Sally Madsen is a designer, project leader, and a leading thinker in social innovation at IDEO. Her work focuses on creating impact at scale—spanning across the realms of education, energy, social enterprise, and design for emerging markets. She brings a holistic view to innovation in products, services, and systems. She’s also a collaborator and design coach at IDEO.org.
In 2003 she founded Cosmos Ignite Innovations, a start-up based in India that provides solar-powered lights as a replacement for kerosene. She holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, and is a lecturer at the Stanford d.school. Sally is a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program.
Outside of work Sally spends much of her time indulging in craft. She’s an avid sailor, with a busy racing schedule in the San Francisco Bay. And she’s an enthusiastic globetrotter, traveling with open eyes (and open mouth) and a camera around her neck, immersing herself in the experience.
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