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Elizabeth Hausler

Founder and CEO, Build Change


Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change and a global expert on resilient building and post-disaster reconstruction. Elizabeth’s strategic direction and leadership have grown Build Change from a few employees in 2004 to over 230 strong working on three continents in 2018. Her emphasis on rebuilding to withstand future disasters has profoundly influenced global development policy by making resilience a major consideration for reconstruction efforts. Her extensive field experience in the developing world, including a Fulbright Scholarship in India, led Elizabeth to found Build Change in 2004 to ensure reconstruction efforts would be safe and sustainable. She is the recipient of many honors, including the 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation and, with Build Change at large, a 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2018, she received the University of California, Berkeley’s Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award. Since 2014 she has been a member of the UC-Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. She holds a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in Civil Engineering, as well as an M.S. degree from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from the University of Illinois. She has lectured on disaster-resistant construction in venues around the world and she and Build Change’s work have been featured in some of the world’s leading media outlets, including The New York Times, BBC News, Elle Magazine, ABC News and Bloomberg Businessweek. She has written or co-authored technical resources and advocacy blogs and has served on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience.

Regional Focus

Central and Southern Asia, North America, South America, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Central America