Executive Director, Policy & Research at Nesta (interim)

Christopher Haley


Policy and Research

Join Date

May 2014

What I do

Chris currently leads Nesta's Policy & Research team. His particular research interests include how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and for the government.


Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked for several years at Imperial Innovations, the technology commercialisation and investment company of Imperial College London. His role there was focussed on assessing emerging technologies and early stage investment opportunities, with a particular attention to cleantech. Following this, he spent two years within Imperial College itself, developing and managing the institution's strategy for enterprise, technology transfer and translation.

Chris has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In his spare time, he is a competitive target rifle shooter with caps for England and Great Britain.

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