2018 Forum programme

Dr. Christopher Haley
Dr. Christopher Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research
United Kingdom


Dr Christopher Haley is head of new technology and startup research at Nesta, the UK-based innovation foundation. Chris leads the organisation’s policy and research activities into how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and the government. One of the programmes that he directed was the European Digital City Index, which measured various startup ecosystems across Europe.

Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked for several years at the technology commercialisation and investment company Imperial Innovations (now part of IP Group), as well as within Imperial College London, where he developed and managed the institution's strategy for enterprise, technology transfer and translation.

Chris has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has advisory roles with the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Enterprise Research Centre, the ScaleUp Institute, GEN UK and Startup Olé, and is a 'Startup Europe' Ambassador.