Christian Bason is CEO of the Danish Design Centre. His role is to set the strategic direction for the organisation, and to govern the most demanding initiatives and activities. From 2007 to 2014, he was Director of MindLab, the Danish government's innovation team. From 1998 to 2006, he was a consultant and business manager with the international advisory group Rambøll Management, heading the organisation and management practice.
Christian is a leading international authority on design, innovation and leadership in business and government. He is the author of seven books, most recently Leading Public Design (2017), Form Fremtiden (Shape the future; 2016), Design for Policy (2014) and Leading Public Sector Innovation (2010). He is also a prolific contributor to blogs and magazines, including Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Danish weekly business and political magazine Mandag Morgen. Christian is a lecturer at several executive educations, including Oxford Saïd Business School, the European School of Administration, the Henley MBA, and Copenhagen Business School.
Christian is a member of the board for the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), a member of The Rockwool Foundation’s Intervention Committee, board member of the Centre for Leadership, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Agile Governance [LINK: Global Future on Agile Governance Council]. He is former Chair of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation, the Danish government's challenge panel on public innovation and digitization, of the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge Selection Committee, and a former member of the European Design Leadership Board. Christian holds an M.Sc. in Political Science from Aarhus University and a Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School, CBS, co-advised by Stanford University, Oxford Business School and the Weatherhead School of Management.
Christian is in high demand as a speaker and inspires and advises business leaders and policy makers in Denmark and abroad. He is part of the Danish Design Centre’s teaching faculty Design Academy.