Rachel specialises in short-term, intensive programmes focused on communications, essential business and academic skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Her belief is that education must be exciting and relevant, and this principle is the bedrock of her curriculum design and facilitation style. Rachel has worked with a variety of institutions and private and corporate clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She obtained a BA with High Distinction in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She spent fifteen years in business, gaining valuable experience in the finance, energy and non-profit sectors, most notably with Goldman Sachs and the UNHCR, before returning to education. In addition, she has an extensive track record of volunteer work in the UK, Africa and, most recently, with ProWiBo in India in 2018 and in Thailand in 2019. Canadian by birth but a nomad by nature, Rachel has lived in thirteen countries on four continents, and this lifelong exploration of a vast array of cultures gives a global perspective to her life and work.
Rachel led course entitled ‘Exploring Ethics’, a two-week, interactive programme which provided students with a platform to build and refined essential communication skills while examining theories of ethics, moral development, clashes between ethical systems, and ethics in the workplace. The course was centred on experiential learning, practical exercises and projects grounded in real-life scenarios.
Innovation and Design Thinking
Suzanne is a Foresight Analyst, Mentor, and Educator. Currently, appointed Lab Director of DMRII’s Super Ordinary, which focusses on new technologies and research methods. She is a member of OCAD U’s Digital Futures Office and the Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program. Stein has been an Adjunct Faculty at AHO (Norway), the CFC (Canada), and the Unfinished Business School (virtual). She comes to OCAD University from SMARTlab in the UK where she was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures. She was formerly a member of Nokia’s Insight & Foresight group, which studied emerging trends and identified new business opportunities created by disruptive technologies and market developments. Previously at Sapient Corporation, a business and technology consultancy, Suzanne was the Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, where she created and managed this group of diverse social scientists. She was also a Director in the User Experience Group, overseeing Creative development and articulation as well as the Research offerings. Prior to this, she was the Director of Insights and Director of Project Management at X-corporation, a communications and design firm. Suzanne is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and founder of the research company, Everyday Life. She was also the Canadian juror for the UN Taskforce, the World Summit Awards and has held Mentorship positions with the Interactive Project Lab and various advisory boards.
Suzanne designed a course titled Innovation and Design Thinking. The course focused on exploring the concept of Design Thinking and its application. Design Thinking is the ability to combine: empathy for the context of the problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions and rationality to analyse and fit solutions into the context. In this course delivered by Rachel, students learned how to approach traditional problem solving using Design Thinking methods to generate Desirable, Feasible and Visible solutions.
Leading, Accelerating and Sustaining Social Change
Akbar is currently Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Business Technology Management program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Canada. He is also the current Director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa based at the same university. He teaches courses mainly related to technology and entrepreneurship which include cyberethics, information and communication technology in the developing context and the entrepreneurial environment specifically focused on startups. His research interests are generally centred on how technology influences both the way we understand ourselves and the way we operate in the world. He has published in the Journal of Management Studies, International Political Sociology, the Journal of Management and the Journal of Leadership Education. His current research interests involve studying entrepreneurship in technology-infused markets in the developing world. To that end, he is currently leading a project that intends to better understand the impediments to entrepreneurial success in small-scale solar markets in Ghana. He is also currently working on a book that profiles the limitations and failures of humanitarian technologies to solve large scale crisis in the developing world. Recently, he delivered a TED talk entitled “ Transformation in Africa: Global Citizenship and the Digital Divide” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15VTMb86eao) in which he argues that true transformation in Africa will only be achieved when African youth have the opportunity to access knowledge and education through the internet thereby empowering themselves to be more entrepreneurial in solving some of Africa’s major problems.
Akbar led a course titled “Leading, Accelerating and Sustaining Social Change”. The goal of a Change Agent is to foster the conditions that will help empower people to transform their own communities. However, the challenge is often not just about enabling others to lead change but also importantly removing hindering obstacles in order to accelerate change and also finding ways to sustain that change. In this course, we will use Kotter’s 8-step change model as a framework to discuss the process of social innovation. The course was underpinned by discussions involving leadership, social entrepreneurship and social development. The focus of the course was more on process than theory, with many experiential classroom learning exercises anchored by real-world cases describing social development initiatives. Overall, the students worked to develop skills that will help them better address the challenge of leading, accelerating and sustaining social change. These skills included how to build a guiding coalition, how to form a strategic vision, how to enable action and how to generate short term wins.
Cognitive and Social Psychology
Andrew is a Senior Investigator Scientist with the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, and Lecturer with the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He did his undergraduate degree in Basic Medical Sciences and Doctorate in Physiology at Queen’s University in Canada. From there, he completed his post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States before relocating to the United Kingdom. Dr Bell teaches a number of subjects including psychology, statistics, and neuroscience. He also contributes to teacher training at the University of Oxford, and in 2013 was made Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Janet is a Lecturer in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology at the University of Bath, UK. She did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Australian National University before moving to the United Kingdom to do a PhD in Psychology at Bangor University in North Wales. She then spent some time as a postdoctoral researcher at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Lyon before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford. Dr Bultitude teaches research methods, statistics, and cognitive neuropsychology. In her research, she investigates how we perceive the world around us by studying people who have impaired perception due to brain damage or chronic pain.
Negotiations and Entrepreneurship
Chandni is from Nairobi, Kenya and is currently pursuing an MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics. She is the founder of Kilimanjaro Green Energy, a social enterprise that brings solar lighting systems to entrepreneurial communities in Kenya. Her research at Prowibo is focusing on entrepreneurial education in Africa and its link to rural development.
Civil Society, Social Groups and Communities
Philippa is a doctoral student at the London School of Economics. She holds a Masters in Social Policy research from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. She has taught in Russia and Italy and has experience working with the European Union in social policy. Philippa is also an avid fencer in her spare time and is currently a member of the Great Britain senior team.
Global Politics and Security, Model United Nations
Ena holds a Master of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews and currently lives in London. She has been working for PROWIBO as a grant coordinator since January 2017. Ena has worked on various research projects in both St Andrews and London with a focus on international relations, security and renewable energy. She has also been a consultant for the organization Grow Movement, which provides free business advice to entrepreneurs in various African countries and developed an NGO to teach primary school students in Ghana.
Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Till graduated from European Business School London with an undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish. Following his undergraduate degree, Till joined the young digital agency MBJ London as a member of the founding team. During his time at MBJ, he was in charge of all matters related to operations, including product design, project management, development management and most importantly, building great digital products for new ventures and established companies.
Design Thinking and First Aid
Mathieu is a French American design strategist. Having parents living in different countries, he had the opportunity to experience foreign cultures from a young age. This contrast led him to develop interests in how societies exchange information. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Images and Influence. Shortly after he returned to Paris and began working at J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in the creative execution team and Onirim production house as an account manager.