OPENING SESSION SPEAKERS
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter
John BessantProfessor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter
Originally a chemical engineer, Professor John Bessant has been active in research, teaching and consultancy in technology and innovation management for over 25 years. He currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University where he is also Research Director. In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship with the Advanced Institute for Management Research and was also elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management. He served on the Business and Management Panel of both the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises. He has acted as advisor to various national governments and to international bodies including the United Nations, The World Bank and the OECD. Professor Bessant is the author of over 30 books and monographs and many articles on the topic and has lectured and consulted widely around the world. His most recent books include Managing innovation (2018)(now in its 6th edition) Entreprenurship (2018) (both published by John Wiley and Sons) and 'Riding the innovation wave' (Emerald, 2017). You can find more and follow his blog at https://johnbessant.org
Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Dorothy GordonChair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Dorothy Gordon is the Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. She has worked in the field of international development and technology for over thirty years and is recognised as a leading technology activist and specialist on policy, education, technology and society in Africa. Her work as a leader, manager, consultant and speaker has taken her to over 100 countries. She is a strong advocate of the ROAM principles (internet universality), building on her work with the Open Movement and Creative Commons.
Chief Evangelist and Founder of Funzi
Aape PohjavirtaChief Evangelist and Founder of Funzi
Aape Pohjavirta is the Chief Evangelist and Founder of Funzi, a mobile learning and information service for the emerging markets. In that role, he has become a recognized industry leader with a vision on how science, technology, and innovation will contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is also a passionate entrepreneurship coach and a frequent lecturer in universities, incubation and acceleration programs, and other institutions. Aape has worked with digital since 1988 and in the mobile industry since 1997 in various management roles and has a solid track record of international business, product, and technology development including, Exomi Ltd., C&M Capital, Sofi Securities, Vineyard Ltd., Brossco Systems, and People Group. Aape is an Apple Achiever, an international patent inventor, and an inspirational public speaker.
Zsuzsanna BodiENoLL Director
As former Living Lab practitioner and current Association Director, Bodi has worked with ENoLL’s 170 active Living Labs. She is also actively following the European Commission’s DG CONNECT’s OISPG group’s activities. Working with and for these valuable networks has allowed Bodi to gain a keen appreciation for and a deep insight into the most recent research findings and future aims of the Living Lab and Open Innovation phenomena. Bodi holds a French MBA-MAE degree in Management and Business Studies (Université Jean Moulin, Lyon). Previously she obtained a M.Sc. in Engineering and Management degree at the Technical University of Budapest and has strong focus on User Centered Product Design. Throughout her 10 years’ experience as a Project manager, she gained knowledge from her work on 15+ national and European projects focusing on the multi stakeholder and end-user engagement, citizen driven and co-creation aspect of the following topics and areas: Future Internet; Smart Cities and Mobility; Cross-border, Cross-sector Collaboration, Game design & serious gaming; STEM Learning Analytics; Big Data; Climate Change; Design and Creative Industries.
Chairperson of ENoLL, Associate Director at Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor at UAB. Co-Founder of the Library Living Lab
Fernando VilariñoChairperson of ENoLL, Associate Director at Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor at UAB. Co-Founder of the Library Living Lab
Fernando Vilariño is Associate Director of the Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor of the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is currently lecturing in Robotics and Multimedia Systems. His research has been linked to diverse areas of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, and Robotics. His current research is focused on the development of the link between physical and digital objects. He has led different projects related to citizen science through the implementation of a model for Living Labs in the context of Open Innovation. He has participated in the different workshops and invited talks in the context of ICT and culture. Dr. Vilariño has been awarded with the Spanish Gov. Ramon y Cajal Grant (2010), and Google Academy Award (2014) for his research. As Associate Director for the CVC he has contributed to the technology transfer of Computer Vision technology with setup of a number of start-ups in the field of Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He is co-leading the implementation of the Regional Computer Vision Ecosystem, the regional economic driver of AI. He has developed a model for innovation based on living labs that allows for multi-stake holder user centric approach. Fernando Vilariño is the current Chairman of the European Network of Living Labs.
