MEET ALEXANDER

The Architect of Ideas.

“From an early age, I knew I wanted to be an architect. I just had no idea back then that my version of architecture wouldn’t exclusively involve buildings. I’ve been creating businesses since I was just 17, taking grand visions and mapping out the ways to make enterprise dreams become a reality."

Young Entrepreneurs - 2011
Graeme Le Saux presenting Community Award - 2014

“I’ve worked alongside people who have incredible ideas that bring real change to communities, and I’ve worked to put the right technology, systems and strategies in place to make them happen. I’ve always wanted to do work that makes an impact and discovered I couldn’t find that in traditional areas like the classroom, so I took my leap of faith as a teenager and became an entrepreneur."

“By working in frenetic, exciting startups, I’ve mastered the art of making small budgets stretch, developed exceptional digital, hardware and software skills, and cultivated a keen commercial instinct. I’ve been fortunate enough to sit down with some of the most exciting leaders in European startups and high-growth organisations, discovering their common characteristics and delving into the mindsets of these remarkable people. Their stories have helped me shape my vision for the Architect of Ideas, an organisation committed to assisting businesses to become sustainable in every sense of the word. Working alongside the United Nations, I believe we can offer leaders a blueprint for their future that serves everyone."

Awarding Kimberly-Clark the SDG Impact Award - 2019

"Let's redefine sustainability"

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEADER?

Think Fabric - 2017

Inspired by the idea of leadership and what that means in the digital age, I travelled across Europe to interview some of the most exciting leaders working today. These conversations allowed me to explore what the concept of leadership means, the challenges for leaders today and how they grow and evolve in the role.

15
Countries
25
Cities
100
Leader Interviews
1
SDG inspired Whitepaper

Journey Highlights

  • Barcelona
    Goal 8 Goal 9 Goal 11
    MARC Navarro
    Barcelona
    Barcelona was the backdrop for my meeting with Marc where we discussed Sinergics, a collaborative workspace setup in co-operation with the Municipal Goverment to upskill a deprived area of town through educating, networking and providing free space for the community to launch ideas and contribute to Municipal projects.
  • Milan
    Goal 8 Goal 9
    PIETRO Cesati
    Milan
    At Talent Garden Milano I met Pietro and his inspiring team working to redefine what community investing looks like, by creating a marketplace for social investing to benefit local investors, small businesses and communities to provide circularity which benefits the whole economy.
  • Prague
    Goal 3 Goal 5 Goal 10
    ANDREA Knopokova
    Prague
    In a digital world Andrea shared with me her mission to bring the focus back to face-to-face interactions so we live in a world where people spend less time on their screens and more time with one another - talking, discussing and discovering the real wealth of our society.
  • Berlin
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    LAURA Casadevall
    Berlin
    Laura shared with me the work that the Department for Culture in Berlin was doing to promote diversity and creativity through the Creative City Berlin project which inspires new and exciting social enterprises bringing the most unlikely collaborations.
  • Lisbon
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    ANA Salcedo
    Lisbon
    In Lisbon, Ana introduced me to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and her work at the Zero Waste Lab where used plastics washed up on the beaches of Portugal was being used as 3D printing materials for hospital door handles, signs and other long term applications.
  • London
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    WENDY Betts
    London
    Returning to the UK and in the heart of the Capital, Wendy shared eyeWitness, an innovative approach to combine law and techonology in order to bring those responsible for committing the worst international crimes for their actions.