About

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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 the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science. ASI helps organisations apply Artificial Intelligence to solve business and policy problems.

Short version
Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science, leading the commercial side of their AI delivery, advisory, and software platform 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 commercial and strategy experience across a variety of sectors including Technology, Energy, Financial Services, Government, and Education.

Long version
Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science, leading the commercial side of their AI delivery, advisory, and software platform business. He is also a non-executive board member of Exeter University and produces an irregular podcast.

ASI helps organisations apply Artificial Intelligence to solve business and policy problems. Founded in 2014, we have developed an unrivalled specialist expertise having designed and deployed custom machine learning algorithms in over 200 commercial engagements, including the UK Government’s most high-profile use of AI to counter terrorist propaganda. We have AI research partnerships with Harvard and UCL, and receive applications from 10% of the UK’s Science and Maths PhDs to our fellowship programme every year.

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

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

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

Before Google, he was a senior policy advisor in HM Treasury, running the Gowers’ Review of Intellectual Property, and a number of other projects. His 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. He co-founded Engineers Without Borders UK in 2001 while studying Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University.

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