Scope is a social impact company, accelerating social change at scale. We are based in Helsinki, Finland, and our work in health, equality, and climate change spans Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Joe Wright and Mari Tikkanen founded Scope in 2008 (under the name of M4ID) after having worked for two decades in the international development and health sector. Their goal was to leverage creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and people-centred approaches for real, lasting change in underrepresented communities globally.
By weaving together the best of non-for-profit and private sectors, they have built a mission-led, independent, and sustainable social impact company. This agile, lean model enables Scope to, in addition to client-led work, also fund and execute our own social innovation projects in which we create new services and campaigns for a fairer world.
Our vision is a world where everyone, everywhere can experience a healthy, dignified, fulfilling life. We seek to improve the lives of underrepresented people globally by co-designing innovative pathways to social change. In doing so, we apply a creative problem-solving approach tailored to address complex, multicausal societal problems.
We apply human-centred design to ensure that people benefiting from interventions and those implementing them are involved throughout the discovery, co-design, testing, and implementation process. We design systems-informed and integrated pathways to the adoption of innovations at scale. In doing so, we build proof of concepts, carry out micro trials, facilitate organisational and system change, and rollout adaptation-based scaling strategies. We design out wastage, pollution, and environmental harm. We build community and system capacity to improve on their lived environment and strengthen their resilience to changes to come.
Our way of working facilitates radical collaboration across our own interdisciplinary team and brings together a wide partnership to achieve innovation and impact goals.
Our team includes highly talented and truly passionate employees and long-time consultants from around the globe.
Simon is responsible for leading Scope’s organisation, executing the company’s strategy, and managing our overall operations. Based in Scotland, he has more than 15 years of experience advising companies, charities, and governments in designing world-class innovation solutions in the social impact and health fields. Prior to joining Scope, Simon worked at the award-winning design agency Snook in Glasgow, where he developed the company’s culture and organisational systems while delivering innovation, digital transformation, and organisational change at scale. Simon also led the Glasgow City Council Innovation Programme, designed green city spaces, and directed award-winning international art festivals. He holds a master’s degree in advanced architectural design.
Mari is Scope’s co-founder and the leader of our partnership team and Social Innovation Fund. Before co-founding Scope in 2008, Mari worked for 15 years for global organisations, such as WHO South-East Asia Region, UNFPA, IPPF, AMREF, and Aurat Foundation in Pakistan, advancing women’s and children’s health and rights. Mari holds a master’s degree in population and development studies from the London School of Economics and a sociology degree from the University of Helsinki, on top of which she is also a qualified social worker. Mari serves on several advisory boards, including the Senior Advisory Group of Saving Newborn Lives and Design for Health.
Dr Sudharsanam oversees Scope’s public health portfolio and project monitoring and evaluation. He is an epidemiologist with more than 15 years of experience working in maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent, and reproductive health as well as experience working with non-communicable diseases, nutrition, child protection, and digital health. Previously, he worked with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and Jhpiego in India, where he was instrumental in expanding the organisations’ portfolios, new business development, and operations. Dr Sudharsanam holds a Doctor of Medicine in preventive medicine and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and conducts peer reviews for international journals and conferences.
Mirka is responsible for Scope’s financial management and leads accounting, operational budgeting, financial and administrative process, and product development. Mirka also takes part in advancing Scope’s organisational operations and services as well as working with the board and Scope’s financial subcommittee. She has 15 years of experience in financial and office management, including working for a major Finnish real estate agency. Mirka holds a master’s degree in business administration.
Kate advises Scope on public health approaches and interventions, participating in co-design and engaging with partners. She is based in New York City, and has nearly 20 years’ experience in planning, leading, and managing global health projects, with a specialisation in maternal and newborn health, systems thinking, organisational theory, and implementation science. Previously, Kate worked for Management Sciences for Health and UNFPA in North America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Kate holds a Master of Public Health in population and family health from Columbia University, where she is currently finalising her doctoral degree in public health on women’s experience of disrespect in childbirth care.
Based in Kenya, Scheaffer brings her intersectional expertise to our #formnigani and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment projects. She has extensive experience in advising philanthropists and international NGOs on policy, governance, and gender issues as well as writing for one of Kenya’s top news outlets. Scheaffer uses her revered voice to advocate for women’s participation, leadership, and representation. She is an Advisory Board Member at the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers, She’s The First, Center for Feminist Foreign Policy, and The She Tank. Scheaffer is an Obama Foundation Africa Fellow and was recognised by the ONE Campaign as one of their global women of 2018. She was also voted one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Africa Youth Awards and one of the 100 Most Influential Kenyans in 2018 by Avance Media & Jagari Designs.
