Jeni Tennison

CEO at the Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained her PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Nottingham then worked as an independent consultant, specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She joined the ODI as Technical Director when it was founded in 2012 and became CEO is 2016. Jeni was awarded an OBE for services to technology and open data in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for She worked on the early linked data work on, including helping to engineer new standards for publishing statistics as linked data. She continues her work within the UK’s public sector as a member of the Open Standards Board and the Ministry of Justice’s Data, Evidence and Science Board.

Jeni was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group from 2011 to 2015 and co-chaired the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group. She now sits on the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership; the Board of Ada, the UK's National College for Digital Skills; the Co-operative's Digital Advisory Board; and the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.