Eleonora Harwich

Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation

Since I joined Reform in 2015, I’ve been involved with a wide variety of research projects ranging from assessing current issues with ways of measuring of public sector productivity to developing a model for performance assessment within prison using data envelopment analysis. My work now focuses on how tech innovations can help public services deliver better outcomes for people in the most efficient way. I co-authored a project which looked at the uses of distributed ledger technologies for identity management in the public sector. I am particularly interested in the public-sector applications of artificial intelligence (AI). I lead and co-authored a paper on AI in the NHS. This project looked at how AI could help the NHS deliver its service transformation plans, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed to make this a reality.

I have written for online and print press, including The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network, Public Sector Focus Magazine and the British Journal of Healthcare Computing. I have also been invited to speak at various national and international conferences on the subject of AI in public service or AI in the NHS. I am a member of the AI Programme advisory board for the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Health Science Network. I am also an advisory board member of Blockchain Live. I am also the London Hub Lead for this awesome volunteer-led network, One HealthTech, that seeks to promote diversity in healthtech.

Aside from my nerdy interests in science and tech, I enjoy food which is my number one religion. I both love cooking for very long hours (no diminishing marginal utility there) and eating. I also love long-distance running and I weave every Wednesday in community Centre in North London with an amazing bunch of older ladies.

Most like to say… “Cheese gives meaning to life”

Areas of interest

  • Applications and ethical use of AI in public sector

  • Data architecture

  • Health tech

  • Quant methods for policy evaluation

  • Prison and rehabilitation

Contact: eleonora.harwich@reform.uk

Twitter: @EleHrwch