Mona Makhlouf is an interdisciplinary designer/maker, social innovation activist, and an award winner. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design and a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Design Studies. She is Italian by heart, Egyptian by blood, 98% made out of pasta and music, and a legit right brainer. She is enthusiastic about the relationship between science and art; she works in a variety of media and technology in which she approaches a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layers way. Her research and work include the use of design to preserve intangible precious sounds in order to raise awareness about the emotional value of sounds to the human experience through experiential artifacts and products. She believes in what design and tech can offer to enhance the living conditions of communities She captures the extraordinary in an ordinary situation. You may say she is a dreamer, but she is not the only one. Mona gets inspired from the visual and aural cultures of cities and nature. She is also the head of Global Communities and partnerships at S[k]aleUp Ventures. She believes in collaboration and building bridges across disciplines and emerging markets. She strongly believes we should design WITH the people, and not for the people.