Ella is the Course Leader for the MA Design for Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures at London College of Communication. Ella is also a research resident at the V&A looking at the strategic role of design thinking inside cultural and educational institutions. As part of this work she established the Collective Design School where she is experimenting with models of collectivism inside formal and informal design learning.
Prior to this Ella worked with Tec de Monterrey in Mexico establishing a social innovation lab between communities in Querétaro and the school of architecture and design. She developed and launched two social enterprises with the students: one looking to improve conditions for artisans living and working in rural Mexico; and one looking at democratising art and design education for people who could not afford a university education.
In the UK Ella has led the Knee High Design Challenge with the Design Council, working in collaboration with Southwark and Lambeth Councils on system reform to tackle health inequalities for young children and their families. She was also asocial design consultant with thinkpublic where she led public service re-design programmes within local authorities, charities and the NHS. Ella has also worked across the world with the British Council, supporting the development of productive networks for young creative innovators.
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