Sir Geoff Mulgan


Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation in STEaPP at University College London (UCL). He was Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation from 2011–2019. From 1997–2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. From 2004- 2011 he was first CEO of the Young Foundation.

He has been a reporter on BBC TV and radio and was the founder/cofounder
of many organisations, including Demos, Uprising, the Social Innovation Exchange and Action for Happiness. He has a PhD in telecommunications and has been visiting professor at LSE and Melbourne University, and senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. Geoff has advised many governments around the world and is a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow from 2019-22. Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin), ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press), ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton University Press) and ‘Social innovation: how societies find the power to change’ (Policy Press). Geoff has given TED talks on the future economy, happiness and education.

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