Our Team

 
 
ETH_Week_090915_15 Kopie2.jpg

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

Linda holds a B.A. in Media and Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts and an 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 an 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

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 an M.Sc. in Management and a Dip.Eng. in Mechatronics. Among other things, he is Switzerland General Manager at Adjoint, 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 an M.Sc. in Management and a Dip.Eng. in Mechatronics. Among other things, he is Switzerland General Manager at Adjoint, previously founded a couple startups and worked for ABB.

Alan

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

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

Barbara holds an 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 an 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

Michael holds an 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 holds an 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

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

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-centered 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-centered approach to innovation for the greater good of society.

XENIA

Daniel is academically trained in innovation management and business development and has previously gained industry experience within the banking and mining industry. He holds a MSc from Copenhagen Business School and a degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Innovation as a means of creative problem solving to benefit human, society and environment, requiring freedom, experimentability and diversity – this understanding is at heart when he collaborates with clients.

Daniel is academically trained in innovation management and business development and has previously gained industry experience within the banking and mining industry. He holds a MSc from Copenhagen Business School and a degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Innovation as a means of creative problem solving to benefit human, society and environment, requiring freedom, experimentability and diversity – this understanding is at heart when he collaborates with clients.

DANIEL

Laura holds a Ph.D. from Maastricht University focused on Personalized Medicine and Public Health. Further, she is a freelance consultant for human-centered innovation methods, certified Design Thinking Coach of the HPI’s D. School in Potsdam, Scrum Master and Systemic Consultant. Laura is an expert at combining analytical skills with empathy, putting the user at center, creating room to experiment, to ultimately inspire innovation.

Laura holds a Ph.D. from Maastricht University focused on Personalized Medicine and Public Health. Further, she is a freelance consultant for human-centered innovation methods, certified Design Thinking Coach of the HPI’s D. School in Potsdam, Scrum Master and Systemic Consultant. Laura is an expert at combining analytical skills with empathy, putting the user at center, creating room to experiment, to ultimately inspire innovation.

LAURA

Alexis holds a Dip.Eng. in mechanical engineering, industrial design & ergonomics from the University of Technology of Belfort Montbéliard and a Dip. in Design Thinking from HPI Potsdam—School of Design Thinking. He collected ergonomics, design and project management expertise in a digital mapping company and then focused on strategy and innovation as a business consultant in the banking/insurance sector. Focused on building the future of services, he supports the team in trend-scouting research on sociological and political developments.

Alexis holds a Dip.Eng. in mechanical engineering, industrial design & ergonomics from the University of Technology of Belfort Montbéliard and a Dip. in Design Thinking from HPI Potsdam—School of Design Thinking. He collected ergonomics, design and project management expertise in a digital mapping company and then focused on strategy and innovation as a business consultant in the banking/insurance sector. Focused on building the future of services, he supports the team in trend-scouting research on sociological and political developments.

ALEXIS

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

Sebastian holds a BA and MA from the University of Zurich with a focus on organizational economics, supply chain management, and technology marketing. He is currently a Ph.D. student at ETHZ, conducting research in the field of technology and innovation management. His award-winning master thesis was about high-tech startups in the automotive industry, and he is a co-author of the Swiss Automotive Survey, a major industry and trend analysis published every five years.

Sebastian holds a BA and MA from the University of Zurich with a focus on organizational economics, supply chain management, and technology marketing. He is currently a Ph.D. student at ETHZ, conducting research in the field of technology and innovation management. His award-winning master thesis was about high-tech startups in the automotive industry, and he is a co-author of the Swiss Automotive Survey, a major industry and trend analysis published every five years.

Sebastian

Thomas holds a Dip.Eng. in Architecture from TU Dresden and a MAS in Management, Technology, and Economics from ETH Zurich. He collected substantial design and project management expertise in internationally acclaimed architectural offices and focused on strategy and innovation as a business consultant. Fascinated by the influences of technological and economical developments on society, markets and civic structures, he explored the respective influences of mobility forms and urban parameters.

Thomas holds a Dip.Eng. in Architecture from TU Dresden and a MAS in Management, Technology, and Economics from ETH Zurich. He collected substantial design and project management expertise
in internationally acclaimed architectural offices and focused on strategy and innovation as a business consultant. Fascinated by the influences of technological and economical developments on society, markets and civic structures, he explored the respective influences of mobility forms and urban parameters.

Thomas

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