Professor Birgitte Andersen (PhD Economics) is CEO of Big Innovation Centre, a London based think-tank and innovation hub that promotes open innovation via challenge-led taskforces, All-Party groups in UK Parliament on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
Since April 2011 she has rapidly – through a strong vision – directed and grown the Big Innovation Centre to become a building block in the innovation landscape in the UK and internationally. Being an entrepreneur and international expert in business model innovation, Intellectual Property governance and the weightless and ‘smart’ knowledge economy, she is called in by the media (e.g. BBC, Al Jazeera, SKY), and her work is published in renowned academic journals and highlighted in government reports. During the internet boom, Birgitte launched and ran (2000-2010) probably UK’s biggest interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes on E-Commerce at University of London (Birkbeck), where she holds the title Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation. She has lead several EU framework programme, including some of the largest pan-European ones (DIME – Dynamics of markets and institutions in Europe) and U-KNOW (Knowledge in an enlarging European Union)
She advises economists and policymakers of national governments in and beyond Europe including OECD, UN and WIPO; and large firms, and serves as an expert defence witness in the UK courts on matters of IP use on the Internet. She was the Rapporteur for the EU Commission representing the EU Expert Group on Knowledge Transfer and Open Innovation, and currently sits on the EU Expert Advisory Panel for Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge: Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies. Birgitte was recently (October 2018) appointed on Arab League Expert Group on Digital Transformation regarding the Digital Government Strategy for the Arab World.
Professor Birgitte Andersen is PhD and MSc in Economics from the University of Reading (UK), and MA and BA from the University of Aalborg (DK).