• The DSIL Course Team

    DSIL is delivered by a bold team spanning the world and supported by a network of advisors.

    Courtney Savie Lawrence

    DSIL Global Co-Founder, DSIL Course Founder // Strategic Advisor


    Courtney Savie Lawrence is based in Southeast Asia where she continues to champion DSIL Global as an impact driven social innovation organization. At DSIL she loves cultivating the network of innovation communities, program advisors and alumni as well as serving as the moderator for the Virtual Classroom. She is Adjunct Faculty at Thammasat University, School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship for leadership and HCD for Social Innovation; as well as the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam for incompany programs. Her research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and human-centered design thinking. Other relevant experience includes launching and scaling the Japan based ‘Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar'; a program that included fieldwork with students from more than 40 countries to India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise in 2011, she worked with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area and has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She is a Rotary Scholar and holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies; see more at the d.hive.

    Katy Grennier

    DSIL Global Co-founder​ // Chief Education Architect


    Katy has spent her successful career exploring how to co-create learning experiences that help people integrated that learning into their everyday actions and develop the mindset needed to mold it to their context. Out of the 15+ progressive programs she has designed with diverse teams- design thinking has always been at the center including the DSIL Course.After her masters graduate at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, a Rotary Peace Fellowship, and becoming a Berkeley Executive Coach- her latest adventure lands her in discovering the ropes of social enterprise as a co-founder of DSIL Global. She continues to experiment with meaningful ways to build capacity for social impact in South East Asia that incorporates all sectors. See more at katygrennier.com

    Mohit Mukherjee

    DSIL Program Advisor // Centre for Executive Education Founder 


    Mohit Mukherjee is the Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education as well as a faculty member at UPEACE. Prior to this position, he served for four years as Education Programme Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. He also spent three years in the private sector, at A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm based in USA, and three years as an educator in Ecuador. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, also taking two courses at Harvard Business School on how to start up, manage, and grow social enterprises. Mohit’s two young daughters remind him daily of the creative potential that we all have.

    I Putu Wiraguna

    DSIL Country Lead // Indonesia

    Co-founder Wirausaha Bali


    Wira is a young Balinese community leader, social innovator, entrepreneur, and public speaker who has a strong passion to share Balinese culture with the world, to work with young people, and to foster ties between Westerners and the Balinese. As co-founder of Wirausaha Bali, he has developed the organization's Five Pillar framework for community development, collaborates with the local community to design and develop conscious travel programs known as In The Life of West Bali, and organizes monthly Positif Talks to foster relationship building and dialogue within the local community of West Bali. Wira is currently involved in developing a community tourism project designed to help position local Balinese farmers to better protect their culture and environment. Wira is currently a member of JCI and the Indonesian young entrepreneurs Association, where he currently serves as the president of the Jembrana (West Bali) chapter.

    Alan James

    DSIL Country Support // Indonesia

    Co-founder Wirausaha Bali


    Alan is an American leadership development specialist, organizational and personal development consultant, visionary, curator of the possible, educator, and concerned global citizen based out of Southeast Asia. He thrives in enabling individuals and communities to come together to unleash new imaginative possibilities addressing commonly held concerns. As a co-founder of Wirausaha Bali, Alan develops educational experiences emphasizing leadership, intercultural dialogue, and service learning for both international visitors and the local community. Alan earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies in 2015 from University of San Diego’s School of Leadership & Education Sciences, where he concentrated his studies in adult learning and leadership education. He is a member of the International Leadership Association, Singapore Training and Development Association (STADA), and World Café community.

    Kimhoun Ham

    DSIL Country Lead // Cambodia

    Founding Director Koonsoor Kampuchea

    Kim houn is the training director and founder of Koonsoor Kampuchea. He has been the driving force behind the diverse groups and individuals who have attended the workshops. His experience and expertise demonstrates the abilities and patience he has to work with a spectrum of different cultures, religious organizations and social status from the disadvantaged to government and affluent individuals. His passion and specialization in delivering training using creative art techniques, fosters a comfortable, safe and positive learning environment for participants at all levels. His unique and sought after skills, enables the training facilitators to conduct classes in both professional and respectful environments, which are in accordance with the World Vision Cambodia’s mission and values. Since 2008, he has been training people from subordinate to management levels with both local and international organizations such as ICC, Chab Dai Coalition, World Vision, Hagar International, Samaritan’s Purse. Other business sectors include, Chicky Monkey, Join & Coin Cooperation Co., Ltd, KREDIT MFI Plc and Tboung Khmom Provincial Training Center. He is currently in negotiations with registered training organization in Australia, to obtain further qualifications. He is also a Local Representative Coordinator of Training Institute, Libre Foundation.

