Sarah Fathallah
Social Designer and Researcher

Sarah is a designer and researcher with 9 years of experience applying human-centered design to local and global development, on topics ranging from agriculture to financial inclusion. She has provided design research and strategy, human-centered design workshop facilitation and trainings, and user experience and service design services to organizations including Proximity Designs, the World Bank, and Open Society Foundations, to name a few. Sarah’s design work has been honored by the Core77 Design Awards and the International Design Excellence Awards, among others. Her concept for a new Android interface targeting resource-poor women in emerging markets was awarded Grand Prize by the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge and featured at Mobile World Congress 2013.

Aside from being a design practitioner, Sarah is also a design educator. She has served as a design coach for student teams taking various courses at Stanford University’s d.school courses, guest lectured at Lab@OPM’s Summer Design School, Northwestern University’s San Francisco campus, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Paris Est d.school, on a variety of topics ranging from conducting qualitative design research to planning for rapid prototyping. Sarah is also currently a visiting faculty at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Additionally, her work with social sector practitioners involves a fair amount of capacity building, where she is responsible for introducing the design process to professionals who are typically new to design, and coaching them through the process of applying it in their programming.