Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter
Lecturer, Political Economy
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Political Economy


Sarah leads X’s Public Policy team and helps governments and policymakers around the world understand new technologies and their impacts. Prior to joining X in 2013, she ran Google’s Public Policy in the UK. But long before the internet was invented, Sarah was a policy wonk. Before she was old enough to vote, she volunteered for a young Tony Blair during her school holidays, and later worked on many election campaigns for the Labour Party. After a stint with the BBC and Channel 4, she developed an expertise in broadcasting policy and worked as a Special Adviser for the Minister of Culture. She went on to join Prime Minister Blair in Downing Street, working as his Senior Policy Adviser on Culture, Media and Sport for 4 years and working on a wide range of issues, including the London 2012 Olympic bid. In her personal life, she loves making bread and spending time with her three children.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2019-present

Professional Experience

  • Director of Global Public Policy, X the moonshot factory, 2016-present
  • Head of Policy, X, the moonshot factory, 2013-16
  • Head of UK Public Policy, Google, 2009-13
  • Head of Public Sector, SHM Productions Ltd, 2008-09
  • Specialist Olympics Adviser, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2006-07
  • Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, UK Government, 2001-05
  • Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2001
  • Policy Advisor, BBC, 1999-00


Degree Courses


Cities are where billions of people live and they are the engine for innovation and economic growth. They are also going through enormous change and battling with fundamental problems, like housing, transportation, urban planning, the environment...