Sébastien A. Krier

Séb joined the Office for Artificial Intelligence as an adviser in 2018, a government joint-unit responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of the United Kingdom’s AI strategy. He now helps public and private organizations design strategies/policies that maximize the benefits of AI, while minimizing potential costs and risks. He also sits on the advisory boards of the AI Policy Exchange and We and AI.

Séb’s former role involved designing national policies to address novel issues such as the oversight of automated decision-making systems and the responsible design of machine learning solutions. He led the first comprehensive review of AI in the public sector and has advised foreign delegations, companies, regulators, and third sector organizations. Séb has also represented the UK at various panels and multilateral organizations such as the D9 and EU Commission.

In a previous life, Séb qualified as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specializing in public international law, human rights, and investor-state disputes on cross-border investments. He's a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, and has a Master’s in Public Administration and Management from UCL. Outside of work, he enjoys crate-digging, playing around with synths, and exploring natural wines.

What I Do

AI Policy

Providing strategic advice and policy recommendations to support Governments and international institutions in realizing the potential of AI for society and the economy.

AI Ethics/Safety

Advising on the safe and responsible development of machine learning technology, and proactively managing the risks and disruptions that machine learning applications will bring.

AI Regulation

Setting regulatory boundaries and providing incentives to protect the socio-economic fabric of societies while also creating certainty for businesses.

AI in the Public Sector

Helping policymakers take advantage of the benefits of automation in their operations, whilst ensuring the right level of accountability, oversight, and upskilling.

Resume

Experience

Mar 2020 - Present
Dataphysix

Dataphysix, Director – London, UK & Remote

Helping governments, public and private organizations design bespoke strategies and policies to operationalize safe and ethical AI. Currently advising a global telecoms operator on their long-term AI governance strategy. Advising senior executives on implementing recommendations and best practice from the latest AI research literature. Working with governments on shaping AI standards and regulations. 

Sept 2018 - Mar 2020
Office for AI (DCMS/BEIS)

Office for Artificial Intelligence, Policy Adviser (Head of Regulation) – London, UK

Heading the Office for AI's Public Sector Adoption and Regulation work (national & EU). Designing and leading an ambitious 5-year strategy for AI and data science diffusion in the public sector. Responsible for advising foreign delegations, government departments, and building effective partnerships across government and with industry/academia.

Jan 2018 - May 2018
Embassy of Greece

Embassy of Greece, Policy Adviser (MPA/Part-Time) – London, UK

Worked directly with the First Counsellor for Political Affairs and the Ambassador. Advised/briefed high-level delegations and the Greek Government on investment analysis, technology, cyber-security, and foreign policy challenges. Represented the Embassy in meetings with the EU, United Kingdom, and Parliament.

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017
The REDRESS Trust

The Redress Trust, Solicitor (MPA/Part-Time) – London, UK

Worked with Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre and the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, analyzing causes and consequences of female-focused human rights violations in Francophone West Africa. Conducted multi-level analytical research, advocacy, and drafting on women’s sexual rights

Feb 2017 - Sept 2017
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, International Law/Disputes Solicitor – London, UK

Represented FTSE100 clients in international disputes. Advised international banks, corporates, and governments on commercial matters. Regularly interviewed high-profile clients and led teams of up to 7. Advised on international rule of law and governance initiatives for Amal Clooney’s TrialWatch.

Aug 2014 - Feb 2017
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, International Law/Disputes Solicitor – London, UK & Paris, France

2-year training contract and subsequent qualification in international disputes/arbitration. Advised FTSE100 clients and states on multi-billion commercial and investor-state disputes, EU law/competition, corporate finance, investigations, and sanctions. Responsible for updating clients on technology and cyber-security developments. Extensive pro bono work, incl. assisting war victims in West Africa, representing vulnerable clients, and providing legal advice to NGOs

Mar 2014 - Jun 2014
Covus Group

Covus Group, M&A and Investor Relations – Berlin, Germany

Worked directly with the Head of M&A. Reviewed documentation of a major debt financing. Drafted and evaluated business plans for Series A & B start-ups. Delivered presentations to highly regarded institutional and angel investors, helping portfolio companies to successfully raise further funds. Researched market updates, M&A, and competitors to support portfolio companies

Jun 2012 - Sept. 2012
UBS Investment Bank

UBS Investment Bank, Summer Analyst – London, UK

Responsible for drafting and publishing an internal guide on FCA/EU regulations and ethics in investment banking. Analyzed transactions to help departments meet regulatory objectives. Received extensive training on capital markets, equities, financial modelling, and wealth management.

Education

Sept 2017 - Sept 2018

University College London

Master’s in Public Administration and Management

Dissertation: Can blockchain technology be used to increase the transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of humanitarian interventions? Case study of the World Food Programme’s “Building Blocks”.

Aug 2013 - Feb 2014

BPP University Law School

Accelerated Legal Practice Course

Sept 2010 - July 2013

King’s College London School of Law

Law LLB

Contributed To

Social Impact Volunteering

2019 - 2020
Nesta

Nesta

Judge for the £1m Tech to Connect social challenge fund to tackle social exclusion.

2016 - 2017
ThamesReach

ThamesReach

Co-devised and implemented pilot interventions targeting homelessness in London. Assisted with mental health, drug, and alcohol-related counselling.

2016
Stonewall

Stonewall

Benchmarking work to improve Freshfields’ commitment to diversity, leading the firm to be ranked as one of the best employers in the UK for LGBTQIA staff.

2015 - 2016
Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice

Advised vulnerable/underprivileged individuals in court pro bono.

2014
Liberty

Liberty

Strategic/legal advice on responses to public queries and letters.

2011
The Beckley Foundation

The Beckley Foundation

Data analysis and evaluation of socio-economic impact of global war on drugs. Consulted with economists and scientists. Co-authored articles with the founder.

Interests

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Music & Production

Music production and DJing/mixing. Created a 600+member music appreciation group, a record-sharing library, a YouTube channel with 1500+ subscribers, and organized thematic events.

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Philanthropy & Int'l Development

Active member of Effective Altruism London. Avid reader of specialist and academic literature. Frequent attendance at Chatham House, GiveWell, 80,000 Hours, EA & ODI events.

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Technology & Innovation

Founder of an AI Governance/Ethics discussion group. Regular attendance at technical and policy events at think tanks, consultancies, and government groups

Languages

English

100%

French

100%

Farsi

70%

German

30%

Contact

Get in Touch

contact@sebkrier.com

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