Director, Caribou Space
"There is a general appetite for experimenting with new ways of doing things in development and very few things generate as much excitement and hype in this sector as new technologies. My interest lies in understanding whether or not these new approaches genuinely lead to better outcomes and, if so, how those outcomes can be achieved at scale and sustained over the longer term."
Nicki is a Director within Caribou Digital's space and development program called Caribou Space and has spent the past decade focused on technology and innovation in emerging markets. Prior to joining Caribou Digital, Nicki was part of a small team that founded the Global Innovation Fund, a $200m impact-first investment fund focused on supporting scalable innovations that generate social impact for the world’s poorest. Prior to GIF, Nicki was an Adviser on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). At Caribou Space, Nicki now supports the UK Space Agency's International Partnerships Programme which funds projects to demonstrate the application of space-enabled technologies to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Focused predominantly on understanding and articulating the developmental benefits of these projects, Nicki provides direct support to try and improve the chances of those outcomes continuing beyond the lifetime of the programme. 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 Brighton, UK.
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