Raj leads Nesta’s mission to create A Fairer Start, focusing on narrowing the outcome gap between children growing up in disadvantaged households and the national average.

His team is setting up innovation projects and partnerships exploring how to identify, test and scale promising interventions in partnership with local authorities. For the three years prior to joining Nesta, Raj taught Mathematics and Economics at a comprehensive secondary school in East London. Before teaching, Raj led education projects at the Behavioural Insights Team, where worked for nine years. During this time he completed his PhD in the Economics of Education at the University of Bristol. Raj also has eight years of experience as an equities trader.

In his spare time, Raj enjoys learning the piano, yoga, and watching Tottenham Hotspur.