Design Thinkers Academy London is DK&A’s coaching and leadership development team, where we turn leaders into Design Thinkers that innovate in business.

Debug your thinking

Delight your customers

Depart from the obvious

Our courses

Drive change across your organisation on one of our London-based courses.

Design Thinkers Bootcamp

Explore the design and innovation cycle in five, fast-paced days

Online Design Thinking Fundamentals

Discover the essentials of Design Thinking online in this introductory course

Online Design Thinking Facilitation

Build your Design Thinking facilitation skills through our interactive, live online course.

Online Meetings

Build a foundational understanding of how to facilitate online meetings through our interactive, live online course.

Who we are

Our multi-disciplinary team of staff and Associates facilitate courses in design thinking as well as leading projects to drive positive change.

Part of a global network

Design Thinkers Academy London is independent and part of a global network headquartered in Amsterdam.

Some of our coaches

Eddie Obeng

Innovation Leader

Eddie is the author of 10 books on innovation, change and leadership, and his clients have included HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce. Described by the Financial Times as a “leading revolutionary”, Eddie is a professor within the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School and the founder of Pentacle, the virtual business school.

Rachel Smith


Rachel started her professional life for over a decade in design as an architect, training at the Royal College of Art. For the last three years, Rachel has supported organisations as a visual thinking designer, fac-illustrator, strategist and visual thinking trainer. Her experience takes a diagonal slice across sectors and scales, working with startups, entrepreneurs, small businesses, millenial cultures and in big organisations.

J Paul Neeley

Designer & Researcher

J. Paul is a Designer and Researcher based in London and Senior Tutor in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. He has a background in Service Design, Interaction Design, Design Research, and Strategy. J. Paul has worked professionally at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation as Service Designer & and at Unilever in Consumer & Market Insights on brand development.

Holly May Mahoney

Design Lead

Holly is a service designer with experience that spans the private and public sectors and includes work on health, ageing and civic engagement. She has a Service Design MA degree from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London and has worked as a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre. She was most recently a Teaching Fellow at Stanford’s d-school.


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