Ilari Laitinen (ライチネン・イラリ) is an award-winning designer from Finland. Ilari completed his Bachelor of Art Degree from Lahti Institute of Design with a thesis project at Nestlé’s R&D Center in York, UK – the home of Kit Kat biscuits. This project allowed him to take his interest a step beyond his comfort zone, by leading an explorative design process to develop new and healthy food products.
Ilari, who also has studied in the International Design Business Management (IDBM) Master’s program at Aalto University, has ever since maintained a lively interest in food culture and food-related services, building bridges between producers and communities. He has been working as a design strategy consultant for both established brands and startups. Ilari also currently works as as a method coach and course instructor in the ME310: Global Design Innovation program run jointly by Aalto University and Stanford University.
Oh! And there’s one more thing you should know about Ilari: he has a passion for everything about okonomiyaki and Kansai-style dishes!
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