Executive Director of Policy and Research

Stian Westlake


Executive Team
Policy and Research

Join Date

January 2009

What I do

I lead Nesta's Policy and Research team. We research how innovation works and how it can improve the world. We also think about what governments, businesses and other organisations can do to help innovation flourish.


My research interests include the measurement of innovation and its effects on productivity, the role of high-growth businesses in the economy, financial innovation, and how government policy should respond to technological change. I’m also interested in historical perspectives on present-day innovation questions.

I'm @stianwestlake on Twitter.


Stian joined Nesta in 2009. Before Nesta, he worked in social investment at The Young Foundation, as a consultant at McKinsey&Company in Silicon Valley and London (where his work focused on healthcare, private equity and infrastructure), and as a policy adviser in HM Treasury. He also founded Healthy Incentives, a healthcare social enterprise. Stian was educated at the University of Oxford, Harvard University and London Business School.