Sandra M. Dingli

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Interview of Sandra Dingli by Sirkka Heinonen on Creativity, Foresight and Flexible Mindsets


Creativity, Innovation & Foresight

Sandra M. Dingli set up The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta in October 1992. She did this in collaboration with Dr. Edward de Bono, the inventor of Lateral Thinking. In 2004 Sandra designed and launched a new postgraduate degree, a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation, which attracts international postgraduate students to the University of Malta. In 2009 she launched an international joint MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation which is delivered together with other EU Universities, mainly by e-learning.

Sandra delivers lectures on creativity, innovation, foresight and new digital technology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has published extensively in the UK and in Malta. Her most recent publication is Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management, which she co-authored with Malcolm Goodman (Routledge, 2013). She is regularly invited to deliver presentations and workshops at local and international conferences on topics related to creativity, innovation management and foresight.

Sandra has visited the University of Manchester’s Institute of Innovation Research as a visiting researcher. She is regularly invited to evaluate projects by various European research institutes. Her training experience includes workshops conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Finland, Czech Republic, England, Italy and Scotland.

Sandra’s research interests are mainly in the areas of innovation management, foresight, new digital technology, e-learning, philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence and innovation management. Although she now dedicates most of her time to research, workshops and lecturing, her extensive work experience includes participation in the sectors of art and culture, tourism, human resources development, youth entrepreneurship and television production.