Nadia Roumani is the Director of Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Lab, and the Senior Designer of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design’s (the d.school) Designing for Social Systems Program. She returned to Stanford in 2012 as an inaugural d.school fellow, and in 2014 was named the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow with Stanford PACS.
Ms. Roumani focuses on helping philanthropists and nonprofit leaders become more strategic and creative. She has facilitated design thinking strategy workshops for foundations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the world, including in the Europe, Middle East, North and East Africa, and across North America. She integrates design thinking, systems thinking, and strategic planning to help organizations better scope the challenges they want to address by engaging end users, increasing intra-organizational creativity, and incorporating radical collaboration.
Nadia is a serial social entrepreneur. Over the past two decades she has launched several organizations and initiatives including 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.