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.

Dr Cath Sleeman is the Head of Data Science.

Cath leads a team that uses data science to deliver new insights and tools for Nesta’s three missions. She is also growing the use of data science within the Behavioural Insights Team.

Much of Cath’s work has focussed on funding and leading research that shows how data science can improve our understanding of the UK's labour market. She devised and led the development of Nesta’s Open Jobs Observatory and Green Jobs Explorer. She also has a keen interest in interactive data visualisation and has won awards from the Bank of England and Information is Beautiful.

Before Nesta, Cath completed a PhD in Applied Microeconometrics at Cambridge University, as a Gates Scholar. She has previously worked as an economist at Morgan Stanley and as a senior economic analyst at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

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