Kyra Maya Phillips is a writer and leading expert on innovation emerging from unexpected places. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy (forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in June 2015), a book which chronicles stories of creativity from the informal and dark markets of the globe. Alongside The Misfit Economy, Kyra is a co-founder of The Point People, a collective of innovators,  artists, and entrepreneurs committed to driving systemic change for a more equitable society. She has written for and appeared in several publications and radio stations around the world, including Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, Dazed and Confused, MTV, Le Monde, Cool Hunting, Ha’aretz and more. She is a regular speaker, commentator and consultant on the topics of service design, innovation, and change management, and has worked with many high profile organisations, both small and large. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused her studies on the impact of the liberalisation of international trade on the welfare state.

Together with her friend, Nico Luchsinger, she curates Snail Mail, a slow newsletter of things which have stuck with us. For The Point People, she writes a weekly newsletter called The Vantage Point. It's full of art, literature, science, and music. 

She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, but now lives in London with her husband, Kenny, and her son, Leo.