Andrea Carafa

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

Andrea Carafa is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars, the University of California's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and UCSC, and trains and advises scientists and entrepreneurs about lean innovation and design through the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. Andrea was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a judge for the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Europe, and a member of the Partnership on AI and of the United Nations Innovation Network. He founded ArtsUp, and was a resident entrepreneur at Stanford, where he chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at the U.S. Department's Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He also researched, prototyped, and lectured about design thinking and entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of Milan Bicocca, and co-created an EU-funded program aimed at spurring venture creation in European universities. Previously, he was an EU Marie Curie researcher 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. Andrea represented AEGEE at the United Nations, 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 designing the first secretariat of Future Earth, a ten-year global research and innovation initiative announced at Rio+20. He has been a speaker and contributor to international organizations and summits such as the World Economic Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Summit, United Nations and European Institutions, in addition to academic and industry conferences.