Andrea Carafa

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

Andrea Carafa is a Blackstone Launchpad & Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence (Director) and a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz 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 and Fellow 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 Knowledge Alliance aimed at spurring venture creation in European universities. Previously, he was an EU Marie Curie Fellow in emerging technology tackling health and sustainability problems 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 scientific 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. 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.