Natsai Audrey Chieza
Founder and CEO, Faber Futures
Natsai Audrey Chieza is founder and CEO at Faber Futures. She is a leading thinker on the transformative role design can play in the equitable development of consumer biotechnology. With more than 10 years’ experience co-developing multi-sector innovation strategies and shaping policy with global institutions, she leads a dynamic team that translates value and transforms systems across education, and the design, life sciences, and manufacturing industries.
Through years of experimentation, Chieza established novel design-driven processes for bacteria textile coloration, which have been exhibited internationally, including at Ars Electronica, Design Museum, Centre Pompidou, Vitra Design Museum, and the Science Gallery Dublin. Chieza is a member of the current session of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Synthetic Biology, contributing to the industry’s roadmap for a world changed by COVID-19.
A TED speaker, Chieza has given talks on transdisciplinary innovation, including at Design Indaba, SXSW, the Business of Fashion, and Dezeen Day. She has taught in biodesign programs at Central Saint Martins in London and the Bartlett School of Architecture. She was awarded the INDEX award in 2019 and named on the ICON Design 100, Evening Standard Progress 1000, It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch, and in 2018, to OkayAfrica’s 100 Women.