Prof. Sandra Dingli

Prof. Sandra Dingli

Prof. Sandra Dingli



The Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation
Esperanto Street
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2484
Sandra Dingli is a Professor at The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta. She conducts workshops and delivers lectures on creativity and innovation management, foresight, Edward de Bono thinking methods, philosophy of mind and philosophy of artificial intelligence to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Sandra set up the Institute in collaboration with Professor Edward de Bono in October 1992.
Over the years Sandra has been instrumental in the field of creativity education in Malta. She had set up a summer school for children at the University of Malta which based its curriculum on creativity and thinking skills. She has collaborated with the Education authorities in Malta to introduce creativity and thinking skills as a subject in state schools. She has extensive experience of teaching creativity at all levels, ranging from primary school children to postgraduate university students and professionals in private and public organisations.
In 2004 Sandra designed and launched a new postgraduate degree, a Master of Arts in Creativity and Innovation, at the University of Malta. This degree programme has attracted numerous local and international students to the University of Malta. Sandra enjoys being involved in European funded projects on topics which range from creativity to foresight, leadership, business models and innovation.
Sandra has organised six International Conferences on Creative Thinking at the University of Malta. She has edited five books with selected proceedings of the International Conferences which have been published by the University of Malta Press. Her numerous publications include Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management (2017) with M. Goodman as co-author and a chapter on 'Thinking Outside the Box: Lateral Thinking as an Educational Innovation' in The Routledge Companion to Creativity (2008) edited by Tudor Rickards, Mark Runco and Susan Moger.
Sandra enjoys the opportunities which new technology offers in today's 'flat' world, especially when this involves networking and international collaboration. She has travelled extensively to countries which include India, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic and the UK to conduct workshops and to deliver papers at conferences.
  • creativity
  • innovation management
  • foresight
  • leadership
  • innovation and digital technology
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of artificial intelligence

BRØNDUM, K., HÄNNINEN, L.I., NUNEZ, P., BYRGE, C., TANG, C., DINGLI, S.M. and AND PULIS XERXEN, S., 2019. ‘Online Gamified Training for Business Innovation: Examining an Embodied Gamified E-learning Module on Creativity’. Journal of Creativity and Business Innovation, 5.

DINGLI, S. and LANDY, M., 2017. Open Innovation Curricula: Key Indicators and Success Factors (pp.81-90) In: A.L. MENTION, A.P. NAGEL, J. HAFKESBRINK and J. DABROWSKA, eds, Innovation Education Downloaded, Nurturing Skills for the Future: The Open Innovation Handbook
ISBN # 978-952-335-033-5.
Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology: LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications, pp. 81-90.

GOODMAN, M. and DINGLI, S., 2017. Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management: Directions for future value in changing times. Second edition edn. Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

DINGLI, S., 2016. Edward de Bono (1933-). In: J.A. PALMER COOPER, ed, The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Educational Thinkers. Abingdon, Oxon, UK; NY, USA: Routledge, pp. 539-542.

DINGLI, S., 2014. The Role of Philosophy: Questions Rorty Raises pp.269-284. In: J. BALDACCHINO, S. GALEA and D.P. MERCIECA, eds, My Teaching, My Philosophy: Kenneth Wain and the Lifelong Engagement with Education. New York, USA: Peter Lang Publishing Inc., pp. 269-284.

BORCH, K., SØGAARD JØRGENSEN, M. and DINGLI, S., eds, 2013. Participation and interaction in foresight: Dialogue, dissemination and visions. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

DINGLI, S.M., 2013. The dissemination and implementation of results of foresight activities pp.168-183. In: K. BORCH, M. SØGAARD JØRGENSEN and S.M. DINGLI , eds, Participation and Interaction in Foresight: Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, pp. 168-183.

DINGLI, S.M., 2013. Wittgenstein and Philosophical Quietism pp.77-89. A Philosopher at Large: Essays commemorating Peter Serracino Inglott. Malta: BDL Publishing, pp. 77-89.

6.45.17. History of Foresight Techniques for Creativity and Innovation
[online:]. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) [online], Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO. Oxford, UK: Eolss Publishers, .

DINGLI, S., 2009. Thinking outside the box: Edward de Bono’s lateral thinking pp.338-350. In: T. RICKARDS, M.A. MARK A. RUNCO and S. MOGER, eds, Routledge Companion to Creativity. Abingdon, Oxon, UK; New York, USA: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), pp. 338-350.

DINGLI, S.M., 2006. A Plea for Responsibility towards the Common Heritage of Mankind pp.219-241. In: C. SCARRE and G. SCARRE, eds, The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical perspectives on archaeological practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 219-241.

  • IOT1014 - Leadership and Innovation in Organisations
  • IOT2005 - Leadership and Organisational Innovation
  • IOT5007 - Foresight Techniques for Creativity and Innovation
  • IOT5028 - Creativity, Innovation and New Digital Technologies
  • IOT5029 - Innovation in Organisations
  • PHI2002 - The Philosophy of Mind: (a) An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind; (b) A Contemporary Theory of Mind - John McDowell