Stian Westlake

Stian Westlake

Speaker Profile

Stian Westlake is Executive Director of Policy and Research at innovation foundation Nesta, which he joined in 2009. Before that he worked in social investment at The Young Foundation, as a consultant at McKinsey&Company in Silicon Valley, and as a policy adviser to HM Treasury. He has advised the UK government on their science policy and also founded Healthy Incentives, a healthcare social enterprise. 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.

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