Manolis Kelaidis

MA Industrial Design Engineering Royal College of Art & Diploma of Imperial College London (2004 - 06)

MSc, BSc Mechanical Engineering University of Patras (1994 - 99)

Abitur & Απολυτήριο (German & Greek A-levels) German High School of Athens (1989 - 93)


CO-FOUNDER / Artisans of Crete (2014 - 2016)

A start-up working with local artisan producers in Crete • Innovative brand creation • Exports to Japanese market • Collaboration with Mediterrenean Agronomical Institue of Chania for innovation.

RESEARCH COORDINATOR / Royal College of Art (2011-2013)

Organiser of first of its kind Conference • Hub’s strategy development and project management • Dissemination of the Hub’s work • Organisation of research workshops and events

FOUNDER/INVENTOR / AmphiLab (2006 - 10)

Own invention (Blink) • Start-up working on interactive book design and technologies • Investment from Design London • Business development • IP management • Printed electronics and conductive inks • Development of new bookbinding and printing techniques • Global exposure of invention.

VISITING LECTURER / Royal College of Art (2007 - 08)

Industrial Design Engineering Department • Post-graduate tutor specialising in experimental design.• Course development and student mentoring.

FELLOW / Imperial College London Business School (2007)

Mentored Executive MBA students to produce a business plan for Blink • Participant at MBA Entrepreneurship Course.

DESIGNER (freelance) / SONY, Roche, LSE, O2 and Royal College of Art (2005 - 08)

Worked among others on: ways to introduce businesses to the value of design as a source of decision making • Solutions that would enhance the quality of life of rheumatoid arthritis patients • Exhibition and industrial design of an exhibition designed for the European launch of Sony’s PSP

ENGINEER / ETH Zurich Center for Structure Technologies, Automatic Control Lab (2002 – 04)

Research into smart materials for shape control of airfoils • Piezoelectric fibers in composite materials as sensors and actuators • Analytical, numerical and experimental analyses • Lecturer for Leightweight Structures and Innovation Design • Design of robotic arm exoskeleton for medical rehabilitation of arm injuries without human assistance.

ENGINEER (enlisted) / HAF’s Research & Technology Center, Special Vehicles & Equipement (1991 – 01)

Aircraft Structural Integrity Program • Numerical and experimental • CAD and stress analysis of HAF’s special vehicles mechanical component’s.


Selected for investment by Design London (2008)

Top 3 innovators of 2007 (US Information Today Magazine)

Ideas Challenge Winner, Imperial College Business School (2006)

Graduated with Professor’s Commendation, Royal College of Art (2006)

Dyson Award, Royal College of Art (2005)

Scholarship Award, University of Patras (1997)

Exhibitions / Talks

O’Reilly TOC Conference, keynote, San Jose, California (2007)

Foocamp, California (2007)

CoPADD Conference, Institute of Physics, London (2007)

PSP/RCA Exhibitions @ Royal College of Art (2005), Bank of America (2006), Habitat (2007) and the Barbican (2010)

New Designers Exhibition @ Islington Business Design Centre (2006)

'Generation' The Show Two @ Royal College of Art (2006)

Go Global: China Exhibition @ Bank of America, Canary Wharf (2005)

3x3 @ Royal College of Art (2005)