Every year, the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list awards people in the UK who have made important contributions to society, including everything from charity, to journalism, and technology.
This year, the New Year’s Honours list includes 16 people from the world of tech. The list features everyone from an artificial intelligence pioneer, a cybersecurity expert, and a pioneering investor.
Read on to see the list:
Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.
Demis Hassabis is the CEO and one of three cofounders of Google DeepMind, the London-headquartered artificial intelligence company that Google acquired in 2014 for a reported £400 million.
The company is best-known for its AlphaGo AI, which beat the world’s best player at the board game Go. DeepMind has since made its AI agent even stronger.
Hassabis is made a CBE for services to science and technology.
techUK president Jacqueline de Rojas
Jacqueline de Rojas is the president of techUK, a non-profit organisation which represents the UK’s technology industry.
De Rojas is a non-executive director on the board of Rightmove and on the board of Costain. She was appointed the chair of Digital Leaders in October.
De Rojas is made a CBE for services to international trade in the technology industry.
Hyperoptic managing director Dana Tobak
Tobak cofounded fibre-based internet service provider Hyperoptic in 2011. The company supplies ultrafast internet to new buildings and existing businesses.
Tobak is made a CBE for services to the digital economy.