Tuukka Toivonen

Tuukka Toivonen (PhD, Oxford) is an organisational sociologist who works as a Lecturer in International Management at SOAS, University of London. He currently focuses on theorising “the hub organisation” (together with ESCies colleagues) and on developing several larger projects on innovation hubs and labs in London and beyond. He has a particular interest in understanding how collective creativity operates through interactive episodes that unfold within individual networks and facilitative organisations such as social innovation and tech hubs. This research is inspired by Tuukka’s earlier work on youth policy, youth support communities and collective problem-solving at Japanese social enterprises (which led to three books and eight peer-reviewed articles, one of which received a prestigious “article of the year” award). Tuukka’s most recent completed paper, “What is the Social Innovation Community? Conceptualizing an Emergent Collaborative Organization” will be published in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship (edited by Professor Alex Nicholls) in late January or early February 2015. In 2015 Tuukka hopes to secure further external funding for the above-mentioned projects, publish several exciting papers with collaborators, run a networked SOAS summer school on social entrepreneurship and re-connect with Up With People (the US-based social enterprise he traveled with in 1999). He is a member of the Royal Society of the Arts and Impact Hub Westminster.

Nicolas Friederici

Nicolas is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Graham, his research examines the dynamics of complex local technology innovation systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular the role of technology innovation hubs. He was awarded the Clarendon Scholarship as an incoming student and secured a grant from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Until 2014, Nicolas was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development and ICT Policy & Regulation programs at infoDev (World Bank). He helped to coordinate and analyze infoDev’s global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of innovation hubs (“mLabs” and “mHubs”). He supported activities for innovation and talent sourcing, such as an online competition for mobile application developers. Nicolas is also contributed to projects on ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction, as well as the ICT Regulation and Broadband Strategies Toolkits.

Previously, Nicolas had published in broadband economics and policy, social online behavior, and knowledge management. Nicolas was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. He also holds a Diplom (equivalent to Master’s) in Media Studies and Media Management from the University of Cologne.

Nicolas is member of the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group at the OII.

Andrea Jiménez

Andrea is a PhD student at the School of Management at Royal Holloway University of London. She hold a masters in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). Andrea has been conducting research on technology and innovation hubs since 2012, where she focused on the dynamics and practices that enabled and constrained local innovations to prosper. Her current research focuses on the collaborative practices happening within hubs, and she is studying two different hubs located in different parts of the world: the Impact Hub in London and Bongohive, a technology and innovation hub in the city of Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to this, Andrea worked as an evidence and synthesis associate at Project Oracle, London’s first children and youth evidence hub. Here, she conducted an RCT synthesis study and focused on validating projects through evidenced-based approaches. She also worked as an online community specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organozation of the United Nations, helping manage a Community of Practice (CoP) of over 11,000 members worldwide, interested in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for smallholder agriculture. She is a member of the ICT4D Collective and she also tweets as @andrejcisneros.

Marlen de la Chaux

Marlen is a PhD student and Gates Scholar in Organizational Behavior at Cambridge Judge Business School. Her current research focuses on the emergence of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems. Her current research focuses on how innovation spaces in Nairobi interact with the local technology entrepreneurship community. She is particularly interested in understanding the strategies and business models that underly the various hubs, accelerators, and incubators. This builds on her work in Burkina Faso, where she investigated the impact of aid programs on female micro-entrepreneurs, and an on-going study on the emergence of entrepreneurship in refugee camps. Marlen previously worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and studied organizational strategy and innovation at the University of Cambridge (MPhil), international politics at Jacobs University (BA), and sociology at SciencesPo Paris

Nevena Miroslavova Radoynovska

Nevena is a PhD student in a dual degree in Management & Organizations & Sociology at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University). Her research focuses broadly on organizational approaches to social problems, in all of their traditional and evolving forms. At present, she is beginning her dissertation work on social entrepreneurship in the banlieues of Paris, with a particular interest in the implications of different social entrepreneurial networks and ecosystems – including the gaps therein – for individual and community-level impact, as well as for the kinds of social enterprise models and outcomes that are (de)valued in the process. More recently, she has been exploring the French government’s involvement in promoting social innovation platforms, hubs and citizen initiatives and, more broadly, the role of the state in facilitating national systems of social innovation. Prior to beginning her graduate work, Nevena worked at the OECD in Paris and as a paralegal in criminal and immigration defense in Boston, MA. She received her BA in International Relations from Brown University in the US.

