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Hetan Shah will consider how policymakers should respond to the opportunities and challenges of the data and AI agendas. He will prioritise the case for investment in basic data in areas such as the justice system, rather than pushing for investment in AI. He will consider methods by which policymakers could better understand public thinking on new technologies such as biometrics. He will also consider what role AI might play in making policy more effective.

This event is being organised by the King's Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Please note, King's events are free, which means we routinely overbook to allow for no-shows and avoid empty seats. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive in good time to avoid disappointment. We will not be able to admit those without tickets or latecomers.


Hetan Shah is chief executive of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, King's College London. Hetan is a board member of Our World in Data, a website which provides long run data on global challenges such as poverty. He is also a member of the board of The Legal Education Foundation, a philanthropic body supporting a better justice system. Hetan helped to found the Ada Lovelace Institute which seeks to promote AI and data for public good, and he was Vice Chair until the end of 2022. Hetan sits on a number of advisory boards, including for the Resolution Foundation, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and the Pissarides Review of the Future of Work.

Event details

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31) King's Building
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS