Sascha Haselmayer is a partner at Ashoka Germany. As a social entrepreneur, he has led urban innovation, economic development, and government innovation projects in over 40 countries. He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and is a globally recognized expert on urban and local government innovation.
In 2011, Sascha co-founded Citymart, an organization that transformed expectations and practices of public procurement by introducing civic engagement, diversity, problem-solving, and innovation into a core bureaucratic process. Prior to Citymart, Sascha founded businesses and organizations that pioneered inclusive urban innovation districts and civic service innovation in cities through a global network of living labs and by advising governments, investors, and universities.
Sascha’s contributions have been recognized through an Ashoka Fellowship and a non-Resident Fellowship at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has been a Fellow at New America, and advocates for change as a keynote speaker, and lecturer at institutions like the London School of Economics Cities Programme, and Chicago University Booth School of Business.
Sascha is the author of The Slow Lane, and two books on service and procurement innovation in cities. He has served as an adviser to organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Aspen Institute and served on the selection committee of the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge and the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.