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Here’s to the crazy ones


The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

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Here’s to the crazy ones


The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

SparkLabs is formed by a team of experts from a variety of backgrounds and areas of interest, because creativity is sparked at the borders where different fields of knowledge encounter each other. This is also true for our team. As any Design Thinking team, we build on each other's knowledge to bring forward the solutions best suited to different innovation needs.

Meet our team

  Alan holds a PhD from EPFL focused on human-centered innovation processes, having been a Visiting Researcher at Stanford's d.school and a participant at Potsdam HPI's d.school. He also holds a M.Sc. in Management and a Dip.Eng. in Mechatronics.   Among other things, he is a regional innovation manager for Allianz ACGS, previously founded a couple startups and worked for ABB.

Alan holds a PhD from EPFL focused on human-centered innovation processes, having been a Visiting Researcher at Stanford's d.school and a participant at Potsdam HPI's d.school. He also holds a M.Sc. in Management and a Dip.Eng. in Mechatronics. Among other things, he is a regional innovation manager for Allianz ACGS, previously founded a couple startups and worked for ABB.

Alan

 Daniella is a Senior Researcher at the Technology and Innovation Management Chair at ETHZ. She has ample research and teaching experience in areas related to managerial cognition, innovation and strategy. Her multidisciplinary approach uses cognitive sciences and organizational learning to understand and solve problems related to innovation and strategic change.

Daniella is a Senior Researcher at the Technology and Innovation Management Chair at ETHZ. She has ample research and teaching experience in areas related to managerial cognition, innovation and strategy. Her multidisciplinary approach uses cognitive sciences and organizational learning to understand and solve problems related to innovation and strategic change.

Daniella

 Born in a family of entrepreneurs and architects, Anja is with one foot on the creativity and with the other foot on the business side. Fascinated by the idea to connect the advantages of both worlds, she runs design thinking workshops with start-up entrepreneurs and students as well as deals with the topic on an academic level, bringing her experience and her the motivation. 

Born in a family of entrepreneurs and architects, Anja is with one foot on the creativity and with the other foot on the business side. Fascinated by the idea to connect the advantages of both worlds, she runs design thinking workshops with start-up entrepreneurs and students as well as deals with the topic on an academic level, bringing her experience and her the motivation. 

Anja

 Linda holds a B.A. in Media and Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts and a M.A. in Strategic Design from the design akademie berlin. As a trained Design Thinker from the HPI d.school, she seeks to generate innovative solutions with value for users, businesses and society as a whole.

Linda holds a B.A. in Media and Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts and a M.A. in Strategic Design from the design akademie berlin. As a trained Design Thinker from the HPI d.school, she seeks to generate innovative solutions with value for users, businesses and society as a whole.

Linda

 Florian holds a PhD from ETH Zurich focused on the improvement of new product development processes. Currently he is a senior researcher at NTNU Trondheim and ETH Zurich. He also holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics as well as a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Florian holds a PhD from ETH Zurich focused on the improvement of new product development processes. Currently he is a senior researcher at NTNU Trondheim and ETH Zurich. He also holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics as well as a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Florian

 Chris is the Dean of the College of Management at EPFL and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences, B.A. in Music, and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Stanford University, also receiving an M.Sc. in Technology from MIT and a PhD in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Before his PhD,  he was an industrial computer scientist at Ford Aerospace.

Chris is the Dean of the College of Management at EPFL and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences, B.A. in Music, and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Stanford University, also receiving an M.Sc. in Technology from MIT and a PhD in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Before his PhD, he was an industrial computer scientist at Ford Aerospace.

Chris

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Combining a creative and analytical mindset, Alice is a social scientist with a strong background in Development Economics. As a visiting MBA student at the George Washington University, she specialized in Business innovation and management.  Her ambition is to find new ways to create large-scale, and lasting social change.

Combining a creative and analytical mindset, Alice is a social scientist with a strong background in Development Economics. As a visiting MBA student at the George Washington University, she specialized in Business innovation and management.  Her ambition is to find new ways to create large-scale, and lasting social change.

Alice

 Stefano is the Director of Studies of the D-MTEC and Full Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at ETHZ. Previously an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy where he was Vice-Director of the KITeS Institute.  His work covers fields such as industrial and innovation dynamics and R&D management.

Stefano is the Director of Studies of the D-MTEC and Full Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at ETHZ. Previously an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy where he was Vice-Director of the KITeS Institute. His work covers fields such as industrial and innovation dynamics and R&D management.

Stefano

 Sonja is a trained mechanical engineer and business school graduate. Not being able to side with one or the other community, she has since been working at the intersect trying to reveal the constructive forces of interdisciplinary team work. She is also very passionate about applying methods (to herself and others) that shake up routinized behavior to expand individuals’ creative potential. 

Sonja is a trained mechanical engineer and business school graduate. Not being able to side with one or the other community, she has since been working at the intersect trying to reveal the constructive forces of interdisciplinary team work. She is also very passionate about applying methods (to herself and others) that shake up routinized behavior to expand individuals’ creative potential. 

Sonja

 Giada is a PhD Candidate at EPFL and Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, focused on how organizations carry out new product development projects. She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Management and Production Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and has worked as Business Analyst in Accenture Management Consulting.

Giada is a PhD Candidate at EPFL and Visiting Researcher at Stanford University, focused on how organizations carry out new product development projects. She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Management and Production Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and has worked as Business Analyst in Accenture Management Consulting.

Giada