Team

We've assembled a rockstar, multidisciplinary Design Thinking team with expertise in doing, training, ideating, building, synthesising, and failing (smartly). Our team represents eleven different nationalities. We all share the passion to spread the Stanford University and Silicon Valley mindset.

 
Federico Lozano Founder of Pracademy. Stanford MBA. Awarded the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship. Asst. Professor of Innovation at NTNU and head of Norway’s first design thinking executive education program, DT Bergen. 

Federico Lozano

Founder of Pracademy. Stanford MBA. Awarded the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship. Asst. Professor of Innovation at NTNU and head of Norway’s first design thinking executive education program, DT Bergen. 

Viljar Rystad

First employee of Pracademy. M. Sc. from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. Co-founder of Astronaut, a tech startup within recruitment. Former creative festival area manager of Norway’s biggest cultural festival, UKA . 

Lea Melpignano Double degree CEMS MIM and Marketing and Brand Management student at NHH. Coordinator of the CEMS Nordic Forum 2017 and Logistics Lead of TEDxBergen.

Lea Melpignano

Double degree CEMS MIM and Marketing and Brand Management student at NHH. Coordinator of the CEMS Nordic Forum 2017 and Logistics Lead of TEDxBergen.

Martin Steinert Prof. of Engineering Design & Innovation at NTNU. Former Stanford Asst. Prof and Deputy Director of the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program. Founder of TrollLABS.

Martin Steinert

Prof. of Engineering Design & Innovation at NTNU. Former Stanford Asst. Prof and Deputy Director of the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program. Founder of TrollLABS.

Jae Ho Park Prof. Emeritus of Social Psychology at Yeungnam University. President of Korean Association of Design Thinking Research. Author of first Design Thinking book in Korea.  Advisory Prof at Samsung and LG.  Asia's creativity guru.

Jae Ho Park

Prof. Emeritus of Social Psychology at Yeungnam University. President of Korean Association of Design Thinking Research. Author of first Design Thinking book in Korea.  Advisory Prof at Samsung and LG.  Asia's creativity guru.

Joe Mellin Senior Program Manager at Microsoft.  Stanford d.school grad and former lecturer.  Co-host of Built in a Day Podcast.  Co-founder of Proven.com.  Studied physics at UC Berkeley.

Joe Mellin

Senior Program Manager at Microsoft.  Stanford d.school grad and former lecturer.  Co-host of Built in a Day Podcast.  Co-founder of Proven.com.  Studied physics at UC Berkeley.

Megan Goering Teaching Fellow at Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Formerly at Google, Ulu Venture, and Factory X.

Megan Goering

Teaching Fellow at Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Formerly at Google, Ulu Venture, and Factory X.

Uladzimir Kamovich Co-founder of Lab for Design Thinkers in Tromsø. PhD candidate in Entrepreneurial Education. Student Rep at the Norwegian Research School in Innovation.

Uladzimir Kamovich

Co-founder of Lab for Design Thinkers in Tromsø. PhD candidate in Entrepreneurial Education. Student Rep at the Norwegian Research School in Innovation.

Matthew Lynch PhD Fellow at NTNU. Lecturer at Høgskolen i Østfold. Founder of Norwagon.com.  Barents Entrepreneur of the Year.

Matthew Lynch

PhD Fellow at NTNU. Lecturer at Høgskolen i Østfold. Founder of Norwagon.com.  Barents Entrepreneur of the Year.

João Ribeiro Director at MLabs.  Digital transformation crack. Graduate of Design Thinking Bergen Executive Education program.

João Ribeiro

Director at MLabs.  Digital transformation crack. Graduate of Design Thinking Bergen Executive Education program.

Ingunn Aursnes Design Strategist at Uniform. Formerly at Craft and Kodak. Graduate of Design Thinking Bergen Executive Education program.  

Ingunn Aursnes

Design Strategist at Uniform. Formerly at Craft and Kodak. Graduate of Design Thinking Bergen Executive Education program.  

You? Do you think you have what it takes to join our amazingly crazy team? Send us a message at fede@pracademy.co!

You?

Do you think you have what it takes to join our amazingly crazy team? Send us a message at fede@pracademy.co!

 

We are a team of passionate educators, coaches, academics, and creatives who live, breathe, and salivate innovation training. We hold a deep trust that our novel and practical training and innovation philosophy has the power to disrupt entire industries in radically positive ways.  We’ve seen it with our own eyes, and sensed it in our skin. We've seen that creatively confident employees are willing to push for progressive, transformational design-driven change. 

It is our strong belief that firms, which are willing and able to adopt agile and flexible mindsets and leadership perspectives, and which are open to uncertainty and complexity, will emerge as industry leaders. Those who are not will eventually go out of existence.
 
During the past decade, our team members—who collectively hold over seventy years of innovation training experience—have worked with many global corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations in over 20 countries.  Some of these organizations include DNB Bank, Telenor, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norwegian School of Economics, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, LG, Samsung, Presidency of Korea, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Total, Tryg, TV2, Tine, Geno, Baker Hughes, Bergen Kommune, SINTEF, NHO, and Innovation Norway.

We treasure our work and approach it with huge doses of dedication, rigorousness and, above all, love.  We know that training high-potential managers is an honor and privilege and treat it as such.