Director, Creative Economy in Policy & Research

Hasan Bakhshi


Policy and Research

Join Date

October 2006

What I do

Hasan leads Nesta's creative and digital economy policy and research. 

His recent work includes co-authoring the Next Gen skills review of the video games and visual effects industries, which has led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT and computing curriculum in England, and the Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which sets out ten recommendations by which governments can help the creative economy grow.
Hasan has a particular interest in data and experimental research methods: in 2010, he designed and piloted in Manchester Creative Credits, a business support scheme structured as a randomised controlled trial; in 2011, he devised the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts which has been piloted in England, Scotland and Wales, and rolled out in a three-year partnership with Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.
He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, Film London and the British Film Institute. 
Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton for his work on economic policy for the creative industries. In the 2015 New Years Honours he was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries.
Hasan is a founding member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. Outside economics (and friends and family!), Hasan’s passions are cinema and flamenco. 
The Chancellor’s Productivity Plan was released just over a week ago. It presents a road map to support digital infrastructure, developing a series of measures to decrease red tape and cut costs for infrastructure providers. We welcome these developments, as will many small, innovative infrastructure providers, but we go further to suggest that the UK needs a flexible and responsive system to enhance infrastructure investment decisions and should be ready to support ultrafast roll out that reaches speeds beyond hundreds of megabits, and into the tens of gigabits, that are already being tentatively rolled out across the UK by innovative commercial providers.
Hasan Bakhshi
George Windsor
Monday, 20 July 2015