Daria Tataj is an entrepreneur, speaker and strategy advisor on disruptive innovation. Since 2015 she has been a member of the RISE High-Level Expert Group to the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas. In 2017 she was appointed as chair of the RISE Group. She also advises World Economic Forum, European Space Agency, multinationals, start-ups and is regularly invited at many business, government and academic events all around the world to speak about disruptive innovation. Her book “Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A New Growth Model for Europe beyond the Crisis” was endorsed by Manuel Castells as ‘a fundamental, innovative book on innovation that will reshape the way we think about innovation and may yield the most needed policy lessons for a new model of growth in the aftermath of the economic crisis’.
Dr. Tataj was one of the architects of the EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities serving for six years as an Executive Member of the EIT founding Board. The EIT is an EU funding institution that brings together research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship. The agency has funded a portfolio of Knowledge and Innovation Communities, which were recognized as some of the most successful policy experiments, and eventually the EIT received a multibillion EUR budget.
Daria is a CEO of Tataj Innovation, a strategy consulting practice. She founded the company with a mission to help companies and governments embrace collaborative models of disruptive innovation. She also serves as a non-executive board member. Over the last ten years Daria has been recognized as one of global leaders by the US Department of State, Fortune Magazine, Vital Voices Global Partnership. She received a title ‘Social Innovator 2014 Poland’. She currently lives and works in Barcelona.