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

 

Professor Edward de Bono

Visiting Professor

Dr Leonie Baldacchino

Director, Lecturer

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli
Senior Lecturer
Professor Sandra M. Dingli
Associate Professor
Ms Tania Farrugia
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
Dr Margaret Mangion
Lecturer
Dr Lisa Pace
Lecturer
Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
Visiting 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.  Professor de Bono 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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Dr Leonie Baldacchino
Director, Lecturer
B.Psy.(Hons), M.A. Creativity & Innovation, Ph.D. (Warw.)

Associate Fellow, Warwick Business School 


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 at 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 in Malta and overseas.

For further details, including research interests and publications, see: 

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

 

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Dr Petra Caruana Dingli
Senior Lecturer
B.A.(Melit.), B.A.(Hons)(Melit.), M.A. (Melit.), D.Phil. (Oxon), M.B.A.(Maas.)



 

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. She first read for a B.A. in English, Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Malta. She continued her studies and completed a B.A.(Hons) and an M.A. at the University of Malta. She holds an M.B.A. in business management from the Maastricht School of Management.  Dr Caruana Dingli lectures on innovation and creativity at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. She also lectures on literature within the International Institute for Baroque Studies and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.  She was Director for Environmental Protection at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority from 2011-2013. She was formerly Director of the British Council in Malta, and Director and Executive President of the environment and heritage NGO Din l-Art Helwa. She also worked at the Central Bank of Malta and has been a member of the following boards and committees: The Civil Society Committee of the Malta Council for the Economy, Society and Development (MCESD) (2014-to date); The Today Public Policy Institute (2008-to date); Ornis Committee (2011-2013); Committee of Guarantee (2008-2011); Valletta / Mdina / Cottonera Rehabilitation Committee (2008-2011); Majjistral Nature and History Park Management Board (2007-2011);  Council for Voluntary Organisations (2008-2010); National Federation of NGOs of Malta (2007-2009); St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity Management Board (2000-2008).  

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

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


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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. As Director of the Institute until September 2013, Sandra designed and launched the Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation in 2004, organised five International Conferences on Creative Thinking at the University of Malta, edited and published five books with selected proceedings of the International Conferences, and coordinated a three-year collaborative project funded under ERASMUS curriculum development, which involved designing a new MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation with partner universities in Finland, Germany and England. 

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

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

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Ms Tania Farrugia
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
B.Ed.(Hons), M.A. (Creativity and Innovation)

 


 

Ms Tania Farrugia holds a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation (Distinction) and a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malta.  She currently forms part of the Let Me Learn centre within the Faculty of Education and lectures part-time at the University of Malta on creativity and thinking methods.  Tania’s academic interests include creativity, entrepreneurship and differentiated teaching.  Her work experience includes the teaching of thinking and creativity in local state schools and the organisation and delivery of presentations, training events and conferences held both locally and abroad.

 

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 Dr Margaret Mangion
 Lecturer
 B.Psy., P.G.C.E.,M.B.A.,
 D.Soc.Sci.(Leic.) 

Dr Margaret Mangion read for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Malta followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She then successfully pursued an MBA at the Maastricht School of Management, and later completed a Doctorate in Social Sciences at the University of Leicester (UK).  Dr Mangion currently lectures on 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 and public sector. Her work experience was further enhanced through employment for a global Blue Chip company in England.  

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

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

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Dr Lisa Pace
Lecturer
BSc. (Melit.), MSc. (Melit.), Ph.D (Manc.)

 

 


Dr Lisa Pace obtained her PhD from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR/PREST) based within the University of Manchester’s Business School, UK. Her work has focussed on aspects related to the management of innovation, with particular interest in environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. She has experience in mapping research and innovation policies and trends in the national landscape in Malta and in the use of foresight and forward-looking tools for policy development. Lisa has participated in European research projects addressing developments in foresight and diffusion patterns of emerging technological innovations. Her publications are in the areas of participatory foresight and the impacts of emerging technologies on a micro-economy.  Lisa’s current research interests include innovation management, firm capabilities for innovation, foresight and studying low carbon transitions using forward-looking techniques.

For further details, including research interests and publications, see:

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

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Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
B.Ed.(Hons).,PG.Dip.in Educ.(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. 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, and also lectures at the University of Malta on thinking systems and innovation, creativity in education, entrepreneurship and educational leadership. Shirley’s work experience includes eleven years teaching in Maltese State schools, and was responsible for designing the thinking skills programme that was implemented in local state schools for several years. She has conducted several workshops and training in thinking systems with diverse local and international organizations from the private and public sector. She has been involved in a number of EU projects related to the dissemination and development of creativity. 

For further details, including research interests and publications, see: 

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

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Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
Visiting Assistant Lecturer
BA (Hons) Social Work; M.A. Creativity and Innovation; PG.Cert. in Therapeutic Play Skills (Cant.)

Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko obtained a BA (Hons) in Social Work from the University of Malta and a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills from Canterbury Church Christ University (UK).  She currently lectures part-time at the Edward de Bono Institute on critical and creative thinking.


Calendar
Notices
Institute Student Receives Reference Award

A University of Malta student has received a Reference Award from International Ambassador of Knowledge and world-renowned creativity author, Professor Edward de Bono.

Master in Creativity and Innovation Provisional Timetable

Please click here to access the Master in Creativity and Innovation provisional timetable for Academic Year 2016/17 - Semester 1.

Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Timetable

Please click here to access the provisional timetable for the part-time evening Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Academic Year 2016/17.

Optional Study Units Timetable

Please click here to access the Optional Study Units provisional timetable for Academic Year 2016-17 - Semester 1.

Summer Opening Hours

Kindly note that from Monday 6th June till Tuesday 30th September, the Institute Office will be open between 0800hrs and 1300hrs. Kindly also note that for the time being, our offices were relocated at Dar Guzeppi Zahra (opposite Lecture Centre) Rooms 107, 108 and 109.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Institute Academic at Cambridge Conference

Dr Lisa Pace presented a paper at the R&D Management Conference 2016: “From Science to Society: Innovation & Value Creation” held at the University of Cambridge between the 3rd and 6th July 2016.

New PhD Course

We are delighted to inform you that the institute will be launching a new PhD degree in October 2016. For more information on the Doctor of Philosophy degree please click here


New Part-Time Evening Diploma

We are pleased to announce that we shall be launching a new Part-Time Evening Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in October 2016. Click here for more information.

Master in Creativity and Innovation

Applications are open for our Master in Creativity and Innovation. Please click here for further details.

Social Innovation Challenge

The 'Social Innovation Challenge: Enable and Engage' is a new competition aimed at individuals or teams who would like to make a contribution in the field of active ageing and disability. Please visit our Facebook page for more details. 

Annual Report - October 2014 - September 2015

Please click here to access The Edward de Bono Institute's Annual Report for the period 01 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.

 
 
Last Updated: 22 February 2016

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