Anastasia is an experienced group coach, digital strategist, guest university lecturer and conference speaker, with a focus on creativity, user-centered innovation, digitalisation and change.
Anastasia holds a degree in classical music (State Conservatoire in Kazan), a master’s degree in digital communication (UdK Berlin), and is certified as a design thinker (Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam). As a former TV chief-editor and moderator, with an additional certification in expressive coaching (Moscow), she has a rich experience in leading and inspiring teams and holding a space for creative flow and efficient collaborative work. Her professional challenge is to inspire people for solutions that change someone's life; to encourage them to leave their comfort zone and to experience transformation and self-awareness through the power of creativity; to integrate different approaches such as design thinking, lean, agile, embodiment, and gamification in order to build a platform for interaction and innovation.
Life motto — today is a prototype for tomorrow; life engine — coffee and ideas, lifehack — follow your heart and dance all problems away…
Anna loves complex challenges. She supports her teams in workshops and projects to think big and offers new ways of thinking. Her passion: Developing data-driven products and business models together with her clients - with vast experience in the finance and insurance sector.
Anna acquired her professional knowledge at the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. As a founder of the design thinking consultancy openmjnd, she was leading over 100 successful workshops and projects with local and international companies.
Anna loves the design thinking principle: „Talk less. Do more.“ That is why she founded her own start up FrogList to make freelancers around the world successful. Anna is the number one glitter fan.
Brittany’s passion is connecting people, particularly in bridging western and eastern cultures. Therefore, her focus is to guide you and your international team in maximizing the natural diversity and achieving results.
Brittany is a business graduate of three international universities (Swinburne Universität Melbourne, Kansai Gaidai Osaka, Hasso-Plattner Institut Potsdam) with merit scholarships from the Rotary Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Education. In 2012, she studied Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam where business finally met people.
Brittany is originally from Australia and after 4 years in Japan and 6 years in Germany, she now has pleasure to also call these countries home. After 3 languages, countries and degrees she can assure you we have more in common than we think.
Fabian is a passionate advocate of the user perspective, consulting companies and training employees to consequently focus on their customers throughout the innovation cycle.
Early during his studies in Media, Psychology and Politics, he specialised on the user perspective, working in UX and Usability studies. His passion eventually led him to study at the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam where he now teaches himself. It almost goes without saying, Fabian is all about profound user research within the DT process.
Fabian, one oft those rare original Berliners, is a real online and media enthusiast - who counters his connectivity addiction by going trekking in the middle of nowhere for weeks and weeks.
Florian supports teams and organizations in the application of design research and innovation processes. When he is not applying a ‚design thinking mindset‘ in his own projects (in the urban design realm) he is training others to gain and apply it.
During his studies at the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam in 2012, Florian got to know Design Thinking both practically and academically. He applied these methodologies and tools ever since in projects of different scopes. As an urbanist also holding a degree in Psychology, he is fascinated by analyzing and understanding complex systems and collaboratively developing relevant solutions.
Florian loves coffee as well as being active at sea or in it. He believes that most Saturdays is a more beautiful day than Mondays.
Javier gives management and economy lectures at several German universities since 2011. Having held more than 24 different courses, he has a holistic perspective of organizations and their micro and macroeconomic environment. Furthermore, he supports students during their thesis writing process at a Bachelor and Master level. Currently, he is dovetailing management perspectives with the design thinking principles and methods.
Javier obtained an MBA degree and a PhD in economic science at the HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management with a focus on strategic management in Latin America. He acquired Design Thinking knowledge in 2010 and 2011 in the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) in Potsdam. He is very well versed in applying management, economic, and creative know-how in practice, since he has experience in analytical and creative consulting projects.
Javier was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He enjoys memorizing the names of all his students and everything dealing with Ludwig van Beethoven.
As strategy and innovation consultant Joy helps organizations to approach the world of tomorrow. She facilitates business transformation and develops future-oriented strategies, products and services in co-creation with her clients, always driven by human centered design.
