Karin Hovlin

Karin Hovlin (SE)

Presentation: Promoting innovation in public sector

Karin Hovlin is partner at Governo, a Swedish management consulting firm. Governo is exclusively focusing on clients in the public sector. Ms Hovlin has a long background as analyst, public servant and consultant, in Sweden and abroad. From 2005-2009 she was counselor for science and innovation at the Swedish consulate in Los Angeles, California.

Ms Hovlin works with clients in various parts of Sweden’s public sector and has done extensive work in policy areas such as digital economy, growth policy and urban development. During the last few years she has been responsible for Governo’s work on public sector innovation. For VINNOVA, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, she has published studies aimed at improving knowledge on how innovation is created and how to build innovation capacity in Sweden’s public sector. Together with collegues and researchers, she has developed a methodology, Action Innovation, an approach based on participation and interaction between theory and practice, with organisations collaborating closely to construct knowledge of methods and tools for stimulating innovative work in the public sector.

Ms Hovlin truly believes that innovation is an important part of the solution to the challenges that the public sector is facing today: demographic change, economic limitations and increased citizen and business demands: how to keep up with the future?


  • M.A European Studies, Economics, College of Europe/Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Belgium (1994-1995)
  • Bachelor of Sciences in International Social Sciences, Växjö University, Sweden (1987-91)
  • Economics and Political Sciences, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, USA (1989)
  • Engelska, Stockholm University, Sweden (1987)
  • Statistics, Stockholm University, Sweden (1992)

Present and current employments

  • Governo AB – Senior Consultant and Partner (2010-)
  • Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis/Consulate General of Sweden-Los Angeles (Counselor Science and Innovation) (2005-2009)
  • IT-Företagen (industry association for the IT and Telecoms industry) (2001-2005)
  • Swedish Government Offices: Ministry of Enterprise, Ministry of Communications, Trainee programme (1996-2001)
  • Växjö University, Center for Labour Market Research, (1991-1993)