Barefoot College Project Team

Meagan Carnahan FalloneMeagan Carnahan Fallone

Meagan Carnahan Fallone

Senior Advisor
Barefoot College

Spanning around the globe, Meagan's work brings about positive change through art.

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Meagan Carnahan Fallone is the founder of MFC Art Consulting, sourcing and supplying artwork and accessories to the luxury hotel market. Her work has won international awards for design and can be found on virtually every continent. Through her extensive travel in sourcing and developing artwork and accessories to the hotel industry, Meagan began Esprit MFC to aid and encourage women’s micro-financed efforts, refugee cooperatives and social entrepreneurship in developing countries. All proceeds are used to fund educational scholarships for women and girls in Nepal, India and Africa. Meagan is also a partner in Esprit Heliski SA, an Italian based heliskiing operation.

Most recently, Meagan has accepted a position as Senior Advisor to Barefoot College, an award winning social enterprise, based in India. Her interest in philanthropy includes a long involvement with, Human Rights Watch, Playing for Change, and Giving Women. She speaks regularly on the modern spectrum of philanthropy and the power of its role to drive change. Her personal passions include mountaineering, kite surfing, photography, and Eastern religions. Originally from New Zealand, she was educated in the United States and United Kingdom and holds a BFA in Fine Arts and an MA in History of Art. She lives in Switzerland with her three children Nicholas, Ian and Julian.

Bata BhurjiBata Bhurji

Bata Bhurji

Filmmaker & Photographer
Barefoot College

Grassroots to her core, Bata is an accomplished filmmaker and photographer who learns intuitively.

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Bata came to Barefoot College with her parents when she was 2 years old. Her mother worked as a designer in the handicraft department and her father worked as an artist and Barefoot Photographer until he passed away in 2004. In 2005, she took over her father’s position in the organization. Alongside Bunker Roy and following the theory of learning by doing, Bata mastered photography, film editing, and computer skills on the job. Today, she edits films independently and has completed over 20 films for Barefoot College on subjects that include solar engineering, rain water harvesting, solar-powered desalination, the right to work, Night School and other stories about Barefoot College. She has traveled to Bhutan, Gambia, Mauritania and Mali-Timbuktu to make films about women Barefoot Solar Engineers.

Mona EldaiefMona Eldaief

Mona Eldaief

Director, Producer & Filmmaker

Well-traveled and socially conscious, Mona engages audiences through film and television.

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Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in the United States, filmmaker Mona Edaief graduated from New York University with a degree in political science and photography. Her documentary feature credits include Control Room, A Wedding In Ramallah, and Her Name Is Zelda. Aspiring to use video advocacy as a tool for social change, Mona began her career as the producer of MTV News Unfiltered.

The show pioneered the use of first person documentary as a platform for democratic television, and featured user generated segments about social issues. Mona later implemented a video diary exchange program between young Palestinians and Israelis as a step towards conflict resolution in the Middle East. Mona is currently directing and shooting Barefoot Engineers. The documentary feature focuses on a Jordanian Bedouin woman’s struggle to learn solar engineering in order to bring work to women in her village and help alleviate poverty, against the patriarchal rules of her society.

Darby Kim ThomasDarby Kim Thomas

Darby Kim Thomas


Darby is an Interaction Designer living in San Francisco, where she combines her interest in technology and design to create positive change.

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Darby has worked with the T-Mobile Creation Center to find new applications for emerging technology. In Savannah, Georgia she worked with a local business initiative to pilot a concept that matched creative students with nonprofits and small businesses. She’s worked with Hattery Labs to prototype a service that helps homeless services find and collaborate with each other. She is pursuing opportunities to apply a design minded approach to fields outside the traditional world of design.

Deborah AldenDeborah Alden

Deborah Alden

Firebelly University

From the East Coast to East Asia, Deborah builds connections, finds solutions and unearths possibilities.

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An interdisciplinary designer, educator and global nomad, Deborah Alden is a perpetual liaison and translator between practices, people and cultures. Whether conducting field research on food deserts in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn or developing a new undergraduate design program in Singapore, she brings structure and clarity to complex situations in the development of effective systems and strategies. Deborah is currently the Dean of Firebelly University in Chicago, a new social design entrepreneurial incubator, and a research and brand strategy consultant working primarily in Asian markets. She has previously been based in México, Singapore, New York City, Washington, DC and Portland, OR.

Dave ChiuDave Chiu

Dave Chiu

Associate Creative Director

Dave has worked with numerous multinational organizations, bringing an expertise in creating mobile experiences and services.

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Dave Chiu is an Associate Creative Director at frog in San Francisco. At frog, Dave’s clients have included AT&T, Better Place, Chase, Disney, GE, McAfee, Synopsys, and Vocollect. Dave’s deepest areas of expertise are in mobile applications and service design across multiple touch points, devices, and stakeholders. Prior to joining frog, Dave was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Design Lab, where he developed mobile experiences and services for clients including Cisco Systems, the Clinton Global Initiative, Pitti Imagine, Nokia, and Telefónica.

Prior to MIT, Dave co-founded a startup in London that leveraged mobile devices to promote and support behavior change around environmental sustainability. Dave has a Masters in Interaction Design from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, in Ivrea, Italy, and has been a Guest Critic at both the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Special thanks to frog for their participation.

Zoe MinikesZoe Minikes

Zoe Minikes

Tomorrow Partners

A recent California College of the Arts grad, Zoe is a Bay Area native with a passion for design, craft and community.

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Zoe is a Designer at Tomorrow Partners and a graduate of the California College of the Arts. Before joining the Tomorrow family, she worked on a wide range of freelance projects for clients pioneering in the fields of environmental responsibility, social change, and community outreach. She lives for projects that are built on the foundation of empathy and a collaborative spirit. Working across media such as interactive, illustration, video, and public interjection, she is not afraid to roll her sleeves up and experiment to find a solution. Her best ideas come when she is blasting Animal Collective or wailing along with Joan Baez.