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Geoffrey Mulgan

CEO, NESTA

Since 2011, Geoff Mulgan has been the chief executive of Nesta, a global innovation foundation that develops new ideas as a key to human progress, prosperity and happiness, working in dozens of countries around the world. Between 1997 and 2004, Mr. Mulgan served as director of the UK government's strategy unit and head of policy in the prime minister's office. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Mulgan was the first chief executive of the Young Foundation. Before that he was the first director of the think-tank Demos, the chief adviser to Gordon Brown MP, and a reporter for the BBC. He has helped set up many organizations, including Demos and the Young Foundation, as well as the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust, and Action for Happiness. Mr. Mulgan co-chairs a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He is currently chair of an international advisory committee for the mayor of Seoul, and a member of advisory committees for the prime minister's office in the United Arab Emirates, the French government's digital agency, the Scottish Government and SITRA, and the Finnish Innovation agency. Mr. Mulgan has given TED talks on topics including the future economy, happiness, and education. His most recent book is Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World published by Princeton University Press. Previous books include The Locust and the Bee (Princeton) and Good and Bad Power (Penguin). Mr. Mulgan has a first class degree from Oxford and is a senior visiting scholar at Harvard.