Annika Small is a social entrepreneur who explores how digital technologies can be used to address big social challenges. As Chief Executive of Nominet Trust, Annika has used online tools to galvanize new approaches to social problems. Online peer mentoring for those experiencing bullying, the first online clinical research trial and new forms of micro-volunteering to help those suffering from social isolation are just some examples of how Nominet Trust has encouraged the use of digital technologies to mobilize new forms of knowledge and social action.
Prior to Nominet Trust, Annika led the Tony Blair Foundation’s global education programme where she used digital technologies to bring together young people of different cultures and faiths around the world to learn directly with, from and about each other. This programme is active in more than 25 countries and has been proven to enhance inter-cultural relationships, particularly in areas of conflict from Pakistan to Syria. Prior to this, Annika was Chief Executive of Futurelab, a leading educational R&D organisation chaired by Lord Puttnam,which develops radically new approaches to teaching and learning. Winner of multiple awards including the prestigious BETT award for special achievement in education and technology, Annika works to bring together policy, industry and academia to create imaginative digital resources and practices that mobilize positive social change.
As a member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the RSA, Annika is particularly interested in supporting young people to be active, informed participants in our digital society. To this end, she actively supports a range of digital media and making initiatives from Rewired State to Apps for Good.