Cindy is an entrepreneur and researcher with many years experience in environmental monitoring, social policy, community development, programme monitoring and evaluation, and public engagement in science and technology. She earned her BAH and MSc at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, where she developed her passion for social and urban innovation. She recently earned her PhD in Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London, UK. Her early research and projects focused on how people thrive by innovating solutions and build capacity in rapidly changing socio-economic and environmental landscapes and how to connect social innovations to governmental frameworks. More recent work has focused on environmental monitoring and community-led development of monitoring technologies. She co-founded Tekiu to promote goal-oriented transdisciplinary knowledge sharing and organisational inquisitiveness.