Nikol Chen (She/Her)

Design and Development Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

About Nikol Chen

Hello! I've been part of the Laidlaw Foundation for over 4 years, working on strengthening our global community and broadening our initiatives aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty, reducing inequality, and cultivating a new generation of leaders.

I'm currently completing a Masters in Anthropology & Professional Practice at UCL, delving into my passion for using ethnographic methods and design to effect systemic change, particularly in the education sector. My journey in design has been diverse, beginning with graphic design, transitioning into UX/UI and service design, and now evolving into systemic design and innovation. 

Originally from Kazakhstan 🇰🇿, I pursued my undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at UCL. I'm an amateur naturalist, avid swimmer, and an obsessive podcast listener. Let's connect and chat—drop me a line and find me on LinkedIn! 💬👀

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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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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May 06, 2022

Hi Ruby, congratulations on becoming a scholar and best of luck with your research! What are you most excited about for this summer? :) 


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