Joeri van den Steenhoven

Director, MaRS Solutions Lab; Co-Founder and Former CEO of Knowledgeland


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 system change. Currently, the lab is working on: Future of Health, Future of Food, Future of Work and Learning, Future of Government. Around these challenges, the lab convenes stakeholders from across society to develop, test and scale new solutions. And the lab helps governments to develop policies and redesign services that support this. Overall, MaRS Solutions Lab aims to build capacity and strengthen the resilience for change throughout society . The lab started in April 2013 and is part of MaRS Discovery District, but it has partnerships with the Province of Ontario and several foundations. Before joining MaRS, Joeri van den Steenhoven was the co-founder and CEO of Knowledgeland, one of the leading change labs in the Netherlands and Europe. He also co-founded the Kafkabrigade, a nonprofit research team that helps governments find and fight red tape. He has worked at the Young Foundation in the UK and is a member of the board of directors of the Lisbon Council, a leading European think tank on innovation and growth. He has graduated with a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and successfully completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.