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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 new site challenges.org

Team

Tris Dyson

Tris Dyson

Tris Dyson

Executive Director

Tris Dyson is the Executive Director of Nesta Challenges.

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Kate Adams

Kate Adams

Kate Adams

Director of Operations & Special Projects

At Nesta Challenges, Kate is passionate about the opportunity of technology for social good and how we ensure that human values guide tech rather than the other way around.

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Constance Agyeman

Constance Agyeman

Constance Agyeman

Head of International Development and Communities

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

Lead, Future Cities

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

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Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Chris Gorst

Prize lead

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

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Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman

Lead, Global Health Team

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

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Caroline Purslow

Caroline Purslow

Caroline Purslow

Programme Manager, Global Health Team

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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Shannon Marie Harmon

Shannon Marie Harmon

Shannon Marie Harmon

Communications Manager, Nesta Challenges

As Communications Manager for Nesta Challenges, Shannon works across all themes Nesta Challenges wide. They aim 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 delivers programmes focussed on social impact, including a flagship programme, The Mobility Unlimited Challenge.

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Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Prize Design Manager

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

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Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Olivier Usher

Lead, Research and Impact

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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Bhavik Doshi

Bhavik Doshi

Bhavik Doshi

Research and Impact Officer

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

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Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

Programme Manager

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

Her work in Nesta Challenges focuses on development and delivery of various projects including European Social Innovation Competition.

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Caroline Pradier

Caroline Pradier

Caroline Pradier

Assistant Programme Manager

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

Assistant Programme Manager

At Nesta Challenges, Maddy is an Assistant Programme Manager, working across a range of UK and international projects, including Longitude Explorer and Inventor prizes.

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Ruth Neale

Ruth Neale

Ruth Neale

Assistant Programme Manager, Global Health

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 is 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

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

Programme Coordinator

At Nesta Challenges, Gary works on the European Social Innovation Competition.

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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 researches 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

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

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Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Digital Communications and Prize Engagement Officer

At Nesta Challenges Seoana works across all themes centre-wide, helping to inspire more people to enter our prizes.

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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, Disruptive Tech and Governments & Innovation team

At Nesta Challenges, Laura is a Programme Coordinator for Nesta Challenges, working across the Disruptive Tech and Governments & Innovation team.

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Isobel Scott-Barrett

Isobel Scott-Barrett

Isobel Scott-Barrett

Assistant Programme Manager, Disruptive Tech and Governments & Innovation team

At Nesta Challenges, Isobel is an Assistant Programme Manager working in the Disruptive Tech and Governments & Innovation team.

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Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Nassin Watson

Programme Coordinator

Nassin is a Programme Coordinator at Nesta Challenges.

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Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday

Sarah Holliday

Researcher

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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