Andrea Carafa currently serves as Director (EIR) of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. He also serves as a member of the University of California Office of the President’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. His focus is on AI, science-based and digital technologies and startups that are tackling environmental, health and social challenges while embodying the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, with shared prosperity in mind from day one.
Andrea was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Member of the Fast Company Impact Council, 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.
He conducted research and lectured about technological innovation, human-centered design and entrepreneurship at Stanford, Bocconi and the European Commission, among others. He also founded a tech startup and a sustainable development design venture. Andrea chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit and advocated for the creation 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 entrepreneurship in European universities, and inspired CERN to launch a data analytics platform helping scientific labs and companies to increase their technology transfer to society.