Kristen Schlott is a Creative Lead at Dalberg Design. Based in Nairobi, she has worked for non-profit, for-profit, and multilateral clients to bring human-centered design to the international development field in sectors including agriculture, finance, and youth unemployment. Kristen has made significant contributions to the growth of Dalberg Design’s Nairobi-based practice; sourcing talent and developing internal initiatives to explore new applications of human-centered design for local markets.
Kristen’s recent project work has focused on designing and leading product and service innovation projects in rural markets, from inception to market delivery. She made significant contributions to DigiFarm, a service that gives farmers advice, lets them buy seeds and fertilizer, and provides loans, all from a simple feature phone. In addition to product and services innovation, Kristen has led several organizational change initiatives, working with foundations and private companies to diagnose challenges and design interventions to drive more effective, organization-wide learning and innovation processes.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Kristen developed a San Francisco Bay Area-based practice in digital product design, where she worked with tech start-ups and non-profits including Architecture for Humanity and the Internet Archive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.