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Joanne Renaux


Joanne Pereira Renaux is a Fine Arts educator and illustrator. Her B.F.A and M.A were received from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA), USA in 2004. Her art teaching practice has spanned over 9 years in Dubai. Understanding the need to bridge art education and the emerging art and design culture, she was Creative Learning Manager at thejamjar, having created successful creative learning programs for Sikka, Abu Dhabi Art Fair and British Council. In 2014, she consulted for Zayed University (ZU) as Project Manager for ISEA2014, which highlighted new media arts in the region and internationally. She currently holds an Art Instructor position at ZU, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises. Her passion for community building and empowering youth has lead her to research and co-create an initiative, INNOCO, a platform that cultivates youth to become social innovators in the UAE and internationally ( This research aims to develop a social innovation model for changemaker pathways in the region.



Future Learning

26 February 2019 | 15:00 - 15:30 | English | Cultivating Student Changemakers in Higher Education

Higher education seeks innovative tools to nurture students to become effective leaders and changemakers. As design educators at Zayed University, Dubai, we believe empowering youth as “changemakers” is a critical endeavour. We have developed and delivered a social innovation model, based on preliminary impact data, this model has considerable potential to be shared and scaled. Participants will learn the co-designing process that led to the model. We will facilitate interactive activities to walk through a framework that explores the systemic relationships between self and society, introduce tools used in an immersive program, and share the storytelling techniques used to capture this transformative process. This imaginative and flexible social innovation model can encourage institutions in higher education to explore their full potential to innovate current curriculum. We believe this will cultivate student changemakers and further transdisciplinary learning environments.