Executive director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
Sarah Stein Greenberg is the executive director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University. Since 2010 she has helped lead the d.school, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford that nurtures innovators and spreads design thinking. 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 Stein Greenberg likes to experiment at the intersection of design thinking and social impact. She has co-taught the d.school’s foundational class Design Thinking Bootcamp, and its high-impact course on design for the developing world, Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability. She developed a course called Design Thinking for Public Policy Innovators, and launched an experimental program featuring short-format “pop-up” classes.
She recently spearheaded the d.school’s exploration of the future of undergraduate learning at Stanford, resulting in innovative and radical ideas about the form and nature of college entitled “Stanford 2025”. She spoke about this project at Wired Magazine’s “Wired by Design” conference. Stein Greenberg holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in History from Oberlin College.