Director, working across Caribou Digital and Caribou Space
"I started working in international development at a time of much change – the increasing role of philanthropy, greater private sector engagement and the promotion of digital technology to deliver social impact more cost-effectively than before. I’m interested in how we continue to adapt to our ever-changing world, but crucially in what we can do to ensure that ‘disruption’ and ‘innovation’ actually bring about positive and material change in the everyday lives of the poorest and most vulnerable."
Nicki is a Director, working across Caribou Digital and Caribou Space. Prior to joining Caribou, Nicki was part of a small team that founded the Global Innovation Fund, an impact-first investment fund focused on supporting innovations that generate social impact for the world’s poorest. Nicki worked as Portfolio Director at GIF and was responsible for developing the portfolio management strategy and processes for venture support. Nicki has spent several years working on donor funded initiatives that seek to ensure that technological advancement and innovation benefit the poorest. As an advisor in DFID’s Innovation Hub and Private Sector Department, Nicki led programmes on human-centred design, digital entrepreneurship and impact investment. She also supported other parts of DFID to experiment with new approaches to development and the growing 'mobile for development' sector. Nicki started her career as a strategy consultant, working on projects across the UK, France, Spain, Ghana and Senegal in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (UK). Nicki is currently based in London.
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