Andreas is the founder and managing director of launchlabs Switzerland and has accompanied/overseen a large number of change projects and created a variety of innovative premises. As a consultant and coach, Andreas has trained people worldwide in agile working methods, service design and design thinking.
Prior to launching launchlabs, Andreas played a key role in setting up the internationally renowned Swisscom BrandGym - a creative work environment promoting customer-driven projects. Multiple years of experience in leadership and corporate development have allowed Andreas to develop a deep understanding and specialist knowledge in the areas of change management, design thinking and innovative work environments. In addition to an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Master in Workspace Design from the University of Madrid and the Royal College of Arts in London, Andreas is a certified SCRUM Master, HBDI Coach and lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. His infectious joy in multidisciplinary work is spread equally to launchlab's employees as to partners and customers.
Andreas likes to travel to distant lands, but also likes local customs such as the Basel Fasnacht and enjoys exploring the mountains on skis with his daughter.
Jessica works as an innovation consultant and collaborates with our clients to plan and implement projects at the sweet spot of organizational development, design thinking and workspace design. She also develops tailored training programs and supports project teams as a facilitator.
Jessica has both a degree in Master of Science in Business Administration – Business Development & Promotion as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Design Management, International from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. She has gained professional experience before and during her studies, working for a renowned producer of classic furniture and for creative agencies both in Switzerland and abroad. She subsequently set up her own consultancy advising national and international companies in the areas of design thinking, innovation development and marketing. She now applies this know-how for our clients like ABB, Accenture, Endress + Hauser, Roche and V-Zug in the projectlabs, learninglabs as well as for solutions in workenvironments.
Jessica speaks fluent German, English and French, loves sophisticated furniture design and is inspired by scuba diving in remote locations.
Maïla works at the intersection of design and business by making empathy a priority. Within launchlabs she contributes her multifaceted competencies as Innovation Consultant, Project Manager, Service and Multimedia Designer.
Maïla's toolbox includes creative skills (Design Doing) with a strategic mindset (Design Thinking) and business tools. Her educational journey started at eikon in Fribourg where she did an apprenticeship as a Multimedia Designer. It enabled her to grow in a free environment and to sharpen her artistic eye. Her bachelor’s degree in Design Management, International at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts paved the way for her to combine a human-centric approach with creative problem solving. She is currently pursuing a degree in Master of Science HES-SO in Business Administration with the major in Entrepreneurship (Innovation and Growth) aside of her work at launchlabs.
Maïla is an explorer living on both sides of the „Röstigraben“. She relishes life’s challenges and steps out of her comfort zone due to a constant thirst of discovery. Music, sports, culture, trips - everything can be a trigger for unexpected or thrilling experiences that flow into work and everyday life.
As a space curator Lena turns the launchlabs hall (former Sulzer manufacturing plant) into a lively and flexible space on the Gundeldinger Feld. She supports our innovative community in finding, executing and testing ideas and concepts.
As a product- and industrial designer with an education in MAS Arts Management Lena has already organized several different projects and events. Her extensive experience around festivals, exhibitions, theater productions, a pop-up restaurant, weddings, banquets and interior design as well as the creation of an own furniture line makes Lena the right person when it comes to create the perfect setting for an event in our launchlabs hall.
Lena is passionate about rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing. She travels the world to find inspiration in design projects, which she translates into new ideas shaping the launchlabs hall.
As a designer and design thinker Catherine supports internal launchlabs formats and develops workspace concepts in close collaboration with clients and end users. Due to her extensive and international experience in product development, brand building and art direction she is a great contact person with a broad competence spectrum.
After completing her studies in industrial design Catherine spent 8 years abroad supporting and leading enthusiastically design and production within interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. She worked and lived around the globe: from London, Milan, Oslo to Hong Kong and Taipei. This is where she learnt not only about design but also about human interactions. Back in Switzerland she mentored design students at the FHNW and worked as a coach for young entrepreneurs for different design accelerators. With her completed CAS in Design Thinking she further developed her methodical design competencies, which she shares and applied in different launchlabs projects. Through her empathic work style she quickly acquires insights, which she then applies for the development of innovative environments.
