Renewal Programme.
Jessica has also previously spent time as a policy adviser at the Royal Academy of Engineering, where she helped deliver the Dowling Review of business-university collaboration.
Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Consumer Association, Which?
Caroline Normand joined Which? as Director of Policy in October 2016. Prior to joining Which?, Caroline held a number of positions in Government. Most recently she was Director of Consumer and Competition policy, where she led the creation of the Competition and Markets Authority and the 2015 Consumer Rights Act.
She has also worked on corporate governance issues, such as executive pay and increasing the representation of women on boards, as well as representing the UK on consumer and competition issues in Brussels, the EU on trade policy in Washington DC and working on the launch of the WTO Doha Round in Qatar.
Ana Perales, Strategic Transformation Director, Barclays
Ana Perales has worked in Barclays for almost 15 years, with a brief interlude in Moneysupermarket.com. She is now part of Barclays UK Ventures, a recently created unit that will focus on developing new business lines, promoting innovation and driving returns within Barclays UK. Ana’s interest in Artificial Intelligence technology is driven by a focus to ensure customer, colleagues and society at large understand the potential that it has to transform our lives for the better. Ana has been working across Barclays to raise awareness of the technology and promote a culture of collaboration and education in this space. Ana’s current focus is to ensure there are clear governance principles governing the application of AI systems.
Richard Potter, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Services
Richard advises business leaders around the world on a range of digital transformation challenges. However, it’s the building of innovative enterprises that is his real passion. In his day job Richard works with Microsoft's customers giving them clarity and confidence about their digital journeys, helping them turn their aspirations into transformational
He is a renowned keynote speaker and event facilitator with an energising and engaging style.He lives in the UK but travels extensively, shamelessly collecting and telling stories everywhere he goes.
Kate Rosenshine, Cloud Solution Architect Manager, Data & AI, Financial Services and Insurance, Microsoft
Kate leads the Data and AI Cloud Solution Architect team for the Financial Services Microsoft UK. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked in companies focused on applying behavioural analytics to augment decision making for insurance companies, financial institutions and governments. Kate comes from a science background in neurobiological genetic engineering, where she focused on leveraging genetic data to predict behavioural patterns.
She holds a MSc in Molecular Biology from Bar Ilan University and a MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society
Hetan Shah is executive director of the Royal Statistical Society, a body with over 9,000 members, with a vision to put data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London, and chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a grant-making trust. Hetan is a member of a number of advisory boards, including for the Science Media Centre, the Office
Lenny Stein, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Splunk
Lenny has served as Splunk’s Senior Vice President, Global Affairs since 2018. Prior to this role, Lenny served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer from 2017 to 2018 and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining Splunk, Lenny served in various executive positions including President and Chief Legal Officer at Jackson Family Enterprises, Inc., a luxury wine maker, from 2004 to 2010. From 2010 through 2011, Lenny served as a board advisor to two private companies and as an independent consultant. Lenny served as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Overture Services, Inc., an internet commercial search services company, from 2003 until it was acquired by Yahoo! Inc., in 2003. Lenny holds a B.A. from Yale College, an M.A. from Yale University Graduate School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Hilary is the director of UK-based not-for-profit SocietyInside. The name is a riff on the famous brand ‘IntelInside’ and aims to encapsulate the aspiration that innovation should have the needs and concerns of people and planet at its heart - not scientific kudos, academic citations or the desire simply to make money.
She works with policy makers, business, academic researchers and civil society groups to explore how this could be achieved in practice - her focus is exploring new approaches to trustworthy governance, stakeholder research & involvement and acting as a sounding board & critical friend.
She brings learning from experience across technologies, including initiatives in nanotechnologies, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and gene editing, gene drives, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Internet of Things and most recently quantum technologies.
She is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Values Ethics and Innovation, together with Amandeep Singh Gill, the Executive Director of the UN High Panel on Digital Cooperation. She was previously a member of the WEF GFC on Human Rights which developed a report on How to Prevent Discriminatory Outcomes in Machine Learning.
Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
Roger Taylor is chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. He has argued for a rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society. He is chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. He has written two books: God Bless the NHS (Faber & Faber (2014) and Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press 2016). He co-founded Dr Foster which pioneered the use of public data to provide independent ratings of healthcare. He worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers' Association.
Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for legislation.gov.uk before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016.
Jeni sits on the UK’s Open Standards Board; the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership; the Board of Ada, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills; the Co-operative’s Digital Advisory Board; and the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
Sir Alan Wilson, Chair, Ada Lovelace Institute
Sir Alan Wilson is Director, Special Projects of The Alan Turing Institute, with responsibility for leading specific research and partnership projects. He was CEO of the Institute between 2016-2018. He is Executive Chair of The Ada Lovelace Institute, Chair of the Home Office Science Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Banking Standards Board.
He is a Cambridge Mathematics graduate and began his research career in elementary particle physics at the Rutherford Laboratory. He turned to the social sciences, working on cities, with posts in Oxford and London before becoming Professor of Urban and Regional Geography in Leeds in 1970. He was a member of Oxford City Council from 1964-1967. In the late 1980s, he was the co-founder of GMAP Ltd, a University spin-out company. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1991 to 2004 when he became Director-General for Higher Education in the then DfES. After a brief spell in Cambridge, he joined UCL in 2007. He was Professor of Urban and Regional Systems in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London up to 2018.
From 2007-2013 he was Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council; and from 2013-2015, he was Chair of the Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight Project on The Future of Cities.
He is a Member of Academia Europaea, an FBA, an FAcSS and an FRS. He was knighted in 2001.
Emma is a Partner in Kemp Little’s commercial technology team. Her practice has evolved from focussing on the telco sector pre-liberalisation to advising on emerging technology particularly where it involves either monetising the content that the connectivity generates or securing the content or assets involved. She regularly considers compliance or broader ethical issues that this raises.
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