Digit Debates: The geo-politics of artificial intelligence

24 February 2021



In December 2019, Tortoise launched the Global AI Index, the first index to benchmark nations on their level of investment, innovation and implementation of artificial intelligence. Over the last few years, we’ve expanded the index, and now include 62 countries with deep analysis on the battle for AI domination. In this talk, Alexandra will talk through the key findings from the latest update of the Index – the key breakthroughs in AI-led technology; which nations are leading the way on talent, research and investment; and the geopolitical implications of AI development.


Alexandra Mousavizadeh is a Partner at Tortoise Media, the slow-news media company founded by James Harding launched in April 2019. Alexandra is the Director of the Tortoise Intelligence team which specialises in global and industry indices and data analytics. Creator of the groundbreaking Global AI Index launched in December 2019, and the recently released Responsibility 100 Index. She has 20 years’ experience in the ratings and index business and has worked extensively across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, she directed the expansion of the Legatum Institute’s flagship publication, The Prosperity Index, and all its bespoke metrics based analysis & policy design for governments. Prior roles include Sovereign Analyst for Moody’s with specific focus on Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Armenia from 1995 – 2007. From 2013-14 she also covered Sub-Saharan Africa. Alexandra became head of Country Risk Management, EMEA, Morgan Stanley’s London office prior to taking up the role as CEO of ARC Ratings, a global emerging markets based ratings agency. She holds a degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Copenhagen.

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