Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

George Kembel

George Kembel

Global Director and Co-Founder, Stanford d.school

George is an entrepreneur and investor turned educator. He co-founded and now leads the d.school’s global effort.

Passionate about nurturing the creative potential of others, George spends his time working with students, teachers, leaders, and investors to unlock the latent innovative capacity of their teams and organizations.

Under George’s leadership, the d.school has grown from a few projects and a classroom of students to hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and a cutting edge 30,000 sq.ft. facility at the center of campus. George has scaled the d.school’s impact even more dramatically. From a napkin manifesto to a widely recognized leader in innovation and education, the d.school has helped usher in a larger global design thinking movement. Schools and universities around the world are starting d.school-like programs, and the start-up companies and projects that have spun out of the d.school have already impacted millions of lives.

George’s experiences as CEO, venture capitalist, and now teacher have radically reshaped his approach to leadership. George focuses the d.school on innovators, not innovations. He prioritizes learning over expertise, experimentation over planning, and collaboration over individual excellence. His personal missions include: fundamentally transforming how we educate our children, how we lead our organizations, and how we tackle some of the most significant challenges of our time.

George lives with his wife and three boys in Redwood City, California. He is curious about emergent systems, biologically inspired design, and environments that amplify and guide creative behavior.

Who’s here in 2012-2013

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Bill Moggridge
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Gayle Curtis
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Ramirez
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita