ABIGAIL MAPUA-CABANILLA, the Director of the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HIFI) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, is a seeker with a profound burden for the current state and health of our world. She believes that we can build new systems and shape the future we deserve. Her practice in the fields of Environmental Science, Community-Based Resource Management, and Experience Design exposed her to the key importance of listening and empathizing with the needs and values of people. Engaging individuals and communities to adopt a lifestyle of sustainability and become agents in the promotion of social equity weigh the heaviest in her life purpose and work. Having worked in the academe, particularly in the area of design and sustainability, presented her with the opportunity to cross-pollinate across disciplines, involve students and faculty, and facilitate collaboration and co-creation with communities and their very real challenges. Abi took the lead in the founding and establishment of the Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HIFI) of the College of Saint Benilde.
Abi is also Co-Founder and Sustainability Driver at KindMind, an experience design laboratory that helps organizations grow by creating brand moments for their users.
Abi is a regular speaker and facilitator of human-centered innovation among universities and corporate partners.
Abi is a Fellow at the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, with a certification on Experience Design from Kaospilot Denmark, and Management of Innovations from Stanford University.