Dr. Julia Goga-Cooke – Journalist/ Design thinker and entrepreneur – Albania

Dr. Julia Goga-Cooke – Journalist/ Design thinker and entrepreneur – Albania

Biography

Dr. Julia Goga-Cooke is an academic, journalist, design thinker and entrepreneur. Julia leads the London based innovation academy Gconsultancy Innovation, an IOEE Academy that helps organisations innovate and grow.

Julia brings together a range of disciplines she has mastered during her career. After a career in academia and PhD in Linguistics, Julia worked for UN, and later on for the BBC, where she served for 16 years as broadcaster, producer, editor and leader. Julia led the BBC Albanian Service for 10 years before becoming Global News Editor and senior editorial advisor for BBC Word Service BBC TV and BBC Online in 42 languages.

Taking a sabbatical in 2008, Julia joined Wharton Fellows and spent a year at Central Saint Martins and London Business School, studying Innovation and Entrepreneurship, after which she set up her own enterprises. She co-founded and managed the Future of Work Research Consortium which brought together executives from 80 global corporations and academics in a collaborative space both physical and virtual to research and design the future of work.

Her passion for life long learning took her to MIT to study Collaborative Innovation Networks. In 2015 Julia set up Albanian Innovation Accelerator as a foundation to help young people use technology and design thinking to solve problems in their community and start new enterprises. In the past year she has taken design thinking to more than 1000 young people in Albania, helping create a mindset of problem solving and growth.

She teaches Design Thinking and Foresight and Strategy at Loughborough London and Design Thinking Accelerator and London New York Dual City Design Management at Central Saint Martins. She is a fellow and faculty at RSA. She is an MIT SOLVE Fellow and serves as education specialist for MIT Launch Club. Julia is a public speaker and publisher of the weekly zine Inspire to Innovate.