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MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE SANCTUARY 

Rachel Sinha and Tatiana Fraser have come together to create The Systems Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary is a platform designed to launch and build communities of practice for different stakeholder groups around systems change. 

The first community In the Thick of it, is a virtual peer-to-peer program for systems practitioners who are two years into their systems change project and feel overwhelmed. You can read more about some of the challenges we see in systems leadership in Rachel's recent blog The Challenge of Systems Leadership. Our second group The Systems Sisterhood reflects our own experience of how useful female peer-led conversations can be when we are going through major life transitions, and extracting the wisdom from these experiences can be so useful to our work. You can read more about this in our blog Life transitions: a collective inquiry for female systems leaders.  

We design everything we do from our experience of co-leading systems change projects in the UK and Canada. You can read more about our experience below. 

One of the best things was the tone set by Rachel and Tatiana. Open, honest, compassionate. Very helpful given the difficulties people have working in this space.
— Participant, In the Thick of It, Cohort 1

Rachel Sinha

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Co-founder of The Finance Innovation Lab and The Systems Studio. 


British award-winning social innovator, named by the Guardian newspaper as one of 50 Radicals “changing the face of the UK for the better”

Rachel Sinha Co-founded and Co-Led of The Finance Innovation Lab for eight years, designed to empower positive disruptors in the financial system.

The Lab was named a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Award ‘Socially Responsible Designs Highest Award’ for its work bringing together people post financial crisis, to accelerate positive change in the financial system. Part of her work involved helping to launch a number of organizations including The Natural Capital Coalition and AuditFutures. She was named Management Today/BskyB ‘Future Leader of Sustainability’, for her work there and sat on the European Commission Expert Panel on Social Business.

Rachel moved from London to New York in 2015 and launched The Systems Studio designed to build the field of systems change practice. 

She co-wrote Mapping Momentum with Tim Draimin of SiG, documenting the emerging field of systems change and co-authored a series of articles on the topic of systems change in Harvard Business Review and Fast Company and on Medium. She co-authored Labcraft: How Social Labs Cultivate Change Through Collaboration and The Finance Innovation Lab: A Strategy For Systems Change and systemschangers.com. Collaborating with Oxford Said Business School and The Point People, she also led an inquiry into the language of systems change and launched the publication Keywords. 

Rachel was a THNK Scholar, at the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, has a MA in Marketing/CSR and a BA in Psychology.

Rachel won a 'person of exceptional ability' Green Card to work in the US and now lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. 

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Tatiana Fraser

 
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Co-founder of Girls Action Foundation, Co-author of Girl Positive, Co-founder of Metalab


Tatiana has 20 years of experience leading and scaling systems innovations, creating strategic learning communities and movement building. Co-founder of Girls Action Foundation and co-author of Girl Positive (Random House 2016), she has worked to reframe the narrative around gender equality and to advance the leadership and empowerment of girls and women.  

As co-founder of Metalab - a platform designed to support systems change strategy, collaboration and learning, she is working collaboratively with Ashoka Global and Status of Women Canada to bridge resources and build ecosystem practice at the intersection of gender and innovation.  

Tatiana is an Ashoka Fellow, recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (Women’s Executive Network), the recipient of the McGill Alumni James G Wright Award and the Champion of Lifelong Learning by the Quebec Association of Lifelong Learning. She has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including The UN Commission on the Status of Women, The Carold Institute, Food Secure Canada, Exeko, and Actua among others.

A mother of 2 kids and living in Montreal, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women Studies and MBA from McGill University.

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