Natsai Audrey Chieza

Founder & Director at Faber Futures.

Natsai Audrey Chieza is a designer, change-maker, and TED speaker working at the intersection of creative and biotechnology industries.

She is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, a London-based biodesign lab that is catalysing the alignment of DNA-scale engineering with the methods and principles of critical design thinking for the circular economy.

In her 2017 TED Talk, Natsai offers a glimpse into the future of a synthetic biology industry primed to transform the creation and circulation of goods and services. Her manifesto lays out how this emerging technology converges with craft and interacts with the contemporary realities of resource scarcity, climate change, and sustainable development.

Natsai’s pioneering design-driven practice with bacteria pigments for sustainable textile finishing has been exhibited at prestigious institutions internationally and sits in permanent collections including at the Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA. She is on the founding and curatorial team of Ginkgo Bioworks’ Ginkgo Creative Residency in Boston MA.

She regularly speaks internationally including at SXSW, Synbiobeta, and Biofabricate, and has taught on biodesign programmes at Bartlett School of Architecture and Central Saint Martins in London. In 2018 Natsai was an honoree of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2018 for her work in STEM.