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Managing Director – Europe

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. He leads IOVIA’s European operations, partnering with our clients and the IOVIA team to deliver community participation experiences. Roland is also the founder of Liminal, a new network for people, organizations and communities on the edge of many potential futures. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners. Graduating with a PhD in Physics, he has held senior innovation roles in the public and private sector and in addition has worked with hundreds of start-ups to raise investment and commercialize technology. He is chair and trustee for several not-for-profit organizations, a regular visiting lecturer at Universities around the world, and a mentor as part of many start-up accelerator programmes including TechStars. He is also host of the On The Edge podcast, as well as a failed astronaut, a composer of TV and film music for Sony, and a proud and exhausted dad of three children.