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David Shrier - AI & The Future Proof Workforce


Said Business School
Entrepreneur, futurist, and Associate Fellow

David is a globally recognized authority on financial innovation, and created and leads the SBS online programmes Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain Strategy.

David is the founder & CEO of Distilled Analytics, a data/machine learning fintech derived from MIT research that applies multi scale precision analytics to predict human behavior, and Chairman of Riff Learning, an AI-enabled collaboration environment also spun out of MIT. He is also Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's famed MIT Media Lab, where he previously was Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan.

David counsels the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity, and Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on financial technology trends.

David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue, having developed $8.5 billion of growth opportunities with C-suite executives for Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, GE, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.

He is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering, and is a member of the FinTech Industry Commitee for FINRA, the securities industry's self-regulatory body. David recently advised the European Commission on commercializing innovation with a focus on digital technology.

He originated and leads the "Oxford Fintech" and "Oxford Blockchain Strategy" classes for the Said Business School, and teaches courses and workshops for MIT such as “Future Commerce”, “Data Academy”, “Inspiring Change”, and “Big Data and Social Analytics”.

David and MIT Professor Alex Pentland have published books including Frontiers of Financial Technology, (with Howie Shrobe) New Solutions for Cybersecurity, and (with Thomas Hardjono) Trust::Data. He also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally as a dramaturg and director after college.

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