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Francine Bennett is Interim Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute, covering Director Carly Kind’s maternity leave in 2023, and she has been a founder member of the Institute’s Board since 2019.

Prior to joining Ada, Francine was VP of Data at Healx, a biotech company which uses AI to find treatments for rare diseases; cofounder of Mastodon C, a data science consultancy that supports local and central government to realise the social and business potential of their data; and was a founding trustee of DataKind UK, which provides data science support to UK charities.

She is also currently a member of the Gambling Commission’s Digital Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the British Library.

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19 December 2023

The Ada Lovelace Institute in 2023

Reflections on the last year and a look ahead to 2024 from Ada’s outgoing Director Carly Kind and Interim Director Fran Bennett


31 August 2023


Early findings and emerging questions on the use of AI in genomics