Verity Harding

Affiliated Researcher

Verity Harding is an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute. She is on secondment from DeepMind where she was Head of the Policy and Partnerships team, a research and engagement unit established to explore the real-world impacts of artificial intelligence so that it works for the benefit of all. She is a member of the OECD’s Network of Experts on AI and Treasurer of the Partnership on AI. Prior to this Verity was Head of Security Policy for Google in Europe, and previously a member of HM Government as a Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg. She holds a First Class degree in Modern History from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and was a Michael Von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University. In her spare time, Verity is a Director of the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts and Chair of the Board for Girls Who Code UK. While at POLIS, Verity will be researching historical approaches to governing emerging technologies and learnings for the future. Her work builds on a comparative history project initiated at DeepMind in 2019, and co-hosted with Prof Diane Coyle.

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