AI Collaboration Forum

AI Collaboration Forum - Working together to make the UK a world leader in ethical Artificial Intelligence 

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About this event

The Whitehall & Industry Group's AI Collaboration Forum will bring together a wide audience from our 230+ members, spanning the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as academic institutions. Supported by the Office for Artificial Intelligence and kindly hosted by EY. 

The agenda will explore the vital role of cross-sector collaboration to ensure the endless possibilities of AI are harnessed and regulated effectively, generating maximum positive economic and societal impacts for the UK.

Join us for your opportunity to:

  • Gain insight from 25+ experts through high level panel discussions and innovative case studies sharing the tangible impacts of AI
  • Take part in interactive sessions scoping the ethical and practical considerations around effective implementation of AI
  • Build strategic cross-sector partnerships to strengthen the UK's AI ecosystem.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Cross-sector collaboration and working with start-ups
  • Building on the government's AI sector deal
  • AI and ethics: avoiding bias, ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Trust and public perception of AI
  • Practical challenges: data and skills requirements
  • AI for good
WIG AI Collaboration Forum agenda.pdf 1

Early speaker confirmations include:

  • Sana Khareghani

    Head of UK Government 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 sectors. 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 in HMG, currently and over the past year as Head of the 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). 

  • Susannah Storey

    Director General for Digital and Media Policy


    Susannah Storey became the Director General for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in July 2019.
    Prior to this role, Susannah was Director General at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Before joining DExEU, she held a number of director roles at BEIS, DECC and UK Government Investments and a career in investment banking.

  • Roger Taylor


    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. His 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.

  • Prof. Helen Margetts OBE

    Professor of Society and the Internet and Programme Director for Public Policy

    OII the University of Oxford and the Turing Institute

    Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College. She is a political scientist specialising in the relationship between digital technology and government, politics and public policy. She is an advocate for the potential of multi-disciplinarity and computational social science for our understanding of political behaviour and development of public policy in a digital world.  She has published over a hundred books, articles and policy reports in this area, including Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action (with Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri, 2015); Paradoxes of Modernization (with Perri 6 and Christopher Hood, 2010); Digital Era Governance (with Patrick Dunleavy, 2006, 2008); and The Tools of Government in the Digital Age (with Christopher Hood, 2007). Since 2018, Helen has been Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Insitute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The programme works with policy-makers to research and develop ways of using data science and AI to improve policy-making and service provision, foster government innovation and establish an ethical framework for the use of data science in government. The programme comprises over 25 research projects involving 60 researchers across 10 universities. As well as being programme director, Helen is theme lead for criminal justice in the AI for Science and Government programme and principal investigator on research projects Hate Speech: Measures and Counter-measures, Social Information and Public Opinion and Political Volatility

  • Jeremy Silver


    Digital Catapult

    Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, is an entrepreneur, author and angel investor. He is a Trustee of the British Library and a member of the UK Creative Industries Council. Jeremy sits on the boards of HammerheadVR Ltd, Imaginarium Studios Ltd and FeedForward.AI. He was previously Executive Chairman of Semetric (acquired by Apple), Founder CEO of Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), a strategic advisor to Shazam (acquired by Apple), and CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid). Jeremy was Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles and Head of Media at Virgin Records where he worked with Genesis, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry, among others. His book “Digital Medieval” is a history of the music industry online. He has spoken at TEDx Houses of Parliament, the CBI, SXSW and Midem among many trade events. He is an Industry Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

  • Cathy Mulligan

    Chief Technology Officer - Public Sector

    Fujitsu UK

    Cathy Mulligan is Chief Technology Officer for Public Sector at Fujitsu UK.  She is an Honorary Senior Researcher at University College London and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council.  Prior to Fujitsu, she was previously Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering and a Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School where her research covered digital transformation of economy, environment and society.  Cathy was a member of the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, which focussed on the unintended consequences of digital technologies and has authored 7 books on various technologies including IoT, EPC and 5G. 

  • Dr David Barber


    UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence

    David Barber received a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and subsequently a PhD in Theoretical Physics (Statistical Mechanics) from Edinburgh University. He is Director of the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence, which aims to develop next generation AI techniques. He has broad research interests related to the application of probabilistic modelling and reasoning. David is also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and the CSO of re:infer, an AI spin-out from UCL.

