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.

Akshit Modi

Akshit says: “Have you heard of the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”. Well, I try to live by this quote as much as possible. My transition from being a rote learner to understanding things and now doing everything practically has helped me evolve my perspective towards life. I love taking up challenges and solving complex problems and being a part of the DFA community has enabled me to do so. By being involved in social initiatives by the DFA has inspired me to bring about positive change in society and empower others to do the same. On a side note, I am a huge fan of playing Sudoku and Solitaire.” Akshit manages the budget and operations for NYU DFA.

Bruna Vasques

Bruna is a Master’s student in the Management of Technology program at NYU, who’s passionate about user experience and social impact. Originally from Brazil, much of her work has been in marketing, customer success, data analysis, and designing service processes. She coordinates projects for DFA and is working on pursuing a career as Product Manager. Other interests include urban art, films, and eco-friendly solutions to our modern world. 

Gabriela Caballero

Gabriela is a second-year MoT Master student at NYU. She is passionate about technology and how it can be used to help society. Gabriela is an international student from Argentina, most of her work has been related to coding, and leading technical teams to achieve new solutions and she will be in charge of communication channels for DFA.


Valeriya Gorelova

Valeriya is a Master’s of Management of Technology student at NYU. She is passionate about human-centered design and technology. Valeriya wants to use the design thinking method to make social impact and to work on solving complex problems. In addition to DT, she is passionate about yoga and traveling. Valeriya is in charge of building internal NYU relations and external DFA networks as well as event planning.