Staff & Faculty

Pleased to meet you! We’re the team behind the International Development Innovation Network and we’re here to help.

Molly W. Rubenstein


Went to School for: Linguistics (and theater, almost)

Likes: Building communities, thinking about how to make education better, dancing, learning new languages, being outdoors as much as possible, singing loudly

Can Help You With: Answering questions about IDIN's network of innovation center partners. Understanding the differences and similarities between makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, and innovation centers. Gaining access to curricula and business strategies used in innovation centers and related organizations around the world. Finding opportunities to volunteer or collaborate with innovation center staff. Pursuing your own vision for an innovation center and connecting you with the people and resources to get started.

Amy Smith

Director & Principal Investigator, IDIN; Founding Director, MIT D-Lab

Went to School for: Mechanical Engineering

Likes: Making music, making things, and making food; spending time near, in, or on the ocean; learning and playing games from all over the world.

Can Help You With: Creating new programs, developing curricular materials, making connections to resources, making your vision become a reality.

Kofi Taha

Program Manager & Associate Director MIT D-Lab

Went to School For: Political Economy and Urban Planning

Likes: Level playing fields.

Can Help You With: Figuring out who is working on what within IDIN and then making connections. Answering questions about matryoshka dolls, i.e., how IDIN fits within D-Lab within MIT within the Higher Education Solutions Network within the Global Development Lab within USAID. Designing programs that involve asset-based, community-driven approaches to economic development, including Creative Capacity Building trainings, trainings of trainers, and local innovation centers.  

Sher Vogel

IDDS Program Manager

Went to School For: International Affairs and Mass Communication

Likes: People, stories, cheesy icebreakers, puns, languages, yoga, film, salsa dancing, podcasts, bringing people together.

Can Help You With: Connecting you with our phenomenal summit organizing teams. Assisting in the summit organizer application process. Providing information about hosting your own summit and connecting you with the people and resources to get you started. Answering questions about the summit planning process.