Nick Thompson

Managing Director, Effective Governance


Nick Thompson is Managing Director of the Insitute's Effective Governance work. He works to ensure that the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness, because the single most important determinate of a country’s success is the quality of its government.

The Institute’s work on effective governance is born from the work formerly undertaken by the Africa Governance Initiative, and Nick was part of the AGI story from the beginning. He worked across the leadership team as Director of Projects 2009-11 and as AGI’s first Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2012 before being appointed as CEO in 2013. Nick also led early work in Freetown, Sierra Leone and set up the programmes in Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Liberia.

His early career was in the UK civil service, advising Ministers on a range of policy areas including energy, climate change, employment and EU issues and working in the Department for Business, Cabinet Office, Ofgem and UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

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