Gaute Hagerup holds a master of organisation studies from University ofWarwick, UK, and an executive master of innovation from BI, Oslo.
Hagerup has 20 years+ of experience with assisting innovation and growth for SMEs and start-ups, and large multinationals. He is currently heading Innovation Norway’s work to promote the acceleration of smart city developmentin Norway and the Nordics. He is one of the founders of the network NorwegianSmart Cities, and is central in developing a common Nordic platform forcollaboration and promotion of smart city solutions. His starting point ofdiscussion when it comes to the development of Smart Cities is always to startwith the people. The needs of the citizens define the frames of a smartcity. Leadership, collaboration and organisational culture are what defines thesuccess of smart city implementation.
Hagerup has worked 3 years leading Innovation Norway’s office in Madrid.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Innovation Norway’s programmes and services are intended to create more successful entrepreneurs, more enterprises with capacity for growth and more innovative business clusters.