Dr Jo Twist has been CEO of Ukie since January 2012. Ukie is the trade body for games and interactive entertainment businesses in the UK, and has a mission to make the UK the best place in the world to make games. Previously, Jo was Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Education, where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II; a stable of free-to-play browser and iOS games, including Sweatshop, Nomnation, and International Racing Squirrels; and several social media projects. Earlier in her career, Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and in a former life a technology reporter for BBC News.
With a background in digital media, education, creative technology, and youth culture, and a PhD in online communities, identity, and young people, Jo brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of interactive entertainment including media, technical innovation and creativity, commercial and political issues. Jo is a London Tech Ambassador, sits on the BAFTA Games Committee, a number of other boards and advisory groups, is one of the Top 100 UK Women in Video Games, on the MCV 100 Brit list in the games industry and is a BIMA Hot 100 in digital.