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Event: Assessment in the age of the algorithm: Adapting to change & being future focused in the digital age

May 28, 2023
Sova Assessment

8th May 2019, 9.30am – 1pm
10 Bloomsbury Way, Holborn, London WC1A 2SL

The aim of this event is to explore with relevant industry leaders and influencers the often challenging relationship between automation, ethics and accountability in the age of the algorithm.

We ask how we can collectively help our businesses make better, safer longer-term people decisions that are fair, accurate, objective and transparent.

Recently, the Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence Lord Clement-Jones said “The UK contains leading AI companies, a dynamic academic research culture, and a vigorous start-up ecosystem as well as a host of legal, ethical, financial and linguistic strengths. We should make the most of this environment, but it is essential that ethics and accountability take centre stage in AI’s development and use”.

Adoption of AI is happening quickly and there is a huge potential for AI in talent assessment to create better outcomes for businesses. There is a risk however, that organisations rush into buying technology-enabled solutions without being clear about the problem they are trying to address and what they want to achieve. Ethics and accountability lie at the heart of AI and automation, so we need to be clear about the objectives and expected returns as we would with any other investment.

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Lord Clement-Jones, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on AI.

The day will be moderated by Sir David Walker, Chairman, Sova Assessment


Interview with Lord Clement-Jones
AI in the UK: Ready, willing and able? We ask how as business leaders we must embrace new technology and be aligned with the workforce, setting them up for success and to be ready for challenge and for change.

Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of the global law firm DLA Piper. Former positions within DLA include London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations. He is Chair of Ombudsman Services Limited, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service that provides dispute resolution for the communications, energy, property and copyright licensing industries. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW. Tim was made CBE for political services in 1988 and life peer in 1998. Until July 2004 he was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for the Digital Economy and a former spokesman on the Creative Industries (2015-17). He is the former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (2017-18) and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. He is Deputy Chair of the APPG on China and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Intellectual Property. He is Chair of Council of Queen Mary University of London and has most recently been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education, led by Sir Anthony Seldon. Tim was an external member of the Council of University College London and Chair of its Audit Committee (2012-17). He is President of Ambitious About Autism, an autism education charity and school for children with autism and other communication disorders and its former Chairman (2001-08).

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow
Hema Bakhshi, Future of Work Influencer & Strategist
Hema is a strategic advisor helping people, corporates and start-ups navigate the Future of Work. Hema will focus her presentation around helping organisations understand how changes are currently impacting today’s business models and re-imagining how they best support the workforce of tomorrow and how automation will play an ever-increasing central role.

Assessment in the age of the algorithm
Dr Alan Bourne, Founder & CEO Sova Assessment
We’ve been able to make good, data-based decisions via talent assessment for a long time. Now artificial intelligence is making that process far more accessible, more affordable and more scalable. Technology alone offers just processing power.What we teach the models, put into algorithms, and the insight from humans is where the true value is to be found. In this session Alan will talk about how science and technology work hand in hand to deliver effective, efficient and ethical talent assessment processes.

Networking and lunch

Changing assessment for good
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