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Valerie Mocker

Valerie is Head of Development & European Digital Policy at Nesta and leads Readie. She also set up Nesta’s programme to foster collaborations between established companies and technology startups. With Startup Europe Partnership and Founders Forum, Valerie authored ‘Winning together: a guide to successful corporate-startup collaborations’ which is utilised by over 300 leading corporations.

Valerie regularly speaks on digitalisation and entrepreneurship at events including CeBIT, the OECD Forum, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Valerie holds numerous advisory positions, for example as Ambassador for Strategy of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, which is managed by Kauffman Foundation, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Olivia Chapman

Olivia is Policy and Communications Manager for Readie. Olivia co-authored two “Digital Pulse” reports that explore how open UK and German people are to new technology. She also co-authored “Policymaking for the 21st century: How digital tools can help” which compared European attitudes towards using technology to take part in politics and policy decisions. Olivia manages Readie’s policy network and speaks frequently at events about the digital economy and impact of digitalisation

Prior to joining Readie, Olivia developed communications strategies for the New York Times International and PRS for Music. At PRS for Music, she managed the widely publicised Streamfair campaign to raise awareness about online copyright with policymakers.

Kimberley Ballantyne

Kimberley is Programme Coordinator for Readie. Her background is in developing learning experiences that inspire new ways of thinking. Prior to joining Readie, she managed a cultural programme for the New Zealand government’s economic development agency that encouraged a new appreciation for indigenous heritage. She also managed programmes that allowed organisations to build creativity and innovation capability through design thinking.

Jack Orlik

Jack is a senior researcher for Readie. Before joining Nesta, Jack worked as an innovation consultant in the commercial sector, where he designed new approaches for developing and evaluating products for clients that included Samsung and Twitter. He has experience in remote ethnography, trends forecasting, conference and workshop curation, and agile delivery in a startup environment.

Jack has an MSc in Digital Anthropology from UCL, and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford University. He has an interest in the social impact of emerging technologies, and once co-authored an illustrated history of Techno music.

Felix Szabo

Felix is Research Assistant for Readie. Prior to joining Readie, Felix worked in commercial primary research, supporting investment and consultancy decisions. He previously completed research projects with ComRes, the polling expert and Ceartas, a small human rights charity. He holds degrees in PPE and Political Theory from Lancaster and LSE respectively.