Nathalie Thong

Junior Inquiry Curator

Nathalie comes to Volans as a catch-all junior researcher supporting the rest of the team in their probe into the Inquiry and other business and change initiatives.

She has a breadth of experience in the sustainability sphere after spending time interning at a CSR firm, ERM (an environmental, health, safety and risk consultancy) and most recently was pinched from Covestro by Louise after spending three months working for the Corporate Sustainability team at the headquarters in Germany.

She is currently in the final stages of her undergraduate degree at the LSE, studying for a BSc. in Environment and Development with a focus on human and social modern geographies such as migration, urbanisation and development trajectories.

In her free time, she is an avid lacrosse player and dog agility handler to her surprisingly competitive West Highland White Terrier, enjoys cooking, travel and going to live music gigs.

Nathalie’s Superpower: Intrepidity

Q. What brought you here?
A. A very fortunate stroke of serendipity and lots of lovely people believing in me. I found myself searching for something that I did not think existed, but luckily managed to stumble upon whilst on my walk to uni.

Q. How did you wake up to the change agenda?
A. I took a trip to the jungle when I was seventeen and saw the world through a completely different lens. It made me realise our natural environment was in danger, but also that there was desperate disconnect in the balance between the human and natural world. This kickstarted a drive to find out how this has happened and what can we do next. From then onwards it was evolving and learning with the agenda, chasing a dream and tracking down other people who shared the same passion.

Q. When are you most fulfilled?
A. When I’ve learnt something new – or when I’ve managed to teach someone else something and they now understand it too.

Q. Where is your centre of gravity: past, present or future?
A. The past; because I think the lessons that I have learnt there centre me for my present and my future.