Design Revolution: Presenters
John Anner
John Anner | East Meets West
John Anner has been President of EMW since 2002. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, he has worked in many sectors of international development and holds an MS in International Agricultural Development. Responsible for overall design, strategy, relationships and implementation for core programs at EMW, John has successfully developed and launched several large-scale international projects in clean water, education, disabilities and pediatric health. John is known as an innovative social entrepreneur; he has founded several successful businesses and non-profits over the past 20 years, and has worked on a number of large-scale public/private partnerships.
Paul Basil
Paul Basil | Villgro Innovations
Paul Basil is founder and CEO of Villgro Innovations Foundation. Over the last decade, Mr. Basil has worked in discovering thousands of innovations and innovators, incubated around 50 rural businesses which have impacted over 400,000 house-holds in rural India with many of these innovations.

Mr. Basil co-founded the Lemelson Recognition and Mentoring Programme for Innovators in collaboration with India's leading technology institution, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Mr. Basil also co-founded Villgro Innovation Marketing Pvt Ltd, a unique retail chain for innovative products targeting the rural poor. Currently Basil is setting up the Villgro Innovation Fund, which will make early stage seed investments in innovative social enterprises.

Apart from the core of his mission, which is incubating early stage, innovative businesses, Paul also has contributed to building the social enterprise eco-system in India. Unconvention, India's leading conference on innovation and social entrepreneurship, Wantrapreneur, a social business plan competition, a Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship that focuses on research and education, Villgro fellowship that recruits global mid career professionals to experience social entrepreneurship, championing the ANDE Chapter (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs) to grow intermediaries that can support small and growing businesses etc., are some of his achievements in building the eco-system in India.

Mr. Basil is a member of the Promotion Board of Technopreneur Promotion Programme, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, invitee to the boards of DesiCrew (P) Ltd., a rural BPO, ROPE, a craft based company and many other investee companies.

Mr. Basil was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award.

Paul was part of the initial marketing team at Kerala Horticulture Development Programme (a collaborative programme of the Govt of Kerala and the European Union) in developing farmers' markets. Over 100 farmers markets are now the hubs of commercial horticulture in Kerala. Initiated franchise retailing of fruits and vegetables. (1994-2000)

Paul started his career with National Tree Growers Cooperative Federation (subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board) an organization involved in waste-land rehabilitation.
Brian Cayce
Brian Cayce | Gray Ghost Ventures
Brian Cayce, Vice President of Gray Ghost Ventures, has been actively involved in establishing Gray Ghost's impact-oriented venture capital investing and currently leads the firm's analysis, evaluation, execution and governance of venture capital investment opportunities. Brian manages a varied portfolio and has sourced, executed and/or performed governance roles for the following investments: MicroPlace (2006 - eBay); RentBureau (2006 - Experian); paraLife (2006); United Villages (2007); CellBazaar (2007 - Telenor); d.light (2007); SourceTrace (2007); BEAM (2008), Emergence BioEnergy (2008), iSend (2009), Movirtu (2009), mDhil (2009), PharmaSecure (2009), bKash (2010) and M-Kopa (2011).

In addition to his corporate board service, Brian serves on the boards of local nonprofit organizations. Brian graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Georgia, and earned an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Brian resides in Decatur, Georgia, with his forgiving wife, lovely son and daughter, and unruly German Shepherd dog.
Molly Christiansen
Molly Christiansen | Living Goods
Molly Christiansen, Director of Research and Development at Living Goods, leads its health practices, product development, monitoring and evaluation, and new market expansion. She brings over ten years of experience in public health, international development, and social enterprise to her work at Living Goods, including stints at Acumen Fund, Vision Spring, and Hindustan Unilever Limited. She earned an MBA and MPH from the University of Michigan where she focused on market-based solutions for poverty alleviation and global health. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University.

Living Goods is non-profit organization that empowers networks of 'Avon-like' women entrepreneurs who earn an income going door-to-door selling a wide range of life-saving and life-changing products at prices affordable for people living in poverty in East Africa.
Lee Davis
Lee Davis | NESsT
Lee Davis is a social entrepreneur and designer with over 20 years of experience in the international development, philanthropy and social enterprise fields, and co-author of several books on social enterprise and venture philanthropy. He is currently co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) and served for 15 years as co-CEO of NESsT. With a team of 50 and operations in 11 countries across Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the USA, NESsT has pioneered the field of social enterprise in emerging markets, has supported over 2600 social enterprises solving critical social problems, and is a 2004 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. As CIO, Lee is currently leading the Social Enterprise World Forum - Fãrum Mundial de Negãcios Sociais, the premiere global event focused on advancing the social enterprise movement worldwide, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October 2012.

