About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Marie works as a programme coordinator at Challenge Works, diligently contributing to the delivery of the Sustainable Cities Challenge and the Mombasa Plastics Prize.

Prior to Challenge Works, she was a senior analyst at Open North, a non-profit helping communities create and implement their open data, data governance and smart city initiatives. She played a key role in Montréal's smart city project, overseeing data governance for an innovation community addressing food access, mobility and regulations through a $50 million grant from Canada's Smart Cities Challenge. Furthermore, she offered guidance to ensure the data governance of Université Laval's PULSAR health databank was in line with the principles of open science as part of a project funded by the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She was a conference speaker at the Canadian Open Data Summit, the 26th International Conference on Extending Database Technology, Nantes Digital Week and Montréal Digital Week.

Marie's experience as a community organiser in Canada and the UK exposed her to diverse issues like colonialism, mental health, domestic violence, social isolation and homelessness.

She holds a B.A. with honours in International Development Studies from McGill University and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL).

Besides work, you can find her drawing or hiking in the wilderness.