quipu has the support of amazing mentors with expertise in different fields who are helping us advance!

Dr Svafa Grönfeldt

MIT DesignX Board

Svafa is an Icelandic business woman, author, and former President of Reykjavík UniversityShe is Executive Vice President of Organizational Development at the life science company Alvogen and has been a member of the Board of Directors for Ossur (NASDAQ OMX) since 2007.  Grönfeldt published the book Service Leadership - The Quest for Competitive Advantage, in 2006, along with Judith Strother. 

Grönfeldt graduated with a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Dr Katrin Kaeufer

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer is a Research Fellow at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and research director at the Presencing Institute. Her research focuses on leadership, social transformation, and socially responsible banking. Banking was published as a book. She has consulted with mid-sized as well as global companies, non-profit organizations, the World Bank, and with the United Nations Development Program in New York. 

Asier Ansorena

Palmas Lab

In 2009, Asier joined the microcredit team at Instituto Banco Palmas, the first community bank in Brazil. Since 2013 he coordinates efforts to establish Palmaslab, a research and innovation lab that aims to transform the urban periphery of Fortaleza by empowering communities through software development and research produced by young people in those communities.


Asier graduated with a B.A in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2006.

David Kastelman

Senior Data Scientist at DoorDash

David has a B.A. in Economics and Cognitive Science from Yale, and is a current M.S. in Statistics student at Stanford. He additionally works as a Senior Data Scientist at DoorDash. David is inspired by organizations like Quipu that make sure technological benefits reach a wider range of stakeholders.

Data Scientist at Nuna

Sean Mandell

Sean has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. He is a data scientist at healthcare startup Nuna in San Francisco and has led volunteer data science projects with non-profits such as Living Goods and Conservation International.