International innovation experts aim to help Sweden increase its innovation capacity

Vinnova has appointed an international advisory board with three recognized innovation experts who will contribute with valuable perspectives and knowledge to Sweden. The advisory board's work started with a full-day workshop in which, among others, economist Mariana Mazzucato participated together with leading researchers and government representatives.

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The participants are internationally leading experts on how to develop innovation system that can contribute to change and competitiveness.

"This is a great opportunity to get the experts' eyes on us," says Darja Isaksson, director general of Vinnova. Through a close dialogue, we increase our capacity for efforts that strengthen Sweden as an innovation country.

The International Expert Council for Innovation consists of Mariana Mazzucato, Director Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London​, Banny Banerjee, Director Change Labs at Stanford University​ and Bertil Andersson, former Rector of internationally renowned Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The International Council of Experts will meet a couple of times a year and their mission is to help strengthen and develop Sweden's innovative capacity. Among other things, it is about highlighting knowledge about international trends that Sweden needs to relate to, strengthening Vinnova's international connection and challenging with new perspectives.

In connection with the expert council's first meeting on January 27, 2020, Vinnova and the Sustainable Cities Council invited a workshop in which leading researchers, representatives of the government and other actors discussed how Sweden can mobilize for a sustainable society. The meeting was webcasted and is available to anyone to follow from a link further down this page.

About the members of the expert council

Here you will find some more facts about the members of the International Expert Council for Innovation; Banny Banerjee, Mariana Mazzucato and Bertil Andersson.

Banny Banerjee, Founding Director Change Labs, Stanford University.

Banerjee has been moving in the areas of innovation and design for 30 years. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of design thinking and, more recently, for systems-level methods to achieve system transformation, a way of tackling complex and multidimensional challenges. For a couple of years, Banerjee has been a member of an World Economic Forum council called Global Future’s Council on Systems and Platforms, and he is hired worldwide as an adviser to governments and government agencies.

Mariana Mazzucato, Founding Director Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, focusing on the role of public policy for economic growth and direction.

Mazzucato is a sought-after and influential debater and author. She strongly questions our current view on productivity, wealth and what really adds value to sustainable development. Mariana Mazzucato lectures around the world about the importance of a rapid system change and highlights a mission-oriented way of working to meet today's societal challenges.

Bertil Andersson, Former Rector of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

During Bertil Andersson's time as headmaster, NTU established itself as a world-class university that attracts professors, researchers and international students at the top level. In 2014, he initiated a successful collaboration between NTU and KTH, which resulted in a joint postgraduate education in urban systems science with the focus on architecture and community building.

Bertil Andersson is a professor of biochemistry and has held several leading positions in Swedish universities. He has been a member and chairman of the Nobel Committee on Chemistry (1989-1997), and is currently a member of the Nobel Foundation and the Academy of Sciences.

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Last updated 27 May 2020

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