Mercè Graell is the Chair of CCAD’s Master of Design in Innovation Design Strategies program. Graell came to CCAD from Barcelona, where she worked as Strategic Design Director for the prestigious firm Designit and Coordinator of the Master in Design Management Research program at Istituto Europeo di Design. Graell earned an MFA in Design Education from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Graell has more than 25 years of experience creating design projects and more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing successful design methodologies centered around people — she has been a pioneer of co-creation in Spain. She has worked in industries including travel, finance, banking, retail, telecommunications, and health care, and on the academic side, has specialized in developing design curricula that focus on design thinking, design research, and design management.