Founded after a decade of experience working in slums, Utopia is the world's first urban innovation group focused solely on emerging cities and their slums. Slums will soon be home to one third of humanity.
We got our feet wet in slums in Asia years ago and over time, we realized that innovation and design could bring a new perspective to this old issue of slums. Slums are an issue that seems to have gotten stuck even as so much in life has improved around it over this past half century. We moved from Asia into San Francisco to set up what would eventually come to be known as Utopia. Since then we’ve evolved to focus on emerging cities and their slums.
643 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Utopia is led by four partners - Jonathan Hursh, Marco Brandao, Dori Nguyen and Emmanuel Adegboye. Collectively, our team is a mix of entrepreneurs, designers, urbanists, technologists, behavioral scientists, futurists and lots of zero gravity thinkers on cities.
Our team is the engine that drives us.
Managing Partner | Lagos
Link | United Kingdom
Managing Partner | Kathmandu
Link | West Africa
Core Advisory Board
Our core advisory board is made up of industry experts and all around creative thinkers and doers.
Partner @ mach49 and
Former Head of Tech Strategy @ IDEO
Founder @ HICCup and
Board Member @ 23andMe
Program Director @ URBAN-X
Chair of Urban Planning and Design
Director @ Balmond Studio and
Founding Design Editor @ Monocle
Cofounder @ Open Collective and
Chair @ DemocracyEarth
Our advisory council provide deep insights, make connections, and champion our aim to create a new paradigm for slums.
Founder @ NewCities
Former Chief Editor of BusinessWeek Europe
Urban Economist @ Harvard and Author of Triumph of the City
Chief Learning Officer @ Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation of UC Berkeley
Managing Director @
Senior Technical Program Manager @ Google X
Biotechnologist and Maker of First Stem Cell Hamburger
Head @ Ashoka Europe
Advisory Board Member @ Securrency, Coinfirm, Humaniq
CEO @ Frog
Urban Practitioner @ Asian Coalition for Housing Rights
Chairman @ WorkReduce
Founder @ Anomaly Ventures
Deputy Director @ NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management
President and Co-Founder @ The Humanized Internet and Former CTO @ Cisco
Professor of Complex Systems
@ Santa Fe Institute
@ MIT Senseable City Lab
Founder & Managing
Trustee @ Saath
Fernando de Sousa
Regional HR Director @ Microsoft (Middle East & Africa)