We are challengers. We are innovators. We are game changers.

Nesta Challenges exists to design and run challenge prizes that help solve pressing problems that lack solutions. We shine a spotlight where it matters and incentivise people to solve these issues. We are independent supporters of change to help communities thrive and inspire the best placed, most diverse groups of people around the world to take action. We support the boldest and bravest ideas to become real, and seed long term change to advance society and build a better future for everyone.

Want to solve a problem or sponsor a prize? Innovators, funders and clients, alike, visit our new site challenges.org

Team

Tris Dyson

Tris Dyson

Tris Dyson

Managing Director of Nesta Challenges

Tris has led Nesta Challenges from its origins as a Nesta experiment to being a global hub for expertise and insight on challenge prizes.

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Constance Agyeman

Constance Agyeman

Constance Agyeman

Head of International Development and Communities - Sustainable Communities, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Constance has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector developing national and international programs which engage communities.

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Kathy Nothstine

Kathy Nothstine

Kathy Nothstine

Head of Future Cities, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Kathy is the Head of Future Cities, where she focuses on place-based innovation and empowering cities to shape their destiny.

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Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman

Director of Global Health and Disability - Global Health, Nesta Challenges

Daniel leads the Global Health Team, including the Longitude Prize, at Nesta Challenges.

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Caroline Purslow

Caroline Purslow

Caroline Purslow

Senior Programme Manager - Global Health Team, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Caroline is the Programme Manager for the Global Health team, working on the Longitude Prize and a range of other health-related programmes.

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Shae Harmon

Shae Harmon

Shae Harmon

Communications Manager, Nesta Challenges

As Communications Manager for Nesta Challenges, Shae works across all themes Nesta Challenges wide. Shae aims to encourage more people to enter our prizes through digital engagement.

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Orpa Haque

Orpa Haque

Orpa Haque

Assistant Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Orpa delivered programmes focused on social impact, including a flagship programme, The Mobility Unlimited Challenge.

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Bhavik Doshi

Bhavik Doshi

Bhavik Doshi

Research and Impact Officer

At Nesta Challenges, Bhavik analysed the results from prize impact evaluations and creates the first learnings based on evidence.

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Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Prize Design Manager - New Frontiers, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Charlotte has built expertise in the design and delivery of impact-focused challenge-driven innovation tools.

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Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Challenge Director, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Chris's experience spans the public, commercial and social impact sectors and interactions between the three.

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Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Head of Research and Evaluation, Nesta Challenges

Oli leads Nesta Challenges’ research team. He helps to identify promising areas for innovation and choose the most impactful focus for new prizes.

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Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Senior Programme Manager, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Andrea leads the challenge prize advisory work with the Government of Canada, consulting on research, design and delivery of outcome-based funding projects.

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Zofia Jackiewicz

Zofia Jackiewicz

Zofia Jackiewicz

Assistant Programme Manager

Zofia's work in Nesta Challenges focused on development and delivery of various projects including the European Social Innovation Competition.

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Caroline Pradier

Caroline Pradier

Caroline Pradier

Assistant Programme Manager - New Frontiers, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Caroline is an Assistant Programme Manager working on the delivery of a number of prizes focused on health, disability, government and innovation.

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Maddy Kavanagh

Maddy Kavanagh

Maddy Kavanagh

Programme Manager - Sustainable Communities, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Maddy is a Programme Manager for the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize. She also works on the business development side of Nesta Challenges.

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Ruth Neale

Ruth Neale

Ruth Neale

Programme Manager - Global Health, Nesta Challenges

Ruth is the Assistant Programme Manager for the Global Health Team, including the Longitude Prize, at Nesta Challenges.

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Lubaina Manji

Lubaina Manji

Lubaina Manji

Senior Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Lubaina was passionate about open innovation and co-creation to create disruptive tech in financial and other regulated markets.

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Janet Southern McCormick

Janet Southern McCormick

Janet Southern McCormick

Programme Manager - Sustainable Communities, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Janet aims to practice collaborative working every day - a diverse range of people energise and drive her to improve her work.

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Piotrek Gierszewski

Piotrek Gierszewski

Piotrek Gierszewski

Senior Researcher

Piotrek is passionate about using foresight as a tool for achieving social impact; exploring possible visions for the future and enabling the desirable opportunities to happen.

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Gary Fawdrey

Gary Fawdrey

Gary Fawdrey

Assistant Programme Manager - Sustainable Communities, Nesta Challenges

Gary works on social innovation and tech for good prizes.

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Liz Vossen

Liz Vossen

Liz Vossen

Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Liz's experience spans the private and social impact sectors.

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Oliver Cansdell

Oliver Cansdell

Oliver Cansdell

Researcher

At Nesta Challenges, Oliver researched the topic of our challenge prizes, compiling the evidence on which we base our programmes.

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Nicola Tulk

Nicola Tulk

Nicola Tulk

Programme Manager, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Nicola is programme manager of The Legal Access Challenge, delivered by Nesta in partnership with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Digital Communication and Prize Engagement Officer, Nesta Challenges

Seoana works across all themes centre-wide, helping to inspire more people to enter our prizes by facilitating the growth of an engaged community of solvers via our digital channels.

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Rhys Herriott

Rhys Herriott

Rhys Herriott

Programme Manager, CareerTech Challenge Prize

Rhys is a Programme Manager at Nesta Challenges, with a particular focus on the future of work.

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Laura Ferris

Laura Ferris

Laura Ferris

Programme Coordinator, Nesta Challenges

At Nesta Challenges, Laura is a Programme Coordinator for Nesta Challenges, working specifically on the Ofwat Innovation Fund and the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize.

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Isobel Scott-Barrett

Isobel Scott-Barrett

Isobel Scott-Barrett

Strategy Manager

Isobel works on the design and delivery of Nesta's strategy.

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Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Assistant Programme Manager, Nesta Challenges

Nassin is an Assistant Programme Manager Programme at Nesta Challenges.

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Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday

Researcher, Nesta Challenges

Sarah is a researcher in Nesta Challenges, she will be helping to scope out and identify opportunities for innovation and bring people together to solve society's toughest problems.

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