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Supporting the Malawian President negotiate impact investment with UK investors (2016)

Innovation : Entrepreneurship :


I am a proud kiwi, currently living and working in the UK. I work for Nesta, an innovation foundation and I'm responsible for engaging the private sector in social innovation. Previously I managed the team that ran the Inclusive Economy Partnership which is an innovative partnership between government, civil society, the private sector and innovators to tackle some of society's biggest challenges.

Prior to joining Nesta, I founded Thrive, a business and development consultancy which specialised in impact investment and building social enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa. I helped set up a co-working space for innovators and entrepreneurs in Blantyre, Malawi and an impact fund for entrepreneurs. 

So far in my career, Ive done done lots of really interesting things all with the purpose of reducing inequality.  The route to change I've been focused on is harnessing the power of enterprise, innovation and private business to help eliminate poverty. 

Cross sector partnerships are what works and I spend most of my time working on big partnerships to change the world for good.

I have spent the majority of my career at the intersection of business and civil society including working to support Pacific entrepreneurs grow their businesses and managing a large-scale renewable energy programme across the Pacific. I  have also worked for New Zealand's largest property company and has run large-scale political campaigns.

I have an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and an MA from the University of Auckland (NZ). I am on the board of the Citizens Advice bureau in Oxford and am on the Advisory Board of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute,  In my spare time I park run and 'wild swim' in the Thames.

For more information about my professional career check out my Linkedin page.