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

She is currently leading the Flying High project to engage cities, industry, service users, residents and other stakeholders to shape the future of urban drone services.

Kathy is passionate about cities and communities, and has over a decade of experience in urban planning and working with local governments. She has designed and delivered capacity-building and technical assistance programmes to identify and scale up transformative new approaches to creating stronger communities and economies based on local assets and place-based strategies. She has worked on rural and urban development and regeneration schemes, planning proposals and transport plans in the public and private sector.

In her spare time Kathy enjoys running, yoga and country walks.

You can follow her on Twitter @KathyQNothstine