Ivan Cestaro What If

Ivan Cestero

Senior Inventor

Ivan is a Senior Inventor at ?What If!, spanning our Strategy, Experimental Change, and Inventing offerings. A lifetime educator and entrepreneurial idealist, Ivan is an expert in the social innovation and startup spaces. He brings 20 years’ experience in building new ventures across six countries and three continents.

Ivan’s focus is cross-sector collaboration for wicked problem solving, specifically unlocking value through creative partnerships, which he pioneered for Avenues: The World School’s global campuses and at European Forum Alpbach. He also is passionate about strategy, driving an innovation pivot at a global NGO, and advising on the evolution of capitalism. As a teacher and leader, his expertise is merging theoretical, practical, and performative tools to drive breakthrough solutions and inspire groups. His behaviour change anchor is helping adults think more like kids and youth think more like adults.

Outside of work, Ivan can be found exploring London with his family, reading the weekend paper, writing about education and capitalism, and playing ultimate frisbee (he co-founded the only fake country allowed to compete at the real world beach championships).

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