About this Speaker
Tanya Popeau is the Director of Synthesis. She has worked with the world’s leading corporates, non-profits, development agencies and academic institutions to design breakthrough innovations to global challenges.
Her projects have covered a range of global issues including urban poverty, disaster risk management, governance, youth unemployment, energy efficiency, gender-based violence, sustainable development and education.
Tanya is also a consultant and advisor to the United Nations. She has worked for the UN’s largest agency and was at the forefront of their shift to a strategic focus on innovation. She implemented this new approach across 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific, overseeing the development of the first ever innovation fund in the region. She was the lead consultant on the fund, which generated projects which tackled challenges from natural disasters to women’s economic empowerment.
Tanya studied at Cambridge university and Kings College London. Her studies have focused on innovation in international development, and the use of new emerging technologies (3D printing, Virtual & Augmented reality) to bring about positive social impact.