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.

David is a Data Scientist at the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL).

David's role at the lab focuses on helping grow the team’s capability for using data analysis and statistics to uncover and pursue opportunities to improve the effectiveness and equity of innovation and business policy.

Prior to joining the IGL, David worked as a research fellow at the Data Center of the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE). His work involved the development of state-of-the-art sequential decision-making algorithms, with particular focus on Bayesian optimization and multi-armed bandits. He also worked in multiple political economy projects, helping develop and implement improved methodologies using novel data sources and techniques. As a member of the center David has also taught text-based deep learning courses at the BSE summer school for several years now. Before this, he worked as an economic consultant for FocusEconomics, a macroeconomic research and forecasting institute.

David holds a one-year MSc in Data Science Methodology from the Barcelona School of Economics, and a two-year MRes in Analysis and Policy in Economics at the Paris School of Economics. He also has a BA in International Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.