Lee is a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management, Program on Social Enterprise and a former Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he was a Professorial Lecturer in Social Change and Development. He holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, and a B.A., from Connecticut College, and was a recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship.
Krista Donaldson
Krista Donaldson | D-Rev: Design Revolution
Krista Donaldson is CEO of D-Rev: Design Revolution, a nonprofit that designs radically affordable products for people living on less than $4 per day. She has been working at the intersection of design and international development for over 12 years.

Prior to joining D-Rev in 2009, Krista worked on Iraq economic policy at the US Department of State, as a design engineer with KickStart in Nairobi, Kenya, and as a lecturer in appropriate technology at Kenyatta University and mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town. A native of Nova Scotia, Krista holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Her doctoral work was among the first to focus on engineering and social entrepreneurship in less industrialized economies.
John Gershenson
John Gershenson | Michigan Technological University
John Gershenson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, the director of MTU's Life-cycle Engineering Laboratory and heads up the Velovations bicycle design enterprise on campus. John performs design research in the area of product and process architecture and technology change. John's recent work to develop affordable upgrade kits to Kenyan bicycles and as co-director of the ME Peace Corps Masters International program has brought him into the world of Sustainable Development. A new take on a multidisciplinary graduate course called Discover.Design.Delight will be his focus in this workshop.
Cindy Gilbert
Cindy Gilbert | Minneapolis College of Art and Design | Sustainable Design Program
Cindy Gilbert (MS/Oregon State University, MEd/Griffith University (Australia), BSc/University of Guelph (Canada) is faculty, student advisor, and founding director for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Sustainable Design Program. In this role, Cindy develops a culture of awareness and creativity through the evolution of this fully online program that fosters global innovation, collaborative problem-solving, and creative leadership. She was the founding director of the University of Montana's sustainability program and most recently served 3.5 years as the founding director of university education at The Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs including: Biomimicry Student Design Challenges, the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program, Biomimicry Education Summits, and the Biomimicry Affiliate and Fellows Programs.
Miguel Granier
Miguel Granier | Invested Development
Miguel Granier is the Founder/Director of Invested Development, a Boston based impact seed-stage investment firm. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia.

Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2003 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance.

In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York, and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. He holds a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson | Arizona State University
Mark Henderson is Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean of the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. Although his early research was in geometric modeling, since 2005 he has published more on global design education, design thinking and curriculum development, especially around social entrepreneurship and product design for developing countries. He is a co-founder of GlobalResolve (, a program to provide sustainable economic development to base of the pyramid communities primarily in Ghana, Cameroon, Mexico and Arizona. He is also a founding faculty member of the Department of Engineering at the Polytechnic campus and a co-founder of InnovationSpace (, a multi-disciplinary, two-semester product development experience. Henderson is awed by this current generation's interest in service and altruism that gives incredible hope for the future.
Paul Hudnut
Paul Hudnut | Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health & Environment @Colorado State University
Paul Hudnut is Co-Director of Colorado State University's Global Innovation Center for Energy, Health & Environment and an Instructor at the College of Business. He was instrumental in developing the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program, which provides graduate students with the tools, experience and network to build and manage ventures which address global challenges. In 2010, he began to work with the Bohemian Foundation to build an impact investing program focused on poverty alleviation, public health and environmental protection and restoration. Paul was a co-founder and director of Envirofit International, Ltd., which was a TechAward laureate in 2005 and won a World Clean Energy Award in 2007. He served on the board of New Belgium Brewing Co. and Inviragen, and is a faculty council member of Accion's Center for Financial Inclusion. He has been involved in the International Development Design Summit since 2007, and brought the summit to CSU in 2010. He blogs about entrepreneurship, development and sustainability at 'What's a BOPreneur' and serves as an advisor to NextBillion. In 2010, he was honored with the Olympus Innovation Award for his work in technology innovation and entrepreneurship education.
Liz Kisenwether
Liz Kisenwether | Pennsylvania State University
Liz Kisenwether holds a B.S.E.E. from Penn State (1979), and M.S.E.E. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981) and The Johns Hopkins University (1988). She worked in the defense industry for 11 years, then co-founded a high-tech startup (Paragon Technology). Since joining Penn State in 1999, Liz has taught design courses and was the founding director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor from 2001-2010. Liz is currently co-Director of the Lion Launch Pad, a student-centric business accelerator program and is also involved in NSF-funded research, supporting both PFI and IEECI grants. She is the Program Chair for the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division (2010-2011).
Robert Miros
Robert Miros | 3rd Stone Design
Robert Miros is the CEO of 3rd Stone Design, a product design company focused on strategy, development, and scaling of high impact products. He has been active in the product development arena for 18 years both as consultant and in house product design leader. Previous to founding 3rd Stone Design, his roles included Vice President and Director positions with medical device, alternative energy, and consumer product companies.

