Michele Di Blasio
Co-founder at Lacerba
I believe that everybody should be able deeply understand innovation, to be consciously free to continuously reshape the world we live in. However, to achieve this result we first have to find a more effective, continuous and engaging way to transmit the skills the people need. That’s why I’ve decided to build Lacerba.io, the Italian leading online school focused on teaching tech skills with over 40k students. Our goal at Lacerba is to offer people a new way to satisfy their curiosity, exploring the digital skills in an easy and practical way. I’m in charge of our instructional strategy, which means analyzing both the market evolution and the student’s needs. Every day, I’m pushed to learn new trends and tools to be teach at Lacerba. That’s the reason why I love my job.
Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
Mariana Amatullo is an Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management in The School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York. Prior to joining The New School, she co-founded and led the award-winning social innovation department, Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently Mariana serves as President of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media and as a Vice Provost in the senior administration of The New School. Mariana is the recipient of the inaugural 2012 DELL Social Innovation Award for Outstanding Social Innovation Education; a Salzburg Global Fellow, and al Fellow with the Royal Society of the Art. Mariana’s research focuses on the role of a design attitude as a cognitive approach to social innovation and organizational learning. Among several publications in the works, she is a co-editor (with Bryan Boyer, Jennifer May and Andrew Shea) of Design for Social Innovation.
Senior Advisor and Professor in Leadership and Executive Education
Carlo is the Sustainability Lead and Leadership Senior Advisor at Deloitte Consulting Switzerland. He is also the Dean of Executive Education and Global Outreach at Franklin University Switzerland. His 25 years’ experience is multi-disciplinary, from professional footballer, Hotel and Resort General Manager, Harvard Instructor, Learning Designer, Leadership Coach and Sustainability Senior Advisor.
Carlo contributes today to several global sustainability coalitions and initiatives, including at the Vatican and the UN, focused on identifying new and better micro and macro indicators for ESG and broader economic measurements. Carlo is also a certified multi-stakeholder facilitator, supporting organizations and their people in their sustainability and impact transformation journeys. Carlo is currently conducting a research on financing net-zero strategies for organizations.
Founder at LAND Education
Anna Lottersberger is co-founder of LAND education and responsible for the Academic Development at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts. She holds a Ph.D. in Design from Politecnico di Milano, an MA in Fashion Design and a BA in Design. Anna worked with Culti, Dolce&Gabbana and Loro Piana and co-founded the brand Il Sistema degli Oggetti. She collaborated with the start-up Incubators Polihub and Fashion Technology Accelerator. She lectured in Italy, Lebanon, China, and Singapore, where she was the Head of the School of Fashion and Design at MDIS, before joining Domus Academy as the Head of Fashion Cluster. Anna designed and executed +50 design-driven workshops and hackathons with private and public organizations.
Carmelo Di Bartolo
Designer and Researcher
Carmelo works in the field of Design and Innovation of products and services, building processes with trandisciplinary methodology. He has developed research and projects for medium and large Italian and international manufacturing companies. Since 1992 he has designed strategic design plans for the economic development of the territory. Professor, Director and Presidency Coordinator at the European Institute of Design. Founder and Director of the Research Centre of the European Institute of Design CRIED, Co-founder and Director of Design Innovation, Milan, Gran Canarias. Founder of Design-Research in Milan, he was Associate Professor in Bionics and Design at the University of Montreal. Academic Leader and Visiting Professor at TEC, Tecnológico de Monterrey, MX. Professor of Creativity and Design at IULM University, Milan and since 2014 he has been Professor of Cognitive Artifacts at Sister Orsola Benincasa University, Naples.
Associate Professor, University of Bologna
Graduated in Architecture, PhD in History of Architecture and Town Planning at Politecnico di Torino, Associate Professor in Design in the Department of Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, where she is Director of First Cycle Degree in Industrial Design and the Second Cycle Degree in Advanced Design and member of the Advanced Design Unit. In 2008 she participated at the foundation of the Latin Network for the Development of Design as a Process. Professor of Design cultures at both undergraduate and graduate degree courses in Design of the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino. Among her publications: articles in the “Journal of Design History”, “International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies” and the books “Storie e cronache del design” (2012) and “Storie di futuri e design. Anticipazione e sostenibilità nella cultura italiana del progetto” (2017). Co-editor of the book “Humanities Design Lab. Le culture del progetto e le scienze umane e sociali” (2016).
Full Professor, University of Bologna
Phd., full professor of industrial design, department DA, University of Bologna where he founded and directs the Advanced Design Unit. An expert in design-driven innovation processes, he taught at the Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, and as visiting professor at many international universities in China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain. Among his essays: Il Design della forma merce (2000), Lusso versus design (2005); Design e Innovazione (2007), Non Industrial Design (2017), Human Body Design (2020). Since 2021 he has been the editor of the international scientific journal DIID Disegno Industriale – Industrial Design. He is a member of the scientific committee of ESTE for the technical journal Sistemi & Impresa.