Andrea Carafa

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

Andrea Carafa is an academic, entrepreneur, and investor based in Silicon Valley and committed to addressing global issues through inclusive innovation. He currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. He also serves as a member of the University of California Office of the President’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. 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. His work was featured in publications such as Reuters, Fortune, Voice of America, AACSB, and the Huffington Post. Andrea founded ArtsUp, and was a Resident Entrepreneur and Fellow at Stanford, where he chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He researched, prototyped, and lectured about design thinking and entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of Milan Bicocca, and co-created an EU Knowledge Alliance aimed at spurring venture creation in European universities. Previously, he was an EU Marie Curie Fellow in emerging technology for health and sustainable development at the European Commission and Grenoble School of Management, a European Science Foundation Visiting Fellow at Bocconi University, and a HEPTech Visiting Researcher at GSI and CERN. He inspired CERN to launch CollSpotting, a data analytics platform for science labs and companies to establish new R&D collaborations increasing their technology transfer 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 for the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals and of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth's Office. 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.