Romana Bell

Senior Consultant
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Romana is highly regarded for her ability to transform data into valuable insights and actionable outcomes for diverse audiences.

Her multidisciplinary skills enable her to connect with stakeholders and solve complex problems. Romana is deeply passionate about using human-centred design to promote evidence-informed decision-making. Her commitment to understanding human behaviour is evidenced by her curiosity, self-motivation and dedication. Working with Romana is a collaborative experience through which clients benefit from her experience and desire to make a positive impact.

Influential work

  • Led workshops and analysis to create a leadership development program to nurture talent, and increase staff satisfaction for a large infrastructure company
  • Published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry on Learning from Previous Disasters: Potential Pitfalls of Epidemiological Psychological Research in the COVID-19 Environment
  • Conducted research on maternal nutrition in Africa to inform health policies to improve the lives of local communities
  • Designed and implemented an evaluation project to reduce the complexity of government reporting mechanisms, informing education policy decisions
  • Facilitated co-design workshops around youth experiences with the Australian Government, providing insights for future policy and engagement development.

Outside of Nous

Romana’s passion for anthropology and psychology extends beyond her work at Nous. She is involved with the University of Otago in the development and application of a measurement scale and research to assess the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Muslim populations in New Zealand and six other Muslim majority countries. Her dedication to this work demonstrates her commitment to understanding cultural diversity and desire to make a positive impact. Through her involvement with this project, Romana is contributing to important research that has the potential to improve the lives of those affected by the pandemic.

Romana holds a Master of Anthropology from The Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts (psychology, cultural anthropology and Spanish) from Victoria University of Wellington.

In her spare time...

Romana enjoys sports and outdoor adventures. As a native of New Zealand, she spends her summers in the water, participating in activities such as paddle-boarding and waterskiing.