About

I currently live and work in Berkeley, CA. In 2017, I completed my PhD in Engineering and now work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Haas School of Business and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. People often refer to me as a connector and a translator. I love bringing together people and concepts from seemingly disparate disciplines to tackle messy problems. On here, you'll mostly find things related to making social change happen.

In my work, I use design and systems thinking to take on challenges such as transforming higher education in the US, establishing preventative medicine in rural Kenya, and creating sustainable product recovery system in the U.S. Prior to moving to Berkeley, I founded a social enterprise in Kenya called Mashavu. My time now is spent teaching and working on framing and solving social challenges. 

I helped envision, edit, and publish a career book titled, “Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for it!)” that I am incredibly passionate about. In SPTM, we provide stories, insights, and advice from over 150 STEM innovators working at World Bank, UNICEF, Gates Foundation, Google, as well as dozens of social ventures, government agencies, nonprofits, academia, and corporations. The goal of the book is to demystify how to build a career around passion and meaning -- so that people who want to change the world can find ways to do so. SPTM has been written about by Engineering For ChangeNextBillion.netKEEN, and Devex (with a spotlight on the chapter written by yours truly!) 

I'm also an informal career coach – you can find the list of job sites I use here.

Some of my favorite subjects to talk about include:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Design and Systems Thinking
  • Women in STEM
  • Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Sustainable Development
  • Circular Economy

If any of that interests you – let’s connect! 

 

 

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