Who we are

We help people solve some of the world’s most pressing problems

Everyday, across the world, new ideas help to solve problems and improve lives. We understand the most pressing of these, shine a spotlight on them and help people solve them. We want to see long term and sustainable change. Our challenges pinpoint a problem and offer a prize for the first or best solution.

We are challengers. 
We are innovators. 
We are game changers.

Check out the steps to running an effective challenge prize in our new Practice Guide.  

Partner us for a challenge

The Nesta Challenges Team

Aisha Lysejko

Lead, Operations

Andrea Richardson

Programme Manager

Caecilie Hougaard Pedersen

Assistant Programme Manager

Caroline Pradier

Assistant Programme Manager

Caroline Purslow

Programme Manager, Global Health Team

Catherine Thompson

Programme Manager

Charlotte Macken

Prize Design Manager

Chris Gorst

Challenges Director

Constance Agyeman

Head of International Development and Education & Skills team

Daniel Berman

Head of the Global Health team

Gary Fawdrey

Assistant Programme Manager

Hannah Picton

Assistant Programme Manager

Holly Jamieson

Director of Development and New Frontiers

Isobel Scott-Barrett

Assistant Programme Manager

Janet Southern McCormick

Programme Manager (Maternity leave)

Karmel Edmonds

Assistant Programme Manager

Kathy Nothstine

Head, Future Cities

Kelly-Ann Yearley

PA to Executive Director

Laura Ferris

Programme Coordinator

Lauren Bellefeuille

Programme Coordinator, Global Health Team

Liz Vossen

Programme Manager

Lucy Hawkins

Programme Coordinator

Maddy Kavanagh

Programme Manager, Longitude Explorer Prize

Nassin Watson

Programme Coordinator

Nicola Tulk

Programme Manager

Olivier Usher

Lead, Research and Impact

Piotr Gierszewski

Senior Researcher

Rhys Herriott

Programme Manager

Ruth Neale

Project Manager

Sally Nelson

Programme Coordinator

Sarah Holliday


Seoana Sherry-Brennan

Digital Communications and Prize Engagement Officer

Shae Harmon

Communications Manager

Tris Dyson

Managing Director