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We are the Design Thinkers Academy London, a training organisation for business, specialising in collaborative innovation. We bring with us the systematic methodology of Design Thinking, a structured and evidenced approach to learning. We provide time and space for teams and individuals to be inspired and challenged, to learn by doing and finally, to strengthen their ability for creative problem solving. We organise live courses, online courses, events, lectures and personal coaching programs. We are the training arm of design consultancy DK&A and part of the Design Thinkers Academy network, founded in Amsterdam in 2011.

To navigate the complexities of advancing technology and increased competition, we need to become more agile and adopt an innovation culture. Design Thinking drives us to look through the eyes of our customers.

It provides the connection between creativity and innovation. It gives us a solution-based approach to solving problems. Increasingly being adopted by some of the most successful businesses in the world, Design Thinking opens up new ways of approaching complex problems, enabling companies to serve the needs of users today and in the future.

 

The impact of Design Thinking in business:

  • Design-led companies outperformed the S&P index by 219% over 10 years.
  • McKinsey studied 300 public companies over 5 years and those that were most skilled at executing design principles achieved 32% more revenue and 52% more total returns to shareholders.
  • IBM report showed that teams who used Design Thinking did better user research and thus reduced the product development and testing time by 33%, making savings of up to $1.1M.

A photographer’s studio in Amsterdam was the setting for the very first Design Thinkers Bootcamp in 2011. It was the brainchild of leading Dutch design thinkers Marjo Staring, Arne van Oosterom and Tim Schuurman. One of the coaches was David Kester, former CEO of the UK Design Council and founder of DK&A, our parent company, a strategic design consultancy that helps clients to innovate and improve the services they offer. Over the week-long Bootcamp, the four of them were delighted as 30 business executives from 15 countries became Design Thinkers. Together, they resolved to build a centre of excellence for Design Thinking in Europe. And in 2016, the Design Thinkers Academy London was born.

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    David Kester
    Co-founder, Design Thinking Expert
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    Sophia Adamou
    Finance & Operations Director
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    Goldie Chaudhuri
    Learning Designer
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    Susana Osório
    Head of Design and Learning Programmes
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    Lena Nielsen
    Studio Manager
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    Blythe Wild
    Producer
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    Arushi Gupta
    Strategy Associate
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    Arnoud Koning
    Design Thinking Facilitator
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    J. Paul Neeley
    Designer & Researcher
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    Catherine Collins
    Service Designer and Facilitator
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    Holly May Mahoney
    Facilitator
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    Joe Ferry
    Brand & Experience Architect
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    Clive Grinyer
    Consultant & Service Designer
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    Eddie Obeng
    Innovation & Change Leader
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    Becky Rowe
    Ethnography & Research Expert
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    Fiona Myles
    Leading Brand Strategist
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    Rachel Smith
    Visual Thinking Coach & Facilitator
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    Emma Bowen
    Senior Graphic Designer
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    Shanna Bent
    Customer Relationship Coordinator
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    Craig Tomkins
    Senior Service Designer
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    Kate O’Dwyer
    Financial Controller
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    Mel Taylor
    Marketing Director
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    Ben Crisp
    Marketing & Research Manager
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    Ellen Davies
    Experience Designer
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    Broni Lloyd-Edwards
    Photographer
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    Mo-Ling Chui
    Creative director, strategist & consultant
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    Arne van Oosterom
    Service Designer
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    Tim Schuurman
    Co-owner and Senior Facilitator
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    Ezri Carlebach
    Writer & Consultant
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    Jeroen van der Weide
    Partner and Senior Facilitator
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    Simon Gough
    Design Consultant
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    Filo
    Office Support
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    Philippa Rose
    Service Designer & Facilitator

Office

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    David Kester
    Co-founder, Design Thinking Expert
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    Sophia Adamou
    Finance & Operations Director
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    Susana Osório
    Head of Design and Learning Programmes
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    Lena Nielsen
    Studio Manager
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    Goldie Chaudhuri
    Learning Designer
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    Blythe Wild
    Producer
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    Craig Tomkins
    Senior Service Designer
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    Shanna Bent
    Customer Relationship Coordinator
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    Emma Bowen
    Senior Graphic Designer
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    Kate O’Dwyer
    Financial Controller
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    Mel Taylor
    Marketing Director
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    Ben Crisp
    Marketing & Research Manager
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    Arushi Gupta
    Strategy Associate
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    Ellen Davies
    Experience Designer
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    Broni Lloyd-Edwards
    Photographer
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    Filo
    Office Support

Coaches

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    David Kester
    Co-founder, Design Thinking Expert
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    Joe Ferry
    Brand & Experience Architect
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    Susana Osório
    Head of Design and Learning Programmes
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    Goldie Chaudhuri
    Learning Designer
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    Philippa Rose
    Service Designer & Facilitator
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    Tim Schuurman
    Co-owner and Senior Facilitator
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    Mo-Ling Chui
    Creative director, strategist & consultant
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    Simon Gough
    Design Consultant
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    Clive Grinyer
    Consultant & Service Designer
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    J. Paul Neeley
    Designer & Researcher
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    Catherine Collins
    Service Designer and Facilitator
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    Arnoud Koning
    Design Thinking Facilitator
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    Eddie Obeng
    Innovation & Change Leader
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    Becky Rowe
    Ethnography & Research Expert
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    Holly May Mahoney
    Facilitator
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    Rachel Smith
    Visual Thinking Coach & Facilitator
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    Fiona Myles
    Leading Brand Strategist
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    Arne van Oosterom
    Service Designer
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    Jeroen van der Weide
    Partner and Senior Facilitator

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