Group of High-Level Advisors to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Brussles, October 2018. Photo credit @EC. More about RISE

Born in Poland, I am the World Economic Forum Digital Leader who lived in 6 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Today, I am engaged in many business and policy activities across Europe and beyond. I enjoy inspiring people, learning from them and leading change together. I care to make the world more inclusive, sustainable and better for the next generation.

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A 100 words bio:

Dr. Daria Tataj, Founder & CEO of Tataj Innovation, is the world expert on innovation and Network Thinking. Based in Barcelona, Tataj Innovation helps companies, cities and entire countries develop new growth models using research and the Network Thinking methodology. As a Chairwoman of High-Level Advisors to European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, Dr. Tataj leads the policy reflection on €100 billion Horizon Europe budget. Dr. Tataj played an instrumental role in setting up the EIT and the first KICs. She shapes the global agenda as author, influencer and thought leader of the World Economic Forum. Prof. Manuel Castells endorsed her book ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis’ as ‘the fundamental book that will reshape the way we think.’

How technologies transform cities we live in. Smart City Expo World Congress Barcelona 2018
I love inspiring people to think. Contact my team to invite me for a keynote on #SmartCities #TechTalent #NetworkThinking



I am a businesswoman and an entrepreneur. My first steps in family business taught me responsibility and a careful risk taking. Work as investment banker and venture capitalist taught me to negotiate deals and scout markets for tech deals and exit opportunities. Restructuring of largest banking institutions in Poland immersed me in large-scale change and talent development.

Now I run my own startup company in Barcelona. Tataj Innovation was set up to commercialize social science research on new growth models. Please visit Network Thinking Center to learn about our breakthrough talent / leadership accelerator program for the digital economy.



My hands-on innovating with innovation policy was forged as founding Board of the EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology when we launched first KICs.
Now I work with national and city governments across Europe. It is my honor to chair the group of High-Level Advisors to Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Visit RISE to learn about 100 billion EUR Horizon Europe program.

The highlight of my policy work was  World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, called a brain trust for Davos Summit. Since then, as expert on entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and Digital Leader, I have been influencing the thinking about our global agenda.



Since my student MBA years I was engaged in building digital communities and networks to help women succeed. I am proud that Vital Voices Poland Chapter, which I set up, invested in hundreds of talented women. For my work, I was recognized by Fortune Magazine and DoS as one of 17 Emerging Global Woman Business Leader (2006) and as the Social Innovator Poland (2014). Today, I volunteer my time serving on non-profit boards and mentoring startups.

Digital Future Society is a new do-tank set up by Mobile World Capital Barcelona. It focuses on how disruptive technologies such as 5G, AI, blockchain will impact society. As Member of the Global Board of Trustees I help people work across silos sharing my Network Thinking approach.




Teaching and learning go always together. Leadership, change management, innovation and entrepreneurship were elements of curriculum of my MBA students in Poland, Hungary and Romania. In Princeton, Santa Clara Univeristy, San Jose, and Ross Business School, Ann Arbor, and Stanford, I delivered academic workshops, coached and mentored students entrepreneurs and social innovators.
Learn more about my research.

My top academic achievement is a book I wrote as Dekaban Fellow, post doc and affiliate faculty at the Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Being exposed to the nurturing environment at one of top 20 best universities in the world was an unforgettable experience of intellectual debates and friendships. I’m always ready to repeat it.


My writing is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and new growth models for the network economy embraced by the concept of Network Thinking. As a world expert on European innovation, through my publications I contribute to the global exchange of ideas on business strategies and public policies.

Be welcome to visit my library to browse through my writings and a list of publications where I co-authored or contributed through my ideas. Here is the link to Amazon where you can buy my book or download the e-book.


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