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.
As a former visiting MBA student at the George Washington University, business consultant at Spark Works and lecturer at the ETHZ, Alice leads strategic projects focusing on promoting design-led innovation processes within large corporate settings. She 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 impactful user-focused strategies.
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 an M.Sc. in Management and a Dip.Eng. in Mechatronics. He is a co-founder of Spark Works, Switzerland General Manager for Adjoint, sits on the board of a couple of start-ups and lectures at ETHZ.
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.
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 at Spark Works.
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.
Thomas holds a Dip.Eng. in Architecture from TU Dresden and a MAS in Management, Technology, and Economics from ETHZ. 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 economic developments on society, markets and civic structures, he supports the team in research projects, with a focus on mobility.
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.
Stefano joined ETHZ 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.
Michael has a background in Environmental Sciences. 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 facilitation.
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. She supports the team in leading Human-Centered Design projects in the private and public sector as well as setting up training programs to widen the community of creative thinkers.
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.
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.
Katharine holds an M.A. in Organisational Decision-making and Knowledge Management from the University of Stellenbosch. She is currently completing her MAS in Management, Technology and Economics at ETH. With experience in finance, market research and retail, she supports the team in developing corporate training programs and business model planning.
Ye holds an M.A. of Corporate Management & Economics from Zeppelin University and also a Master of Big Data Solutions from Barcelona Technology School. With her skills in Market Research and Technology, she supports the team developing and implementing tech-driven projects in the field of Executive Education.
Lorenzo is Full Professor at the Business Design Center, University of Aalborg, member of the expert network (Innovation) at World Economic Forum, and faculty at EPFL-EMBA and other executive programs. He holds graduate degrees with distinctions in Engineering (Mech) from DIT (Dublin) and the UNIGE (Genoa) and a Master and Ph.D. in Management from IESE Business School. As consultant and advisor he works to translate cutting edge research on innovation and strategy into actionable practices.
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, researching in the field of technology and innovation management. Leveraging on his experience as a co-author of the Swiss Automotive Survey, a public major industry and trend analysis, he supports the team in the implementation of market and trend research.