Dr Nina Terrey

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Dr Nina Terrey is a world-recognised designer in the field of complex system transformation working with industry leaders, communities and organisations to tackle very complex issues facing humanity and our planet. Nina’s approach focusses on collaboration, design framing, and taking an integrated socio-ecological of innovation.

Nina is the Chief for Sustainability and Equity at ThinkPlace Global and as one of the global partners works with leaders and teams to effect sustainable change. Nina’s experience over the last 20 years has spanned such challenges as strategic transformation, renewable energy innovation, just transition, gender equity, education and public health interventions in developing economy contexts, and with governments, industry and not for profits.

In 2022, Nina was invited as a visiting scholar to Parsons School of Design, New York City, and during this time she taught Masters students, redesigned and developed a new course on strategic design, and reflected on the trajectory of the practice of design for sustainable futures.

In mid 2022 Nina founded the ThinkPlace Institute for Regenerative Futures with the aim to define, apply and learn how regenerative systems are designed and implemented to address climate change, inequities and just transitions. Aim of the institute is to research, educate and advise on how to create healthy and regenerative systems that create harmony with nature and society and create new economic models for industry.

Nina holds a PhD in Managing by Design, a pioneering study into the way public organisations adopt and adapt design-led methodologies to implement and improve public policy. Nina has been appointed as adjunct professor by several universities: University of Canberra, Australian and New Zealand School of Government, and the University of New South Wales teaching in such areas as: co-design, systemic innovation, public policy innovation and scaled impact.

Nina has published several papers, and co-authored the book “Design for a Better Future: A guide to designing in complex systems”. And is currently working on a new Book “Unlocking Gridlock: Power of Collaboration and Investigation” with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Nina is the Chief for Sustainability and Equity, Global Partner at the Institute for Regenerative Design.