Tom Saunders is a Senior Researcher in the International Innovation team at Nesta. His work focuses on helping governments learn from innovations around the world, with a particular focus on how cities can use digital technologies to address urban challenges, principally through collaboration with citizens and community generated innovations. Saunders also leads on Nesta’s research and engagement with China and much of the organization’s work in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. He has advised the British government on innovation collaboration with ASEAN countries, and the Chinese government on community-generated low carbon innovation. He is the co-author of "China’s Absorptive State: Research, Innovation and the Prospects for China-UK Collaboration."