Our Team

 
 
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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.

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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.

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Natasha Wunsch is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich, an Associate Fellow with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG).

Natasha Wunsch is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich, an Associate Fellow with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG).

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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.

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Michael is finishing a M.Sc. in Environmental Systems and Policy at ETHZ. His research focuses on the use of human-centered innovation processes for policy design. Believing in the benefits of interdisciplinary work, he has experience in coaching student teams to develop and push forward their own innovation projects. At Spark Works, he supports our team in the execution of agile work sessions with our clients through workshop assistance and facilitation.

Michael is finishing a M.Sc. in Environmental Systems and Policy at ETHZ. His research focuses on the use of human-centered innovation processes for policy design. Believing in the benefits of interdisciplinary work, he has experience in coaching student teams to develop and push forward their own innovation projects. At Spark Works, he supports our team in the execution of agile work sessions with our clients through workshop assistance and facilitation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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As a skilled Designer with a Bachelor in Graphic Design from the Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst, Lilian develops the internal visual communication at Spark Works. Additionally, she is a trained Design Thinker from the ETHZ. She enjoys working and experimenting with different design methods to find new, effective ways to communicate.

As a skilled Designer with a Bachelor in Graphic Design from the Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst, Lilian develops the internal visual communication at Spark Works. Additionally, she is a trained Design Thinker from the ETHZ. She enjoys working and experimenting with different design methods to find new, effective ways to communicate.

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Embodying curiosity and analytical thinking Xenia is able to navigate and embrace ambiguity. With a background in business studies and political science, she is driven to bring creative thinking and a human-centred approach to innovation for the greater good of society.

Embodying curiosity and analytical thinking Xenia is able to navigate and embrace ambiguity. With a background in business studies and political science, she is driven to bring creative thinking and a human-centred approach to innovation for the greater good of society.

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Barbara holds a M.A. in World Society and Global Governance from the University of Lucerne. With experience in Trend Scouting and Innovation Research, she supports our team in the implementation of training programs and research projects. Additionally, she applies her journalism background by taking care of content creation and managing our communication activities.

Barbara holds a M.A. in World Society and Global Governance from the University of Lucerne. With experience in Trend Scouting and Innovation Research, she supports our team in the implementation of training programs and research projects. Additionally, she applies her journalism background by taking care of content creation and managing our communication activities.

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