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Ninela is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher who is passionate about working co-creatively with people to educate and inspire audiences towards innovation and collaboration on a global scale.

Ninela specialises in translating abstract concepts into practical applications for design, enterprise, innovation and education. Her research interests are broad and multidisciplinary and include disruptive technologies, fashion tech, sensory design and human experience, inclusive fashion, emotion-led design, design and empathy, intersecting design and neuroscience, olfaction, future fashion materials and bio-based design to name a few. Creative leadership and people-centred approaches to design and innovation are at the heart of her thinking and practice. Ninela holds a PhD in Design Research from Kingston University, London, where she worked with collaborators and participant groups from science, design, public, academic and industry sectors to advance engagement with novel and challenging concepts intersecting materials and sensory experience. She has a Master's degree in Fashion Futures from Kingston School of Art and an undergraduate degree in Fashion from the National Academy of Art, Bulgaria.

Ninela is an effective communicator and facilitator, who has presented, exhibited and delivered workshops and executive education at various national and international platforms, such as Creative Leadership Masterclass (London, 2019), Innovation for All 2018 (Oslo, 2018), London Design Festival: Design Frontiers (London, 2017), the 1st Global Disability Innovation Summit (London, 2017), the 10th International Design & Emotion Conference (Amsterdam, 2016), WEAREABLE (Paris, 2016) and Fashion & the Senses (London, 2015).

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