Tanya Popeau

CEO & Founder, Live Synthesis

Tanya Popeau has worked with the world’s leading corporates, non-profits, development agencies and academic institutions. Her projects have covered a range of global issues including urban poverty, disaster risk management, civic engagement, governance, youth unemployment, energy efficiency, gender-based violence, sustainable development and education.

Tanya is a consultant and advisor to the United Nations.   She has worked for the UN’s largest agency (the UN Development Programme) and was at the forefront of their shift to a strategic focus on innovation. She implemented this new approach across 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific, overseeing the development of the first ever innovation fund in the region.She was also the lead consultant on the fund, which generated projects from around Asia tackling challenges from natural disasters to women’s economic empowerment.

At Royal Holloway University of London, Tanya led the start-up and strategic development of a new innovative programme. She designed and implemented a range of projects working with over 10 academic departments, managing all operations. In her role, she successfully involved new strategic partners from the private sector and creative industries including the BBC, Amnesty International, Mercedes Benz, BP, Oxfam, Arsenal Football Club and Procter & Gamble.    

Tanya has also carried out research on methodologies and techniques for innovating in international development (for Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency), and has lectured and managed at all levels of education in the UK and internationally. Former students range from postgraduates in Malaysia, to young offenders in inner city London, to a team of professors and physicians in Chicago.

Tanya studied up to postgraduate level at King’s College London.