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.

Michael Sanders

Michael is the Executive Director of What Works for Children’s Social Care.

He leads the team’s development during its incubation phase within Nesta and beyond. Prior to joining the Centre, Michael served as Chief Scientist at the Behavioural Insights Team, where he led evaluations and research projects including four evaluations for the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme, and lead analytical projects looking at decision making at the front door of children’s social care.

Michael is a Reader in Public Policy at King’s College London and an Associate Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol, and completed postdoctoral study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

In his free time he watches too much television, most prominently Australian Masterchef and programmes in which crimes are solved by people other than the police.