Head of New Technology & Startup Research

Christopher Haley


Research, Analysis and Policy

Join Date

May 2014

What I do

Chris leads Nesta's research interests into how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and for the government.


Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked for several years at Imperial Innovations, the technology commercialisation and investment company of Imperial College London. His role there was focussed on assessing emerging technologies and early stage investment opportunities, with a particular attention to cleantech. Following this, he spent two years within Imperial College itself, developing and managing the institution's strategy for enterprise, technology transfer and translation.

Chris has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In his spare time, he is a competitive target rifle shooter with caps for England and Great Britain.

Building upon our research on successful corporate-startup collaboration, today we launch ‘Open Innovation in Europe - A Snapshot of the SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars 2017’, a report Nesta produced in partnership with Mind the Bridge as part of the Startup Europe Partnership initiative. The report seeks to map out best practices in open innovation strategies.
Simona Bielli
Agustina Sol Eskenazi
Christopher Haley
Jonathan Bone
Monday, 18 December 2017