Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation and research.

Under his leadership it moved out of the public sector to become an independent foundation; greatly expanded its work, partly through creating new units, centres and funds in fields ranging from evidence and impact investment to challenge prizes and skills; and complemented its work in the UK with work in dozens of countries around the world.

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has helped set up many organisations including Demos and the Young Foundation as well as the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust and Action for Happiness.

Geoff co-chaIrs a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He has advised many governments around the world and is currently chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and a member of advisory committees for the Prime Minister’s office in the UAE, the Scottish Government and SITRA, the Finnish Innovation agency.

Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), Good and Bad Power (Penguin) and ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press). His most recent book is ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ published by Princeton University Press. His books have been translated into many languages. Geoff has also given TED talks on topics including the future economy, happiness and education.

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Karen Dolva

Karen Dolva is CEO and co-founder of No Isolation, a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. In 2018 she was awarded the European Commission’s Women Innovators: Rising Innovators prize. She’s an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship, and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.

Martin Wezowski

Martin Wezowski works as Chief Designer and Futurist for SAP’s Innovation Center Network & Chief Innovation Office. He moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to systemic design to define innovation visions and strategies. Right now, he is on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. Working for SAP’s global innovation strategy group, he crafts future outlooks, moonshots, strategies and products, defines and runs innovation frameworks to find out what’s next and beyond for SAP and the future of work. 2017 he was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany as the “Software visionary” (“Handelsblatt”).

Martin talks about the mechanics and dynamics of change. How fast is it? What it means to be an innovator and strategist is transforming faster than before, from classic product definition and styling of the superficial, to systemic connections of everything, including social and political systems, deeply rooted in a space of challenges and promises between cutting edge tech and humanism. In an exponential and converging digital-fueled change, we design a relationship, a behavior, that the product will follow. This change is our most important innovation brief and the stakes are high. Technology is the human evolution, it creates a playground that Martin calls the “Humachine”, a symbiosis between human ingenuity and machine intelligence, this opens new horizons for our imagination in a time when “now” has never been so temporary. Bringing these thoughts together we need to answer the question “What is human, and what is work in a superhuman future?”

Martin studied construction engineering, design and modern media production technologies. Prior to joining SAP in 2013, he worked for Sony Ericsson (Sweden) as creative director for 7 years. He also lived in Shenzhen, China for 2 years while serving as director of the UX board (Huawei). His innovation strategies helped to bring the Chinese tech giant’s consumer business from number 8 to number 3 in the marketplace.

He frequently shares his passion for the future, technology and innovation as international keynote speaker. He builds on his adventures stretching from Poland, Sweden, China to Germany. He believes that everything can and should be given a purpose through innovation and design, including the innovation systems themselves.

Will Muir

Will Muir is an Ashoka Fellow, and UNWomen #heforshe champion, and has held senior management positions in international corporate and social sector organisations.

As co-founder of Equal Community Foundation (ECF) Will has led the strategy, senior team development and financing of an award winning social enterprise. Will believes that gender based discrimination, including gender based violence, is an epidemic. He talks and consults on his work at ECF and the learnings he has made from building successful organisations and social movements, to the importance of collaboration and eco-system change.

Wills messages are simple. The issues world faces are increasingly complex, and yet the resources to tackle them do not increase at the same rate. It is only with complete honesty about the issues faced, a strong evidence base, and a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation that we will succeed.

Will has been invited to talk about his work internationally for TedX, AVPN, MIT, UNwomen, WPP, Vodafone and KPMG. He has been featured on national television in India (Times Now, NDTV), Germany (Deuche Welle) and the US (NPR).

Jan Abrahamsson

Jan Abrahamsson är verksamhetsledare på Sopact som är en innovationsfrämjande verksamhet vid socialhögskolan, Lunds universitet. Ett av projekten som Sopact driver är Sopacts lärprocess kring behovsdrivet stöd till sociala innovatörer och som finansieras av Vinnova. Det är en utforskande process tillsammans med rekryterade sociala innovatörer, Helsingborgs stad och Lunds universitet, där man gemensamt arbetar med ett antal identifierade samhällsutmaningar. Jans bakgrund är inom den privata kreativ näringen som bl a Vd, partner och kreatör och han ser ett stort behov av samverkan mellan alla olika samhällsaktörer.

Magnus Adenskog

Magnus Adenskog är fil dr i statskunskap och affilierad forskare till forskningsinitiativet Urban Social Innovation som drivs av Socialhögskolan på Lunds universitet. Magnus forskning fokuserar på hur vi kan koppla ihop sociala och demokratiska innovationer med det politiska systemet och vilka effekter detta kan få, med fokus på den lokala politiska nivån. Magnus är också involverad i det Vinnovafinansierade projektet SoPact som drivs av Lunds universitet och Helsingborg stad där sociala innovatörer tillsammans med offentlig sektor arbetar tillsammans för att lösa våra gemensamma samhällsutmaningar.

Charlotte Ahlgren Moritz

Charlotte is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Malmö University with responsibility for collaboration and innovation. She chairs Forum for Social Innovation Sweden and the Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Malmö. She is and has been a board member of several organizations focusing on innovation and growth.

With an extensive background, both in public and private organizations and in academia, Charlotte’s interests and mission in her role at Malmö University is to contribute to a sustainable and more equal society through research-based knowledge, critical reflection and readiness to act. To develop new knowledge around social innovation, social entrepreneurship, new models of collaboration and financing as well as strategic partnerships is one way to contribute to society.

Faisal Albinali

Faisal Albinali, from Saudi Arabia, is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Peers Bridge. Living in Sweden since 2014, he studied Leadership for Sustainability at Malmö University. Faisal works on finding social sustainability solutions which can enable immigrants to thrive. In his free time, he loves to collect banknotes from early 1900s from different parts of the world and dreams to hold an exhibition someday to share his collection.

Åsa Allard

Åsa Allard arbetar som innovationsrådgivare vid Örebro universitet Holding AB, Innovationskontoret Fyrklövern. Åsa är verksamhetsledare för Social Impact Lab vid Örebro universitet – en innovationsmiljö med fokus på sociala innovationer. Under 2019-2020 kommer Åsa vara projektledare för Social Innovation Support System, ett Vinnova-finansierat projekt för att stärka framväxten av sociala innovationer inom akademien.

Yasemin Arhan Modéer

Yasemin Arhan Modéer, grundare och VD på Altitude Meetings. Ett bolag som drivs med mål att förändra och bidra till att världen blir lite bättre. Drivs av att hitta lösningar på samhällsutmaningar och försöker genom välregisserade möten skapa lösningar på dessa, både på lokal och global nivå. Del av den nordiska satsningen ”Impact Startup”. Driver även The Bridge ( som syftar till att brygga forskning och nya affärsmodeller för att lösa FNs hållbarhetsmål, främst kring klimatfrågor.
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