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Board Member

Contexts of work






United Kingdom

United States

Palestinian Territories




Areas of Specialisation

Digital prototyping
Web and native app UX / UI design
Concept development and validation
Usability testing
Design research
Service design


Humanitarian accountability
Med-tech systems
Open-source communities

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Ciarán Duffy

I believe that critical Design Thinking is essential in ensuring new ideas are relevant and useful.

Ciarán is a versatile designer from Ireland, with a passion for social innovation. He combines an expertise in user research and digital prototyping to build products and services that meet people’s everyday needs, as well as strategic organisational goals.

Ciarán has helped organisations including UNOPS, UNHCR, TalkToLoop.org, OpenMRS.org, and Siemens Healthineers to create digital products that are intuitive and inclusive. He is passionate about accessibility in design – ensuring people of all abilities can equally perceive and understand the digital things we create. He is experienced creating design systems, working with SMS and conversational interfaces, designing for web and Android devices, and working with development teams to ensure what gets designed gets implemented, and fit-for-purpose.

As a start-up coach with the Gaza Sky Geeks incubator in Gaza City, Ciarán mentors teams on design methods, and UX design tools, to ensure design is informing product strategy, and helping teams start new companies in Palestine and the Middle East.

Before joining Sonder, Ciarán was a Senior UX Designer at IXDS in Berlin. In 2016, he co-founded the award-winning service Refugee Text – a chatbot for refugees. His work has been featured in The Guardian and The London Design Museum, and he is an occasional speaker at conferences and meet-ups around the world.

Outside of work, Ciarán is a jazz piano player, spicy food enthusiast, and lover of vinyl. He enjoys travelling to new and unexplored places, hiking, biking, and books about all of the above!

Interested in working with us for a better future?