Executive Director, Global Innovation Partnerships

Brenton Caffin


Innovation Skills

Join Date

May 2013

What I do

Brenton is Nesta’s Executive Director, Global Innovation Partnerships, leading Nesta's work globally to help people and organisations get better at innovating for the common good. He joined Nesta in May 2013 as Director of Innovation Skills.


Brenton is an innovative and strategic thinker and regularly presents to and advises national and global organisations, including UN agencies, on a wide range of issues relating to social and public sector innovation. He is an advisor to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and former board member of the global Social Innovation Exchange and the Institute for Public Administration Australia.

From 2009-2012, Brenton was the founding CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and previously held executive positions with the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government Reform Commission and WorkCover. He began his career in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, later consulting to Australian and British governments on public policy, performance improvement and change management. Brenton was also previously seconded to the Home Office Strategic Policy Team. 

Brenton has degrees in economics and international relations and a Master of Public Administration from Flinders University, where his research focused on public sector innovation.

Illustration: person mows lawn, another paints fence, woman pushes wheelchair
In an age of increasing job automation, could the basic income hold the key to greater wellbeing and community cohesion. With experiments springing up around the world, 2016 may be the year basic income is put to the test, says Brenton Caffin.