Disrupt team 


leyla acaroglu, CEO & Creative Director 

Disrupt Design is headed up by sustainability strategist, designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change. In addition to being a TED speaker, Leyla is a well seasoned and respected author, award winning designer, activator and educator. She started the award winning, multi-disciplinary design studio Eco Innovators in 2009, which has become a leading provider of unique educational resources for design thinking through sustainability. 

Leyla is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design, pioneering social and environmental change by and through design. Her work spans across a variety of locations, fields and mediums, and is driven by her strong desire to effect, create, and see positive pro-sustainability change in the world.

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heidi sloane, head of communications

Heidi is a swiss army knife with a background in social entrepreneurship, leadership, communications and all around awesomeness. She has been part of the Disrupt Design team since Day 0 and her role involves a dynamic mix of communications, strategy, outreach, and community engagement. Heidi is a collaborator and consultant for social enterprises; in addition to her work with Disrupt Design, she also manages communications and community initiatives for the civic startup, miLES. Currently, she is splitting her time between New York and Mexico City, where she explores personal projects that range from unpacking Chilango slang to concocting the best possible batch of cold brew.