Christian Busch

Dr. Christian Busch is the Associate Director at the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, where he works with governments, enterprises, and social enterprises to develop scalable inclusive business models. His related research centres on entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, co-creation, and business model innovation, and he teaches several MSc- and exec. ed.- courses at LSE. He was co-founder of Sandbox, where as Head of Community Development he developed the hub-based structure and expanded it into 20 countries (2008-2012). He has been named as one of Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencers under 33”, JCI London’s “Ten Outstanding Persons”, a TEDster, a Siemens ‘Key Influencer’, a ‘Global Fellow’ at the Institute for the World Economy, a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and was shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Achievement Award. He frequently attends/speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED, and Financial Times’ Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review. A recent talk on “Integrating profit & purpose” can be found here:, and a recent interview on The Guardian here: Previously, he worked in consulting & business in Kenya, S. Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US; set up the LSE’s PhD Steering Committee; presided over the LSE CSR Society; and took on leadership & mentoring roles, incl. as Impact Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association and member of Ashoka’s Selection Panel. He guest-lectured at ESADE (Spain), Peking University (China), and Strathmore (Kenya), and his work has been published by journals such as IJEV & featured by Le Monde, AP, Guardian, Der Spiegel, France24, WIRED. He holds a PhD (LSE: Management), MSc (LSE: Management, governance), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business). Twitter: @ChrisLSE.

Kinda Al_Sayed

Dr. Kinda Al_Sayed is a teaching fellow on the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities, and the MSc Adaptive Architecture and Computation courses. Dr. Al_Sayed teaches Space Syntax Methodology, cognitive agent-based models, spatial statistics and visualisation. She was awarded the UCL Teaching Innovation Grant for delivering cross-school PhD and MSc/MArch workshops, teaching space syntax, GIS, and digital interaction. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Sofia teaching space syntax methods. Dr. Al_Sayed has a publication record of over 25 publications. She has written a textbook on Space Syntax Methodology to be published by UCL Press. Dr. Al_Sayed contributed to delivering the ‘Digital Built Britain’ UK government strategy. She is a member in the smart cities interoperability committee, and the smart cities data committee at BSI group. She is also a coordinating member in the Future Cities Doctoral Network at UCL.

Kinda’s Publications:
Al_Sayed K. (2013). The signature of self-organisation in cities: Temporal patterns of clustering and growth in street networks, International Journal of Geomatics and Spatial Analysis (IJGSA), Special Issue on Selected Developments in Spatio-temporal Modelling, In M. Jackson & D. Vandenbroucke (ed), 23 (3-4): 379-406. Available here;

Al_Sayed K., Conroy Dalton R., Hoelscher C. (2010). Discursive Design Thinking: The role of explicit knowledge in creative architectural design reasoning, AIEDAM Special Issue, Spring 2010, 24(2): 211-230., Impact Factor*: 0.553. Available here;;jsessionid=CB0723E8FC7A2748AB10F65E1FEAC48E.journals?fromPage=online&aid=7596680

Memarovic, N., Fatah, A., Kostopoulou, E., Behrens, M., Al-Sayed K. (2014). Attention, an interactive display is running! integrating interactive public display within urban dis(at)tractors. In: Screencity Journal Special Issue #4, 2014. Available here;

Jun Han

Jun Han is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology at University of Oxford. His research interests include political and organisational sociology, state-society relations, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and China studies. His current PhD project systematically addresses two research questions: what kinds of social organisations in China are more likely to influence government policies, and how and why they can influence government policies, based on a probabilistically sampled survey of 2,588 social organisations, 115 interviews conducted during 2009 and 2014, and multiple archives. Jun Han received a MA in Sociology from Peking University, and once worked for several think-tanks in Beijing.

Kerstin Sailer

Dr Kerstin Sailer is Lecturer in Complex Buildings at the Space Syntax Laboratory, Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, and Director of Research and Innovation at Spacelab. She is fascinated by the impact of spatial design on people and social behaviours inside a range of buildings such as offices, laboratories, hospitals and schools. Co-working spaces as an emerging building typology are an interesting phenomenon to explore how space facilitates knowledge creation, exchange and innovation. In both her research and professional consultancy practice she aims to unravel the complexity of the relationship between people and space. An architect by training, her research interests combine complex buildings, workplace environments and space usage with social networks, organisational theory and organisational behaviour. At the Bartlett she leads the module ‘Buildings, Organisations, Networks’ in the MSc ‘Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities’. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. She runs the blog and comments as @kerstinsailer on Twitter.

Lidia Gryszkiewicz

has a Ph.D. from Louvain Academy and currently works for the Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology. She has advised clients around the world in innovation management as strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little and worked on strategic projects for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on understanding how innovation labs use collaborative practices and technologies for the purpose of radical innovation, but she is also fascinated by other emergent entrepreneurial topics such as innovation hubs. Lidia is an advisor of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community hub in Luxembourg and has served the European Commission as expert on innovation topics. Lidia speaks English, Polish, Dutch, French and basic German.

