Walter Pasquarelli

Manager, AI & Society at The Economist and Policy Lead of AI & Data at Oxford Insights

  • Policy Lead of AI & Data at Oxford Insights
  • Led the first globally focused “AI Index”, gauging countries’ readiness to uptake emerging technologies across industries and markets
  • Recipient of Prospect Public Policy Award
  • Advisor to Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Government Departments in the UK, European Commission, US, Canada, UAE, India, Colombia, Thailand, and Serbia

When Walter Pasquarelli is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Data Governance
Artificial Intelligence
Tech Policy
Generative AI

Walter Pasquarelli is a renowned AI strategy, generative AI, data governance and immersive technology specialist, who has been at the helm of technological innovation, redefining the utility of emerging technologies in businesses. Currently serving as the Manager, AI & Society for The Economist, Walter has been a trusted advisor to industry leaders like Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Fortune 500 companies, and governments of large economies like UK, Canada, the UAE, and India amongst others. A prolific speaker, Walter is the most apt choice when it comes to selecting a speaker on AI, generative AI, data governance, and tech policies.

Now a leading name in the field of AI and technology, Walter started out his career as a Project Manager at an NGO – Projecto Mundo Novo. Whilst studying and obtaining a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Tilburg University and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, Walter founded Stitching Lend a Hand. Walter’s work as a freelance writer on AI and emerging technologies, was the perfect foundation to explore a career in the field. He has been invited as a Guest Lecturer at Tecnol Gico De Monterrey and has been an AI Policy Fellow at the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research. In 2018, Walter joined Open Data Institute as a User Researcher, soon working his way up to Consultant at Open Data Institute, where he was the spearhead of the Data Trust Advisory Board. Simultaneously, Walter served as the Policy Lead of AI and Data at Oxford Insights where he often liaised with governments and NGOs on AI, data, and emerging technology strategies.

Often commended for his excellence, Walter received the Prospect Public Policy Award from the University of Cambridge and the Policy Fellowship for Artificial Intelligence from the University of Bath. A go-to advisor on Artificial Intelligence for governments, Walter has been recognised by the European Parliament, NATO, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and the UAE Minister of State for AI several times over – making him an internationally revered figure on AI. He also led the first globally focussed “AI Index” which helped in gauging how prepared countries are to implement emerging technology in their industries and markets. Publications such as The Economist, Forbes, Der Tagesspiel, El Tiempo, often feature Walter’s work as well.

As an expert on AI, Walter is an obvious choice to speak on topics like generative AI, data governance, and tech policy. An experienced speaker as well, he has moderated and presented at IBM’s Data Dividend series, and at AI Summit London previously. Famed for his talents in anticipating and engaging with forthcoming changes in the responsible use of AI, data governance, Policy, ethical and regulatory frameworks, and macro tech trends, Walter Pasquarelli is a speaker you should book immediately. He is more than likely to inspire your audience. Hire him today!

In September 2023 we sat down virtually with Walter Pasquarelli and discussed how AI is transforming the future and how businesses can best look to implement it. Watch our interview with Walter Pasquarelli here. 

Official Testimonials

Walter Pasquarelli is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Walter was really excellent- he got brilliant feedback from attendees and was great to deal with throughout.”

Sean, Accenture

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