Glen Mehn

About Glen Mehn
  • Head of Development Innovation, Nesta

Glen is Head of Development Innovation at Nesta, working with local innovators and multilateral organisations around the world creating social impact and in the creative economy.

Glen has worked for two decades supporting early and growth stage innovation practice. He has sat on steering committees and advisory boards for a range of for-profit and non-profit organisations including the British Council UNDP, DFID, Nike Foundation and Oxfam, as well as a range of Tech for Good startups. From 2010-2016, Glen was a founder at Bethnal Green Ventures, Europe’s first accelerator programme supporting ventures using technology to solve social and environmental problems, working with Tech for Good organisations including Fairphone, DrDoctor, Open Utility, and HearToday. During that time, he also led on BGV’s work with international organisations and delivered programmes in 25 countries on four continents. Before that, Glen worked with a range of social startups in Uganda and Zambia, after a decade building IT systems for Silicon Valley startups. His first career was as a designer from the days when the internet was only used by people on green-and-black screens. In his copious spare time, Glen runs The Kitschies – the prize for progressive, intelligent, and entertaining speculative fiction – and he has been known to write speculative fiction himself. He serves on a range of boards, including as a school governor for St. John’s Angell Town primary school in Brixton, the advisory board for Konnektis and PlaqueChecker, and others. Glen holds a BA in English, Sociology and Design from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Oxford University.


The Power of the Arts to Strengthen Communities, Create Sustainable Livelihoods and Drive Social Change

04 Jun 2018

Read session notes here.  Session Description Globally and locally, we have witnessed a substantial growth in philanthropy and social investing, as well as a trend that increasingly aligns values with one’s giving and investing.  Yet today, there is a lack…Read More


Policy Showcase 1: Policy Innovations to Maximise Impact (By Invite Only)

05 Jun 2018

Read session notes here. Session Description Please note the Policy Showcase sessions will run from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Policy innovation is becoming a powerful approach to drive greater inclusive growth and to build resilient communities in Asia. New ideas are…Read More

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