LEAD Academy, Berlin / facilitation design thinking

Collaborated with LEAD Academy in Berlin to deliver a intro to 'Think Like A Start-up' using design thinking tools and methods to a group of participants from corporate organisations and NGOs.   The objective as part of a longer LEAD Academy programme was to introduce to participants new practical tools and methods they can apply in creative problem solving within their teams.  Participants tried out field research including interviews and observation on the streets of Berlin, quick prototyping including role play and storytelling techniques to explain their final prototype idea.

"Startups have built a vast body of knowledge and experience in dealing with uncertainty and change. By complementing creativity with discipline, focus and curiosity, they are a major force in redesigning industries. However, the success factors are not limited to tech businesses. As leaders in other industries, civil society and the public sector are facing a fast paced and interconnected world, they can apply approaches and strategies of startups just as well.

Think like a Startup aims to transfer approaches used by startups into other contexts. Building upon the insights made in hubs like San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Berlin, we look into the black box of startup success and help participants to experience entrepreneurial mindsets and practices first hand."


EDACY Senegal / human centred design facilitation

A project for Edacy Africa in collaboration with a team of designers: Sami Niemelä and Monika Zych of Nordkapp Helsinki, Ashwin Rajan and Samuel Hailemariam

Edacy trains graduates in engineering and technology in soft skills by full immersions with partner enterprises to get African graduates into jobs and entrepreneurship.

As a team of designers with a combined wide spectrum of expertise, we co-created and implemented an immersive bootcamp in human-centred and service design methods attainable to non-experts.  A range of thinking tools were shared with the participants who worked on briefs from local Senegalese enterprises.

In this project, some of the methods explored in my PhD focused on empowering non-design experts to 'design' were also used.  

Project also supported by Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique Senegal and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.




Workshop on design thinking applied to life designed and facilitated for Unsettled, a start-up providing community experiences for people in a transition stage of life.  It was designed based on a simple design thinking process and on the Balinese belief system.  It applies a philosophy of Design Dharma.

Balinese spirituality is a mixture of Hindu and indigenous traditions. It recognises the world we experience is a product of the interaction between the sekala and the niskala.  Sekala is the seen physical world, the surface, external, material aspects. Niskala is the invisible world, the meaning, spirit, or essential life force underlying what we can see and touch. Embracing the heart-set and mind-set of Unsettled in Bali, this session was an opportunity to self-reflect and self-design some of the challenges, questions, thoughts, ideas you might be brewing lately.  In this creative relaxed session I applied a facilitated design process inspired and adapted to the Niskala and Sekala.  
For this, we took participants somewhere off the tourist map (you won’t find much on Google). Bindu is a village close to Ubud where the local community takes care of a sacred field for generations, now called Bindu Healing Center.  It is believed the “unseen people” inhabit this special land where the sick come to get well and where Agni Hotra ceremonies are held (Agni means Fire, Hotra means Healing).  It is also a medicinal garden where healing herbs are grown through a permaculture process.  

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