  • John Cooper

    Head of Public Law & Regulation

    Gowling WLG

    John Cooper is one of the UK's leading specialists in public and regulatory law. With over 20 years' experience in the field, he heads the group of legal experts who form our UK Public Law & Regulation Team.  John leads on Gowling WLG’s work with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and was co-author of our white paper on the ethical regulation of autonomous vehicles (The Moral Algorithm) as well as the regulatory section of the UK chapter in Global Legal Insights: AI, Machine Learning & Big Data. A litigator by training, John has represented clients in judicial review and tribunal cases, both bringing and defending proceedings against government bodies. He has acted on a number of leading cases, and is an expert on the law and strategy of public law challenges. But most of the time he focuses on finding solutions to complex legal problems that keep his clients out of court. With substantial experience of working as a lawyer for the UK government, and an adviser to governments in the Middle East and East Africa, John is an expert in the law and policy of regulatory systems.  He is equally comfortable contributing creatively to policy development as he is drafting legislation. He has a long track record of bringing his expertise to bear to achieve the commercial and policy objectives of governments, regulators and major corporates. John regularly publishes and speaks about recent developments in public and regulatory law across a range of sectors including energy and utilities, transport, health, education, gambling, food and life sciences.

  • Matthew O’Kane

    VP, EMEA Head of AI & Analytics


    Matthew brings close to two decades of experience in data and analytics, gained across the financial services industry and consulting. His team helps clients modernize their data and transform their business using AI. Prior to joining Cognizant, he led analytics practices at Accenture, EY and Detica. Over this period, he delivered multiple large-scale AI/machine learning implementations, helped clients transition analytics and data to the cloud and collaborated with MIT on new prescriptive machine learning algorithms.  Matthew is passionate about the potential for AI and analytics to transform clients’ businesses across functional areas and the customer experience.  

  • Tom Smith

    Managing Director, Data Science Campus


    Tom Smith is Managing Director at the Data Science Campus, joining the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2017. He was co-founder and, prior to joining ONS, chief executive of Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI), a research and data ‘spin-out’ company from the University of Oxford. Tom has more than 20 years’ experience using data and analysis to improve public services. Working at the intersection of government, academia and industry, he has led data & research projects with hundreds of local and national public and community sector organisations, including the government’s English Indices of Deprivation. His primary research interests are in using data science to improve public services, machine learning, and assessing non-traditional data sources to improve our understanding of society and the economy. A life-long data addict, Tom has a PhD in computational neuroscience, evolving neural networks for robot control (Sussex, 2002), an MSc in knowledge-based systems (Sussex, 1997), and MA in theoretical physics (Cambridge, 1994). He is vice-chair of the Royal Statistical Society Official Statistics section, and previously chair of the Environment Agency Data Advisory Group, and a member of the Open Data User Group ministerial advisory group to Cabinet Office. He has also acted as an external advisor on opening-up, sharing and using data for multiple government departments.

  • Callum Smith

    Lead Data Scientist


    Callum is Lead Data Scientist at M&S Food, heeding up a team of data scientists, analysts, data engineers, and developers. The team’s main focus is using machine learning and optimisation algorithms to develop the food supply chain at M&S. Prior to M&S, Callum worked in the Civil Service in a range of analyst and data science roles, culminating in him setting up a data science team at the Department for Education.

  • Stephen Jamieson

    Head of Sustainable Business Innovation

  • Dr. Anna Perales

    Director Artificial Intelligence and Conception X Lead

  • Caroline Gorski

    Group Director - R2 Data Labs

    Rolls Royce



The event is aimed at all those involved in driving forward innovation and the strategic deployment of AI in their organisation, including:

  • COOs and CEOs
  • Chief data, digital and technology officers
  • Heads of R&D, insights and business intelligence
  • Board Members
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Sector Specific Experts



Member super-early bird: £250 + VAT (Expires 24 November 2019)

Member early bird price: £350 + VAT (Expires 12 January 2020)

Member standard price: £450 + VAT

Non-member price: £550 + VAT

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