Mark Hepworth


Mark is a multidisciplinary economist and entrepreneur whose international career spans academia, public policy and business consultancy. He leads The Good Economy's research and policy work on inclusive and sustainable development.

His focus is on business-led inclusive growth, ‘place-based’ impact investing and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as future drivers of business model innovation and transformative policy.

Mark has deep knowledge of the UK economic development landscape through his research at the Universities of Newcastle and London and policy consultancy at the Local Futures Group, which he co-founded in 1997 (now part of Grant Thornton).

Known for his seminal work on the IT revolution and the knowledge economy, he has taught at UK and overseas universities, acted as an expert adviser to the UN Economic Council, the OECD and the European Commission, and undertaken strategy consultancy for IBM, Microsoft, BT and other corporates.

Prior to The Good Economy, Mark was a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College London and Founding Director of Geoeconomics, a research and strategy consultancy which produced local economic strategies and impact assessments for infrastructure providers and private equity investors.

As a consultant to Big Issue Invest, Mark co-created the social assessment methodologies underpinning the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund and Standard Life Investments’ UK Equity Impact Employment Opportunities Fund.

Mark has a degree in economics from the University of Warwick and a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Toronto.