DesignTalks 2023 - Natsai Audrey Chieza, founder and CEO at Faber Futures

February 28th, 2023
Natsai Audrey Chieza

Natsai Audrey Chieza, founder and CEO at Faber Futures, will be speaking at DesignTalks 2023 in Harpa on Wednesday 3rd May.

A more integrated approach to designing biology requires us to ask more nuanced questions at the outset. Not what will people buy, but: What if we put communities rather than commodities first? Could distributed biotechnology enable people to find local solutions to local problems?

Natsai Audrey Chieza

Natsai Audrey Chieza is founder and CEO at Faber Futures. She is a leading thinker on the transformative role design can play in the equitable development of consumer biotechnology. 

With over ten years of experience co-developing multi-sector innovation strategies and shaping policy with global institutions, she leads a dynamic team that translates value and transforms systems across education, design, life science and manufacturing industries.

Over a decade of experimentation, Chieza established novel design-driven processes and for bacteria textile colouration, which have been exhibited internationally, including at Ars Electronica, Design Museum, Pompidou Centre, Vitra Design Museum and the Science Gallery Dublin. Chieza is a member of the current session of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Synthetic Biology, contributing to the industry's roadmap for a world changed by COVID-19. A TED speaker, Chieza has given talks on transdisciplinary innovation, including at Design Indaba, SxSW, BoF, and Dezeen Day, and has taught on biodesign programmes at Central Saint Martins in London and the Bartlett School of Architecture. She was awarded the INDEX award in 2019 and is named on ICON Design 100 2019, Evening Standard Progress 1000 2019, It's Nice That Ones to Watch 2019, and OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2018.

DesignTalks 2023 will take place in Harpa on the 3rd of May and is curated by Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir. 

This year’s theme is What now? and the event will tackle this question, explore and showcase some answers and alternatives, discuss current challenges for designers and architects and, if successful, raise even more questions!

DesignTalks addresses the challenges the world is facing and highlights the importance of design and architecture in societal and global change, with talks about impactful projects and inspiring conversations. Designers, architects and creative thinkers, international and local, provide insight into pressing issues with passion. Nothing is off limits. 

February 28th, 2023


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