Ela Ben-Ur

Founder and Professor
Innovators' Compass and Olin College

Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about enabling people of all ages to articulate and amplify their natural ways of designing and innovating. She has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators in their own challenges of all sizes since 2012 through her organization i2i Experience.

One focus of her present experimentation is Innovators' Compass, www.innovatorscompass.org—seeking to unleash the possibilities in every person and moment.

Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to co-found IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach teams and facilitate for clients.

Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard, and at conferences from SXSWedu to the US Conference on AIDS.

Her 4- and 6-year old daughters are her inspiration. 

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