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We are a passionate team combining (social) innovation management, research and advisory, service engineering, culture and event management, impact measurement, communication strategies, political advisory as well as business and territorrial strategic management expertise. We work very closely with our clients to co-design and co-run their collaborative innovation projects. Typically, we get involved very early in the process, helping you set up the lab framework including its vision, and then actively co-create the design of the lab methodology and process, stakeholder management, collaboration approaches, progress monitoring, impact measurement and lab promotion. While we are very hands-on in our work, you can be sure to work with a proven science-based  approach. We have worked with and for the government, mutinationals, SMEs, academia, NGOs as well as local, regional, national and European public authorities. Most importantly, we have run well-received innovation labs ourselves. Our work has been featured in the national and international media and qualified as international best practice for citizen innovation.

Lidia Gryszkiewicz, PhD
Partner

Lidia holds a PhD in innovation management from Louvain Academy (Belgium), a Master in International Business from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and a Master in Management and Strategy from University of Lodz (Poland). She has completed the Creating Shared Value programme at Harvard Business School, led by Michael Porter. She has advised private and public clients as strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little, a global advisory firm, and run strategic projects for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Amsterdam. She has worked as a researcher for Service Engineering with Impact at Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology and collaborated with universities of Oxford, London and UCL on collaborative change-making, crowdsourcing, open innovation and collective creativity topics, with special focus on innovation labs and hubs. Her work has been featured in outlets including Stanford Social Innovation Review and Forbes, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences. Lidia serves as an advisor of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Luxembourg, is a global advisory board member for the Participatory City initiative in London, a national Luxembourg delegate to CEN & ISO committees on innovation management standards, a co-founder of global Entrepreneurial Spaces and Collectivities network, and a guest lecturer at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Master at University of Luxembourg. She is a member of ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) and Collective Impact Forum. She regularly advises the European Commission as expert on the topics of SME support, innovation, co-creation and entrepreneurship. She has also been contracted as expert by the Slovak Government to advise on multi-million funding decisions in their national innovation programme. Lidia has led international teams in several countries throughout her career.

Magali De Rocco
Consultant

Magali holds a Bachelor´s degree in Social Sciences from University of Luxembourg. She also holds a Master´s degree in Social Work/Social Innovation awarded by the University of Applied Sciences, Northern Switzerland, where she gained profound experience in research methodologies. In Morocco, Luxembourg and Switzerland she conducted different types of qualitative, explorative and ethnographic research. Specifically, Magali has carried out transdisciplinary research in public space and housing. She has strong interest in contemporary urban development. She had gained solid experience at privately held and semi-public, mid-size companies addressing social matters, what has led her to positions where she coordinated a network of stakeholders operating in the social economy (économie sociale et solidaire) in Luxembourg. Beside this she conducted research about social housing issues in the northern region of Luxembourg. In her last position, she was a field coordinator and supervisor, designing and implementing projects concerned with citizen participation on a local, national and European scale.  She is a trained facilitator and has prepared and carried out trainings in citizen participation.

Giny Laroche
Partner

Giny holds a Bachelor degree in cultural management from IUP Nîmes – University of Montpellier, a Master in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science – University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, a certificate in territorial development from the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Grenoble and a Design Thinking and Open Innovation moderator’s certificate form the Lorenzo Academy in Berlin. She specialized in territorial analysis and development, innovation management, strategic concept development, project planning and management. As former district manager, Giny designed and implemented urban management and territorial development strategies with strong focus on collaborative human centred approaches and working methods. She co-designed and implemented Quartier Stuff, the first citizen social innovation lab nationally and internationally qualified as best practice by experts in urban design, economic development, social innovation and cradle to cradle. Giny serves as national advisor regarding the elaboration of participatory processes and sustainable social impact concepts aiming to promote social cohesion. Former head of the minister’s office and spokeswoman of the Minister of Culture, she, inter alia, supervised and monitored the implementation of national strategies and projects of great national interest. During her career, Giny designed and implemented positioning and marketing strategies for local, regional and national bodies.