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Mustafa Suleyman

Head of Applied AI

Deep Mind


Head of Applied AI


Deep Mind


United Kingdom







What makes Mustafa Suleyman a Global Shaker?

As the son of a Syrian-born refugee and an English NHS Nurse, artificial intelligence prodigy Mustafa Suleyman came from modest beginnings in North London. One of the three co-founders of artificial intelligence and machine learning giant, DeepMind Technologies, Suleyman oversaw the company’s record-breaking £400 million acquisition by Google in 2014.

During this young entrepreneur’s time as Chief Product Officer with DeepMind, the company rapidly expanded to become one of the global leaders in the field of artificial intelligence. Years later, he became Head of Applied AI at Deepmind, spearheading Google’s celebrated integration of the company’s technology across its all of its products. Under the visionary leadership of Suleyman along with Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg, DeepMind has become best known for AlphaGo AI, an AI system which defeated Lee Sedol, the world’s best Go player. Since its debut, AlphaGo remains undefeated. However, Mustafa Suleyman isn’t only recognised for his pioneering status in AI and machine learning.

He dropped out of full-time education at the prestigious Oxford University to establish one of the largest mental health counselling services in the UK, the Muslim Youth Helpline, before working as a conflict negotiator and facilitator as a human right policy officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. Despite this story of success, things haven’t always gone to plan for Suleyman and the team at Deepmind – the firm’s collection of NHS patient data in 2017 was deemed to have been unlawful, prompting questions about privacy and how our information is shared.

Last updated: April 20, 2018