The Humanos Institute

Co-founder and Executive Director

Dr. Niels Billou is a multiple award-winning international educator, having designed and delivered courses and workshops on innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and international strategy to students in premier global business schools, such as London Business School, HEC, Indian School of Business, and Ivey Business School, among others. Niels is an expert on design thinking and innovation in variety of contexts, including large corporations as well as new ventures, in developed and developing markets, in both the private and social sectors. He was part of the founding faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute’s School of Design Thinking, helping establish the School as one of the leading D-School’s in the world. He has won several grants to pursue his research interests and has conducted multi-country studies of innovative business models in both the established and emerging contexts. His work has been published in a range of books and journals and presented at numerous prominent international conferences.

Niels is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Humanos Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to marrying the mind of business with the heart of humanity to help transform the lives people living in poor communities. Humanos brings multi-disciplinary teams from industry, academia, government, and not-for- profit sectors to co-create innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions using the human-centred Design Thinking methodology to the most pressing problems of our times.