Omar Jagne 

Omar Jagne is a graduate of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, where he received an MSc in Innovation and Sustainability for International Development. His dissertation research focused on innovation capabilities at the MEST iHub in Ghana, and whether they had any impact on the rendering of ICT based services in country.

Omar is based in Banjul, The Gambia where a very interesting global model for co-working spaces in JokkoLabs, originally founded in neighbouring Senegal, recently launched a local version and the first co-working space in country, called JokkoLabs Banjul (April 2015). Omar has established good links with the group and will be closely evaluating its performance and whether that can be replicated in another part of the country, while he is considering pursuing a doctoral degree.
Omar is also co-partner to the Media Associate of Dakar, Senegal which is undergoing a structural transforming into a Media Institute that will house a co-working space for entrepreneurs focusing on media and the audiovisual arts. He is also an aspiring entrepreneur with two startups focusing on developing young entrepreneurs and crowd funding in emerging and developing countries. This blend of interests comes from being a graduate of a policy and research school like SPRU, but also an Economics and Political Science degree holder, which he received from Hofstra University, New York.

Carla Bonina

Carla Bonina is Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Surrey Business School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technology innovation, entrepreneurship and policy. Her current projects revolve around the critical implications of big and open data, value creation, and new business models in the digital economy.
Over the last ten years, she has been conducting research on digital government, technology innovation, innovation policy and
international development and has performed consultancy roles for the government of Mexico and Kazakhstan, telecom operators in Latin America and Europe. She has also provided advice to international organizations such as the OECD, the IDRC, the World Bank and the ITU. Prior to joining Surrey Business School, she held a Research Fellowship in LSE Tech, a research team at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) active in the area of innovation and technology management.
Carla holds a PhD in Management from the LSE, an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from CIDE in Mexico City, and a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a member of Sandbox, a global network of young entrepreneurs, and shares a passion for social entrepreneurship.

Mónica Edwards-Schachter

Mónica Edwards-Schachter is researcher, consultant and writer, passionate on learning and innovation. She holds a Phd in Science Education with a pioneer dissertation on grand challenges and sustainability ( and a Phd on innovation (ABD, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain). She has written over one hundred publications and joined several international research projects ( She is linkedto ‘Social innovation Futures: beyond policy panacea and conceptual ambiguity’, a project supported by the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (EU-spri, 2014-16). Her current research focuses on social innovation, learning and capacity building, particularly on emergent forms of organizing collaborative innovation, such as living labs and innovation ‘hubs’. She is interested in the conceptualization of social innovation, in understanding the repertoires of practices and power interactions that influence collaboration and, which competences and capabilities are needed to be change-makers.  She won a prize for the essay Networks for peace (Redes para la Paz, 2004) and an IBM award for a role-playing games on climate change and decision-making (2012). From 2008 onwards is blogger in Tendencias21 (, a Spanish popular science magazine.

Wallis Motta

Wallis Motta is an anthropologist, media scholar and entrepreneurship researcher currently an LSE Fellow in Media and Communications.

Wallis is particularly interested in:

1) The way socio-economic neoliberal reforms affect historically embedded modes of production/reproduction of middle-classes in Europe, leading to reconfiguration of socio-cultural organisation and forms of procuring livelihoods, in particular when these are negotiated through entrepreneurship and new media.2) The emergence of new technological urban landscapes, such as high-tech clusters and regions, as well as the appropriation of new media into projects of ‘multicultural community building’ within urban neighbourhoods, enabling cosmopolitan aesthetics and conviviality. These initiatives are often related to entrepreneurship, place making and social innovation communities.

In her PhD thesis Wallis studied the construction of Cambridge city as a Technopole, and the emergence of a local high-tech start-up culture rooted in scientific values. Her dissertation aimed to critique the ways in which the discipline of Anthropology has portrayed entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs through an exotic lens. She insisted it is important to examine entrepreneurship not only considering culturally deviant groups or minority populations (migrants, strangers or subalterns); but also what happens with middle-classes in more prominent and mainstream institutions, like Universities, private SMEs, regional development agencies, NGOs and other professional support networks within the city, seeking to exert socio-cultural change.Ultimately entrepreneurship in Cambridge has emerged as an alternative cultural idiom, which is simultaneously a radically innovative proposition and a conservative effort. Entrepreneurship provides the residents of Cambridge a way to manage tensions and anxieties regarding the reproduction of privilege, enabling to better position themselves and their city as prominent actors to address 21st century challenges.

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