Andrea Carafa

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

Andrea Carafa is an Entrepreneur in Residence (Director) at the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and a Lecturer at UCSC and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Ambassador and Judge, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of the Partnership on AI, and a delegate to the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum. He founded ArtsUp, and was a Resident Entrepreneur at Stanford, where he chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Andrea researched, prototyped, and lectured about design thinking and entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of Milan Bicocca, among others, and co-created an EU-funded program aimed at spurring venture creation in European universities. Previously, he was an EU Marie Curie Fellow in emerging technology for social and economic impact at Grenoble School of Management and at the European Commission, a European Science Foundation Visiting Fellow at Bocconi University, and a HEPTech Visiting Researcher at GSI and CERN. His work inspired CERN to launch CollSpotting, a platform aimed at increasing the technology transfer from physics labs to society. As a Civil Society Representative at the United Nations on behalf of AEGEE, Andrea created a multi-stakeholder initiative within the UN Rio+20 process and advocated the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals. He was also the Founder and Executive Director of Green Young Economy and contributed to Future Earth, a global research and innovation initiative announced at Rio+20.