Catherine loves the contrasts in life. She enjoys heavy guitar solos at blues concerts as well as the calm at a mountain lake. She likes listening to people's stories -be it from longterm friends or new, spontaneous encounters.
One of her major passions are shoes. She continuously expands her shoe collection and designs footwear for men herself.
Cora specialised in the design of new work environments and works as a workspace designer for launchlabs. She develops creative and individual ideas to satisfy user needs in regard to modern work settings.
Cora obtained her bachelor's degree of arts in interior architecture from Peter Behrens School of Architecture and completed a master program in design with the focus on ‘integrative design’ from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. In between her studies she gained professional experience as an interior architect for an office for architecture and design working on exhibition designs. As part of her master's degree Cora learnt about Design Thinking and started focusing on the development of new concepts for work environments.
Be it an old wardrobe found on the side of the streets or a radically designed building from the 70s – Cora sees the potential in many things and highlights history and uniqueness in the individual object through her designs. She loves spending time in the mountains, no matter if in the snow, on her laptop or just to seek new inspiration.
Kareem is part of the workspace design team. As a designer, he transforms concepts and ideas into workable workspace solutions and genuinely enjoys the process of creative -and sometimes radical- ideas blossoming into exceptional results.
Kareem has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a Master’s degree in Strategic Design of Spaces from IE University in Madrid and the Royal College of Arts in London. As an enthusiast of using interdisciplinary design as a problem-solving tool, he has been shortlisted and awarded several international design competition awards. Professionally, he has continued to gain experience by working as a project manager in both interior and workspace design fields.
Kareem loves to immerse himself in faraway lands and cultures. But regardless of where he is, he always carries a fork around in case there’s cake.
Andrea has been working independently with her company “Kimia - visual guiding” and is part of launchlabs’ freelancer network. She supports teams in integrating visualisation into their daily (working) lives and accompanies people in change processes.
Andrea’s career lead her from being a post office employee to becoming a marketing specialist and training manager towards customer experience management. People with whom she worked remained the invariable factor. Today she supports individuals and teams through tailored coaching and facilitation in order to help them define and implement new ways of collaboration. She backs her neutral, structured and holistic way of working with different visualisation methods, which she contributes on client projects to faster achieve better results.
Andrea recharges her batteries spending time with her husband and daughters: No matter if on a camping site in Europe, with her bike, walking or skiing in the forests, mountains and rivers or simply playing beach volleyball in the sand.
Raphael is working for launchlabs as a freelancer. As a federally certified trainer he designs and moderates training modules on Design Thinking and the systematic design of customer experience.
Raphael is a trained media technologist and has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on marketing and communication from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in 2009. After a 1.5-year trainee program at Swiss Post, he gained several years of operational and conceptual experience in sales and marketing for financial services. In 2015, he found his passion for customer centricity and design thinking and then completed a CAS in Innovation, Service Design & Customer Experience Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. As a customer experience manager for a financial institute he is responsible for both the cultural embedding of customer orientation and, as a trainer and coach in workshops as well as individual and group coaching, for conveying knowledge and methodologies about customer-centric ways of working. In addition, he lectures in a Bernese education institute on the subject of education marketing, prototyping and pitching.
Raphael is a realistic and yet creative thinker with many ideas and a sense for his counterpart. In his free time, he loves walking or mountain biking the great outdoors, traveling to Asia and South America and sharing and exchanging views on all the interesting things in life.
Natalie is a passionate and creative leader in the area of Experience Design. Paired with her sound project management skills she explores as a freelancer for launchlabs the boundaries outside of the comfort zone.
After her education in marketing and human resource management Natalie started to become interested in agile work methods and completed her further education as a workshop moderator at the FlowTeam Academy. She added onto her many years of practical experience in project management (which she particularly made use of while working for the market leader in telecommunications “Swisscom”) by acquiring a master’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich (HWZ). Through co-founding a start-up for systemic capability development and having worked in several different projects and line management functions Natalie eventually go to her pet topic human-centred design. She lectures at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and shares her knowledge in design thinking, customer experience design and prototyping.