HIGH LEVEL PANELISTS
Founder & CEO of Tataj Innovation
Daria TatajFounder & CEO of Tataj Innovation
Dr. Daria Tataj (Entrepreneur Motivational Speaker), Founder & CEO of Tataj Innovation, is the world expert on innovation networks. Tataj Innovation empowers entrepreneurs through Network Thinking, a methodology based on 15+ years of Daria’s research done in collaboration with Prof. Manuel Castells. Prof. Castells endorsed her book ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ as a fundamental book that will reshape the way we think about innovation.
Head of Unit DG Connect Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology.
Eddy HartogHead of Unit DG Connect Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology.
Mr Hartog has Dutch nationality and was born and raised in Utrecht (the Netherlands). He obtained a degree in political economics at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and subsequently a post-graduate degree at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). He has worked in the European Commission since 1989, first in Trade policy, then in Regional policy and in Maritime policy and lately in Information Society and Media policy. He is a Head of Unit since 2003. His present responsibility (since July 2016) is Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology.
Ethel Hui Yan Tan
Policy Advisor for Digital Government, Governance & Innovation, OECD
Ethel Hui Yan TanPolicy Advisor for Digital Government, Governance & Innovation, OECD
Ethel Hui Yan Tan is a public policy and communications specialist at the OECD Directorate for Public Governance, Open and Innovative Government Division. She works with governments across Europe, Middle East and Asia to design policies that strengthen digital government and data governance, promote the creation of open and innovative ecosystems and deliver economic and social value to citizens. Ethel also actively advises and engages with businesses, think tanks and non-governmental organisations on public-private collaborations and international co-operation towards creating a sustainable, citizen-centric digital future. She has worked for global strategic communications firms such as Ogilvy, Golin and Hill+Knowlton Strategies; and consulted for executive leadership and training firms in the management consulting and banking industries. Ethel holds a Master in Public Policy from Sciences Po and a Global Elite of Business Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
TOPIC DEBATE SPEAKERS
Director of Research at INRAE
Muriel Mambrini-DoudetDirector of Research at INRAE
Muriel Mambrini-Doudet holds two qualifications, sustainability science and innovative science management. She is research director at Inrae, currently i) adviser at the scientific directorate for accelerating open innovation and transdisciplinarity in research-education-industry- government hubs concerned by agriculture, food and environment (notably living labs), ii) director of the international doctoral school “frontiers of innovation in research and education” welcoming outstanding interdisciplinary projects at the interface between life science- education-digital, and iii) researcher at the industrial chair “theory and methods of design thinking”. Prior to this role, she was the director of the Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Science et la Technologie, which trains top managers from public and private organization to the scientific approach to reduce the distance between science and society. From 2008 to 2014 she headed the largest research center of Inrae (1 500 staff, 35 scientific laboratories), after having served as scientific adviser to Inrae’s CEO. At each step of her scientific career, she has been working at the interface between at least two disciplines in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the sector she was working for. She holds a PhD in nutrition, defended her habilitation to steer research at the interface between nutrition and genetics, authored more than 50 international publication in various disciplinary fields (biological sciences, management sciences, epistemology).
Senior Director Design Innovation, Phillips Design
Geert ChristiaansenSenior Director Design Innovation, Phillips Design
Geert Christiaansen is Senior Director Design Innovation at Philips Design. He has worked in Philips in a number of businesses in different regions and roles, ranging from product strategy and marketing to business development, in Europe, Asia and the United States. Next to this Geert started and owned a venture in RFID/NFC technology. His background in business enables him to connect the capabilities of the creative force of Philips Design to the businesses internal and external to Philips. In his role he is responsible for the Philips Design Innovation Portfolio and developing strategic relationships.
Programme Officer - European Commission - DG AGRI
Alexia RoubyProgramme Officer - European Commission - DG AGRI
Alexia Rouby is a Research Programme Officer with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG-AGRI), Research and Innovation unit. She is an Agro-economist with over 10 years experience in network coordination, policy analysis and project development and management.
