Filippo Addarii | Head, EuropeLab – Young Foundation // UK 
Filippo is the Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at the Young Foundation. His long-standing aims are to develop a global network of engaged citizens from diverse national, ethnical, religious and professional backgrounds to share knowledge, join efforts and experiment to find solutions for the greater good of humanity and the planet. He holds a non-executive position in the impact investment fund Hub Launchpad (UK), in the French Movement of Social Entrepreneurs (Mouves), and Nethical s.r.l. Italian company leader in e-healthcare. He’s also a fellow in the European Center for Living Technologies (University Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Counterpoint (London), amongst many others.

Beatrice Andrews Sr. Policy Adviser, Open Policy Making at Cabinet Office // UK
Beatrice Andrews works at the Cabinet Office in the UK, where she set up and is now working in the UK Government’s new Policy Lab. Beatrice is a policy professional who has worked in a number of roles in the UK civil service and public bodies. Previously at the Cabinet Office she worked in the social investment and finance team, where she established a programme of support for social enterprises. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Beatrice was Head of Policy at the Big Lottery Fund, the UK’s largest distributor of grants. Beatrice has a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull and an MBA from the Open University.

Andrew Barnett Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation // UK
Andrew Barnett is the Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Founda- tion. Andrew previously held posts at HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England, and the Foyer Federation for Youth, and worked for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need. He is a board member of Collaborate and the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), and a trustee of Addaction, the UK’s leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity, and has previously served voluntarily in a variety of capacities: as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, as chair of the trustees of SPACE Studios, a London-based arts property charity, among others.

Christian Bason Director, MindLab // DENMARK
Christian has been head of MindLab since 2007. Prior to joining MindLab, Christian led the public organisation and management practice of Ramboll, a consultancy. Christian is passionate about transforming the public sector’s ability to better meet the needs of citizens and society. Christian has presented to and advised a wide range of gov- ernments around the world on innovation in the public sector, and is a member of a number of advisory bords in Denmark and internationally. He is a regular columnist and blogger and the author of five books on leadership, innovation and change in the public sector, most recently ‘Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society’ (Policy Press, 2010) and “Design for Policy” (Gower Ashgate, forthcoming 2014).

Cristina Botero Consultant, Bridespan (New York) // USA
Cristina is a Consultant in Bridgespan’s New York office. Her recent work has included nonprofit growth strategy, philanthropic initiative design and thought leadership/influence strategy. Recently, Cristina has worked on initiative design and planning for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a postsecondary education grant making strategy and the Rockefeller Foundation to assess the methodology of social innovation labs as a means for accelerating social impact. She also co-authored an article for Stanford Social Innovation Review on mergers in the nonprofits sector (“Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag”, SSIR, February 2014).

Claire Buré Senior Associate, MaRS Solutions Lab // CANADA
Claire Buré is a social scientist specializing in user research and process design. She is passionate about facilitating diverse groups of people to uncover challenges and build solutions for concrete outcomes. Claire has conducted research with the International Development Research Centre and the Research Centre for Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has consulted for the InfoDev World Bank program, the Open Data Barometer, and EDGE Lab at Ryerson University. Claire’s social entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding Commons11, and co-starting a Chilean business, both of which created user-focused technology solutions for human development. Claire is fluent in Spanish and Dutch, and an avid cyclist and traveller.

Brenton Caffin Director of Innovation Skills, Nesta // UK
Brenton is an innovative and strategic thinker and regularly presents to and advises national and global organisations, including UN agencies, on a wide range of issues relating to social and public sector innovation. He is an advisor to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and former board member of the global Social Innovation Exchange and the Institute for Public Administration Australia. From 2009-2012, Brenton was the founding CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and previously held executive positions with the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government Reform Commission and WorkCover. He began his career in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, later consulting to Australian and British governments on public policy, performance improvement and change management. Brenton was also previously seconded to the Home Office Strategic Policy Team.

