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Chelina Odbert
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)

Chelina Odbert is Co-founder and Executive Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), a non-profit design practice that partners with communities of extreme poverty to improve physical, economic, and social quality of life through low-cost, high-impact design interventions. Since 2006, she has worked with community members in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi to design and implement a network of "Productive Public Spaces" — open spaces that link physical upgrading to micro-enterprise and community development. The Productive Public Space Network has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers and has won numerous awards including Van Alen Institutes' New York Prize for Public Architecture. Chelina has replicated the Productive Public Space process in Haiti, Ghana and the United States. She holds a BA from Claremont Mckenna College, where she graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors; and received her Masters of Urban Planning from Harvard University. She has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally on KDI's innovative approach to sustainable planning, and written about it for Forbes Magazine and in the forthcoming book, NOW Urbanism. In 2012, she was named by American Express as one of 15 Global Emerging Social Innovators.

Last updated: 19-Feb-2015 04:53 PM
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