Natalie loves foreign cultures and prefers the “learning zone”. She gets inspired by design and art and uses her spare time to eat healthily, do some yoga and spend time with her family and the three kids.
Lars is a passionate coach for innovation (Design Thinking, Running Lean) and has a “black belt” in Lean Leadership. As a freelancer for launchlabs he accompanies people and their firms in developing innovation competency.
Lars pioneered as an innovation specialist and head of innovation programs at Swisscom, ABB, Nokia and a startup. At Swisscom he developed and lead the design thinking program for the B2B division. Subsequently, Lars was responsible for the lean/continuous improvement program across the group and reported directly to the CEO. As part of his self-employment with the company LUDENSFABER he co-founded a cleantech startup in Hong Kong. He publishes practical knowledge in his blog, fosters the development of “INNOROOKIE – Innovation training for apprentices” in its 4th year and teaches “lead leadership” as a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Berne. He also is co-initiator of the Moonshine Labs in Berne. Since September 2017 he is head of the Bernese Innovation agency “be-advanced” to support Berne’s entrepreneurs with targeted impulses on innovation – closely linked to the economy, research and politics.
Lars studied at ETH Zurich, speaks 4.2 languages and has lived and worked already in Switzerland, the United States, Mexico and Finland. He now lives with his family (3 teenagers) in Belp. When it’s windy, one finds him on the water.
Julia Kuhn is an Industrial Designer and Human-Centred Design expert. She works as an innovation curator at "Design & Innovation". As a freelancer for Launchlabs she supports teams and individuals in generating ideas and taking in a customer perspective to find innovative solutions. She is a specialist in Design Thinking, User-Centred Design, Co-Creation and systematic idea generation processes.
Julia turns 39 soon and lives in Biel, Switzerland. She studied Industrial Design at the University of Duisburg in Essen and the Ravensbourne College in London. At BASF she worked as a design consultant for engineers and was involved in over 250 idea projects as an idea producer at BrainStore. For Swisscom she worked as a Human-Centred Design consultant in the private customer division. Prior to this she was employed as a designer for several upcycling products. Today Julia works as a self-employed innovation curator.
Julia loves the bilingual city of Biel, bicycles and backpacks. She sews and helps customers to produce ideas at the touch of a button. Years ago she happened to have a bag factory in her living room. Before that she considered becoming a detective or writer.
Rebecca is a confident and vibrant leader with 15 years of international experience in workplace design consulting and interior architecture. She collaborates with launchlabs as a freelance consultant.
Apart of her workspace design and interior architecture expertise, Rebecca is also a certified professional coach (PCC, ELI-MP). She specialises in working with teams and corporations to explore fresh perspectives and connect-the-dots in bringing forward-thinking workplace visions to life. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with honors from the Louisiana State University (USA). Her thoughtful and bold approach invites clients to step past their current space into creative exploration. She’s worked together with companies such as Adidas, AIG, Bayer, Telefonica and Vitra – supporting them through the transition into new ways of working and interaction.
Rebecca has a nomadic heart and loves being inspired by new place and cultures. She is passionate about creating space to learn and explore, and loves sharing these experiences with others.
Matthias Gölitz is a facilitator at launchlabs and assists companies in innovation processes. He supports teams in the development of human-centered design solutions using agile methods.
Matthias is an Industrial Designer by training and has developed numerous products for companies in Germany and abroad. As an accredited efficiency consultant at DEMEA, he accompanies manufacturing SMEs through the topic of process optimization. Together with design students from the University of Wuppertal and the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, he has worked for the previous ten years on third-party financing projects within industry.
Matthias is an avid sailor and takes every opportunity to leave solid ground.
As a business development consultant, Berit’s focus in on advancing both internal and external launchlabs projects.
Berit has a background in science management with a focus on quality management. She was a contributor to a project awarded the "Queen's Awards for Sustainable Development" in the Marketing and Business Development Department of an English engineering firm and spent a research stay at the University of Toronto as part of her master's thesis.
