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Lee Davis

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Lee Davis is a Scholar-in-Residence in the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He is Co-Founder and from 1997-2013 served as co-CEO of NESsT, a pioneer in supporting social enterprises designed to solve critical social problems. Since 1997, NESsT has seeded and incubated over 3,500 social businesses across Eastern Europe and Latin America, and was a 2004 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Lee started his career as a designer with firms in New York, Connecticut and Japan, and was the first in-house designer for the international development agency CARE. He holds an MA in Policy Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, a BA from Connecticut College, and was a 1988-89 recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to undertake a year-long comparative ethnology of design in Japan and Switzerland.