Speakers Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel
Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel

As the Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice, Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel teaches design thinking courses for the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Minor and builds Tulane University’s capacity for design thinking education through facilitations, consultations, and training. Before joining Tulane, Dr. Noel was a lecturer and a fellow in the 2018-2019 Ocean Design Teaching Fellowship at the d.school at Stanford University, a cohort of fellows that brought deep experience in design, ocean science and international policy. In her professional practice, she draws on the fields of design, anthropology, business and education to create product development and business strategy with stakeholders. Her research practice is guided by an emancipatory philosophy. She focuses on developing design curriculum for non-traditional audiences and promoting the work of designers outside of Europe and North America. She has exhibited work at design exhibitions in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Brazil, Germany, France and the USA. She has presented peer-reviewed papers at design conferences in the Caribbean, the US, Europe and India.