About the event

Advances in data science and artificial intelligence are transforming business practices across the financial sector. Relevant technological developments and their applications in banking, insurance, and asset management promise significant benefits to firms, consumers, and society at large, but also give rise to a wide range of ethical questions and concerns, including issues of regulatory importance.

The Alan Turing Institute is organising a two-day symposium dedicated to the ethics of AI in the financial sector, featuring keynote speeches from the Financial Conduct Authority and the information Commissioner’s Office.

Aimed at senior leadership, data and technology officers, and technical specialists from firms across all industries in the financial sector, the event will highlight the importance of ethics in the context of AI in the financial sector, present regulators’ perspectives on the topic, and showcase state-of-the art technical approaches to integrating ethical considerations in practice. 

Spread out over two days, with plenty of opportunities for networking, this exclusive symposium will start by featuring regulators’ views and high-level perspectives on AI ethics in the financial sector (Day 1), followed by presentations of technical work that examines ways of addressing ethical concerns in practice (Day 2). While participants are welcome to attend any part of the programme, senior leaders may take a particular interest in the content of day 1, with the content of day 2 being especially relevant to technical specialists.

Day 1 – Regulators’ views and high level perspectives

The morning of the first day will feature keynote speeches by Christopher Woolard (Director, Strategy & Competition, Financial Conduct Authority) and Simon McDougall (Executive Director, Technology Policy & Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office), followed by an extensive Q&A session dedicated to the FCA’s and ICO’s perspectives on ethical issues in relation to the use of AI in the financial sector. The afternoon will expand on the importance of AI ethics in the financial sector through high-level contributions from leading academics.

Day 2 – Technical perspectives

The second day will feature a series of short presentations of cutting-edge technical work. Presentations will be grouped into sessions dedicated to the following four thematic areas: digital rights, privacy, and data management; bias and fairness; transparency and explainability; market efficiency and financial stability.



Christopher Woolard
Executive Director for Strategy and Competition, FCA

Simon McDougall
Executive Director – Technology Policy and Innovation, ICO

Professor LucianoFloridi
Turing Fellow

Dr Cosmina Dorobantu
Deputy Programme Director for Public Policy, and Policy Fellow

Marloes Nicholls
Head of Programmes at the Finance Innovation Lab

Professor SandraWachter
Turing Fellow

Dr Adrià Gascón
Turing Research Fellow

Dr Michael Veale
Digital Charter Fellow

Dr Ansgar Walther
Assistant Professor of Finance, Imperial College London

Dr Michael Rovatsos
Turing University Lead – Edinburgh

Dr Brent Mittelstadt
Turing Research Fellow

Dr Blanka Horvath
Visiting Researcher

Dr Isabel Valera
Probabilistic Learning Group, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Professor ArthurGretton
Professor, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL

Dr Charles-AlbertLehalle
Insitut Louis Bachelier – Scientific director of Finance and Insurance Reloaded (FaIR)




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