2019 Professors


Young Women Leadership: The Art & Science of Policy Advocacy 

Georgiana holds an MPhil degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Trust, and an MA degree in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Leeds where she also completed her BA. Her interests lie primarily in responses to gross human rights violations. She spent the last years researching this subject, as well as interning at the International Criminal Court and the European Union External Action Service. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality and as a Women Deliver Young Leader alumna and a member of the Association for Liberty and Gender Equality (Romania) she has gained experience in policy advocacy for women’s rights. Georgiana also has experience in project writing & management, as well as teaching diverse groups of young people in both formal and informal settings. 

Georgiana taught a course that focuses on policy advocacy, skills development and confidence building. This course included a political component where students were expected to understand the political in our everyday life, identify a problem, find a solution, and advocate for change. The course drew on the facilitator’s experience as a Women Deliver Young Leader Fellow and her experience in advocating for gender equality. The course focused on several themes including: leadership and advocacy, power mapping, project design and management, creating key messages, identifying allies and building support, fundraising for advocacy, and project monitoring and evaluation. The course aimed to develop students’ communication and presentation skills, critical thinking, and leadership skills. The course allowed students to actually shape the topics of discussion as it will be them that will identify the problems that their community face. 


Design Thinking for the 3rd sector

Kasia is currently head of policy and advocacy at Concord Europe, prior to this she led advocacy work for a Brussels based NGO where she focused on institutional outreach and building strategic alliances. She has a deep knowledge of EU institutions and processes. During her career, she has designed and coordinated several successful public affairs campaigns. Before engaging with NGOs she worked as a corporate lawyer and in the public sector. She holds law and economics degrees from Poland and the USA and a diploma in political psychology from Hungary.

Kasia taught a course titled Design Thinking for the 3rd sector. This course allowed students to develop multidisciplinary skills applying the design thinking methodology during the analysis and problem solving of case studies from the non-profit sector. The design thinking approach is an explicit, human-centric approach which uses creativity to solve complex, unstructured problems, validated by real-world learning. Therefore design thinking tools are well qualified to improve the organisational and societal outcomes of many NGOs. During this course the students looked at how NGOs can use design thinking as a strategic tool to deliver more effective solutions, what are the key dimensions of using such a tool and how does it compare with traditional problem-solving approaches.


An Introduction to Spatial Economics

Samira is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her primary research focuses on topics at the nexus of Development Economics, Economic Geography, Industrial Organisation and Transport Economics. She is further particularly interested in issues of environmental economics, and international trade. Prior to starting at the University of Groningen, Samira Barzin has completed her PhD studies at Imperial College London where she has researched the effects of infrastructure investments on firm dynamics and the distribution of economic activity across and within countries. She also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA (Honours) in Economics and Finance from the University of Aberdeen. Samira will be teaching a course on Spatial Economics which investigates economic problems but furthers add the additional layer of geographical space to the field. Her course will tackle multiple topics including Urbanisation, The Spatial Distribution of Poverty and Slums and Firms and Industries in Cities and in Rural Regions.


Design Thinking

Alisha is a current PhD Researcher at the University of Bath in the UK. She left for Japan at the age of 18 to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Alisha worked in Microsoft Innovation Centre where she was part of the Entrepreneurship Team whereby she supported the Pre-Accelerator Learning Program. After a year of working at the Innovation Centre, Alisha enrolled in MSc in Innovation and Technology Management in the University of Bath and continued to pursue a PhD in Circular Economy Business Models. She is passionate and curious about how we can create significant positive impact via sustainability, circular economy and innovation.

Alisha taught a course in Design Thinking. The course explored Design Thinking – what it means, why it is so popular and how to come up with innovative ideas following this process. The course was designed as a Beginner’s Course with a very hands-on approach. The students had the opportunity to learn about the concept and simultaneously apply the concept. The entire two weeks was be a mix of theory and practice-based learning style. At the end of the two weeks, each team had the opportunity to present their solutions and a winning team will be announced.

Past Professors

Civil Society, Social Groups and Communities

Philippa is a researcher at the London School of Economics. Her PhD looks at civil society actors around disability in present-day Russia. She holds an MSc with Distinction in Social Policy (Research) from the LSE and a BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Oxford. She has previously worked as a researcher at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Policy Lab at the UK Cabinet Office, and in various NGOs based primarily in Russia and the UK. She taught twice with Prowibo, a course on civil society at the African Rural University in Uganda in 2017 and a course titled “Understanding Civil Society” at Karamat Girl’s P.G. College in August 2018. Philippa is also an avid fencer currently on the Great Britain Senior Women‘s Fencing team.
Raise Your Voice

Rachel specialises in communications and English as a Foreign Language, particularly in short-term, intensive programmes.  She has worked with a variety of institutions and corporate clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She obtained a BA with High Distinction in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Management (China) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  She spent fifteen years in business, gaining valuable experience in the finance, energy and non-profit sectors, most notably with Goldman Sachs and the UNHCR, before returning to education. In addition, she has an extensive track record of volunteer work in the UK and Africa. Canadian by birth but a nomad by nature, Rachel has lived in eleven countries on four continents.  Her belief is that education must be exciting and relevant, and this principle is the bedrock of her curriculum design and facilitation style.

Design Thinking

Suzanne is a Foresight Analyst, Mentor, and Educator. Currently, appointed Lab Director of DMRII’s Super Ordinary, which focusses on new technologies and research methods. She is a member of OCAD U’s Digital Futures Office and the Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program. Stein has been an Adjunct Faculty at AHO (Norway), the CFC (Canada), and the Unfinished Business School (virtual).

She comes to OCAD University from SMARTlab in the UK where she was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures. She was formerly a member of Nokia’s Insight & Foresight group, which studied emerging trends and identified new business opportunities created by disruptive technologies and market developments.

Previously at Sapient Corporation, a business and technology consultancy, Suzanne was the Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, where she created and managed this group of diverse social scientists. She was also a Director in the User Experience Group, overseeing Creative development and articulation as well as the Research offerings. Prior to this, she was the Director of Insights and Director of Project Management at X-corporation, a communications and design firm. Suzanne is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and founder of the research company, Everyday Life. She was also the Canadian juror for the UN Taskforce, the World Summit Awards and has held Mentorship positions with the Interactive Project Lab and various advisory boards.