Her Danish name reveals her northern roots. She enjoys cycling around Berlin or paddle boarding in the surrounding waterways.
Harry is part of the management team at launchlabs Berlin. As an innovation consultant he has several years of experience and is principally responsible for the Learninglab formats. Working closely with customers, he develops strategies for establishing innovative work cultures.
Working in conjunction with Simon Blake, Harry helped develop the HPI School of Design Thinking program. He started out as a knowledge manager with a focus on the documentation of projects. In recent years, Harry has been a track manager and lead on the HPI student program. Following this he has developed an interest in how design thinking can be used in established companies.
As a native Austrian, he misses the mountains and will happily cycle around the lakes of Brandenburg. We can’t mention his other hobbies here!
Dutch Design in the house! Kristine advises, designs and conducts workshops and trainings in agile, human-cantered methods with a lot of passion (and a charming accent). She aims to make the (working) world a bit more beautiful and innovative. She is passionate about creating a space and a drive for products, services and processes that truly have value.
After studying communication and business administration in Nijmegen, Kristine worked for several years as a Change Management consultant during which she developed an in-depth understanding of the variety of challenges the different companies faced. She went on to further her development as a blended learning/project manager, always seeking to help people develop according to their strengths and work environment. After studying design thinking at the Design Thinkers Academy in Amsterdam she couldn’t stop! Her love for innovation and for the city of Berlin brought her to launchlabs.
Kristine has truly wide interests in various things and people. She likes to sing, improvise in theatre, loves nature and seeks to explore the world on long-distance journeys whenever she can.
Josephine supports the project teams through thick and thin. She advises companies on the development of innovative processes that allow them to experience cultural changes through tailor-made training programs.
As a filmmaker, she has truly experienced agility in practice and worked with multidisciplinary teams on international films. She acquired her professional knowledge at the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam and at the DT Academy in Amsterdam. She is an expert on qualitative social research and storytelling following her studies of social sciences at the University of Hamburg.
Josephine grew up in Holland and likes fries for breakfast and tulips on her window sill.
Maria manages anything and everything with figures for launchlabs, and is the primary contact person.
After initially training in the hotel industry in Germany she then furthered her training in the United Kingdom with a variety of hotels and positions, most recently as a wedding planner for an international hotel in London. She now organizes the team at launchlabs.
"Homemade" is her motto, whether eating or knitting and everything in between!
Sarah proactively supports launchlabs office management and ensures that everyone at the Innovations loft in Berlin has what they need.
In addition to her training in hotel management, Sarah varied experience includes time spent in the social work field, in particular working "On An Adventure Playground” in the UK. For the moment she is happy contributing her varied experience to the corporate world.
Sarah loves to discover Berlin by bike and to leave her creativity at the kitchen door.
As the founder and managing director of the launchlabs Berlin, Simon has designed and implemented a wide variety of method trainings, innovation projects and change processes.
From 2007 to 2010, Simon played a major role in building the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam and from 2009 to 2012 was a manager of the design Thinking Executive Education Program. Prior to this, Simon developed crossmedia formats at the Institute of Electronic Business e.V. His background is in applied media science and social and economic communication at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
In addition to launchlabs, Simon supports other start-ups as mentor and angel investor. His daily rhythm is enhanced by playing drums in his Kreuzberg band.
Simon joined the management team at launchlabs in September 2016. He brings many years of experience spanning different industries and cultures as a strategy and innovation consultant. Together with customers he focuses on developing strategies through the implementation of a sustainable innovation culture. As a systemic coach, he specializes in the fields of training, leadership development and transformation.
Simon has a background in strategic business consulting with a focus on innovative mobility. Over the past few years, Simon has trained and coached numerous managers from a wide range of companies in the areas of design, leadership, and innovative work culture. As a lecturer at the Leibniz University, Hannover, he has held seminars on new ways of working and meaningful working since 2012. He received his doctorate from Humboldt-University, Berlin with an interdisciplinary work on "power and organization". Simon is the founder of Pingplus, a network of systemic coaches.
Simon loves Berlin, especially in the summer. Dancing in the open air. Thinking out loud.