Andrea Carafa is an entrepreneur, design thinker, investor and educator based in Silicon Valley and committed to addressing global issues through innovation. He founded a tech startup and a sustainability 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 for social impact, 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 an Entrepreneur in Residence (Director) with the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps. His 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.