Prof. Ezri Tarazi

Chair of t-Hub, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Ezri Tarazi is a Full Professor at the Technion, chair of t-Hub, innovation and entrepreneurship center, chair of Design-Tech Lab, and chair of the Industrial Design program. He is a former chair and founder of the Masters Program in Industrial Design (M.Des) at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He was been consulting the Israeli government on innovation programs in the industry for almost 20 years, and member of the High Education of Israel (2006-2016). Prof. Tarazi is a world renown industrial designer and theorist of Design Thinking, and a serial co-founder of startups. Founder and owner of ’Tarazi Studio’ since 1996. Prof. Tarazi was the founder of the “d-Vision” innovation program at the international Keter Group (2005-2012), a Design Lab that acts as a unique model for innovation and cooperation between Innovation Strategy and Design in the business sector. Prof. Tarazi is and has been involved in a variety of startup ventures in multiple industries such as renewable energy, medical equipment and consumer products and has initiated and designed innovative products with global distribution. He also acts as a lead consultant to the Israeli Ministry of economy for promoting innovation and design in the industry. Prof. Tarazi is an award winning designer with international reputation such as several ‘Red Dot’ awards, ‘Design Boom’ award, and ID magazine yearly award. Prof. Tarazi was working in the world known firm IDEO and was co-founder of its office in Israel from 1998 – 2002. He is the author of 7D – ”Fostering Goods” – 2012, presenting a unique approach for Innovation through natural metaphor. As a co-founder of Penza Group Tarazi was involved in the last 6 years in supporting a national innovation strategy and mentoring over 100 companies and start-ups in Latin America, Europe and China. Prof. Tarazi has been shown an experimental design in the top museums of the world such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), The cooper Hewitt national Design Museum NY, The Triennially Milan, and many other museums in Shanghai, Rome, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Chicago, and London.

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