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I guess I’m a mix-tape of sorts.

Currently I explore the intersection of communication, culture and creativity via my consultancy Random Specific. Armed with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Design, I seek to cross-pollinate dialogue – fed by a constant curiosity which spans disciplines.

While my fear of heights has kept me well away from professional ladders, it’s been noted that I’m laterally ambitious. My decade as a graphic designer/creative director overlapped with another as an academic in design – in diverse global locations such as New Zealand, India and China. Later, while based in Berlin, I lectured across Europe and contributed to publications including Monocle magazine and the Guardian. My professional pursuits have taken me from slums to museums, classrooms to boardrooms.

These days I’m often drawn to projects involving ethnography, cultural insights research, writing and communications strategy with an additional focus on design for social change. The contemporary scenario is providing ever-widening avenues for design thinking and I’m particularly interested in contexts that demand trans-disciplinary and human-centered approaches. Much of this was brought together by my recent 7 year stint with IDEO.

I live and work at the edge of paradise in New Zealand, though continue to lecture and consult globally when possible. Wherever I find myself, I endeavour to navigate complexity and champion diversity.

And keep everyone guessing what the next track on the mix-tape might be.

– Meena Kadri

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