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Tarin supports the development of new programmes and the cultivation of new funding partners. She has over 10 years of experience working on behaviour change campaigns and programmes for governments, NGOs, and corporations across Europe and Africa. In much of her work, Tarin has focussed on co-creating programmes that support and empower young people. Prior to joining Scope, she worked at a London-based education consultancy and led an NGO that provided digital learning programmes for young people, with funding partners that included Facebook, Girl Effect, and the British Council.
Andy leads Scope’s strategic engagement and creative communications projects, contributing to insight generation, ideation, scenario building, and media outreach from Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to Scope, Andy worked as a brand and communications strategist in various Kenyan advertising agencies where he led multidisciplinary projects across research, design, advertising, public relations, and digital communications. During this time, he launched new brands, steered market entry efforts, and revitalised businesses through rebranding and repositioning campaigns. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in Kenya.
Amal manages Scope’s initiatives, campaigns, and projects in Kenya and Tanzania. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Amal brings her knowledge of the creative sector and socio-economic analysis skills to diverse projects. She has 10 years of experience in the field of law, building investment opportunities for creative businesses, and fund management across Europe and East Africa. Amal has a master’s in public policy and management and a Bachelor of Laws degree. She is a qualified Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Nico leads Scope’s project teams in applying research and contextual knowledge to concept, prototype, and test new products and services. He enjoys developing and refining tools for product and service design and sharing them with the wider design and development community. With a background in industrial design, Nico has worked as a product designer across a variety of industries, including maritime and tech. He holds a master’s degree in strategic design.
Palash leads design innovation projects at Scope. He is a strategic designer who employs human-centered and systems design and futures thinking to create solutions for a wide range of global health challenges. Before Scope, Palash worked for 10 years in a diverse range of fields, including public health, women’s livelihoods, digital literacy, and community integration for the World Bank, Facebook, and national governments. His professional experience spans Europe, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Palash is a Chevening scholar and holds a master’s degree in international management and design innovation. He has presented at several global health and development conferences.
Joseph works as a service designer at Scope. He specialises in workshop facilitation and participatory and human-centered design methods to support diverse teams in co-creating sustainable product-service systems. Joseph brings expertise on creative sustainability to Scope as well as experience using participatory design to engage a wide range of stakeholders and democratise the design process. He holds a master’s degree in collaborative and industrial design.
Adithya leads the design of new digital services and solutions for Scope programmes and products, including leading customer journey mapping and facilitating co-design workshops. He has worked across various countries and industries, including the tech, energy, and financial sectors, all while maintaining a focus on integrating ethics and values in design and business to generate positive change. His work has involved leveraging research, design thinking, futures thinking, and effectual thinking to address complex challenges. Adithya’s career has included product design as well as UX and service design consulting. He also co-founded the Nordic Rebels, a group dedicated to transforming learning experiences and the winners of a Danish Design Award. He holds master’s degrees in integrated product design and international design business management.
Petra leads desk research and literature reviews for Scope projects, in addition to supporting programme management and business development. She brings extensive knowledge in the field of gender and reproductive health as well as experience working with non-governmental organisations and the education sector. Petra has strong research and technical expertise, which she applies across Scope’s human-centered design process. She holds a master’s degree in gender and sexuality studies.
Helena manages Scope’s studio team in collaborating across projects, in addition to developing Scope’s visual branding and identity. She also supports creative ideation for Scope projects and develops in-house creative processes. Her work combines creative strategy, design, and illustration. Prior to joining Scope, Helena worked as an illustrator and designer for various agencies in the marketing, communications, advertising, and design fields. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in illustration and design.
Niina is responsible for communications strategy and content development across Scope’s projects as well as for digital and traditional media. She has a background in medical anthropology, global health, and international development, with expertise in reproductive and mental health. Niina has previously worked in communications for UNFPA and the government of Finland in Southern Africa as well as in science journalism in the digital media field in Finland. Niina holds a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology.
Mia leads Scope’s human resource activities in addition to developing and implementing staff policies and practices. She also manages the office operations, partakes in organisational development projects, and supports all client-facing projects as a member of the Operations team. Previously, Mia has worked in administration, customer relations, and programme coordination for over 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.
