Simone Amber is the co-founder of Fab Lab Connect- to Build, Accelerate & Connect Fab Labs as well as to bring resources to projects from the Fab Lab community in order to take them to the next level. She joined the Fab Foundation board when it was created in 2009 by MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld.
Her expertise lies deeply in the corporate world of finance, investor relations, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder relations, and employee engagement as experts and mentors. She also works across sectors: Governments, NGOs, international organizations, corporations, academia, and local communities.
She is the architect of a unique, innovative and technology-focused educational program called Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED):
- 20 years experience in Education: Founder and CEO of SEED, a standalone corporate social responsibility arm of Schlumberger
- Worked closely since 1993 with the MIT Media Lab, originally with Professor Seymour Papert, then with his students and colleagues
- Served a network of over 1,000 schools of which 300 in 44 developing countries received grants with the support of employees and volunteers from 115 countries
- Focused on issues like water and climate change and provided teacher training around STEM and robotics
Simone graduated from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and subsequently received her MBA from INSEAD, a European business school. She then moved to New York City. SEED was born out of a deep sense of the increasing interdependence of all people. Simone wanted to create opportunities for youth, especially in the most disadvantaged parts of the world. Education combined with technology made it possible to provide powerful tools, training as well as collaboration with youth from different parts of the world. What better way to give individuals more opportunities and to create more tolerance?
That dream came true and now she wants to support innovators to make their dreams come true through Fab Lab Connect.