Vera Djakonoff, she/her


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Vera is an expert in the Transformative Governance team where her work focuses on foresight and innovation policy. Most recently, she has led projects in social innovation, digitalisation and other future-oriented policy realms. Vera specializes in the analysis and evaluation of the interface between policy and communication.

Vera’s life and work are guided by the idea that empathy should be an all-pervading force. For her, that means empathy should be presented in all phases of creating change: observation, planning, decision making, implementation and evaluation. She considers it to be the lifeblood of fair, sustainable and forward-looking transitions.

Prior to joining Demos Helsinki, Vera accumulated experience working with public sector evaluations and communications. Her academic background is in political science and communication studies from the University of Helsinki (UH) and University College London.