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Geoff Mulgan's Portrait

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Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the United Kingdom’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Nesta combines investment in early stage companies, grant programmes in fields ranging from health and education to the arts and giving, and research. From 2004-2011 Mr. Mulgan was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.

Between 1997 and 2004 Mr. Mulgan had various roles in the United Kingdom Government including Director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and Head of Policy in the Office of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Before that he was the Founder and Director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown Member of Parliament; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many Governments around the world, and has been a Board Member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and Chair of Involve. He is currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust.

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His books include The Locust and the Bee – a study on the future of economic growth (Princeton University Press, March 2013), The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilizing Power and Knowledge for the Common Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity: How to live in a connected world (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).

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