Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce that Valesca Molinari, the Co-Head of Innovation in Germany for the Firm, will this week begin her fellowship at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), in San Francisco, California.

“We are thrilled to have Valesca represent the Firm as part of our collaborative partnership with C4IR,” Ben Allgrove, the Firm's global R&D lead said “These fellowships are an important opportunity for our people  to both contribute to society and gain knowledge about innovation which all benefit how we serve our clients.”

Opened in March 2017 in San Francisco, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings together leading businesses, dynamic start-ups, civil society, academia and international organizations to co-design the innovative governance protocols and policy frameworks needed to maximize the benefits of science and technology for society. Reflecting the Firm's commitment to the World Economic Forum and to our people and teams in California, Baker McKenzie was the first global law firm to partner with the C4IR.

Barbara Klementz, Baker McKenzie's managing partner in California explains, "We're delighted to have Valesca join us in San Francisco representing such an important Firm initiative. It underlines the importance of the World Economic Forum relationship and our Innovation efforts within the Firm globally and on the West Coast."

Based in the Firm’s Frankfurt office, home of Europe's first Legal Tech Hub ReInvent, Valesca co-heads the innovation and legal tech team for Baker McKenzie in Germany and Austria. Together with a dedicated team of product developers and innovation experts she develops and implements innovation and legal tech strategies for our clients. She works with companies on digitization and restructuring of their legal operations and on increasing efficiency by making use of AI and other contract and process automation tools.

Through the fellowship, she will be working on projects involving autonomous and urban mobility.

“It is an honor to serve as a fellow and I look forward to being at the Centre and representing our Firm in San Francisco. Working in an interdisciplinary team to co-design and pilot innovative new approaches to policy and governance in the sector of autonomous and urban mobility as well as bringing back the knowledge and experience from the fellowship will be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” comments Valesca.

Valesca follows in the footsteps of our three previous 'innovation ambassadors' from Dallas, San Francisco and Milan - who spent time there listening, learning and contributing to topics as broad ranging as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Trade and Blockchain.

Recognizing that the future of law is open and collaborative, the Firm explores different models to foster innovation around the world. In addition to  Baker McKenzie’s partnership with the World Economic Forum,  the Firm has launched several  other collaborative models including the Whitespace Legal Collab in Toronto, ReInvent Law in Frankfurt and  regularly teams up with academic institutions, such as Bucerius Law School and many others.

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