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Sarah Stein Greenberg

Executive director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

Sarah Stein Greenberg helps lead the, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford that nurtures innovators and spreads design thinking.

As Executive Director, Sarah supports a multidisciplinary learning program of about 25 courses that reach more than 500 Stanford graduate students annually, taught by more than 60 experts from the, Stanford faculty and the Silicon Valley community; she also launches and supports new or newly iterated initiatives, including the fellows program (a creative leadership accelerator), a new version of the K-12 Lab focused on innovators changing education, curriculum experiments like “pop-up classes,” and a new project to help university leaders imagine the future of the on-campus experience at Stanford.

Previously, she worked in the innovation practice of Monitor Group in the US and India and advised multinational companies on developing innovation capabilities. Her background includes developing new products and services in a number of emerging markets in Asia and Africa.

In the classroom Sarah has co-taught the’s foundational Design Thinking Bootcamp, and its legendary course on design for the developing world, Design for Extreme Affordability. This year she helped start a new course that aims to spark students’ appetites for disruptive innovation in addressing poverty in the Bay Area.

Sarah holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in History from Oberlin College. She has recently discovered the joys of scuba diving, displaying the embarrassing level of enthusiasm that only an amateur can.