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Lord Chris Holmes

Select Committee
Science & Tech

Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. His core policy focus is on digital technology for the public good with a particular interest in technologies such as AI and blockchain and areas of application such as fintech and trade.

In Parliament, he is a member of the influential House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, has introduced a private members’ bill that proposes the regulation of artificial intelligence and was integral to the passing of the ground-breaking Electronic Trade Documents Bill.

On technology, he has previously co-authored House of Lords Select Committee Reports on: Democracy and Digital Technologies [2020], Artificial Intelligence [2018], and Digital Skills [2015] and under his own auspices published an influential report encouraging government testing of blockchain solutions for policy delivery, DLT for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation [2017] He is also adviser to several tech and fintech companies.

On inclusion, and again under his own auspices, he has published influential reports on accessibility in the public realm and support for disabled students as well as Lords reports on Financial Exclusion [2017], Social Mobility [2016] and, for the Cabinet Office, The Lord Holmes Review on opening up public appointments to disabled people. He continues to advise the government of diversity and inclusion.

An ex-Paralympic swimmer, Chris won nine gold, five silvers and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.


Keynote Panel

The Data & AI Opportunity for the UK: Why We Must Act Now

9:50 am
10:30 am
Session Summary
This panel debate focuses on how imperative it is for the UK to harness the potential of data and artificial intelligence to remain competitive on the global stage. Experts from technology, policy, and business sectors will discuss the economic and social benefits of AI, alongside the challenges of ethical considerations, privacy, and workforce development.

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