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Sascha Haselmayer

Fellow - New America

Sascha Haselmayer is a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America. As a social entrepreneur he has led urban innovation, economic development, and government innovation projects in over 40 countries. He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and is a globally recognized expert on urban and local government innovation.

In 2011, Haselmayer founded Citymart, an organization that transformed expectations and practices of public procurement by reliably introducing civic engagement, diversity, problem-solving, and innovation into a core bureaucratic process. Citymart implemented innovative procurement practices in 135 cities in 35 countries that led to better community outcomes and connected 30,000 creative small, social, and disadvantaged businesses to participate in government contracting.

Haselmayer’s contributions to cities have been recognized through an Ashoka Fellowship. He advocates for change as a speaker at global convenings and lecturing at institutions like the London School of Economics Cities Programme and Chicago University Booth School of Business. He has authored two books on service and procurement innovation in cities and has served as a trusted adviser to organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Aspen Institute.