Innovation Management Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chris McPheeInnovation Management Specialist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Chris McPhee is an Innovation Management Specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Living Laboratories Initiative, which is an integrated approach to agricultural innovation that brings farmers, scientists, and other partners together to co-develop, test, and monitor new practices and technologies in a real-life context. Prior to this role, he served for nine years as Editor-in-Chief of the Technology Innovation Management Review, an international journal focusing on emerging topics in innovation from a multidisciplinary perspective and featuring many special issues on living labs. He is a member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and a co-lead of its Special Interest Group on Living Labs, which is supported by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). In Canada and Scotland, he has held various innovation-related roles in the private sector, the public sector, and academia, primarily in the areas of education, healthcare, and science. His areas of interest include living labs, open innovation, entrepreneurship, participatory and action research, knowledge mobilization, and the human and social dimensions of innovation. Chris holds an MASc degree in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and BScH and MSc degrees in Biology (Plant Ecology) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
Certified PMI Project Manager
Milica TrajkovićCertified PMI Project Manager
Ms. Milica Trajkovic is a certified PMI project manager, experienced in EU funded projects focused on Digital Agriculture and development of ICTs for AgriFood value chain. For the last five years she has been equally involved in numerous proposals preparation (from idea to design and proposal formulation) as well as projects’ implementation. Constant managing of multiple projects resulted in two main specializations – i) liaison between project requests and partners’ needs and Institute’s expertise and resources dedicated to implementation of project tasks; ii) efficient implementation of overall project strategy and assuring sub-projects and pilots are executing pre-defined tasks and activities within time, budget and quality constraints. At the same time, she deeply believes that people are the most valuable asset a company can have. Hence, Milica is very passionate about training and development activities tailored to Institute’s employees needs she is leading. In parallel, Milica is an Operations Manager in Precision Agriculture Living Lab (PA4ALL), where she works on broadening the relations with agricultural producers and maintaining cross-fertilization process between agricultural and ICT industry.
i2CAT deputy Director
Artur Serrai2CAT deputy Director
Artur Serra Hurtado (1954), Alicante (Spain). Deputy Director of the Foundation i2cat Foundation, research and innovation centre about the Internet. PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona, specialised in technological cultures. In 2006, launched the Cultural Ring, the first experimental network bandwidth for the cultural sector, connecting cultural centers in Catalonia and around the world, including Latin America through the Anilla Cultural Latinoamericana. Interested in the connection between the technology and the citizenry, since 1995 he developed some projects design and launched the first citizen networks in Spain and Europe (BCNet, Ravalnet, …) culminating them in the organisation of the First World Congress Citizens Network (Barcelona 2000). Currently, his line of research focuses on the design and implementation of living labs, new innovation structures open to the entire citizenry. In 2007 he launched the Citilab, the first European citizen lab.
Laurea University Director
Tuija HirvikoskiLaurea University Director
Dr Tuija Hirvikoski is currently a director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences responsible for the University’s strategic stakeholder management. During her Vice-Presidency, Laurea become Finland’s most successful University of Applied Sciences receiving multiple awards. She has held managerial positions at various Finnish higher education institutions and governmental institutions focusing on sustainable regional and societal development. Hirvikoski’s specific area of expertise is related to multi-stakeholder, user-centred innovation design and ecosystem development (Living Labs). She has received a PhD in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystems), MSc in Education and MSc in Administration. As a sought-after advisor, she has provided various audiences with inspirational examples and research results concerning the Finnish education and open innovation ecosystems. Hirvikoski was the President of The European Network of Living Labs between 2015-2018 and has served as a council member in various organisations such as the Uusimaa Regional Coordination Committee, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Centre R&D Unit, Tech villa Ltd (a Finnish technology centre), Helsinki Information Technology Association, the Talent Cultivation Program for Smart Living Industry in Taiwan, and the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) in Canada.
Director, Knowle West Media Centre
Carolyn HassanDirector, Knowle West Media Centre
Carolyn is the founder and Director of Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) http://www.kwmc.org.uk and Bristol Living Lab. KWMC is an arts and media organisation that delivers programmes ranging from citizen led housing, citizen sensing, to young peoples’ arts and technology programmes. KWMC works closely with academic institutions including University of Bristol and collaborated with Helen Manchester, Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures as part of the Horizon 20:20 Lighthouse project Replicate https://replicate-project.eu/. She is currently an International Ambassador for Bristol.
Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
Joëlle MastelicProfessor at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
Dr Joëlle Mastelic is professor at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. She has been teaching for 12 years in the fields of Business Economics and Energy and Environmental Techniques, in particular in the Energy Management major. She has also developed continuing education courses: CAS on "Sustainable Marketing" and participated in the launch of the interdisciplinary Master "New Product Development";. As a researcher, she is part of the InnoLab Unit (Entrepreneurship and Management Institute) and the Water Group (Energy and Environment Institute). Her area of expertise is innovation and marketing in the field of energy. She is in charge of the Energy Living Lab, a living laboratory whose aim is to put the user at the centre of the energy transition by co- developing innovative solutions with him. This laboratory has notably collaborated with Romande Energie, Transports Publics du Chablais and Losinger Marazzi by proposing service design approaches. It is currently working on disseminating the results by creating social franchises for the Energy Living Lab, with the support of the HES-SO strategic fund. Her publications and interventions focus on the empowerment and engagement of key stakeholders in the process of energy innovation within regional ecosystems. In terms of networking, she is part of the board of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) as head of the Energy and Environment Taskforce. She is responsible for the Living Labs for Decarbonisation of Energy national program, financed by InnoSuisse, which brings together more than 20 partners, including Swiss Post and SBB, and whose aim is to develop a portfolio of innovative projects supported by InnoSuisse in the field of decarbonisation of energy. At the European level, it is an expert for the European Commission, and is collaborating in particular on the transformation of the Joint Research Center site in Ispra into a Living Lab dedicated to the energy and mobility of the future. As organizer and moderator, she has organized and facilitated numerous conferences, such as the Energy Forum on the integration of consumers in the energy transition: http://www.energyforum-vs.ch. She also moderated a workshop during the International Days of Sociology of Energy in Tours on the theme Information and support: what tools, what challenges? http://www.socio-energie2015.fr. She was the moderator of the day on Energy Transition: new roles for buildings and neighbourhoods? at the HEIG in Fribourg: http://pst-fr.com/zero-carbone. She has organised and moderated numerous participatory workshops, in particular in the framework of the international conferences Open Living Lab Days https://openlivinglabdays.com and Sustainable Energy Week https://www.eusew.eu. She has co-organised the Open Living Lab Days in Geneva with more than 500 participants and introduced by the UN office director. The participants have worked on the role of Living Labs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN https://www.ge.ch/agenda/open-living-lab-days-2018-olld.
Water Europe, Director of Operations
Andrea RubiniWater Europe, Director of Operations
Andrea Rubini holds a MSc in Water Resources Engineering and has more than 30 years of international experience in the water and energy sector, in climate change related impacts in urban and industrial areas, and ecosystems. He spent the last 20 years in the multi-level European lobbying context in Brussels where he gained an outstanding knowledge of the EU R&I policies and funding programs. He worked for the Italian system of the Chambers of Commerce as R&I advisor, for the Lombardy Region Presidency Delegation to the EU and the DG REGIO as policy advisor. His previous experience with the UNDP, the ILO and as lecturer of well-known Universities in EU, Asia and Africa complete his profile. Andrea works at Water Europe in Brussels as Director of Operations and is in charge of the Market and Collaboration Programs with a strong focus on the Water-oriented Living Labs, which are a key tool for the implementation of Water Europe’s Water Vision “The Value of Water. Water Europe is the recognized voice and promotor of water-related R&I in Europe and gathers more than 200 members. Andrea is co-editor of the Atlas of the Water Oriented Living Labs (WoLLs) published in 2019 by Water Europe, that identifies and categorises by country and the use-context (i.e. agricultural, urban, industrial, and ecosystem) 105 WoLLs across Europe, following and applying the rationale of Water Europe Water Vision and its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Curator and Co-funder of AI commons
Amir BanifatemiCurator and Co-funder of AI commons
Banifatemi is an entrepreneur, investor, and innovation strategist. He is the managing partner of K5 Ventures, and currently leads the AI and Frontiers Technologies and Impact initiatives with the XPRIZE foundation. He is a co-founder the AI Commons Initiative, and curator of the AI for Good Global Summit with the ITU and UN Agencies. He has managed two venture capital funds, and supports and advises companies focused on exponential technologies and transformation of humanity and society. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne, a Doctorate in System Design and Cognitive Sciences from the University Paris Descartes, as well as an MBA from HEC Paris. He is a regular guest lecturer and adjunct MBA professor at UC Berkeley, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, UC Irvine, and HEC Paris.
