About

Collaborative Capacities is a constellation of associates managed by Sawsan Khuri. 

Sawsan Khuri is an innovation specialist and professional facilitator. She is happiest when creating synergies and empowering the young. Sawsan has about 20 years’ experience enhancing collaborative innovation across professions, sectors and cultures, enabling groups of diverse stakeholders to achieve significant and positive outcomes.

Sawsan has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Reading and a PhD from the University of London, starting out in a biology lab and ending up in the computational sciences. She eventually became the first Director of Engagement for the University of Miami Center for Computational Sciences in Florida, USA. In this capacity, she worked across all professions and disciplines breaking down disciplinary barriers and reaching out to business.

A systems thinking natural, she developed a 5-country international project on cedar tree conservation around the Mediterranean region while still a trainee. Her approach has always embraced equity, diversity and inclusion, for example she teamed up with the start-up tech industry and local schools in Miami to encourage girls into STEM careers with events such as Women in Tech Careers (2015) and the She Innovates Tech conference (2016). She won a Leadership Award in 2014, and is featured in the Super Cool Scientists Coloring Book (Sara MacSorely, 2017).  Sawsan still works with youth, and is the co-founder of Advance Youth Now ltd., mentoring teens in entrepreneurship. Her contribution to science education continues as a part time Lecturer in Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.

“Innovation works best at the intersection of diverse expertise, bringing everyone together over a common purpose.” – Sawsan Khuri

Sawsan is originally from Lebanon, is now British, and has lived, worked and made friends in the UK, the US, and the Middle East. She is native bilingual in English and Arabic, and comfortable speaking French and Spanish. She is a married working mum, enjoys traveling, global cultural traditions, and Inspector Morse repeats.

Memberships 
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Member of the International Women’s Forum, UK
Resident at Kaleider Studios, Exeter

Affiliations and Collaborations
Innovation Specialist Mentor at the University of Exeter’s Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab
Spidercorps Ltd

“I’m at my happiest when I’m bringing people together to do cool things that can have a positive lasting legacy”

“I believe that collaboration is crucial for having a positive lasting impact on society.” – Sawsan Khuri