Kirsten is an executive director at Nesta and leads Nesta’s research, analysis and policy team. The team does leading edge research on innovation and innovation policy, and runs initiatives to help people apply the knowledge generated.
Kirsten was previously director of international at Nesta, where she built a research team examining new global trends and practices in innovation, and grew Nesta’s global partnerships and programmes. She joined Nesta in 2009 as lead policy advisor for Innovation Systems.
Kirsten has published widely on innovation policy and new trends in global innovation. She has designed a range of programmes and projects that aim to transform the ability of governments to support innovation for growth and wellbeing.