Mark supports visual and creative design for Scope, with a focus on projects in East Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he is a self-taught creative designer, with more than 10 years of experience working with local and international clients to create engaging visual elements and concepts. Before joining Scope, Mark’s multidisciplinary career included work as a graphic designer, UX/UI designer, marketing consultant, and interactive designer, with a specialisation in front-end web development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Jaana supports Scope’s finance and office functions, enabling smooth business operations and project delivery around the world. Before joining Scope, Jaana worked in administration for various companies in the finance, human resources, customer relations, and hospitality industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and has lived in Germany and Turkey during her studies.
Matti supports Scope’s programmes in designing resilient built environments through climate-smart solutions. He specialises in sustainable and human-centred architecture, bringing to Scope his experience from projects ranging from urban design and reuse of buildings to health and educational environments. Matti has co-founded the You Tell Me collective, selected as Ashoka Nordic’s Finnish Changemaker of the Year 2021. He is currently completing a master’s degree in architecture.
Nathália supports Scope’s partnership team in research, proposal writing, and information management. She has experience in marketing and development specialist positions in the private sector and volunteering as an international representative for a Brazilian NGO. Nathália holds a bachelor’s degree in management and is currently pursuing a master’s in human rights law, focusing on gender-neutral laws and women’s rights in Kenya in her thesis. She has also taken a graduate course in humanitarian history and global health challenges.
Katindi Sivi-Njonjo is one of only six female futurists in Africa and the founder of LongView Consult – a socio-economic research, policy analysis, foresight strategy and training firm. Katindi has published work around youth demographics, the future of women, civil society organizations, family planning etc., mainly in the context of Kenya and Africa. Her work has contributed to the conceptualization of various policy programmes as well influenced organisational strategies. She is a doctoral candidate at Regent University studying Strategic leadership and Foresight. With Scope Katindi facilitated the #formnigani Youth Think Tanks and worked on the Kenya 2030 Futures Report.
Anyiko Owoko is East Africa’s leading entertainment publicist and founder of Anyiko Public Relations, an avant–garde PR agency. She holds a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi and has over 10 years experience in the media industry. Anyiko has collaborated with Scope on #formnigani creating strategies, curating events, and tapping into her media networks to successfully create awareness on the project since 2018. She has worked on various international and Pan African projects including #CreativeNations project by the Embassy of Sweden and the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Coke Studio Africa, Empawa Africa, Effyzie Music, among others. She has won several accolades for her workmanship in the media industry.
France Donnay, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH is a consultant on global women’s health policies, programs and practices. She works with Scope on social design for maternal care and cervical cancer programs. She is Visiting Professor at Kings, and a member of several Advisory Boards. Her previous experience includes working as Senior Program Officer, Maternal Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At UNFPA, she was in charge of reproductive health technical support at Headquarters, before leading the UNFPA office in Pakistan. France has worked on safe motherhood policies at UNICEF, practiced obstetrics and gynecology.
Rose is an independent Designer with global experience in developing new services for health, finance and government. Having initially trained as a nurse, Rose turned to design as a way to achieve greater impact on a larger population. In recent years she’s worked with Fjord, the Australian Government, Asia Development Bank and with organisations seeking to build their own design capabilities. Her work is always collaborative – Rose’s view is that no one person can ever innovate as effectively as a collection of well-facilitated experts. Rose’s work ranges from planning and leading co-design with communities to lending her design skills to transforming global organisations.
Oluwatoyin Oyekenu is a seasoned global development professional with experience designing and implementing sustainable development strategies, as well as with project monitoring and evaluation and knowledgement management. She has extensive expertise delivering projects for DFID, USAID, and the EU across Africa, including gender-sensitive agriculture, water and sanitation, and education. In addition, She developed nutrition and gender programmes for Save the Children and created communication strategies for multiple state governments in Nigeria. Oluwatoyin holds a Master’s in Public Administration-International Development from the University of York and was a Commonwealth Professional Fellow with the University of Birmingham. As Programme Coordinator for Core Nigeria, she supports Scope’s work to help innovate primary healthcare services impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ashley is a global health consultant using data and partnership to drive policy change, with expertise in sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and humanitarian and development policy. She specialises in working at a leadership level to solve problems at the intersection of sexual and reproductive health and humanitarian assistance. Her work experience spans Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and includes programme design, fundraising, impact measurement, and mentoring staff. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Ashley serves as a Technical Advisor for Scope’s work with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises.
