Mentors on board

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Marc is Business Developer at Zero 2 Infinity, a space company based in Barcelona that sends payloads to space and is currently looking to raise a Series C to develop a satellite rocket launcher. He has worked as project manager at invenio learn.by.doing, considered the most comprehensive learning solutions in the areas of innovation, creativity and teamwork using LEGO methodologies. He has experience in 2 other start-ups and 1 anthropological innovation consultancy.

Combining his experience with his Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE and a Master in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath, he combines the startup, entrepreneurship and innovation business mindset with an analytical, structured and methodical engineering work ethic.

 

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Silvia Calvet

“It does not matter if it’s an on-line or an off-line product or service… It’s about understanding the problem you are solving for your customers, and align the company to it. I work with organizations and teams to improve customer experience. The solution requires strategy but also culture.

As a creative I use the design thinking to put people first, to understand problems and to identify needs and pains. As a strategist I understand that business is about results, productivity and vision. The approach: open collaboration based on learning, building, measuring.

Ingredients for success: empathy, powers of ten, diversity and a bit of earth & sky. Secret ingredients? Higher purpose & humanism inside business.”

 

manuelaManuela Procopio

Manuela is an entrepreneur, mentor, trainer and Scrum Master.

Through Trend Research, Service Design and Agile Management she helps people, companies and organizations to design creative and viable solutions to their challenges.

She is proud co-founder of initiatives such as _coworkshops and We Push, characterized by their strong collaborative and international spirit and their focus on people, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Lecturer of Trend Research and Design Thinking both at design schools and companies, Manuela is the Managing Director of the Management for Creative Industries School at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Barcelona.

 

Fernando_Guada_Bio-2Fernando Guada

Consider an expert in sensory, emotional and experiential forms of communication, Guada has worked with brands and agencies such as Mini, Coca-Cola, Fundació Catalana per a l’Sport, Arena Media, Ogilvy&Mather and a few more.

He’s latest obsession is to build communication that can work in both, the digital and the real life.

With a professional experience of over twelve years in business management,project management and events production, Guada decided to set up his own agency a few years ago, as he believed there were other ways to communicate. http://www.laagenciasensorial.com

A believer in storytelling and creativity as a drive, he affirms that, sometimes, everything is possible if there’s a good idea behind it. In his spare time he makes music, enjoys being a foodie, writes some jazz concert reviews and looks for people to enhance is life.

 

Ariana-Mazzeo_1Arianna Mazzeo

I’m helping people, communities, cultural and creative industries, to find the best business opportunities and value propositions within a shift focus on innovation, social innovation through design.

My one big project is for and with people, infrastructure, communication, media and components of our society, in order to improve the connection, the interaction between strategies through design and the new experimental and critical experienced in everyday life with objects, spaces and performance in a new poetic and creative storytelling.

My focus on objects and public spaces, performance, entrepreneurship and creative industries are looking for new relationships and medium between people, technology and education through design.

Questioning everything, design as problem finding, co-creating an open participatory practices within innovation eco-system to create an impact in the society where we live and growth is my main value i wanna share with you. Open design as opportunities for all.I am committed to the principles and promotion of equality, cultural diversity and social justice to promote innovation through design as new poetic strategy enhanced education for social change.

 

ASAnneke Stolk

She is originally from the Netherlands, has lived in Australia and France, and the past 8 years in Spain. She graduated as a Master of Science in Integrated Product Design from the Delft University of Technology.

In the Netherlands, Anneke worked at an award winning industrial design company, Flex the innovationlab. In Spain she has been an entrepreneur for over 3 years and worked 5 years at an innovation consultancy, Bax&Willems, where she was responsible for the management and coordination of open innovation collaborations in food, life sciences and design based innovation. She is now partner in InstaGreen, a start-up in urban farming, where she focuses on the product and business development. Two years ago Anneke became the coordinator of the Barcelona OpenIDEO team who then won the Clinton Global Initiative challenge on youth employment. She is coordinating the development and implementation of the One Day Experience Platform with the Barcelona OpenIDEO team, which was recently selected by IDEO for the Path2Pitching, to enter into an accelerator program.

 

Marc_Garcia_WQOP_2014Marc García Fortuny

Marc defines himself as a professional questioner and is the co-founder of We Question Our Project. He works with governments, businesses and non-profit organizations in local, regional and European projects. He helps them improve their services —digital and face-to-face— by creating spaces where everything can be questioned and by involving users and front-line workers.

Marc holds a Postgraduate degree in Design Thinking and Innovation and an MBA by EADA Business School. He is a graphic and digital designer by education and previous professional background.

He lectures Design Thinking and Service Design at Bau Design School. He’s also a visiting lecturer on Service Innovation at the schools for civil servants of the National Government of Catalonia —Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya (EAPC) (http://eapc.gencat.cat/ca/) and Centre d’Estudis Jurídics i Formació Especialitzada (CEJFE) (http://cejfe.cat/?SET_IDIOMA=EN)—, as well as Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

Marc promotes the field of public service design by hosting the Barcelona GovJam (http://www.barcelonagovjam.org). And is a regular speaker at events such as Service Design in Government (http://govservicedesign.net/2015/),Congrés de Govern Digital (Conference on Digital Government, http://web.aoc.cat/governdigital/) and Congreso Internacional en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas (International Conference on Administration, Government and Public Policy, http://www.gigapp.org).