Dominic Campbell Founder + Director, FutureGov // UK
Dominic Campbell is a digital government specialist and social innovator with a background in government policy, communications and technology-led change. He is an experienced organisational change agent with senior management experience in implementing successful change initiatives within the local government sector, with a primary interest in emerging uses of new media and “social” strategies to deliver public service transformation and social innovation. Having spent five years in Local Government in London, Dominic established FutureGov in early 2008. A team of 20, FutureGov supports government – particularly local government – in the UK, Europe and the United States to better understand new media and draw on social technology-based strategies and tools in the areas of business improve- ment and improved citizen engagement.

Jesper Christiansen Research Manager, MindLab // DENMARK
Jesper Christiansen is Research Manager at Danish public human-centred design unit MindLab. He is currently directing research and learning across the innovation projects of MindLab as well as leading a project that is transforming the practice of policy making in the Danish Ministry of Employment. Jesper holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology focusing on the policy and practice of public innovation processes. In his consultancies, he has worked with and advised Danish, UK and Australian Governments as well as having partnered with a number of NGO’s, design businesses and local innovation units to support their innovation efforts. In addition, he is an external lecturer on social and human-centred innovation and public policy and design on MA and graduate modules at the Universities in Copenhagen and Aarhus.

Adarsh Desai Program Manager, Innovation Labs – World Bank // USA
Adarsh has been actively involved in the technology, innovation, and international development field for over 13 years at the World Bank. He has managed programs on ICT-enabled citizen engagement, Open Innovation, Geospatial data, E-learning, and other technology enabled platforms, having a global reach and impact. Adarsh currently serves as the Program Manager for the World Bank Innovation Labs leading a portfolio of work which includes strategy, business model, incubation, and program management. He present work also involves application of geodata, geomaps, big data, and analytics for development. He has also worked on the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) and ICT for Education programs in Africa. He coordinated the Global Survey on Education Readiness in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

Aditya Dev Sood Director Innovation, Center for Knowledge Societies // INDIA
Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is a serial social entrepreneur with a background in Design and the Social Sciences. He is a former Fulbright Scholar with two doctorates from the University of Chicago. Sood has built several different kinds of organizations, all of which are co-located at the Vihara Innovation Campus in New Delhi. A few of these are: The Center for Knowledge Societies is an innovation consulting firm, which focuses on user research, user experience design, design strategy and systems innovation. The Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, works with the Bihar state government to promote innovation in health and other developmental areas. The Adianta School for Leadership provides a professional post-graduate diploma through a unique learning-by-doing pedagogic approach, delivered through a network of working professionals.

Sebastian Gatica Director, Social Innovation Lab // CHILE
Sebastian Gatica is a Commercial Engineer with mention in business administration, co-founder and ex-director of the large latin american non-profit, Techo. He has worked as a consultant to local and international organizations on projects involving Social Enterprises and Social Innovation. Worth noting among his many endeavors his collaborations with the Inter-American Development Bank in advancing a Social Innovation agenda for the region and his active participation as an expert in social enterprises advising various Latin American Governments. Sebastian is also a fellow of the Ashoka global network of social entrepreneurs, having started several social ventures including HUB Santiago initiative and Travolution.org. Currently Sebastian works as an academic at the Universidad Católica de Chile where he has launched a Lab exclusively focused hybrid enterprises, social innovation and systemic change. The CoLab heads several initiatives, among them, applied studies such as “Social Innovation in Chile and State’s role in its Development”, which are aiming for a more dynamic national and regional ecosystem as a change makers academy.

Gabriella Gómez-Mont Director, Laboratorio para la Ciudad // MEXICO
With one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the whole world as playground, Gabriella directs “Laboratorio para la Ciudad*, Mexico City’s new creative think-tank and experimental space: a place to reflect about all things city, and ponder social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis on the American continent: from the speculative (even outlandish) to the practical.In addition to directing Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Gabriella is a multilingual writer, visual artist, documentary film director, cultural advisor and arts curator. She has also founded several projects such as Toxico Cultura, Cine Abierto and Laboratorio Curatorial 060, for which she has won several international awards and recognitions such as the Prince Claus Fund (Holland), First Place of the Best Art Practice Award (Italy), IMCINE National Film Grant (Mexico) plus
is also a City 2.0 TED Prize grant awardee. Additionally she has been recently selected as a Global Cities Summit Young Leader. Gabriella is a Fabrica ex alumni, a TED Senior Fellow and a Yale World Fellow.

