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Christopher Laing

Dr Christopher Laing

Head of AI, Xero

Christopher is an AI leader and technical expert, who has delivered both AI strategy and production-grade AI systems in small startups and multinational corporations in Europe and New Zealand. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and an LLB from the University of Otago, and is currently Head of Xero AI, where he leads the team of incredibly talented professionals building Xero's AI Systems and AI Platform.  

He is a member of the Executive Council of the AI Forum of NZ, and works with both public and private sector institutions to develop their AI technology strategy. He aspires to both transform companies into world-class AI organisations and to own a Bernese Mountain Dog - both are works in progress.