Director of International Innovation

Kirsten Bound


Policy and Research

Join Date

September 2009

What I do

Kirsten leads on international innovation research. Her team examines new global trends and practices in innovation, with an emphasis on emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and Malaysia. Their work aims to build resources and networks for innovation that will help the UK to flourish in a rapidly changing global economy.

She was previously Lead Policy Advisor for Innovation Systems at Nesta, and continues to support Nesta’s broader work on innovation policy. She has overseen the creation of a new Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy, and published reports on startup accelerators and on innovation procurement.


Prior to Nesta, Kirsten worked for Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative in Rwanda, capacity building in central government and advising the Rwandan Prime Minister on a new Policy Delivery Unit. 
She also worked as a Consultant on Investment Climate Reform for the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, focusing on inward investment promotion and private sector development.
Before that, Kirsten spent five years as a Researcher then Senior Researcher at Demos, a leading public policy think tank, where she specialized in innovation in emerging economies. Her publications include Brazil: the Natural Knowledge Economy, republished in Portuguese as Brasil: A Economia Natural do Conhecimento and India: the uneven innovator
Innovation Policy Toolkit
An introduction to supporting innovation and international collaboration for policy practitioners