    Moh Sudprasert

    DSIL Country Support // Thailand


    Moh is a student of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship at Thammasat university who has a passion for Human Rights issues. Moh has been working on Shero which is a project that aims to eliminate domestic violence by creating a network for victims to speak up more about the issue and turn into advocators themselves. Moh is also a journalist for the School of Global Studies creating media about social issues, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Moh is having fun exploring the world while leaving sparkles everywhere she goes.

    Vanezza 'Zaza' Zabert

    DSIL Country Lead // Philippines

    GK Europe Director; Lecturer, HEC Paris


    Vanezza ‘Zaza’ Zabert is the Europe Director of Philippines based Gawad Kalinga, an internationally recognised Asian model and NGO for inclusive and sustainable development, where she oversees the academic and corporate partnerships. Zaza guest teaches at leading business schools in France, including HEC Paris. Based in London, she spends half of the year in the Southeast Asian region and has focused the last 10 years on her passion and research interest in inclusive development. She is committed to the need of diversifying inclusive development approaches by exploring the Philippine development thought, with the aim to expand Southeast Asian perspectives in European academia. Zaza holds a Master’s degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and is an alumni from the Global Institute for tomorrow, an independent think tank providing executive education from an Asian worldview. As a half Filipina/German, with an upbringing in both contrasting countries, Zaza was exposed to a cross-cultural environment from a young age and remains in love with backpack traveling.

    Karl Satinitigan

    DSIL Country Support // Philippines

    Karl Satinitigan is the Director for Programs at the Office of Senator Bam Aquino where he leads the service design team for the Philippine Senate Committees on Trade, and Youth. These programs include small business development, social entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment. Prior to this he was the New Initiatives Coordinator for Gawad Kalinga where he designed programs for its social enterprise incubator called the GK Enchanted Farm. He is a graduate from Ateneo de Manila in BS Legal Management and was elected as President of the student body by his peers. Since 2006, he has designed, facilitated, and spoken for trainings and activities in the Philippines, Taiwan, France, Austria, and the UNDP Regional Innovation Summit for Asia and the Pacific in Thailand, for topics such as design thinking, youth leadership, organization development, and social entrepreneurship. His exposure to both government and private sector work, as well as previous civil society work, fuel his passion to build more innovation labs and collaborative spaces.

    Vid Micevic

    DSIL Curriculum Design Team // Fulbright Scholar Thailand


    Vid Micevic is a Fulbright English Teaching scholar based in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Outside of the classroom, Vid teaches students design thinking pedagogy to empower his students to create sustainable solutions in their communities. Besides teaching, Vid is a Co-Founder and Sustainability Director of 33 Buckets which is social enterprise that tackles the global clean water crisis through an innovative micro-franchise water distribution process. He finished his studies as a Sustainable Engineer from Arizona State University which has led him to view the world from a systems thinking lens. During his time at university, Vid was the Director of Changemaker Central which is a 60 person leadership team to advance ASU’s mission to catalyze student-driven social change and service learning experiences. Vid also spent time in South Africa as a Global Impact Fellow consulting NGO’s and nonprofits in Johannesburg.

    Toan Dang

    DSIL Curriculum Design Team // Thailand


    Toan is focused on creating a world where education and work help people to live more meaningful lives. Using his diverse background in internet marketing, startups, political marketing, and human resources, he takes a different perspective towards developing new education programs and ecosystems for the 21st century. Toan spends his time working with organizations such as UNESCO Asia-Pacific in the areas of education policy, innovation and technology, EdTech Asia in growing the education technology ecosystem, and is also a Masters in Human Resources student at Mahidol University

    Alexander Schoemann

    2017 DSIL Impact Evaluation Program Consultant // Social Entrepreneur

    Founder, Yugo Fund; Deloitte Consultant

    Alex is the founder of Yugo Fund, a service that promotes the work of vetted and highly transparent social organizations. Alex is from Calgary, Alberta and attended the University of Notre Dame. His work with Yugo combines a background in financial auditing with human centered approaches to measuring impact for not-for-profits and social enterprises. In his spare time Alex enjoys hiking, cooking, and a good book.

