Who we are

The team at Nesta Challenges help others solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Meet us below.

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.

Below you will find the humans behind the challenge prizes we run. If this sounds like something you would also like to do, check out our Jobs and Tenders page.

The Nesta Challenges Team

Aisha Lysejko

Lead, Operations

Andrea Richardson

Senior Programme Manager

Caecilie Hougaard Pedersen

Assistant Programme Manager

Caroline Pradier

Assistant Programme Manager

Caroline Purslow

Senior Programme Manager, Global Health Team

Catherine Thompson

Programme Manager

Charlotte Macken

Prize Design Manager

Chris Gorst

Challenges Director

Constance Agyeman

Director of International Development

Daniel Berman

Director, Global Health

Fulvia Porcheddu

Programme Coordinator

Gary Fawdrey

Assistant Programme Manager

Hannah Picton

Assistant Programme Manager

Holly Jamieson

Director of Development and New Frontiers

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

Liliana Cunha

Programme Coordinator

Lauren Bellefeuille

Programme Coordinator, Global Health Team

Lucy Hawkins

Programme Coordinator

Maddy Kavanagh

Programme Manager, Longitude Explorer Prize

Nassin Watson

Assistant Programme Manager

Nicola Tulk

Programme Manager

Olivier Usher

Head of Research

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

Veronika Dohnalova

Assistant Programme Manager

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