Abi Nokes

Abi believes that transformative and systemic change requires more than good ideas and effective organisations. Her main focus has been on impact and learning networks as organising structures for collaborative social impact and she has spent the last ten years learning about and building them.

Prior to joining SOIF in March 2022, Abi was running an advisory and field-building organisation around networks called inHive, where she worked with foundations, civil society organisations and youth networks to design networks that create more equitable opportunities for young people. Projects included scoping and developing a networks strategy for the Mastercard Foundation’s scholarship programme, designing FCDO funded projects in Uganda and Rwanda to develop school-based networks to support girls’ education, and running a Networks Learning Journey for funders, network leaders and academics across the education and youth empowerment sectors. She also co-founded NEXUS in 2021, one of the largest and most diverse networks of network leaders including members from over 15 countries like Clinton Foundation, Teach For All and ACUMEN. Abi has had articles published on alumni networks and spoken at conferences such as Blackbaud’s conference ‘bbcon’, HundrED Education Summit and The Futures Project, where she was named one of their inaugural fellows in 2020.

Abi serves as a board member for Wandsworth Care Alliance, a voluntary and health charity in her local community in London, and as an advisor to Tāwai Takapiri Connect Futures, an education start-up she co-founded in New Zealand.

Director of Networks and NGFP Practice Lead


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