Ravi Gurumurthy

Ravi Gurumurthy

Company: Nesta

Job title: CEO


Ravi is CEO of Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. In March 2021, Nesta published its ambitious 10-year strategy which aims to improve the lives of millions through mission-led

Ravi previously founded and led the Airbel Innovation Lab at the International Rescue Committee where he was responsible for designing, testing and scaling products and services for people
affected by crisis in over 40 countries, from reducing acute malnutrition to expanding employment for refugees.

Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee in 2013, Ravi held a number of roles in the UK Government, including Director of Strategy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and strategic advisor to the Foreign Secretary. During this period, Ravi led a number of major social and environmental reforms including the development of the world’s first legally binding
carbon emissions targets and the integration of children’s services.

Ravi has also worked as a researcher at the think-tank Demos and in local government in London. Ravi made net zero one of Nesta’s three missions and is
passionate about driving change through innovation. Ravi has extensive experience in this area having been one of the architects of the UK’s Climate Change Act in 2008, which he initiated when working as an advisor to David Miliband. At the Department of Energy and Climate Change, as Director of Strategy, Ravi was then responsible for setting and meeting the UK’s Carbon Budgets and developing the government’s 2050 decarbonisation plan. Ravi also played a leading role in energy market reforms and innovation support that led to the UK expanding its renewable electricity generation.

Ravi now sits on the Europe board of the global energy charity, the Environmental Defense Fund. Ravi also brings an international perspective to the issue, having worked in the
FCDO to make climate change one of its main priorities, and more recently on how to mitigate the effects of displacement from climate change at the International Rescue Committee.


The Net-Zero Debate: Your decarbonisation questions, answered 11:35 am - 12:30 pm

Talking points:   What will it take to tackle the energy crisis? What is the role of oil & gas in reaching net-zero? Preparing for mandatory net-zero transition plans Why a unified voice around net-zero is more critical than everRead more

stream: 2. NET-ZERO STAGE
day: DAY 1 - 1 March 2023
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