A designer, social innovator, and academic, Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design in challenged urban environments. She was recently among the inaugural class of Innovators in Residence at IDEO.org, a nonprofit IDEO spinoff dedicated to global poverty reduction through design and innovation. Previously, Ogbu was a design director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit mobilizing designers to create social change. She lectures widely as a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, and her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards. Ogbu holds architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.