Prof. Diana Derval

Diana Derval, PhD, EMBA, is Chair and Research Director of DervalResearch, global research firm specializing in human behavior and preferences.

DervalResearch investigated the impact on the microbiome of natural ingredients like fats and oils and the research conducted by Prof. Derval together with the University of Ghana provides insights on how to select, integrate, and commercialize these local resources to boost the immune system in Africa and abroad.

Diana is a Harvard Business Review contributor, Jury for CES Asia Innovation Awards, patented inventor of the Hormonal Quotient® (HQ) nominated for the Edison Awards and of the Derval Color Test® taken by 10 million people. She is a member of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and author of the book “The Right Sensory Mix”- finalist of the Berry-AMA Award for best marketing book and recommended by Philip Kotler- Diana turns fascinating neuroscientific breakthroughs into powerful business frameworks to decode and predict human behavior and preferences. Diana has accelerated the responsible development of Fortune 500 firms including Sephora, Michelin, Sofitel, Philips, and L’Oréal, and is regularly conducting research for good – the clinical research initiated together with NIH and OLVG hospital on the link between taste buds and diabetes opened the way to new prevention roads to combat chronic diseases. Diana Derval teaches Innovation, Sensory Science, Design Thinking and Neurosciences at Sorbonne Business School, IFA, Fudan/MIT and Donghua University. Over 30,000 professionals enjoyed her inspirational lectures, TEDx talks, and workshops from Paris to Shanghai.