In 2011 Sascha founded Citymart, working to transform the way cities solve problems, connecting them through open challenges to new ideas from citizens and entrepreneurs. Today, more than 60 global cities from Barcelona to New York and London to Rio de Janeiro have used the Citymart approach.
From 1992-98 Sascha trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and delivered a range of urban strategy projects in the Europe, Latin America and Asia working among others with HPP Architects and Carillion plc before in 2001 co-founding Interlace-Invent, a consultancy and service company based advising on science & technology, socio-economic and development strategies for clients such as Barcelona City Council, ESADE Business School, Shanghai Xuhui District Authority, the Government of Thailand, as well as global investors and international organizations such as the Nordic Council of Ministers. In 2003 he co-founded Living Labs Global, a non-profit organization to promote service innovation in cities.
Sascha has delivered workshops around the world, spoke at renowned smart city related events like Citylab, DLD, TEDx, The Economist Infrastructure Summit, Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Entrepreneurship Summit, Smart City Expo and lectured widely at universities such as the Architectural Association Housing & Urbanism program and IESE business school and co-authored two books on service innovation and technology in cities, markets and new approaches to public procurement and is quoted as a thought leader and entrepreneurial pioneer in publications such as Smart Cities (Anthony Townsend, 2014), Peers Inc (Robin Chase, 2015), The Economist, Time Magazine, The New York Times and various academic papers and articles.
Sascha is an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of his work as a social innovator, a selected member of the Clinton Global Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.