Tanya Popeau is the Director of Synthesis. She has worked with the world’s leading corporates, non-profits, development agencies and academic institutions to design breakthrough innovations to global challenges.
Her projects have covered a range of global issues including urban poverty, disaster risk management, governance, youth unemployment, energy efficiency, women’s economic empowerment, sustainable development and education.
Tanya was a consultant and advisor to the United Nations. She worked for the UN’s largest agency and was at the forefront of their shift to a strategic focus on innovation. She implemented this new approach across 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific, overseeing the development of the first ever innovation fund in the region. She was the lead consultant on the fund, which generated projects that tackled challenges from natural disasters to education and climate change.
Tanya studied up to postgraduate level at Cambridge University and King’s college London. Her studies have focused on innovating to solve global challenges.