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Elizabeth Hausler

Founder and CEO, Build Change

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Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is Founder and CEO of Build Change, an international non-profit social enterprise based in Denver, Colorado, USA, with operations in Indonesia, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, the Philippines, and formerly, China. Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms by working with people in emerging nations to design, build and finance disaster-resistant schools and houses, creating jobs and building human capital in the process. Build Change was a winner of the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the 2016 OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge, and the 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity in the Equality Category for making earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to homeowners regardless of income level.
Dr. Hausler was named to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of University of California, Berkeley. She was named a 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, and is the winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Elizabeth is a 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002-2003.

Dr. Hausler is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.