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Ariel Sim

Design, Insights


A futurist, I locate myself in the nexus of human-centred design, technology, global affairs and business. I believe in big ideas, measured approaches, empathy, creativity, and occasional suspensions of disbelief. I am all about engaging users and co-creation, drawing from experience in public applied anthropology research and my time leading a private R&D function. With a deep interest in sharing design insights across global hubs of researchers and builders, I’m on a treasure hunt for relationships that support better, more thoughtful design.

Before Doblin, I served in Technology & Humanitarian Affairs with the United Nations in Geneva, and was a Visiting Design Research Fellow with the iHub UX Lab in Nairobi for research on user experience and cross-cultural tech development. Working through the Open Society Foundations and Clinton Global Initiative Lead Program to mount various cross-cultural design projects, I completed a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs with a focus on Internet governance, tech adoption and human-centred innovation research.


MGA – Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

What Inspires Me

NPR TED Radio Hour, conversations in other languages, deep empathy, the imperfect science of homemade food