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About the Secretariat

The Secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Future Generations is provided by the
Centre for Policy Foresight, a think tank focused on addressing global catastrophic risks and improving long-term thinking in policymaking. It also works closely with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge, a think tank dedicated to the mitigation of existential risks, which played a key role in establishing the APPG.

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Sam Hilton

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Sam Hilton is co-Director of the Centre for Policy Foresight, co-runs the APPG for Future Generations, and is also a Research Affiliate at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

 

During Sam’s 5 years as a Civil Service policy adviser he worked on a number of long-term issues including leading the team responsible for the UK's civil nuclear safety policy and working in the Treasury's Financial Stability team, where he pulled together the 2016 amendments to the Banking Reform Act. Within the charity sector Sam has worked on advocacy and community-building at a senior level for a number of small start-up institutions, including founding and running Effective Altruism London, being Assistant Director at The Life You Can Save and helping to run The High Impact NetworK (THINK). Sam is excited to combine his entrepreneurial and government backgrounds to build support for future generations in UK policy.

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Caroline Baylon

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Caroline Baylon is s co-Director of the Centre for Policy Foresight, co-runs the APPG for Future Generations, and is also a Research Affiliate at the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. She is also a Research Associate in the Emerging Threats Group at the University of Oxford's Changing Character of War Centre and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.


Her research focuses on foresight, cybersecurity, AI, and armed conflict. She has served as a consultant in foresight to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as an expert and rapporteur's of European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)’s Ad-Hoc Working Group on Foresight for Emerging Cybersecurity Challenges, as an expert on foresight and innovation to Interpol, and taught foresight topics at the University of Oxford.

She previously headed a research unit on current and emerging cybersecurity and AI threats at financial services company AXA, where she led research programmes on cybersecurity threats to AI systems and on the use of AI for waging cyber attacks. Previously, Caroline was the lead on cyber security at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), where she headed projects on cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, notably on those to nuclear facilities and satellites and on cybercrime in West Africa. She has also served as a researcher for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), where her research focused on curbing the proliferation of cyber weapons.


Prior to this, she was a Research Associate and later Vice President at the Center for Strategic Decision Research think tank, where her work encompassed the ascension of various Eastern European countries to the EU and NATO, nuclear arms control, and reconstruction in Afghanistan. 

She holds a Master of Science in Social Science of the Internet from Balliol College, University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University.

Disclaimer: Our views are not necessarily the views of our funders and we maintain organisational separation from our funders. Our agenda is set by our Parliamentary members and by ourselves (Caroline Baylon and Sam Hilton) as the Secretariat. We, the Secretariat, seek funding from sources who are keen to support that agenda.

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