A serial social entrepreneur, Annika Small is co-founder of CAST, a non-profit that accelerates the use of digital technology to drive social change. Age UK, Breast Cancer Care, Centrepoint, Action for Children, Safe Lives, National Childbirth Trust and Parkinsons UK are among hundreds of charities supported by CAST to improve their service delivery.
Prior to CAST, Annika was founding CEO of Nominet Trust, which, under her leadership, invested more than £50m in early-stage ventures that deploy technology for social innovation. Before this, Annika founded Generation Global, which is now operational in 27 countries, bringing together young people from different cultures to learn directly with, from and about each other. Previously Annika was CEO of Futurelab, which uses digital technology to open up education to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people around the world.
Annika is a trustee of Access, the social investment foundation; a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation; a non-executive director of Lightful; and a member of the UK government’s Social Action Taskforce. Annika was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to social innovation and digital technology.