Mikael Sokero

Senior Expert


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Mikael Sokero (M.Soc.Sci) is a senior expert in Science in Society team and a member of the Board of Demos Helsinki specialized in design and implementation of new kind of innovative funding tools, such as challenge prize competitions. In challenge prize competitions diverse teams are co-creating solutions to grand societal challenges together with stakeholders and communities.

Mikael’s core competencies are:

– Design and execution of challenge prize competitions and design of creative processes

– Societal impact of research and science

– Strategic development of universities

– Sustainable innovations and societal transformations

– Sustainable Development Goals

Mikael has been in all challenge prize competitions and challenge based development processes at Demos Helsinki. One of them is Helsinki Challenge, a science based idea competition and an accelerator program where teams consisting of top scientists develop solutions to global problems.

“It was pure magic to work with top scientists! It was remarkable to see how an rather raw idea based on their research developed in to something very concrete and tangible. One example was the empathy enhancing sleeve by team Nemo, the winner of Helsinki Challenge 2015.”

Before coming to Demos Helsinki, Mikael was working as an entrepreneur in a consultant agency he co-founded in 2012. Demos Helsinki acquired the business on the fall of 2015.

Mikael is also a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of Helsinki.