DeepMind, Inflection AI for CEO of Microsoft AI: who is Mustafa Suleyman

Mustafa Suleyman, a prominent figure in AI and technology, was recently appointed to lead a new group at Microsoft that will oversee all consumer AI initiatives, including the Copilot chatbot. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Suleyman shared his new appointment and service at Inflection AI, along with one of his co-founders Karén Simonyan.

Suleyman wrote: “I’m excited to announce that today I’m joining Microsoft as CEO of Microsoft AI. I will lead all consumer AI products and research, including Copilot, Bing, and Edge. My friend and longtime contributor Karén Simonyan will be Chief Scientist, and several of our great teammates have chosen to join us.

“Inflection AI will continue its mission under a new CEO and will look to reach more people than ever by making the API widely available to developers and businesses around the world,” he added.

Mustafa Suleyman: Background and achievements

Suleyman was born in London in 1984 to a Syrian father and an English mother. His journey into the tech world began after he left Oxford University at the age of 19. In 2001, he co-founded the Muslim Youth Helpline, a mental health service for Muslims in Britain, before delving into human rights policy work for the mayor. from London.

Suleyman founded Reos Partners in 2007 as a consultancy focused on systems change. The company has collaborated with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund and the Dutch government.

Recognized for his contributions, Suleyman is a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and is involved in the World Economic Forum’s AI Governance Alliance. He was also named one of the most influential people in AI by Time Magazine in 2023.

Since June 2019, Suleyman has also been a member of the board of directors of The Economist Group as a non-executive director.

In September 2023, Suleyman published his book “The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma.” The book has since become a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 32 languages.

DeepMind Technologies

Suleyman co-founded DeepMind Technologies in 2010, which grew into a leading AI company with backing from notable investors, including Elon Musk. Following its acquisition by Google in 2014 for a whopping £400 million, Suleyman served as vice president of AI Products and AI Policy, where he contributed to innovations such as the Gemini generative AI model and energy-efficient data center cooling solutions.

Bending AI

In 2022, Suleyman co-founded Inflection AI, a technology company developing machine learning and gen AI hardware and apps, together with Karén Simonyan and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Inflection AI’s chatbot “Pi” aims to provide users with personalized interactions and emotional support. The company is valued at $4 billion and has raised $1.5 billion to date.

Suleyman will leave his position as CEO of Inflection AI to take on this new role at Microsoft.

First print: March 20, 2024 | 11:50 am IST