David Halpern is Deputy Director of the Insitute for Government in London. He also heads the new Behavioural Insight Team at 10 Downing Street on secondment from the Institute (from 2010).
David was previously Chief Analyst in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit for Tony Blair (2001-7). Before that was a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge. He has also held posts Nuffield College Oxford, the Center for European Studies at Harvard, and the Policy Studies Institute, London.
He is also a cofounder and trustee of the Halpern Foundation, which supports people suffering from mental health problems in the South East of England. He is married with two boys.