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Our values

At Faculty, we seek to uncover a true understanding of how the world works. We know that innovation and creativity often come from asking difficult questions, disagreeing and working together to find the right answer. We separate fact from fiction, basing our decisions and recommendations on rigorous findings rather than gut instinct. Our people think outside the box, bringing new ideas that drive new insight instead of applying old solutions to new problems.
To work at Faculty, you need to be able to think on your feet and move quickly. Our decision-making pipelines are fast, and we pride ourselves on being able to adjust quickly when we receive new information. Our people are self-starters who get things done rather than waiting for others to prompt us. At Faculty, our people take a holistic view and make decisions that support the success of everyone, rather than only looking out for ourselves.
At its core, Faculty is about fostering talent. We’ve done it since our founding and don’t plan to stop. That’s because without our people we cannot make artificial intelligence real. Our culture encourages everyone at Faculty to invest time and energy in reflecting on strengths and development areas so that we can be the best we can be: for ourselves, one another and our clients.
At Faculty, we don’t cling to old hypotheses if new information proves our initial thinking wrong. We fail fast, we dust ourselves off and we move on. We’re always happy to admit when we’ve got something wrong, and we recognise that failure is an inevitable pitstop on the path to success. Playing devil’s advocate is therefore essential to our identity. We don’t surround ourselves with 'yes people' – we prefer individuals who think creatively and critically, testing their assumptions and making sure we do the same.

Life at Faculty

The Faculty team is diverse and distinctive, and we all come from different personal, professional and academic backgrounds. But we all have one thing in common: we are driven by a deep intellectual curiosity that powers us forward each day. This curiosity pushes us to seek truth and understanding in everything we do, to execute work in a nimble and pragmatic manner, to foster talent in one another and always to challenge assumptions.

Faculty is the professional challenge of a lifetime. You’ll be surrounded by an impressive group of brilliant minds working to advance our goal of making artificial intelligence real. Our consultants, product developers, business development specialists, operations professionals and more all bring something unique to Faculty, and you’ll learn something new from everyone you meet. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your mark on a high-growth startup now poised to expand internationally.

And finally, you’ll meet colleagues from around the world who challenge your thinking and teach you new skills. You’ll make friends and professional connections that will last a lifetime. We work hard and make sure we enjoy what we do. So we have frequent socials and informal get-togethers to help make sure you enjoy your time with us.

Pranuthi Chander

Pranuthi Chander

Pranuthi is the People Guild at Faculty. She concentrates on building an effective operations function in a scalable and sustainable way. Before joining Faculty, she was Head of Operations at London based startups, Corethree, GPDQ and Kabbee where she led their operations and product teams to build and deliver mobile technology applications and design internal operational services.

Ilya Feige

Director of AI

Ilya is Director of AI at Faculty. He leads Faculty’s research & development efforts and ensures that cutting edge machine learning is used across all Faculty’s commercial data science projects. Before Faculty, Ilya worked at McKinsey, helping to deploy artificial intelligence for some of the world’s largest brands. He is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at UCL. Ilya was awarded the Goldhaber prize for the best PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University, and the Governor General’s award for the single highest-ranked undergraduate student at McGill University.

Holly Searle

Head of PR & Communications

Holly is Head of PR & Communications at Faculty. She oversees marketing by building awareness of Faculty to support the company’s growth. Before joining Faculty, Holly worked agency-side leading communications programmes for media, advertising and technology clients including Ericsson, Getty Images, ZenithOptimedia (Publicis Group), iProspect (Dentsu Aegis Network), and Rightster (now Brave Bison).

John Gibson

Chief Commercial Officer

John is the Chief Commercial Officer at Faculty. He leads Faculty’s Data Science business, which helps clients from across the economy to take advantage of the opportunities created by AI. His team have developed the AI Strategies of FTSE 100 companies and Government Departments, and built some of the most advanced applications of machine learning in the UK to date. Before Faculty, John spent ten years working in government, most recently including four years in the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit where he led work to mitigate the impacts of automation on the UK workforce, and designed policies to support the growth of technology companies.

