Sawsan Khuri

Kaleider Resident

I run team training and innovation workshops that are fun, fruitful and focused.

I started out on the lab bench in the biological sciences, with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Reading and a PhD from the University of London. Early on in my career, I took a sideways leap into the computational sciences, and from there into leadership roles at the University of Miami (UM), where I became the first Director of Engagement for UM’s Center for Computational Sciences. In this capacity, I had great fun working with scientists, engineers, artists, architects, journalists, and colleagues in the humanities, breaking down disciplinary barriers, enhancing collaboration and catalyzing innovation.

My work has always reached outside academia and into the business and the not-for-profit worlds. While still a young upstart, I developed an international project with the World Conservation Union and the EU on cedar tree conservation around the Mediterranean region. I am an active member of the team science community in the US, and co-wrote the first Team Science Glossary. With a systems thinking approach, I teamed up with the start-up tech industry in Miami, with USA Girl Scouts, and local schools to encourage girls into STEM careers with events such as Women in Tech Careers (2015) and the She Innovates Tech conference (2016). I won the SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award in 2014, and am featured in the Super Cool Scientists Coloring Book (Sara MacSorely, 2017).

I am now a freelance consultant building teams for innovation. I am affiliated to the University of Exeter Medical School, and am proud to be a Kaleiderista.

I have lived, worked and made friends in the UK, the US, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, where I am from originally. I am a native bilingual in English and Arabic, and comfortable in French and Spanish. Years ago I learnt some Dutch and some Greek, and random phrases make miraculous returns when I visit those countries. I am a married working mum, enjoy traveling, global culinary and cultural traditions, and Inspector Morse repeats.