Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since June 2011. Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation (established at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.
Geoff has had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter for the BBC.
Geoff has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. From 2015-2018 Geoff will be a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University.
Geoff is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve, the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange. He co-chairs the committee overseeing science, technology and digital in the London government.
Geoff has written a number of books including “The Locust and the Bee” which was published by Princeton University Press in March 2013.VIEW THE SESSION