Amirah Rashid

People Experience Officer

Amirah is a People Experience Officer at Faculty. She builds projects and programmes that deeply enrich the people experience from onboarding new hires to rolling out new mental health and well-being programs. Amirah concentrates on evolving Faculty’s culture through new initiatives and ensures that everyone is well equipped with everything.

Dr Sania Jevtic

Senior Data Scientist

Dr Sania Jevtic is a Senior Data Scientist at Faculty. Since joining Faculty, she has been involved in applying natural language processing to extract important themes and topics from text data. Previous projects that she has worked on include work on customer segmentation, where she developed models to predict high-value customers and analysed the flow of London’s public transport system to profile the impact of delays. She holds a PhD in Quantum Information Theory and was later awarded an Imperial College Research Fellowship to investigate models for simulating many-body quantum systems.

Chandni Palan

Product Associate

Chandni is a Product Associate in the Commercial team at Faculty. Since joining, she has worked on a variety of projects, spanning various areas of the economy, including a major Discovery exercise for a FTSE 250 advertising firm. Before joining Faculty, she was a Management Consultant at Clarasys. She primarily worked with development teams on large scale and digital transformation programmes, with a focus on software delivery. She has previous experience in Investment Banking at HSBC and project management at WPP. Chandni graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Modern Languages.

Richard Sargeant

Chief Operating Officer

Richard is the Chief Operating Officer at Faculty. He supports senior leaders across a variety of sectors to transform their business to use AI effectively. Before joining Faculty, he was the Director of Digital Data Transformation at the Home Officeand one of the founding directors of theUK’s Government Digital Service. Before that, he worked at Google, the Prime Minister’sStrategy Unit, and co-founded Engineers Without BordersUK. He is a non-exec director on the board ofExeter University, and the Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Nadine Daouk

Interaction Designer

Nadine is a designer at Faculty. She uses her skills to develop the Faculty platform through design. Before joining Faculty, she completed a Masters in design and technology at Parsons The New School. Nadine has created digital interactive artworks, and contributed to the creation of several brand identities before joining Faculty. She was also an intern at the Leo Burnett Group, where she worked for clients like Herbal Essences, Always and MAX Factor.

Maria Diaz

Head of Fellowship

Maria is Head of Fellowship at Faculty. She runs the fellowship programme that transforms PhD and post-doc talent into the best commercial data scientists. Before joining Faculty, she was responsible for client digital operations at Teradata and eBay Enterprise – where she led the customer success, technical and project management teams for large corporate clients. She has a degree in Biology from UCL and a Masters in Water Resource Management from King’s College London.

Dr Pascal Bugnion

Data Engineer

Pascal works as a data engineer at Faculty, concentrating on the development of Faculty Platform. Besides his work for Faculty, Pascal has authored “Scala for Data Science”, a book on data science libraries in Scala. He also contributes to open source, as a maintainer of Jupyter widgets and dash-bootstrap-components and as the author of jupyter-gmaps, a library for visualising geographical data on Google Maps. He holds a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics from Cambridge University.

Ben McAlindin

Data Engineer

Ben is a Data Engineer at Faculty. Before Faculty he developed websites for a leading market research firm. He has experience building scalable pipelines for data processing and analysis, along with interactive user interfaces for all users. He has degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Leeds University.

Nijma Khan

Principal

Nijma is a Principal at Faculty. She is an experienced strategy director with a track record of driving complex, multi-stakeholder projects with blue-chip industry clients and non-governmental organisations such as the World Economic Forum and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She has fifteen years’ experience building business strategies that address environmental and societal challenges and is now using that expertise to drive adoption of AI across multiple sectors. Prior to joining Faculty, Nijma was responsible for Strategy, Insights and Innovation at Accenture with a particular focus on the impact of automation on learning and work, and the practical application of AI and emerging technologies for good.

To learn more about working at Faculty and our current job opportunities, get in touch.