Devon Hally Leader, GovLab – Deloitte // USA
Devon Halley is a manager in Deloitte’s technology consulting practice, and a leader for Deloitte’s flagship, federal think-tank GovLab. His research has been published by outlets such as Governing Magazine and Harvard’s Ash Institute. Since joining Deloitte, Devon’s focus has been on how the federal government can utilize emerging technologies to transform their operations – his most recent projects have been across the Department of Homeland Security. Devon graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science in Public Policy and Manage- ment. He is currently working towards completing his second Master’s degree in Predic- tive Analytics from DePaul University.

Peter Hanning Programme Manager, Government of New Zealand // NZ
Peter is a Programme Manager working for two government agencies in the New Zealand Government that deliver social and economic services (the Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). His role for the last four years has been to support the establishment of multi-agency programmes and deliver improved outcomes for citizens living in Auckland, New Zealand. Peter has a background of project, programme and change management, starting in IT projects, and have worked across the public and private sectors. He was one of the two co-authors of a business case for the establishment of a public sector Innovation Lab in Auckland NZ, (the Auckland Co-Design Lab) that is intended to provide the capability for and the authority or license to explore new solutions to some of the key challenges facing New Zealand.

Per-Anders Hillgren Senior Researcher, Malmö University // SWEDEN
Per-Anders Hillgren is senior researcher at Malmö University and split his time between Forum for Social Innovation Sweden, School of Art and Communication and Living Lab the Neighbourhood at Medea. His research focuses on participatory design and social innovation and for the past 15 years he has explored various designlab formats together with more than 50 companies, NGO:s, public institutions and municipal departments.

Zaid Hassan Co-Founder + Partner, Reos Partners // UK
Zaid is a facilitator and writer who is passionate about bridging divides and cultural re-generation. His work is focused on supporting individuals, communities and institutions who recognize that new approaches are needed in order to shift contemporary intractable situations. Over the last few years he has worked on catalysing systemic action on a wide range of issues, from financial systems, to agriculture and climate change. Zaid helped found Reos Partners in 2007 where he serves as Managing Partner of the Oxford office. Reos Partners is an international organisation dedicated to sup- porting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems. Zaid is also the author of “The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges.”

Jon Huggett Chair, Trustees of the Social Innovation Exchange // UK
Jon is the Chair of the Trustees of the Social Innovation Exchange, a network of innovators all over the world. He is also Chair of All Out, the global campaign for LGBT equality; and Khulisa, a UK crime prevention charity. Jon advises social innovators, including Nesta, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is member of the National Leadership Council of Social Ventures Australia, and a Fellow of the Young Foundation. Jon was a Partner with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco and New York. Prior, he was a Partner with Bain & Company in Johannesburg and Toronto. Jon has run three companies. He was founding chair of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, and was President of the STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco, the HIV prevention pioneer.

Indy Johar Co-founder, OO + Snr. Innovation Associate, Young Foundation // UK
Indy is a co-founder of 00 and on behalf of 00:/, has led the design and founding of multiple social ventures from HubWestminster.net to HubLaunchpad.net and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00:/ explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. ndy is a Director of Data Science London and an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative. Indy was Director of the Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Hub in the Hub Network]. He is in collaboration with the Young Foundation is co-founding a new Applied Research, Design and Prototyping Centre focused on the development of new 21st Institutions. The centre is currently working on a Polytechnic of the future and NextGen Impact Hubs. Indy is also a Fellow of the RSA, Demos Associate, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group.

Adam Kahane Chairman, Reos N. America // CANADA + USA
Adam Kahane is Chairman of Reos North America. Reos (www.reospartners.com) is a social enterprise that helps businesses, governments, and civil society organisations address complex social challenges. During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He has held strategy and research positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the Institute for Energy Economics, and the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape. He is the author of “Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities”, “Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change,” and “Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future.”

