A new Managing Director for Innovation for the Turing

We are delighted to announce that The Alan Turing Institute has appointed Christine Foster as Managing Director for Innovation.

Christine will be responsible for driving forward the Turing’s goal to translate its data science and artificial intelligence research into real-world impact. She will forge connections between the Turing’s science activities and industry, public sector and third sector needs, support the Institute to broaden its engagement with partners, and extend the Turing’s reach into industry.

Before joining the Turing, Christine advised Virgin Media on implementing machine learning models to personalise customer interactions, and Liberty Global on building a world-class data science team.

While in NYC for twelve years, she held leadership positions at a fintech start-up, American Express, and EMI Music. She built digital analytics teams, implemented predictive models, and generally worked at the intersection of data science and business.

Originally from Canada, Christine started her business career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. She did her MBA at INSEAD and her BA in Economics at the University of Toronto.

Alan Wilson, Institute CEO, commented:

“Christine joins the Turing at a very exciting time, in which demand for data science and artificial intelligence tools and techniques is growing fast. She will play an important role in driving forward the Institute’s ambitious plans for the future, and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the team to see our research turned into real-world impact.”

On starting her role at the Turing, Christine Foster said:

“The progress made in data science and artificial intelligence research is just beginning to show itself in business applications, with early adopters in the technology sector capturing value. There is still a significant opportunity for other sectors to deploy new tools and techniques on the data sets in their core operations. The Alan Turing Institute is uniquely positioned to promote advances and establish standards throughout UK industry, leading to increased growth and productivity. I am delighted to be joining the Institute to drive these results.”

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