About Nairobi Design Thinking School

C4DLab runs the Nairobi Design Thinking School to support the integration of practical User Centered Design (UCD) and Design Thinking into academic programs and the larger industry. The larger innovation community has learnt that solutions that put the user at the centre of product development have much better chances of succeeding and becoming sustainable.

C4DLab, works with partners to run the Nairobi Design Thinking School (NDTS), whose aim is to build a large community of innovators who are user -centric conscious when developing their innovations.

NDTS runs a number of learning-by-doing programs targeting passionate individuals who want to create solutions to challenges in society.
NDTS offers a flagship course called Sustainable Innovation Design (SID) which provides a ‘learning by doing opportunity’ to participants as they solve a real life challenge provided by our partners. One can also take a Design Thinking Bootcamp or an executive masterclass.

Our Courses

Innovation Fellowship

Africa’s future is undoubtedly promising. The capability to solve problems and design solutions will ensure sustainable growth is achieved across our societies.
The University of Nairobi recognizes this reality. As a leading institution of learning and research, the university, in partnership with C4DLab and strategic industry partners, launches the prestigious University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship.

SID Bootcamp

This 25 day bootcamp is an adventure into Human Centred Design where learners get immersed into a thorough yet fun creative problem-solving process. Industry partners provide real life local challenges and our learners work in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver the solutions.

Executive Masterclass

It’s especially designed for Independent Professionals, Industry Executives and Senior Government Policy Makers who want to take the next step towards employing Design Thinking tools and methodologies into transforming their organisational cultures towards innovative sustainability and deliberate lean service creation.

Facilitators and Mentors

Riina Subra

Aalto Global Impact

Anna Mari Saari

Aalto University - Finland

Mila Sell

Natural Resources Institute - Finland

Dr. Tonny Omwansa

Director - C4DLab

Jackson Saya


Francisca Odundo

Lecturer - The University of Nairobi

Peter Oketch

Lecturer - The University of Nairobi

Herbert Wamalwa

Lecturer - The University of Nairobi

Charles Katua


Anne Atambo

Program Lead - NDTS

Our Partners