Nigerian-born data analyst appointed as a board member of UK AI centre

by Duchess Magazine

Abel Aboh, a British citizen of Nigerian descent who currently works as the Bank of England’s data management lead, has been named to the board of the Data Lab Scotland, one of the UK’s top research institutions for data and AI.

The Governance, Innovation, and Education Advisory Boards of the centre will be supervised by Aboh, one of the 20 new board members, for a term of three years.

The Lab’s goal is to assist Scotland in maximising the value of its data and to set the global standard for a future powered by data.

The Data Lab’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Hills, said: “We were overwhelmed by the volume and quality of applications for our boards; a true testament to the reputation of The Data Lab and Scottish data and AI innovation.

“The newly appointed board members bring an exceptional range of skills and perspectives across industry, academia, and the public sector as we continue in our vision to create the world’s most impactful data and AI community.”

Aboh is a skilled data and technology influencer with expertise working in the global financial services, defence, aviation, and sports industries.

Aboh was selected as a finalist in 2021 for the prestigious British Data Awards, Data Leader of the Year 2021, which were presented by the Bank of England and the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission.

Regarding his appointment, he stated, “It is really a great honour and privilege to be part of the Board of the Data Lab Scotland’s Artificial Intelligence and data to help contribute and provide strategic direction to the leadership of the Lab.

“I am deeply humbled for this opportunity to contribute and help unlock the rich opportunities for AI and data, not just in Scotland, UK and across the world, by bringing industry, academia and public sector to harness opportunities, connect people and ideas, develop knowledge and expertise for the good of humanity and society- creating a better and sustainable economy and society.”

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