Olivier Usher

Lead research and impact

Oliver Usher leads Nesta Challenges’ research team. He helps to identify promising areas for innovation and choose the most impactful focus for new prizes.

Alongside work on Nesta Challenges programmes, he has advised governments in Europe, North America and the Middle East, as well as the European Commission, on how to maximise the impact of their challenge prize programmes. Prior to joining Nesta, he worked in science public relations, including a period as Public Information Officer for the European Space Agency in Munich, where he coordinated European media relations for the Hubble Space Telescope.