Fiona Napier has been living and working in Nairobi since 2012. She channels her interest in young people’s futures, tackling inequality and promoting accountability, through her consultancy work and in a personal capacity.
In Nairobi she heads up research and learning in a UK funded programme providing alternatives for young, marginalised men and women at risk of joining violent extremist organisations in five countries in East Africa.
Before moving to Nairobi she was International Advocacy Director with the Open Society Foundations, Associate Campaigns Director at Global Witness in London, and Save the Children Programme Director in South Africa. There, she scaled up assistance to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, and developed a cross border programme helping unaccompanied children who had crossed the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe.
She was a founder board member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, and co-founder of the Publish What You Pay campaign which led to launching the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Fiona is a trustee of Africa’s Voices Foundation, Videre est Credere and Leaders Quest Foundation where she also sits on the advisory board.
She studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, and has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.