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Christian Bason
Per-Anders Hillgren

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Christian Bason is chief executive of the Danish Design Centre. From 2007 to 2014 he was head of MindLab, a cross-governmental innovation unit, where he helped promote the use of design as a method for policy and service innovation in the public sector.

From 1998 to 2006, he was a consultant and business manager at Rambøll Management, in charge of consultancy on organisation and management issues. He has also held several appointed positions, including as chair of the European Commission’s Expert Committee on Public Innovation and a member of the European Design Leadership Board.

Christian is an external examiner at the design education programmes, and as a visiting associate professor has taught at a number of institutions, including Oxford Saïd School of Business, Weatherhead School of Management and the European Commission’s top management training programmes. He is in high demand as a speaker and inspires and advises business executives and governments in Denmark and abroad.

Christian is a prolific contributor to blogs and magazines, including Harvard Business Review and Monday Morning, and the author of five books on design, innovation and management, most recently Design for Policy (2014) and Leading Public Sector Innovation (2010). Christian holds an MS in Political Science from Aarhus University and is a PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School.

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Per-Anders Hillgren is associate professor at Malmö University where he split his time between the School of Art and Communication and Forum for Social Innovation Sweden.

He has since many years been exploring the intersection between participatory design, social innovation and living labs with a passion for ‘democratizing’ innovation. Through several research platforms such as the Interactive Institute, the Creative Environment studio and Medea – Collaborative Media Initiative, he has initiated co-design projects with more than 50 companies, NGO:s, public institutions and municipal departments. These projects have covered domains such as culture, urban development and health care. One example is the project KLIV that received two national design awards, as “most innovative IT application in medicine” and the “users award” for its participatory approach. He was the initiator and project manager of Malmö New Media Living Lab and later Living Lab the Neighborhood with a focus on collaborative services, social innovation and urban development. Recently he initiated Co-Labs – a learning platform for design and innovation in the public sector where cross disciplinary researchers, civil servants, practitioners and policy makers collaboratively can explore new opportunities for public sector innovation.”

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