Dr Keith Dear is Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation at Fujitsu Defence and Security. Keith has served as an Expert Advisor to the Prime Minister on Defence Modernisation & the Integrated Review, leading also on UK space strategy in No 10, and advising on national strategies on emerging technology. A former Intelligence Officer in the RAF, he has served in Iraq, completed three deployments to Afghanistan, deployed to Abkhazia (Georgia) with the United Nations, to Mali alongside the French, and served on exchange with US Air Force. He now continues his service as a Group Captain in 601 (Reserve) Squadron, leading on Science, Technology and academic liaison.
He is a Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellow, Research Associate at Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme and Associate Fellow at RUSI - where he guest-edited the Special Edition on AI in November 2019. He speaks widely on AI, Big Data and Decision-Making and was named one of the most relevant voices in European tech by the leading business ‘Big Things’ Conference in 2019.
Keith holds a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford. In 2011 he was awarded King’s College London’s O’Dwyer-Russell prize for his MA studies in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. He co-leads the Defence Entrepreneurs’ Forum (UK) and was founder and CEO of Airbridge Aviation, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to delivering humanitarian aid by cargo drones.
He tweets @kpd_musing