Verena Kontschieder is a practicing and researching policy design professional. She started working with the Stanford Legal Design Lab about a year ago, since being a visiting PhD researcher at the Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR).
Her doctoral thesis studies design-based innovation approaches in ‘policy labs’ at international governance level, amongst others, the EU Commission ‘EU Policy Lab’ and the World Economic Forum ‘Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution’. As a consultant, she is currently setting up an action-led innovation framework at the African Development Bank’s Strategy and Operational Policies Unit in Ivory Coast, with previous consultant positions at, e.g., the World Economic Forum (agile governance and toolkits), the International Monetary Fund (policy venture approaches), or the World Bank (design-led participatory democracy). One of her core interests is to explore design as a tool to corporate political activity.
Verena has obtained her design training at the HPI D-School Potsdam (Berlin) and has a background in international business and public management, environmental technology, and international affairs.