Research Intern

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Join Date

October 2015

What I do

Oli was an intern in the digital startups team. He worked on two EU projects: European Digital Forum and Startup Europe Partnership.


Prior to Nesta, Oli worked in the Parliamentary office of Chuka Umunna MP when he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has worked at public affairs agency Hume Brophy and in corporate finance and digital marketing as well.

Oli has an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy (Distinction) from LSE. His research focused on UK educational inequalities. He also holds a BA in Politics and East European studies from UCL, where he developed a keen interest in EU affairs and Balkan history and politics.