Mayte Sánchez Hidalgo
YBRID SOLUTIONS BUSINESS LEADER - EVERIS DIGITAL
Mayte Sánchez HidalgoYBRID SOLUTIONS BUSINESS LEADER - EVERIS DIGITAL
Mayte started her career in Microsoft, MSN Search. In 2002 she moved to USA as Fulbright Scholar to research on data and customer centricity with the team of Kellogg on Integrated Marketing. She worked as CRM consultant at Banco Santander, CMO of FON Wireless and Strategic Mktng Dtor at NH Hotels. She is now Hybrid Solutions Leader at everis Digital. Mayte has completed studies in Spain, Chile and Italy, holds a MS by Northwestern University and speaks Spanish, English, Italian & basic Arab.
RESEARCH SESSION CHAIR
Team Lead Business & Domain Experts imec's Digital Transformation Department
Dimitri SchuurmanTeam Lead Business & Domain Experts imec's Digital Transformation Department
Dimitri Schuurman leads the Business & Domain Expertise Center at imec's Digital Transformation Department focussing on the domains Smart Cities, Mobility & Public Health. He holds a PhD on Living Lab organizations from Ghent University & the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. Together with his imec colleagues, Dimitri developed a specific Innovation Management approach & framework (called Innovatrix) which is specifically designed for multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary innovation projects. He also leads a Special Interest Group on Living Labs in the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and is active in the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) as a Living Labs specialist. His main interests and research topics are situated in the domains of open innovation, user innovation and innovation management.
Mike has had a career in Research and Development in the computer and telecommunications industries of over 45 years. After working in the early development of Human Factors and HCI in the 1970s, he was involved in the collaborative research of the `80s and `90s which developed modern distributed systems architecture and systems design methodologies and their ultimate translation to form the global information infrastructure. In 1999 the focus of his work shifted to the challenges of information systems in the public sector and particularly to the creation of infrastructure to support multi-agency partnership working in Health and Social Care. He was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Software Reliability in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University from 1994 to 2000 where he led the COBRA service brokerage architecture project of the 4th Framework Programme. 1997-8 he was appointed Senior Visiting Research Fellow at BT Research Laboratories developing a Business Modelling Facility. He moved to the Newcastle University Business School in 2000 bringing the DH funded Durham and Darlington Electronic Health Record project and the EPSRC funded AMASE project which formed the platform for the Social and Business Informatics Group later incorporated into the KITE Research Centre. In 2013, Mike was appointed to the staff of the Business School as Senior Research Advisor where he is collaborating in the Digital Economy Research. He has also been responsible for the development and operation of the Newcastle Living Lab which is a set of visualisation and sense-making theory, tools and methods to support the co-production and governance of complex socio-technical systems and environments.
Founder and director of Educore bv in the Netherland. He is also a co-founder of the FCA and a member of its board.
Hank KuneFounder and director of Educore bv in the Netherland. He is also a co-founder of the FCA and a member of its board.
Founder of Educore, and Founding Partner of the Future Center Alliance (FCA). His work focuses on systemic and open innovation, developing innovation-enabling environments, supporting the entrepreneurial mindset, and creating conditions for dialogue that leads to renewal. He has worked extensively with public sector organizations in the Netherlands, as well as diverse innovation initiatives throughout the European Union and Japan. Hank is a co-initiator of the Global Lab for Climate Resilience. He has published extensively on societal innovation, orchestrating regional innovation ecosystems, and dedicated innovation-enabling spaces, and this has been influential in establishing and running Future Centers in several countries. Hank is one of the pioneers of the Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation and has led more than 25 Camps since 2010. He is the principal author of the Innovation Camp Methodology Handbook, published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (2017).
Emerita president of ENoLL holding a PhD in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystem relationship)
Tuija HirvikoskiEmerita president of ENoLL holding a PhD in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystem relationship)
Dr. Tuija Hirvikoski, emerita president of ENoLL has received a Ph.D. in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystem relationship). Hirvikoski has held various managerial positions at different Finnish higher education institutions and governmental institutions focusing on sustainable regional and societal development such as being a long-term Vice-President of Laurea. She has contributed to the development of several EU funded RDI projects particularly in the field of holistic and citizen-driven service innovation, eHealth and Wellbeing, Smart Citizens and Entrepreneurship. Hirvikoski represents Laurea in national and international organizations such as Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Coordinating Committee, ENoLL, Committee of the Regions, EC OSPP, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Centre and an invited expert on the EC European University Vision 2030 group. In 2016, she was rewarded with the international Innovation Luminary Award.
