General Counsel and Company Secretary, Appen Limited
Carl Middlehurst is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Appen Limited. Appen is a listed public company which collects and labels images, text, speech, audio, video, and other data used to build and continuously improve artificial intelligence systems. Before that, Carl was the General Counsel and Company Secretary and the executive responsible for commercialization and new ventures at NICTA (now Data61) and was also responsible for the HR function. Carl was an observer/director for a number of early-stage companies. He was formerly at Sun Microsystems in Australia and in Silicon Valley. At Sun, Carl had both legal and business roles (covering trademarks, APAC and managing an emerging market fund). Prior to Sun, Carl was at a pharma company, a medical device startup (which didn’t last long), The Salk Institute in La Jolla and at Baker & McKenzie (in Sydney and San Diego). Carl has spoken at numerous conferences on internet/ecommerce/privacy law and was an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University Law School where he taught Internet and Privacy law. Prior to becoming a lawyer Carl was a research biochemist and a long, long time ago was published in a number of academic journals.