Melissa Sterry

Design scientist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help build a better world.

A recipient of several innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa is a '40 over 40 Women to Watch' 2014 honoree, and inductee of Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network Hall of Fame.

Melissa has worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past fourteen years have been at executive board-level, working with first-to-market start-ups exploring the potential of emerging technology and its applications.

One of the world’s most high profile female futurists, Melissa consults to both private and public sector clients globally. Specialising in futures in the built environment, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, design, publishing, media and communications, she has contributed to groundbreaking projects as far and wide as the United States, India, Europe and Asia.

Regularly featured throughout the media, Melissa is published in over 60 international trade, consumer and academic titles. She has participated in wide-ranging media productions for film, television, radio and Internet, including podcasts, to-camera interviews, fly-on-the-wall documentaries, presenting, and both live and pre-recorded radio interviews. Recent assignments include technology figurehead for The Guardian’s ‘The Future Designed Around You’ supplement, sponsored by Volvo.

To date, Melissa has contributed as keynote speaker, panelist and/or panel chair at more than fifty leading international conferences, seminars, festivals, awards ceremonies, and product launches in regions including Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Asia and Russia. Melissa has further contributed in the capacity of editor-in-chief, guest editor, editorial board member and curator to several design, architecture, urban, arts, and style books and magazines worldwide.

Melissa is the creator and director of Bionic City®, which seeks to answer the question “how would nature design a city?” and examines the potential of biomimetics, biotechnology and bio-inspiration in the built environment in the now, near and far future.