UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


IIPP to help Sweden mobilise for a sustainable future

29 January 2020

IIPP and leading Swedish innovation agency Vinnova sign a memorandum of understanding to mark the new appointment of IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato to their newly created advisory board.


On January 27, Professor Mazzucato signed a memorandum of understanding between IIPP and Vinnova, focusing on strengthening Sweden’s innovation capacity, in particular to cooperate on developing mission-oriented policies.

Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, created the advisory board to help highlight the knowledge and international trends from experts like Professor Mazzucato in order to strengthen Vinnova’s international connections and challenge their ways of thinking with new perspectives around innovation.

“Through a close strategic dialogue with organisations such as IIPP and the expert council, we increase our capacity for efforts that strengthen Sweden as an innovation country”, says Darja Isaksson, director general of Vinnova.


To celebrate the newly created advisory board, the council followed their first meeting with a full-day seminar held at ArkDes in Stockholm, organised by Vinnova and the Council for Sustainable Cities.

The seminar included an exciting line-up of speakers – from leading researchers to government representatives – to discuss how Sweden can mobilise for a sustainable society.

IIPP has been at the forefront of transforming European innovation policy, publishing reports like Governing Missions in the European Union and Mission-oriented research & innovation in the European Union to explore the ‘how’ of implementing and governing a mission-oriented process that will unleash the full creativity and ambition potential of Research and Innovation policy-making.

As the EU and its member states embark on 7-year financing period through Horizon Europe programmes, agencies like Vinnova will play key role in advancing our understanding of how to design and implement mission-oriented innovation policies. IIPP will work closely with Vinnova to map and test new economic frameworks for such policies.

Vinnova is also a member of IIPP’s Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN) a global network of organisations with the aim of empowering them in the pursuit of public-value driven innovation.


As part of the advisory board, Professor Mazzucato is joined by two other internationally leading innovation experts:

Banny Banerjee, Director Change Labs, Stanford University is known for his pioneering work in design thinking and innovation methodology.

Bertil Andersson, former president of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). During his time, NTU established itself as a world-class university that attracts top professors, researchers and international students.

Watch the seminar