Nikol Chen (She/Her)

Design and Development Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

About Nikol Chen

Hello! I am a multidisciplinary designer and have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over four years, working towards strengthening our global community and amplifying the impact of our initiatives.

I love all things human. I completed an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences and am currently pursuing a Masters in Anthropology at UCL. In particular, I am passionate about the intersection of education, anthropology, and design, with an ethical and collaborative approach at the heart. 

Originally from the vast steppes of Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 Obsessive podcast listener, nature lover, and a dancer with two left feet and a whole lot of spirit.

I am a/an:

Staff Member/Trustee of the Laidlaw Foundation


University College London

Research Topic

Anthropology Design

Area of Expertise

Arts Humanities

I am from:


I speak:

English French Kazakh Russian

My hobbies/interests are:

Art Design Film & TV Music Photography Podcasts Politics & current events Reading Swimming Video/filmmaking Yoga

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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May 02, 2024

Hey Campbell, thanks for posting! We also have an intro thread for the 2024 cohort in case you'd like to contribute :) 

Aug 03, 2023

Wonderful reflection, thanks for sharing Sofie! 🌼

Jul 13, 2023

Super interesting Jasmine! In case you are looking for interview participants, Lex might be a good place to find people :)

Apr 04, 2023

Love this Claire, will definitely give it a listen!

Jan 30, 2023

Congratulations Geraint, that's amazing! 

Nov 17, 2022

What an amazing post, Saskia, thanks for sharing! So glad you enjoyed the conference, and your poster is totally genius! 

Sep 12, 2022

So stunning, Tim! Love it

Jun 14, 2022

Hi Andrew, best of luck with your research - it sounds fascinating! I was born & grew up in Kazakhstan and have visited Kyrgyzstan many times, I am sure that you will love it there :)


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