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Samuel Hanes

Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation

Samuel joined the BIT shortly after it was created in 2010 as the team’s first economist. He has worked on a large number of UK government policies, including: health, crime, energy & sustainability, taxation, unemployment and economic growth. From 2014-16, Samuel was the team’s UK director for economic growth and productivity. In this role, he led projects on business growth, female labour market participation, disability & employment, apprenticeships and exporting.

In 2016, he founded the BIT Singapore office working with governments and other partners across Southeast Asia. In 2018, Sam briefly left BIT to work as the Head of Economics and Analytics (Indonesia) for Grab, one of Southeast Asia’s largest tech startups. He then returned to our London office to take up his current role.

Before working at BIT, Samuel was an economist at the Home Office (the UK ministry for Home Affairs) primarily focused on the economics of crime and policing. He holds a degree in Economics from Durham University.