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.

Daniel Lewis

Dan leads on data science and quantitative analysis for the sustainable future mission, working with the Data Analytics Practice to achieve Nesta's goal to decarbonise the UK’s homes.

Before Nesta, Dan worked in the civil service as a Senior Spatial Data Scientist at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, as a lecturer in data science at the Office for National Statistics, Data Science Campus, and for the NHS as an analyst team leader in data science and innovation at the Care Quality Commission. Across these roles, Dan gained experience designing and delivering research to answer policy and regulatory questions, building the capability of team members and leading and managing analytical teams.

Dan’s background is as a quantitative geographer in the fields of population health and health services. He has worked on evaluating the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the health and wellbeing of young people in East London and the effectiveness of the Olympic village’s ‘active design’ on residents' physical health and activity.

Dan has a PhD in Geography from University College London and has worked at Queen Mary's University London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck, and as a visiting fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara and New York University.