I am an award winning designer, researcher and consultant experienced in strategic design and innovation management, passionate about innovation processes involving collective intelligence, co-desing and technology.

About me

I've developed projects and researches for international private and public clients about topics such as strategic design, digital platforms for sustainable manufacturing and product development, research and innovation infrastructures and living labs, makerspace, fab lab and co-working, industrial design for digital fabrication, e-government and corporaete service design.

My research is currently focused on the relations between design practice and technologies, particularly current interests lie around the design of participatory processes when dealing with artificial intelligence.


In 2011 I co-founded Slow/d, an award-winning design firm and professional network, aimed to investigate the relationship between design and new sustainable production paradigms.

I’m carrying on my doctoral research at the University of Bologna, where I’m member of the Advanced Design Unit.

Since 2020 I support the growth of the regional innovation ecosystem as innovation manager at Junto Innovation Hub.

Furthermore, I’m proudly president of Mak-ER, the Emilia-Romagna regional fab labs / maker space network.

Since 2020 I contribute to Eiber, a non-profit association aimed at promoting community-based sustainable forest management projects.

Contact me

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Consulting

I can help you build innovation processes (products, services, business models, labs and workshops), train your staff (product and service design topics, project management, innovation management) and be your innovation manager on demand.
I like to give lectures and presentations on innovation subjects.


Honours and awards

2020 - The III Triple Helix Summmit Best Early Career Researcher Award

2019 - winner of the Premio Sulmona with "Cox", a project for Design Lab by Leroy Merlin Italia

2018 - "Design Lab" project for Leroy Merlin Italia included in the ADI Design Index 2018;

2017 - Slow/d granted by the Curry Stone Foundation with the Design Circle Honoree, “for the use of design practice as a tool for democracy”;

2017 - Slow/d mentioned among the best practices in The Italian Book Of Innovation (Rizzoli);

2015 - Slow/d nominated for INDEX: "Design to improve life" Award (Work > Digitalization category, together with projects such as Google Now and Amazon Prime Drone).

2014 - Slow/d awarded with the Honourable Mention at the XXIIIrd Premio Compasso d’Oro, Service Design category;

2013 - Wired Top 100 – mentioned in the list of the 100 most promising people/startups in Italy;

2013 - winner of the Working Capital TelecomItalia Startup Grant (25k € + research/partnership contract) - Slow/d won one of the 15 awards out of over 2000 candidates;

2013 - ADI Design Index – Slow/d has been indexed on the most prestigious yearbook in the Design for Services category;

2008 - Honourable mention for the "Cow Project" in the XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture 2008 – InfoPoint Competition, in collaboration with Unpacked Architects (Rome)



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