Aithan Shapira, PhD

Senior Consultant, Faculty​

Aithan began his career as a professional artist exhibiting and collected at museums internationally, spending 10-hour days, 6 days a week working in his studio, for 15 years. His painting mentor was a student of Picasso. He pioneered PhD research on the creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design, lived for three years with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival, has directed world-class creative teams in music and fine art, and serves as a visiting critic/professor at the Royal College of Art, RISD, and Berklee College of Music.  

Aithan is also the Founder of Making to Think, an agency that designs experiences using arts processes to transform business leadership & strategy. He speaks at global venues and advises executives at Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Google, Fidelity, and Merck in accelerating and scaling change in uncertain times using time- and science-tested techniques from the arts to generate tangible and observable shifts in how individuals and organizations see and how they listen, to ultimately shift how they do. Aithan is currently leading three international university initiatives integrating their arts colleges and business schools. He designs programming for MIT Sloan SIP, Harvard iLab, Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, C2 Montreal, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and is on the council at NationSwell.

At MIT Sloan, Aithan’s Making to Think workshop has been consistently top-rated and enrollment demand is at double-capacity. He has been invited to keynote the Future of People conference, Hacking Arts, MIT Media Lab, and advises entrepreneurs from concept through to market – one startup recently took the stage at TED Global.

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