Event | London

Navigating the AI Revolution: Geopolitics, Technology, Opportunity & Risk

Region: Europe
3 July 2023
Squire Patton Boggs
60 London Wall,
London, EC2M 5TQ
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Given the unprecedented levels of interest in artificial intelligence and the opportunities and risks it creates, we are running an “emergency” discussion session – Navigating the AI Revolution: Geopolitics, Technology, Opportunity & Risk – at the end of the business day this coming Monday, 3 July. Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to network with your peers and attend our roundtable on this fundamentally important topic.

Our panellists include John Gibson, the chief commercial officer (CCO) at Faculty, one of Europe’s leading applied AI firms, and the first technical partner of OpenAI; Matthew Kirk, a former UK ambassador and executive committee director at Vodafone, and now an international affairs adviser at the firm; Isabela Chick, partner at Deeptech Labs, the VC fund and accelerator established by leading deep tech players including Cambridge University and ARM, and previously Global Head of Business Innovation at Telefonica and David Naylor, who co-heads our EMEA Data & Digital Practice and advises a wide range of global businesses on AI transactional, regulatory and intellectual property matters.

Programme Details

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Networking and Refreshments

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Panel Session

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to attend, or have colleagues who would, please register any interested parties using the "Register" button above as soon as possible.


  • John Gibson, CCO, Faculty – John Gibson is the CCO at Faculty, where he has overall responsibility for the commercial strategy and execution of the business. Prior to joining Faculty six years ago, John spent over a decade working in government, most recently in the prime minister’s policy unit, where he led work to support the growth of the UK tech sector. He also held roles as director of government innovation at Nesta and as a director at Fingleton Associates, where he designed the Open API standard for banking. He is also a member of the Innovate UK Council. Faculty is one of Europe’s leading applied AI firms, and first technical partner of OpenAI, creators of GPT-4. Faculty’s expert team of PhD+ data scientists and engineers have built and deployed hundreds of high-impact AI systems. The company works with over 250 organisations across both public and private sectors worldwide. Faculty’s AI solutions underpin critical operations for healthcare providers, leading retail and consumer businesses, energy companies and government. They are pioneers and global leaders in safe and ethical deployments of AI.
  • Matthew Kirk, International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs – Matthew Kirk is an international affairs advisor in our Public Policy International Practice. He provides strategic advice concerning business, politics and international law, and advises clients on regulatory risk, market entry, cyber-risk and reputation risk. A career diplomat, he served as the UK’s Ambassador to Finland from 2002 to 2006. Most recently, he served as external affairs director at Vodafone. During his time at Vodafone, he created and led the External Affairs Department. Ambassador Kirk is a highly experienced international risk strategist and negotiator of complex multinational issues. Additionally, he has experience in cybersecurity, political risk, regulatory issues and reputation risk, as well as external communications, sustainable business and corporate philanthropy.
  • Isabela Chick is a partner responsible for investments and the accelerator programme at Deeptech Labs at Cambridge University. Prior to joining Deeptech Labs, Isabela was Chief Strategy Officer at Founders Factory, an early stage, corporate-backed accelerator and venture studio, where she led the investments team. She made more than 50 investments for the accelerator and worked with founders on both founding and accelerating high-growth startups. She has worked in telco as Global Head of Business Innovation at Telefonica and prior to that worked in growth and brand strategy at a number of consultancies in London and New York. She started her career in architecture and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
  • David Naylor, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs – David Naylor leads our UK Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets practice and co-heads the EMEA Practice. He is one of the industry’s leading specialists in the converging areas of technology, data, digital media, intellectual property and privacy. His expertise extends to helping US, European and UK companies anticipate risks and navigate the challenges posed by dynamically evolving regulatory regimes, particularly in the fields of data privacy and artificial intelligence. David is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded the social fitness technology company Racefully. He is the named inventor on a number of patents; has an MBA from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; is on the board of an international network for tech entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors; and is a fellow of the British American Project.

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