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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


Very Short version
Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science. He has worked in senior roles in the Government Digital Service, Google, and HM Treasury. [26 words]

Short version
Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science, leading their commercial software and professional services business. He has over ten years experience working in the public and private sector on policies and projects 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 Technology, Energy, Financial Services, and Education.   [73 words]

Long version
I joined ASI Data Science to help bring AI with reach of everyone, rather than see its potential constrained within a small number of giant tech firms. By Bringing AI to everyone, I believe ASI will help to diffuse a remarkable technology that could deliver the most significantly positive social and economic benefits of the 21st Century.

At ASI we work with organisations in three ways:

  1. for those new to data science or committed to an outsourced model we solve practical business problems by developing and deploying AI as a Service;
  2. for those wanting to become independent in their use of AI we provide data transformation advice, alongside the right data tools and in-house skills; and
  3. for those already doing AI, we provide SherlockML – a world class Data Science Platform for data scientists who can code.

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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