Vanessa Ceia is a university professor and an innovation strategy and management consultant, expert researcher, and policy advisor on responsible tech. She helps large organizations ideate, incubate, and scale new ventures and achieve their blended growth and social goals. She is a UXR and CX professional who uses qualitative and quantitative insights to identify stakeholder and customer needs, validate ideas, and grow sustainable ventures across private, non-profit, and public sectors.
Vanessa has 15+ years of experience building partnerships, leading multi-functional projects and teams, integrating innovative technologies and digital solutions into higher education, and creating and leading policy, research, and innovation labs. She has expertise in data analysis and visualization, human-centered design, Design Thinking, and social innovation. Past and current clients include large multinational technology and engineering, international development, construction, cultural, non-profit, academic, and telecommunications organizations, including their respective innovation units in Silicon Valley.
Vanessa has published industry and peer-reviewed articles and business case studies on topics ranging from innovation at large multinationals, ESG, gender and tech, digital disruption, and new business-building to Natural Language Processing, feminist networks on social media, political sentiment on Twitter, and the social impacts of portrayals of women and LGBTQ+ communities in contemporary media.
Vanessa completed her Ph.D. in Spanish Cultural Studies at New York University, M.A. at McGill University, and an Honours B.A. (High Distinction) from the University of Toronto. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship and taught at Harvard University.
Vanessa is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and conversational in French. She divides her time between New York City and Lisbon.