Former Executive Director, Communities and Skills, Greater London Authority
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy
Halima Khan has worked in national, regional and local government and at Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. Her interests are in approaches to public service innovation which incorporate the insights of citizens and frontline staff, and which build social capital and wellbeing.
Most recently, Halima was Executive Director for Communities and Skills at the Greater London Authority. She was responsible for adult skills, social policy, civil society, children and young people, and public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to joining City Hall, Halima was in the leadership team at Nesta where she led work on health and wellbeing and People Powered Results, which supports frontline staff in public services to rapidly experiment with new ways of working. Before that Halima was Deputy Director at the Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, providing policy advice to the Prime Minister, No.10 and Cabinet Office ministers on a range of domestic policy issues. Halima has also worked in local government at Camden Council, focusing on corporate strategy, policy and research.
Halima studied Geography at Jesus College, Oxford and has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Knox Fellow. She has held non-executive roles at Diabetes UK and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. In 2015, Halima was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences by Anglia Ruskin University.
To read about Halima's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.