Sander is an expert on the topic of innovation. Sander has a Master degree in Science & Policy, with a specialization in International Economics and Regional Innovation Systems. He has additional master degrees in Philosophy of Science and in Society, Science and Technology. Sander has working experience in the evaluation of European Commission Framework programs and in conducting foresight, evaluation and developing new innovation policies for public and private clients. Between 2005 and 2009 he was working as a researcher and consultant at the applied research organization TNO in the Netherlands, specializing in foresight of science, technology and innovation and developing strategic advice for governments and sector organizations on innovation policy. Between 2009 and 2014 Sander was working in the Lithuanian Innovation Center where he has was involved in different Interreg projects, was advising public authorities on the development and implementation of national and international innovation policies and was involved in research comparing different innovation policy instruments in different European Member States. Since 2014, Sander is working at Civitta, where he is responsible for helping companies with international innovative business development and assisting universities in formulating their research commercialization strategies. For universities, Sander provides trainings for researchers and staff on research commercialization. Additionally, Sander is contracted by the European Commission to provide coaching to SMEs who have been awarded project within the H2020 SME-instrument scheme.
Civitta is a leading independent management consultancy in Emerging Europe with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Romania and sales office in the United Kingdom. We aim to bring the right minds together to challenge the boundaries and make meaningful changes for our clients. Civitta is a partnership established by a team of professionals with diverse experience in international consulting companies, entrepreneurial initiatives, leading private sector companies, and government organizations. The company covers a wide range of services, including management consulting, grants and project management, market research and customer data analytics, entrepreneurship support and startups, public policy and development.