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Diana Ayton-Shenker

CEO - Leonardo/ISAST

Diana Ayton-Shenker is CEO, Leonardo/ISAST; Executive Director, ASU-Leonardo Initiative; and Professor of Practice at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and School of Arts, Media, & Engineering.  The author of four books including, A New Global Agenda, and founder of Fast Forward Fund and Global Momenta, she was honored by President Bill Clinton, named among “25 Leading Women Changing the World” (Good Business NY), and featured among “31 Inspiring Women in Nonprofit Management” (UNC). Her collaboration with artist William T. Ayton includes large-scale, AR/VR  public art installations and international touring exhibitions. Diana holds an LLM  (International Human Rights Law, University of Essex Law School), and an Honors BA (International Relations, University of Pennsylvania). She was inaugural Global Catalyst Senior Fellow (The New School), Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence (Wharton), Senior Fellow in Venture Philanthropy (Bard College), and has worked with the U.N., Human Rights Watch, P.E.N., Mercy Corps, the American University of Paris, and Hunter College, where she directed the first undergraduate human rights program in the U.S.

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