A native of the UK, Dr. Nigel Cameron has spent much of his professional life in the United States.

Dr. Nigel Cameron


Former President and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC, he was also recently Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa, and earlier a Research Professor and Associate Dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he developed the first US university-based centre on the implications of advances in nanotechnology. 

Professor Cameron has been a featured speaker at a range of international events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival and Global Health Forum, Planet under Pressure (science prepcon for Rio+20), the Champalimaud Foundation conference on the world in 100 years, the International Content Summit, TEDx Port Alegre, the World Healthcare and Innovation Technology Summit, the STARS emerging leaders conference, the Economist Asia Investors Summit, and most recently a UN Human Rights Council expert consultation on AI and human rights.

He convened the first Washington, DC conference on the implications of the Internet of Things, and has chaired subsequent IoT events in DC and Brussels, the Dubai GITEX and Future Tech conferences, and the European Identity and Cloud conference. 

He has testified to the European Commission’s Group on Ethics, as well as committees of both US Houses of Congress, on issues including human cloning, nanotechnology, and the security implications of new technologies. He has also been a member of US Government delegations to the UN General Assembly and UNESCO, and was appointed to four terms as a commissioner of the US National Commission for UNESCO (including as chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee). 

He has written and edited a number of books on the impact of emerging technologies, including Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives (Wiley) and Will Robots Take Your Job? A Plea for Consensus (Polity/Wiley). He also recently served as first tech editor of the UK journalistic start-up UnHerd.

On the corporate side, he is currently a non-executive director of a start-up working in air-generated water; has served as a columnist for the US Chamber of Commerce on corporate social responsibility and tech; been an adviser to corporations including Constellation Research and Giesecke & Devrient; and three times been executive-in-residence at Wolfsberg, the UBS executive development centre. He is also a committee member of HumanIN, a start-up advisory on the human dimensions of AI. 

He is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, and the Edinburgh Business School.

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