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Dr. Daria Tataj

Tataj Innovation
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Daria Tataj is a recognised expert on innovation networks and an author of ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A New Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis’ with a Preface by Manuel Castells. The book presents a new collaborative innovation model and is the first comprehensive account of the EIT and the KICs. Daria started her academic career with a scholarship of the French government at Paris I Pantheon- Sorbonne. Later she became a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and in 1997 defended her PhD thesis on innovative design. Her academic career was put on hold as the dynamic transformation of the post-communist economy inspired Daria to get an MBA, work in investment banking, venture capital, and ultimately become an entrepreneur. In 2004, she returned to academia to conduct research on talent and strategies for innovation and entrepreneurship and new growth models in the digital economy. She was an assistant professor at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School teaching OB/HR at an MBA program with London Business School, and then a post-doc and an affiliate faculty at the University of Michigan. She completed a visiting fellowship at Santa Clara University in San Jose, and delivered seminars on her research at a number of leading academic institutions including Stanford, UCLA, and ESADE. She has been actively using her knowledge to advise governments, European Commission, multilateral organizations, and serving on boards, most notably, of EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology (2008-2014), and EIT Manufacturing (since 2020). In 2019, Daria’s R&I consulting firm Tataj Innovation, was one of 9 women-owned companies selected for a global acceleration program with Johnson&Johnson. The program helped develop a new framework for an assessment process and online training solutions and found early adopters in Spain, UK, US, and The Netherlands. Daria continues to conduct research and innovate by developing Network IQ methodology which complements existing frameworks such as lean and agile. Her approach focusses on building digital skills and dynamic capabilities to sense, seize and transform entrepreneurial opportunities into innovation-led growth. The Network IQ Global Database demonstrates improved performance of distributed teams, stronger digital brand and ability to achieve both business goals and impact (e.g. environmental sustainability or public health objectives) trough technology and open innovation. Daria has always been a vocal advocate of women empowerment and founded an organization which trained and mentored hundreds of emerging women leaders. She was recognised as Social Innovator 2014 in Poland. She was also recognised as a Digital Leader of the World Economic Forum and Los100deCOTEC, a network of leading innovation experts in Spain. She is an Ambassador of The Collider, a deep-tech acceleration program by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and expert assessing investment projects and acceleration programs from the European Investment Council and EIT Heath respectively.

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