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, listed in the 'Libertine 100' 2015 - one hundred women with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas, and inductee of the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network Hall of Fame.

Melissa has worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past fifteen years have been at executive board-level, primarily 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, South and South East Asia, and Europe.

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.

Melissa's academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow, workshop host, thesis supervisor, guest critic, and scientific committee member at several leading European architecture and design research institutes and organisations, including Ravensbourne, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, The Bartlett, Architectural Association School of Architecture, and the University of Salford. She is also a PhD researcher at University of Greenwich, London.

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.