Stian leads Nesta's Policy and Research team, which develops new insights into how innovation works and influences policy and practice to make it happen.

Stian joined Nesta in 2009. Before this, he worked in social venture capital at The Young Foundation, making and managing investments in a range of social enterprises and founding Healthy Incentives, an innovative health venture.

Before this, he spent five years at McKinsey & Company in Silicon Valley and London, where he provided strategic advice to a range of private and public sector clients, focusing on healthcare, technology, and corporate and infrastructure finance.

Stian holds a first-class BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Finance with Distinction from London Business School. He also pursued graduate work in economics and government at Harvard University as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar.