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Rohan Silva

Rohan Silva

London, UK

Senior Policy Adviser to David Cameron (2010-13)

Chairman of Downing Street’s Tech City Advisory Group

Co-Founder of the collaborative workspace 'Second Home'

Rohan Silva is the co-founder of Second Home, a social enterprise that supports creativity, entrepreneurship and job creation in cities around the world.

Rohan Silva was previously Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, where he worked across all areas of policy, but was particularly passionate about enterprise, innovation and technology. He was responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, such as the Entrepreneur Visa, Entrepreneur Relief, angel investment tax breaks, the Government’s Open Data agenda, and the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property.

In addition, Rohan created the Government’s Tech City initiative, which supports the growth of the technology cluster in East London, and also created the Government’s Life Science Strategy in 2011, as well as the follow-up strategy in 2012 focused on genomics and bioinformatics.

Rohan Silva is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’.

Our Comment

"Rohan has unique experience of using technology and innovation to revolutionise the relationship between government and it’s citizens. He speaks about the role government can play in fostering a high tech economy and how business and government can continue to collaborate in the future."

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