Piotr Gierszewski headshot

Piotr Gierszewski

Senior Researcher

Pronouns: He/Him

Areas of expertise: Innovation Research, Future Scoping, New Frontiers, Disruptive Tech, Life Sciences, Service Design, Challenge prizes, Purpose-led Business, Government and Innovation, Innovation Policy

Piotrek is passionate about using foresight as a tool for achieving social impact; exploring possible visions for the future, anticipating obstacles and enabling the desirable opportunities to happen. He has over ten years’ experience in research within academia, private and non-profit sectors.

At Nesta Challenges, he is responsible for researching social and environmental problems and identifying opportunities to tackle them. He turns insight into practice by developing challenge-driven, open-innovation competitions that support communities of solvers and incentivise solutions to these problems. Since 2017, Piotrek has worked on topics ranging from emerging innovations in whale conservation or legal services to scaling up access to surgical procedures in low resource settings.

Prior to joining Nesta, Piotrek had worked at a boutique science commercialisation consultancy as a technology scout and at the University of Cambridge as a life scientist specialising in epigenetics and molecular biology. He also co-lead a few grassroots networks focused on translation of ‘deep’ and/or ‘bench’ science into commercial opportunities and acceleration of their market entry.

Piotrek is a fire performer specialising in ‘poi’ spinning and fire breathing (though less so since he grew a beard), loves nature and spending time outdoors.