Zaza Kabayadondo


Zaza Kabayadondo

Case Team Leader

Interest Areas

New Models of Global Education
Innovation Management
Future of Work & Economic Opportunity
Learning Environments & EdTech


Zaza is a Case Team Leader with Entangled Solutions. She brings 10 years of experience working with education institutions to design richer learning experiences and environments.

Before joining Entangled, Zaza was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University, where she helped the center build a research program in social innovation. In her previous role as founding director of the Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College, she led a $2.5 million pilot program to incorporate design thinking into liberal arts education. She developed the vision, strategy, and curriculum for a future center. She taught Smith faculty and students and designed the college’s first open prototyping studio and classroom. While in Massachusetts, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Springfield-based business accelerator program run by Valley Venture Mentors where she provided just-in-time coaching on customer and design research to minority-led start-ups.

Zaza holds a BA in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College and a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She is co-editor of the volume Taking Design Thinking to School and co-developed the first series of conferences in design thinking for educators. Her research takes her back to her home country, Zimbabwe, where she facilitates workshops for doctors to improve their practice and innovate in healthcare management.