Marlieke Kieboom Researcher, Kennisland // NETHERLANDS
Marlieke is a researcher with Kennisland Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kennisland is an action-oriented, independent think tank in support of innovative practices. Her red threaded question is: how can we make knowledge useful to support people’s practices? In practice this means that Marlieke design new (research) methodologies, for example a new evaluation methodology to support social innovation practices (dynamic evaluation). She also develops new learning experiences (like Lab2, Wicked Series). Her thematic fields of interest are: education, governance and politics, while she has a background in anthropology, international development and cheese making. She looks forward to your contributions at the Lab meeting!

Jerry Koh Manager, MaRS Solutions Lab // CANADA
Jerry is a public and social systems innovator addicted to future possibilities and uncertainties. He is working with families, innovators and experts to create better employment opportunities and better community living for today and for the future. He is also working with governments, businesses and communities to make government more open and innovative. Jerry led various foresight initiatives in the Ontario Public Service and the broader public service, from strategic planning to tools development.

David Mair Head, Science Advice to Policy – EC Joint Research Centre // BELGIUM
David has worked for the European Commission since 1995 and in the Joint Research Centre (the Commission’s in-house science service) since 2011, as Head of Unit for science advice to policy across the Commission, with responsibilities also for foresight and horizon scanning and the JRC Work Programme. From 1998 to 2011 he worked in DG Health and Consumers, involved in policy strategy, enforcement issues and consumer research, data and statistics. From 2007 to 2011 he was Head of Unit for consumer market monitoring and analysis, responsible for the Consumer Markets Scoreboard and work on consumer behaviour. Before the Commission he worked for the UK Treasury in Brussels and London and has also worked in the City of London as a corporate financier and in the British Army. He studied History at Cambridge University. He is married with
two daughters.

Louise Marra ED, NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment // NZ
Louise holds a number of senior leadership roles within New Zealand, spanning the for-profit, not-for-profit and Government sectors. She works both as a leader and in training other leaders across all sectors to achieve holistic outcomes for a better world. In terms of her Government role Louise is currently the Executive Director of the NZ Government Auckland Policy Office, a cross government innovation initiative involving multi government agencies. She is also a director for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Prior to this she was advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is currently the lead and sponsor of the setting up of New Zealand’s first public outcome Innovation Lab. In terms of the for profit sector, Louise is a Director of Spirited Leadership, a leadership development and coaching and mentoring business focused on shifting consciousness and conscious action of current and future leaders. Louise also holds several positions in the not-for-profit sector.

Chelsea Mauldin Executive Director, Public Policy Lab // USA
Chelsea Mauldin is a social scientist and strategic designer with a focus on public-sector innovation. She directs the Public Policy Lab, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to improving the design and delivery of public services. The Public Policy Lab partners with government agencies to develop pragmatic, replicable solutions through user-centered research, design prototyping, testing, and evaluation. Chelsea also maintains a consulting practice, Mauldin Content, offering strategic planning and communications assis- tance to organizations working on public-interest issues. Previously, she’s led a community-development organization, overseen government partnerships at a public-space advocacy nonprofit, and consulted to municipal and federal agencies.

Namrata Mehta Director Innovation, Center for Knowledge Societies // INDIA
Namrata Mehta is Director Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies where she works closely on employing a systematic approach to innovating service delivery in healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, e-commerce, energy and governance. Projects she is currently involved in include Understanding Knowledge and Communication Networks among Urban BoP Micro-entreprenuers (Myanmar), Tracking Access under Digital Distribution (India) and Identifying Innovation Opportunities for Online Classifieds (India). More recently she has been spearheading efforts to conceptualize a Civic Innovation Lab in Delhi, working at the nexus of citizen activism, open data technology and systems innovation. Namrata has been an instrumental member of Delhi Makers, a community of engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and hobbyists that come together on a monthly basis to make, build, tinker, hack and 3d print. She is also a founding faculty at the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation.

Arianne Miller Deputy Director, The Lab @ OPM // USA
Arianne Miller joined The Lab @ OPM in 2013. As a member of The Lab team, she builds capacity for innovation among federal employees by teaching Human-Centered Design through both classes and coaching in addition to designing and managing a variety of projects addressing the high-priority needs of the Office of Personnel Management and other federal agencies. She is a 2012 Presidential Management Fellow who began her federal career as a Special Assistant to the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Arianne earned a BA in Sociology and Business from Northwestern University in 2003 as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan in 2012. Prior to joining the U.S. federal government, she spent a decade working in the realm of public education, including the CEO’s Office of the Chicago Public School District and DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit that Fast Company recently ranked as #9 on its 2014 list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”.

