Hetan Shah

Executive director of the Royal Statistical Society

How can we put data ethics at the heart of the discussion? What can we do to use data for the common good? How can we tackle data monopolies?


Hetan is executive director of the Royal Statistical Society, a community of over 9,000 statisticians and data scientists whose vision is to put data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. Hetan is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. He is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a grant making trust which works for a fairer economy. He is part of the Social Metrics Commission which is developing new poverty measures for the UK, and also of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice.

My Sessions

Personal Data for Common Good

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Strong data protection and personal data for common good? These should not be contradicting goals. Jeni Tennison from Open Data Institute and Hetan Shah from the Royal Statistical Society will share experiences and outline some of the potential mechanisms available to ensure that data can be used for public good, in order to maintain trustworthiness, […]

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