DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course


Akshata Malhotra is a graduate of the Strategic Design Management program at the National Institute of Design in India; before that, she completed a BA in Lifestyle Accessory Design. She began her career at a startup in Delhi, where her quirky products garnered both customer and media recognition. In the years after, Akshata worked on a variety of projects, helping to revive a dying pottery craft in a village, create a sustainable economic model for a neighborhood hospital, and develop a networking interface for the leading jobsite in India. A passionate board gamer, she also strategized the launch of her favorite board game, ‘Settlers of Catan,’ in India. She is currently working on a project to design vocational training curriculum for a shelter house in Peru that takes care of sexually abused girls.

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