Ravi Gurumurthy, Chief Executive Officer, Nesta

Ravi joined Nesta in December 2019, and has since focused on combining and applying innovation methods and rigorous evaluation, to design test and scale solutions that prove measurable impact for millions.

Ravi previously founded and led the Airbel Innovation Lab at the International Rescue Committee where he was responsible for designing, testing and scaling products and services for people affected by crisis in over 40 countries, from reducing acute malnutrition to expanding employment for refugees.

Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee in 2013, Ravi held a number of roles in the UK Government, including Director of Strategy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and strategic advisor to the Foreign Secretary. During this period, Ravi led a number of major social and environmental reforms including the development of the world’s first legally binding carbon emissions targets and the integration of children’s services.

Ravi has also worked as a researcher at the think-tank Demos and in local government in London.