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Albert Bravo-Biosca

Director, Innovation Growth Lab
Nesta (Confirmed)

Albert is Director of the Innovation Growth Lab at Nesta. The Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) is a global collaboration of governments, foundations and researchers that develops and tests new approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship, and accelerate business growth. IGL aims to make innovation and growth policy more experimental and evidence-based, in order to improve the design of the programmes and institutions that help to make our economies more innovative and entrepreneurial.
Since joining Nesta in 2007, his work has been at the intersection of innovation, growth and finance. Prior to setting up the Innovation Growth Lab, he was senior economist and led two of Nesta’s major research programmes in this area, one exploring business growth dynamics and its drivers in the UK and internationally, the other examining the contribution of intangible assets to productivity growth.
Among others, his research has also looked at the drivers of venture capital performance, the linkages between financial institutions and innovative performance, and the effectiveness of innovation policy.
Albert holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
He is guest professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has also been visiting economist at the OECD and consultant for the World Bank.

  • Fostering better collaborations between academic bodies and government
  • Creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other
  • Discussing how policy and funding can impact the skills base in STEM subjects and generate a new wave of talent
  • Increasing UK expenditure on R&D to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027 to grow the economy, culture and society
  • Providing a basis on which policymakers can build a framework to measure and evaluate the return on investment from all R&D