Anne-Laure Fayard is Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and affiliate faculty in the Department of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. She is passionate about human-centred design and design thinking (which she researches, teaches and practices) and social innovation. Her other research interests include:collaboration, communication, culture, space and open innovation.

Chloe Marten

Chloe is technologist studying the ethics of data science and the social implications of an AI future. Her research at Gallatin focuses on the challenges data scientists and engineers face when developing machine learning systems in commercial organizations and how they approach, if at all, algorithmic, developer and data bias. Chloe leads recruitment for DFA, assembling and developing new teams for our community projects.

Priyanka Vora

Priyanka Vora is an an award-winning reporter and M.A. candidate for digital journalism innovation at NYU. Her health reporting in rural areas of India and Africa has won awards from the International Center for Journalists and the Mumbai Press Club. She was a Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. Vora is interested in the interaction of new technology and social values, and after New York University she plans to develop digital strategies to help news publications improve audience engagement. She is currently interning with the Financial Times. She manages communication at DFA-NYU and hosts the Design Thinking Roundtable podcast.

Brittney is a Master’s student in Tandon’s Integrated Digital Media program. Much of her work has been informed by her interests in UI/UX design, human-computer interaction for development or HCI4D, information and communication technologies for development or ICTD, gameful technologies, and social impact. She oversees recruitment and marketing at DFA and hopes to streamline event planning and logistics. When she’s not reading up on the latest UX trends, Brittney spends her time ruminating about her identities as both a cat and dog person.


Wenlu Xu is a Master’s student of the Management of Technology program at NYU Tandon.  Xu is a design thinking enthusiast who manages the daily operations of DFA-NYU along with maintaining the website. Xu is interested in combining human-centered design and technology. Xu has a passion for using the Design Thinking method to make a social impact and to work on improving the benefit of society. Growing up in China and now living in New York, Xu is ambitious to explore the multiple aspects of history and economies globally. After graduation, Xu is planning to pursue a career as a Business Analyst and maintain a lifelong relationship with Design Thinking.