Kristoffer Gandrup-MarinoChief of innovation at UNICEF
Kristoffer has spent approximately 15 years working with technology-based innovation, including as entrepreneur, venture investor, corporate business developer and now as Chief of innovation at UNICEF. His two core capabilities are to create teams, structures and strategies that enable ideas to be turned into products that have real impact on business and to do deals, whether venture capital investments, fixed asset investments, or humanitarian grant donations. His aspiration is to use my business acumen to crate lasting positive impact.
Kristoffer joined UNICEF in 2013 as Chief of innovation for UNICEF Supply Division and has since then worked to build the area of Product Innovation. Under his leadership, Product Innovation has evolved to become recognized for having a created a focused strategy that enables strong evidence-based innovation, based on rigorous processes respecting UNICEF's procurement framework. Kristoffer Gandrup-Marino has a master’s in Organizational sociology and Business Strategy and has on top done numerous shorter study programs on innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, Singapore and Denmark. He has spent over 10 years working with innovation, specializing in creating structures and strategies that enable ideas to be turned into products that have impact. Prior to joining UNICEF, he worked as a consultant within the space of business development and venture finance, as part of the management team in a medium sized technology company. And right before joining UNICEF, he was a respected innovation manager for a leading Danish industrial biotech company.