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 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, design entrepreneurship, design as a way to support knowledge translation, data analysis and visualization, design management, service design methods and, 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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