Carolina Giraldo Nohra
A systemic design approach allows us to better plan for an uncertain future in times of increased insecurity, from financial to health disasters. To keep Europe at the forefront of the inevitable sustainability shift, an increasing number of agencies, enterprises, and communities recognize that systems innovation as a service in the public sector will be critical to strengthening Europe’s global leadership in the fight against climate change.
From that perspective, what will be the role of systemic design? How design can forge strong alliances and focus on the well-being of present and future generations, as well as the critical need to protect our planet?
Based on this premise, this talk will focus on Carolina Giraldo Nohra’s work on Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative, EIT-Climate-KIC, presenting case studies on the key role of systems innovation as a service in Europe’s circular transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society.
Dr Carolina Giraldo Nohra is a consultant in Systems and Policy innovation in the circular economy for EIT Climate KIC’s Deep Demonstrations programme. In this capacity, she oversees the Circular Economy strategy and portfolio for the Deep Demonstrations programme in partnership with the Slovenian government. In addition, Dr Giraldo Nohra spearheads research at EIT’s Transitions Hub, focusing on policy innovation for circularity and the development of collaborative policy design labs to advance circularity. At present, she is jointly directing a capacity-building initiative for industrial transformation in Latin America in association with the Inter-American Development Bank and 14 governmental innovation agencies. She is also a Lecturer on systemic design and policy innovation at the Politecnico di Torino, Architecture and Design Faculty.
Before her tenure at EIT Climate KIC, Dr Giraldo Nohra held the position of Senior Research Fellow at Politecnico di Torino. During this time, she led research on system design methodologies for circular cities and implemented policy roadmaps across Europe. Her research centred on the convergence of systemic design and a circular economy approach, paying special attention to policies and strategies that promote urban transitions in postindustrial precincts in Italy and South Africa. In addition, she obtained a PhD in Management Production and Design in Circular Cities, Innovation Governance and Systemic Design from Politecnico di Torino in 2021, a master’s degree in Eco-Design–Systems Design from Politecnico di Torino (2015), and a bachelor’s degree in industrial Product Design from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2012) in Bogotá, Colombia.