Geoff Mulgan CEO, Nesta // UK
Geoff Mulgan is the Chief Executive of Nesta. Under his leadership Nesta has moved out of the public sector to become a charity (in 2012), launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research, and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with other funders in the UK and internationally. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.

Beth Noveck Director, The Governance Lab // USA
Beth Simone Noveck directs The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Google.org, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately. She was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100” by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology.

Elizabeth Pinnington Senior Consultant, Reos N. America // CANADA + USA
Dr. Elizabeth Pinnington is a Senior Consultant at Reos North America. Elizabeth works with innovative actors and organisations to build shared understanding and collaborative dialogues. She has worked in more than a dozen countries worldwide and facilitates in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Elizabeth creates dynamic, award-winning processes in which actors from all parts of the system work together on complex issues. Elizabeth has worked in Bolivia with the Bolivian Ministry of Health, the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and the European Union towards funding universal healthcare; in Colombia with government, NGOs, and businesses towards reducing child sex trafficking in urban areas; and in Mozambique with Oxfam to support farmers, the federal government, and the national farmers’ union towards increasing crop resilience.

Giulio Quaggiotto Manager, UN Global Pulse Lab Jakarta, INDONESIA
Giulio is the manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta, a joint experimental initiative of the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia to develop a body of practice around the use of big data for public policy. He is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of big, algorithmic generated insights and citizen science and reporting for more responsive policies. Prior to this, Giulio set up UNDP’s (social) innovation practice out of UNDP regional center in Bratislava, adding social innovation camps, design thinking, user-led innovation, crowdfunding, challenges and foresight to the traditional set of development tools and approaches. Giulio’s career includes stints in the private sector, the
World Bank, WWF and the BBC.

Sarah Schulman InWithForward + Kennisland // NETHERLANDS
In 2009, Sarah co-founded InWithFor to iterate new ways to approach big social problems and redesign social systems. From 2010-2013, they worked in, with, and for The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to co-design, prototype, and spread 3 new solutions: Family by Family, Weavers, and Care Reflect. Not everything we did was good. In 2013, Sarah joined forcers with service designers, writers, and philosophers to start InWithForward to collect and spread stories & tactics to enable social good. Sarah is also working on a book tentatively titled, The Good, the Bad, and the Feedback – all about what it means to do social good, for whom. I’m writing in Amsterdam as a visiting scholar at Kennisland.

Dana Shen Director, Family by Family – TACSI // AUSTRALIA
Dana is the director of Family by Family. She has extensive experience in social services, working within the public sector in health services, child protection, policy and service management. Dana is Aboriginal/Chinese and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia, and has a passion for working with Aboriginal people and communi- ties. Dana started as a community youth worker in two South Australian towns, worked in Aboriginal-specific projects and policy, and has worked at the executive level across health and child protection services, including running residential care services for children and young people.

Chris Sigaloff Chair, Kennisland // NETHERLANDS
Chris Sigaloff is the chair of Kennisland. She initiates new projects, advises governments and organizations on innovation strategies, social innovation and the knowledge society, regulary gives lectures on these subjects and is author of a variety of articles and publications. Chris is also board member of the Kafkabrigade and a member of some international networks such as SIX (Social Innovation Exchange) and Euclid, where she is a member of the board. Chris leads Kennisland projects across education and the public sector. She is involved in facilitating collaboration between leading edge practitioners (the Innovators Network); stimulating teacher-led innovation in education systems (Education Pioneers); and empowering communities by organising kitchen table forums and breakthrough courses. Chris‘ expertise is in the design and facilitation of programs through which people jointly create new knowledge – knowledge about the ability to create more public value, to collaborate more effectively, and how professionals can make their work more effective.

