Dr Emma Hennessey

Head of Science and Innovation Team at Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Head of Science and Innovation Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Emma Hennessey is Head of the Science and Innovation Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She is also Deputy Head of the FCO/BIS-funded Science and Innovation Network, providing leadership to the network of 90 officers worldwide to ensure they support the UK’s international science and innovation priorities.

She is also responsible for supporting FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser, including embedding the use of international science and innovation as a source of UK soft power and for science communications. She works cross-Whitehall on international science and innovation and leads a team of 12 staff in FCO and BIS.

Earlier in her career, Emma was head of the CSA’s team in Defra (2009-14), having joined Defra’s predecessor MAFF in 1994. Overall she has over 20 years of experience of working in science and science policy in government. Prior to that, she did postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of York and Sussex, and a DPhil in Biology from the University of York.