Posted on May 31, 2019 by staff

David Cameron takes new job with AI company


Former prime minister David Cameron has taken up a new job with Washington-based AI company Afiniti.

Cameron will take a senior role and chair the advisory board of the company, which specialises in call-centre tech powered by AI.

The firm’s other board members include Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, François Fillon former prime minister of France, and Elisabeth Murdoch, chair of the Shine Group.

The company enables real-time pairing of individual contact center agents with individual customers in large enterprises.

It provides its services to a range of sectors, including airlines, financial services, hospitality, insurance, politics, retail, satellite TV, social media, telecommunications, and utilities.

Entrepreneur Zia Chishti set up the company in 2006, and it has since found close to $200m in funding.

“I was excited to see the rapid development in Artificial Intelligence and the huge potential AI has to address some of the challenges that societies face today,” Cameron said in a statement.

“I have been exploring developments in AI for some time to better understand how industry and policymakers can collaborate in solving these challenges and ensuring that AI serves people’s everyday lives.”

Cameron is not the first high-profile British politician to join the tech sector. Last October, former deputy PM Nick Clegg joined Facebook as its head of global affairs and communication.