Senior Programme Manager

Theo Keane



Join Date

August 2012

What I do

Theo is a Senior Programme Manager in the Innovation Skills team where he leads the international development portfolio.


Theo supports individuals and organisations working in international development to build their innovation capacity. This includes spreading tools and methods across the sector, programme design and delivery, workshops and training. Theo managed the production of Development Impact and You (DIY), a social innovation toolkit designed specifically for the international development community. Prior to that, he worked in the Innovation Lab as a Programme Manager for the Innovation in Giving Fund. 
Before joining Nesta, Theo worked for Zamyn - a cultural communications agency - as corporate development manager and producer for the 2013 Cultural Forum at Tate Modern. Theo has also worked for BT Global Services as an account manager for Thomson Rueters and in the CSR team managing a 3 year partnership with Unicef. 
Theo has an undergraduate degree in International Development with Politics, and a Masters in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds.
The DIY toolkit is now available in a limited print edition. It contains all the tools and their descriptions, case studies, further background reading, and references.
Theo Keane
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
DIY has been 12 months in the making: what you see here is our first cut set of best practice tools for social innovation. We’ve worked really hard to get here and hope you’ll agree that it has been worth it.
Theo Keane
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Human-centred design is based on the use of techniques which communicate, interact, and empathise with the people involved, stimulating them and obtaining an understanding of their needs, desires and experiences.
Theo Keane
Thursday, 4 July 2013