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.
Linda holds an 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.
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.
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.
After gaining valuable work experience in today’s dynamic Banking and Wealth Management business Céline now applies her customer-centric thinking to support Spark Works in the planning and execution of research projects. Céline holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Claire is pursuing a B.Arch at Cornell University, College of Architecture. Through her architectural studies and her background in animation and independent filmmaking, she has gained experience in designing creative responses to client needs as well as a sensibility for visual communication. At Spark Works she supports our team in the development of our visual communication.
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.