Jacqueline del Castillo

Senior Fellow

Jacqueline is continually inspired by the determination and victories of people in social movements. As a change agent and scholar, she participates in movements aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of both people and communities.

Since 2016, Jacqueline has led Nesta Health Lab's work on social movements for health, advising on numerous movement-building efforts across the UK as well as leading on two major policy reports of global significance (Health as a Social Movement and We Change the World: what can we learn from global social movements for health? ). Through that work, she contributed to NHS England’s Health as a Social Movement program, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF), exploring the value of social movements as a complementary approach to top-down change and how institutions can best support them.

As a scholar, Jacqueline’s research focuses on how people in social movements challenge the status quo and address issues that matter to them. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London under Lord Ara Darzi. She teaches innovation management, design thinking and movement-building. Jacqueline has delivered workshops at conferences, community meetings, hack-a-thons, corporate gatherings and universities including Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley and Imperial College London.

Jacqueline has over a decade of experience as an innovation strategist, manager and facilitator with an emphasis on the health field. She has worked on transforming the experience and delivery of healthcare at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Design Revolution and Rapid Transformation through designing products and services, supporting cultures of experimentation as well as advising on transformational change efforts within institutions. Her design and innovation work is extensive, having worked on affordable and high performance medical devices for district hospitals in India, the establishment of Stanford ChangeLabs as a new type of innovation lab focused on sustainability issues and UX browser features for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Jacqueline received her MS and BS in Engineering from Stanford University. While there, she taught design thinking at the Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (‘d.school’) and contributed to change expert Behnam Tabrizi's, “Rapid Transformation: A 90-Day Plan for Fast and Effective Change."

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