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Shauna Carey is Chief Executive Officer, leveraging her deep expertise in both design and social impact to oversee the strategy and vision for, the nonprofit design studio born in 2011 out of the global design and innovation firm IDEO, on a mission to design a more just and inclusive world. For almost a decade she worked on projects and programs focused on advancing health equity, criminal justice reform, refugee rights, gender equality, and climate resilience and served as managing director and co-lead of’s New York studio. Throughout her tenure, she has also helped shape the culture and heart of the organisation – building a community of people with diverse experiences and expertise aligned around a common purpose, and demonstrating a style of leadership rooted in compassion and curiosity.

Shauna brings that same energy to building relationships externally, where she’s helps extend’s impact by expanding its network of partners and collaborators. She worked alongside design teams and communities to surface insights to unlock new possibilities, create narratives that inspire action, and share stories about the impact of design. Together with her teams she focuses on building deep partnerships helping the global design studio identifying which challenges to tackle and working tirelessly to bring solutions to life.

Prior to joining, Shauna worked to expand access to quality education and health care at organisations like Room to Read and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She also helped launch and grow a number of mission-driven startups in Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area. A social scientist at heart, Shauna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics with minor in Political Science in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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'Leading in complexity'

Today more than ever it’s necessary to effectively navigate complex and uncertain situations, and develop innovative solutions in the face of ambiguity and changing circumstances. Leading in complexity requires a deep understanding of the systems and networks that operate within the organisation’s context, as well as the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders. How to go beyond understanding the interrelationships between various parts of this ecosystem and identifying potential points of leverage to developing interventions that can have a transformative impact on the system as a whole? How to anticipate and respond to complex challenges in a way that is both innovative and strategic? This track can help you create more resilient systems that can better adapt to changing circumstances over time.

Saturday, September 16, 09:30 - 13:30 

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