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Anisha Kanabar


  • Anisha is a human centred designer and researcher. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Anisha is combining her technical foundation with design thinking to contribute to innovation in healthcare. 

  • Biography

  • Anisha graduated from Imperial College London with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering before completing her double MA/MSc masters in Innovation Design Engineering with both Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

    Driven by human centred practices, her graduation project Lavayna tackled the conflict between culture and health. Anisha re-designed the petticoat worn underneath the saree to empower Indian women to walk comfortably in their traditional garments without compromising their gait. Her MA dissertation ‘Lost in Translation’ discussed the fine balance between cultural appropriation and responsibility of designers to educate and influence public opinion.

    Previously, Anisha has worked at Philips Innovation Services (circular economy), the Helix Centre (neuro-rehabilitation) and Imperial College London (Paralympic design).

    Anisha currently works as a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design on ‘Call the Midwife’: a project exploring the future of midwifery and maternal care in the antenatal community setting.