My name is Sarah Fathallah (pronounced sārah fatḥ allāh), otherwise known as سارة فتح الله or ⵙⴰⵔⴰ ⴼⵜⵃⴰⵍⵍⴰⵃ
My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

I live in Oakland, which sits in the territory of Huchiun, a territory that I acknowledge is a part of the unceded land of the Lisjan Ohlone people.

I am a freelance social designer and researcher, who specializes in applying community- and human-centered design to local and global development. I have worked on projects of all sizes with non-profits, governments, and social enterprises, on topics ranging from civil and human rights, to healthcare and education, financial inclusion and consumer protection, and media development. My clients have included the World Bank, the International Rescue Committee, Open Society Foundations, and Population Services International, to name a few. My design work has been honored by the Core77 Design Awards, the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), ONE Prize, and the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge.

In my spare time, you will find me volunteering as a teacher, a translator, or a crisis mapper. Most recently, I co-founded Design Gigs for Good, a job board listing opportunities at the intersection of design and social impact. I am a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, where I studied International Business and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Affairs. I also studied design innovation at the Paris Est, User Experience design at General Assembly, and participatory design at MIT.

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Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, the United States.


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I'm interested in opportunities to contribute to social impact efforts through work engagements, speaking, teaching, or writing. Email me, or find me on TwitterMediumLinkedIn, or Women Talk Design.