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.

Oli leads Challenge Works research team. He helps to identify promising areas for innovation and choose the most impactful focus for new prizes.

Oli has played a role in the development of much of our portfolio of prizes including the Mobility Unlimited Challenge and Open Up. He has also overseen research projects into potential prizes that haven’t (yet) seen the light of day ranging from aquaculture in India to whale conservation in the Atlantic: watch this space.

Alongside work on Challenge Works programmes, he has advised governments in Europe, North America and the Middle East, as well as the European Commission, on how to maximise the impact of their challenge prize programmes.

Prior to joining Challenge Works, he worked in science public relations, including a period as Public Information Officer for an ESA centre in Munich, where he coordinated European media relations for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Outside of work, he enjoys baking sourdough bread, drinking Belgian beer and learning Italian.

You can follow Oli on Twitter @ojusher and connect with him on LinkedIn here.

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