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.

Alan

 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

 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

 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

 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

 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

   
  
 
  
    
  
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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

 Sophie holds a M.A in Design Management and is an experienced facilitator having designed and lead a variety of Design Thinking workshops around the world. She is a storyteller able to translate abstract insights into sustainable solutions and passionate about co-creating scalable innovation strategies.

Sophie holds a M.A in Design Management and is an experienced facilitator having designed and lead a variety of Design Thinking workshops around the world. She is a storyteller able to translate abstract insights into sustainable solutions and passionate about co-creating scalable innovation strategies.

Sophie

 Martin is an 'Entrepreneur in Residence' at the Technology and Innovation Management Chair at ETHZ. He has spent over 20 years helping to disintermediate and disrupt the telco industry for brands like Skype & was one of the first employees at the industry consortium that created the smartphone. Outside the world of academia he makes THE best burger you’ll ever taste!

Martin is an 'Entrepreneur in Residence' at the Technology and Innovation Management Chair at ETHZ. He has spent over 20 years helping to disintermediate and disrupt the telco industry for brands like Skype & was one of the first employees at the industry consortium that created the smartphone. Outside the world of academia he makes THE best burger you’ll ever taste!

Martin

 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.

Lilian

 Mattis holds a MSC in mechanical engineering from ETHZ. He was part of several engineering design teams, mentored student projects at ETHZ and worked with NGOs in Switzerland and Nepal. Being genuinely interested in people’s stories, and in tailoring products to user needs, he made the transition to user-centered product development at Spark Works.

Mattis holds a MSC in mechanical engineering from ETHZ. He was part of several engineering design teams, mentored student projects at ETHZ and worked with NGOs in Switzerland and Nepal. Being genuinely interested in people’s stories, and in tailoring products to user needs, he made the transition to user-centered product development at Spark Works.

Mattis

 Claudia is a summer intern. She is enrolled on the Interaction Design Bachelor Course at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). With a passion for human-centered design she’s eager to explore new design thinking practices and how they can be most effectively applied.

Claudia is a summer intern. She is enrolled on the Interaction Design Bachelor Course at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). With a passion for human-centered design she’s eager to explore new design thinking practices and how they can be most effectively applied.

Claudia