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

 

Professor Edward de BonoVisiting Professor
Dr Leonie BaldacchinoDirector, Lecturer
Dr Petra Caruana DingliSenior Lecturer
Professor Sandra M. DingliAssociate Professor
Dr Margaret MangionLecturer
Dr Lisa PaceLecturer
Ms Shirley Pulis XerxenAssistant Lecturer
Ms Natalie Swaine NwokoVisiting Assistant Lecturer
Ms Daniela AzzopardiResearch Support Officer

 

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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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 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.

 

 

 

 RESEARCH SUPPORT STAFF  

 

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Ms Daniela Azzopardi
Research Support Officer 

Ms Daniela Azzopardi graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelors (Hons.) in Communication with Psychology in 2013.  The following year, she graduated from Birmingham City University with a Masters in Writing.  She was an editor and contributor to the creative anthology “I am therefor I write” and has been a judge in the Shipton Bellinger Short Story Competition since its inception in 2015. She is currently employed at The Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta, as a Research Support Officer to assist with the research on two EU-funded projects, CIMULACT and CREMO.

 
Calendar
Notices
Opening Hours

Kindly note that as from Monday 28th November till Friday 9th December the Institute Office opening hours will be between 0830hrs to 1330hrs.

On Monday 5th December and on Friday 9th December, the office is going to be closed all day.

Apologies for any inconveniences caused. 

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016
In November 2016, millions of young people in over 160 countries around the world celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
Please click here for further information.
Annual Report - October 2015 - September 2016

Please click here to access The Edward de Bono Institute's Annual Report for the period 01 October 2015 to 30 September 2016.

Science: White Coat or Coat of Many Colours?

Ms Amanda Jo Grech, who has recently completed a Master in Creativity and Innovation at The Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta, delivered a thought-provoking and stimulating talk about the nature of Science at Gozo’s inaugural Café Scientifique, held on Wednesday 12th October in Mgarr, Gozo.

We have Moved!

We are pleased to announce that the Institute has moved to new premises. We are now located at 43, 'ASTER', Esperanto Street, Msida (next door to Copy Club). This is marked as number 40 on our Campus Map.  Our phone numbers are +356 2340 2434 / +356 2340 3829. Winter opening hours are from Monday to Friday between 0800hrs and 1630hrs.  

GET QUALIFIED 2016

We are very pleased to announce that our Master in Creativity and Innovation, our Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and our PhD course all form part of the 'Get Qualified' Scheme' offered by Malta Enterprise. Upon successful completion, eligible students will benefit from a tax credit of up to 70% of the course fees, thus recovering most of the costs incurred. For more information please click here.

CIMULACT October 2016 Workshop

The CIMULACT workshop was held successfully on Saturday 8 October 2016. Read about it on Newspoint.

Master in Creativity and Innovation Timetable

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

Diploma in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Timetable

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

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


 
 
Last Updated: 26 September 2016

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