Chris Locke

Founder & Chair

"What is transformational about what we do is understanding what the role of development in a digital world really means for users - and how we can bend the arc of digital systems to social and economic empowerment. What we enjoy most in our projects is working closely with partners to understand the challenges and opportunities of emerging marketing digital economies and societies. Every new project requires original thinking, and original ways of working."

Chris is the Founder and Chair of Caribou Digital. Previously, Chris was the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development, helping the mobile industry build services to improve the lives of the poorest people in the world. Before that, Chris spent 15 years working in senior roles within the mobile and internet industries, for companies such as the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile. Before his industry career he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London. He has maintained strong links to the research community, including as the editor of “Thumbculture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society”, an anthology of research on the global social effect of mobile technology. Chris is a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, San Diego and a Digital Ambassador to the UN Capital Development Fund. He is based in Farnham, Surrey in the UK.

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Abbie Phatty-Jobe

Research & Engagement Manager

Adrine Muhura

Partner Engagement Manager

Aimi Zhou

Anan Abu Rmieleh

Head of Program Communications

Annabel Schiff

Senior Director of Programs

Bryan Pon

Senior Director of Operations & Data

Carlotta Maucher

Program Associate

Chelsea Horváth

Measurement & Impact Manager

Chiara Pasquini

Measurement & Impact Manager

Chris Edwards

Program Director

Chris Hurst

Senior Finance Manager

Chris Locke

Founder & Chair

David Taverner

Senior Director of Space & Climate

Elise Montano

Director of Measurement & Impact

Ellen Ukpi

Communications Associate

Emrys Schoemaker

Senior Director of Advisory & Policy

Fernanda Matsinhe

Measurement & Impact Manager

Gemma James

Director of Program Operations

Giulia Costella

Manager, Space and Climate

Grace Natabaalo

Research & Insights Manager

Hana Hanfi

Measurement & Impact Analyst

Hanna Laufer

Measurement & Impact Manager

Hélène Smertnik

Program Director

Janet Shulist

Senior Insights Manager

Jen Lawrence

Senior Director of People & Culture

Jessica Osborn


Jo Tofts

Senior Director of Finance

Jonathan Donner

Senior Director of Caribou Digital Institute

Laura Litaba

Project Coordinator

Marissa Dean

Senior Director of Inclusive Business

Marius Karabaczek

Measurement & Impact Manager

Niamh Barry

Senior Director of Measurement & Impact

Nicki McGoh

Senior Director of Space & Climate

Rosie Afia-Ford

Senior Innovation Fund Manager

Savita Bailur

Senior Director of Gender Equality & Social Inclusion

Zsuzsanna Bodi

Program Director

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