Originally trained as a designer, I am motivated to connect the dots of research and practice across different sectors as a consultant, coach and scholar. Thus, I have been active in the application of human-centered design approaches concerning societal, educational and business challenges.
Most recently, my Ph.D. thesis “Design Thinking and Organizational Changes” has been submitted for defense, which is expected for spring 2020 at the chair of Design Management at the University of Wuppertal, Germany.
Next to my professional positions and alongside my position as a Ph.D. candidate within the Digitalization Team at Volkswagen Group, I enjoy sharing my professional work experience in part-time teaching and coaching and work honorarily for various committees: In 2015, I was appointed to the Think Tank 30 of the Club of Rome and became a fellow of the Creative Industry of Germany in 2017. In 2014, I initiated design:transfer and built a community to foster the dialogues around the transfer between design research and practice.
Lately, I worked as a freelance international design lecturer, scholar and consultant and became a Psychological Management Trainer and Individual Coach. I further led a third-party funded project at the University of Applied Science Schwäbisch Gmünd and served as a member of the Institute for applied research. Before joining HfG, I worked as a design strategist at the corporate foresight department at Volkswagen Group focusing on visual facilitation, scenario processes, and future mobility concepts.