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Heather Fleming


Heather Fleming is the CEO of Catapult Design, a product and service design firm with an expertise in human-centered design for impoverished communities. Catapult partners with organizations to develop sustainable solutions that address technology and social issues such as: rural electrification, water purification and transport, food security, and improved health.

Before starting Catapult, Heather worked for several years as a product design consultant in Silicon Valley, designing products for a diverse range of corporate clients. In 2005, she co-founded and led a volunteer group, the Appropriate Technology Design Team (ATDT), focused on social impact design work through a professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in San Francisco. The ATDT still exists today and engages hundreds of volunteers in engineering and design challenges throughout the developing world.

Heather was named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work with EWB and Catapult Design. She is also a Board member for the Navajo Chamber of Commerce, a Senior Lecturer at CCA in San Francisco, and previously an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University, and a Staff Writer for NextBillion.net.