Naomi is a Programme Manager within the International Development team at Nesta Challenges, managing prizes such as the Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Prize (STEP).

Before joining Nesta Challenges, Naomi worked in PwC’s International Development team, managing large-scale projects and programmes across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She worked closely with the UK government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Department for International Trade (DIT), as well as international governments and foundations.

Naomi has also worked with several charities, including Capoeira 4 Refugees, which builds upon her academic background and strong interest in migration and refugee policy. 

Outside work, Naomi can usually be found outdoors (either walking or cycling), enjoying live music or chatting to guests on her podcast (Voices of Development).

You can follow her on Twitter @NaomiWhitbourn and connect with her on Linked In here.