Thomas Both, Designing for Social Systems Director

Thomas Both, Designing for Social Systems Director

Thomas Both is Director of the Designing for Social Systems Program at the d.school. In this program, he leads a fellowship for accomplished professionals to learn and apply human-centered design to complex social challenges, and facilitates workshops for social impact leaders to develop a more human and strategic practice.

At the d.school since 2009, the core of his work has been to design immersive hands-on learning experiences that provoke students, fellows and professionals to try on new tools and behaviors, and develop their innovation practice. In a previous role, he created and facilitated the d.school workshops for executives, including the highly praised Design Thinking Bootcamp Executive workshop.

Thomas holds a Master degree in Design from Stanford, achieved after a prior career as a mechanical engineer.

Nadia Roumani, Designing for Social Systems Senior Designer

Nadia Roumani, Designing for Social Systems Senior Designer

Nadia Roumani is Senior Designer of the Designing for Social Systems Program at the d.school, and the Director of Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Lab. Nadia returned to Stanford in 2012 as an inaugural d.school fellow, applying design thinking to philanthropy. In 2014, she was named the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow with Stanford PACS.

Over the past two decades she has launched several organizations and initiatives including Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab; the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; the Women Leaders Intercultural Program with Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson; Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA); the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA); and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at the University of Southern California.

Nadia received her BA in economics and international relations from Stanford University and her MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a board member of the El Hibri Foundation.

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