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Nadia Roumani

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative


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Nadia is the Senior Designer of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design’s (the d.school) Designing for Social Systems Program, and the Co-founder of Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative. 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.  At Stanford, Nadia focuses on helping philanthropists and nonprofit leaders become more strategic, creative and effective. 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. 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. 



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 Charitable Foundation; 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 currently serves on the boards of the El Hibri Foundation and KQED.

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