Stian Westlake

Stian Westlake

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Stian Westlake is Chief Executive of the Royal Statistical Society. He was previously adviser to three UK science and innovation ministers, an Executive Director at Nesta, the UK’s national foundation for innovation, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an official at HM Treasury. He is the author, with Jonathan Haskel, of Restarting the Future: How to Fix the Intangible Economy

Stian was educated at the University of Oxford, Harvard University and London Business School. His research interests include the measurement of innovation and its effects on productivity, the role of high-growth businesses in the economy, financial innovation, and how government policy should respond to technological change. His 2018 book Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy (with Jonathan Haskel) was praised by Bill Gates and shows the growing importance of intangible assets has also played a role in some of the big economic changes of the last decade. You can see him speaking about the book in his Talk at Google. He tweets at @stianwestlake.