The Global Race for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Leadership

Date: 14 May 2019

Venue: Taylor Wessing, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW

18.30  Registration, 19.00  Pitch Presentations, 20.30 Networking, 21.30  Finish





We cordially invite you to join us at our next HBS Alumni Angels of London event on Tuesday, May 14th, for another expert panel discussion on the global race for artificial intelligence and machine learning leadership. Two years after we first dived into the topic, we are revisiting to see whether AI is now living up to its many promises. The evening will be again moderated by Kenneth Cukier, senior editor at The Economist and coauthor of “Big Data,” a NYT bestseller translated into 20 languages. He will be joined by an esteemed panel of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who are active in the AI space including Steve Crossan, venture partner at FirstMinute Capital and former Google and DeepMind product manager; Dr Marc Warner, CEO and co-founder of Faculty who have applied AI in over 300 projects; and Simon Greenman, a Founder and Partner in Best Practice AI.  Other panelists will be announced shortly.


The discussion will draw on the practical experience of the panellists to examine questions such as:

•      What is AI and machine learning?
•      How can the landscape of AI activity be better understood?
•      How is AI impacting organisations today?  What are the use cases of AI? Is AI being widely adopted?  What is the ROI?
•      Which companies are making money in AI?  Is it simply a case that the tech giants will steal the show?
•      What AI start-ups are getting funded?  Which AI companies are seeing successful growth?
•      What are the ethical, legal and regulatory concerns with AI?  What is the likely regulatory outcome?
•      How are countries competing to be leaders in AI?  Is it a simple case of China and US supremacy?


Kenneth Cukier is senior editor at The Economist, and coauthor of “Big Data,” a NYT bestseller translated into 20 languages. He is an associate fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a trustee of Chatham House. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr Marc Warner is the CEO and Co-Founder at Faculty. He co-founded Faculty in the belief that the benefits of AI should extend to everyone, and has since overseen the growth of Faculty to one of Europe’s leading AI companies. He has led many data science projects, with clients ranging from multinational companies like EasyJet and Siemens to the UK government and the NHS. Before Faculty, Marc was a Marie Curie Fellow in Physics at Harvard University, specialising in quantum sensing. Outside of Faculty, he advises the UK government on digital, data and artificial intelligence as a member of the Digital Economic Advisory Council. He has a PhD in Quantum Computing and a degree in Physics from Imperial College London.

Steve Crossan is a Venture Partner at firstminute capital focusing on AI and deep tech. Prior to that he was at DeepMind, where he co-led the team putting DeepMind’s technology into Google, from datacentre optimization to Google Assistant, autonomous vehicles and protein folding. He joined DeepMind after almost ten years at Google on Maps, Gmail, and Search. Prior to that he left a Ph.D. in AI at Sussex unfinished to start a series of startups including Runtime Collective which became brandwatch.com. He has an M.A. from Oxford in History and an M.Sc. from UCL in Computer Science.

Simon Greenman is cofounder and partner at Best Practice AI, a London-based AI executive advisory that helps companies create competitive advantage with AI. Simon has more than 20 years of experience leading digital transformations through technology, data science, and AI. Previously, he was cofounder of MapQuest, one of the first internet brands; spent over 10 year as chief digital officer leading transformations of local media companies for private equity; and consulted or worked for HomeAdvisor Europe, AOL, Bowers & Wilkins, and Accenture. Simon is co-chair of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London, an advisor and former venture partner at DN Capital, and AI expert in residence at Seedcamp. Simon holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in computing and artificial intelligence from the University of Sussex.


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Janet Talbut
01223 812800