Paulo Savaget

Professor at the University of Oxford.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023.


Recipient of the Green Talents Award from the German Ministry of Science and Technology.


Worked in remote regions of the Amazon.


Savaget’s primary fields of expertise are entrepreneurship, sustainable development, systems change, and innovation management. The emphasis of his work is on transforming unjust systems through entrepreneurship. Savaget’s research covers the mechanics of entrepreneurship, often through a ‘systems lens,’ and always with a focus on sustainability challenges, such as poverty, climate change, and the circular economy. He is particularly interested in exploring innovative solutions in situations where information is limited, resources are scarce, and stakes are high.


Associate professor at the University of Oxford, Savaget holds a joint appointment between the Department of Engineering Science and Saïd Business School. He formerly served as postdoctoral researcher at the Skoll Centre and as an assistant professor at Durham University. Outside academia, Savaget worked as an entrepreneur and as a consultant to large companies, governments, and intergovernmental organizations. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, as a Gates Scholar.


The Four Workarounds: Strategies From The World’s Scrappiest Organizations For Tackling Complex Problems (Flatiron Books, 2023); ‘Systems Actors’ (Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship talk, 2022); ‘Enabling Collaboration for Systems Change’ (Skoll World Forum talk, 22 April 2021); ‘Agents of Change: Aligning System Perspectives for Action’ ( talk, 16 April 2021).


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“Catalyzing change through entrepreneurship and innovation.”

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