Kaisla SaastamoinenProject specialist
Kaisla Saastamoinen is a project specialist in the Co-creation Orchestration (CCO) project at Laurea University of Applied Sciences. In this position, she researches multi-stakeholder innovation ecosystems and their orchestration. She holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management (Customer-centric Service Development).
Anne ÄyväriPrincipal Lecturer
Dr. Anne Äyväri is a Principal Lecturer in the Service Design and Innovation master’s degree program at Laurea University of Applied Sciences. She has a Ph.D. in Economics. As part of the Co-creation Orchestration team, she researches e.g. multi-stakeholder co-creation governance models as well as skills and capabilities of multi-stakeholder innovation ecosystem orchestrators. She has strong experience in co-creation and Living Labs.
Elke den Ouden
TU/e Fellow in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing group at the Eindhoven University of Technology
Elke den OudenTU/e Fellow in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing group at the Eindhoven University of Technology
Elke den Ouden is a TU/e Fellow in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing group at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research focuses on new business development in public-private value networks. In this role, she focuses on the domain of Smart Cities and Intelligent Lighting and is also responsible for the strategy of the Living Light Labs on the TU/e campus, a.o. the Atlas Living Lab.
PDEng in the Smart Buildings and Cities program at the Eindhoven University of Technology
Pegah KheiriPDEng in the Smart Buildings and Cities program at the Eindhoven University of Technology
Pegah Kheiri is a PDEng in the Smart Buildings and Cities program at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research focuses on the innovation ecosystem around Atlas Living Lab, where she aims to integrate the academic and practical learnings to design a holistic business model for Atlas Living Lab, which is also a best practice for other living labs.
An experienced multi-talented professional
Margarita ManiatiAn experienced multi-talented professional
Margarita Maniati has worked as a Project, Programme & Change Manager as well as a Consultant across different disciplines (Engineering, Management, Technology, Social Innovation, Education & Sustainability). In her career, spanning 15 years and countries such as the UK, France, Spain and Greece, she has worked for a variety of both for-profit and non-profit organisations and has experience across the private, public and charity / social sectors (Ashoka, Year Here, PwC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Atkins, Faithful+Gould, EDF). Her main focus and area of expertise comes in the design and implementation of innovative models for social entrepreneurship and she specialises in methodologies for social impact scaling and growth, which include social replication/ impact transfer, Collective Impact, Systems Thinking & Change and Shared Value initiatives. Additionally, she had also developed her own social enterprise in the UK, which aimed to prevent vulnerable children at risk of violence and exclusion, from being permanently excluded from school, through an in-school mentoring and emotional literacy programme. This led her down the path of qualifying as a Child Counsellor with Place2B in the UK. Margarita is an alumna of the Stanford University School of Business in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation, the Social Innovation Fellowship programme Year Here (London, UK) and Imperial College London/ Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees (MEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering).
Participatory Innovation Architect & Strategist
Ioanna ElabdParticipatory Innovation Architect & Strategist
Ioanna is the heart of Wabi & Sabi, a New York-based, strategic design and innovation consultancy founded to guide organizations into purpose-driven innovation, regenerative growth, and sustainability. Since graduating from Cornell University she splits her time between her two homes, the US and Greece, devising adaptive, cross-platform strategies that grow audiences, build resilience, and amplify social impact at the speed of culture and everyday life. Over two decades she has future-proofed startups and worked on award winning projects across three continents garnering international acclaim. Her clients range from fortune 500s and SMEs to nonprofits and public entities in need of reinventing themselves. Driven by her lifelong passion to explore society’s increasingly interconnected problem spaces she is dedicated to developing participatory programs that facilitate networked learning, capacity building, and transformational leadership for innovation. Her goal is to help changemakers shift to managing complexity more efficiently through collective inquiry and iterative problem solving—empowering them to ask the ‘tough’ WHYs that will confidently lead them through accelerating change. She believes that architecting human-centered experiences that resonate deeply and inspire meaningful transdisciplinary dialogues can fuel activation and accelerate systemic change. Secret Superpower: A forever curious chocoholic with an innate ability to make novel connections others miss and unlock opportunities for shared value co-creation.
