About Us

Ideation Worldwide is founded by a team of young professionals and top-notch university students, who share a real passion for helping non-profits make profound and sustainable social impact via solving long-standing international development challenges. We are systematic thinkers and creative practicers, who recognize the need for new integrated ways of turning ideas into action. We understand that policy changes and welfare model cannot provide the ultimate solutions to the most pressing problems around the world. While experience from design thinking, lean startup, rights-based approach, and modern management practice inspires us a new path forward in today digitalized and rapidly-changing world.

We are young designers, architects, policy makers, engineers, and economists – who are determined to change the perception of international development and non-profits with multi-disciplinary high-performance social innovation. We believe that, in order to eradicate poverty, disease, and human rights abuse from the world, our generation must bring in fresh information, respectful perspective and engage with people in fields. In that way, we can drive the positive changes in this world.


Our Team

As Managing Director, Luna drives the vision, strategy and innovation methodology for Ideation. She also heads up daily operations and cross-group collaboration. As an award-winning designer and a goal management evangelist, she is passionate about helping nonprofits operate efficiently and innovate autonomously. Her work won awards including International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), Young Innovator Award at CHIMEHACK, Best Experience Award at US Citi Mobile Challenge and Red Dot Design Award. She is also a KPCB design fellow, O'Reilly Solid Fellow and Andrew's Roadmaps Scholar. As Chinese Youth Leader, she attended the 7th United Nations Youth Assembly.

Luna Chen

Managing

Director

As program director, Joany is in economics and business major in Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, she was an exchange student at the University of California, San Diego. She has deferred a year of her study to work full-time in scaling up the teacher training program in Kenya. She is keen on exploring a truly sustainable model into co-creating the international development with local communities. Before joining Ideation Worldwide, she has worked on micro-enterprise programs at the International Rescue Committee, tax assistance for low-income population at the Internal Revenue Service in California, and human resources and administration at Bosch Thermotechnology Co., LTD in Beijing.

As program director, Joany is in economics and business major in Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, she was an exchange student at the University of California, San Diego. She has deferred a year of her study to work full-time in scaling up the teacher training program in Kenya. She is keen on exploring a truly sustainable model into co-creating the international development with local communities. Before joining Ideation Worldwide, she has worked on micro-enterprise programs at the International Rescue Committee, tax assistance for low-income population at the Internal Revenue Service in California, and human resources and administration at Bosch Thermotechnology Co., LTD in Beijing.

 Joany Huang  

Program

Director

As Finance Director for Place and Displacement, Daniel oversees all sponsorship related efforts and leads sponsorship and partnership negotiations with corporations, foundations and high-net-worth individuals. Daniel is now a senior at Yale University, double majoring in Economics and Art History. He has previously worked with the Boston Consulting Group and Allianz Global Investors, and will be joining Goldman Sachs as an investment banking analyst upon graduation. At college, Daniel was a volunteer at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Association) where he worked with other Yale students to prepare tax returns for underprivileged residents of New Haven. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing tennis, watching animal videos on Facebook and meditating in the Yale University Art Gallery.

As Finance Director for Place and Displacement, Daniel oversees all sponsorship related efforts and leads sponsorship and partnership negotiations with corporations, foundations and high-net-worth individuals. Daniel is now a senior at Yale University, double majoring in Economics and Art History. He has previously worked with the Boston Consulting Group and Allianz Global Investors, and will be joining Goldman Sachs as an investment banking analyst upon graduation. At college, Daniel was a volunteer at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Association) where he worked with other Yale students to prepare tax returns for underprivileged residents of New Haven. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing tennis, watching animal videos on Facebook and meditating in the Yale University Art Gallery.

