About Us


Cindy Regalado, PhD Engineering, MSc Rural Planning and Development
Managing Director & Co-founder

B_W_studio_flippedCindy is an entrepreneur and researcher with many years experience in community development, social policy, environmental issues, citizen initiatives and public engagement in science and technology. She earned her BAH and MSc at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, where she discovered her passion for planning challenges, and recently earned her PhD in Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. Her drive and motivation are rooted in her experiences in Mexico. She focused her Masters thesis on investigating how people thrive by innovating solutions and building capacity in a rapidly changing socio-economic and environmental landscape. She was so moved and inspired by the surprising initiatives and eagerness of the people to, with very few means, make their community a better place. The next natural step for her was to found Tekiu as way to enhance the enabling factors that make people’s visions and aspirations a reality. Cindy is currently developing new forms of evaluation of various projects in the UK and across Europe.


Aleks Berditchevskaia, PhD Neuroscience
Senior Programme Manager – Europe

AleksPhotoAleksandra Berditchevskaia is a researcher with academic, science outreach and policy experience, interested in bringing science and innovation into a prominent cultural role within society. She trained as a neuroscientist in the Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London where her doctoral research explored motivational influences on perceptual processing during simple visual behaviours. In the past she has worked in the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, focusing on Emerging Technologies and Machine Learning, and provided research support for an EU project about Data Science at the Open Data Institute. At Tekiu, Aleks leads the team’s work on DITOs, a 3-year Horizon 2020 project about public and policy engagement with Citizen Science. She is also interested in exploring the complementary practices of artists and scientists as creators of cultural content, which led to her participation in the NODE Innovators Residency in Berlin in 2015 and her role co-organising the community-facing exhibition and events programme, The Lab Project.


Ekin Can Genç, MSc Philosophy & Public Policy
Knowledge Transfer Consultant and Turkey Specialist

Ekin Can Genç joined Tekiu in October 2017 to advise on societal challenges facing Turkey and the role of private-sector innovation in mitigating those challenges. Ekin has been working as a consultant through his own company focusing on public sector reform, political risk and due diligence, policy analysis, and regulatory strategy. His industry-specific expertise lies in healthcare, higher education, and artificial intelligence. Affiliated as a non-resident Policy Fellow with a Turkish think tank, he has also published policy reports on issues such as Industry 4.0 as well as popular media articles on innovation policy in Bloomberg Businessweek, EUobserver, and others. He previously worked on international fiscal issues at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. and EU innovation & entrepreneurship at the European Commission in Brussels.


Thomas Malmer, MSc Economics & Political Science
Senior Adviser

Since 2011, Thomas Malmer runs a communication and management consultancy, focusing on strategic communication, background analyses and development of knowledge-based organisations. Thomas joined Tekiu in March 2017 to advise on corporate development and communications. Thomas has extensive experience in building mutual understanding and partnerships between industry, research organisations and politics. Much of his work is about public affairs in R&D, education and industrial policy and ranges from investigating and performing background analyses, writing of articles, organising and moderating discussions and meetings, to setting up new organisations or research platforms. Thomas has been Programme Director at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), CEO for the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, expert adviser to the Environmental Advisory Council of the Swedish Government’s Cabinet Office, and continues to sit on the boards of various private and non-profit organisations. He also had a past part-time engagement as city council politician, which gave him a deep, hands-on understanding of how politics works.


Ted Fjällman, PhD Biotechnology
Executive Director & Co-founder

FIN_5360_face0Ted is an Executive with many years experience both in policy and R&D. Apart from his role as Executive Director at Tekiu, he is currently CEO of the vaccine development company Prokarium and as such has been recognised as a ‘Leader in Synthetic Biology’ by the Sloan Foundation sponsored LEAP programme. He has also worked in strategy consulting at one of Sweden’s leading think tanks developing policy proposals and leading delegations to meet e.g. the Prime Minister of Finland and President of Israel, as well as top industry leaders. He has a wide international background earning his degrees on three different continents. In 2009, he was one of 45 European astronaut finalists; the last Swedish candidate. Ted co-founded Tekiu in order to widen his and others’ horizons to new applications of technology, new ways of organising society and to meet inspiring people and organisations. Ted believes in the positive spirit of innovation triggered by dynamic challenges as a driver for both personal and community development.


Tekiu works with local specialists and associates on a freelance basis, depending on the demands of each individual project.