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 worked at Nesta where she led work on health and wellbeing and People Powered Results. She previously worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office, and in local government at Camden Council in London.
Halima studied Geography at Jesus College, Oxford and has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School. 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. She regularly advises academic research programmes and is a member of the British Academy’s Public Policy Committee.