Stuart Coulson


Stuart Coulson

Lecturer in Management


Stuart Coulson is an adjunct professor at Stanford University’s Institute of Design (the and a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he leads Design for Extreme Affordability. In this intensive, project-based program, multidisciplinary student teams design products and services to tackle poverty in low-resource settings.

Projects and startups emerging from the program have affected the lives of more than 100 million people so far. He is an investor in and advisor to early-stage technology and social impact organizations in Silicon Valley and his native Ireland. He is a member of Trinity College Dublin’s Provost’s Council, sits on the board of Tangent — Trinity’s Ideas Workspace — and is a founding member of Trinity Angels and the LaunchBox student startup incubator program.

Coulson’s background is in software development, data communications and travel reservations systems. His previous roles include senior leadership in some of the world’s largest travel technology companies and several startups. He cofounded Gradient Solutions, a pioneer in web-based travel e-commerce acquired by Sabre.

Academic Degrees

  • EMBA, International Wealth Management, Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business, 2006
  • MBA, International Wealth Management, University of Geneva, 2006
  • BA, Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, 1984

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2017–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford, 2009–present

Professional Experience

  • Owner, Papera Ranch, 2007–present

Service to the Profession

Trinity College Dublin

  • Board Member, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, 2016–present
  • Member of Provost's Council, 2016–present
  • Member of Trinity Angels, 2013–present

Insights by Stanford Business

October 02, 2017
How a singular focus on one basic thing — floors — is transforming lives in Africa.

School News

July 01, 2020
Before they travel to help poor people overseas, students in one of Stanford’s most sought-after courses apply their skills on campus.
July 13, 2018
Stanford students pitch their projects at the Design for Extreme Affordability expo. Please ignore the clothespins and duct tape.
September 19, 2017
The return of the school year welcomes new tenure-line faculty and lecturers, plus new electives to broaden the student experience.