Steinar Valade-Amland has been independent consultant since 2012, helping organizations unlock their strategic and business development potential. He is dedicated to improving their organizational performance and innovation capacity through stakeholder engagement strategies and design thinking, and through building strong brands and vibrant organizational cultures. He has held leading export, product, and marketing management positions in the private sector—primarily in design-based manufacturing companies, followed by positions as account director and CEO of a leading brand design agency—until 2000, where he took on the position of CEO of the Association of Danish Designers, held until 2012. He also works for the EU as an expert evaluator of research and innovation initiatives supported by DG Research & Innovation, DG Connect and Research Executive Agency, besides being a sought- after conference speaker, panelist and moderator, workshop facilitator, and columnist. Steinar is author of the book “Innoliteracy™: From Design Thinking to Tangible Change” published in Denmark as well as in English by Business Expert Press, and has contributed to several other books on design, innovation and the creative industries, a.o. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, published in 2015.