Kuranda works as the Evidence Lead in the Evidence and Experimentation team, championing efforts to improve evidence use and academic engagement capability for Nesta and our partners.
She has a background in helping to improve both the supply and demand of evidence for decision-making. At Nesta, she champions a co-created approach to capacity building that is both informed by research uptake literature and embedded in practice. She has trained over 2000 public servants, academics, and third sector staff, working with a variety of partners across the UK: including local and devolved governments, the civil service, and Parliament.
Prior to joining Nesta, she managed capacity building initiatives across East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America as part of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a hub for global development research based at the University of California, Berkeley. At CEGA, she oversaw the incubation of the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST), a network of institutions and academics dedicated to building regional leadership in the generation of rigorous, policy-relevant research. She also helped develop a textbook on how to improve bureaucratic systems in low- and middle- income countries, and has previous experience working with community-based development organisations in Costa Rica and Brazil.
Kuranda holds an MSc in Social Policy Research from the LSE, where her research focused on unearthing what works in ‘What Works’. She holds a BA with High Honours from UC Berkeley in Social Welfare and American Studies.For fun, Kuranda enjoys singing Broadway favourites, dabbling in various creative outlets, exploring both new and familiar places, and finding magic in the mundane.
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