Cameron Sinclair has spent his career working at the forefront of social innovation, community development and sustainable construction. He has built partnerships and multi-multidisciplinary teams to enable and empower communities in 54 countries, while also raising and overseeing over $75M in impact funds and humanitarian initiatives.
For the past three years he led social innovation at Airbnb, conceptualizing and developing a range of projects from livelihoods for resettled refugees, rural revitalization, house concerts, addressing systems for nomadic populations and developing marketplaces for traditional craftspeople in Japan.
Previously Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity, which designed and built schools, health clinics, resilient housing and developed long term sustainable reconstruction programs. He also has managed programs for family foundations and founded a for purpose design firm that responds to communities in conflict. Founder of The Department of Small Works, in 2017 he designed and built schools for 4500 refugee children in Jordan.
Sinclair has compiled a number of best-selling books, holds an honorary doctorate in Architecture and Development and is a visiting professor to a number of universities. He was a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, an advisor under President Obama at USAID and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Sinclair won the TED prize, the National Design Award and a runner-up for UK Designer of the Year.