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Sara Vilas Santiago

Based in Amsterdam

As Head of Curriculum and Mentorship at Designlab, Sara leads our internal efforts with new curriculum for our courses, as well as recruiting and training mentors. Previously she was a Creative Director and spent her time working with over 100 large international FinTech clients. On the side she continues to consult through Toptal, mentors Designlab students, and reads late into the night.

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Recent Work

What students say

"Sara was my mentor during the first phase of Designlab's UX Academy. During that time, she shared her expansive knowledge of UX and shared real life examples that she experienced to allow me to understand the how UX works in the business world. She was a great motivator and really helped push me outside of my comfort zone. Sara's guidance and passion for sharing her knowledge of UX allowed me to become more confident in understanding UX/UI and how to deliver a polished product that I could be proud of. For anyone taking this program, Sara is one of the most motivating mentors that I have come across!"

- Steve Le, UX Academy

Past Students



Angel Benedetti

Sarasota, FL

Lisa Yang

Montreal, QC

Ryan Chamberlain

San Francisco, CA

Emily Huang

Astoria, NY

Emma Nadolny

Seattle, WA

Vanessa Ortiz

Greenwood Village, CO

Adrienne Miller

Cincinnati, Ohio

David Jordan

Manchester, N/A

Logan Williams

Philadelphia, PA

Paula D'Ambrosa

Manalapan, NJ

Fion Pang

San Leandro, CA

Victoria Kaufman

Ramsey, NJ

Ash Montes

London, London

Derek Mortel

La Crescenta, CA

Esther Lee

Atlanta, Georgia

Meryl Gonzalez

Northport, ny

Sarah Winslow

Pineville, NC

Judy Kosowsky

Modiin, Israel

Alison Hudson

Chamonix, Haute Savoie

Dalrae Kim

Milpitas, California

Purvi Chheda

Naperville, IL

Diana Glozman

Carmel, IN

Hana Turley

San Francisco, CA

Audrey Quek

Rotterdam, Zuid Holland

Shiny Leung

Shatin, NT

Pavel Grogul

Moscow, NA

Sharmaine Tan

Singapore, Asia

Miranda Neerhof

Singapore, Singapore

Gavin Basuel

Bothell, WA

Victoria Houldsworth

San Francisco, CA

Belinda Chang

Pittsford, NY

Kristin Kube

Brighton, MA

Riccardo Veronese

Bristol, Somerset

Run Chen

boston, Massachusetts

Samantha Salvisburg

Sugarloaf, PA

Lawrence Barchard Lee

San Francisco, CA

Luis Salerno

Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg

Kelsey Page

Venice, CA