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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.

When | Where

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 where she co-founded the FEED (Food Entrepreneurship, Education and Design) Collaborative, an exciting partnership between the and the School of Earth that cultivates radical innovation in the food system through human centered design, project-based, experiential learning and social entrepreneurship. 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 and and the global advisory board of the African Leadership University. She is dedicated to food system transformation, social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. 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
    Chairman and Founder, African Leadership Academy
    Ranked among the "top 10 young power men in Africa" by Forbes Magazine, and as one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green, Fred Swaniker is leading a quiet revolution in Africa. He is training Africa's future decision-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. This serial entrepreneur has founded 5 organizations that are collectively grooming 3 million high-impact leaders for Africa. His TED talk received 900,000 views in the first 60 days after it was released. Fred's work has been recognized by President Barack Obama and the World Economic Forum, which named him one of its "Young Global Leaders" in 2012. On a continent that is the youngest in the world, Fred is one of the world's foremost experts on what its next generation is thinking and where the African continent is going. Fred has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class. He worked at McKinsey and company prior to embarking on his journey to transform Africa by grooming its future leaders.
  • 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.