Manuela is Lead Design Researcher at Designit Oslo. She brings a Systems Oriented Design (SOD) approach to complex areas of design, like healthcare innovation and organizational transformation. She has worked as a Service Designer at Mayo Clinic in the US, Laboratorio de Gobierno in Chile, and InWithForward in Canada.

She is completing a PhD at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) that studies how co-design approaches can be introduced and practiced by the public sector. Her work has been published in numerous journals including, The Design Journal, SheJi, and FormAkademisk. She trained as an Integrated Designer at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (BA) and as an Industrial Designer at AHO (MA).