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Alan is Research Fellow at EPFL and lecturer at ETH Zurich. He holds a PhD from EPFL, he was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and,  before his PhD he worked as an engineer and team leader at ABB. His work is focused on human-centered product, service and business model innovation following the principles and tools of Design Thinking. Within this frame he has studied and worked with large firms, and collaborated with different early-stage startups, two of which he is a founding member. Together with Prof. Brusoni, Alan's work in this field lead to the founding of SparkLabs (, an association between EPFL and ETH Zurich with the goal to educate the innovation leaders of today and tomorrow through the principles of Design Thinking and build a community of like minded experts and alumni.