Lucy Yu

Director of Public Policy, FiveAI


Lucy is Director of Public Policy at FiveAI, Europe’s largest company dedicated to developing the software to power shared, self-driving vehicle services across Europe. She has played a globally leading role in educating and advising public authorities about automated vehicles, promoting the development of policies and legislation to support their safe and timely introduction to the market. 

Prior to FiveAI, Lucy spent nearly fifteen years building internationally renowned tech companies, and establishing and growing groundbreaking technology policy teams in government. This included roles as COO at UK-founded, high growth companies SwiftKey (exit Microsoft) and Cucumber (exit SmartBear), and policy roles at the International Telecommunication Union, the Cabinet Office, Department for Transport, and the UK government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. 

Lucy has spoken extensively on themes of technology and society to diverse public audiences including SLUSH, the Cambridge Union, and the IET. She represents the tech sector on the City of London Transport Strategy Board; is a Director at the Institute for Ethical AI and Machine Learning; and has previously served on the boards of, railtech innovators HackTrain, and Ada – the National College for Digital Skills. She holds a degree from Imperial College specialising in computational chemistry.