Dr Graham Thrower

Head of Sustainable Economy

A hugely experienced executive who has held senior management roles within global financial institutions, including Citigroup and Societe Generale; and board-level positions in global investment, economic development and creative industry sectors, including with North East Access to Finance, Newcastle Science City and regional development agency One North East.

Graham has overseen or led all of Urban Foresight’s economic development projects, including economic strategies, feasibility studies, business cases and impact analyses. This work has been at all scales from national governments to individual cities and projects, as well as internationally and across the UK.

His interests and skills sit at the junction of institutional investment, infrastructure provision and progressive and sustainable economic development. He has considerable experience in creating new investment markets and developing long term strategic client partnerships, as well as delivering stakeholder value.

Graham holds a PhD in institutional investment markets for infrastructure from Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS).

He is also Chairman of the impact investor NEL Fund Managers.