General Manager Angers Technopole - France
Involved in innovation, business support and local economic development for nearly 25 years,...
Involved in innovation, business support and local economic development for nearly 25 years, Christophe leads in Angers Technopole a team of skilled projects managers, experts in innovation engineering. They deliver a full range of services to support innovative SME’s, to help research centers, laboratories, universities and engineering schools to valuate their research results throughout technology transfer and/or the creation of start-up companies.
As a board member of Retis for more than 10 years, Christophe actively promotes the development of Technopoles & Innovation Hubs in France as key actors in local and regional innovation strategies.
Chairman & CEO of IKP Knowledge Park - India
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay developed the most successful Life Science Research Park in India, in...
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay developed the most successful Life Science Research Park in India, in Hyderabad. She pioneered a Hardware Product Incubator and Makerspace, IKP EDEN, in Bangalore and works with global and Indian partners to nurture and fund over 270 innovators and early startups. In 2018 she was awarded the “Top Women Achievers of the Year 2017 in Asia” by AsiaOne Business Magazine and “Women of the Decade in Life Sciences & Innovation” by the Women Economic Forum.
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay did her B. Tech & M. Tech in Radio Physics & Electronics from Calcutta University, India and was a senior research fellow at the Centre for Applied Research in Electronics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. After brief stints as faculty at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, BITS, Pilani and as freelance writer and editor of science material for children, she joined the telecom advisory practice of ICICI Bank Ltd. in 1994. She advised both government agencies and the private sector on telecom regulation & policy, convergence issues, market forecasts and entry strategies. She was deputed to IKP Knowledge Park as its CEO in August 2001.
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay is the Founder Chairman of Support Elders Pvt. Ltd. She is the President of IKP EDEN and a Director on the Boards of IKP Trust, IKP Investment Management Company and TiE Hyderabad Chapter. She is a Member of the Governing Council of the Lucknow Biotech Park, IIT Hyderabad i-TIC Incubator, NCCS Atal Incubation Centre, Pune, Committee of the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research, DBT Committee on Biotech Parks, CII National Committee on Biotechnology, NCR Bio Cluster, Telangana Biotechnology Council and the Society for Technology Managers (STEM). She also served as an international Director on the Board of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) for 2 years till May 2012.
CEO Agoranov - France
M. Jean-Michel DALLE is the Managing Director of Agoranov, a leading science-based deeptech...
M. Jean-Michel DALLE is the Managing Director of Agoranov, a leading science-based deeptech incubator in Europe located in Paris, and a Full Professor at Sorbonne University (formerly known as Université Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC). Over the past decade, Agoranov’s incubation and acceleration program has given birth to 350+ innovative startups, among which numerous success stories such as Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), Anevia, Biophytis and Pixium (listed on Euronext), Doctolib, Aldebaran Robotics, etc. These companies altogether represent 7000+ direct active jobs and have raised 700+ M€ from private investors. M. Dalle is one of the 6 non-ministerial members of France’s Innovation Council and a Vice-President of RETIS, the French national association of technology parks and incubators.
Prof. Dalle teaches the economics and the management of innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Under the auspices of Sorbonne University, he leads EIT Digital’s Activity dedicated to the production and dissemination of online “innovation and entrepreneurship” contents, now used by 15+ universities across Europe. He is also a member of EIT Health’s Strategic Education Board and a co-founder of the IREN Master’s program, cosponsored by CentraleSupelec, Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom ParisTech, University Paris Dauphine and University Paris Saclay. His research, both theoretical and empirical, has been funded by France’s ANR and CNRS, European Framework Programs and by the NSF in the USA (in collaboration with Stanford University), and published in leading journals and conferences.
M. Dalle graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (MSc), ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Analyse Economique, MSc) and EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, MA) and holds a PhD in economics, also from Ecole Polytechnique. He is a former Visiting Fellow of All Souls College and of Oxford Internet Institute, both at the University of Oxford.
CEO of Heidelberg Technology Park - Germany
Dr. André Domin is CEO of Heidelberg Technology Park, Germany since 2010. The Technology Park is...
Dr. André Domin is CEO of Heidelberg Technology Park, Germany since 2010. The Technology Park is supporting innovation and high-tech companies via offering 80,000 sqm rental space plus BD services. It is is running two accelerators, on IT B2B and one on Life Sciences.
Dr. André Domin is on the International Board of Directors of IASP and serves as its European Division President. he is also Chairman of the Tech Transfer Association Heidelberg Startup Partners. He studied biology in Mainz and received his PhD from the Leipzig University, and has previously been CEO of several biotech organisations across Germany as well as running the Economic Development Agency Biosaxony.
Director General GrandE-nov - France
Sylvain Dorschner, innovation specialist, has joined the General Management of the new Grand E-nov...
Sylvain Dorschner, innovation specialist, has joined the General Management of the new Grand E-nov Regional Innovation Agency co-created by the CCI Grand Est and the Grand Est Region, which took off in early 2018.
In 2011, he co-founded the innovation consulting firm iNNOECO and notably headed the Systematic World Competitiveness Cluster based on the Saclay Plateau.
