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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

Dr Leonie Baldacchino

Director, Lecturer

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli
Lecturer
Professor Sandra M. Dingli
Associate Professor
Ms Tania Farrugia
Assistant Lecturer
Dr Margaret Mangion
Lecturer
Ms Melanie Mizzi
Assistant Lecturer
Dr Lisa Pace
Lecturer
Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Assistant Lecturer
Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
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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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 Petra Caruana Dingli
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.

Petra 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. 

Petra 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).

Petra’s interests include literature and the arts, the voluntary sector, public policy, cultural heritage and the environment.

For further details 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. 

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 Professor 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 in October 2009 with partner universities in Finland, Germany and England ( www.strategicfutures.eu )

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Ms Tania Farrugia
Assistant Lecturer

 


 

Ms Tania Farrugia holds a Master of Arts Degree in Creativity and Innovation (distinction) and a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malta.  Tania currently forms part of the Let Me Learn centre within the Faculty of Education and lectures at the University of Malta on creativity and thinking methods.  Teacher training forms part of Ms.Farrugia’s work portfolio at the Let Me Learn Centre within the University of Malta.  Tania’s academic interests include creativity, entrepreneurship and differentiated teaching.  Tania’s work experience also 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.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 Melanie Mizzi
Assistent Lecturer

 

 

 


Ms Melanie Mizzi is Deputy Director at the MCAST Institute of Art and Design. She received her undergraduate in History of Art and Italian by the University of Malta in 1999, where she also proceeded to earn her Diploma in Management Studies in 2004, while gaining industrial experience in management within the private sector. A year later, Ms Mizzi was offered a lecturing post at the MCAST Institute of Art and Design, where she was promoted to her current role of Deputy Director.
More recently, Ms Mizzi read for the MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation, which is offered by the University of Malta in joint collaboration with the Universities of Potsdam, Teesside and Turku. Apart from her administrative duties at MCAST, Ms Mizzi delivers lectures on Foresight as a tool for creative thinking at the University of Malta. She can be contacted at melanie.mizzi@mcast.edu.mt

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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.

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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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Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko
Assistant Lecturer

Ms Natalie Swaine Nwoko has  BA (Hons) Social Work 2005 (University of Malta)
MA Creativity and Innovation 2007 (University of Malta)

Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills 2013 (Canterbury Church Christ University)

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Calendar
Notices
GEW 2014
As the National Host for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), The Edward de Bono Institute has teamed up with several partners to oranise a variety of events between the 17th and the 23rd November 2014. These include a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in female entrepreneurship on Wednesday 19th November from 12.00 to 14.00, and the launch of the brand new 'Innovation Challenge: Go Green'  on Thursday 20th November from 10.00 to 11.00.

Please click here for more information.


Annual Report - October 2013 - September 2014
Click here to access The Edward de Bono Institute Annual Report
Master Timetable Semester 1

Please click here to download the timetable for Academic Year 2014/15 - Semester 1

Optional Study Units
Click here to access the list of Optional Study Units, available for undergraduate students.
Master in Creativity and Innovation
Kindly click here for more information about the Master in Creativity and Innovation
 
 
Last Updated: 6 November 2014

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