Meet the Social Innovation Fellows’ World-Class Faculty

The faculty for PopTech’s Social Innovation Fellows Program contributes to a unique training program designed to accelerate positive impact. This talented group includes relevant thought leaders in fields that are absolutely critical to success, but rarely “taught”—such as mission clarity, design thinking, social venture and philanthropic capitalization, media relations and community engagement. Their expert advice for social innovators ensures a solid framework for effectiveness and results.

Ken Banks

Ken Banks
Ken is the founder of kiwanja.net, an organization pioneering new applications of mobile technology to effect positive social and environmental change in the developing world.

Michael Duarte

Michael Duarte
Michael is a trainer and consultant for Duarte Design, the largest firm in the world focused solely on presentations – whether they are delivered in person, online or via devices.

Peter Durand

Peter Durand
A designer and facilitator who uses visual learning in collaborative strategy and design situations to accelerate change, Peter is co-founder and creative director of Alphachimp Studio.

Heather Fleming

Heather Fleming
Founder of Catapult Design, Heather Fleming is a designer, engineer, and entrepreneur working to make design and technical capacity accessible to entrepreneurs and organizations working within disadvantaged communities.

Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and the founder of the design lab CommonWise.

Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman
A co-founder of Ushahidi and a 2008 PopTech Fellow, Erik is an innovator, technologist, and blogger focused on advancing the use of technology as an empowerment tool in the developing world.

Chloe Holderness

Chloe Holderness
Chloe is managing director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, helping find experienced lawyers to provide first class legal advice to social entrepreneurs/innovators on a pro bono basis.

Jim Koch

Jim Koch
Founding Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Global Social Benefit Incubator, Jim empowers social entrepreneurs to overcome barriers to scale and impact.


Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe
Since 2011, Robert has been Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering of The University of Texas at Austin.

Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips
Susan is Vice President of Human Capital at Omidyar Network, working directly with for-profit and nonprofit social entrepreneurs on organizational and marketing issues.

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr
Director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, Kevin helps the brightest social entrepreneurs maximize the impact of their ventures in the developing world.

Grant Tudor

Grant Tudor
A strategist at Ogilvy & Mather, Grant connects brands to underrepresented populations, exploring the power of marketing to effect social change.