Currently living in Malmö, Sweden

Short bio

I work as a researcher, educator and professional consultant across interaction and service design, design management and innovation management – with a particular interest in critical and strategic thinking. I currently serve as an Associate Professor at Aalborg University, where my core focus is on how design and arts can support personal and community resilience, transition thinking, long-term strategic orientation and positive and impactful change. I have conducted research and teaching activities at various universities (Harvard, MIT, Polytechnic University of Milan, Malmö University and University of the Arts London), (co)authoring and (co)editing some 60 publications. I have founded and managed successful companies and award-winning design firms operating in more than 30 countries and with commercial hubs in Milan, Singapore, Toronto and Doha (key Clients include Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Dior, Sony). I also help private and public organizations (e.g. the European Commission, World Bank, Research Council of Canada and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) to define strategies, policies, and funding schemes to foster innovation. As a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200), I offer experiential sessions that anchor breath-based movement to immersive art installations and to science-based insights on mindfulness.

Further information 

Key areas of professional interest: Strategy & design, foresight and futures thinking, design entrepreneurship, participatory design, design management, service design and strategic design methods and, more broadly, interaction design.

Key area of interest for my yoga practice: I have been into yoga for some 20 years, mostly practising various forms of breath-based hatha yoga (my reference point is the work of  Krishnamacharya, T. K. V. Desikachar and Vanda Scaravelli). I got my RYT-200 certification from Akasha Yoga Academy. I offer private one-to-one sessions (either in person or online) – mostly geared to people who would like to develop their own personal practice. 

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