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Emanuela Corti

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Emanuela Corti is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher and educator. Her professional trajectory has been shaped by a diverse array of experiences between Italy, China, and the United Arab Emirates, where she lived for over a decade. Emanuela's research interests lie at the intersection of product design and fashion, strongly emphasizing inclusive and socially conscious design practices. Her approach is grounded in user-centered methodologies, viewing design as a problem-solving process with the potential to enhance lives through innovation. Her work has garnered international recognition, receiving awards and funding for her innovative contributions to the field.

Research interests

Wearables, smart fabrics, textile innovation, Social design, inclusivity, design for all, Cross-cultural design, prototyping technologies, design soft power


Adjunct Faculty at Skema Business School, Suzhou, 2023

Senior Lecturer, Interior Design Department, Ajman University, UAE - 2010 to 2022

Associate Editor for the Middle East of Compasses Architecture Design, 2021-2022

Co-Founder - Witsense srl, Sensible Innovation Monza, Italy - 2017-2023

Founding Member - Caravan Design Collective, Dubai, UAE - 2012 to date

Strategic Designer at Logotel, Italy, 2006-2008

Designer at Eka Ro Architecture Design Studio, Beijing, China, 2006

Awards and honours

2021. Fashion Digital Made Contest, Pow-Wow Fashion Tech Week, Wearable Technologies, winner.

2021. Innovation Award at SexTech Summit, WearIt Berlin, winner.

2021. STARTS Prize 21, nomination.

2020. Make To Care, Sanofi Italia, Maker Faire Rome, Special Mention with Lovewear.

2019. Tech for Good Challenge Winner. Event organized by In5 at Gitex Dubai.

2017. Maker of Merit winner, at Maker Faire Rome.

2017. AXAPPP Health Care You, London, UK, Future Award Winner

2017. Make to Care by Sanofi, finalist.

2016. Wearable Technology Winner at Venice Design Week

2015. Lexus Design Award, Milan, Italy, Grant winner and Grand Prix Winner

2013. Kudos Dream Design Competition, Dubai, UAE, Winner

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design Furniture, Milan’s Polytechnic, Italy, 2003

Master Degree in Furniture & Textile Design, Milan’s Polytechnic, Italy, 2005

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  • Staff


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