About Us – Creativity & Human Level Innovation

About ifa laboratory – facilitation, consulting, support

ifa laboratory is a facilitation firm in Brussels proposing new perceptions: of the arts within the business world and of culture within foreign and external 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 made of artists mainly but managed by a cultural strategy expert and cross sector facilitator

Johanna Suo, director

Johanna Suo is the managing director of ifa laboratory, expert in cultural strategy and cross sector facilitation. She is visionary kind of person and a yellow Herrman Wholebrain Thinking profile, meaning that she is creative, imaginative, intuitive, holistic; the right person for working with human level innovation processes.

Team members/experts

Joakim Eneroth

Joakim Eneroth is a multi-disciplinary Swedish artist having exhibited his work all around the world, and his art can be found in many big institutions, such as Tate Modern in London and Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. After years of practice he started to ask questions about what creativity actually is…

Milena Oda Laska

The creative coach Milena Oda Laska is an author, poet, playwright, translator, creative director for theatre & film. Her writing workshops bring out the best of hidden creativity, emotional intelligence and intuition.

Bartholomeus Henri Van de Velde

From being a violinist, having found his right place in being an orchestra conductor, later entrepreneur and change management expert Bartholomeus has gone a long way and has a rich experience to take from.

KesselsGranger DesignWorks

The established designers, Steven & James from KesselsGranger DesignWorks have several years of experience, delivering Product Design, Graphic Design and Design Thinking to an international clientele.

Jérôme Désert

The painter and street artist  Jérôme Désert, has several years of experience with art team-buildings and artistic interventions at companies such as Schwarzkopf, Sanofi, La Poste, JC Decaux, Edenred, Kenzo.


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.