Andrew Senior is a leading international expert in the creative economy. A lawyer by training, Andrew has worked in the creative sector for almost 30 years, initially as a project manager and producer in the theatre. He joined the British Council in 1999 to establish its new programme on the creative economy, establishing several ground breaking international programmes on creative entrepreneurship, mapping, and policy discussion that stimulated and accelerated the global discussion about the creative economy.
In 2010 he left the British Council to establish his own consultancy, quickly becoming one of UNESCO’s original panel of experts working on its 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. He left the panel in 2019 but continues to work with UNESCO, as well as the British Council and a range of different agencies. He has also provided expert advice to governments, economic development agencies, foundations, businesses, and both UNCTAD and WIPO. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. He is currently managing the development of UNESCO’s first Creative Economy Prize, which will be presented for the first time in November 2021.