Bjorn manages an engagement with the Bloomberg Center for Public Impact at Johns Hopkins University on the Innovation Teams Program, working with cities in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. to advance public sector innovation. He has collaborated with local governments, communities, and civil society actors to strengthen legal and social services for migrants in the U.S. and Middle East, worked with mayoral teams across the U.S. and Europe to deliver new, resident-focused initiatives, and supported community-driven justice and development organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition to his work with Bennett Midland, Bjorn is a practitioner and researcher in inclusive community development, human rights, and governance. He previously led the Burundi Country Program for Spark MicroGrants, where he managed a team that facilitated locally led development in post-conflict settings. In his research, Bjorn has investigated issues including migration policy, land rights, and environmental justice in West Africa and the Sahel. His writing has been published by the Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics. Bjorn is fluent in French and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard College and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.