Co-Director, Peace Innovation Lab, Stanford University
A behavior designer, social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include being the first director of Astia, a technology incubator for women entrepreneurs where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. She is a behavior designer and researcher at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and co-directed the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab where she conducted research on innovation, mass collaboration, persuasive technology & the potential of social networks to change society for the better. Her projects have included the study of collaboration and citizen engagement to foster government innovation – Manor Labs, bottoms-up post-disaster response and recovery – Relief 2.0 and advisory roles in citizen psy-op efforts such as the the Israel Loves Iran and Romancing the Border social media campaigns. She was also a member of the working group for the Stanford/Naval Postgraduate School/US Army Governance Innovation for Security and Development research project.
She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of innovation, emergent social behavior and technology and has been part of Deloitte’s On Social Roundtable and Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Open Innovation and Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology.
This workshop uses a fluid dialogue to identify the desired skills, best practices and research questions needed for the future global engineer. Using working models from Stanford, Drexel and Purdue, along with insights from Engineers Without Borders, we will guide participants through the process of how to integrate peace engineering into their own courses or […]