Anna Kirah is an internationally respected Design Anthropologist and Psychologist known for pioneering the people-centric approach to innovation and change management. Anna is a proponent of transdisciplinary thinking and doing in order to create meaningful, relevant, useful and desirable products, services and organizational changes.
Anna has worked at Boeing and at Microsoft. In addition, she has broad experience working and leading projects across sectors including software development, travel, transport, retail, finance, health, the public sector and governmental policy design. She was Contributor of the year in 2004 at Microsoft for her work on transnational understanding between Microsoft subsidiaries and Microsoft Headquarters. Anna was headhunted in 2007 to develop and implement a Radical Innovation school for leaders in Denmark and to sit on the board of the government sponsored User-driven Innovation initiative. She returned to Norway in 2010 where she is now Assistant Professor in Service Design at Kristiania University College. She teaches courses in Design Anthropology, Service/Systems Design, Psychology and Designing for Activism. She also has her own consultancy, Kirah AS, is the Managing Director of Design without Borders Foundation and heads the board of Death with Dignity Norway.