Head of Investments Research

Yannis Pierrakis


Policy and Research

Join Date

February 2009

What I do

Yannis left Nesta in May 2013. 

He specialised in innovation finance research and published research and policy reports on the development of private sector investments to high growth companies and the impact of the accomplished public interventions in the supply of finance.

He still works as a consultant at the World Bank, Private and Financial Sector Development.


Before joining Nesta in 2007, Yannis was based in Luxembourg where he managed the multimillion Innovation TrendChart project with a network of national correspondents in 39 countries. He also worked in the Innovating Regions of Europe (IRE) Network Secretariat and at the Observatory of Innovation, Cardiff Business School.

Yannis studied in Greece, Italy and the UK. He holds an MSc in Regional Development and a PhD in Investments and Innovation both from Cardiff University.