Dr Louise Sheridan
COO, Nest Startup Academy
Dr Louise Sheridan is COO of the Nest Startup Academy, which aims to level the playing field for underrepresented founders and address the lack of diversity in tech. She was previously Head of International Tech Hub network at the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), where she led on establishing tech hubs across Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, and helping to build thriving digital ecosystems that supported inclusive innovation and growth.
She has worked as International Adviser to the UK’s National Technology Adviser, and represented the UK on the Digital Nations committee. She has also worked on international policies on the rights of women and girls, and holds a PHD and MRes in gender, ethnicity and diaspora studies.