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Deborah Tien

Co-Founder, Block Steward Academy


Deborah Tien works at the intersection of regenerative networks, participatory design, and technology for impact. Her current focus is understanding the question of how humanity can reach higher potential by coordinating better as a species. She was and continues to be inspired by hert 5 years building ecosystems for inclusive innovation in Africa at Twende, a Tanzanian design hub for local-scale innovation, first as Director of Development, then as its first Executive Director. She holds a Masters of Management Science (Public Policy) from Tsinghua University, China, where she studied as a Schwarzman Scholar, and a BA from Wellesley College, US, where she majored in astrophysics.

Updated November 2021