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We are delighted to announce the 2021 GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice, a leading group of practitioners from across the public, voluntary and private sectors. 

Each year at the GO Lab we appoint a small group of leading practitioners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support our mission to advance research and practice in how governments tackle complex social needs. The Fellows bring to our work a wealth of practical insights and in-depth experience in a range of different fields, and ensure our work remains responsive and relevant to those implementing outcomes-focused partnerships for better social outcomes.

The position of Fellow of Practice is pro-bono, and Visiting Fellows contribute to our work in many different ways, from providing input into our research and analytical work, speaking at our events, authoring and reviewing papers, and sharing learning to strengthen the global community of practitioners. 

In 2021 we will be joined by eleven Visiting Fellows of Practice from a diverse range of backgrounds, with expertise spanning across sectors and countries. They include: international development leaders who have championed innovative models of funding social programmes in low- and middle-income countries; policy-makers who are championing evidence-based approaches to policy development; and practitioners with decades of experience in helping improve public services. 

As a group, they draw together a wealth of experience and knowledge. From tackling complex issues in South Asia and Latin America, to leading cross-sector partnerships from the ground up and working with policymakers to improve public services, the Fellows have been making substantial contributions to improving social outcomes in their community for years. What they all share is a deep commitment to public service and to improving social outcomes for those most vulnerable in society.

This year's GO Lab Visiting Fellows of Practice are:

  • Abha Thorat-Shah, Executive Director (Social Finance), British Asian Trust
  • Andrew Brown, Head of Sustainability, Anglian Water
  • Genevieve Maitland-Hudson, Director of Learning and Influence, Social Investment Business
  • Jessica Anne Lopez, Operations Officer with the Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA), World Bank 
  • Maria Laura Tinelli, Director & Founder, Acrux Partners
  • Mark Roddan, Joint Head of Procurement, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils (UK)
  • Mika Pyykkö, Director, the Centre of Expertise for Impact Investing, Innovations and Enterprise Financing, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland 
  • Paddy Carter, Director, Development Impact Research & Policy, CDC Group 
  • Richard Johnson, Senior Advisor, the Global Fund & Senior Consultant, the World Bank
  • Samantha Windett, Director of Policy, Impetus 
  • Tim Hobbs, Chief Executive Officer, Dartington Service Design Lab 

We look forward to working with the 2021 Visiting Fellows of Practice and would like to thank the 2020 Fellows for their immense contributions to the GO Lab over the past year.  

If you are interested in becoming a GO Lab Visiting Fellow of Practice in future, or nominating a colleague, please get in touch with us at

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