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10 June 2021

The Responsible AI Forum at Waddesdon 2021

How it works

The Forum is an invitation-only event for senior industry leaders. If you are interested to attend or learn more about our Forums please do get in touch


Hosted by Lord Rothschild and organised by Tortoise Media, the first Responsible AI Forum convened the world’s best-known figures from the business and academic worlds to lead the discussion on the development, deployment and communication of AI as a responsible technology for society and government.

The Responsible AI forum is designed to be the space where key tensions and questions within AI can be discussed in a thoughtful and pragmatic way. By convening people with a depth of expertise – policymakers, engineers, academics, founders, chief executives, investors and AI officers – through our AI Network, we hope to set out an agenda for the development, deployment and communication of AI as a responsible technology for society and government. 

about us

Tortoise is building a different kind of newsroom. We’re opening up journalism and giving everyone a seat at the table. The ThinkIn is the heart of what we do. It’s a forum for civilised disagreement where our members take part in live, unscripted conversations that shape the way we report the world.


Tuesday 10 June 2021 • 9.30am – 6.15pm BST

Session 1 of 12

9.30am – 9.35am BST

Welcome from Lord Rothschild

Speakers Lord Rothschild, James Harding and Alexandra Mousavizadeh

Session 2 of 12

9.35am – 9.45am BST

The Agenda of the Responsible AI Forum, with Rashmy Chatterjee, CEO, ISTARI, and Siraj Khaliq, Investment Partner, Atomico

Editor James Harding
Speakers Rashmy Chatterjee and Siraj Khaliq

Session 3 of 12

9.45am – 10.30am BST

The AI Opportunity: In conversation with Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank Group Corp

Editor James Harding
Speakers Masayoshi Son

Session 4 of 12

10.30am – 11.30am BST

Smart machines for the public good: How will AI improve health, education and prosperity?

Editor Tabitha Goldstaub
Speakers Jacomo Corbo, Chief Scientist and Co-founder of QuantumBlack; Michael Zeller, Head of AI Strategy, Temasek; Sana Kharaghani, Director of the Office for AI, UK Government

Session 5 of 12

11:45am – 12:45pm BST

The next economic model: How will AI distribute the gains?

Editor James Harding
Speakers Azeem Azhar, Founder, Exponential View; Daniel Susskind, Economist and Author; Carys Roberts, Executive Chair, IPPR

Session 6 of 12

2pm – 2.45pm BST

Capital ideas: Investor priorities in AI

Editor Siraj Khaliq
Speakers Matt Ocko, Co-founder and Managing Partner, DCVC; Janet Bannister, Managing Partner, Real Ventures; Ash Fontana, Author of The AI-First Company & Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners; Peter Barrett, Founder & General Partner, Playground Global

Session 7 of 12

2.45pm – 3.45pm BST

The geo-politics of the intelligence complex: AI, cyber and global security

Editor Rashmy Chatterjee
Speakers Azeem Azhar, Daniel Susskind and Carys Roberts

Session 8 of 12

4pm – 4.45pm BST

The rules: Can AI be regulated?

Editor James Harding
Speakers Liz Grennan, Global Managing Council, McKinsey; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Danish Prime Minister, Member of the Facebook Oversight Board; Martin Jetter, Chairman of IBM (EMEA), Chairman of the Board at Deutsche Börse Group; Darko Matovski, CEO, causaLens

Session 9 of 12

4.45pm – 5.30pm BST

In conversation with Demis Hassabis, CEO, DeepMind

Editor James Harding
Speaker Demis Hassabis

Session 10 of 12

5.30pm – 6pm BST

In conversation with Jack Clark, Co-founder, Anthropic, and Policy Director at Import AI

Editor James Harding
Speakers Jack Clark

Session 11 of 12

6pm – 6.15pm BST

Conclusions on the forum

Editor James Harding

The forum leadership

Hosted by

Lord Rothschild

Rothschild Foundation

Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange, and Chairman of J Rothschild Capital Management.

James Harding

Co-founder and Editor, Tortoise Media

Former Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC. Prior to this, he was the Editor of The Times from 2007-2012.

Alexandra Mousavizadeh

Director of Tortoise Intelligence

Creator of the Global AI Index and Responsibility100 Index. Co-founder of The Global Disinformation Index. Former Managing Director of the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index.

Advisory board