Andrea Carafa is an entrepreneur, educator, and investor based in Silicon Valley and committed to addressing global issues through innovation. He founded a consumer tech startup and a sustainable development design venture, and researched and taught human-centered design, entrepreneurship and innovation at Stanford, Bocconi and the European Commission, among others.
Andrea chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit and advocated the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations. He was an EU Marie Curie Fellow in emerging technology tackling health and sustainable development problems. He co-created an EU Knowledge Alliance aimed at spurring innovation and venture creation in European universities, and inspired CERN to launch a data analytics platform helping scientific labs and companies to increase their technology transfer to society.
Currently, Andrea is a Blackstone Launchpad & Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence (Director) and a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. He serves as a member of the University of California Office of the President’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. His current focus is on AI, science and digital startups tackling the world's biggest challenges and creating a new kind of ventures by embodying the values of diversity, inclusion and shared prosperity from day one. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Ambassador and Judge, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, member of the Partnership on AI, and delegate to the UN Science, Technology & Innovation Forum.