Helena is specialised in emphatic design in resource-constrained environments. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Design at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland as part of the New Global research group. She was employed as assistant professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong 2005–06 and was teaching multidisciplinary student teams in project based slum upgrading at Aalto University between 2009 and 2014. She is lecturing regularly world-wide. She has her own architecture firm, Helena Sandman Ltd and is a partner in Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects Ltd. Their work has won both national and international prestigious awards.
Gobinda is a development professional with a focus on change management practices in public sectors. His life experiences and interests led him to get into the issues of governance, public policy and development administration which can impact the lives of marginalised communities. He has been a Community Health Fellow with Public Health Resource Network, New Delhi and has worked with public health, water, sanitation and governance projects in the past with UNICEF, World Bank, UNDP, New Delhi. He is a recipient of India Africa Young Visionaries Fellowship 2014. He has a Masters degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Akshay is a Design Researcher and Strategist, and has worked in the areas of renewable energy, sanitation, water and hygiene amongst others. One of his most challenging and rewarding projects was working as a designer and interim project manager for the multi-stakeholder project on sanitation during his time at Quicksand Design Studio. He co-founded Amrutdhara, a social enterprise in the urban drinking water space. He is currently working on systems for involving grassroots workers in development planning using ICT.
Joyce is a Social and Behavioural Research Scientist at the National Institute for Medical research, Tanzania. She has worked on various health topic areas for over 16 years and has vast experience in the following: adolescents’ SRH behaviour; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment uptake; gender and sexuality; socio-cultural aspects of HIV and sexually transmitted infections; families and child outcomes; discrimination in adolescent access to SRH services; and malaria in pregnancy. She is currently a co-leader for the transactional sex working group of the STRIVE research programme consortium and a member of the Tanzanian adolescent health stakeholder’s working group.
Shivi’s skills and interests include leading interaction design for web-based and mobile application projects, working closely with research, visual design and development teams. She is currently working on design solutions for Mother & Child Care and Sexual & Reproductive health in India. Shivi has 5+ years of work experience in Medical Technologies for private and public settings mainly in mother and child care, oncology, cardiology and family planning. She has been a fellow for IDDS program run by MIT D Lab in July 2015. She has a Masters degree in User Experience Design from the National Institute of Design,India.
Joey is a communications specialist who has worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years. She is an experienced writer and has developed campaigns and drafted speeches for audiences around the world. Joey has worked for several NGO’s, including as Media Officer at the British Red Cross, and as Speech Writer at the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. She is especially skilled at developing creative marketing and social media campaigns to increase social engagement with good causes. At Scope, Joey has worked on among others, Core, Care2Share, iDeliver, MIMBA and GloBelly. She holds a BA degree in Drama from Queen Mary, University of London.
Mahima Lamsal has worked with national and international non-governmental organizations in Nepal and has extensive experience in group facilitation and community-based research on family planning. Previously trained in general medicine as a health assistant, Mahima works as a psychosocial counselor, focusing on organizational, individual, and family counselling. She collaborated with Scope on research tool design, data collection, facilitation, and translation for the Lab.Our Ward project in Nepal, which designed solutions to improve quality of care for women and newborns. She holds a degree from the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal and is studying Social Sciences at Tribhuvan University.
Joe has extensive experience in finance, economics, public policy and sustainable development. He works as a Senior Director in an investment bank. Previously, he worked at the World Bank, at the UK Department of International Development, and the Overseas Development Institute. Joe has spent more than half of this 20 year career living and working in developing countries in Africa and South Asia, mobilising private capital for infrastructure and environmental services in low resource communities. He is a frequent international speaker on the subject of environmental and infrastructure finance.
Mari represents Scope and develops new ways of delivering social impact and leads Scope’s social mission fund. Prior to co-founding Scope in 2008, Mari worked for 15 years on women’s and children’s health and rights, including for WHO South East Asia Region, UNFPA, IPPF, AMREF and Aurat Foundation in Pakistan. Mari holds an MSc. in Population and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Sociology degree from Helsinki University, and is a qualified social worker. Mari serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Senior Advisory Group of Saving Newborn Lives and Design for Health.
Tero Silvola joined Scope in 2019. He has over 20 years of experience in leading healthcare companies and establishing new ventures in healthcare services and healthcare IT. Tero (MSEcon) is a Board Member and CEO of BC Platforms 2013-present. BC Platforms is a pioneer in bioinformatics, genome data management and data science. The company has built a technology platform to answer today’s most ground-breaking research questions in next-generation sequencing (NGS) and genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Today Tero contributes and works in different board positions in healthcare – companies and non-profit organisations.