LEADERSHIP TEAM

BANNY BANERJEE

Founder & Director


Banny Banerjee is a world expert in design and innovation with over 20 years of industry and academic experience. Having worked at IDEO, the foremost global design and innovation firm, for over 9 years, creating novel experiences, crafting futures, and shaping design strategy projects across a variety of industries around the globe.


As Director of the Stanford Design Program, Banny has been highly influential in creating educational experiences that incorporate design thinking into catalyzing systemic change.  In his newest d.school course, “Collaborating with the Future: Innovating Large-Scale, Sustainable Transformation,” students develop strategic visions for and launch large-scale transformation initiatives with industry partners.

 

As the world faces increasingly complex challenges that require new ways of thinking, working, and collaborating, Banny has focused his academic career on developing radically new processes and toolsets for bringing about large-scale, sustainable impact.  To put theory into practice, he founded Stanford ChangeLabs which applies and advances theory through industry projects and inter-departmental collaborations in the areas of behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art.

 

Originally trained as an architect, Banny started his career in India in architecture and structural engineering, building adobe housing for the rural poor and low embodied energy systems. He then went on to receive graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Design, where his interests in digital and physical experiences led him to Xerox PARC working on ambient media and physical computing.

 

Eager to make discoveries at the intersection of fields, Banny has worked across a broad range of disciplines -- architecture, energy analysis, software design, structural engineering, industrial design, design strategy, MEMs applications, nanotechnology, furniture design, object semiotics, low-cost structural systems, sustainable design, appropriate technology for developing economies,  organizational transformation, and technology strategy and art.

 

Banny is a sought out speaker world-wide on large-scale transformation, innovation, design thinking, co-creation, the dynamics of rapid change, sustainble design, and technology futures.


JACQUELINE DEL CASTILLO

Manager & Strategist

 

Jacqueline is committed to transforming lives.  Prior to joining ChangeLabs, she was the Marketing & Design Officer at Design Revolution, a nonprofit technology incubator designing affordable, world-class medical devices for low-resource settings world-wide.  In her role there, she spent significant time in Indian public hospitals conducting ethnography for a newborn health innovation.  Prior to D-Rev, she was involved in several, large-scale corporate transformation efforts, including being involved in establishing The Center for Leadership and Transformation at Santa Clara County with change expert Behnam Tabrizi.  Her passion for transforming lives originally ignited during the Stanford Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course where she designed a safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cook stove for Burmese women.

 

Jackie received her MS (08') and BS (06') from Stanford in Management Science & Engineering.  During her graduate years, she conducted research on organizational change, contributing to a book, “Rapid Transformation: A 90-Day Plan for Fast and Effective Change,” and spent a year at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“d.school”) learning the design thinking methodology.  Since her time at the d.school, she has taught design thinking in varying capacities outside Stanford, including facilitating MBA teams in generating viable business recommendations at Haas School of Business and conducting workshops for social change organizations, such as Nuru International and Embrace.  Most recently, she has trained 210+ Santa Clara County mid-level managers from over 10 departments in the innovation process.  Previously, Jacqueline worked on a user engagement strategy for Firefox, on the user experience design of Internet Explorer, and on a global expansion strategy for Michael Parkes -- foremost artist in magic realism.


JASON BADE

Design for Change in Behavior (dΔb) Initiative

 

Jason Bade has always been committed to issues of sustainability and improving the interactions between people and the natural world. At ChangeLabsJason heads the Design for Change in Behavior (dΔb) Initiative with Banny Banerjee, integrating human behavior and design thinking into an applicable framework for system-wide change. His most recent projects have focused on energy behavior, including utility-wide efficiency programs and house design. 
 
Jason will receive his B.A. from Stanford in Public Policy ('13), focusing on behavioral economics. His other academic interests include GDP alternatives, well-being economics, and impact investing. In addition to his work at ChangeLabs, Jason is actively involved in developing improved and alternative project financing models for clean energy.

Jason has been an advocate for sustainability since high school, when, among other accomplishments, he led a three-year campaign to convert the six schools in his area to solar power. An active member of his hometown community, Jason sits on the board of Sustainable San Mateo County and was the inaugural vice chair of the City of Foster City (Calif.) Environmental Sustainability Task Force.