I currently live and work in Berkeley, CA. I work at University of California, Berkeley as a Researcher and a Lecturer across the business and engineering schools. My research focuses on innovation teams, design and entrepreneurship education, and technology adoption and I teach project-based classes about addressing systems challenges. 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.

A bit about my background: In 2017, I completed my PhD in Engineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Haas School of Business. Prior to moving to Berkeley, I founded a social enterprise in Kenya called Mashavu. 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.

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. 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.

One more thing - my last name is pronounced Duh-zom-back! No worries if you thought the D was silent — it surprises most people.

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!