Kadriann Pikkat

Location: Edinburgh

Qualifications: MA Economics, MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation

I joined SQW as a Research Consultant in September 2018 after completing an MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation at LSE. Prior to this, I had worked at another research consultancy, and also gained experience in business growth and finance at the investment agencies of Estonia and the state of Victoria, Australia. Through these experiences, I had developed a strong interest in innovation, finance and technology. I therefore joined SQW primarily because of its expertise in the innovation policy domain. This interest has been encouraged at SQW, and indeed most of my work has been within that area. Equally, the company's breadth of expertise allows graduates to gain experience across a range of policy areas such as education and health. There is also some overlap between these, for instance I have worked on projects mapping the strengths and challenges for innovation skills in the UK, and assessing the funding landscape for MedTech.

From the outset, I have been able to work on high-profile projects with real impact. Since being promoted to Consultant in 2019, I have also taken on additional responsibility within projects. For example, I recently led a study assessing the economic and wider benefits of a publicly-funded Seed investment fund. The findings from this study were intended to feed into the next Government Spending Review to evidence the fund's economic and societal value. I am also currently managing a study looking at the return on investment of one of the UK's leading scientific laboratories. It is the variety of projects – even within the same policy domain – that makes the work really stimulating.

Perhaps the best part of SQW, however, are its people who are a pleasure to work alongside. Across all the offices, the team spans a wide range of knowledge, skills and interests. Even as a junior consultant, my input and opinions feel valued in both project work and at management level. The size of the company makes it possible to develop a good rapport with all colleagues, and cross-office working is frequent. It is the combination of impactful work and a collective desire to have fun along the way that makes SQW a really rewarding place to work.