Introducing the
Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab

The Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab (DSIL) at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics is a dynamic initiative converging expertise in digital transformation and sustainability. Led by founder René Bohnsack, DSIL excels in research, publishing in renowned academic journals and actively engaging in European research projects. The lab's teaching arm offers innovative courses covering digital business models, international business, and sustainable energy transition across BSc, MSc, and MBA levels. DSIL's commitment to excellence, impact, respect, and innovation forms the core of its values. Through initiatives and collaborations with companies and institutions, DSIL embodies its vision to drive knowledge for value in the twin transformation to the digital age and sustainability, making a profound societal impact. The lab's outreach extends globally, with involvement in impactful projects addressing challenges in energy, healthcare, and urban resilience, showcasing a holistic approach to fostering innovation and sustainable development.


CORE VALUES

At the heart of the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab (DSIL) lie a set of core values that guide our actions, decisions, and interactions. These values are intrinsic to our identity and reflect the essence of our mission and vision:

Excellence: Punctuality, Precision, and Overdelivery in Everything We Do
Excellence is not just an aspiration but a fundamental characteristic of DSIL. We uphold the principles of punctuality, precision, and a relentless commitment to overdeliver in all aspects of our work.

Impact: Seeing the Wider Picture and Creating Societal Impact
In all our pursuits, DSIL is driven by a holistic perspective that extends beyond immediate considerations. Our research, teaching, and outreach activities are shaped by this commitment to leave a lasting and meaningful footprint on the world.

Respect: Humanistic Approach and Noticeable Politeness at All Times
A humanistic approach is at the forefront of DSIL's values. We recognize the importance of respect in fostering collaboration, innovation, and a positive working environment, creating a culture of mutual respect that extends to all members of our diverse community.

Innovation: Seeing New Ways of Seeing the World and Creating Value
We actively seek new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, fostering an environment where creativity flourishes, it is a mindset that permeates every aspect of our work, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of transformative change.

Get to know the team

We are a Multi-Disciplinary Research Group at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Present Members

René Bohnsack

Cláudia Antunes Marante

Arash Rezazadeh, PhD

Founder

Researcher, PhD Student

Post-Doctoral Researcher

René Bohnsack, PhD, is an Associate Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON, specializing in the commercialization of sustainable and digital technologies. His current research centers on token-based business models, competition in digital ecosystems, and the impact of digital technologies on sustainable development in business modeling. René presented his research findings in a well-received
TEDx talk in 2019.

Cláudia is a Research Fellow at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon, she has a Master’s degree in Research on Business and Administration from Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.

Arash has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from Universidade do Minho in Braga. He is currently researching new Business Models enabled by Digital Transformation Technologies, including blockchain, crypto tokens, digital assets, and NFTs.

Margarita
Oja Da Silva

Julie De Wever

Pascal Schmitt

Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Margarita has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is currenlty working on a research project about digitally enabled business models for a fair and sustainable energy transition.  

Julie has bachelor's degree in Marketing and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Management at Católica Lisbon. Being driven by strategy and research, her main focus at the DSI-Lab revolves around strategic management and the implications of AI on Business Development.

Pascal completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering and is now focusing on Strategic Marketing in his Master's in Management. He has a strong passion for videography, particularly in utilizing AI to enhance video marketing strategies at the DSIL Lab.

Jan Dresler

Mickie De Wet

Applied Investigation Assistant

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Jan has a Master's degree in International Business. His role in DSIL is mainly operational, but he is also responsible for communication and discovering possibilities of using AI tools like ChatGPT.

Mickie has a Ph.D. in Business Ethics, with a focus on Data and AI Ethics. Her current research focus is on sustainability and ethics issues in the context of the implementation of AI in digital ecosystems.

Former Members

Mariana Morais Sarmento

Alina Margolina

Tiago Antunes

Alexander Schoeneseiffen

Project Manager

Research Fellow

Software Developer

Visiting PhD Student

Alina Margolina was a Project Manager at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She has a Master’s degree in Innovation and Product Management from the University of Applied Sciences-Upper Austria (Wels, Austria) and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). Her work in the Lab was dedicated to business model development for sustainability and the energy sector. In addition, she was interested in such fields as management of the fuzzy front end of innovation, customer co-creation and open innovation. Alina also has international experience in the fields of strategic foresight, product marketing management and marketing communications.

Mariana Morais Sarmento was a Research Fellow at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Management from Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. Her role in the Lab was dedicated to content development for business model innovation and smart city innovation projects. Mariana is passionate about the sustainable economic development of developing economies and she is deeply interested in social innovation as well as impact ventures.

Tiago Antunes was a Software Developer at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. Tiago has a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon, with a major specialisation in Software Engineering and minor specialisation in Enterprise Information Systems. He is skilled in web & mobile applications, and serious games development. He has been working mainly as a freelancer, collaborating with companies and organizations from different countries, in several areas of software engineering. In the Lab, Tiago was responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of the applications that support DSIL projects on sustainability and the energy sector.

Alex was a visiting PhD student at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon coming from the University of Saarland in Germany. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and focuses his Phd research on the beneficial utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in business. During his time at the lab Alex was dedicated to the implementation of AI-solutions within business models and entrepreneurship activities.

Melissa Gutberlet

Christina Bidmon

Mariana Nunes

Henriette Näger

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Christina M. Bidmon was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. Her research was positioned at the interface between corporate strategy, sustainability, and digital innovation. Before joining DSIL, Christina was a Ph.D. Student at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences in Denmark. She studied International Business Administration and Management in Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Guadalajara. Christina has worked in management consulting and corporate strategy functions for companies in Germany, the US, and Chile.

Melissa was a Research Fellow at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Management from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Throughout her studies she also spent time at the Toulouse School of Economics as well as the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In addition, she has gained practical experience in finance, international strategy and business development. Her research interests focus on sustainable business models and environmental management.

Mariana Nunes was a Católica Lisbon student of the Master’s in Management with Specialisation in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Her work in the lab was dedicated to a research project on Business Models & Smart Cities. Mariana is passionate about (sustainable) business model innovation and gaining insights from data. She is eager for new realities and challenges.

Henriette Närger was a Research Fellow at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from LMU Munich. Throughout her studies she specialized in “Technology & Innovation” and was involved in social entrepreneurship research projects and digital business modelling. Overall, she is fascinated by technologies that enable social and/or sustainable innovations.

Gabriel Andrade

Fabian Jelitto

Maria del Mar Martinez-Bravo

Visiting Bachelor Student

Visiting Bachelor Student

Visiting PhD Student

Fabian is an intern at the Digital+Sustainable innovation lab at Católica Lisbon. He is currently doing his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. Fabian is contributing his knowledge in the field of Environmental Management to the startup “Susdee”, which was founded at DSIL. Fabian enjoys taking on new tasks and is always eager to get involved when it comes to sustainability.

Maria was a visiting PhD student at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon coming from the University of Almería in Spain. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Administration and Languages from that Spanish University and a double Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Granada in Spain and from the École Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne in France. She has practical experience in engineering project management, public works and international relationships. She has always aimed to link her technical skills with her knowledge in management and she carries out her PhD research on Sustainable Cities Management.

Gabriel Andrade was an intern at the Digital+Sustainable Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon, where he worked with business strategy and innovation. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of São Paulo, Brazil