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A global community of business leaders, academic experts, and policy makers

Artificial intelligence will change how business, governments and societies operate for decades to come. Join us for cutting-edge conversations, timely insights, and valuable networking with other leaders in the field.

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Benefits of membership

Invite-only ThinkIns
Monthly virtual roundtables tackling specific themes emerging from the AI Index, exclusively for AI Network and invited experts.

Biannual summits
Half or full day discussions with leading experts from around the world on the key themes coming out of the Global AI Index.

Network dinners
Biannual dinners exclusively for members and invited experts. Hosted in London to coincide with our summits in December and May.

The Sensemaker AI
Our bi-monthly newsletter making sense of the latest developments in AI.

The Global AI Index
Access to our raw data. Over 100 metrics across 62 countries, updated biannually.

Early access
First look at index updates and methodology changes, with an invitation to review & feedback.

Network popups
Invite-only socials and special events at AI Summits around the world.

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  • Past events

Do national strategies for artificial intelligence really work

29 September, 14:15–15:30 BST

In the past five years, the nations of the world have produced dozens of strategy documents concerned with developing, governing and benefitting from AI. What have these high-level strategies shown us about the relationship between AI and government? And do they appear to be working?

– Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer under President Obama

Stuart Russell, Professor Computer Science at the University of of California

Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights

China & AI: What Does China Want?

27 October, 14:30–16:00 BST

The race between the US and China on AI has been a talking-point for years, but its actual strength is rarely calculated with much accuracy. As nations are grappling with looming largest recession in many decades is China able to maintain its focus on AI leadership

  • Rana Mitter, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford
  • Azeem Azhar, award-winning product entrepreneur and the curator of Exponential View
  • Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of Tortoise Intelligence and Partners
  • Alexi Mostrous, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Preview of the Global AI Index 2020 edition

24 November, 14:15–15:30 GMT

Released on 3rd December. This session will spotlight the UK and Israel.

Presented by:

Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of Tortoise Intelligence and Partners

Alexi Mostrous, Editor and Partner, Tortoise


Lord Jim O’Neill, economist and former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management; chair of the RSA 2020 Public Services City Growth Commission

AI Network Roundtable

Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

Tuesday 26 January, 14.30-16.00 GMT (Virtual)

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor at University College London and Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

James Harding, co-founder and editor, Tortoise

The pandemic has intensified a host of issues to which capitalism has no answers. Disease, inequality, climate collapse – all of which demand urgent and coordinated attention. Mariana Mazzucato proposes a renewal of ‘public purpose’ and a rethinking of the role of government within our spluttering economies. What applied role do moonshots in artificial intelligence and other technologies have to play, in the new ‘mission economy’?

1 hour fireside chat. Members are welcome to stay on afterwards for further discussion.

AI Network Roundtable

Is there a blueprint for leadership in artificial intelligence?

Tuesday 23 February, 14.30-16.00 GMT (Virtual)

Jarmo Sareva, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ambassador for Innovation

Ami Appelbaum, Chairman of the Board, Israel Innovation Authority & Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy and Industry

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance, Greece

When it comes to artificial intelligence, a handful of smaller nations around the world are leading the way in a number of areas, from innovation to adoption. The Tortoise AI Network asks how, why and if the UK needs to learn from their example?

Chaired by Alexi Mostrous and Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Tortoise


AI Network Roundtable

How will artificial intelligence help deliver health for all?

Tuesday 23 March, 14.30-16.00 GMT (Virtual)

  • Indra Joshi, CEO NHSX (TBC)

From diagnostics and drug discovery to resource management, there are a growing number of promising applications for artificial intelligence within the NHS. Instead of jumping for magic wand solutions, we’ll look at how artificial intelligence can be more widely deployed across the service and applied to patients with complex needs. How do we build systems to help us harness data? How can data-rich tools ease pressure on the beleaguered NHS? What can other healthcare institutions around the world learn?

AI Network Roundtable


Tuesday 27 April, 14.30-16.00 BST


AI Network Roundtable

AI Network roundtable preview of the biannual index update

Thursday 25 May, 14.30-16.00 BST

AI Network Roundtable


Tuesday 28 September, 14.30-16.00 BST

AI Network Roundtable


Tuesday 23 November, 14.30-16.00 GMT


The Annual AI Forum at Waddesdon, co-hosted with Lord Rothschild

Thursday 10 June



Tuesday 26 October, 14.30-16.00 BST

AI summit

The Tortoise AI Summit and 2021 update of the Global AI Index

Thursday 2 December

Advisory panel
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Senior Advisor on Artificial Intelligence for Accenture; founder of The Exponential View. Investor across the AI sector

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Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Tech Ambassador of Denmark

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Co-Founder of CognitionX and Chair of the UK Government’s AI Council

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CTO of Ocado

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Head of UK Government’s Office for AI

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CEO of Genomics England

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Founder of Best Practice AI

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CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund and former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia

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Partner at McKinsey & Company

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Director of Data Science for Internet of Things at the University of Oxford

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Founder of Skype and Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge

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Chairman of Siemens

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Co-founder, LocalGlobe

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CEO of Graphcore

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Partner at McKinsey & Company

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Co-Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First

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Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute

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Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs, IE University

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Chairman, Donkey Republic; CEO, Casalbi

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Senior Editor, The Economist

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Executive Director of IE University’s Center for the Governance of Change

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Programme Director for Artificial Intelligence at The Turing Institute

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Chief Data Scientist and Partner of Capita Consulting

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Founder & CEO, Human Capital Network

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