Hasan Bakshi MBE
Hasan Bakshi leads Nesta’s creative and digital economy policy and research. His recent work includes co-authoring the Next Gen Skills Review (2011) of the video games and visual effects industries, and the Manifesto for the Creative Economy (2013), which sets out ten recommendations by which governments can help the creative economy grow. Hasan has a particular interest in data and experimental research methods: in 2010, he designed and piloted in Manchester Creative Credits, a business support scheme structured as a randomised controlled trial; in 2011, he devised the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts which has been rolled out in a three-year partnership with Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England and has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, Film London and the British Film Institute. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Hasan is a founding member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. He was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries in the New Year’s Honours List for 2015.