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Andrea Carafa

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

Andrea Carafa currently serves as Director (EIR) of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Rachel Carson Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also serves as a member of the UC Office of the President’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and as a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Instructor. His focus is on AI, science-based and digital technologies and startups 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, a Member of the Fast Company Impact Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, an MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Ambassador and Judge, a Member of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, and a Delegate to the United Nations Science, Technology & Innovation Forum. His work was featured by publications such as Reuters, Fortune, Voice of America, AACSB, and the Huffington Post. Andrea founded ArtsUp, and was a Resident Entrepreneur and Fellow at Stanford, where he chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He researched, prototyped, and lectured about design thinking and entrepreneurship at Stanford and the University of Milan Bicocca, and co-created an EU Knowledge Alliance aimed at spurring venture creation in European universities. Prior to that, Andrea was an EU Marie Curie Fellow in emerging technology for health and sustainable development at the European Commission's JRC and at the Grenoble School of Management. He was also a European Science Foundation Visiting Fellow at Bocconi University, and a HEPTech Visiting Researcher at GSI and CERN. He inspired and helped CERN to launch CollSpotting, a data analytics platform for scientific labs and companies to establish new R&D collaborations aimed at increasing their technology transfer to society. Andrea was AEGEE's Civil Society Representative of the European youth at the United Nations. He created a multi-stakeholder initiative within the UN Rio+20 process and advocated for the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals and of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth's Office. He was also the Founder and Executive Director of Green Young Economy and contributed to shape Future Earth, a global research and innovation initiative announced at Rio+20, the largest summit in UN history.

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