About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Björn Rust

Björn works as a design lead for our healthy life mission, supporting collaborators to identify design opportunities and deliver person-centred research and health outcomes.

Before Nesta, Björn worked as an innovation manager for Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund, where he led skills and capabilities-building while supporting grants within their disability and older age inclusion portfolio.

Previously, he led research on distributed ledger technology-based cash and voucher assistance for communities in Vanuatu with Oxfam Australia. He taught social innovation practices for the emerging contexts of the Anthropocene at RMIT University and patient-centred design as part of a research partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.