Natsai Audrey Chieza

Founder and Director of Faber Futures

Operating at the intersection of design and biotechnology, Natsai Audrey Chieza is an internationally recognised authority in the rapidly emerging field of biodesign. Her work incorporates the co-creation of new materials, products and services with living systems; the development of novel biofabrication processes; and the implementation of innovative design strategies for an emerging bioeconomy. For Chieza, designing with biology presents unique opportunities to address significant ecological challenges, squaring the circle of sustainable production and finite resources. 
Driven by a whole-systems approach to innovation, her interdisciplinary practice engages industry, institutions and society at large. In her TED Talk, Chieza sets out an agenda for a pollution-free future of fashion, pioneering work in the development of bacterially derived biopigments for use in dyeing textiles. In 2018, she launched the Ginkgo Creative Residency with Ginkgo Bioworks in Boston MA, as a curator and mentor on the programme – and founded Faber Futures.