Stian Westlake is Policy Advisor to the Minister of State in BEIS. Stian formerly led the Policy and Research team at Nesta, a £350m charitable endowment with a mission to encourage innovation in the UK. Before joining Nesta in 2009, Stian worked in social venture capital at The Young Foundation and founded Healthy Incentives, an innovative health venture. Prior to this, he spent seven years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company in Silicon Valley and London, including a year on secondment to HM Treasury as a founder member of unit set up to develop and reform Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and to provide financial and political advice to government ministers. He holds a first-class BA (Hons) in History from the University of Oxford and a Master¹s 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.