President of Isfahan Science and Technology Town - Iran
Dr Eghbal is Associate Professor of Tarbiat Modares University and CEO of Vision Consulting Group....
Dr Eghbal is Associate Professor of Tarbiat Modares University and CEO of Vision Consulting Group. He has been one of the pioneers for establishment of science and technology parks and incubators in Iran.
He was the president of Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT) and Deputy Minister of Technology in the Minister of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) until 2005.
Dr Eghbal has been involved in the development of concept of incubation and science parks based on local conditions. He served as the member of Advisory Council of the International Association of Science Parks from 2008 to 2010. Dr Eghbal served as the President of West Asia and North Africa Division of IASP from 2014 to 2016.
Deputy Director General CCI Pays de la Loire Region - France
Philippe JAN is Deputy Director in Pays de la Loire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is in...
Philippe JAN is Deputy Director in Pays de la Loire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is in charge of companies development ( especially SMEs) and local and regional organization.
The global aim of the Chamber of Commerce is to spur and sustain economic growth, in a vision summarized in the concept of Third Industrial and Agricultural Revolution (TRIA). This program consists in a set of operations in ten different and complementary fields such as renewable energy sources, energy storage , smart grids , new agricultural techniques, circular economy, digital competitiveness …
Philippe Jan leads this economic development program with two main goals : improve competitiveness of SMEs, bring to the foreground and structure new sectors on markets bound to the energy and digital transitions (recently : marine renewable energies , ageing sector, hydrogen)
Innovation and Marketing Director for Business Durham - UK
Catherine is Innovation and Marketing Director for Business Durham, the economic development...
Catherine is Innovation and Marketing Director for Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham.
Catherine leads on innovation, inward investment, and Business Durham communications, and is also Director of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence. Catherine heads up the ‘Durham Smart County’ project, which systematically applies open innovation thinking to entrenched challenges, e.g., health inequalities, and opens them up to stimulate new innovative activity in the private sector.
She has been developing science parks and innovation ecosystems for over 15 years and, as Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom Science Park Association and Board Director of the International Association IASP, was recognised for pioneering new approaches to developing and extending these ecosystems. She is a regular speaker on the topic and a co-author of the book ‘Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practice’.
She founded the ‘Women in IASP’ global network to encourage women in IASP to connect and collaborate, mentor each other, and raise the profile of women in the science park industry. She is the founder of Dance Ventures Ltd, which helps creative companies articulate what makes them unique so they can attract new audiences, and impress potential funders and investors, manages Southpaw Dance Company, is a board director of Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency, and serves on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Innovation Board.
Chief Operations Officer of IASP - Spain
Ebba Lund holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA...
Ebba Lund holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. She is currently Chief Operations Officer at the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).
At IASP she is especially involved in membership services and event management and has been the contact point for IASP members organising IASP world conferences and regional events for more than 10 years. She also acts as Coordinator of the Steering Committee Secretariat of IASP World Conferences.
Other key areas of Ebba Lund’s role at IASP are international relations, matchmaking, communication, business opportunities for STPs and their companies and general support to a global membership of Science/Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation in more than 70 countries.
VP Innovation at Orange Labs Research - France
Vincent Marcatté is Vice President Open Innovation at Orange Labs Research and aims at setting-up...
Vincent Marcatté is Vice President Open Innovation at Orange Labs Research and aims at setting-up an integrative research that can benefit both internal and external stakeholders and transform the culture of people. He is also President of the Research Institute of Technology b<>com specialized in Hypermedia, Networks and Security and e-Health and president of the French Institutes of Technology association. He is as well President and of the worldclass cluster Images & Réseaux and VP of the French Clusters association (AFPC).
He has an in-depth expertise about video, virtual and augmented realities and is passionate about how technology can help people have a better life.
Director of Technopuc - BRAZIL
Rafael Prikladnicki is the director of Tecnopuc (PUCRS’ science and technology park), located...
Rafael Prikladnicki is the director of Tecnopuc (PUCRS’ science and technology park), located in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil since 2013.
He is also professor in the School of Technology at PUCRS.
He holds a PhD degree in computer science from PUCRS and was visiting professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, from 2006 to 2007. In 2011, he received the PhD innovation award, promoted by FAPERGS (the state of Rio Grande do Sul funding agency) for his innovative research on global software engineering, conducted in collaboration with companies at Tecnopuc.
In 2018 he was recognized with the Senior Researcher award from the Software Startups Global Research Network. He has published several papers in qualified conferences and journals and has published three books and several book chapters related to his research interests (which includes global software engineering, agile methodologies, innovation ecosystems and software startups).
He is currently chair of the advisory board of the IEEE Software magazine, one of the top magazines in the field of Software Engineering.
IASP Director General - Spain
Luis Sanz (Spain, 1952) has been Director General of the International Association of Science Parks...
Luis Sanz (Spain, 1952) has been Director General of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation since 1996, and member of its Executive Board.
A trained sociologist, he is an expert consultant and senior advisor to different Science Parks worldwide and chief co-ordinator of more than 20 international conferences on Science and Technology Parks, regional development and innovation policies.
He is the author of numerous papers, books, articles and presentations on this topic and has participated as an invited speaker in over 80 international conferences and seminars all over the world.
Formerly he was the co-director of Valencia Technology Park (Spain) which he founded in 1987 and he has been Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Science Parks and President of the European Division of the IASP.
Luis Sanz is also the head co-ordinator of the World Alliance for innovation (WAINOVA).
Dr McLean Sibanda
President of IASP Advisory Council - South Africa
Dr. McLean Sibanda, an engineer and patent attorney is the President of the IASP Advisory Council...
Dr. McLean Sibanda, an engineer and patent attorney is the President of the IASP Advisory Council and has served on the IASP Executive as Treasurer. He is an Executive Investments & Concessions for Bigen Africa.
He was Chief Executive Officer of The Innovation Hub, South Africa, until June 2018. A seasoned C-suite executive, he has extensive experience in science parks management, intellectual property, incubation, entrepreneurship and innovation.
He has also served as an expert to the African Union, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Department of Science and Technology on innovation matters.
CEO Toulon Var Technologies & RETIS President - France
Rick L. Weddle
Executive Director of the Site Selectors Guild - USA
Rick Weddle is an economic development and innovation thought leader with demonstrated career...
Rick Weddle is an economic development and innovation thought leader with demonstrated career results and impacts in major metros across the United States. Rick was founding CEO of 3 organizational startups and led turnarounds of 4 regional organizations accomplishing 750 projects generating 75,000 jobs and $7 Billion in investment.
Currently the President and CEO of the Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe and for every industry, sector, and function and are dedicated to advancing the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting integrity, objectivity, and professional development.
Rick has led major economic development efforts in Hampton Roads, VA, Orlando, FL, Phoenix, AZ, Toledo, OH, Stockton, CA and Winston-Salem, NC. As CEO of North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle Park (RTP), Rick led the most successful chapter in park’s history, guided the first ever comprehensive plan update and became a global leader in the science park and area of innovation movement.
Rick is an active speaker and lecturer in economic development and the science park industry. In 2012, he was the first American elected president of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP). In 2002, he was elected chairman of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Rick holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma.
President of Zambon multinational pharmaceutical company - Italy
Elena Zambon is President of Zambon, multinational pharmaceutical company, Vice President of Zach...
Elena Zambon is President of Zambon, multinational pharmaceutical company, Vice President of Zach Italy and Board Member of Zambon Company, the Group holding company. She is also President of Fondazione Zoé – Zambon Open Education.
She obtained a degree in Business Economics at Bocconi University and started her career in Citibank N.A., where she was in charge of foreign investors on the Italian market and the World Cooperation Group.
In 1994 she founded the Family Office of the Zambon family, which in 2000 was transformed into a Multi Family Office, creating Secofind.
Elena is currently member of the Board of Directors of UniCredit, Ferrari and IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; former member of the Board of Directors of Italcementi, Fondo Strategico Italiano, Akros Finanziaria and Salvagnini.
She is President of AIdAF, the Italian Family Business Association, and Board Member of FBN – Family Business Network.
She is also Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Aspen Institute Italia, member of the Bocconi University Campaign Board and member of the Advisory Board of Politecnico di Milano School of Management.
Elena Zambon is Cavaliere del Lavoro.
Director General of Atlanpole
Jean-François Balducchi is the Atlanpole CEO. He’s also the Executive Vice-President of...
Jean-François Balducchi is the Atlanpole CEO. He’s also the Executive Vice-President of Atlanpole Biotherapies and sits on the Boards of two other Western France clusters: Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Pôle Images&Réseaux.
He’s a former president of IASP, of EBN (European Business Innovation Centre Network) and of RETIS, the French innovation network gathering BICs (Business Innovation Centre), academic and research oriented incubators, Technopoles and Competitiveness clusters.
He was the founder and Managing Director of Futura Corse Technopole.
Prior to this “Innovation period”, Jean-François Balducchi spent 12 years in the Oil and Gas industry and held various executive positions with Total, Oil and Gas Company (Paris Headquarters and Overseas subsidiaries) (1981-1992), mainly in the upstream and gas sectors.
From 1979 to 1981, he worked at the Automatic and Computer Sciences Laboratory of Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Jean-François Balducchi holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics – Paris Dauphine (1981) and is an Engineering graduate of Ecole Centrale de Paris (1978).
Bernard Le Falher
At Atlanpole, my job is to support our network of innovative companies. All year long I organize...
At Atlanpole, my job is to support our network of innovative companies. All year long I organize events for the Atlanpole network (business meetings with VCs, thematic breakfast roundtables, conferences, company visits …).
Next year I will make sure I help you discover the best of Nantes and of its innovating ecosystem.
I’m in charge of communication and public relations of Atlanpole and Atlanpole Biotherapies...
I’m in charge of communication and public relations of Atlanpole and Atlanpole Biotherapies cluster.
Updating the websites and social networks with the latest and breaking news of our network, for a better cohesion of all our members.