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The AI Network

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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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

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’?

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

Impatient for the patient: how can AI accelerate healthcare?

Tuesday 23 March, 14.30-16.00 GMT (Virtual)

  • Indra Joshi, head of AI, NHSX
  • Chris Wigley, CEO Genomics England
  • Alex Turkeltaub, Founder and Managing Partner at JSL Health Capital
  • Piraye Beim, founder and CEO of Celmatix
  • Matteo Berlucchi, CEO and Co-founder of Healthily 

The pandemic has seen a rapid acceleration in the development of some health technologies. Processes that might have taken ten years, have been accelerated to take ten months.  A key part of the continued acceleration of health technology is artificial intelligence, informatics and computing. Using techniques like these promise increased return rates on research, better management of data, diagnostics and many more benefits. So how can AI make us faster, more rigorous, efficient and effective when it comes to being impatient for the patient?  

Chaired by Alexi Mostrous and Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Tortoise

ai network BOOK CLUB

Born Digital: The Story of a Distracted Generation with Robert Wigley

Thursday 22 April, 14.30-15.30 BST

Our attention has been hijacked by the tsunami of devices, games and social media which now dominate our lives. This new technology brings efficiency, cost-savings and instantaneous information. But when our attention is the currency being traded by big tech firms, what price are we willing to pay for convenience?

  • Robert Wigley, Chairman of UK Finance and sits on the UK’s Economic Crime Strategic Board
  • Alexi Mostrous, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

AI Network Roundtable

Cybersecurity: The Next Global Arms Race?

Tuesday 27 April, 14.30-16.00 BST

Covid-19 has increased online activity, leading to more sensitive data being stored than ever before. At the same time, artificial intelligence and machine learning are accelerating the development of new and sophisticated cyber attack tools. With this increasing risk, how can nations, organisations and individuals stay ahead of cyber criminals in what might be the next global arms race?

  • Nicole Perlroth, Cybersecurtiy reporter for the New York Times, and author of This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends
  • Rashmy Chatterjee, CEO, Istari

Moderated by James Harding, Co-founder and Editor, Tortoise


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

Thursday 10 June

The Responsible AI Forum at Waddesdon will convene the world’s best-known chief executives and investment managers, politicians along with academics, technicians and ethicists to set out an agenda for the development, deployment and communication of AI as a responsible technology for society and government.

Speakers include: Jacomo Corbo, Chief Scientist at QuantumBlack; Liz Grennan, Global Managing Counsel, McKinsey; Siraj Khaliq, Head of AI at Atomico; Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at University of California; Azeem Azhar, award-winning product entrepreneur and the curator of Exponential View; Sana Khareghani, Head of UK Government’s Office for AI; and many more.

Full day of sessions followed by a drinks reception and private dinner at Waddesdon Manor

For further information on this event please email Alexandra directly on: alexandra.mousavizadeh@tortoisemedia.com

AI Network Roundtable

AI Regulation: who is on the hook?

Tuesday 28 September, 14.30-16.00 BST

It’s a tale as old as capitalism itself. Big business argues that strict regulations will stifle innovation and give an edge to international competitors, but calls for regulation to protect the public are increasing. With reports of AI ethics violations on the rise, it looks like the scales are starting to tip against those arguing against tougher regulations. But what regulations, and who decides?

Speakers TBC

Followed by a private AI Network dinner

AI Network Roundtable

The geo-politics of AI dominance: theNew World Order

Tuesday 23 November, 14.30-16.00 GMT

AI will bring advances in almost every sector of life, such that AI dominance has become a defining objective of the worlds’ biggest powers. But private companies are driving innovations that define interactions between nations from trade to military. How is AI redefining power between states and between the state and the private sector? And what is the end point of the international AI race?

Speakers TBC

Followed by a private AI Network dinner


The AI Breakthroughs on the Horizon: what is next for fintech?

Thursday 27 July

From GPT-3 to protein folding to AI driven climate solutions: these are breakthroughs that will completely alter the worlds of warfare, cyber, banking, transport and access to key goods and services. Digital security and future finance underpin these developments

Speakers TBC

Followed by a private AI Network dinner


Investing in AI: what are investors looking for?

Tuesday 26 October, 14.30-16.00 BST

From AI operating systems for self-driving cars to self-learning language processing platforms, artificial intelligence truly spans all industry sectors. With the potential to disrupt so many areas, venture capital firms are jumping on the bandwagon to fund the brains behind the projects, getting themselves ahead of the curve. What is the blueprint for AI investment success ?

Speakers TBC

Followed by a private AI Network dinner

AI summit

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

Thursday 2 December, 9.00 – 17.00 GMT

A full review of AI ecosystems nation by nation

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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