Jean-Francois Fava-Verde

Jean-Francois Fava-Verde

Innovation Lead, Digital, Innovate UK

Jean-François (JF) Fava-Verde is Innovation Lead (Digital) in the Artificial Intelligence & Data Economy group at Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation. He works with businesses, the research community and across government to turn scientific excellence and innovation into economic impact. In this role, he provides thought leadership on digital connectivity, including next generation networks, and has operational oversight of an Internet of Things acceleration programme helping start-ups overcome the challenges that frequently arise between the development of a hardware prototype and manufacturing at scale. JF has been with Innovate UK for nearly four years. Before that, he was the Head of Innovation at Orange Business Services, one of the world largest communications service providers, where he managed a global open innovation programme in partnership with technology vendors and large multinationals. JF has over 30 years’ experience in the IT and telecoms industry.