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Creativity Innovation, European Year 2009

The Edward de Bono Institute
for the Design and Development of Thinking

 

Professor Edward de Bono

Visiting Professor

Professor Sandra M. Dingli

Associate Professor

Dr Leonie Baldacchino

Director, Lecturer  

Dr Margaret Mangion  

Lecturer  

Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen

Assistant Lecturer 

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Professor Edward de Bono
Ph.D. (Cambridge),
M.D. (Malta), M.A., D.Phil, D.Des., L.L.D.

Professor Edward de Bono is considered by many to be the leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is the originator of the formal creative thinking tools of lateral thinking, the Six Thinking Hats, the Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT) and Direct Attention Thinking Tools (DATT). These methods are widely used in both educational and organisational settings.

Edward de Bono has written over 75 books with translations into 40 languages and has been invited to lecture in 58 countries. His instruction in thinking has been sought by many of the world's leading corporations including IBM, Microsoft, BT, Nokia and Siemens. He has been included by a group of academics in South Africa as one of the 250 people who had most influenced humanity in the whole course of history. He has been selected by a leading Austrian business journal as one of the 20 visionaries alive today. He was nominated by Accenture, a leading consultancy company, as one of the 50 most influential business thinkers today.

Edward holds an M.D. (Malta), M.A. (Oxford), D.Phil. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Cambridge), D.Des. (RMIT) and L.L.D. (Dundee). He has held faculty appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta. 

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Professor Sandra M. Dingli
Associate Professor
Ph.D.(Dunelm), M.A., B.A. (Hons)

Professor Sandra M. Dingli obtained her PhD from the University of Durham, U.K. She conducts workshops and delivers lectures on creativity and innovation management, foresight, the de Bono thinking techniques, philosophy of mind and philosophy of artificial intelligence to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Sandra was instrumental in setting up the Institute in collaboration with Professor Edward de Bono in October 1992.

In 2004 Sandra designed and launched a new postgraduate degree, a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation. Sandra has organised five International Conferences on Creative Thinking at the University of Malta. Five books with selected proceedings of the International Conferences have been edited by Dr Sandra M. Dingli and published by the University of Malta Press.

As Director of The Edward de Bono Institute Sandra coordinated eInnForM (European Innovation and Foresight Masters), a three-year project funded under ERASMUS curriculum development which involved designing the curriculum and launching a new European M.Sc. The MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation was launched in October 2009 with partner universities in Finland, Germany and England ( www.stretegicfutures.eu ).

For further details see: 

https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/sandramdingli

 

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Dr Leonie Baldacchino
Director, Lecturer
B.Psy.(Hons), M.A. Creativity & Innovation, Ph.D. (Warw.)

Dr. Leonie Baldacchino holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Warwick Business School (UK), an M.A. in Creativity and Innovation (Distinction) and a B.Psy.(Hons.) from the University of Malta.  She is the Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, where she has been lecturing on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation since 2008.  She is also a Board Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation and of the Cottonera Resource Centre, both forming part of the University of Malta, and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School (UK).  Since 2009, Leonie has been involved in the coordination and organisation of various entrepreneurship-related incentives at the University of Malta, including the Global Entrepreneurship Week events hosted locally by The Edward de Bono Institute, and the entrepreneurship stream on the Degree Plus programme.  She has also lectured on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation at Warwick Business School (UK), at Teesside Business School (UK), and at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, and has delivered numerous presentations and workshops to organisations including Junior Chamber International, Malta Association of Women in Business, Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, Malta Association of Work and Organisational Psychologists and St. Nicholas College.

For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/leoniebaldacchino

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 Dr Margaret Mangion
 Lecturer
 B.Psych., P.G.C.E.,M.B.A.,
 D.Sci.Soc. 

Dr Margaret Mangion lectures in creativity and innovation at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. Prior to joining the University of Malta, Dr Mangion held various posts in the private sector and the public sector. Her work experience was further enhanced through employment for a global Blue Chip company in England.

She read for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Malta followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. After teaching career, Dr Mangion successfully pursued an MBA at the Maastricht School of Management. She has completed a doctorate in social sciences at the University of Leicester.  For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/margaretmangion

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Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
B.Ed.(Hons).,PG.Dip.inEduc.(Admin.& Mangt.), M.A. (Creativity and Innovation). 

Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen obtained a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta in 2006 and a postgraduate Diploma in Education (Administration and Management) in 2005 after having read for a B.Ed. (Hons) degree. Shirley currently lectures at the University of Malta on thinking systems and innovation, creativity in education, entrepreneurship and educational leadership. She is currently reading for a Phd in Management Studies at the University of Exeter, UK with a focus on organizational culture and its impact on creativity.


Shirley’s work experience includes eleven years teaching in Maltese State schools and she regularly provides workshops and training in thinking systems with diverse local and international organizations from the private and public sector. On a European level, Shirley has been involved in a number of EU projects related to the dissemination and development of creativity. Shirley was selected in 2000 to design the thinking skills programme that is currently being implemented in local state schools. Shirley’s research interests include creativity in education and creative organizational culture. For further details see: https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/shirleypulisxerxen

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Timetable Semester 1
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Master in Creativity and Innovation
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Last Updated: 29 August 2014

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