Leslie earned her PhD in Technology, Media & Society from the ATLAS Institute at CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Her research and practice integrates climate change, livelihoods vulnerability, and communication technologies to support resilience in communities facing environmental distress. She has expertise in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD); Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM); and the ICTs, Climate Change and Development (ICCD) model.
Leslie is currently the Executive Director of Tifawin Institute, an NGO advocating participatory development, user-centered design and gender equity in international development initiatives. Through Tifawin, she collaborates with Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture to design and deploy communications systems for North Africa’s largest fogwater harvesting project, which serves hundreds of rural Berber residents in southwest Morocco.
Also as a Faculty Teaching Fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Leslie develops experimental courses in Humanitarian Engineering and Transmedia Storytelling. Additional pursuits include the incorporation of art and creativity in STEM education.
Prior to pursuing a PhD, Leslie was a senior foreign correspondent for CNBC, MSNBC, NHK-Tokyo and Reuters Financial Television. She specialized in reporting on international finance, emerging market economics, international development and global environmental issues.
Leslie has a Masters Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University; a Certificate in Conservation Biology from the Center For Environmental Research and Conservation at the Earth Institute, Columbia University; and a Certificate in Permaculture Design.