A renowned expert and practitioner expert in public/private innovation partnerships, Henrik Morgen initiated in 2015 the consortium now known as EIT Urban Mobility. After winning the 350 MEUR EU tender in 2018 he served as its Innovation Hub Director for Northern Europe until joining BABLE Smart Cities - Europe's leading facilitator for smart city solutions and a spin-out Germany's Fraunhofer Research Society. Since April 2022, Henrik is BABLE's country Lead for the Nordics & Baltics and a Principal Advisor for Climate, Mobility and Urban Digitization.
Henrik is a professional in technology-based project development for more than 25 years and has worked for and across both industry, academia, government, RTOs, and as an independent consultant. His special technical expertise in the transport, ICT, energy, climate- and clean-tech sectors.
He has large-scale project management experience from multiple business and urban transition projects and has performed numerous EU consultancy assignments for a wide range of public sector authorities and institutions from across Europe.
As an EU senior official, he helped launching the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) before being appointed COO for Europe's largest climate innovation partnership. After establishing EIT-Climate-KIC's pan-Nordic climate innovation hub, he was invited to lead the international partnerships of DTU – Technical University of Denmark.
Earlier in his career Henrik worked in government administration, industry, and tech companies. He has served in multiple supervisory boards and as elected councilor for the City of Copenhagen.
With an understanding of translating place context and driving forces into physical places
I am an urban planner based in Malmö, Sweden specializing in comprehensive urban planning and site-specific community development. I strive to create unique places where stakeholders are enabled and feel a meaningful presence to place, life, and processes.
I've worked in architectural practices in 7 countries and today I run my own urbanism atelier, For Elize. I take on each project with unique collaborations and adapts approaches to the specific expertise that each unique site, project and work culture demands. Through careful analysis of both the current and potential future prospects, plans are created that take into account society's conditions, driving forces, and constant changes.
I believes in the importance of creating distinctive places where people and environments can thrive. By truly listening to and understanding each other, we can enable places where the observer's definition of beauty, meaning, and liveliness shapes the outcome. That gives capacity rather than a predefintion of the future.
Responsiveness is not just a method, it's my basic principle, from urban planning to architecture and urban journalism. This means to be clear about the preconditions. Usually our planet, our humanity, and the commons in general. If we create the good city as the starting point for development instead of the opposite, we make sure to keep our mind set on what truly matters in our lives. Caring for these commons with the socioeconomic driving forces such as our collective community/society or individual incentives. The city is built with the time we invest in it and if we understand it well, we can create the future we desire already today and not as a consequence. The capacity for a good and inclusive life is here and now.
I have experience with successful projects both in Sweden and around Europe. Working in multiple locations and in an international environment creates valuable insights that enrich each project.
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DESIGN: I create urban design, create master plans, and shape urban landscapes.
ADVISORY: I provide consulting in urban planning, analysis and architectural concept work.
PROCESSES: I lead creatively, coordinate and support processes.
EXCHANGES: I run international networks and we can handle EU funding for urban projects.
PEDAGOGY: I provide urban theoretical expertise, lectures, and training.
JOURNALISM: I perform editorial, representative, or journalistic work in urban planning.
Gustav is an urban planner, with further education in intercultural communication, creative processes, and leadership. Gustav has focused on place anchored human planning as a framework for quality of life and on architecturally manifested consensus through inclusive diversity. He has an established ability to lead international teams and complex urban structures, analyzes, feasibility studies and strategies in Europe. He has run his own and others' activities and is driven by a non-hierarchical leadership that goes from a "we" to a greater interdisciplinary community involvement together.
Gustav has been accustomed to public contexts and appearances in various contexts and languages since childhood. He lectures regularly, has published articles and publications, participated in debates, conducted seminars, participated in international planning conferences, regularly presents major plans to the public, participates in major public citizen dialogues, has published planning documentaries and films, is accustomed to guiding and representations and has exhibited architecture at exhibitions.
Gustav is the third generation in an acclaimed architect (3 p) and journalist (2 p) family. He has grown up with values such as the importance of non-angled comprehensible information and human/planet centered architecture as a framework for life. He represents the first generation who grew up with sustainability and systems thinking as a natural part from the first day of primary school. His understanding of the city is strengthened by the fact that he has lived and worked in 12 cities in 7 countries, with experience and understanding of the importance of providing "diversity side by side" in spaces. In 2017-2018, he was therefore elected to the Swedish Architects' Committee for Equality and Diversity Issues. Gustav is defined as ENFP in Myers-Briggs test (Inspirer)