Joeri van den Steenhoven is Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, a public and social innovation lab that helps tackle complex social challenges that require systems change. The lab convenes stakeholders from across society and supports them to develop, test and scale new solutions. MaRS Solutions Lab started in 2013 and is part of MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs based in Toronto, Canada.
Being a longtime social innovator and systems thinker, Joeri is fascinated by our society’s transition towards the knowledge society. He moved to Canada in 2013 to lead the MaRS Solutions Lab. Before, he was co-founder and CEO of Kennisland, one of the leading and oldest social innovation labs in the Netherlands and Europe. He also co-founded the KafkaBrigade, a global research team that helps governments to find and fight red tape. Joeri is a strategic advisor to governments and organizations around the world. He also serves on the board of the Lisbon Council, the leading European think tank on innovation and growth and the Change Foundation, an Ontario-based think tank on health system innovation.
Joeri holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and has successfully participated in the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.