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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Social Innovation By Design

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Session Description

Design thinking is a powerful approach to problem solving and innovation that has generated significant buzz and validation from the business community. In the hands of social entrepreneurs, the design process can unlock barriers to progress. Learn from the experiences of three social entrepreneurs who have used design thinking in their work in Africa and India, and discover the resources available to organisations that want to try this methodology.

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11:00 - 12:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Debra Dunn Speaker
    Co-Founder, FEED Collaborative, Stanford University
    Debra is a faculty member at Stanford University's d.school where she co-founded the FEED (Food Entrepreneurship, Education and Design) Collaborative, an exciting partnership between the d.school and the School of Earth Sciences that cultivates radical innovation in the food system through human centered design and project-based, experiential learning in partnership with innovative businesses and non-profit organizations. She also works as an advisor to social ventures around the world. Previously Debra was a business executive at Hewlett Packard where the common threads in her broad, 22-year career were driving large scale change, creating new businesses and producing positive social impact and good business results concurrently. She serves on the Boards of the Skoll Foundation, B Lab, IDEO.org and the global advisory board of the African Leadership University. She is dedicated to food system transformation, social entrepreneurship and business as a force for good. Debra received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from Harvard University.
  • Chief Instigating Officer, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
    Elizabeth Scharpf, Chief Instigating Officer at SHE, is an entrepreneur who has spent most of her professional career starting up ventures or advising businesses on growth strategies at Cambridge Pharma Consultancy, the Clinton Foundation, and the World Bank. Scharpf holds an MBA and MPAID from Harvard and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Despite all the academic acronyms, she thinks her best education has come from talking with those sitting next to her on buses around the world.
  • Fred Swaniker Speaker
    Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group
    Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has co-founded three organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network, and African Leadership University. Collectively, these institutions aim to groom 3 million leaders for Africa over a 50-year period. A passionate entrepreneur, Fred also served as Founder and CEO of Terra Education, a US-based education company that today provides leadership training to about 4,000 people annually at 46 sites in 20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Prior to his work in education, Swaniker co-founded Synexa Life Sciences, a biotechnology company with operations in Cape Town, Berlin, London, and Dublin. Prior to launching his entrepreneurial pursuits, Swaniker worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in South Africa. Swaniker has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa. Fred has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class. He holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Mathematical Statistics from Macalester College (magna cum laude). He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Chengalpattu Medical College & Hospital
    Dr. Jeganathan is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Chengalpattu Medical College, India. She was deeply moved by the sad plight of women when their babies died. The lack of equipment and trained manpower is a problem faced by all doctors working in the resource poor settings of the developing world. Dr. Jeganathan mobilised local village carpenters and electricians to make newborn care equipment from available materials and is involved in low cost innovative medical research in rural India.
  • Publisher, Design Observer
    William Drenttel is the publisher of Design Observer, a website covering design, social innovation, urbanism and visual culture. He is the director of Winterhouse Institute, design director for Teach For All, and is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop models for design and social change. He is president emeritus of AIGA, an advisor to Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, a Fellow of NYU Institute of the Humanities, and a senior faculty Fellow at Yale School of Management.