Michael Mogensen

Michael Mogensen is a creative leader providing strategic advice to organizations to help them solve complex problems and make better decisions.

His industry experience includes mobility, technology, finance, healthcare, and consultancy in the Americas, Europe, Asia (including the Middle East) and Africa. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish with conversational French.

He has led projects that range from an exploration of desired futures in Saudi Arabia to designing mobility pilots and experiences at Michigan Central, a +1B mobility innovation district.

He was an entrepreneurship coach with MIT’s Middle Eastern Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program in Jerusalem, where he taught design research to young Palestinian and Israeli entrepreneurs. As an embedded researcher he has worked with youth involved in organized armed organizations in Jamaica and wrote a chapter for Neither War Nor Peace. His past speaking engagements include on Capitol Hill and at universities and conferences worldwide.

He holds a Master’s in Interaction Design from Goldsmiths, University of London, a Master’s in Development Management from the American University and a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies from New York University.

michaelmogensen (at) protonmail.com

White House Presidential Innovation Fellow
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Washington DC 
2023 - present 

White House Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) unite experienced technologists and designers with forward-thinking federal leaders to improve the way our government builds, designs, and delivers services for all Americans.

Senior strategic advisor to the digital and innovation team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. 

Mobility Design & Venture Lead
Ford Next, Ford Motor Company
Detroit, USA

Lead the exploration and design of new business ventures as part of Ford's new business incubator.

Global Design Lead
D-Ford, Ford Motor Company
Detroit, USA

Leader and strategic guide of high-profile projects including D-Ford’s engagement with Detroit’s  mobility innovation district and an enterprise-wide design thinking initiative.

Expert Consultant
Insitum (now Fjord, Accenture Interactive)
Lima, Peru

Expert consultant for a digital banking project for Insitum (acquired by Fjord, a part of Accenture Interactive), an innovation agency that solves key challenges for organizations by employing a variety of agile, design thinking methods grounded in behavioral science, ethnographic research and business strategy.

Futures Consultant
Quantumrun Forecasting


Futures and horizon scanning to help businesses understand and thrive from future trends regarding work.

Creative Director

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Co-creator for an Aramco funded project incorporating design research, immersive experience, film, and social media. NIUN challenges the way that innovation, technology, and creativity are used as part of the official narrative in Saudi Arabia, and has been presented in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Global Investigator

Basel, Switzerland

Senior analyst and investigator for Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, conducting highly complex risk investigations for one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.

VP Senior Manager, Business Intelligence Unit, HSBC

Provision of strategic analysis, briefings and research based reports to senior executives and the Board, primarily in Latin America. Posted to HSBC Middle East headquarters for review of terrorist financing and money laundering risk in the Middle East and Latin America.

Senior Manager, Investigations
São Paulo/Miami

Lead analyst and senior investigator for Microsoft’s Latin America software anti-piracy program, managed research and analyst team, coordinated all operations with both internal and external legal teams, public affairs and public sector officials.

Strategic Consultant
Control Risks
São Paulo

Research-based intelligence and risk consultant to international clients operating in the Americas. Led complex investigations and advised companies operating in challenging environments. Built up network of external consultants. Client facing role with industries including extractives, manufacturing, construction, tech, consumer goods and public sector.

Viva Rio/COAV
Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo

Researcher and writer on youth involved in armed conflict including field research on organized armed groups in Kingston, Jamaica. Research published in Neither War Nor Peace.