A lawyer by training, specialized in the evaluation of public policy, Alenka carried out her studies in Lausanne, Geneva, Berlin and Paris. She benefits from many years of experience in strategy and innovation consulting for large companies, foundations and various public entities. She supervises all the activities and partnerships of the staatslabor and is responsible for strategy and development. Alenka is particularly interested in issues of citizen participation, innovation culture, and service and public policy design.
After studying law in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne, Nicola co-founded and presided over the leading Swiss foreign policy think tank foraus for ten years. He is a moderator and counsels various government departments, international organizations and foundations on their innovation processes. In addition, he presides over Science et Cité, is board member of Akademien Schweiz, member of the Swiss UNESCO Commission and politically active. As president of the staatslabor, Nicola contributes to staatslabor's strategy and content and is particularly interested in the societal impact of public innovation
A political scientist specialized in economics and European law, Maximilian co-founded and directed several think tanks and organizations which are part of today's Swiss national political landscape. Currently based in Zurich, he offers counsel on their innovation strategy to a variety of clients in Switzerland and abroad, while also participating in numerous non-profit projects. At staatslabor, he is in charge of various key projects and deals with strategic issues. Maximilian is particularly interested in the digitalization of democratic processes.
Patrick studied political science in Bern and Geneva, Switzerland. He can build on work experience from the Swiss federal administration, international organizations, and startups. At staatslabor, he leads several innovation projects, including in the fields of migration and public health. Patrick is particularly interested in evidence-based policy, digital transformation, and lean startup methods.
James studied Economics, Politics and International Relations in London. As Co-Founder of a Youth Parliament during his high school years he advocated an integrative, collaborative and holistic approach to politics. He is particularly interested in the yet unrealised potential of synergies, digital solutions and networks, the efficient and citizen-centric public service delivery as well as sustainability.
Ivo studied International Economics in Paris, Geneva, and St. Gallen and has specialised in energy markets, climate policy, and sustainable digitalisation strategies. Amongst others, he has worked for the OECD and ETH. He’s a co-founder of the grassroots think tanks foraus and Argo. In the scope of his work for staatslabor, Ivo is particularly interested in how the public sector can leverage the collective intelligence of its employees as well as of the residents of Switzerland to tackle complex political and social challenges.
During her studies in Argentina, Berne and Lausanne, Nicoletta specialised in Public Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. She has experience in implementing social interventions at the UN, with NGOs and in the public sector. In addition, she uses data analysis in support of organisational development processes. At staatslabor she supports projects in education and youth work. Nicoletta is very interested in collaborative and innovative processes and in supporting people and organisations who are dedicated to improving the world.
Samira studied International Relations in Geneva and Madrid, specializing in politics and law. She has long been involved in issues such as gender equality and environmental policy and their implementation in various contexts. Samira has a keen interest in how participatory working methods can structurally change existing injustices and lead to sustainable lifestyles.
Janine studied Geography together with Social Anthropology and Philosophy in Bern. Subsequently, she focused on the phenomena of urbanization and specialized in Critical Urbanisms in Basel and in Cape Town. She has a special interest in questions of citizens participation and urban nature conservation.