The IGL2019 Global Conference was held on 21 - 23 May 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

IGL2019 brought together nearly 200 senior policymakers, practitioners and researchers from over 25 countries to explore future innovation and entrepreneurship policies.

Nesta's Innovation Growth Lab (IGL), in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the World Bank Group, the Max Planck Institute and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, held its annual global conference in Berlin, Germany from 21-23 May 2019.

Programme Highlights
21 May 2019

IGL Research Meeting

  • A forum for researchers to discuss design-stage, ongoing and completed academic research that uses experimental methods in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth.
22 May 2019

IGL Global Conference

  • Inspiring keynotes about state-of-the-art policies and programmes.
  • Focused and interactive sessions showcasing the latest evidence.
  • Discussions on the role experimentation can play in this policy field.
23 May 2019

IGL Policy and Practice Learning Lab

  • Brings together policymakers and practioners to discuss the latest developments in experimentation.
  • Hands-on capacity-building workshops.
  • Learn first-hand from the experiences of other organisations from around the world.
Confirmed speakers for IGL2019
Christian Luft
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
Rannia Leontaridi OBE
Director, Business Growth & Office for Artificial Intelligence, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK)
Geoff Mulgan
Chief Executive, Nesta (UK)
Jenn Gustetic
Programme Executive, Small Business Innovation Research, NASA (US)
Christian Bason
CEO, Danish Design Centre (Denmark)
Erica Fuchs
Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (US)
Najy Benhassine
Practice Director, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation, The World Bank Group (US)
Juan Mateos-Garcia
Director of Innovation Mapping, Nesta (UK)
Frédérique Bone
Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (UK)
Bledi Taska
Chief Economist, Burning Glass Technologies (US)
Susan Amat
Executive Director, GEN Accelerate, VP for Education, Global Entrepreneurship Network (US)
Hazjier Pourkhalkhal
Global Director of Strategy and Value, Optimizely (Netherlands)
Jan Kinne
Researcher, ZEW (Germany)
Carl Creswell
Director, Better Regulation Executive, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK)
Daniel Hain
Assistant Professor, Aalborg University (Denmark)
Piret Tõnurist
Project Manager, Lead in Systems Thinking and Anticipatory Governance, OPSI, OECD (France)
Patricio Dalton
Associate Professor, Tilburg University (Netherlands)
Rembrand Koning
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School (US)
Chloé Le Coq
Assistant Professor, Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden)
Dietmar Harhoff
Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Germany)
Ana Goicoechea
Senior Economist, the World Bank Group (US)
Caio Piza
Economist, Development Impact Evaluation unit, Development Research Group, World Bank (US)
Chantale Tippett
Principal Researcher (Innovation Systems), Innovation Mapping, Nesta (UK)
Jack Orlik
Senior Researcher, Digital Frontrunners, Nesta (UK)
Henry Sauermann
Associate Professor of Strategy, POK Pühringer PS Chair in Entrepreneurship, ESMT Berlin (Germany)
Xavier Cirera
Senior Economist,The World Bank (US)
Highlights from IGL2019
21 - 23 May 2019
EUREF Campus
EUREF-Campus 13, 10829 Berlin, Germany
Event photos from IGL2019
What people are saying
"Thanks for the conference last week. It was very informative and generated some ideas for me that I will pursue with colleagues. I intend to keep myself informed of the work of IGL and its developments and will continue to look for opportunities that may lead to us having a more substantial involvement."
"This was a great conference filled with opportunities to learn about current research and practice while meeting some wonderful people doing really interesting work. I look forward to the next conference."
“Lots of great and diverse research; felt like a kid in a candy store!”
“The venue was fantastic, I learned a lot and met very interesting people. Thank you for putting this together!”
Further information
IGL2019 partners
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