    Stephanie Rivera

    2017 DSIL Finance Program Consultant //


    Stephanie is a business designer, working at the intersection of finance and social enterprises with companies internationally. She works on financial analysis and strategy and tests the viability of new business activities with the DSIL team. Stephanie is also an entrepreneur, leading the design of a hormone tracking mobile application for women & transgender individuals. Prior, she worked in venture capital in Bogota, Colombia with Polymath Ventures, supporting the design of businesses for emerging markets. She also spent 3+ years at J.P. Morgan and BofA Merrill Lynch in investment banking. Stephanie earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology with dual honors at The University of Chicago. She is fluent in English, Spanish and partially fluent in Portuguese and is in the process of formalizing her education in UX design.

    Natalie Ortiz Villalobos

    DSIL Program Advisor// Myanmar Based Design Consultant


    Natalie runs Pomelo, a social Enterprise in Myanmar which trains Myanmar artisans, disadvantaged groups and small businesses to design, develop and sell quality locally made handicrafts for a fair wage. Prior to Pomelo, Natalie worked in Human Centred Design projects for several organizations in Myanmar, including Proximity Designs. She has spent two years in London and Paris working for different social projects in particular La Ruche Qui Dit Oui and Ouishare. Amongst others, her publications have featured in The Design Management Institute, the Netherlands Institute of Design and Makeshift Magazine. Natalie holds an MSc. (Distinction) in International Business and Management for Design from Salford University (UK) and Euromed Management (France) where she specialized in service design and social innovation. She is also a graduate of Universidad Veritas Costa Rica where she studied graphic design. Natalie loves taking time and a deep breath to do yoga, dive and enjoy good food.


    Mansi Kakkar

    DSIL Program Advisor//

    Problem Solver, Innovation Lab, TLAB of Tipping Point Community


    Born in Northern India, Mansi grew up to see poverty all around her and a passion to be a social innovator brought her to the US. She is currently working as a Problem Solver for an Innovation Lab, TLAB of Tipping Point Community that uses Human Centered Design to alleviate poverty in the Bay Area. Her current enterprise, The Parent Well delivers Mindfulness Based Stress Management classes for parents and children in East Oakland to counter the effects of traumatic/toxic stress. She has consulted for Impact Hub's on its business development initiatives and is herself a UN Mandated UPEACE Fellow of DSIL. Prior to coming to the US, Mansi worked as a Brand Manager and Communication Designer. She has also worked as an assistant director for film and television and had a small stint in advertising after earning her Bachelors in Mass Media. A creative empath, Mansi uses the tools of entrepreneurship and design thinking and is driven by the belief that a few determined, unreasonable and authentic people is all it takes to reach the Tipping Point for change. Mansi loves telling powerful stories and thrives on laughter.

    Viria Vichit-Vadakan  

    DSIL Program Advisor// Impact Director of G-Lab

    School of Global Studies, Thammasat University


    Viria Vichit-Vadakan currently works as a Impact Director for the GLab, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University. Viria graduated from Stanford University and worked as a Teaching Assistant for Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurship class for 2 years. Viria was awarded the Deans’ Award for Academic Accomplishment for her strong leadership commitment to public service. She worked for IDEO.org as a Community Manager, managing its social impact platform, designed and implemented workshops for MBA graduates and representatives from foundations interested in using design thinking methodology to tackle poverty related challenges in developing countries. After IDEO.org, she joined Ashoka Thailand and spearheaded the efforts to support Universities in Thailand with social entrepreneurship education. Viria established the Ashoka Thailand partnership with Thammasat University where she currently works to help create a social entrepreneurship campuswide ecosystem through the GLab.

    Jack Greig

    DSIL Program Advisor// Educator


    Jack Greig is a teacher, learner and facilitator exploring the practice of human-centred design in education and the public sector. Currently a Teach For Australia Associate in Melbourne, he is passionate about bringing people together through purpose, connecting with diverse communities and building spaces for cross-cultural collaboration and learning. Prior to teaching, Jack led social innovation initiatives in language and youth engagement and worked in Government international trade and strategy roles. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the Australian National University and is currently completing further graduate studies in education. He is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and an alumnus of DSIL. Jack is happiest making and sharing those new experiences that teach us more about our big world.