Dr Joanna Dally

City Strategic Partnerships Lead, Advanced Mobility Unit at BP

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City Strategic Partnerships Lead, Advanced Mobility Unit, BP
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Jo Dally is the City Strategic Partnerships lead for the Advanced Mobility Unit at BP. The Advanced Mobility Unit has been set up to build material, sustainable businesses for BP’s Downstream business in a low carbon, digitally-enabled future.

Responding to new and disruptive trends in mobility, including electrification of transport, autonomous vehicles and changing ownership patterns, the team looks for options beyond the Downstream’s core businesses and explores ways that BP can leverage its assets, capabilities and brands through new partnerships and business models. Jo's role involves developing the insights, networks and conditions for effective partnerships between BP and Cities around the world; including piloting new business models and opportunities to meet their electrification and mobility challenges.

Before joining BP, Jo was Head of Policy (Research) at the Royal Society. She worked on policy issues ranging from Higher Education and Research funding and assessment, to the UK’s exit from the EU, the use of evidence in decision-making, and on understanding the UK research system and how it might evolve.

Until she joined the Royal Society, Jo’s career had been primarily been in the Civil Service. Her last post was as Deputy Director for Horizon Scanning, Data Analytics and Emerging Technologies in the Government Office for Science. Prior to this, and as Head of Innovation, she led a review of the effectiveness of the different models of government support for innovation for economic growth, sponsored by the Sir Mark Walport, BIS and HM Treasury.

Jo’s earlier roles all had science, evidence and advice at their core. These included leading the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Security Team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as Private Secretary to the then Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, and as a Science Specialist to a House of Commons Select Committee. She was also a member of the cross-Government team that supported Lord Heseltine in his review of public policy and economic growth (2012).

Jo has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge where she was also a Post-doctoral Researcher.

To read about Jo's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.