United Arab Emirates

Stephen Lew

Cross-Disciplinary Strategy Adviser, Computational Social Scientist and Director, S Lew Research

Professor Stephen Lew, DPhil, MSt by Research (Oxon) is a cross-disciplinary strategy adviser and computational social scientist and is currently the Director of S Lew Research, a global research institute focusing on foundational issues with policy and societal implications in artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology and ESG-related topics.

Dr Lew has held Visiting Professorships of Artificial Intelligence and of Innovation at premier institutions of higher learning, including Tsinghua University in Beijing. Previously, he served as a foreign policy advisor at a federal government entity of the United Arab Emirates where his portfolio included developing an artificial intelligence tool to inform the country’s international strategies. Prior to this, he worked in industries such as hedge funds (Clarium Capital Management), research laboratories (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Stanford University where he consulted for a Nobel Laurate in physics), and start-ups where several of his colleagues went on to found “unicorns”.

Dr Lew holds a DPhil (doctorate) in measuring social impact (Pass with No Corrections) and an MSt by Research in Science and Religion, both from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Mellon College of Science Honors from Carnegie Mellon University. Initially starting his doctoral research in theoretical physics, his research supervisors included Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 2020. Dr Lew has published in, and peer-reviewed for, highly regarded scholarly journals on topics such as integrated reporting, international development, and philanthropy.

As a composer, Dr Lew composed classical music at the Aspen Music Festival and developed algorithmic composition techniques at Stanford University. One of his compositions was presented at the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II Council to Pope Benedict and cardinals. As a baritone and a jazz vocalist, he has performed at the Dubai Opera, the Rothschild Villa near Monaco and at various venues with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. A keen student of languages, he is fluent in several languages and tries to improve his Modern Standard Arabic, Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese.