Trained as an architect, Sascha has founded several companies like Citymart to change how governments use public procurement to work with citizens and businesses to accelerate meaningful change. Today, 135 cities in 35 countries including New York City, Stockholm, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, London, Paris and Barcelona have adopted his methods and more than 30,000 highly diverse small businesses, residents, social entrepreneurs and startups have benefited from new growth opportunities. Sascha regularly speaks at leading global conferences, authored several books on urban and government innovation, lectures at leading universities and is a trusted advisor to organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.


Five percent of the world’s economy is tied up in procurements by local city governments. Innovation is growing in cities like San Francisco, although systems-based solutions are not scalable when the market is limited to single cities. Cites are under financial pressure and need to source low-cost systems solutions regardless of where they come from. Founder of Living Labs Global, Sascha has created a concept that promotes cities as tools for new applications of technology, and has built a bridge between these innovations and the decision makers in cities that procure them, creating a network of mavens and accountable officials.

In addition to opening major markets to innovative companies, Sascha’s work is also supplying the intelligence and transparency needed by cities to invest less public money to bring about a greater social impact. Sascha provides “Showcase” service via online platforms, matchmaking, and an award program that highlights the newest ideas and helps execute them—providing support for winning pilot projects that allow cities to test new ideas without risk and building a fellowship of smart cities. He is expanding his work through a concept called a social networking, marketplace and online real-time intelligence tool. The platform allows professionals and citizens to tap into relevant solutions in the international market to make more informed decisions, build transparent and service-oriented public spending, provide public access to data, and increase accountability.


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