Stephan Shakespeare is CEO and Co-Founder of YouGov plc. One of the pioneers of Internet research, Stephan has been the driving force behind YouGov’s innovation-led strategy.




Following YouGov's floatation on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) in 2005, Stephan has driven the company forward into a number of new international markets. Today, the YouGov Group operates in over 30 countries worldwide.

In addition to his role as a Director of YouGov, Stephan sits on the Advisory Board of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance, and is a commissioner for the Social Metrics Commission, an independent charity dedicated to helping UK policy makers and the public understand and take action to tackle poverty.

He was chair of the Data Strategy Board for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2012–2013 and led the Shakespeare Review of Public Sector Information.

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