Daniel Yuan

Development

Associate Director

As Marketing Director, Kasidet is responsible for the organization’s outreach and long-term strategies, as well as the public image of the organization. Kasidet is a fourth year student at Yale University studying Biochemistry-Biophysics and Global Health. His passion lies in using innovation and technology to improve the health of people around the world, whether it's in the form of public health or biotechnology. Kasidet wants to use technology and new methodology to help empower local NGOs to create their own sustainable way to drive change and development, with large-scale impact as an end-goal. Kasidet has worked with American Red Cross and UNICEF Innovation on using SMS technology to improve vaccination coverage in Kenya.

Kasidet Mana

Marketing

Director

Eva is responsible for programs’ measurement and evaluation. Eva graduated from Columbia University Teachers College with an MA in International Educational Development. She’s currently working at an international school in Boston recruiting international students. Previously, she interned at United Nations DPKO Department of Field Support working with UN field officers at peacekeeping field. She loves traveling, she wants to devote in international education and NGO work, and Eva wants to help NGOs with finding out solutions for sustainable development.

Eva is responsible for programs’ measurement and evaluation. Eva graduated from Columbia University Teachers College with an MA in International Educational Development. She’s currently working at an international school in Boston recruiting international students. Previously, she interned at United Nations DPKO Department of Field Support working with UN field officers at peacekeeping field. She loves traveling, she wants to devote in international education and NGO work, and Eva wants to help NGOs with finding out solutions for sustainable development.

Eva Sun

Program

Associate Director

As Development Associate, Grace works closely with the summit team to seek potential cooperation opportunities with NGOs and philanthropists. She also led the public relations work in Place and Displacement Competition, one of the Ideation Worldwide projects, launching webinars and other campaigns to enlarge the organization’s social impact. Grace believes that communication is key to many social problems nowadays, and business strategies can do more goods to the world if applied to international topics. She is a junior majoring Economics and Finance and minoring Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Having done volunteer works in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Indonesia on children, education and refugee issues, she hopes to make deeper changes to the world.

As Development Associate, Grace works closely with the summit team to seek potential cooperation opportunities with NGOs and philanthropists. She also led the public relations work in Place and Displacement Competition, one of the Ideation Worldwide projects, launching webinars and other campaigns to enlarge the organization’s social impact. Grace believes that communication is key to many social problems nowadays, and business strategies can do more goods to the world if applied to international topics. She is a junior majoring Economics and Finance and minoring Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Having done volunteer works in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Indonesia on children, education and refugee issues, she hopes to make deeper changes to the world.

Chunyi Cao

Development

Associate

Kate is the Director of Development, in charge of the organization’s partnership, fundraising, and special initiatives. Before starting Ideation, Kate worked on partnership, development and communications for several NGOs in three continents. Her interest lies in supporting developing communities in claiming their basic socio-economic rights. Her work includes engaging private sector on global health challenges at UN Foundation, and empowering social enterprises of farmers in northern Thailand at Mae Fah Luang Foundation. Kate holds a BA in philosophy at NYU and is finishing her MPA in public policy.

Kate is the Director of Development, in charge of the organization’s partnership, fundraising, and special initiatives. Before starting Ideation, Kate worked on partnership, development and communications for several NGOs in three continents. Her interest lies in supporting developing communities in claiming their basic socio-economic rights. Her work includes engaging private sector on global health challenges at UN Foundation, and empowering social enterprises of farmers in northern Thailand at Mae Fah Luang Foundation. Kate holds a BA in philosophy at NYU and is finishing her MPA in public policy.

Kate Yuan

Development

Director

As Associate Financial Director, Jeewoong is responsible for managing the financial aspects of Ideation operations and projects. He is a third year student at Boston College studying Economics and Environmental Studies, and is a researcher and writer for EnergySage. Jeewoong is passionate about holistic approaches to development with a particular focus on environmental sustainability, and has previously worked with CECAM Bolivia in its mission to engender economic development in rural communities through the provision of rudimentary ecotechnologies. He will be interning in the General Electric Financial Management Program this summer.