Robert established 3rd Stone Design in 2004 so that dedicated efforts could be brought to bear on some of the globe's most challenging health and energy problems. Current projects include an infant resuscitator for use in resource poor settings, tracking photovoltaic power technologies, and sustainable housewares products.

Robert holds degrees from Stanford University in Product Design Engineering and International Relations with a specialization in Technology Transfer. He has lectured and served as Guest Faculty at Stanford University and Brown University.
Ricardo Ordóñez
Ricardo Ordóñez | RAMP Peru | NESsT
Ricardo Ordonez is the Country Director for Peru and is responsible for overseeing the Lima office and managing NESsT's technological innovation portfolio through the RAMP project. Prior to joining NESsT, Ricardo worked for many international organizations including SVN and CARE. He also worked in the private sector where he specialized in rural development.

Ricardo holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Lima and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from La Molina National Agrarian University.
Amish Parashar
Amish Parashar | Triple Ring Technologies | Singularity University
Amish Parashar's experience includes leading innovative teams, creating new products, teaching innovation, and advising inventors and entrepreneurs. He has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CONNECT (San Diego), is a founder of three start-ups, and a founder and board member of a global non-profit organization. His efforts have spanned four continents and include medical devices, safety products, and electric vehicles (all of which have been sold internationally).

Amish is a named inventor on several patents (granted and pending) and has published in cardiac surgery, aerospace, and business. He is a frequent lecturer and has held teaching appointments at Dartmouth College, UC San Diego, and Stanford University. He is currently Director of Innovation at Triple Ring Technologies (a private, 100 person R&D lab) and a faculty member on Innovation at Singularity University. Amish holds an BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, a BE in Biomedical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a MSc in Public Health (focus on Health Technology Evaluation) from the University of London.
Paul Polak
Paul Polak | Windhorse International | D-Rev | IDE
Paul Polak is the founder of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day. The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health, sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners, and aims to reach at least 100 million poor customers within ten years.

Prior to founding Windhorse in 2009, Paul founded D-Rev: Design for the other 90%, a non-profit development organization with the mission of creating a revolution in design to reach the 4 billion poor people bypassed by the current design process. In 1981, he founded International Development Enterprises (iDE), a non-profit organization that has brought 19 million of the world's poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local, small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.

Paul's book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty.
Amy Smith
Amy Smith | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | D-Lab
Amy Smith is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana and has also done field work in Senegal, South Africa, Nepal, Haiti, Honduras, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia. She won the BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventor's Award and the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention for her work in creating technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

In 2002, she began teaching D-Lab, a series of courses and field trips that focus on the development, design and dissemination of appropriate technologies for international development. She also founded the International Development Initiative at MIT, the Innovations in International Health program and the International Development Design Summit. She was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, recognizing her work in this area, and was recently named one of Time Magazines 100 most influential people for the work she is doing to promote local innovation and technology creation. Her current projects are in the areas of water testing, treatment and storage, agricultural processing and alternative energy.
Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr | Mulago Foundation
Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale.

The Rainer Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behavior change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability.

Kevin's stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990's. Since then he's gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.
Jospeh Steig
Jospeh Steig | NCIIA
Joseph Steig leads the Venture Well program for the NCIIA. He has twenty years experience as an advisor and CFO to entrepreneurial companies and non-profits. He also advises Long River Ventures, a regional venture capital firm, in the role of consulting CFO. He grew up in Vancouver, Canada and graduated with a BA from Hampshire College.
Tara Sulewski
Tara Sulewski | Pennsylvania State University
Tara Sulewski completed both her B.S. Mechanical Engineering with Honors and Minor in Bio Engineering (May 2008), and her M.S. Mechanical Engineering (December 2010) at Penn State. She is currently an Instructor of Introduction to Engineering Design and will be starting her PhD in ME, specializing in mechatronics with application to sustainable design, appropriate technologies, and international development. She is involved in the Mashavu Networked Health Systems project as a member of the Systemic Assessment Team and earned the 2010 Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE). Tara traveled to Kenya with the Mashavu project in May-June 2010 and 2011.