For Manny, design is about asking ‘why not?’; why not be audacious, why not try, why not believe that we can do better?
Throughout his career, Manny has applied the ‘why not’ approach to tackling many complex social and business problems. With experience working in a number of cultural contexts - including Bhutan, India, Indonesia, the US and Singapore - he has led and designed impactful projects in technology, education, tourism and agriculture. Impact, for Manny, is about giving people a voice - and a choice - in the worlds they inhabit.
As a designer, Manny excels at empathising and stepping into the shoes of the user to better understand their needs. Working with a health agency in Singapore, he led an ethnographic study to explore how people prepare to meet their long-term care needs, and how policy could help support the planning process. He’s also worked with an international parliament to help them craft their strategy for digital transformation in a way that matches the capacity of local staff and strengthens democratic institutions.
Prior to working at ThinkPlace, Manny co-founded a number of successful initiatives focused on fostering an open society in Bhutan, including the country's first Youth Parliament and Media Lab.
Manny is a trained facilitator and published researcher. He holds a Master in International Development (with a specialisation in Social Innovation) from Georgetown University and a Bachelor in Religious Studies (Hons) from Stanford University.