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Richard is responsible for monitoring new developments and trends in science and technology for the Challenge Prize Centre.

He will also be researching new prizes to tackle challenges in high tech and natural science sectors.

Before joining Nesta, Richard worked for several years in business intelligence consulting looking at emerging technology in physical and life science sectors. Prior to that he lived for 18 months in Japan, studying Japanese and working for a love hotel company (it’s a long story). He has an MCHEM (Master of Chemistry) from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where he was awarded the Oldham Prize for outstanding dissertation.

In addition to science and technology, Richard is passionate about cinema and in his spare time he produces short films, gets involved in film festivals and contributes to a small independent film label.