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Selected Media
Message to ministers: AI can transform the way we live right now – Guardian
Artificial intelligence can make us smarter and faster – Telegraph
Efficiency by Transparency – The Economist

Biography

Very Short version
Richard Sargeant is a Director of ASI Data Science. He has worked in senior roles in the Government Digital Service, Google, and HM Treasury. [24 words]

Short version
Richard Sargeant is a Director at ASI Data Science, leading their growing consulting practise. He has over ten years experience working in the public and private sector on transformation programmes which have had digital and data at their heart, including as one of the founding directors of the UK Government Digital Service. Richard has experience across a variety of sectors including Energy, Financial Services, and Education. [66 words]

Long version
In 2016, I joined ASI Data Science as a Director to grow our consulting team of expert data scientists. ASI are bringing the power of artificial intelligence within reach of everyone. We solve practical business problems using statistical and symbolic AI; provide modern software tools for analysts and data scientists; and deliver training to equip and empower data scientists, executives, and analysts to take advantage of AI.

Prior to joining ASI I worked in the UK Government as Director of Transformation in the Home Office. Before this I was one of the founding directors of the Government Digital Service. The Economist, Guardian, and Wall Street Journal, among others covered our work.

Previously, I was Head of Energy Market Design at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, where I led the Electricity Market Reform programme to secure an additional £200bn of capital investment into the UK Power Generation market. Our aim was to keep the lights on, bills down, and meet our climate change targets.

Before that I was at Google as their UK Head of Public Policy. I also spent a wonderful year in Freetown with my wife, working for the Government of Sierra Leone to support officials and ministers through Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative.

Before Google, I was a senior policy advisor in HM Treasury, running the Gowers’ Review of Intellectual Property, and a number of corporate finance projects. My first role in Government was in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, writing papers on innovation in the public sector and happiness, as well as unpublished work on education and healthcare. I co-founded Engineers Without Borders UK in 2001 while studying Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University.

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