Vasia ChristoulakiService designer
Vasia is a service designer with expertise in using service design to improve public and social services for citizens and transform organizations towards a design-led, human-centered culture. She is the founder of Design4Future, a service design agency in Greece and founding member of the Service Design Network – Greek Chapter. During the past 4 years she has organized and facilitated various service design events and jams in Greece (such as. Service Design Jam, Global GovJam, Service Design Drinks etc.) and has participated in the team who translated Nesta’s DIY Toolkit in Greek. Her portfolio of clients includes public organizations in Greece as well as multinational tech companies (Deutsche Telekom and more.) and the European Commission. She holds a MA in Design Management.
A Genevoise mum-preneur and Senior IT Project manager
Isis GouedardA Genevoise mum-preneur and Senior IT Project manager
Passionate about human interactions and motivations, Isis Gouédard helps clients embrace change and derive action plans fostering ideas through experience and games, unleashing the power of collective intelligence. A Genevoise mum-preneur and Senior IT Project manager, she holds a Mathematics Master and Entrepreneurship EMBA from the University of Geneva.
Stephanie DouillardMulti-discipline Professional
Stéphanie’s career path has interchanged between archaeology and educational sciences whilst also including teaching and working in various businesses. As a result, her experience is a hybrid of multiple environments. This has led her to social anthropology which she has incorporated into multiple projects in France and in Quebec. Today, she oscillates constantly between concepts surrounding prehistory, humanity, collective intelligence, collaborative spirit, self-reflection, and various traditional and spiritual healing methods. A singularity that allows her to create a meaningful link between roots and wings, between our long-held traditions and innovation, between prehistory and future prospectives.
Mike de Kreek
Senior researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Mike de KreekSenior researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Mike de Kreek (Ph.D.) is a senior researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His main research interest is in collective learning as a social process and cultural interventions that can boost this process.
Living Lab Strategist
Martijn ArnoldusLiving Lab Strategist
Martijn Arnoldus is currently working as Living Lab Strategist at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands). He is also the founder of Scale Matters, a small company concerned with social innovation, social entrepreneurship and bottom-up innovation.
Accomplished Digital Government practitioner and thought leader with over 15 years of experience
Susie McAleerAccomplished Digital Government practitioner and thought leader with over 15 years of experience
Susie is an accomplished Digital Government practitioner and thought leader with over 15 years of experience helping public administrations across the globe harness the transformational power of technology. A founding partner of 21c Consultancy, Ms. McAleer regularly works with international organizations such as the United Nations and European Commission as an expert eGovernment consultant and evaluator. Her portfolio of global clients includes the governments of Great Britain, Belgium, UAE, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, and India as well as multiple pan-European cities and regions. Throughout the years, Susie has written and edited numerous specialist papers and journals, including a United Nations and Council of Europe book on eParticipation.
Project manager in social innovation
Sandrine LeroyerProject manager in social innovation
A facilitator with great empathy, she uses collective intelligence, co-design methodologies, and in situ experimentation to transform a blank page into a unique user experience and deploy it for good living at home and in society. Project manager in social innovation at the « Université du domicile », Sandrine has been putting her expertise at the service of projects to develop jobs in the home since 2012.
Cristiana ParisiAssociate Professor
Prof. Cristiana Parisi: Associate Professor in Management Control at the Operations Management Department at CBS. She is an acknowledged member of the managerial accounting research community and has a solid professional background. Prof. Parisi has more than ten years of academic and consultancy experience and she trained as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with consistent practical experience in the implementation of multistakeholder’s performance measurement models. She also has a consistent track record in successful research projects. A recent example is the Horizon 2020 “constRuctive mEtabolic processes For materiaL flOWs in urban and peri-urban environments across Europe (REFLOW)” project (2019-2022) that she is leading in the role of principal investigator and overall project coordinator ( https://reflowproject.eu/; https://blog.cbs.dk/reflow/). REFLOW is an Innovation Action project (€ 10 Million). It is a research project that sets out to offer a new approach to a circular economy (CE) in urban areas. REFLOW will provide the best practices aligning market and government needs in order to create favorable conditions for the public and private sector to adopt CE practices. Active citizen involvement and systemic change are needed to re-think the current approach. Concretely, REFLOW will create new CE business models within 6 pilot cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca, Milan, Paris, and Vejle and assess their social, environmental and economic impact. In each of the pilots, citizens will be involved in developing and testing circular products, software, and business models for their own city. REFLOW’s ambition is to offer tools and guidelines that other cities can adopt.
