Philip Sinclair

Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS)

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Entrepreneur, CEO, Policy Professional
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Philip Sinclair is an experienced leader at the most senior levels of business, government, and academia globally.

As Head of Innovation and Growth in the Cabinet Office, Philip led innovation in HM Government, across a range of complex portfolios and policy areas including health, security and resilience, education, and justice. He developed a £230bn innovation platform, 'a world first in terms of scale and ambition', and the first government platform to successfully trial AI.

He was a senior adviser to Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s adviser on small business and enterprise in No 10 Downing Street, and led reforms to increase startup and SME success in the UK.

Philip is a senior adviser at the European Commission. He advises governments and business on policy for innovation and growth, entrepreneurship, science, and Industry 4.0.

As an entrepreneur he has founded two tech businesses, most recently in the education sector for the Asia Pacific region. As a non-executive director he has advised several others on strategy, growth, and intellectual property.

He was appointed as a member of the World Economics Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models, and a member of the forum's expert network, by Dr. Klaus Schwab (Chairman). He was a contributor to Dr. Schwab’s book on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Philip is a Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, and a member of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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

  • 29 June 2017

    2017 CSaP Annual Conference: How does academia contribute to the work of government?

    Our 2017 annual conference will bring together members of our extensive network to discuss some of the opportunities for policy makers at both local and national levels to draw on academic expertise in support of more effective policy making.

  • 27 February 2014, 5:30pm

    Adaptation to climate change: Seminar 6

    In this final seminar of the series, Professor Kennel will discuss: The essential role of assessment in the adaptive management of complex systems; the regional specificity of climate change impacts; the critical role of local communities; the complexity of knowledge assembly for regional and local decisionā€support; and the need to encourage timely decisions.