Scope is a social impact company founded in 2008 in Helsinki, Finland.
We co-design innovative pathways to social change at scale. Our work creates real improvement in the lives of underserved people globally and helps protect our planet.
Scope operates at the intersection of health and climate action. We help strengthen public systems and co-develop new service models. We build movements, generate demand, and support the uptake of evidence-based practices.
Our work co-creates new pathways to policy change and elevates critical health and climate change issues at the national and global levels. We strengthen resilience and embed new skills across the community, organisational, and government structures.
Addressing the world’s urgent, complex challenges requires a systemic, data-enabled, and hyper-local approach. We have built Scope to effectively drive change at scale through Systems Innovation as a Service:
Individually, these three programmes provide a unique set of building blocks to drive systematic change. Together, they allow Scope to construct complementary and scalable portfolios of regionally as well as thematically connected projects and products.
Across all work, we monitor and evaluate impact and outcomes to learn, improve, and ensure that our solutions benefit people and the planet.
Scope’s approach places people, alongside systems, at the centre of creative problem-solving. By combining scientific evidence with lived experience and system thinking, we design the most appropriate interventions. The human-centred design-based problem identification and co-creation process roots solutions in local ownership and leadership.
Our way of working facilitates radical collaboration. In addition to our highly skilled interdisciplinary team, we bring together a global community of 400+ technical experts, influencers, and opinion shapers. This unique community enables us to respond quickly at the global level while delivering programmes locally in partnership with communities, technical specialists, delivery organisations, and system actors.
Joe Wright and Mari Tikkanen founded Scope in 2008 after having worked for two decades in the social change, global health, and sustainable infrastructure sectors. Their goal has been to leverage creativity, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and people-centred approaches for real, lasting change for underrepresented communities globally.
By weaving together the best of not-for-profit and private sectors, they have built a mission-led, independent, and sustainable social impact company. This agile, lean model has enabled Scope, in addition to client-led work, to fund and execute our own social innovation projects aiming to create new services and campaigns for a fairer world.
Mari provides strategic direction, oversees the execution of Scope’s strategy, and leads the management and sales teams. She works closely with Scope’s partners and clients in building new social impact opportunities. Before co-founding Scope in 2008, Mari worked for 14 years on global health and rights for organisations such as the World Health Organisation and United Nations Population Fund. She holds a master’s degree in population and development from the London School of Economics, a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and is a qualified social worker. Mari serves on several advisory boards, including Ashoka and Design for Health.
Sud heads Scope’s global health and development team and oversees project management, impact monitoring and evaluation, and clinical work. He is an epidemiologist with more than 15 years of experience in maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent, and reproductive health as well as in non-communicable diseases, nutrition, child protection, digital health, monitoring, evaluation, and research. Before Scope, Sud was country lead at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Jhpiego in India, leading their monitoring, evaluation, research, and digital health work. He holds a doctoral degree in preventive medicine and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mirka leads Scope’s operations team and financial management. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance, including controller function, budgeting, cash flows, and reporting. Automating processes is close to Mirka’s heart, and she has experience steering CRM, ERP, and BI system projects. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nicholls State University, USA and a bachelor’s degree in management.
Scheaffer brings her intersectional expertise to Scope’s projects in East Africa. Based in Kenya, she has experience in advising philanthropists and international NGOs on policy, governance, and gender issues. Scheaffer uses her 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. In addition, 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.
Kate advises Scope on public health approaches and interventions. Based in the United States, she has nearly 20 years of experience in planning, leading, and managing global health projects. Kate specialises in maternal and newborn health, systems thinking, organisational theory, and implementation science. Previously, she worked for Management Sciences for Health and United Nations Population Fund in North America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Kate holds a master’s degree in population and family health from Columbia University, where she is currently doing a doctoral degree in public health on women’s experience of disrespect in childbirth care.
Andy leads Scope’s strategic engagement and creative communications projects, contributing to insight generation, ideation, scenario building, and media outreach from 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.
Palash leads design innovation projects at Scope. He is a strategic designer who employs human-centred 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 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 who has presented at several global health and development conferences. He holds a master’s degree in international management and design innovation.
Joseph works as a service designer at Scope. He specialises in workshop facilitation and participatory 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.
Amal manages Scope’s initiatives, campaigns, and projects in Kenya and Tanzania. Based in 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.
Vinit supports Scope’s new business development by identifying, managing, and writing bids to win contracts across sectors. He is based in India and has a decade-long experience in business development, strategic planning, commercial strategy, competitor mapping, market analysis, and programme risk management. Before Scope, Vinit led business development practice for Oxford Policy Management India on areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene, public health, and nutrition for clients including World Bank, UNICEF, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the United Kingdom government. He holds a postgraduate diploma in rural management.
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 the United Nations Population Fund and the government of Finland in Southern Africa as well as in science journalism in the digital media field. Niina holds a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology.
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.
Pratyusha specialises in applying human-centred design approaches to complex socio-behavioural challenges across health and gender. Based in Delhi, she supports Scope in delivering projects across India. Pratyusha has led and participated in several studies in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand. She has over five years of experience working in maternal, child and adolescent health, service delivery strengthening, nutrition, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health, COVID-19, and gender transformation. Pratyusha has delivered projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Reckitt Benckiser, APCO International, and Project Concern International. She holds a master’s degree in design.
Mark supports visual and creative design for Scope, with a focus on projects in East Africa. Based in 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.
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.
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.
Tero (MSEcon) joined Scope in 2019. He has over 20 years of experience in leading healthcare companies and establishing new ventures in healthcare IT and services. Tero is the Board Member and CEO of BC Platforms from 2013 to the present. BC Platforms is a pioneer in bioinformatics, genome data management, and data science. The company has built a technology platform to answer the 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.
Olufunke (BDS, MIHMEP) joined Scope in 2022. She is a global health policy and management expert, specialising in programme design and planning as well as implementation and evaluation focused on lower and lower-middle-income countries. Olufunke has led programmes in HIV laboratory system strengthening, public health nutrition, routine immunisation, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, cancer access, and primary healthcare strengthening. She brings to Scope’s board her expertise in complex system change and leadership in delivering services that meet the needs of underserved populations across diverse regions.
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 Africa and South Asia, mobilising private capital for infrastructure and environmental services in low-resource communities. He is a frequent international speaker on environmental and infrastructure finance.
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. 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.