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Kofi Taha

Director

Kofi is an equity-minded facilitator, community organizer, program administrator and fundraiser with over 20 years of professional experience.

He served as the Associate Director of MIT D-Lab where he focused on partnering with communities to develop, implement and evaluate asset-based, community-driven design practices. He has co-facilitated village-level technology design workshops in Uganda and Haiti, helped new enterprises commercialize social impact products in Ghana and Tanzania, provided support to local innovation centers in Brazil, Colombia, and India, and helped lead the International Development Innovation Network, a global community of 1,000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, researchers, and educators.

As part of the Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship program at Olin College of Engineering, he collaborates with local partners to implement Shifting Rhythms, an after-school and summer program in rural Mississippi that offers youth ages 9-15 an opportunity to express themselves through hands-on technology, arts and entrepreneurship projects. As part of Equity Meets Design, he supports organizations aiming to close the gap between their espoused and enacted equity values.

Regardless of geography or whether technology is a focus, what drives his facilitation work is a commitment to improving the use of inclusive practices that can lead to more equitable outcomes in historically excluded communities. Standing on the sacrifices of many ancestors, he studied political economy at Columbia University, urban planning at MIT, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.