THE ENGINE ROOM BEHIND ETHNOBORREL
Gawain is a co-founder of EthnoBorrel and our lead strategist and facilitator. Gawain is an expert in distributed communities and is the Chairperson of the Maintainerati Foundation, which helps Open Source software maintainers build healthy, productive and sustainable communities. As Project and Strategy Lead at Canela Consulting, Gawain specializes in assisting finance & technology companies with research design, internal change processes and cross-industry collaborations.
Erin is an economic anthropologist who specializes in investigating financial behaviour and technology use. Erin has been designing and carrying out research since 2003 in diverse contexts including Australia, Portugal, the Netherlands, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. For her day job, Erin is Research Lead at Canela Consulting. Erin is passionate about multidisciplinary collaborations and bringing people together). As well as being a co-founder of EthnoBorrel, she is also co-organizer of the Research section of the European Women in Payments Network.
Abhigyan is working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. Recently, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, which is a design anthropological investigation on inter-household energy exchanges. His research builds upon the works of economic anthropologists and investigates social and cultural dimensions of local energy exchanges in standalone renewable energy systems.
In 2010, Abhigyan graduated with Master of Arts in New Media Design from Aalto University School of Art and Design (previously known as University of Art and Design Helsinki) Finland. His master’s thesis (‘Design Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Urban Slums – Community Communication and Mobile Phones’) was exhibited and awarded the Second Prize at CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) at Shanghai World Expo 2010, China. The thesis was also awarded ‘Department of Media-Stipend’.
Gunjan is a strategic designer who likes working at the "fuzzy front end" of the innovation process connecting design, business and technology. Her most recent experiences are in the domains of digital product development, UX research and service design. Gunjan's interest in the anthropological and ethnographic methodologies stems from the fact that designers have to be keen observers and sense-makers of the human context they are designing for. As a consequence, her work in diverse sectors such as education, trade and shipping, automotive and textiles have always been driven by human-focused methodologies.