Our team is composed from a variety of backgrounds and areas of interest, because we believe creativity does not happen in isolation, but is sparked at the intersection where people with different knowledge meet.
Our roots originate from ETH and we are a dynamic, multidisciplinary team that combines expertise with a passion for creativity and innovation
Linda holds a M.A. in Strategic Design from the design akademie berlin. As a trained Design Thinker from the Potsdam and Stanford d.school, co-founder of Spark Works and lecturer at the ETHZ, she builds and leads research and training programs in the private and public sector, blending methods grounded in human-centered design to inform and inspire insight-driven innovation.
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.
Alan holds a Ph.D. 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. He is a co-founder of Spark Works, leads innovation efforts at Allianz, sits on the board of a couple of start-ups and lectures at ETHZ.
As an accomplished designer with a B.A. Graphic Design from the Hochschule Luzern, Art & Design, Lilian develops the internal visual communication at Spark Works. Additionally, she is a trained Design Thinker at ETHZ. She enjoys working and experimenting with different design methods to find new, effective ways to communicate.
Armando draws his experience in Human-Centered Design and Innovation from applied computational decision support with industry and startups, government and non-profit clients. For example, he shared expertise in collaborative modeling with Airbus; social simulation with armasuisse; serious gaming with the GIZ. Armando holds a D.Phil. from the University of Zurich and worked at ETHZ, the Centre for Policy Modeling, and George Mason and Columbia Universities. At Spark Works Armando leads client engagement activities and contributes with his expertise in technology-driven projects.
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.
As a visiting MBA student at the George Washington University, strategy consultant at Spark Works and lecturer at the ETHZ, Alice has experience in designing research projects and facilitating training programs using collaborative and agile techniques. Her ambition is to explore how technology, innovation and design can be integrated into effective strategies.
Stefano joined ETH as a professor after obtaining a D.Phil. in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Sussex. As coordinator of the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management and partner at Spark Works, he focuses on understanding how organisations and individuals learn to introduce innovations in a routine way, applying methodologies that range from qualitative methods to neuro-scientific techniques.
Prasad is a Global Operations Leader & Change Agent with proven success in Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Product Development in Automotive, Fashion Retail and Energy, while living & working across 5 continents. As Senior Lecturer at ETH he focuses on Mentoring, and, Transformation in the areas of Innovation, Disruptive Change Management, Leadership and Talent/Career Development.
Anja is an expert in transformation, innovation and corporate culture. After 20 years of experience in senior management positions in both the private sector at IBM and in the public sector as a project manager at SECO, Director General of Social Action and State Chancellor of the Canton of Geneva, she decided to set up her own business. She divides her time between her company civicLab, mandates of several companies and foundations and teaches at the university.
After spending some time in New York, connecting Swiss and American innovators at swissnex, Dorian now applies his transatlantic learnings to support Spark Works in the planning and execution of training programs and research projects. Dorian holds a M.Sc. from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne.