UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Christian Bason on building the 21st century organisations

21 February 2024, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Christian Bason on building the 21st century organisation

Join us at UCL IIPP for a talk by Christian Bason

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL students






IIPP Comms

This event is open to IIPP's students and faculty only

Hosted at UCL IIPP on Wednesday 21 February 2024 from 12:00 - 13:30 (GMT) for a talk by Chrisitian Bason.

Christian Bason will talk about what does it mean to build organisations fit for the challenges of 21st Century. Christian is the former CEO of the Danish Design Center (DDC), a government-backed non-profit foundation (2014-2023). Previously, he was Director of MindLab, the Danish government’s innovation lab (2007-2014), and Business Manager with Ramboll Management Consulting, a global advisory group (1998-2006). He is the author of nine books on leadership, innovation and design, including "Expand: Stretching the Future by Design" (2022) and "Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society" and (in Danish) "The Organization Was Set Free and the Leadership had to be Rediscovered" (2023). 

This brown bag lecture is part of Creative Bureaucracy brown bags on Wednesdays throughout Term 2.
The talk is being organised as an enrichment event as part of an IIPP MPA module led by Prof Rainer Kattel. Students who would like to be notified of other events in the future can sign up by emailing IIPPComms@ucl.ac.uk.

Read more about Creative Bureaucracy brown bag lectures here

About the Speaker

Christian Bason

Former CEO Of Danish Design Center

Christian Bason
Christian Bason is the former CEO of the Danish Design Center (DDC), a government-backed non-profit foundation (2014-2023). Through a range of programmes, the Centre works with leaders and organisations to apply design methods, foresight and systems thinking to their most challenging problems and opportunities, in pursuit of the vision "Shaping the Next Society".

Previously, from 2007 to 2014, Christian was Director of MindLab, the Danish government's innovation team. From 1998 to 2006, he was a consultant and business manager with the international advisory group Rambøll Management, heading the organisation and management practice.

Christian is the author of seven books on design, innovation, leadership and governance, including Leading Public Design: Discovering Human Centered Governance (2017), Form Fremtiden (Shape the Future: Design Leadership as Innovation Tool; 2016), Design for Policy (2014) and Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society (2010). Christian presents to and advises businesses and governments globally and is a visiting lecturer at amongst others Oxford Saïd Business School and the European School of Administration. He is also a prolific contributor to blogs and magazines including Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Christian is former Chairman of the European Union's expert group on public sector innovation and member of the European Design Leadership Board. Currently he serves on the board of the Royal Academy of Architecture and Design in Copenhagen, on the Rockwool Foundations Intervention Committee, and is member of the UAE's MBRCGI national innovation advisory board.

Christian holds an M.Sc. in Political Science from Aarhus University and a Ph.D. in design leadership from Copenhagen Business School in collaboration with Stanford University, Oxford Saïd Business School and Case Western University's Weatherhead School of Management.

More about Christian Bason