Executive Director, Health Lab

Halima Khan


Executive Team
Health Lab

Join Date

December 2010

What I do

Halima is Executive Director of the Health Lab, which aims to create a people powered health system. Health Lab brings together Nesta's practical work on health and ageing to achieve more impact. The aim of Health Lab is to create real change to improve people's health, through working towards a health and care system that is for people, by people and with people.

Halima works with innovators across public services, civil society and business to develop and scale new responses to ageing and health. Current areas of focus include making the case for person and community centred carerapid system change, mobilising communities, digital health and the Coalition for Collaborative Care

Halima advises on health and ageing innovation and has published Five hours a day: systemic innovation for an ageing population and People Powered Health: Health for people, by people and with people.  


Halima has spent fifteen years working on public service reform and innovation, mainly in central and local government with a particular focus on social care, health and disability. She was previously a Director in Nesta's Innovation Lab, overseeing a number of programmes including People Powered HealthPrior to joining Nesta in December 2010, Halima was Deputy Director at the Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, providing policy advice to the Prime Minister, No.10 and Cabinet Office ministers on a range of domestic policy issues.  

Halima studied at Oxford and the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Knox Fellow. Halima was previously a member of the Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Trustee of Diabetes UK. In 2015, Halima was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University. 

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In 2017, we’ll see more people uniting to fight for better health and care, enabled by digital technology, and potentially leading to stronger engagement with the system, says Nesta Health Lab.
Nesta has launched a new report, “Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements”, produced as part of NHS England’s Health as a Social Movement Programme. It illuminates the value and role of health social movements and aims to foster debate, experiments and development of a practice around social movements in health.
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Halima Khan
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Creating a Social Movement for Health | Jos de Blok | RSA Replay

Health as a social movement at the RSA