Reclaiming data as a public resource
Data is now the nervous system of our cities, but have we absorbed the implications of what that means for our legal frameworks and governance systems? Our digital world has opened up countless opportunities for greater efficiency and connection, but it has also come at a cost: Who owns the digital platforms? Can they be trusted? How can data become a public good?
In this conversation we hear from conceptual pioneers, creative practitioners and legal experts who are challenging existing regimes and advocating for commons-based, citizen-driven approaches to making places that work for all.
This session is part of a 5-part series run by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt’s ‘RISE Cities’ programme. RISE Cities explores the leadership required to enable our urban environments to be more resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable (RISE).
CEO and Co-Chair, Strategy / The Maximal Impact Foundation
Davor Meersman is the founding CEO and Co-Chair, Strategy of The Maximal Impact Foundation (MIMPACT), a not-for profit organisation that brings open ethics, inclusive governance, digital commons, and impact finance to global ecosystems to create pivotal change for societies around the world. The foundation is a trusted, open, and inclusive environment for change makers, dent makers and all sorts of other makers, builders, and leaders who tackle wicked global problems with proven mechanisms and open practices – together.
Prior to MIMPACT, Davor was CEO of OASC, a not-for-profit city network that works with cities and communities around a set of interoperability mechanisms. Davor is also an honorary member of the United Nations SDG 11 Global Council, member of the European Commission’s Steering Committee on Advanced Technologies for Industry, and a judge and mentor for Belgium’s largest start-up incubator programme. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Curtin University, Australia.
Mona Caroline Chammas
Attorney & Integrity Director/ Govern & Law
Mona Caroline Chammas is an international attorney and founder of the disruptive consulting firm GOVERN&LAW. With her team, she brings “Integrity, Good Governance and Better Law” to the service of companies and governments, in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
Mona is a pioneer advisor in Compliance & Ethics by Design. She helps ecosystems digitize with ESG intelligence, start-ups go global, boards of directors and investors rethink their strategy and risks, and innovators grasp data governance and protect their value. The G20 and OECD have appointed Mona as an expert in innovation governance.
To help clients walk the talk, GOVERN&LAW just launched the Whistleblowing Center to offer a safe channel to hear and address ethical dilemmas in the public and private sectors.
In academia, Mona is the co-founder of La Sorbonne Compliance & Business Ethics program, of the EDHEC Masterclass in Digital Human Rights, and a regular lecturer around the world on innovation and regulation.
Prior to being a lawyer-entrepreneur, Mona shared her career in the private and public sectors: as Legal expert to the O.E.C.D. (Paris), Business Integrity Director of Unilever Europe (London), and attorney with international law firms Cleary Gottlieb (Brussels) and Wachtell Lipton (New York). Mona is a registered attorney with the bar in Brussels and New York and a board member of the Altius Society in Oxford.
Chair/ Industry Commons Foundation
Michela Magas is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation. She bridges research and industry with a track record of over 25 years of innovation. Michela is innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7 leaders, Member of President von der Leyen’s High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, and member of the Advisory Board of CERN IdeaSquare (ISAB-G). In 2017 she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year and in 2016 she was presented with an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe. She is Innovation and Sustainability Manager for the first of the Industry Commons EU-funded projects OntoCommons – which is creating an ontology ecosystem with reference data documentation for cross-domain interoperability. She is also the Founder and CEO of Stockholm-based MTF Labs, a global community platform of around 8000 creative innovators and scientific researchers.
Partner / Urban Impact
Jonas Schorr is Partner at Berlin-based Urban Impact Agency and Urban Impact Capital with a mission to connect and accelerate Europe’s emerging Urban Tech startup ecosystem.
Jonas believes that truly transformative change to green cities can only happen if fast-scaling innovators and established players (public and private) work together in a spirit of mutual cooperation to enable what he calls “conscious disruption”. In 2020, he was invited to join the BMW Foundation’s “Responsible Leaders Network” to connect with like-minded change makers globally.
Prior to co-founding Urban Impact, Jonas spent ten years working on a variety of international projects in the field of sustainable city-making across Europe and Asia. His clients included city governments, international city networks, think tanks, philanthropies and academic institutions.