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Head of Future Cities, Nesta

Holly leads Nesta Challenges' work on Future Cities, exploring trends and opportunities in urban areas globally. This includes Flying High - a unique collaborative project to bring together cities, industry, service users, residents and regulators to shape the future of urban drone use.

Holly is passionate about bringing together technology and people to tackle big problems. Her broad experience spans working with corporates, governments and charities - often in partnership - in fields as diverse as energy access, financial inclusion and biodiversity.

An engineer originally, she learnt her trade with Arup, Deutsche Bank, London's bid for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and Barclays, in the UK and Africa.


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    Head of Future Cities, Nesta