You can see his résumé in LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcgarciafortuny).

 

imageAayesha Natasha Khan

As a strategy consultant for Globalpraxis Group, Aayesha travels the world helping multinational grow in complexed markets by recommending improvements to their operational processes, sales structures, and overall growth strategies. Her exprience includes work with Coca-Cola South Africa, SAB Miller Tanzania, Deoleo USA, Nespresso España and many others. Prior to her work with Globalpraxis, Aayesha consulted with several start-ups on marketing and business development while pursuing her MBA at ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Born and raised in New York City, Aayesha began her career in account management and business development for top NY agencies such as Grey NY, Euro RSCG, and Omnicom Media Group. Aayesha holds a Bachelor of Science from the Boston University School of Management. When not logging airline miles to get to the next project Aayesha enjoys running, rock climbing, and figure drawing.

 

unnamed-3 (1)Ignasi Boza

I’m an expert Consultant recruiting UX and Service Design Talent for high growth businesses in Innovation, Digital & Technology. Identifying and attracting talent into the business across Human Centered Design disciplines and from a wide variety of sources. In parallel I am collaborating as an Academic Advisor at LCI Barcelona and ESDi Ramón Llull.

I am a User Experience Designer with a passion for Human-Centred and Inclusive Design processes. My aspiration is to help clients create seamless cross-channel, cross-device customer experiences internationally.

 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQOAAAAJGE4ZDIzMDljLWQ2NmMtNDA2Yi1hZWNkLTQ0YTcwZGJiODE2NgVeronika Jermolina

Veronika is a User Experience (UX) researcher and designer living and working in London. In the last 10 years Vero has helped brands like Vodafone, Sky, BBC, Boots and easyJet create powerful, creative, people-centric design solutions that empower customers to achieve their goals.
Vero is a real believer and advocate of a get-out-of-the building, people-centred approach. She’s seen the incredible results of research-driven design over and over and over again. She’s also seen the risks of not doing the right research and creating assumptions-driven solutions in meeting rooms.
Vero’s areas of expertise range from creative ideation techniques, UX research methods, accessibility requirements and to prototyping.

 

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I’m a designer focusing mainly on interaction, user experience and service design for digital products.

I have an educational background of Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology and Interactive Media, and enjoy working in the intersection of different fields, such as technology, business and psychology.

My main motivation is redefining problems through user-centric design methodologies and creating carefully designed services/products that makes life easier and makes the users smile.

Sector experience: e-commerce/Retail, Finance, Telecommunications, Insurance, Digital Experiences and Social Media.

Skills: Design Research, Conceptualization, Design Strategy, Quantitative and Qualitative User Testing, User Journeys and Personas, Information Architecture, Wireframing, Prototyping, UI Specs and Guidelines.

 

KasiaKatarzyna Grabowicz

Kasia leverages her background in business strategy and entrepreneurship at Claro. She designed customer products in Deutsche Bank and has been involved in business development for a healthcare services startup in Warsaw. She has experience in customer-oriented projects across different industries. She earned her master’s in Management in Warsaw School of Economics and in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESADE.

 

 

JoshuaJosh Dresner (from Claro Partners)

Joshua holds a Masters in anthropology and people-centred business from The University of Copenhagen. Ethnographic fieldwork in India and a research project in Denmark during this study has stimulated his interest in human-centered design projects. At Claro he applies research, cross-cultural thinking and design to develop businesses that work across markets.

 

 

 

MandyMandy Bouchedid (from Claro Partners)

Mandy is a designer with experience in visual communication and user-centered research. The combination of her studies and professional experiences across Asia, Europe and the United States allows her to promote cross-cultural dialogues through the application of design and business thinking processes while exploring human-centric solutions. Mandy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut (AUB), a Master’s degree in Design Management from IED, Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Design for Social Business from IED, Milano. She is fluent in Arabic and English and can converse in French and Spanish with an understanding of Italian.

 

 

HansHans Vilarica (from Claro Partners)

Hans (Philippines) is a strategist who specializes in media and management. He has worked for leading publications, such as TIME, The Atlantic and Fast Company, in newsrooms in New York, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C. Before focusing on news media, he worked as a marketing manager for a large financial services firm in Manila. In addition to his 6+ years of work experience, he earned his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago and his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.

 

 

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Gunes Kocabag (from Claro Partners)

Ethnographer and strategic designer.

Gunes is a researcher and strategic designer with a background in design and anthropology. She has a deep understanding of user centric research and innovation strategies and a passion for developing new user experiences. She has experience in ethnographic film making. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Istanbul) and Master’s degrees in Design (Milan) and Anthropology (London).

 

 

Harry_HR.jpgHarry Wilson (from Claro Partners)

Harry has a background in designing and running open innovation and crowdsourcing programmes on behalf of corporate, non-profit and government clients. This has ranged from a $15m initiative to accelerate a cure for spinal cord injury, to a startup programme which attracted over 1500 entrepreneurs to apply to move to the UK. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick.

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