Aithan Shapira

Innovator & Leadership Strategist

    Aithan Shapira speaks about the value of leadership in uncertain times and how to ‘lead by seeing and listening differently' at global venues. He advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare and energy companies. His research on how the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, entertainment experiences, curricula, products and corporate cultures.

    Aithan has pioneered top-rated leadership development courses for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period and develops emergent research on creative systems; co-founded several successful start-ups linking business, art, and social enterprise; and designs programming for Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, C2 Montreal, and Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Aithan draws from deep experience, from the Royal College of Art and Design to living with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival, directing highest-caliber creative teams in music and fine art, designing experiences and exhibitions, exhibiting and performing internationally as an artist himself, and serving as a visiting critic/professor in studio arts from the Royal College of Art and RISD, to Yale-NUS, Museum School of Fine Arts @ Tufts, and University of Sydney.