The time for innovation: why there has never been a greater opportunity to focus on innovation

7 June 2022, 5:30pm


The Second Annual Cleevely Lecture was delievered by Indro Mukerjee, CEO, Innovate UK.

Chaired by Dr David Cleevely, Chair, Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub

Date: Tuesday 7 June 2022

Time: 5:30pm-6:45pm followed by drinks and networking

Venue: McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College, Cambridge

The time for innovation: why there has never been a greater opportunity to focus on innovation

You can watch the lecture here:

Innovation has never been more important to the UK. In his talk, Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK, discussed why now is a critical time for us to seek ingenuity and boldness in UK innovation. He spoke about Innovate UK’s Plan for Action, which sets out the key themes, commitments, and approaches that determine how innovation must be used to create and sustain a positive future for our society and economy.


Indro Mukerjee is a highly experienced technology CEO and business leader with a track record of leading innovation and technology commercialisation at businesses of all sizes across the world – from publicly listed and multinational corporations to new venture and private equity backed technology companies. With a strong personal interest in the development of skills for industry, he cofounded the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (www.ukesf.org) and served on the SEMTA (now Enginuity) board for nine years, where he was also Chairman of the committee managing their investment fund. Indro has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program and speaks several European languages.


The Cleevely Annual Lecture Series

In 2021, the inaugural Cleevely Lecture was given by Angela McLean. CSaP's Annual Lecture Series begain in 2011 with a talk by John Beddington (then GCSA). Lectures since then have included Chris Whitty (2017), Ed Humpherson (2019) and in 2020, Sally Davies.

Dr David Cleevely was CSaP’s Founding Director from its inception in 2009 until he stepped down in 2015. We are very grateful to David for supporting and giving his name to this lecture series.

Indro Mukerjee

Innovate UK

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge