WE ARE DESIGNERS OF INSPIRING FUTURES
An anthropologist by training, he specialised in technology assessment and foresight.
Isabella De Magny
CEO and Vice President Strategy
With a background in political science, she specialised in the field of health and responsible innovation.
Vice President International Relations
An economist by training, he specialised in innovation and democratic governance in the digital age.
A graduate of the University of Neuchâtel with a doctorate in anthropology, Pierre Rossel taught technology assessment and technology foresight for 24 years at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). As a futurist, he has contributed to numerous publications and been active in several renowned international associations. Since 2010, he has helped set up and manage innovation platforms involving IoT and AI, in the framework of European projects such as 1) Maestro, supported by the EU and AAL, dedicated to the evaluation of IoT systems for wellness and health, and 2) Go Smart Frames (gosmartframes.com), an incubation process for innovative projects involving IoT and augmented reality systems.
In the context of these rapidly changing environments, he has developed a methodology for user-centred assessment and guidance, designed to inform us about increasingly opaque intelligent data mining systems. As we can see with the use of deep learning in the health sector, the capacity for patient consent is decreasing considerably and requires new individual/collective skills. This is certainly a decisive societal challenge, also encountered in other fields when it comes to maintaining truly open governance capabilities. The key issues of AI and IoT, whether it is to make the technology useful for most and not just for a happy few, or to ensure that it develops under effective human supervision, have been constant concerns of Pierre Rossel. This kind of challenge has motivated his reflective and anticipatory approach towards concrete, yet sustainable, applications and projects.
Isabella De Magny
She specialises in innovation and health, working with all stakeholders to anticipate future developments and measure their potential impact on the health system and society as a whole. It has designed and developed innovative "ethical case" formats on topics that have a strong societal impact: health data management, predictive medicine and mutualistic systems, augmented humans, etc.
She has just co-published with Benjamin D'Hont "2050" (Storylab Editions), a novel of anticipation and an essay on the future of health. This book develops for the first time the precursory concept of the "biocitizen". The strong interactions between technologies, changes in medical practices and changes in patient behaviour are discussed, as well as the associated ethical and philosophical issues. Based on this seminal work, she launched GenDH, a programme that has recently become part of Inspiring Futures and addresses these issues through workshops and exemplary ethical cases.
For more than 15 years in the field of health (ESSEC Chair in Therapeutic Innovations, ALCIMED consulting firm), Isabella de Magny has been working alongside health actors on a wide variety of subjects: setting up Living Labs, innovative structures in the hospital field (IHU), strategic consulting for start-ups and large groups, evaluation of innovative technologies, prospective analysis of various fields (health, mobility, agri-food).
Isabella is also a member of the Sapiens Institute's Health and Innovation Observatory. This observatory aims to influence the public debate through analysis, decryptions and innovative proposals to optimise the functioning of the health system in the interest of citizens.
International policy advisor on digital governance, technology diplomacy, strategic foresight and social innovation.
Among his main tasks, he is currently leading the European Commission's Foreign Policy Instruments Service (FPI) funded facility support project for the establishment of an "International Alliance for a Human Centred Approach to Artificial Intelligence" (AI).
Gianluca is also Senior Research Associate at the Department of Design of the Politecnico di Milano and researcher at the Department of e-Governance and Administration of the Danube University in Krems. In addition, he is a special advisor and member of the working group on democracy in the digital age of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE) and senior advisor at the Centre for the Digital Economy in Rome, Italy.
Gianluca has more than 20 years of professional experience at the global level, having held policy advisory positions for various international organisations, cooperation agencies and consultancies in the field of public sector reform and regional development. As a former Senior Scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Seville from 2009 to 2020, he coordinated research in the field of digital governance and social innovation, leading policy support in the area of digital transformation of government and administration, as for example AI Watch task leader on artificial intelligence for the public sector.
His main experience is in economics and business administration, with a focus on the interface between ICT and public sector innovation. He holds an advanced specialisation degree in EU economics and law, a postgraduate degree in security management, an executive master in eGovernance and a PhD in technology management from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he was also director of the Executive Master in eGovernance, in cooperation with renowned universities and policy institutions in Europe, Asia and North America.