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Jesper Christiansen

Head of Research, MindLab, DK

Jesper Christiansen is Head of Research at MindLab. He is the founder and manager of MindLab’s research program focused on how to create better outcomes through innovative solutions strategies, public innovation processes and new kinds of government capacities. In this role, Jesper is also responsible for the scope of MindLab’s work program and ensure learning and practical reflection across MindLab’s project portfolio. He is also responsible for MindLab’s international collaboration including advising and collaboration with governments around the world, international institutions and research environments.


Nadia El-Imam

Co-Founder, Edgeryders, BE

Edgeryders is a company living in symbiosis with an online community of about 2500 hackers, activists, radical thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. The company started in 2013 as a spinoff of a Council of Europe project. It both serves the community and uses its collective intelligence to power its own activities. The Edgeryders company operates in the field of open consulting, providing expert advice to corporate and governmental organisations alike.


Sabine Junginger

Hertie School of Governance, PhD, Prof., DE

Fellow of Hertie School of Governance, Guest Professor at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Professor at New Design University, St. Pölten, Austria (Sept. 2015), Consultant for Design for Europe, European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP), Member of MindLab Advisory Board, Copenhagen, Denmark


Marlieke Kieboom

Research Advisor Social Innovation, Kennisland, NL

Marlieke is a field worker, researcher and concept designer in the field of education and governance. Her encompassing question is: how can knowledge and research better support innovative practices? She believes there’s a better match to be made between day to day social innovation practices, policy making and academia. To make this happen she works together with her colleagues at Kennisland in setting up and running public sector labs for/with youth and elders in the Dutch municipalities of Dordrecht, Nijmegen and Amsterdam.


Anna Lochard

Head of Research, La 27e Région, FR

The 27th Region is positioned as a “laboratory of new public policies in the digital age”. We want to provide a framework for all those who wish to innovate, experiment with new approaches, and imagine the future of the territories. The 27th Region has two objectives: to promote the production and exchange of innovative ideas between regions, and to give policymakers and citizens of the elements of understanding on the future of the territories in the digital age and technology.


Philippe Narval

CEO, European Forum Alpbach, AT

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, economy and culture. The forum is committed to addressing the relevant socio-political issues of our time, such as the future of the parliamentary system.


Steffi Ober

Head of Project and Initiator, Forschungswende, D

Forschungswende supports the exchange with civil society organizations concerning research and innovation with the aim of aligning research policy with societal challenges such as climate change, overexploitation of resources and global food security.


Adam Price

Head Innovation Lab, NESTA, UK

We are dedicated to supporting ideas that can help improve all our lives, with activities ranging from early stage investment to in-depth research and practical programmes. We don’t work alone – we rely on the strength of the partnerships we form with you and with others to make change happen.


Nicolás Rebolledo

Strategic Designer, Laboratorio de Gobierno, CL

Laboratorio de Gobierno is a multidisciplinary team of the Government of Chile, with a board composed by representatives from the following Ministries and Public Services: Interior, Finance, General Secretariat of the Presidency, Economy, Social Development, Corfo (Chilean Economic Development Agency) and the Civil Service. Founded in December 2014, the Laboratory is mandated to create a new relationship between government and citizens by developing, facilitating and promoting innovation processes in public services focused on people.


Khatuna Sandroshvili

Project Lead, UNDP Georgia Governance, GE

Leading the initiative to support Public Service Development Agency Innovative Service Lab of the Government of Georgia, part of UNDP Georgia Governance and Istanbul Regional Hub Knowledge and Innovations Teams, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mother of two, educator by background, development worker for the past 15 years, 10 in the field of governance; most recently working on the innovative approaches to increased citizen participation in public service and policy design; new systems of data collection and analysis for probing deeper into development challenges, and impact assessment.


Milo Tesselaar

Founder & Managing-Partner, freims:, AT

freims: works on the issues of transformation, innovation and impact in public and private organizations. All our activities are primarily based on the creative potential, passion and unique knowledge of the people within their organization. A main focus of freims: activities is to work with political and governmental institutions, public administration, international organizations and ngo’s.


Adam Walther

Senior Consultant, FutureGov, UK

Over the past seven years, FutureGov have helped more than a hundred local and national authorities across four continents think differently about public services.  From running some of the first Public Sector Innovation Labs, to partnering with the UNDP and working with the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), we’re on a mission to get rid of the big, bad, expensive ways of doing government, and support the sector in design, tech, and change.


Kieron Williams

Programme Lead Applied Innovation, The Young Foundation, UK

Kieron leads The Young Foundation’s work to reduce structural inequality through system innovation in children’s social care. He has spent well over a decade working with local partnerships up and down the country to tackle inequality and is a passionate advocate for citizen led approaches that bring communities and services together to transform local systems.