Kuranda works in Nesta’s Innovation Skills team as a Learning Services Manager, helping design and deliver the Evidence Masterclass as part of the Alliance for Useful Evidence.
Kuranda has a background in helping to improve both the supply and demand of evidence for decision-making. Prior to joining Nesta, she helped manage capacity building initiatives across East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America as part of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a hub for global development research based at the University of California, Berkeley. At CEGA, she oversaw the operations and development of the East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST), a network of institutions and academics dedicated to building regional leadership in the generation of rigorous, policy-relevant research. Currently, she is helping develop a textbook on how to improve bureaucratic systems in developing countries. She also has previous experience working with community-based development organisations in Costa Rica and Brazil.
Kuranda holds an MSc in Social Policy Research from the LSE, where she conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with East African academics to understand their perspective of what works in ‘What Works’. She holds a BA with High Honours from UC Berkeley in Social Welfare and American Studies.
For fun, Kuranda enjoys singing Broadway favourites, dabbling in various creative outlets, exploring both new and familiar places, and finding magic in the mundane.
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