As Associate Financial Director, Jeewoong is responsible for managing the financial aspects of Ideation operations and projects. He is a third year student at Boston College studying Economics and Environmental Studies, and is a researcher and writer for EnergySage. Jeewoong is passionate about holistic approaches to development with a particular focus on environmental sustainability, and has previously worked with CECAM Bolivia in its mission to engender economic development in rural communities through the provision of rudimentary ecotechnologies. He will be interning in the General Electric Financial Management Program this summer.

Jeewoong Oh

Finance

Associate Director

Lixing works actively to connect Ideation WorldWide with prospective sponsors and development opportunities. In addition to supporting the team’s mission, Lixing strives to attain a win-win situation with all business partners. He is passionate about macroeconomic development and poverty alleviation, as well as excited about the role of new ideas and technologies in making a positive social impact. He is a junior majoring in Statistics and Economics at Yale University and the University of Hong Kong.

Lixing works actively to connect Ideation WorldWide with prospective sponsors and development opportunities. In addition to supporting the team’s mission, Lixing strives to attain a win-win situation with all business partners. He is passionate about macroeconomic development and poverty alleviation, as well as excited about the role of new ideas and technologies in making a positive social impact. He is a junior majoring in Statistics and Economics at Yale University and the University of Hong Kong.

Lixing Liang

Development

Associate

Christina is responsible for the fundraising of all programs under Ideation Worldwide. Christina is a fourth year student at Yale University, studying Architecture. She leads the refugee program in Kenya and Ideation architecture competition. On top of being the co-founder of Ideation, Christina also works for SAVIC – a refugee led NGO focused on education in Kakuma refugee camp, and is the founder and architect of SAVIC learning center. Christina is interested in finding the intersections between architecture, design, and humanitarian and development fields. Christina aims to use architecture to enhance the aspect of identity, dignity and autonomy for inhabitants living in deprived regions around the world.

Christina is responsible for the fundraising of all programs under Ideation Worldwide. Christina is a fourth year student at Yale University, studying Architecture. She leads the refugee program in Kenya and Ideation architecture competition. On top of being the co-founder of Ideation, Christina also works for SAVIC – a refugee led NGO focused on education in Kakuma refugee camp, and is the founder and architect of SAVIC learning center. Christina is interested in finding the intersections between architecture, design, and humanitarian and development fields. Christina aims to use architecture to enhance the aspect of identity, dignity and autonomy for inhabitants living in deprived regions around the world.

Christina Zhang

Program

Director

As Communication Associate Director, Conor holds responsibility for the design and development of strategic communications and advocacy materials, helping to develop Ideation’s external image and tell the story of our projects on the ground. He is passionate about development and the role communications and innovation can play in both promoting and developing solutions to existing global challenges. Conor has previously worked in the private sector for Unilever, was an Associate Programme Officer at GRASP-UNEP, Nairobi and currently works for UNDP China as an International Communications Consultant, based in Beijing.

As Communication Associate Director, Conor holds responsibility for the design and development of strategic communications and advocacy materials, helping to develop Ideation’s external image and tell the story of our projects on the ground. He is passionate about development and the role communications and innovation can play in both promoting and developing solutions to existing global challenges. Conor has previously worked in the private sector for Unilever, was an Associate Programme Officer at GRASP-UNEP, Nairobi and currently works for UNDP China as an International Communications Consultant, based in Beijing.

Conor Gask

Communication

Associate Director

Suge is actively engaged in eventing planning and outreach, coordinating the 2017 Ideation Summit. As an immigrant herself, she aims to enhance Ideation Worldwide’s impact in immigrant and refugee advocacy. Suge is interested in the intersection between public policy and service, particularly in the field of immigration. She is a junior at New York University Silver School of Social Work, double majoring in social work and dramatic literature.

Suge is actively engaged in eventing planning and outreach, coordinating the 2017 Ideation Summit. As an immigrant herself, she aims to enhance Ideation Worldwide’s impact in immigrant and refugee advocacy. Suge is interested in the intersection between public policy and service, particularly in the field of immigration. She is a junior at New York University Silver School of Social Work, double majoring in social work and dramatic literature.

Suge Zhang

Publicity

Associate