24-26 March 2019, Berlin

with the main Summit 25-26 March


Justin Ferrell
Fellowships Director
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school)


Justin Ferrell joined the d.school in 2012 to design and direct its fellowship program, a creative leadership accelerator for restless experts who want to transform their industries. The program helps entrepreneurial professionals learn and apply design thinking to organization design, to create and spread large-scale transformations. Fellows have designed systems interventions in international development, food equity, philanthropy, K12 education, disaster relief, financial services, legal technology and federal workforce collaboration. Current fellows are also working on issues in health care, including childhood obesity, cancer prevention and clinical care for low-income communities.


A career journalist specializing in organizational behavior and design, Justin worked for seven years at The Washington Post, most recently as the director of digital, mobile & new product design. He brought the first mobile designers and programmers into the newsroom, and enabled collaborative teams of reporters, editors and developers to create groundbreaking work. Also a prolific visual storyteller, Justin designed the investigative series “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, as well as four other Pulitzer finalists. Justin teaches Stanford graduate courses in design thinking, creativity and organization design, and also teaches executives at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has spoken on creative culture in many venues, from the Norwegian Research Council in Oslo, to the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, to Education City in Doha, Qatar.

About The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, aka "the d.school," is a hub for innovators at the university. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences and education find their way there to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach, and we focus on creating transformative learning experiences.


In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, our primary responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our world. We define what it means to be a d.school student broadly, and we support “students” of design thinking who range from kindergartners to senior executives. Our deliberate mash-up of industry, academia and real-world problems is the key to our continuing evolution.

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