Andrea Siodmok Head, Policy Lab // UK
Andrea is the recently-appointed Head of UK’s Policy Lab, the first its kind in UK and will work with policy teams to test how design principles and methods can improve the ‘pace, quality and deliverability of policy in the Civil Service’.. She is previously the chief design officer at Cornwall Council. Andrea has extensive experience in education, having taught product and transportation design and is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Northumbria, a lifetime fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate to a new Creative MBA at University College Falmouth. Prior to this, as the first Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council, she set up new design strategies for a range of government departments including the Department of Health and Home Office. Leading ‘Design Bugs Out’, ‘Designing Out Crime’ and ‘Public Services by Design’.

Linda Anne Staheli Founder, Global STI Collaboratories // USA
Linda Anne Staheli, Founder of Global Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Collaboratory Engagements, has more than twenty years of experience advancing interna- tional science and innovation engagements impacting security, diplomacy, science and innovation missions. Linda has helped establish a number of global STI organizations, including CRDF Global, the US-North Korea Science Engagement Consortium, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, and Women in International Security (WIIS). She has led various campaigns to raise awareness regarding the value of global STI engagements, developing a statement signed by Nobel laureates and foreign affairs experts and calling for the development of a Global Science Fund while at CRDF Global which was launched in congressional testimony. From 1999 to Feb. 2014, Linda directed congressional and governmental relations, science diplomacy outreach, and founded and served as secretariat (2007-2012) for the US-DPRK Science Engagement Consortium at CRDF Global.

Eduardo Staszowski Co-founder + Director, Parsons DESIS Lab // USA
Eduardo Staszowski, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design. Co-founder and Director of the Parsons DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Research Lab, his current research interests center on the intersection of design, social innovation and public services.

Hiroshi Tamura Co-Founder + Managing Director, Re:public Inc // JAPAN
Hiroshi is Co-founder and Managing Director at Re:public Inc. Hiroshi also serves as Executive Fellow at i.school of The University of Tokyo where he teaches innovation process harnessing ethnographic investigation. Now Hiroshi engages in developing innovation ecosystem where citizen participation takes a key role for a better change. Hiroshi takes the directorship of “Citizen-led Innovation” platform in Fukuoka City, a million city located in the south-west Japan, where citizens exerts leadership to shape trans-boundary innovation teams by cutting across a variety fields from government to corporation, from domain experts to those who know nothing at all in the area. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hiroshi has been working to revitalize a devastated town Kesennuma where he has co-worked with indigenous fishermen and factory owners as well as with high school students in order to envision what the future holds there and take the initial steps to the future.

Hendrik Tiesinga Co-Founder, Natural Innovation // USA
Hendrik is a curator, designer and facilitator of multi-stakeholder innovation labs and networks. He is a co-founder of Natural Innovation, a social innovation agency based in London and San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Labcraft a global community of practice of social innovation labs. He is also the editor and producer of the Labcraft book, collaboratively written by eight labs from around the world. Hendrik was also a co-founder of the Finance Innovation Lab in London, convened in 2008 by WWF-UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has designed and facilitated complex multi-stakeholder projects across Europe, North-America and the Arab world. Working for a variety of organizations ranging from grass-roots social entrepreneurs and artists to the European Commission, the big 4 Audit Firms, Proctor & Gamble and Siemens. Hendrik is a doctoral researcher at Warwick Business School in the UK, and currently a visiting scholar at UC, Berkeley. His research focuses on the impact and practices of innovation labs addressing complex societal challenges.

Ola Tjornbo Post-doctoral Fellow, SiG@Waterloo // CANADA
Ola Tjornbo is currently a post-doctoral fellow at SiG@Waterloo. Ola has been deeply engaged in SiG’s case writing project, helping to develop a SiG case writing template to assist researchers and practitioners in utilizing a social innovation theoretical framework to look at and understand examples of innovative projects. Ola has also begun to put the template into practice and is currently developing two teaching cases based on examples of how social innovators are combing the goals of environmental protection and community economic development to build overall sustainability. Ola is the Senior Researcher, in partnership with the MaRS Solutions Lab, for the Ontario Tender Fruit Lab.

