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Andrea Carafa  

Founder & CEO of ArtsUp

Andrea is a technologist and design thinking fellow at Stanford and the University of Milan Bicocca, where he researches, prototypes and lectures about human-centered technology ventures. He has over a decade of experience addressing social and global issues through technology, policy, research and human-centered design with inter-governmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions and technology companies. Andrea was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

He founded ArtsUp, was a resident entrepreneur and innovation researcher at Stanford, and co-created an EU-funded program aimed at spurring entrepreneurship within European universities. Previously, he was an EU Marie Curie researcher in emerging technology for social and economic impact at Grenoble School of Management and the European Commission, a European Science Foundation visiting fellow at Bocconi University, and a 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-Europe 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 global science and innovation initiative announced at Rio+20.

Andrea has been a speaker and contributor to international organizations and summits such as the World Economic Forum, United Nations and European Institutions. As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama at Stanford, Andrea chaired a debate to advocate technology entrepreneurship and investing that pursue a double bottom line of profit and positive impact.


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