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Jessica Lennard

Senior Direactor, Global Data & AI Initiatives, VISA

Jessica Lennard is a Senior Director in Visa’s Global Strategic Initiatives team, leading on Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Her work focuses on AI (policy, regulation and ethics); privacy, data protection and data sharing; and consumer empowerment. She has over ten years’ corporate affairs experience across highly regulated, technology-driven sectors including digital and cyber, data and AI, telecoms, cleantech and fintech. During this time, Jessica has advised political parties, businesses (start-up to large scale global enterprises), consultancies, trade bodies, think tanks, and NGOs.

Jessica sits on the Board of TechUK, is a member of the Bank of England/Financial Conduct Authority Public-Private AI Forum, and an Ambassador for the Microsoft National Council for AI. She is a passionate advocate for ethics, diversity and inclusion across data science. She previously trained as a capital markets solicitor at Linklaters, having completed an undergraduate degree in Law from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Political Theory from the LSE.