UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Charles Leadbeater

Charles Leadbeater is author of Living on Thin Air and We-Think: mass innovation not mass production. Charles works internationally as an adviser on innovation strategy to companies, cities and governments. After leaving the Financial Times, where he was Industrial Editor, he became an independent writer, policy adviser and social innovator.

He drafted the 1998 government White Paper: Building the Knowledge Driven Economy. His publications include The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur, Living on Thin Air and We Think: from mass production to mass innovation.

Charles is a member of the UCL Commission for Mission Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS), which aims to solve grand challenges in innovation and industrial strategy with a mission-oriented framework.