Dr. Elizabeth Hausler
Founder and CEO
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Inclusive Design: Building a Sense of Resilient Belonging
Categories covered by Elizabeth
About this Speaker
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is a world-class social entrepreneur, safe housing advocate, and bricklayer. She is the Founder and CEO of Build Change, and a global expert on resilient housing, post-disaster reconstruction, and systems change. Elizabeth’s strategic direction and leadership have grown Build Change from a few employees in 2004 to a global team spread across five continents. She has deeply influenced global development policy; she has made resilience a major consideration for reconstruction efforts. Elizabeth’s extensive experience in post-disaster communities, including a Fulbright Scholarship in India, led her to found Build Change to ensure reconstruction efforts are safe and sustainable. She is the recipient of many honors. In 2011, was named the U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. Together with Build Change, she was awarded the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2018, she received the University of California, Berkeley’s Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award. Since 2014 she has been a member of the UC- Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Elizabeth is also an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and an Echoing Green Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in Civil Engineering, as well as an MS from the University of Colorado and a BS from the University of Illinois. Dr. Hausler has headlined conferences and lectured at eminent universities. She has also been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, BBC News, Forbes, Elle Magazine, ABC News, and Bloomberg Businessweek.