Government, Private/Public Partnerships, Policy

Stefaan Verhulst

Co-founder, Chief Research & Development Officer, GovLab, NYU

Stefaan has been exploring the intersection of technology, innovation and governance for over more than two decades. At NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering Governance Laboratory (GovLab) he is building a foundation of experimentation and research on how to improve people’s lives by transforming governance using advances in technology.

His latest research considers how advances in technology and science can be harnessed to create effective and collaborative forms of governance. Previously, he was Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation where he still serves as Senior Advisor.  Much of the research he led was translated into legislation and executive orders, and the creation of new organizations and businesses.

Other current positions include: Fellow at The Center for Democracy & Technology; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU; Senior Associate Fellow in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University which he co-founded; Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies Central European University in Budapest; International Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale  Law School; Board Member of ORBICOM - the network of UNESCO Chair-holders; Advisor to Global Partners Digital.

He held the UNESCO Chair in Communications Law and Policy for the UK and consulted to the Aspen Institute, World Economic Forum, Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, ICANN,the UK Department for International Development. Verhulst has authored and co-authored 9 books, reports and was founder and editor of numerous journals including the Govlab Weekly Digest. He blogs at Medium as @sverhulst. 

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