Aithan Shapira

IF Program Team, 2017-18


Aithan Shapira MFA PhD is Founder @ Making to Think, Lecturer @ MIT Sloan. His research on how the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, entertainment experiences, curricula, products and corporate cultures. Aithan has pioneered top-rated leadership development workshops for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period and researches how to optimize creative systems. He advises and has co-founded several successful start-ups linking business, art, and social enterprise; and designs programming for Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, C2 Montreal, and Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Aithan’s experience includes exhibiting and performing internationally as an artist, and serving as a visiting critic/professor in studio arts from the Royal College of Art to RISD and Berklee College of Music, and advising senior executives and boards of Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare and energy.