Nikita Simpson


Nikita began working with the SHM Foundation in 2015. She is involved in the scale up of Project Khuluma – a mobile health platform that facilitates support groups for HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Currently live with 99 HIV positive adolescents, Nikita is working with the team to expand and tailor the model to different conditions, populations and geographies.

Nikita is fascinated by the way in which rich anthropological observations can be applied to development problems to provide innovative and sustainable solutions. She graduated from the University of Cambridge, where she read Social Anthropology at Kings College. Nikita conducted her research in gender-based violence and mental health, with fieldwork in Northern India. This research will form the basis of her PhD, which she will begin at the London School of Economics in late 2016. Before joining the SHM Foundation, Nikita worked on a number of gender empowerment initiatives in South Asia for EduCare India and the Mitrataa Foundation; and in Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation, Geneva.

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The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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