Biography

 

Futurist. Humanist. Critical Thinker. Mentor. Strategic Design Director.

PhD in Behavioral and Social Sciences from Tilburg University (2016), a degree in Humanities from UniTo in Turin (1994), and a diploma in Electronics from ISEAT in Turin (1986).

My formative years in blue chips of the Italian creative industry, from ItalDesign Giugiaro (leading automotive design) to Euro RSCG Milano (leading EU agency network). Then, my leadership role at Philips Design where I directed in 1999-2009 foresight programs and branding services. Followed, in 2010-2016, by my role as Research Principal, Urban Futures, for Signify. Moreover, more opportunities as a strategy and change consultant for corporations, small medium enterprises, startups, and fine arts foundations. I operate in The Netherlands, Italy, the rest of Europe, Japan, and the USA.

Since 1995, academic courses, seminars and events at institutes ranging from Vancouver Island University to the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano. Also, American institutes like Wharton Business School; the UNAM Post-graduate School of Architecture of Mexico City; and Art Center College of Design Pasadena (US). But then, how to forget keynote speaking in Asia, the Americas, Russia, the UK, and the European Union, with ESOMAR, TEDx, Design Management Institute, London Business School, and more?

Furthermore, firstly, since 2009, four books have been published under my name as author or co-author, with Palgrave, Gower/Ashgate, Taylor Francis and EMAP. Secondly, since 1995, more than 20 scientific papers and more than 50 editorial contributions have been printed. This all started with my tenure as Editor-in-chief with Giancarlo Politi Editore, the publisher of Flash Art International.

Lastly, since 2003, advisor to the President of ISISUF – Istituto Internazionale di Studi sul Futurismo, the fine arts and design foundation programming FuturDome in Milan.