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Nick Thompson

Executive Director, Governance (Africa), Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


Nick Thompson is the executive director of the Governance (Africa) team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He works to ensure that the governments and leaders of fragile, developing and emerging states enhance their effectiveness, because the single most important determinant of a country’s success is the quality of its government.

The Institute’s Governance work is born from the work formerly undertaken by the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), and Nick was part of the AGI story from the beginning. He worked across the leadership team as director of projects in 2009–2011 and as AGI’s first chief operating officer from 2011 to 2012, before being appointed chief executive officer in 2013. Nick also led early work in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and set up programmes in Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Liberia.

Nick’s 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.