Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Commonwealth Secretariat

At the Commonwealth Secretariat – the inter-governmental organisation for 52 member countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Oceania regions – Abhik Sen is responsible for fostering innovation and multi-sectoral partnerships to address the most critical public policy and developmental challenges in Commonwealth countries. Prior to the current position, he was Head of Policy and Research with a particular focus on the development of young people who comprise more than 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s population of 2.3 billion. In this role, Abhik Sen supervised research and developed policy guidance on education, health, employment, entrepreneurship, inclusion, skills and sustainable development. He also worked in partnership with the governments of Commonwealth countries to develop evidence-based national policies and collaborated with other international development organisations to improve policy frameworks, monitoring and evaluation. He is, also, the lead author of the Global Youth Development Index and Report 2016, a ground-breaking evidence-based study on the state of young people in the world. Previously, he has served as Managing Editor at The Economist Group as well as an analyst and newspaper editor in India. His analysis and commentary has been featured in The Economist, BBC, Guardian, The Times, Bloomberg and The Asian Age, among others. He is a trustee at Apples & Snakes, the leading national organisation for poetry and spoken word artists in the UK.