Jaee Samant

Director-General, Market Frameworks, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom

I have been the Director General for Market Frameworks at the UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since 2017. Developing and delivering approaches for how best Government should prepare for and respond to technological disruption and the emergence of new business models is a key plank of this role.

I joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2013 as Labour Market Director. Before BIS, I was the Home Office’s Crime Director. I have been a civil servant since 1992 and have worked in a wide range of strategy and policy roles at the Department of
Employment, the Department for Education and Employment, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Cabinet Office before joining the Home Office in 2004. I have done secondments to the BIG Lottery Fund and to the BBC. The golden thread through all these diverse roles has been the reform of social and socio-economic policy.

I spent some of my childhood in India, Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to the UK in 1980. I have an MA from Oxford University. I worked in banking for 2 years before joining the civil service. I received the honour of being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015.