Development Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki
Kaisa SpillingDevelopment Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki
Kaisa Spilling, Development Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki. Urban interventionist with + 10 years experience innovation projects and ecosystems and public-private partnerships. Responsible for the development of living lab methods and competence.
Joanne Carroll has an MSc in Psychology looking at the impact of virtual technology on memory and cognition. She has a Level 9 Certificate in internet research methods and is also a researcher on the CAPTAIN project. As a result, she has experience conducting research where technology is at the center of methodological design in online settings.
Aaron Farrelly has a research masters in psychology looking into the impact of stress on clinical psychologists. He also has completed a yearlong research methods module as part of his masters. As a result, he has experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research. He has relevant experience in recruitment, schedule/survey creation, qualitative data collection and analysis.
Communication specialist, researcher, information designer and content producer
Marília CunhaCommunication specialist, researcher, information designer and content producer
Marília Ferreira da Cunha is a communication specialist working in the development of strategies, its implementation, and the production of content for several online and offline platforms. She is also a researcher, information designer, and content producer focusing on international relations, communication, and culture. Marília coordinates the think-and-do tank Global Diplomacy aimed at understanding the world through information design and research on international relations. She also founded the Fukinsei Studio, a visual communication and information design studio, specialized in international relations. Marília is also a volunteer at the Data Science for Social Good as part of the communication team. Marília is passionate about good stories and how to tell them; she is always on the move, usually with a book and a pen.
Co-founder and coordinating body member of the Lab of Collaborative Youth (LoCY)
Olga GlumacCo-founder and coordinating body member of the Lab of Collaborative Youth (LoCY)
Olga Glumac is a Ph.D. in Design holder, specialized in developing intergenerational and multi-stakeholder collaborative frameworks through the application of co-creation in grassroots and EU initiatives. Olga is a co-founder and coordinating body member of the Lab of Collaborative Youth (LoCY), a platform based on youth-driven codesign with the stakeholders of the local communities. Over the past ten years, Olga has been acquiring competences and providing coaching sessions and training courses under the context of Youth in Action/Erasmus+ Programme and H2020 projects in collaboration with various non-governmental, academic, private and youth organizations located in Serbia and Portugal. Olga has profound knowledge in assessing learning/capacity-build needs, always appropriating language, materials and participatory approaches to suit the best the intercultural learning and learning styles of individuals/collective.
Athifah UtamiMaster student
Athifah Utami is currently a Master student in Play, Toys, Education and Languages at the University of Cordoba. Before coming to pursue her Master Degree in Europe, she was a teacher in an international school in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is interested in technology in education, play and space for children's wellbeing, and has published some studies in these fields.
Tú Anh Hà
Tú Anh HàMaster student
Tú Anh Hà is a Master student in an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Play and Education, Toys and Languages at the University of Cordoba, Spain. Before taking part in the course, she was an English teacher at FPT Education Vietnam. She completed her Master Degree in Learning and Teaching English as a second language at University Rovira i Virgili in Catalonia, Spain. She is interested in CLIL, methods of teaching English and Integrated Learning Themes for young learners, play and drama for children's wellbeing and mental health, project-based learning and gamification and has several publications in these areas.
Michel Nader Sayún
Michel Nader SayúnDesigner
Michel Nader Sayún is a designer interested in collaboration and participatory practices from Mexico City. He currently works doing a participatory evaluation for the Smart Kalasatama project at Forum Virium Helsinki. He is studying a Master in Arts in Collaborative and Industrial Design from Aalto University and graduated from License in Industrial Design from ITESM CCM. He has worked in close collaboration with educational projects in Design Week Mexico, with World Design Organisation and independently in photojournalism and documentary filming. Michel is experienced in field research and social or community-oriented projects. He has participated and mentored in Aalto Sustainable Global Technologies as well as in Problem Based Learning South Asia. As a critical thinker, he has worked with several NGOs and government agencies. He is native in Spanish and fluent in English.