Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

MC 2: What leaders need to know about AI, and the human challenges of leading in the age of AI

Emma Martinho-Truswell (UK)

Co-founder and COO of Oxford Insights
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1 April 2019, 9:00 - 11:30 AM


Artificial intelligence is much more than a set of technological innovations: it will change how organisations work, and what work looks like within them. Leaders should be preparing now for how their organisations might use AI, and what skills they will need to guide their teams through the changes ahead.

The masterclass will explore how AI systems work, what AI systems are good at doing, and what AI systems are not good at doing. We will talk about why it is important to ensure that AI principles are understood right across your organisation, and how they can be taught in a way that is engaging rather than threatening. Using examples from the experience of participants, we will explore what leadership traits are most valuable in a period of technological disruption, and how we can actively build these in our own leadership approaches as well as in our teams.


  • What everyone in your organisation needs to know about AI
  • What leadership skills will be most needed as AI leads to organisational changes
  • How to develop the human specialties in yourself and your teams that will help you to navigate an acceleration in technological change

Emma Martinho-Truswell is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Oxford Insights, an international consulting firm based in Oxford, UK helping governments to prepare for artificial intelligence. With a background in government, economics and law, she speaks and writes on the implications of artificial intelligence for leaders, including as a regular contributor for the Harvard Business Review. Governments Emma has advised on technology policy and artificial intelligence include the UK, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Ukraine and Israel.

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