Professor Birgitte Andersen


London, UK

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, and an AI Global Governance Commission. Since 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 European Union. She is now accelerating the Big Innovation Centre vision with thought leaders, innovative companies and ‘what works’ innovators in the Middle East.

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 still holds the title Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation. Her Professional Inaugural Lecture (15 June 2010) was titled: Shackling the Digital Economy Means Less for Everyone.


“The new world of amazing 21st century digital technology able to connect everything with everything also needs amazing people co-creating the solutions for business and a better society.”

“Great companies and public policy committed to open innovation, are the foundations of economic success. We help to create more of them.”

“Big Innovation Centre is the only organization in the World which applies open innovation to design, test and realize new policies and regulatory frameworks. In a world of many unknowns this approach is the only way. It is not about top-down or grassroot up, or about concept to market, but about co-creation by the people who makes it happen“