Hey! I'm Fernanda Torre
Futurist, Innovation and Strategy Expert, MBA, MFA
Over 15 years of experience
FERNANDA TORRE embodies the interdisciplinary intersection between design, business and innovation, while exploring synergies between practice and research. With more than 15 years of experience, Torre is the CEO and Founding Partner of Next Agents, a consultancy on innovation management and design strategy, and is a Visiting Teacher affiliated to the House of Innovation at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Sweden. Torre is a teacher in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration of the SSE MBA, is a faculty member in the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, where she teaches Trendspotting & Future Forecasting and Design Thinking, as well as she is a Design Industry Leader at Hyper Island.
With a background in graphic design (Red Dot Design award 2014 with Gabor Palotai) and experience design (Beam me up, Scotty! award in Helsinki design fair, 2013), Torre has made her way into innovation management (Stora Enso Innovation Award for Intelligent Packaging, 2016). Fernanda has experience in the most diverse sectors such as innovation & design consulting (consulting for Above), renewable materials & manufacturing industry (Group Innovation and R&D in Stora Enso) in sustainability leadership (LEAD program in the Stockholm Resilience Centre), gendered medical innovations (Karolinska Centre for Gender Medicine, Department of Medicine) and entrepreneurship in creative industries (Balticlab, Swedish Institute and CBSS).
In terms of research, Torre is part of the Vinnova-funded project 4Boards.ai, together with Robin Teigland and Liselotte Ensgtam, aiming to support corporate boards in governing AI toward innovation and sustainability. Torre was also a proponent of the Biosphere Code, a manifesto for sustainable algorithmic development.
Furthermore, Torre is a founding member of the Speculative Futures Chapter in Stockholm, a board member of Innovationsledarna (Association for Innovation Management Professionals in Sweden) and a Swedish expert in the technical committee for the 56000 ISO standard on innovation management.
Fernanda Torre has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Stockholm School of Economics, awarded with the President’s List (for outstanding academic achievement) and the SSE Award for Class Contribution (voted by fellow MBAs). Fernanda has also a Master’s in Fine Arts in Experience Design from Konstfack (Vasakronan scholarship nomination and Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Foundation scholarship) and Bachelor in Arts in Communication Design – Graphic Art Porto University. Fernanda also has a Trendspotting and Future Thinking course from the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and the National Institute of Design (NID) in India, and is a recognized public speaker and thought leader (TEDx Matosinhos, Design Talks Business in Gdynia Design Days). Fernanda is also the founder of Frames – Portuguese Film Festival in Sweden.
2020 e-book AI Leadership for Boards – The Future of Corporate Governance, written with Robin Teigland and Liselotte Engstam
2019 Chapter in the book The Digital Transformation of Labor (Open Access) published by Routledge – Title: Ai Leadership and the Future of Corporate Governance – Changing demands for board competence, written with Robin Teigland and Liselotte Engstam
2018 MBA Stockholm School of Economics – President’s list (for outstanding academic achievement)
2017 Nomination for the Stora Enso People and Purpose Award
2016 Winner Stora Enso Innovation Packaging Challenge in Intelligent Packaging, together with a team from Innovation Center for Biomaterials.
2012 Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Foundation scholarship for studies in Experience Design in Konstfack, Sweden.
2005 Queima das Fitas 2005 Poster winner graphic design competition for Federação Académica do Porto, Portugal.
2000 II Concurso de Artes Plásticas winner 1st prize in Escola Secundária Alcaides Faria, Portugal.
Selected Talks and Presentations
2019 Spotify Lunch Talk – Stockholm
2019 Design Thinking Talk&Workshop Ericsson – Stockholm
2019 Holistisk Kundupplevelse – Arbetsförmedlingen – Stockholm
2018 Design Talks Business – Gdynia Design Days
2018 Innovation Academy (Vilnius, Lithuania) on the topic “Innovation Management”
2016 HOBO Hotel Pre-launch Party (Stockholm, Sweden) on the topic “Experience Design”.
2016 TEDx Stockholm workshop (Stockholm, Sweden) on the topic “Experience Design”.
2015 BalticLab Networking Weekend (Stockholm, Sweden) on the topic “Experience Design”.
2014 – 2016 Berghs School of Communication (Stockholm, Sweden) on the topic “Experience Design”.
Estimated Values, Detroit Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 1 to 17 of June 2012
TENS, Mutual Arts Center, Barcelona, Spain, 26 of May to 16 of June 2012
Konstfack Degree Exhibition , Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 to 27 of May 2012
Camisa, Area dos3dos Galery, Barcelona, Spain, 2010
Low Gender Resolution, Cozinha Gallery at the Fine Arts Faculty of Porto University, Porto, Portugal, 2007
Proyecto de Intercambio Oporto-Valencia, Sant Carles Fine Arts School Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2005
II Concurso de Artes Plásticas da Escola Alcaides de Faria, Alcaides Faria Secondary School, Barcelos, Portugal, 2000