Joy started her career in the media industry before she discovered her passion for strategic design. Ever since, she has been applying her dramaturgical and communicative skills to design processes and interactions. She holds a master degree in Media Studies of Humboldt-University Berlin and is alumna of the HPI School of Design Thinking.
Born and raised in Bavaria, Joy can hardly imagine life without eating pretzels on a regular basis. Also, she rarely goes anywhere without a notebook and a pen.
Moritz is a consultant and trainer for our international clients in design thinking and creative collaboration.
In the past 12 years, Moritz has gained a lot of experience in the field of creative collaboration, strategic foresight and co-innovation. Since 2015 he is consulting clients with his own company Dolaborate GmbH and has since then also worked closely with launchlabs. Before that he lead design projects as a senior design strategist in the Design and Co-Innovation Center at SAP, taught students and executives as a program manager and teacher at the HPI School of Design Thinking and looked into the future as a researcher in the foresight department of Daimler AG. He studied Comparative Literature, Italian Studies and Dramatics in Munich and holds a PhD in design and media theory from HfG Karlsruhe.
Moritz lives in Berlin and New Delhi, where he walks his dog Leyla even in 48º Celsius in May as well as 1599 on the AQI in November.
Nadja supports organizations on their path to the future by applying Design Thinking, Service Design und Agile Innovation methods, always striving to provide those precious aha-moments in the solutions process.
During her university journey from psychology to marketing and innovation & technology management, she found herself vividly applying Design Thinking at the HPI Design Thinking School in Potsdam. After some years at a digital consultancy juggling innovation projects and data-driven marketing strategies, Nadja now consults, crafts and coaches human-centered innovation concepts and workshops.
Nadja has a fondness for everything delicate, beautiful, and loves exploring the new. And surely: Taking the next good photograph.
Nina has been a qualitative researcher for over a decade. Hunting for Insights for global FMCG players is part of her DNA. Her hours with face-to-face interaction with consumers in group discussions, interviews and in-home visits worldwide are innumerable. Though certainly, her work does not end there. Nina is experienced in taking these golden nuggets further and uses them in various creative workshop settings to ensure consumer-centric product- , service- and process developments for her clients.
As a psychologist, Nina’s passion is to understand the real depths of human needs and desires. She studied psychology and communication sciences in Erfurt with a short stop-over in Canada to peek into journalism.
Nina developed and refined her qualitative research skills while working for some of the most well-known global research agencies Research International, TNS Infratest and Point-Blank International.
Nina grew up in Germany and is a travel-addict. Ask her to sneak a peak into her wallet. She carries around bills from the most exotic countries she has visited to remind her of the places she has been to.
Joe guides teams, companies and organizations in the development of innovative products and services. He takes experience from the private sector, the academic world, from research and start-ups, and uses methods from Design Thinking and Agile to lead teams to their goals in a creative, efficient and user-centered way.
Born in Ireland, Joe studied Industrial Design, Transportation Design and Design Thinking in Germany and Spain. Prior to becoming a freelance design consultant, Joe founded a startup, co-developed the Biothinking Program at the Charité and expanded and led MEDS Workshop as its international director for 3 years.
Joe loves to travel, often with the excuse of experiencing design and architecture .. but really it’s all about the food.
Anna-Lena loves working with the combination of strategic, analytical and creative techniques. As a Design Thinking and innovation consultant she is supporting companies in closing the gap between sales-oriented and customer experience oriented economical success factors.
Based on her M.A. degrees in International Economic Relations and Trilingual Management Anna-Lena has been working as a strategy, operations and innovation Consultant for seven years. She is now a freelance consultant and Design Thinking coach. In order to nourish her creative side she has obtained a degree in Fashion Design in 2018.
If her day had 48 hours Anna-Lena would resume her drum-lessons, enter a scientific study program and regularly attend triathlon training.