Design Thinking Smart Talk

Smart Talk

Your Teaching Fellow


Helen van Baal
Helen van Baal

Helen van Baal is a strategic designer, teacher, and design thinking expert with a focus on projects within the social innovation and education realm. Helen has taught design in several countries across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. She has previously served as the program lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany where she designed, managed and co-led the academic education in Design Thinking as well as supported student teams in developing innovative ideas and founding successful start-ups.

Apart from her work with students, Helen has worked as a designer and innovation consultant with large corporations, non-profits, start-ups and consultancies within various industries (i.a. banking, education, automotive, digital and product design), teaching, consulting and designing globally (Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia). Originally from Germany, Helen holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, an M.Sc. from Imperial College London, and has worked as a lecturer and coach at the Stanford d.School, University of Cape Town d.School, Keio University, and Beijing Normal University. At the core of her work is the belief in empathy as the basis for good design and the dedication to creating value through design.


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