Head of International Development and Communities

Constance Agyeman


Challenge Prize Centre

Join Date

May 2011

What I do

Constance leads on an International Development portfolio and a range of relationships and socially focused prizes across the UK and Europe for the Centre for Challenge Prizes, a hub which aims to bring together expertise and insight on challenge prizes to help build understanding of how these prizes can play an effective and strategic role in the stimulation and support of innovation.


Constance has over 20 years-experience in the voluntary sector developing national programmes which engage communities in addressing the issues that affect them. The largest of which was a £50million Cabinet Office match fund programme delivered at vinspired which generated an additional £50million from the private sector for the benefit of youth volunteering activities. 
Prior to Nesta, Constance worked at the Greater London Authority, delivering Team London - a pan-London volunteering programme, which included London 2012 Ambassadors. Team London was the first iteration of the Cities of Service model (crafted by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg), to be undertaken outside of the US. 
In 2012 Constance was appointed a Trustee of Youth Music - a leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. 
Constance also runs a micro business designing and making clothing and jewellery with African textiles.
Constance holds a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies and an MA in Video Production, both from Middlesex University.
Essex County Council has launched its first Challenge prize, ‘Families Included’, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre. Families Included is open to Essex communities and encourages them to come up with innovative ideas to help reduce isolation among Essex families with pre-school children.
Constance Agyeman
Friday, 27 May 2016
Hestia, a smart heating controller designed by the Demand Shaper team from Exergy Devices, won the Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize. The winning team found out they had been selected to receive the £50,000 award at a celebration event held at the Science Museum last night, Thursday 26 June 2014.
Constance Agyeman
Friday, 27 June 2014