Director, Research, British Council
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Dan Shah joined the British Council as Director Research in December 2018. Dan joined from India where he was Director UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the body created following the amalgamation of the seven Research Councils together with Innovate UK and Research England. In this role Dan developed and delivered UKRI’s India strategy, bridged interests across HMG networks in New Delhi and Whitehall and worked with high level stakeholders in the Indian Government and academy. Prior to joining UKRI, Dan was Assistant Director for Policy at Universities UK International and Senior Policy Advisor at the Russell Group. He has worked in Government in the then Department for Business Innovation and Skills on research funding and university business collaboration. Before working for the public sector, he worked at the Social Enterprise Coalition, now Social Enterprise UK, initiating the organisation’s research programme. He studied Philosophy in the USA and UK.
Dan will lead the Research function to pursue a strategic programme of research underpinning and supporting the cultural relations vision and mission of the British Council. The Research and Policy insight team will work collaboratively across the organisation, in cultural relations generally and within key priorities and themes. This ranges from Arts to Education and Languages and from Civil Society to Peace and Conflict Resolution. The research supports the British Council as a thought leader and provides evidence of the impact of our work in cultural relations.