Maria Santolaria

Country: Spain
Area of expertise: user research, design thinking, human-centered innovation

Maria is the Head of Human-Centered Innovation at Banco Sabadell. She is also the Head Curator of TEDxYouth@Barcelona and co-founder of TEDxBarcelona.

Prior to working at Banco Sabadell, she worked at Fjord Madrid and Smart Design San Francisco, both award-winning innovation and design consulting firms. Before moving to Silicon Valley, she worked at Infonomia, one of the leading innovation consulting firms in Spain.

Some of her clients include: Microsoft, Samsung, HP, Huawei, Sanitas, Eroski and La Caixa Foundation, among others

She teaches Design Thinking in various schools and organizations and mentors some start-ups.

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Usability and User Experience from the Ramon Llull University (Barcelona), an Executive Certificate in Innovation Leadership from the CCA (San Francisco), a Postgraduate Diploma in Design and Innovation from Elisava School of Design (Barcelona) and MSc in Environmental Sciences from the UAB (Barcelona).