Innovation Specialist, UNDP Istanbul
Milica works on bringing innovation to development – one person, and one experiment at a time. Her main areas of expertise include social innovation, change management; design thinking, user innovation, citizen engagement, foresight, social network analysis, tech and complexity science and development; and natural resource planning, disaster risk reduction, local development.
Milica works with teams (UNDP and national/local partners) across the region to find out new ways of tackling stubborn problems, test out fresh ideas and new perspectives in UNDP context. Some of her recent achievements include: designing and testing a new approach to ‘scaling up’ in development, borrowing principles from sciences (biology, ecology, cognitive science and psychology); introducing micro-narratives for weak signal detection, analysis of underlying causes of development issues, and impact evaluation, and running UNDP’s first challenge prize (UNDP/Nesta Renewable Energy Challenge), subsequently taking part in drafting UNDP’s first corporate policy on innovation challenge prizes.