About Us – Creativity & Human Centric Innovation

About ifa laboratory – facilitation, consulting, support

ifa laboratory proposes perspectives on artists, skills and needs in the innovation economy and on culture in the context of external & foreign relations. The name ifa laboratory stems from the collaboration with ifa gallery . ifa comes from Chinese 艺 () and 法 (), meaning methods of art.

Our team is mainly made of artists and managed by a cross sector facilitator and culture & creativity expert.

Johanna Kouzmine-Karavaïeff (Suo), principal consultant, cross sector facilitator, culture & creativity expert

Johanna Kouzmine-Karavaïeff (Suo) is the founder and principal consultant of ifa laboratory. A Herrman Wholebrain Thinking assessment showed that she has a yellow profile (creative, imaginative, intuitive, holistic) – and is thus well-suited to working with, and adapting to, innovation processes.

Thank you to investors and ifa laboratory founding partners Alexis Kouzmine –Karavaïeff , David Laurier and Fredrik Runnquist. 

Alexis graduated from business school and studied art history in Ecole du Louvre, thereafter he established himself in Shanghai in 2003 where he worked for a British corporation. He then decided to dedicate his time to his passion by co-founding ifa gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Shanghai. Located in an old textile factory building in M50, the famed art district of Shanghai, and later on in an elegant British house in Jing’An district, ifa gallery became an important place by showcasing some emerging and established artists in the Chinese art scene.
In the fall 2013, Alexis decided to move ifa gallery premises to the heart and capital of Europe, Brussels. Located in the old central district of Marolles, the gallery offers a dynamic programme with its main artists from China and new artists from the region. The gallery  exhibits also regularly in art fairs.

David is currently Chief Executive of Innovest Capital & Real Estate Group. Earlier he was managing director of a/o AppliTek with offices in the US, the Middle East and Asia. AppliTek develops, manufactures, integrates and installs on-line monitoring & analysis devices for use in environmental, industrial & homeland security applications. David is also specialised in economic diplomacy. He is an executive member of the Commission International Relations of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO-FEB), where he previously participated in a work group to define the fundaments of economic diplomacy for ambassadors of Belgium abroad. Moreover David is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven & at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico where he has given courses on entrepreneurship and embedded sustainability. David holds a Masters of Commerical Sciences and a Master of Business & Managerial Economics from Leuven University.

Fredrik is a business angel and art-collector commuting between Stockholm and London. Fredrik is passionate about start-ups and collects Swedish modern art.