Head of Inclusive Innovation, International Team

Madeleine Gabriel


Policy and Research

Join Date

January 2014

What I do

Madeleine Gabriel leads international projects that explore how new models of innovation can tackle big social challenges. Her current work includes a study on whether and how the concept of 'frugal innovation' could apply in Europe; a partnership with the São Paulo State Government to explore how open innovation models could improve healthcare outcomes; and a large project for the European Commission that aims to build capacity of policymakers to work with social innovators, and vice versa. She is passionately interested in the relationship between innovation and inequality, and in exploring the role that innovation - and innovation policy - can play in promoting greater equality. 


Before joining Nesta early in 2014, Madeleine was Head of Impact, Research and Evaluation at UnLtd, where she developed new ways of measuring the organisation’s impact and led its programme of research on social entrepreneurship.

Prior to UnLtd, Madeleine spent nine years at public policy consultancy Shared Intelligence, where she carried out research and evaluation for a wide range of clients in local and central government, the NHS, non-departmental public bodies and charities, working on everything from health inequalities and social investment to libraries and public toilet provision. 

Madeleine has a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Public Health with Economics from City University and Queen Mary University of London.