Connecting to Prosper: Integrating AI in the UK

The UK attracts the most investment in AI in Europe, but substantially less than the US and China. What can be done to position the UK at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

In this exclusive fireside chat, the Lord Mayor of London will share his unique insights from his international travels as the City of London’s global ambassador. Join us as the Lord Mayor sheds light on the opportunities and threats posed to the City and UK from AI, drawing on his career as both a computer scientist and financial services professional.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the Lord Mayor’s “Connect to Prosper” programme, including the Ethical AI Initiative 
  • Understand the current state of AI in the UK in global perspective
  • Discover what firm strategies and public policy changes are needed to boost AI in the UK 


date & time

Tuesday, 2 July 2024
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm BST


Online & Faculty HQ

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Michael Mainelli
Lord Mayor of the City of London

Michael Mainelli is the 695th Lord Mayor of the City of London. Originally a research scientist in aerospace and computing, he later worked as a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn, as Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm, and in M&A at a leading merchant bank. In 1994, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology. 

David Bholat
Director of Financial Services

David Bholat is Faculty’s Director for Financial Services, leading the transformation of clients’ core business using AI in the UK and internationally. Previously, he led and launched analytical functions at Barclays and the Bank of England. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director for a credit union, and is currently a Trustee for a charity, a Member of the British Library’s Advisory Council, and Member of the Resources and Audit Committee for a private equity foundation.

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