Chief Disruptor Summer Connector
The Great AI Debate

Tuesday 27 June 2023 │ 17:30 - 21:00 BST │ In person

It's fair to say that we’re in the midst of a public debate on the future of AI. On the one hand, governments are formulating their approach to AI regulation, with the UK government focusing primarily on the innovation potential of AI for UK plc. Conversely, an open letter signed by Elon Musk and prominent AI professors and researchers has called for a six month halt to the "dangerous race" to develop systems more powerful than OpenAI's newly launched GPT-4.

So is AI friend or foe? The subject certainly brings out powerful feelings on both sides of the debate. So why not have your say? 

Join us with your team for networking drinks and highly topical debate with our panel of experts on the impact and implications of our AI survey findings; from ethics to trust, and use cases to implementation strategies. Bring your questions and be prepared to quiz our panel from across industry, national government and the European Union.

Click here to submit a question for our panel to answer.



 17:30 Registration Open

18:00 Welcome
Emma Taylor, Founder and Managing Director, Chief Disruptor

18:05 Overview of Chief Disruptor Maximising Business Impact from AI survey findings
Caroline Boyd, Director of Research and Strategic Development, Chief Disruptor

18:15 The Great AI Debate

  • Is AI a friend or foe? Should we be worried about AI? If so, should AI in fact be more regulated by governments?
  • What will AI regulation, legislation and standards look like over the next 18 months? What does this mean for organisations?

  • What is the UK government’s and EU's position on the acceleration of safe and responsible generative AI? 

  • For organisations in the UK, what form of governance should organisations champion in the absence of government regulation?
  • Will organisations be exposing themselves to unknown risks? What are these risks?  And if so, should AI in fact be more regulated by governments? 

  • Who will gain from AI and who will lose out? How should society mitigate those losses?

  • Given the main barriers outlined in the AI survey, what can organisations do now to maximise the business impact of AI?

19:00 Networking drinks and canapes



Andrew McLennan 4-1Dr Andrew McLennan, Former Managing Director | CIO/CTO, Goldman Sachs

Dr Andrew McLennan is Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Modelling and Software Engineering for EMEA and APAC across Goldman Sachs's Private Alternative Asset Management Division. Andrew has a BA, MSc and DPhil in Information Engineering from the University of Oxford, and is currently an Executive student at Berkeley's Haas Business School. He has deep technical knowledge of ML and the commercial application of AI.

1579628747061Dr Louise Sheridan, Deputy Director, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Dr Louise Sheridan is Deputy Director at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Prior to joining the CDEI, Louise has worked extensively with the UK and international tech and telecoms sectors in government and the private sector. Previous roles include COO of an Edtech startup driving inclusive entrepreneur education; establishing the UK government’s international tech hub network across Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and India; and leading UK participation in Digital Nations, an international collaboration to improve digital public services. She is passionate about the potential of responsible innovation to solve global issues and drive inclusive economic growth.

officialSHcropped-500x500Dr Sebastian Hallensleben, Chair, Joint Technical Committee 21 "Artificial Intelligence"

Dr Sebastian Hallensleben is the Chair of CEN-CENELEC JTC 21 where European AI standards to underpin EU regulation are being developed, a member of the Expert Advisory Board of the EU StandICT programme and Chair of the Trusted Information working group. He co-chairs the classification and risk assessment working group in OECD ONE.AI and has roles in AI committees at IEC, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Sebastian Hallensleben heads Digitalisation and AI at VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies where he is responsible for new product and service development as well as for giving advice and developing frameworks for the German parliament and several federal ministries as well as the European Commission. He focusses in particular on AI ethics, on handling the impact of generative AI, building privacy-preserving trust infrastructures as well as characterising AI quality. –  Earlier, Sebastian Hallensleben worked on dialog facilitation between academia, industry and policymaking (e.g. in the context of federal research foresight) and in international infrastructure project development for waste, energy and drinking water. He holds a PhD in physics and began his professional life in IT development and solutions architecture in the financial and telecoms sectors.

filters_no_upscale()Dr Emmanuel Kahembwe, CEO - UK/NI, VDE (Association for Electrical Electronic Information Technologies)

Dr Emmanuel Kahembwe is the chair of the National Robotics Standardization Committee and a member of the National Standardization Committee on AI. He is a member of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization WG on Digital Sovereignty. He sits on the Motor Vehicle Working Group at the EU Commission, the AI tools and accountability working group at the OECD – AI Policy Observatory. He is an alumni of The University of Edinburgh (MSc & PhD), Heriot-Watt University (PhD), Napier University (BSc), The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and The Heidelberg Laureate Forum. His expertise spans the fields of AI, Data, Robotics, Autonomous Systems, High Performance Systems and Games Development. He is the CAIO of The AI Quality and Testing Hub, the CEO of VDE UK, and the AI Architect of the VDE group, Europe's oldest and largest technical-scientific organisation.