Ken Guy is the Director of Wise Guys Ltd., a company he launched in 2000 to conduct innovation policy research and provide advice to innovation policymakers and administrators. In 1989, he founded Technopolis Ltd., an innovation policy consultancy that, by the time of his decision to leave and sell the company in January 2000, had grown to be a leader in its field. Ken is prominent in evaluation and assessment circles. Building on early work in the 1970s in the fields of risk assessment and environmental monitoring, and on the evaluation of collaborative R&D programmes during his time at SPRU in the 1980s, in the 1990s he established evaluation as a core competence of the Technopolis group of companies.
After nine years with Wise Guys Ltd., Ken spent the period from May 2009 to May 2011 as a visiting senior scientist at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, one of the seven research institutes that comprise the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Subsequently, he took up a senior position at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Division, where he remained until returning to Wise Guys Ltd. in February 2015.