AITHAN SHAPIRA, MFA, PHD
FOUNDER + CEO, MAKING TO THINK
Aithan Shapira’s work using the arts to accelerate people and processes in uncertainty has guided international governments’ innovation initiatives, merged business and arts education curricula, and advised global Fortune 100s on how to ‘lead by seeing and listening differently’ in the tectonic shift from building tools to creating cultures of innovation.
He founded Making to Think to serve as a creative partner in developing complex global organizations into incubators of talent as their competitive advantage for the future of work.
He is also pioneering progressive curricula at the edge of leadership, skills, and creativity development for MIT Sloan’s Innovation Period, Harvard
iLab, Stanford d.School, and Berklee Institute for Creative Leadership. Aithan is also currently leading three international university initiatives in integrating their business schools and arts colleges, and has advised several successful startups and social innovators, one of which recently took the TED Global stage.
Aithan began his career as a professional artist exhibiting and collected at museums internationally for 15 years while completing PhD research on the creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design (RCA), living for three years with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival, directing world-class creative teams in fine art and music, and visiting critic at RISD, RCA, Berklee College of Music, and Yale-NUS.