Hilary Cottam is a social activist whose work in Britain and with communities around the world has focused on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of this century.
Hilary has founded a number of social enterprises including Participle and SchoolWorks and is a former Director of the UK Design Council where she built the pioneering RED Unit.
Prior to her work in the UK Hilary worked in Africa and Latin America with a number of international organisations, including the World Bank where she was an urban poverty specialist working in five countries in Southern Africa.
Hilary was educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University and she holds a Ph.D in social sciences. Her work has received numerous awards and she has been recognised as Britain’s Designer of the Year and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her innovative and life-changing models of social innovation.