I am currently the Head of AI Products for a major multinational financial institution, focussed on developing the next geenration of products and solutions as well as being active in thought leadership in the global AI regulatory landscape across 33 countries. In addition to having knowledge on the latest cutting-edge developments in AI, I also write and comment from a business, regulatory, and policy perspective on emerging AI ethics and governance issues. I am experienced in and work with a range of cloud and real-time technologies. Under my guidance, we have gone from having zero capabilities in the field to becoming a widely respected market leader in this area within just three years. My interest in AI was initially sparked by a course on Computational Neuroscience during my Masters in Physics (by the brilliant Claudia Clopath) at Imperial College London, and over time, it has led me to become active in engaging the public on the massive impacts of AI.
I see politics as a necessary channel in raising awareness and changing structural issues which I care about, ranging from Scotland (where I was born and grew up) to the future of the state. My most recent work on Modern Britain: Global Leader in Ethical AI is the largest Fabian Society pamphlet ever published and is found here. Events and discussions I've hosted can be found on the homepage. I currently chair the #Ai2021 public debate on AI - find out more here.
I have prior experience was in investment banking, financing export-credit based projects. These were mainly in developing countries and involved both infrastructure, such as power plants, schools, and markets, and commercial contracts. I worked with C-suite executives, government agencies and politicians in the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia and exporters and buyers all over the world, from Peru to Ghana to Kazakhstan to Taiwan and most places in between.
Prior to that, I was engaged in entrepreneurial work, featuring in the BBC for a project on VR-based language-learning, which I am also passionate about. I occasionally give a language learning workshop called 'Learning Languages for Life', where I encourage and teach language learning for general cultural and emotional awareness and mental training.
I've been a partner at Social Venture Partners London since its conception, where we fund smaller London-based charities in specialised areas. Read about the charities we've helped here. Recently, we launched a special fund for the recent COVID-19 crisis, and I have been helping the suicide prevention charity The Listening Place with their expansion and data management.
I'm a governor at Burlish Park Primary School, a member of the Rivers CofE Multi Academy Trust in Worcestershire. This is one of the first MATs and schools to support remote governorship, allowing a unique transfer of local practices and knowledge between the school and the rest of the country.
Conversational AI and the Customer, AI in Financial Services Forum, March 2021
Delivering a 10X improvement to risk and regulatory reporting through adoption of innovations in cloud and AI, AsiaRisk / Google Cloud, December 2020