Ian Spero Founder of Creative Skills For Life

Through over 30 years professional experience Ian Spero has gathered a deep knowledge and belief in the power of private/public sector alliances to deliver business benefit and social impact.

As we reach a tipping point concerning the use of technology in our lives, Ian has set up and now runs Creative Skills for Life (CSL), a research and campaigning organisation which aims to explore the creative interface between healthcare and technology; together with the Agile™ Ageing Alliance (AAA), which is committed to connecting Europe's brightest entrepreneurs and creative minds in a collaborative effort to boost knowledge and investment and accelerate development of the Sliver Economy.

Working in partnership with Utrecht University Ian is currently leading Neighbourhoods of the Future, a European Commission funded AAA outreach programme, designed to accelerate development of smarter age inclusive homes that will empower our older selves to enjoy more meaningful, healthy and creative lives, whilst seizing new opportunities for learning and social engagement.

In parallel Ian serves as a strategic advisor and Project Monitoring Officer for Innovate UK, responsible for safeguarding and leveraging public investment in a diverse portfolio of exciting early stage award winning businesses.

A regular contributor to conferences, seminars and anthology, as well as to radio and magazines, Ian has has received commendations from among others: Metro Dade County (Miami) for services to tourism; New York Festivals for film and video; International Public Relations Golden World Award; IPR Sword of Excellence; PR Week Sponsorship Award; Revolution Magazine Innovation Award; BT Britain Award for Innovation; the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence; and the IVCA (International Visual Communications Association) Awards for: Learning, Experiential Communication and Entertainment.

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