MIT Governance Lab’s inaugural Meet the Governance Innovators speaker series starts this year. We are highlighting voices at the forefront of cutting-edge solutions in public service. Speakers will discuss their challenges, their vision, and their ideas on what the future of governance will look like.

We’ll be discussing a wide range  of public service areas, including health, education, environment, and others. Through the series we aspire to ask critical questions about trust, accountability, governance, and the interplay between design and governance. We’ll be joined by an intimate audience of MIT students, academics, practitioners, and government officials.



The Fundamentals of Governance Innovation

Session 1: What is governance innovation and why do we need it? What does it take to spark innovation in government? [May 25, 12:30-1:30 ET].

  • Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Government of Nigeria
  • Ademide Adefarasin, Design Director,

Session 2: What does it take to sustain innovation in governments and communities? [June 2, 10:00-11:00 ET].

  • Arvind Gupta, Head and Co-Founder of Digital India Foundation and Former CEO of MyGov India
  • Fernando Ma, Design Director, La Victoria Lab, Peru


When Innovation Fails and Succeeds in Governance [TBA]

Session 3: Governance innovation and design thinking 

Session 4: Alternative governance structures and innovation: slums, refugee camps, and unexpected spaces

Governance Innovation initiative is a sandbox for testing innovative tools and processes to design the future of governance through human-centered design, social, political, behavioral science, and technology. To learn about upcoming “Meet the Governance Innovators” events sign up for our newsletter and if you want to get involved, please send as an email (