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I currently offer my services as a speaker on a variety of different topics, including: qualitative research best practices, conducting research with international and multicultural audiences, AI in UX, and transitioning from academia to industry. To submit an inquiry for availability and fees, or ask me to speak, please reach out at least four to six weeks before the event.


Brown U. + IE Business School, Executive MBA Program
Ithaca College, Anthropology Department
The Future of UX Conference, MindSpark Research

Brandeis University, Anthropology Department

UX (R)evolution in Fintech, MindSpark Research

Science of Design, Next Step

Colgate University, Department of Anthropology + Sociology

The BAD Conference, TechCircus (2021, 2022, 2023)

Stanford University, Department of Classics (2023)

UX Insiders, UX Design Institute (2024)


Book me to speak at your next conference or event!

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"I watched your talk at BAD Conference and found it really insightful and interesting. I'm really looking forward to putting some of your suggestions into practice." - Penny R., 2021 BAD Conference attendee

"Great talk! Your approach to managing conversations was really insightful. You shared some great & practical techniques in there that I'm going to feedback to my team." - Georgia K., 2021 BAD Conference attendee

"Dr. Hefny has empowered my students with a crucial perspective on how the principles and methods of cultural anthropology translate to business and industry-based contexts." - Dr. Avera, Ithaca College

"Dr. Hefny gave a wonderful guest lecture in my applied anthropology graduate seminar about doing ethnographic research in industry contexts. Many commented that they found her clear, to the point, open and honest style to be a refreshing alternative to the dry (and sometimes long-winded!) style of academic anthropologists who usually visit classes. The most rewarding part of her visit was that students saw how research in industry contexts can be both rigorous AND efficient!" - Dr. Jonathan Anjaria, Brandeis University

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