Manuel Toscano CEO, Zago // USA
Manuel Toscano, CEO, Zago: Manuel helps his clients innovate and grow their business by combining an expertise in communication strategies with compelling visual storytelling. Originally trained as a photographer, he joined Zago, a strategy and design consultancy based in New York, in 1996. In addition to his role at Zago, Manuel is the co-founder and CMO of Spuni. He also serves on the advisory board at MindLab, is a curator for Pecha Kucha NYC, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Jari Tuomala Partner, Bridgespan (New York) // USA
Jari Tuomala is a partner in Bridgespan’s New York office. He works with organizations engaged in global development, philanthropy, and education, helping them to develop and implement new strategies, manage organizational change, and improve their operating models. At Bridgespan, Jari’s work in philanthropy spans large foundations, family foundations, and philanthropic intermediaries, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Poses Family Foundation. Jari’s work in global development includes work with Right to Play, helping the organization develop a focused theory of change, measurement and evaluation approach, and a country-level strategic planning process. In addition, Jari has led workshops on funding, operating models and leadership with CEOs of US-based INGOs at InterAction CEO meetings and co-authored the article “Stop Starving Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Global NGOs.” Prior to joining Bridgespan, Jari spent 18 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the London, Helsinki, Boston, and Washington, DC, offices.

Joeri van den Steenhoven Director, MaRS Solutions Lab // CANADA
Joeri is a longtime social innovator fascinated by our society’s transition towards the knowledge society. Being a systems thinker, he likes to work on wicked problems and find innovative solutions with others. Joeri co-founded Kennisland, one of the leading change labs in the Netherlands and Europe. He also co-founded the KafkaBrigade, a research team that helps governments find and tackle red tape. He regularly advises, speaks and teaches on how to create system change. Joeri has worked with organizations like the Young Foundation (UK) and serves on the board of the Lisbon Council, the leading European thinktank on innovation and growth.

Satsuko VanAntwerp Manager, Social Innovation, SiG National // CANADA

Satsuko VanAntwerp is a writer, connector and facilitator, fascinated by what shapes our different views of the world. As Manager at Social Innovation Generation (SiG), Satsuko supports social innovation lab practitioners and government innovators tackling complex societal problems. Satsuko holds an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and indulges her blogging urges via thinkthrice.ca

Chris Vanstone Director, Co-Design – TACSI // AUSTRALIA
Chris was a founding member of the UK Design Council’s RED team, Participle, InWithFor and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. At TACSI he was design lead on the teams that developed TACSI’s solutions Family by Family and Weavers, both winners of Australian International Design Awards.
Chris currently leads a team focussed on building social innovation capability across Australia – transforming NGOs, businesses and government from the inside out. The team have recently supported an NGO to get more over-90s volunteering, federal government to understand why care isn’t working and Indigenous digital entrepreneurs to increase the social impact of their start-ups.

Stéphane Vincent Co-Founder + Director, la 27e Région // FRANCE
Stéphane Vincent is the co-founder and director of “la 27e Région” (Region 27), a french « do-tank » dedicated to the public sector created in 2008. La 27e Région explores new ways to improve public policies, inspired by service design, ethnography, open source and “makers” cultures. La 27e Région is a non-profit association supported by regional governments, national and European funds. With a background in management and innovation, Stéphane’s first experience within the public sector was in 1995. Seven years later, he became associates in a consultant agency focused on the public sector. He’s a regular speaker in national and international events, and writes or takes part to many books and reports. www.la27eregion.fr

Aleem Walji Director, Innovations Labs – World Bank // USA
Aleem is the Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs. He leads initiatives which leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor. He also oversees the Development Marketplace program which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving base of the pyramid clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining WBI, Aleem served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google. org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology and his master’s degree in International Development and Regional Planning.

Frances Westley Director, Waterloo INstitute for Social Innovation and Resilience // CANADA
Frances Westley is the Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. She is a principle lead in the Canada-wide Social Innovation Generation (SiG) partnership, which aims to identify and change system dynamics that create and perpetuate complex problems within broader economic, cultural and policy contexts. Co-author of Getting to Maybe (2006), Westley is an internationally renowned scholar and consultant in social innovation, sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership, and inter-organizational collaboration.