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Mara Airoldi

Mara Airoldi

Director of the GO Lab Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford


Mara Airoldi is the inaugural director of the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab), at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She is the fortunate leader of a passionate team of researchers and fellows of practice who share the purpose of improving social outcomes. They do this by creating and disseminating knowledge on how actors from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can work effectively together to improve people’s opportunities.

Under her leadership, the GO Lab grew from a small team with seed funding to a team of about 10 full-time people and an ongoing program of ‘fellows of practice’. They are now working to establish a global partnership with like-minded institutions in different regions of the world to stimulate a dialogue between researchers and practitioners to create more impact.

She has 15+ years of research and working experience in improving public services and regularly contributes to international conferences.

Throughout her career, Mara consulted and offered expert advice to several organizations, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario (Canada), the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the (then) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England, NATO and the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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