James Arroyo is director of the Ditchley Foundation, see www.ditchley.com. Standing at the crossroads of government, technology, and finance, Ditchley connects people from around the world in order to design a sustainable future for democracy, global markets and the Transatlantic alliance, as technology advances and China rises. Ditchley discussions include leaders from government, technology and business, combined with emerging talent across different silos of expertise.
Until summer 2016, James was director for data at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, charged with adapting the organisation to the digital age. He drove a programme to release the power of data whilst mindful of extreme cyber security threats. In addition to leading Ditchley he advises major companies on digital and data innovation and cyber security as a partner in the Wychwood partnership, www.wychwood.io. He is a member of the advisory board of the security theme investment fund of private bank Pictet; and he advises technology start ups in the fields of cyber security and data analysis using AI.
James read English at Jesus College, Cambridge University. His interests include the impact of technology on society, business and government and the dynamics of insurgencies and terrorism. His book on technology and power, the Digital Prince, a rewriting of Machiavelli for the digital age, co-authored with Kissinger Associates’ CEO Jami Miscik, will be published in 2019.