Dr Melis Senova is a recognised industry leader in human-centred leadership and design, a published neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author of two books–this human and design character. She founded award winning strategic design firm Huddle; its associate school, Huddle Academy; and This Human, a community of practice focused on advancing and deepening the practice of design to help address our shared planetary challenges.
As an advisor to many influential people, Melis has worked with business leaders to heads-of-state. Her work and influence are broad ranging and deep, from participating in the establishment of Australia’s Space Agency to supporting female entrepreneurs in the South Pacific, West Africa, and Aruba. Melis has a PhD in Human Factors (HCD) and has been designing, teaching, and mentoring for over 20 years.
Her current research is focused on establishing the new practice of Therapeutic Design. She teaches within the post- graduate design courses at RMIT and Swinburne University. Melis has lived and worked internationally since 1996, from Akita to Amsterdam, New York to Chennai, she currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.