Ela Ben-Ur believes that innovation is fundamentally about human experiences: experiences leading people to innovate; and experiences of all people touched by an innovation, leading it to be embraced and impactful. She is passionate about enabling people to articulate and amplify their natural ways of innovating, and apply these across contexts in their work and lives to achieve their goals.
Ela shares design thinking and her Innovators’ Compass (www.innovatorscompass.org, #innovatorscompass) through coaching, workshops, speaking and courses for organizations ranging from Accenture to Head Start, and institutions including pioneering Olin College (at which she is faculty), Harvard, MIT/Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and the International Development Design Summit.
Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned from front-end user research to opportunity synthesis, strategy, concept development and prototyping in diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She co-founded the Design Research practice in IDEO’s Shanghai Studio and IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders.