Speakers & Moderators
Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services, Airbus, France
Alain Tropis is the Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services. Alain began his career in...
Alain Tropis is the Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services. Alain began his career in 1983 at Aerospatiale working on the development of the composite outer wing of the ATR72 as a Structural Analysis specialist.
He then worked as a Stress Analysis Manager before being nominated as the Head of Composite Department (Design & Stress) and in 2001 became the VP Head of Nose and center Fuselage for all Airbus Programs.
In 2007, he took the program role of A350 XWB Head of Airframe, Cabin & System integration for 2 years.
He was then nominated SVP Head of Airframe Engineering and held the role from 2009 to 2012 following which he moved to Stelia Aerospace as Chief Operating Officer. At Stelia, he went on to be the Head of Business Line Development and following a reorganization, was nominated as the Head of Programmes and Engineering at Stelia. He is now back in Airbus since the mid of 2018 to drive DDMS (Digital Design Manufacturing & Services), a key transformation programme that will shape the way we design, build and operate our future products.
Alain received the Award Title Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize in 1993 by publishing the paper entitled “Certification of the Composite Outer Wing of the ATR72” which was presented at the Seminar Airworthiness Requirements – Developments in the Recent Years, he received the “Medaille de l’Aeronautique” in 2014.
Head of Europe, Element AI, Canada
Dr. Yves Lostanlen leads the European expansion of Element AI, a Canadian company that delivers AI...
Dr. Yves Lostanlen leads the European expansion of Element AI, a Canadian company that delivers AI software products designed to make businesses stronger, safer and more agile in fintech, insurtech and supply chain. During his career as an expert in leading innovation transfer and as a senior executive, Yves was the CEO of the North American subsidiary of a Global Fortune 100 company, advised Facebook, Google, Bell Labs, Orange and AT&T, mentored and founded several startups and worked with more than 100+ scientific research labs. He holds an Habilitation, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from MIT and is an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Executive Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Yves is an active contributor to the creation of business and innovation ecosystems in Europe and North America.
CEO, Orange Consulting, France
Philippe Roger is a seasoned professional who started his career as a system engineer for Matra in...
Philippe Roger is a seasoned professional who started his career as a system engineer for Matra in the French aerospace sector, staying with them for several years in progressively senior roles. Following Matra, Philippe was engaged as a senior-level consultant within AT Kearney focusing on Operational Performance and Strategy in the Industry Sector.
A several year sojourn in the USA followed, working on industrial outsourcing projects in the Pharmaceutical Sector. Upon his return to Europe, Philippe joined Orange Group as Chief Procurement Officer and then headed the Key-Accounts Division for several years. More recently he has managed the product development teams and the IT department of Orange Business Services.
Currently Philippe is CEO of Orange Consulting and with that mantle he has taken the challenge of ever-increasing Customer requests without compromising the highest excellence standards.
Markus Thomas Münter
Professor of Economics, HTW SAAR, Germany
Markus is a Professor of Economics at htw saar in Saarbrücken/Germany with 15+ years background in...
Markus is a Professor of Economics at htw saar in Saarbrücken/Germany with 15+ years background in management consulting, banking and M&A. His focus is on dynamics of strategy, entrepreneurship, corporate development and innovation. Being a frequent speaker on international conferences and workshops, Markus helps decision-makers, from C-levels with large corporates to managers and owners of SMEs, to capture the opportunities of digitalization and disruptive innovation from an economics and strategy perspective. He is also a Co-Founder of innovationhub@saarland – a consultancy supporting SMEs to develop sustainable innovation strategies, leverage digitalization and re-position in a disruptive environment with blurring market and industry boundaries.
Markus received his PhD from Erlangen-Nürnberg University, worked at London Business School and LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and is Germanys Professor of the Year 2016.
Head of funding and Investment Directorate, Higher council for Innovation and Excellence, Palestine
Educational Background: 1997-2000: Diploma of Doctorate’s Study (PHD), Political Science from...
1997-2000: Diploma of Doctorate’s Study (PHD), Political Science from the University of Paris II /Pantheon, France. With the Title of the Thesis: “The Perspectives of the Creation of a Palestinian State”.
1996-1997: High Diploma, Political Science from the University of Paris II, Sorbonne, France.
1987-1993: Master of Arts in International Relations from Kiev University, Ukraine.
Current work: Head of funding and Investment Directorate at the Higher council for Innovation and Excellence
2004- 2014: Director of America and Asia Department, Aid Management & Coordination General Directorate, the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development.
2003-2004: Director of Central American Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Arabic /French / English / Russian
CEO & Co-Founder, Genius, Cameroun
Technologies, gender equality, Valorisation of children, Education, this is Danielle’s...
Technologies, gender equality, Valorisation of children, Education, this is Danielle’s world!
Engineer in computer science, Danielle has 10 years of experience in education and embedded development. Now CEO of Genius Centers, a startup she founded with the mission to learn computer engineering, robotics and entrepreneurship to children through www.geniuselab.com.
Danielle stood out several times, including:
==> 2019, Cameroon Laureate of Women In Africa # WIA54
==> 2019, among the 4 Cameroon winners of the Pitch Hub Africa
==> 2019, Member of the jury of the competition Total Startupers. Cameroon.
==> 2018, Member of the parliamentary group charged with drafting proposals for laws on the regulation of the digital economy in Cameroon.
==> 2017, among the 5 Cameroon winners of Techwomen 2017, a program of the US Government that selects the top 4% of tech women in emerging countries. 6 weeks of Internship and Mentoring. USA.
==> 2017, Elected Women in tech of the year in Cameroon.
==> 2016, # eSkills4Girls, selected to represent Cameroon at a summit of organizations that promote code learning to children. Rwanda.
==> 2016, Career Girls role Model, selected for a video shoot aimed at inspiring girls https://www.careergirls.org/role-model/tech-ceo-3-2/
==> 2014, Google Developers Group, selected by Google in 2014 to represent Cameroon’s developer community at a silicon valley summit. USA
==> 2013, Jcertif, selected in 2013 to coordinate activities aimed at inspiring more women to take an interest in the technology professions. Congo.
CEO, META, Italy, Belgium. Poland and Slovenia
Chairman, Pando Science and Technology Park, Uruguay
Fernando Amestoy has a PhD in Biological Sciences, a Diploma in Information Systems, and...
Fernando Amestoy has a PhD in Biological Sciences, a Diploma in Information Systems, and postgraduate studies in Science, Technology, and Innovation Management.
Since April 2012, is the CEO of the Technology Pole of the School of Chemistry (UDELAR) (www.polotecnologico.fq.edu.uy) and Chairman of the Pando Science and Technology Park (Canelones, Uruguay) (www.pctp.org.uy). From 2007 to 2012 was the CEO of the Research and Innovation Agency of Uruguay (ANII) (www.anii.org.uy) and previously Deputy General Coordinator of the Technological Development Program, an executive unit of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay for implementing an Inter-American Development Bank loan.
In the last 20 years was involved in science, technology, and innovation management, coordinating innovation programs supported by the IADB, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as working as international consultant on these topics.
Since 2017 is part of the Directive Board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (www.iasp.ws) and from 2018 is the President of the Latin American Division (IASP). Since 2017 is the coordinator of the CELAC (Community of Latin-American and Caribe States) Research Infrastructures Work team, promoting the cooperation with the European Community H2020 program in this field and member of the Industry Development Committee of the Science and Technology iberoamerican Program for Development (CYTED) (www.cyted.org).
Hania Angelina Fernandez
Innovation coordinator at Technology Office, Airbus, France
Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Images & Réseaux, France
Darin Beach is currently Chief Strategy and Technology Officer for the cluster Images and Réseaux,...
Darin Beach is currently Chief Strategy and Technology Officer for the cluster Images and Réseaux, headquartered in Lannion, France. Focused on developing business for the companies in the regions of Brittany and Pays de la Loire through collaborative projects that work to remove technology barriers and open the path to facilitate digital transformation.
Previous work experience includes managing major software release projects for Nortel and local SMEs in the telecommunications sector, and piloting foreign direct investments into the region of Bretagne in the telecom sector. Graduated from The Ohio State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering and currently finishing an executive MBA at the Rennes School of Business.
CEO, !important, Canada
Bastien has over 20 years of experience as CEO of tech companies in Montreal, New York and San...
Bastien has over 20 years of experience as CEO of tech companies in Montreal, New York and San Francisco. His work has been recognized by 27 awards from 3 continents. Over the years, his expertise has been forged in various industries for clients such as: Cirque du Soleil, Radio-Canada, Sprint, MGM Grand, Travelers Insurance, Molson-Coors, Quebecor, National Bank of Canada and more. In a world that is driving us towards autonomous vehicles today, Bastien is aiming to revolutionize pedestrians’ safety through his new company, !important.
CEO, Ørestad Innovation City Copenhagen, Denmark
How do we get different sectors to collaborate? How do we with little or no formal leadership, get...
How do we get different sectors to collaborate? How do we with little or no formal leadership, get people to collaborate and even innovate together? Carolina Benjaminsen has 19 years of experience in gathering people across teams, organizations, around a common goal and move them forward.
As CEO of Copenhagens sustainable innovation district, Ørestad Innovation City Copenhagen (ØICC) Benjaminsen work to nurture cross sectorial partnerships among companies, educational institutions, municipality and other relevant actors, to realize the desired vision for the urban area’s continued growth and development.
Benjaminsen holds a PhD in Learning and Technology and has been heading Center for Science Education Studies at University of Copenhagen. As center leader Benjaminsen’s strategic, political and administrative skills were sharpened and her ability to attract millions in external funding proven.
As the prior owner and founder of her own consultancy firm, Benjaminsen also operates as a skilled entrepreneur, and her mixed background allows her to move effortlessly across the public and private sector, startups and research universities, while nurturing a whole city part to collaborate on several innovative and sustainable projects at the same time in her current position.
Creating cohesion and strong alliances based upon innovative and sustainable solutions is at the forefront of Benjaminsen’s professional competences include: leadership, sustainable Innovation, partnership models, sustainable business management, stakeholder management.
Assistant Professor, Nantes University, France
Jean-Claude Boldrini is assistant professor in innovation management at University of Nantes...
Jean-Claude Boldrini is assistant professor in innovation management at University of Nantes (France) and member of LEMNA research center (laboratory of economics and management). His research interests are mainly devoted to transition towards circular economy, circular business models, and management of cross industry exploratory partnerships.”
Director of Research Programs, Engie, France
Doctor in fluid mechanics graduated from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris), Philippe...
Doctor in fluid mechanics graduated from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris), Philippe Buchet started his career by the development of a virtual model to study “Numerical Simulation of transition phases in plastic crystals “. Then he joined the thermal engineering firm STEIN HEURTEY, “Fives Stein” today, Steel & Glass process manufacturer, to develop a Plasma burner to improve energy efficiency of steel processes and develop and use numerical tools to design and control thermal processes. Later he was in charge of design and industrial development of different innovative processes in the field of glass, aluminum and steel processes, like the first world reference of direct hot rolling furnace for continuous casting of thin slabs ( NUCOR STEEL ‐ US). He was appointed Vice President & CTO of STEIN HEURTEY group (Fives LILLE group), in charge of R&D and process design.
In 1994 he joined the Marketing & Sales Department of Gaz de France, French Natural Gas utility, to develop new B to B Energy & Environmental services for industrial markets, in the context of liberalization of energy sales markets. In 2000, he came back to R&D and joined ENGIE LAB CRIGEN to manage R&D programs for industrial markets and build and manage an expert team dedicated to Energy & Environmental efficiency services and energy transition for industrial markets (More than 500 projects done).
He is now Director of Research programs; senior ENGIE Key Expert on Energy & Environmental Efficiency for industries and transition to low carbon footprint industrial plants.
He is also member of scientific & technical boards of several R&D centers like, RECORD (R&D institute on environment & waste treatment – France), AXELERA (R&D institute on “low carbon foot print plants ”dedicated to environmental & chemical/petrochemical industries); Vice chairman of Industrial utilization working group of IGU (International Gas Union) and also lectures in Energy & environment at the engineering school “IMT Atlantique” of NANTES.
CEO, Creative Places, United Kingdom
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor that has specialised in the research/commercial R&D sector...
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor that has specialised in the research/commercial R&D sector for much of his working life, establishing Creative Places as an independent UK based consultancy in Cambridge in 2009. Working and travelling extensively to keep abreast of international best practice Creative Places now boasts a significant client group that includes many leading universities and hospitals. Focus is in delivering business environments that enhance innovation and enterprise, where collaboration is key to advancing science, technology and product development. Jonathan’s personal skills lie in stakeholder engagement, property investment, building the ‘value add’ proposition and demand creation from occupiers.
European Affairs, EMC2, France
Graduated in International Economics and Management (Paris Dauphine – Paris La Sorbonne), Olivia...
Graduated in International Economics and Management (Paris Dauphine – Paris La Sorbonne), Olivia is in charge of European affairs for the EMC2 cluster, the French Industrial Manufacturing cluster, for more than 6 years.
Manager of a team of 3 people, she is responsible for awareness-raising, support and assistance towards European projects emergence and elaboration. Since 2014, she assisted more than 80 proposals submitted to different Horizon 2020 or other European instruments, involving at least one EMC2 member, of which 26 were financed. Before, she was Principal Consultant at Euro Project Consult, a consultancy expert in European projects proposals and management in the field of sustainable development. She has been responsible for various EU proposals elaboration as well as for EU projects management, communication & dissemination and evaluation & exploitation for FP7 projects.
Deputy Manager of the Incubator and New Startup Area, Trentino Sviluppo, Italy
Luca Capra is an electronic engineer with 18 years’ experience, first as a researcher in...
Luca Capra is an electronic engineer with 18 years’ experience, first as a researcher in telematic on vehicle field FIAT Research Centre and afterwards as an expert in the support of SME’s in the start up process, innovation and technology transfer activities, in his current hosting company, the Development Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Trentino Sviluppo). He is Deputy Manager of the Incubator and New Startup Area, managing start up grants, European Projects, entrepreneurial training activities and start up incubation activities, supporting and advising SME’s in innovation, industrial research projects as well as business model strategic development.
He has been engaged since 2008 by EBN (European BIC network) as an expert to perform evaluation missions in the framework of the BIC trademark licence, assessing associated B.I.C.’s. He is Vice-President of the Board of APSTI – the Italian Science and Technology Parks association.
Head of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, JRC, European Commission
Dr-Ing. Giancarlo CARATTI is Head for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the European...
Dr-Ing. Giancarlo CARATTI is Head for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the European Commission (EC), Joint Research Centre and manages the EC Intellectual Property and promotes technology transfer. In 2018, he set up the EC Competence Centre for Technology Transfer which provides support to EU policies and is a reference for national and local polices. In 2015 has was Deputy Commissioner General for the EU participation in the World Expo Milano 2015 and leading the Expo 2015 Task Force.
Previously, Mr Caratti managed other JRC departments, namely: “Institutional/International Relations”, “Enlargement” and “Policy Support Strategy”. Mr Caratti has started at the European Commission in 1986 within the unit “Renewable Energy”. In 1996 he was Advisor for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in charge of coordination of the work-programme and stakeholder-relations.
Mr Caratti’s background is Mechanical Engineering. Before joining the Commission he worked in the Faculties of Engineering of Florence (1982) and Pisa (1984-1985), teaching and researching on Industrial Systems. In 1983 he was Visiting Scholar at Georgia Tech USA. In 1985/6 he was project engineer at Techint, Italy’s largest private engineering company. Mr Caratti has over 60 publications in international conferences, journals, etc. and is editor of various technical books. In 2017 he was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic for particular merits.
Chairman & CEO, IKP Knowledge Park, India
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO of IKP Knowledge Park, developed the first Life...
Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO of IKP Knowledge Park, developed the first Life Science Research Park in India, in Hyderabad. She pioneered a Hardware Product Incubator and Makerspace, IKP EDEN, in Bangalore and works with Indian and global partners to nurture and fund over 390 innovators and early startups. Deepanwita is an Electronics Engineer by training and worked in the Telecom Advisory Division of ICICI Bank before being deputed to IKP Knowledge Park as CEO in 2000. 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 is the Founder Chairman of Support Elders Pvt. Ltd. She is a Director on the Boards of IKP Trust and IKP Investment Management Company and the President of IKP EDEN. She is a Member of the Governing Councils of several Incubators in India, and member of several National level committees including the Committee of the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research, DBT Committee on Biotech Parks and the CII National Committee on Biotechnology.
COO, Tus-Holdings Co., Ltd., China
Mr. Herbert Hong Bo Chen joined the management company（Tusholdings Co., Ltd）of Tsinghua...
Mr. Herbert Hong Bo Chen joined the management company（Tusholdings Co., Ltd）of Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) in 2001. By serving the first-rank & one of the best university science park in China for more than eighteen years, Herbert played a vital role in the management team of TusPark. He was not only in charge of the daily operation of TusPark, such as setting up & operating the branding policy and general administration departments, but also contributed significantly to the establishment and operation of the park’s comprehensive value-added service system. Under the great efforts of Herbert and the management team, TusPark now becomes the most well-known university science park in China and the world science park industry, with more than 6000 international and local hi-tech startups living and working in TusPark Beijing and it’s over 200 branches all over China and around the world.
The International Association for Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is the largest professional association in the world with science and technology parks as its main members. It consists of nearly 400 members from more than 70 countries. TusHoldings has been a full member of the Association since 2004. Herbert served as the President of the Asia-Pacific Division of the Association twice (2006-2008, 2015-2017), and since 2018, Herbert has been elected as the Vice-President of IASP.
Director of Business Development & Investment Promotion, Parque Tecnologico de Andalucía, Spain
Graduated in Laws by Malaga University, Lourdes Cruz holds a Master Degree in European Law and...
Graduated in Laws by Malaga University, Lourdes Cruz holds a Master Degree in European Law and International Relations by University College London, as well as several diploma in executive management.
She worked in Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (Malaga, Spain) from 1994-98 as Head of European & International Programs, being appointed in 1999 for the Office of the President of the Regional Government of Andalucía, where she held the position of Director of Institutional and External Relations for the Presidency until 2006.
From 2006 to 2012 Lourdes was the CEO of RETA (Regional Network of Science and Technology Parks), the regional network of Science and Technology Parks. From February 2012, she is Director of Business Development & Investment Promotion in Parque Tecnologico de Andalucía.
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Orientina Di Giovanni
COO, CareApt - Aptitude for Care, Italy
Orientina is Chief Operating Officer at CareApt – Aptitude for Care: a start up company fully...
Orientina is Chief Operating Officer at CareApt – Aptitude for Care: a start up company fully dedicated to develop integrated HI tech/Hi touch solutions to transform disease management into a caring experience.
With a focus on Central Nervous System degenerative diseases, CareApt has recently developed ParkinsonCare, a collaborative medicine digital platform with a high touch point of care for patients and caregivers.
With over 25 years experience across several industries – from Pharma to Publishing and Communication, from Strategic Consulting to Digital – Orientina is a passionate marketer with a thing for philosophy and design thinking.
Graduated from Bocconi University in Economics and Social Sciences, she has also been a caregiver for more than 10 years, during which she has endured both pains and pleasures of caring.
CEO, Heidelberg Technology Park, Germany
André H. R. Domin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH, and...
André H. R. Domin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH, and Technologieförderung Heidelberg GmbH.
Dr. André Domin is CEO of Heidelberg Technology Park since 2010. The TP is supporting innovation and high-tech companies via offering 80,000 sqm lab and clean room rental space plus BD services. The TP is running two accelerators, on IT B2B and on Life Sciences. André is CEO of Technologieförderung Heidelberg GmbH since 2016 and responsible for the Business Development Center, the new building at the Heidelberg Innovation Park.
André is responsible for the strategy, planning, finances and working with the division directors Innovation Support, Property, Marketing, Finance. He reports directly to the Lord Mayor and the Chamber of Industry & Commerce Rhine-Neckar, the TP shareholders.
André is on the International Board of Directors of the International Association of Science Parks & Areas of Innovation and serves as its European Division President. He is Chairman of the Technology Transfer Association Heidelberg Startup Partners and Vice Chairman of BioRN Clustermanagement GmbH managing the Leading Edge Cluster on Personalized Medicine and on the Board of the BioRN Network Association.
From 2014 to 2015 André was interim CEO and responsible for the change management of the EXPLO Heidelberg running the public Science Museum.
André was CEO of BioRegio Jena Association and Manager of the BioInstruments Center Jena. He moved to Leipzig as CEO of BIO-NET Technology Transfer GmbH at the BIO CITY LEIPZIG. André was also in charge of the Economic Development Agency biosaxony in Dresden facilitating inward investment into the Free State of Saxony. Before moving to Heidelberg, he was the Director of LIFE, a 38 mEUR epidemiological study at the Research Centre for Lifestyle Diseases at the University Leipzig.
He worked for the Directorate Biotechnology of the German Federal Environmental Foundation, DBU, Europe’s largest foundation promoting environmental innovations, and for the Directorate Knowledge & Technology Transfer at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, in Leipzig.
André studied biology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz and received his PhD on Puls-Amplitude Modulated Flourescence at the Leipzig University.
Director of Mobility Programs, Ann Arbor SPARK, USA
Komal Doshi is a mobility expert, urban designer and design thinker. As the Director of Mobility...
Komal Doshi is a mobility expert, urban designer and design thinker. As the Director of Mobility Programs at Ann Arbor SPARK she works with existing and new startups to identify and solve challenges, engage stakeholders, and build new relationships to advance the growth of the mobility industry in the region. In her previous role at SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation) at the University of Michigan she co-developed the Mobi Platform, a global platform for mobility entrepreneurs and industry players. In addition she focused on the trends and opportunities that accelerate New Mobility and M-a-a-S(Mobility as a service) implementation and related industry and economic development around the globe.
She has provided research and strategic consulting for organizations which include Ford Motor Company, Alcoa foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Mobile Lives Forum, Barr Foundation and Michigan Environmental Council. She has also been a jury member at prestigious international mobility innovation awards and mentored several startups at local and international mobility accelerators. She was also recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Notable 25 Women in Technology 2018.
She has a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Michigan and Bachelors in Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture in India.
Director Europe & International, ID4Car, France
CEO, E-Cobot, France
Enrique Espino Barros
Director, CCM, Mexico
Enrique Espino Barros Lozano is the director of Monterrey´s competitiveness center (CCM by its...
Enrique Espino Barros Lozano is the director of Monterrey´s competitiveness center (CCM by its acronym in spanish), private organization subsidiary of the Chamber of Industry and Transformation of Nuevo Leon (CAINTRA by its acronym in spanish) whose purpose consist on impulsing actions in favor of competitiveness inside organizations to turn them into “global competitors”.
His business career had been primarily in senior business management, where he has assumed challenges of cultural conversion in order to obtain total productivity.
Has occupied positions of Director of Operations, Plant Manager & HR and Total Quality Director, in several big companies highlighting Industrias Monterrey (now Ternium), Deacero, Cydsa and among others.
Within his knowledge field there are strategies and tool proper of continuous improvement and innovation, with emphasis on lean transformation of organizations, and a series of methodology for global competitiveness; also is certified coach in formations of high performance teams by Ken Blanchard companies.
Chemical administrator engineer by Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and University of Wisconsin and a master degree on science focus on finance; various courses of actualization from ipade and broad variety of courses on technological and management topics.
Has co-organized the first “lean manufacturing summing meeting” kept in Mexico in 2004 and in 2007, working alongside with the lean enterprise institute, which he is member of the board. He was professor of Tecnologico de Monterrey in the subject quality culture, member of the business board on the newspaper “El Norte” and executive consultant for radical improve of competitiveness on industrial and services companies in latin america.
As director of Monterrey´s competitiveness center has developed an innovative and relevant value offer to strengthen and develop value chain operating in Mexico.
The CCM run over 2,500 annual projects with different reaches mainly for a market of big, medium and small companies from the industrial sector, with a relevant impact on improvement of profitability and growth these business.
Executive Manager, Tecnopuc, Brazil
Flavia Fiorin is the executive manager of Tecnopuc (PUCRS’ science and technology park), located...
Flavia Fiorin is the executive manager of Tecnopuc (PUCRS’ science and technology park), located in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil since 2018.
She holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Université Portiers (France) and Unisinos (Brazil). Has more than 10 years of experience in business management and innovation project management, focusing on technology-based companies and areas of innovation. At Tecnopuc she acts as Coordinator of the INOVAPUCRS, a network that connects the academy and the technology park ecosystems.
Associate Director MPE Cluster & Robotics Platform, HKSTP, China
Dr Crystal Fok is currently the Associate Director for the MPE Cluster & Robotics Platform at...
Dr Crystal Fok is currently the Associate Director for the MPE Cluster & Robotics Platform at Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). She is mainly responsible for the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (A.I.R) initiative in Science Park to drive innovation and technology for reindustrialisation, especially in Logistics, Construction, Smart manufacturing and Service sectors.
Prior to HKSTP, Dr Fok was a Manager at ASTRI, managing a diverse project portfolio, such as market analysis, feasibility studies, product development and technology commercialization. She was also a Consultant at the Hong Kong Productivity Council, managing the optical design team and providing consultancy service on precision manufacturing.
Dr Fok received her PhD degree in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from the CUHK and her research interests include A.I., robot arm manipulation, micro-robotics, MEMs and micro-optics.
Alejandro Franco Restrepo
Strategy & Transformation Adviser, Systematic, France
Donatienne Girier Delorme
How do we get different actors to collaborate within innovation ecosystems? And how can we imagine...
How do we get different actors to collaborate within innovation ecosystems? And how can we imagine sustainable ways to achieve this? Researcher and lecturer at IDRAC Business School and the University of Nantes, member of LEMNA (Laboratoire d’économie et de management de Nantes Atlantique), Donatienne is currently conducting research on innovation ecosystems. Her work aims to better understand current practices in order to identify emerging trends and future challenges.
Prior to embracing research, Donatienne held various positions in international companies and in business development consulting. She has 20 years of experience working with private and public actors. A native of Nantes, she has worked in Belgium and France, but has collaborated with people all over the world.
Donatienne holds a master’s degree in International Business Administration from SKEMA Business School. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Nantes.
Professeur des Universités Praticien-Hospitalier, School of Medicine of the Nantes University, France
Pierre-Antoine Gourraud PhD MPH is Professeur des Universités Praticien-Hospitalier of the...
Pierre-Antoine Gourraud PhD MPH is Professeur des Universités Praticien-Hospitalier of the School of Medicine of the Nantes University in France and formerly associate professor at the Department of Neurology of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), USA. He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France in the department of molecular and cellular Immunobiology.
Prof. Gourraud has developed bioinformatics tools for the study of immunogenetic markers at the NCBI, he performed numerous genetic association studies on various diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and leukaemia), and he conducted population genetics analyses of European populations (HLA and KIR genes). He developed software dedicated to statistical genetics and designed an algorithm to support decision making for the treatment of haematological diseases and management of Bone Marrow Donor Registries in France and in the US. He led the development of the precision medicine program in multiple Sclerosis “MS Bioscreen” for the UCSF Department of neurology.
In Nantes, as head of the INSERM ATIP-Avenir team 5 of INSERM UMR1064 (Translational Immunogenomics of Transplantation and Autoimmunity), PA Gourraud promotes the highest level of interaction between data-oriented scientists and immunologists required to succeed in cutting-edge research. Pierre-Antoine Gourraud is the coordinator of the “Data Clinic” gathering the Clinical Epidemiology group of the CIC and experts of the public health and epidemiology Unit (PHU11). The “Data Clinic” promotes methodological and population analyses of integrated biomedical data. It provides support for hospital investigators of the Nantes University Hospitals community by assisting clinical research with data extraction and computational analyses. Since July 2018 by approval of the national commission of Freedom and Informatics (CNIL), the “Data Clinic” has been the central piece the internal governance of the biomedical data warehouse. The database currently enables the deployment of complex queries on: 2.3 million patients, 9 million encounters, 12.3 million documents and 50 millions of structured data.
CEO, High Technology Park IT Park, Russia
Anton Grachev has degree in banking, economics and marketing. He has embarked upon a career in the...
Anton Grachev has degree in banking, economics and marketing. He has embarked upon a career in the Elemte investment company and within two years became the Head of OTC Transactions department. After that he had been appointed as the Deputy Director at Treasury Department in Tatfondbank (one of the largest banks of the region). In 2008 he has started a new challenge that is a car retail business and became the COO of Autolife-group. Since 2012 Anton Grachev has been involved in IT after being invited as COO in ‘The Centre of Information Technologies of the Republic of Tatarstan’ where he managed the project of the future IT-capital of Russia Innopolis.
Since 2013 to the present time Anton Grachev is the CEO of the High technology park IT park. In just few years IT Park has become the most effective technology park in Russia according to ICT Ministry of the Russian Federation.
Member of the Global Shapers Community (youth movement of the World Economic Forum).
Speaker of the World Economic Forum, Davos Annual Meeting in the section of Shaping Davos: Pioneering Change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
CTO, Ho Research&Technology - Factory of the Future - Airbus, Germany
Main responsibilities in present functions: Since January 2013 Jens Gralfs is appointed as...
Main responsibilities in present functions:
Since January 2013 Jens Gralfs is appointed as Architect for the overall physical design and since
July 2017 for the Industrial perimeter. He is in charge of all Research & Technology activities in
this field, managing the transnational activities for system installation, structure and cabin as well
as all R&T activities in Germany with it partners and contact to the government. His team
develops solutions for new aircraft programs as well as new ideas for all running programs in
Airbus. He is leading the operational Airbus R&T Plateau in the new Technology Centre in
Hamburg (ZAL – Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research)
Previous Positions & About me:
Before taking over this role, he was 5 years in charge of manufacturing engineering for all
assembly and installation processes in Airbus for 5 years. Jens began his professional career in
1992 in Airbus as project leader for automation systems. He moved to Stade as the Head of R&D
of the plant Stade, where he was in charge of coordinating all R&D activities (mainly Carbon Fiber
Composite techniques), leading and set up the industrial system for A380 CFRP component and
A400M Wing Cover with his transnational team (Spain/UK). He was leading the A400M wing
production during the program ramp up. Meanwhile he developed and implemented a project
organisation, developed advanced manufacturing technologies and leads all internal R&D
activities. In this role he was responsible to guarantee the technological innovation of composites
products and their suitability in terms of technical solutions. In 2008 he became the Head of
Assembly & Installation for all European assembly plants. He and his team were responsible to
set up a new transnational M&E organisation to develop new and advanced assembly
technologies and set up the full incremental assembly system for the A350.
Jens was born on 26th January 1964. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of
Karlsruhe. Jens is married; he enjoys sailing and flying his own aircraft.
Consultant, Shanghai Development Park Association, China
Chen Hu received her MSc in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Bristol, UK....
Chen Hu received her MSc in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Bristol, UK. After graduation, she then has joined Shanghai Development Park Association since 2018, which is a non-profit organization committed to building community, promoting information and technology exchanges and common development among all development zones and science parks in Shanghai, China.
Chen is currently responsible for the internationalization of Chinese science parks, especially science parks in Shanghai and Yangtze River delta, with the purpose to share inspiring practice and to facilitate multilateral cooperation. She is specialized in the research of knowledge dissemination, open innovation, innovation ecosystem in science parks, emerging industries and policies that enhancing innovation.
General Manager, Bilkent Cyberpark, Turkey
Born in 1984, Faruk Inaltekin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering 2007 from Middle...
Born in 1984, Faruk Inaltekin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering 2007 from Middle East Technical University (METU).
Upon graduation, he started as University – Industry Collaboration Expert in METUTECH (ODTU Teknokent). After completing obligatory military service during the period of 2008 December – 2009 June, he served as Special Advisor (technology) to the President of Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). After this duty of one year, he started as Subcontract Administrator at TAI – Turkish Aerospace Industries in June 2010.
Faruk joined Bilkent CYBERPARK as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer Department in January 2013 and since October 2016, he continues as the General Manager.
Faruk is also the current Chairman of Association of Turkish Technology Parks (TGBD) and Board Member of the Board of Directors of IASP.
Faruk has experience in technoparks, technology transfer, project management, funds and startups.
Founder, IADP, The Netherlands
Paul is founding partner of IADP (Innovation Area Development Partnership) and he currently leads...
Paul is founding partner of IADP (Innovation Area Development Partnership) and he currently leads the European Planning Business & Property Business in the Netherlands at Arup. With a background in Urban Economics, for the last 18 years, Paul has worked on urban challenges and city developments in various countries around the world, commissioned by public as well as private clients, working within multi-disciplinary teams. He believes that a modern and innovative work environment and more specific, a vital economy, is crucial to resilient cities and regions. Paul has a deep understanding of the economy and market dynamics, as well as the role these trends will play in existing regional and global ecosystems. Business development not only applies to companies but also to cities, regions, ecosystems and sites; understanding the client’s business case is key to deliver the best possible added value whether it is about developing modern work environments, real estate or general master planning. He has worked on developments of various types of real estate, business locations (business parks, science parks and industrial estates), new (airport) city developments, innovation districts and areas, port & waterfront developments and sustainable area developments in general.
Senior researcher, Blekinge Institute of technology
Mikael earned his PhD at Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2016, where he developed knowledge on...
Mikael earned his PhD at Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2016, where he developed knowledge on innovation team and factors enabling innovation teams’ work. During his postdoc period, he continued his research on the implementation of innovation teams in various organization, collaborating with consultancy firms while doing so. Now, as a senior researcher, his research is also focusing on decision support for innovation teams. His work span innovation teams from both single- and multi-organisational perspective.
Aside from the academic work, Mikael is an innovator and author. He is also consulting as an innovation management specialist where he supports companies/organizations to improve their innovation management skills and performance. To see ideas develop into product/service and then finally be used in reality is great fun, definitely worth the effort.
Vice-President for Technology, Arak Science and Technology Park, Iran
Mohammad Karimadini received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Azad...
Mohammad Karimadini received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Azad University of Tehran, Iran in 1996. He then joined industry and had worked as engineer and supervisor in the Instrumentations and Control Department of National Iranian Copper Industries Company (NICICO) from 1996 to 2004. He received his Master of Science in Control and Automation in 2006 and PhD in Control Engineering in 2012, respectively, from UPM university of Malaysia and National University of Singapore (NUS), followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at NUS. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Arak University of Technology (ARAKUT), and Vice-President for Technology in Arak Science and Technology Park (ASTP). His professional interests include Disruptive technologies, Industry 4.0, Industrial automation, Individual and organizational Innovation, Knowledge management, Systems thinking, Ecosystems thinking and Mentorship for startups.
Mohammad Karimadini is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Arak University of Technology, and Vice-President for Technology in Arak Science and Technology Park, Arak, Iran.
Mostafa Karimian Eghbal
President, 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.
Project Manager, Johanneberg Sciennce Park, Sweden
Evdoxia (Eva) Kouraki, M.Sc. Environmental Management & Policy, is Project Manager at Urban...
Evdoxia (Eva) Kouraki, M.Sc. Environmental Management & Policy, is Project Manager at Urban Development Open Arena of Johanneberg Science Park – Sweden’s leading collaborative arena for urban development – since 2015. Currently, she is involved in the building up, management and coordination of various innovative collaboration projects in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. These include among others, HSB Living Lab – a world unique arena in the form of residence building where new technological and architectural innovations will be tested for 10 years, SCORE – Interreg NSR with focus on public service delivery improvement based on smart, data-driven solutions etc.
Eva is the Coordinator of Women in IASP subnetwork and member of the Organization Committee for the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE) 2020; BEYOND2020 which will be hosted in June 2020, in Gothenburg.
President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, USA
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private...
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential. SPARK curates and implements a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region’s global competitiveness.
Paul has four decades of economic and community expertise. He led San Jose, California’s economic development efforts in Silicon Valley where he served as chief development officer. He also had similar leadership roles in Cleveland Ohio and Jacksonville Florida. Paul founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams.
He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art.
In addition to his responsibilities as SPARK CEO, Paul Krutko was honored to serve as chair of the preeminent professional economic development organization in the world, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Paul was founding chair of the Economic Development Research Partnership. He was designated a Honorary Life Member of IEDC in 2013. Paul is Chair of the Board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) and will serve in that capacity in 2019 and 2020. He is also Treasurer of the American Center for Mobility.
General Manager, Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Innovation Center, China
Mr. Lai is the General Manager of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Innovation Center. Mr. Lai joined...
Mr. Lai is the General Manager of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Innovation Center. Mr. Lai joined Shanghai Caohejing Hi-tech Park (Shanghai Hi-tech Park United Development Ltd), a full member of IASP. He has been elected as the President of the IASP Asia Pacific Division since October 2016. After over a decade-long practice in innovation and incubation service at Caohejing Hi-tech Park, Mr. Lai has developed professional skills and rich experience in business development and science park management. Committed to strengthening communication and collaboration between International science parks, he also initiated the launch of an International Co-incubation Complex in Caohejing Hi-tech Park where an innovation ecosystem will be nurtured with a number of international partners.
Mr. Haofeng Lai holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Fudan University, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration and European Social Security from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (the University of Leuven, Belgium).
Digital Strategist & Communication Manager, Science Park Mjardevi, Sweden
Fredrik has been working with communication, marketing, and digital strategies for over a decade....
Fredrik has been working with communication, marketing, and digital strategies for over a decade. He has experience in developing brands and operating in a digital context. One of his main focus areas has been how digitalization connects companies and organizations operations with their communication and brand, both in private industry and publicly-held companies. Currently, you find him in Science Park Mjärdevi, one of Sweden’s biggest and oldest science parks where he is part of the team rebranding the park and implementing the park’s new strategies for supporting the brilliant minds of the future.
Gerard Le Bihan
Director, Images & Réseaux, France
Gérard Le Bihan began his career at Alcatel, focusing on R & D in fixed and mobile networks....
Gérard Le Bihan began his career at Alcatel, focusing on R & D in fixed and mobile networks. First a systems engineer at Alcatel CIT (1981-1987) specializing in Signaling System No. 7, he was then appointed Software Development Team Leader and then Project Manager for Broadband Data Switching (ATM) products. In 1998, he became Head of System Competence Center in the Alcatel-CIT Switching division, responsible for fixed and mobile architecture studies. In 1999, he became Program Director, first in core fixed network (E10) and then in mobile (2G / 3G) activities in charge of the development of functional releases of products. Senior architect of the core business of mobile networks in charge of developments towards next-generation networks (NGN, IMS) from 2005 to 2006, he took the responsibility of site manager of the Lannion site of Alcatel-Lucent (2007-2009). From 2009 to 2013, he served as Senior Architect System and Networks in the wireless business unit of the Alcatel-Lucent group (in charge of architecture choices for 3G and 4G radio access products). Gérard Le Bihan is also at the initiative of the creation in 2010 of Arc Bretagne Atlantique, a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Orange aimed at helping regional SMEs thanks to the resources and skills of both groups.
Having participated, on behalf of Alcatel, in the creation of the Images & Réseaux competitiveness cluster since 2005, he was then the treasurer from January 2007 to the end of 2012. After his departure from Alcatel-Lucent, Gérard Le Bihan became, since January 2013, the new Managing Director of Images & Réseaux. From June 2015 to June 2019, Gérard Le Bihan has been Chairman of Smart Energy French Cluster an inter cluster organization on French smart energy solutions.
In this context, he contributed to the implementation of the cluster’s new strategy around the product and services factory. I&R’s international strategy is closely linked to the establishment of a digital Francophony with privileged contacts with Quebec, Wallonia and Morocco. Since 2013, I&R has developed its European presence around KIC Digital, of which it is a member, and European PPPs related to ETPs (5G on networks, NEM on media). As part of the PPP FIWARE I&R was selected to operate one of the 16 accelerators of this program (FI-C3). At the national level, I&R has been selected by the State to animate one of the plans of the New Industrial France on the augmented reality. At the regional level, I&R is involved in structuring projects such as the Cyber Pole of Excellence, the Pays de la Loire RFIs, the biregional initiative on smart energy “SMILE” and the French Techs in its territory (by managing “Pass French Tech”). End 2018 of 2019, I&R and the cluster TES from Normandy decided to merge to develop a more powerful tool at the service of the innovation. This project has been approved by the French State and the three regions to be effective before end 2019.
Bernard Le Falher
Project Manager, Atlanpole, France
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.
CEO, Interspectral, Sweden
Louise Lennersten has extensive experience in Human Resources and organizational development....
Louise Lennersten has extensive experience in Human Resources and organizational development. Through a previous career as a consultant and agency manager, she has specialized in change management and performance management as well as leadership training and coaching. She is well-versed within the IT and tech sector.
Louise has become a part of the start-up community through positions as COO in the startup rocket Narrative and has also worked with scaling up startups and supporting in resource and investment matching at the incubator LEAD in Sweden.
Since June 2018, Louise is the CEO of the Swedish visualization company Interspectral that develops the 3D software Inside Explorer for analyzing and investigating digital twins for multiple markets and solutions
Françoise Le Vacon
BioFortis Merieux Nutrisciences, France
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 15 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.
Director, Kilometro Rosso, Italy
Salvatore Majorana is the Director of Kilometro Rosso (www.kilometrorosso.com), the Innovation...
Salvatore Majorana is the Director of Kilometro Rosso (www.kilometrorosso.com), the Innovation District in the heart of Lombardy (Italy), one of the most industrialized regions of Europe.
In its 40 hectares of campus, Kilometro Rosso aggregates industrial firms, Universities and Research Centers, fostering collaboration and cross fertilization in new products & services creation.
With a solid experience in management of patents and patent portfolio, IP licensing and tech-based start-up creation, Salvatore’s core activity stays on transferring research to the market.
Prior to join Kilometro Rosso, Salvatore served as Director of Technology Transfer at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, a top tier research center active in the fields of robotic, materials and life science. He was Managing Director of an investment company, Managing Consultant for AT Kearney and Deloitte, investment analyst for the KIWI Investment Fund and expert researcher at Telecom Italia Lab (CSELT).
He holds a degree in Engineering from University of Catania (Italy), was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (USA) and gained his MBA at INSEAD (France and Singapore). Among his appointments, he’s presently a PoC Expert Reviewer for ERC – European Research Council, Expert Reviewer for EIT – European Institute for Innovation and Technology, President of the jury at “Premio Gaetano Marzotto”, member of the board at the Digital Innovation Hub of Bergamo, member of the Technical Board of the Competence Center MADE on I4.0, engaged as external expert at the A2A Innovation Board, mentor of the Unicredit Start Lab. He teaches courses on innovation and new business development and is a renowned speaker on these topics.
International Business Development Manager, EuraMaterials, France
Graduated from the Vlerick School voor Management (Ghent, Belgium), Karl MARTIN has a Master of...
Graduated from the Vlerick School voor Management (Ghent, Belgium), Karl MARTIN has a Master of Business Administration.
Working experience is through two domains :
– International Business Development within small, medium-sized companies, and a large group in the steel industry.
– attracting Foreign Direct Investments in the automotive, and the railway Industry in Northern France for the Chamber of Commerce of the Valenciennes Area (Hauts-de-France Region) with a strong focus on Japan and North America.
Today, he is International Business Development Manager at EuraMaterials, North European Cluster in « New Processing Material Industries ».
Karl MARTIN works to promote the Advanced Materials Ecosystem internationally in order to stimulate multi cross sectorial partnerships between entrepreneurs, small medium-sized companies, large groups , researchers, education, technical centers, public authorities and the community in order to generate a positive socio-economic impact for the territory : job creation and value creation.
Relying on a mixed background industry/economic development, Karl MARTIN operates in public/private environments easily. He supports the internationalisation of firms and moves forward to attract new settlement projects. Main concern is to develop a network of science park partnerships operating in the development of Advanced Materials Systems to address today’s challenges : environmental issues and scarcity of raw materials.
Specialties : Strategy, sales & marketing, business development, lobbying & networking, experience in B to B, change management, entrepreneuship, internationalisation of firms.
IP Strategist, Berggren Oy, Finland
Mariella has 15 years of experience as an IP attorney-at-law handling all aspects of intellectual...
Mariella has 15 years of experience as an IP attorney-at-law handling all aspects of intellectual property created through innovation. She works as an IP Strategist at Berggren Oy, a Nordic Intellectual Property firm.
She has been a frequent speaker at international events and workshops in China, Italy, South Korea, Russia and the United States where she has spoken on a variety of IP issues, including Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Standard Essential Patents. She has also authored several articles on IP matters from a European and comparative law perspective, including the role of IP as a key to internationalization for start-ups and SMEs, the increased value of IP in open innovation environments, know-how protection, and the doctrine of equivalence.
Founder, Blablacar, France
Frédéric initiated and led the entrepreneurial adventure of BlaBlaCar, from the original idea to...
Frédéric initiated and led the entrepreneurial adventure of BlaBlaCar, from the original idea to the creation of the world’s first long distance carpool community.
The idea of BlaBlaCar was born of a personal need. He had to return to Vendée from Paris to spend Christmas with his family in 2003. But all the trains were full. It was finally his sister, then living in Rouen, who took him. And on the road, he realized that most cars were empty. He then realized that there were free places to go home: only they were not in the trains but in cars! This is how the idea of BlaBlaCar was born.
Passionate about solutions with a strong social impact, Frédéric focuses today on the strategy, vision and development perspectives of BlaBlaCar. He regularly speaks on topics such as entrepreneurship (#WonderLeon, The Galion Project …), the building of trust in online communities, global marketplaces and the mobility of the future.
Frédéric holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm), a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University (USA) and an MBA from INSEAD. Before founding BlaBlaCar, he was a research scientist for NASA in the USA and NTT in Japan. Frédéric is also a pianist and passionate musician.
VP International Development and R&D Cooperation, Naval Group, France
Director of International Affairs, GSTPARK, Iran
He is the Director of International affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology...
He is the Director of International affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office in Golestan Science and Technology Park (gstpark).
He holds a Master Degree in International Law (LLM) from Allameh Tabatabaie university, Tehran; LLB in Law, and BA in English Literature from Tabriz university.
He has been a lecturer of international law and English Language at Azad University since 2010 and is a patent attorney in Iran.
With a specialty and several years of work experience and research in International area studies, intellectual property, patent, innovation; his professional interests include disruptive technologies associated with Industry 4.0, ecosystem thinking, intellectual property, patent, and technology transfer.
In the last year (IASP 2018) conference in Isfahan, he was a speaker and made his oral presentation titled “The role of STPs and AOIs in meeting sustainable development challenges faced by cities in developing countries”.
He is currently working as the Director of International Affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in Golestan Science and Technology Park.
Manager, Lion Science Park & Roar Nigeria Hub, Nigeria
Chinwe Fidelia Okoli is currently the Manager of Roar Nigeria hub and the Pioneer Manager of Lion...
Chinwe Fidelia Okoli is currently the Manager of Roar Nigeria hub and the Pioneer Manager of Lion Science Park, the first university-embedded hub and Science Park in West Africa respectively. Her role involves business coaching, business incubation program development, innovation course development, designing organisational structure, investment mapping, marketing, community engagement, B2B & B2C matchmaking, creating networks and innovation events.
Her previous positions that involved data pooling and creating networks for relevant organisational goals. She was the Alumni Liaison Officer at the University of Nigeria’s Liaison Office in Abuja. A Coach, Speaker and an Author of two books-The Ladder to Academic Excellence and A Daunting Odyssey. She is also the Founder of Grand Africa Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that grooms, educates and mentors (GEM) young people across Africa to discover and harness their unique talents and contribute meaningfully to the society with the goal of achieving a safer society for all.
Chinwe holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; M.Sc. in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in Management of Higher Education from Galilee International Management Institute, Galilee, Israel.
Managing Director, IDEPA, Spain
Industrial Engineering (University of Oviedo), by Polytechnic University of Gijon, Master in...
Industrial Engineering (University of Oviedo), by Polytechnic University of Gijon, Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Eva Pando Iglesias, currently managing director of IDEPA, president of ASTURGAR, SRP and CEEI, and member of the board of directors of ASTUREX, coordinates the organizations that make up the IDEPA GROUP to improve the economic development of the Principality of Asturias, forming a specialized team completely focused on the support of Asturian companies. His responsibilities include various fields: investments, finance, internationalisation, innovation, infrastructures, etc.
In 2018, under her direction, IDEPA has be awarded with the following recognitions:
Best European Development Agency granted by EURADA and Best project of economic promotion to the OPEN INNOVATION 4.0 program, awarded by the European Commission. This program was one of the pilars that allowed Asturias to be recognized as European Entrepreneurial Region 2019.
She is a member of the board of directors of the European networks VANGUARD and EURADA, and also member of the board of directors of de RDA’s Forum (Regional Development Agencies of Spain).
She has contributed to the creation of ASBAN (Asturias Business Angels Network) and she has been Vice President of ANCES (Spanish Business Innovation Center Network).
She has collaborated in several programmes and activities related to start ups at international level, both in the EU ecosystem and in Latin American countries, being an expert evaluator of SMEs of the European Commission, and independent expert in the mid-term evaluation of the Eurostars 2 Programme.
Previously she managed for 10 years the European Business and Innovation Centre CEEI, oriented towards innovative and technological companies, where he developed his skills, mainly through his previous experience, working in the venture capital market for 8 years.
During the period she worked at the venture capital firm SRP, she was an investment analyst and later coordinated the investment department.
Jaime Parada Ávila
Director, PIIT, Mexico
Jaime Parada has over 39 years experience in the fields of Research, Science and Technology...
Jaime Parada has over 39 years experience in the fields of Research, Science and Technology Development, Innovation and Business Management. He currently holds the position of Director General of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo Leon, and also is the Director of the Research and Technology Innovation Park (PIIT) of Nuevo León.
He obtained a degree on Mechanic and Electric Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM), and served as a professor in the Faculty of Engineering of the same University for over 15 years. He has also completed graduate courses on diverse subjects such as strategic planning, quality assurance systems, research and technological development. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Prior to his current position, he was appointed by the Mexico´s President as Director General of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), due to his renowned experience on the field. He held this position from January 2001 to September 2005.
Before that, he made a career as Chief Technology Officer in private companies such as Vitro and Cydsa, which are internationally recognized. He also held positions at director level on companies and government institutions, such as Technology director of Sidermex Group, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Manufacturing Research and Program Director of Research and Technology Centers at CONACYT.
In 2005, he founded Innovation and Competitiveness, SA de CV (Inncom), an expert consulting firm on competitiveness and innovation, advising governments and companies on issues of strategy, technology and organization, to making them more valuable through technology and innovation management. Also, he is Founder and President of the board of Nanomateriales SA de CV, high-tech company in the field of Nanotechnology.
In 2006, he was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas in the area of postgraduate science, technology and innovation studies, where he participates as a global fellow of the International Council on Competitiveness and Innovation Institute (IC2).
His contributions to the field of Science, Technology and Innovation have been acknowledged by several countries and institutions, such as the Order of Merit of the German Republic, which gave him the Decoration in the degree of Grand Officer. He is Vicepresident of the Mexican Academy of Engineering and, in recognition for his contributions to administrative and legal reforms to the science and technology and international cooperation policies, he was honored as a member of the Mexican Academy of International Law.
He is board member of several associations, research centers and councils, such as the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), 7 CONACYT´s Research Centers in the areas of Mechatronics, Biotechnology, Advanced Materials, Energy, Water, and Manufacturing, the National Innovation Committee of the Ministry of Economy, the Competitiveness Council of the Manufacturing Industry Chamber CAINTRA Monterrey, and the Business Editorial Council of the prestigious regional newspaper El Norte. Member of Advisory Committee of Laboratorios Silanes (a pharmaceutical company) and ADIAT (Mexican Society of Directors of Applied Research and Technological Development). Member of Research and Innovation for Posgraduates Council at ITESM. Member of Laboratorios Silanes Council. Actually he is CEO at Innovation and Technology Transfer Institute in Nuevo Leon and President of Nuevo Leon, Economy and Knowledge Society Program. On September 2017 he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL).
CEO, Surrey Research Park, United Kingdom
Dr Malcolm Parry OBE PhD BSc PGCertEd. MSB CBiol. He gained a BSc Hons in 1972, PhD in 1977 and...
Dr Malcolm Parry OBE PhD BSc PGCertEd. MSB CBiol.
He gained a BSc Hons in 1972, PhD in 1977 and PGCE 1977 from the University of London after which he took an academic post at the University of Surrey in 1977.
He moved from his academic post in 1983 to create for the University its Surrey Research Park. He has been active in supporting the commercialisation of science and technology for over 35 years.
He has written and lectured extensively on the subject while also gaining commercial experience through starting and selling two companies.
He continues to run the Surrey Research Park while also acting as an expert for UNESCO, the WTA, the UK Science Park Association, which he founded with colleagues in 1984 and is an active member of the International Science Parks Association.
He has also been active in the business community in his region for more than 35 years and was honoured in 2006 with an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work on Education and Industry links.
Dr Malcolm Parry OBE
Josep M. Piqué
Executive President, Technova Barcelona - La Salle, Spain
Josep Miquel Piqué is Executive President of La Salle Technova Innovation Park and immediate past...
Josep Miquel Piqué is Executive President of La Salle Technova Innovation Park and immediate past president of IASP. He is an expert of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission, and member of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE).
He has promoted several hybrid organizations taking the partnership model University-Industry-Public Administration. In the field of public administration has been CEO of the District Innovation – 22 @ Barcelona. Among other projects, he has participated in the team of Barcelona European Capital of Innovation. He has published several papers in publications and congresses on Innovation Ecosystems, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
CEO and Head of Tech Community, Technology Park Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Jernej Pintar is CEO and Head of Tech Community at Technology Park Ljubljana. He is a...
Dr. Jernej Pintar is CEO and Head of Tech Community at Technology Park Ljubljana. He is a diagnostician on ScaleUps and their growth. For over a decade he is a jury member of a national competition for fastest growing company (‘The Golden Gazelle’). As a community builder he has constructed several communities that are still fully growing and due to his energy and know-how he became known as ‘doc Dynamite’. He is an author of several best-reader articles on entrepreneurial know-how (sales, marketing, business strategy, leadership, talent acquisition, …) and of a book on public-private partnerships. He has pursued his education at United World College in Norway, LSE, University of Edinburgh and University of Ljubljana.
His passion lies in creativity, in connecting high-impact people, exploration of know-how and tech, music and hiking.
Marketing & Communication Manager, Lakeside Science & Technology Park, Austria
Mr. Pitschmann is responsible for Marketing and Communication at Lakeside Science & Technology...
Mr. Pitschmann is responsible for Marketing and Communication at Lakeside Science & Technology Park (LSTP) since 2014. He has a degree in business administration – focus: innovation, marketing and leadership – as well as sports management. He was self-employed for 4 years before coming to LSTP. Throughout the work with enterprises, research and educational institutions he requires knowledge about tenants’ and stakeholders’ concerns, wishes and needs. He refers to a wide understanding of the role of STPs in matters of interdisciplinary cooperation and operational innovation.
CEO, Here East, United Kingdom
Gavin served in the Royal Air Force for more than 20 years as an engineering officer. Starting as...
Gavin served in the Royal Air Force for more than 20 years as an engineering officer. Starting as an apprentice and finishing as an advisor to the defence ministerial team in government he commanded many squadrons and wings with diverse functions from ground and air engineering to bomb disposal units. Upon leaving the military service, Gavin joined the Centre for Social Justice, eventually leading the organization overseeing a period of intense business change, including a project to restructure the organisation and launch three new major policy initiatives which ultimately led to a change in law through the introduction of the Modern Day Slavery Act.
In 2012, Gavin left to lead the Here East project and stand up the original vision and bid team. His vision for Here East has been instrumental in creating what has become the most successful re-development of an Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre globally, and one of the fastest-growing technology business clusters in London.
Director, Tecnopuc, Brazil
Rafael Prikladnicki is the director of Tecnopuc (PUCRS’ science and technology park), located in...
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.
Associate Professor, Linköping University, Sweden
Luis Ribeiro is an Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering with Specialization in...
Luis Ribeiro is an Associate Professor in Manufacturing Engineering with Specialization in Industrial Cyber-physical Systems at Linköping University Sweden. He holds a Swedish Docent degree in Manufacturing Engineering, from Linköping University, Sweden, and a PhD and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. His research focuses on developing smart automation solutions with plug-and-produce capabilities, active data processing, and highly dynamic management of production resources making possible the sustainable mass production of highly customized products. He is one the leaders of the expert group in Virtual Production of the Production 2030 Swedish initiative, the Factory Automation chair of the IEEE P2660.1 working group on Recommendation Practices on Industrial Agents: Integration of Software Agents and Low Level Automation Functions, and has been active in different qualities and conditions in over 10 international research projects in the field of Industrial Digitalization and Intelligent Automation. He is also active in large educational projects in the field of Industry 4.0, for example the Swedish Civilingenjör 4.0 project that aims at the development of a nationwide education portfolio in Industrial Digitalization.
Head of Sandbacka Science Park, Sweden
Ms Malin Rogström has a background within journalism with a Bachelor of Journalism from the...
Ms Malin Rogström has a background within journalism with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Stockholm. She has worked in serveral positions and as an Editing Manager as well as the Head of the publishing department at the national news at the swedish bradcasting corporation, SVT.
Malin Rogström is experienced from holding several management roles driving cultural change and enhancing innovation in a global manufacturing company, Sandvik AB, as The Global Manager of Culture & Change, and in other organisations such as the Swedish Migration Agency.
She is the founder of her business, Winclude, and a board member in other companies as well as the President of a larger swedish soccer club.
At IASP in Nantes she is representing as the Head of a swedish science park, Sandbacka Science Park in Sandviken.
Her area of expertise is social sustainability, change, diversity & inclusion driving innovation as well as the need of psychological safety in building efficient and innovative teams.
CEO, Ideon, Sweden
Mia Rolf, Executive MBA, has 25 years of experience from the tech industry in leading roles like...
Mia Rolf, Executive MBA, has 25 years of experience from the tech industry in leading roles like Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Business Developer of international companies.
14 of these years she has been an entrepreneur and investor in startup companies, within the digitalisation and change management field, running projects for large companies, both B2B and B2C.
Since 2016 she is the CEO of Ideon Science Park in Lund, Sweden.
The park hosts over 400 companies and 10 000 sharp minds that creates the future within the focus areas Smart Cities, Future Transportation, Healthtech and Smart Materials. In 2019 Ideon Science Park signed the UN Global Compact and became a UN science Park to support the development of the World.
Mrs Rolf is furthermore a professional Board Executive and a dedicated Rotarian. She believes that we can change the World for the better if we collaborate across borders.
Director General, IASP
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).
CEO, AutonomIQ, USA
Ram Shanmugam is the co-founder and CEO of AutonomIQ, a startup that uses AI and Machine Learning...
Ram Shanmugam is the co-founder and CEO of AutonomIQ, a startup that uses AI and Machine Learning to improve the digital transformation for enterprises.
He is a serial entrepreneur and has previously started two companies and has over 15 years of product and technology experience working at some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley like Cisco, HP etc. In addition to his passion for building good products, he also spends time mentoring other startups and entrepreneurs to build great companies.
Ram and his work has been recognized as a Top 50 technology leader, Top 10 AI startup, Top 20 Dev Ops startup and several other global awards.
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, Dhahran Techno Valley Company, Saudi Arabia
Craig Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Dhahran Technology Development Company, operating the...
Craig Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Dhahran Technology Development Company, operating the world’s largest Advanced Research Complex devoted entirely to the Energy industry. Craig oversees all aspects of the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park, from intellectual property and entrepreneurship to Energy Company strategic alignment, R&D development and engagement with Saudi and Regional Academia.
Previously, Craig led the Emerging Technologies group at US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Labs, specializing in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research, Conventional Energy Strategic Development, Cyber Security and Information Technologies.
Craig advises universities and businesses across Asia and the Middle East on launching start-ups and spinoffs and is a frequent mentor and judge for global business competitions. Craig has been advisor to the USPTO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property and the IP Office of Singapore on energy issues and Intellectual Property Rights in World Energy Markets.
Craig serves on several Boards including the College of Engineering Sciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, the California Invention Center and Licensing Executives Society, Silicon Valley, where he was Chairman of the Board in 2015-16. He is Chairman of Innovation and Commercialization for the Middle East Process Engineering Conference (2017-2019) and member of the Executive Committee for the International Petroleum Technology Conference (2020). Craig was Licensing Executives Society International’s Distinguished Fellow from 2015-2017.
Craig holds an MBA in International Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, studied Cleantech Economics at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and US Energy Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
CEO, Richardson Chamber of Commerce/Tech Titans, USA
Sproull is President and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), its North Texas...
Sproull is President and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), its North Texas membership affiliate Tech Titans, and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). This unique and complex set of organizations he runs has two separate Board of Directors and a City to whom he reports.
Sproull has also been a leader in state, national and international economic and technology development. He served for 6 years on the board of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a half-billion investment fund, which he Chaired during 2010-2011. He was elected Chairman of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest association for professional economic developers, in 2014, and served on its board for 10 years.
Previously he held senior economic development positions in Dallas, McKinney Texas and in Kansas City, Missouri. Sproull is a graduate of Baylor University, where he received a BA degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science.
Sproull is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Texas Research Alliance, a joint industry-university program in North Texas. He also serves on the board of the Technology Councils of North America Foundation board.
Sproull’s economic development accomplishments were recognized by the editors of Site Selection magazine when they selected the $3 billion Texas Instruments semiconductor fabrication project as the Top Development Deal nationally of 2003. He guided and edited two major professional research papers on entrpreneurship published by IEDC: Accelerating Success: Strategies to Support Growth-Oriented Companies, and Unlocking Entrepreneurship: A Handbook for Economic Developers.
In 2010, the IEDC designated him with the distinction of being a Fellow Member of the Council, and in 2015, an Honorary Life Member. Tech Titans inducted Sproull as its inaugural member of its Hall of Fame in 2010.
Co-Founder and CEO, Living Brain, Germany
Barbara Stegmann is the co-founder and CEO of the startup Living Brain which focusses on the...
Barbara Stegmann is the co-founder and CEO of the startup Living Brain which focusses on the development of scientifically proven serious games for people suffering cognitive decline. During her studies in psychology back in the year 2016 she met her co-founder who
underwent neurosurgery himself. Together they found Living Brain to digitize the way cognitive neurorehabilitation currently is done. After graduating in 2017 she decided to work full-time at Living Brain and deepened her knowledge about entrepreneurship and business.
Now she is responsible for all business related aspects and combines her passions for psychology and problem solving to work on her vision of authentic and everyday-based exercises for patients.
CEO, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), Kenya
Eng. John Tanui is the CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), a semi-autonomous...
Eng. John Tanui is the CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), a semi-autonomous government agency tasked with building Kenya’s first smart techno city whose aim is to create a new economic drive for the Nation.
Prior to joining KoTDA, Eng. Tanui was the deputy country CEO & VP Huawei Technologies responsible for delivery in four countries namely Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djiubuti. Prior to that, he was the Director of Technical Service Department Huawei Technologies (Kenya) where he was responsible for its assets, revenue, costs and profit.
Previously, Eng. Tanui worked in several countries in Africa and also in China acquiring knowledge and experience in Business and project management, he has keen interest and expertise in Engineering Turnkey Projects, Innovations, setup and management of industry collaborations and partnerships. Eng. Tanui has more than 17 years of experience working in the technology sector globally and is passionate about how technology can be utilize to solve challenges facing economies.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Technology in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Moi University and MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi where he is currently pursuing PhD in global business management. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (MIEK), a registered engineer and a member of the Academy of International Business.
Eng. Tanui was profiled as tenth in the 2012 Top 40 under 40 by the Business Daily (Nation Media Group). He is a council member in Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and also serves as committee member for Advocacy, Journal and Publicity in IEK. Previously, he served as the University Council Vice Chairman at Technical University of Kenya and also served as an Advisory Council Member of the Presidential Digital Talent Program.
Jacques van Dinteren
Managing Director, IADP, The Netherlands
For more than 40 years, Jacques van Dinteren has worked on various topics in the area of spatial...
For more than 40 years, Jacques van Dinteren has worked on various topics in the area of spatial economic development and planning in different countries around the world. Today he is an independent consultant and Founding Partner / managing director of IADP: the Innovation Area Development Partnership. In this partnership consultancy firms, science parks and innovation districts are working together. They undertake research and exchange information. IADP is a member of IASP.
Jacques was consultant for, among others, Utrecht Science Park (The Netherlands), Zernike Science Park (The Netherlands), Vnukovo business and science park (Russia), Ghent Science Park (Belgium), Delft White Biotechnology Campus (The Netherlands), Campus Bochum (Germany), High Tech Automotive Campus (The Netherlands) and Novio Tech Campus (The Netherlands).
Regional Minister of Economy, Knowledge, Firms and Universities, Regional Government of Andalucia, Spain
PROFESSIONAL CEO, Telefé. Telefónica. Buenos Aires, Argentina.2000 Director of Finance....
CEO, Telefé. Telefónica. Buenos Aires, Argentina.2000
Director of Finance. Telefónica. 2001-03
Chief Investment Officer y CEO, Telefonica Venture Capital.Teléfonica, 2004-07
Director Mobile Area. Corporate Content Unit, Teléfonica, 2008-09
Managing Director, Corporate Content Unit, Telefónica, 2009-10
B.A., Business and Economics, University of Sevilla, 1982
Ph.D., Economics, University of Málaga, 1988
Microeconomics Course, London School of Economics, London, 07-09/1989
Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright grant), Berkeley, California, 1990-93
Consultant, IADB/Banco Mundial, Washington, D.C., 11-12/1992
Research Associate, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation , Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, 2012.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Málaga, 1984-89 y 1993-96.
Professor of Economics, University of Granada, 1997-2000.
Professor of Entrepreneurship, MBA Programs, IE Business School, Madrid, 2012-2019.
Cambridge Science Park, United Kingdom
With a degree in Law and French and a postgraduate diploma in European marketing, Jeanette’s...
With a degree in Law and French and a postgraduate diploma in European marketing, Jeanette’s early career was in international business development. Prior to joining the Cambridge Science Park in 2017, Jeanette was Project Director at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus where she helped attract companies including AstraZeneca to the Campus, and created a strong sense of community. At the Cambridge Science Park, Jeanette is spearheading marketing, community building and master planning. In her first year she was instrumental in securing a £200m investment in the Science Park from TUS-Holdings of Beijing, China. February 2018 she travelled to China with Theresa May as part of a trade mission to promote business between the UK and China.
Jeanette is motivated by the Science Park’s vision – “a better world for everyone”. She is committed to curating a community-based, innovation eco-system where companies that are developing life-changing products and services can succeed. She is also passionate about creating a place where people genuinely love to work.
When she is not working, Jeanette loves rummaging in charity shops for old furniture, picture frames and wooden bowls which she up-cycles using a combination of chalk paints and remnants of designer fabrics.
Executive Director, 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.
Director of Research, Ann Arbor SPARK, USA
As director of research, Alex uses the power of data to tell a compelling story about the Ann...
As director of research, Alex uses the power of data to tell a compelling story about the Ann Arbor, Michigan region to support SPARK’s business attraction and retention efforts. Prior to joining SPARK, Alex held various roles in international economic development, most recently for the Department for International Trade (the economic development arm of the UK government), consulting for US/UK businesses in the cybersecurity and B2B software sectors. She is a California native and has lived and worked in Italy and the UK.
Alex holds a BA from UC Berkeley and received her MA in International Trade Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is currently completing an executive master’s degree in Information and Data Science through UC Berkeley.
Director SME relations, Johanneberg Science park, Sweden
Björn Westling is Director of SME relations at Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg Sweden since...
Björn Westling is Director of SME relations at Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg Sweden since 2012. Johanneberg Science Park is Sweden’s leading arena for collaboration and co-creation for sustainable urban development. With about 200 SME members, the Science Park constitutes an important part of the regional innovation system for SME’s, in particular for Greentech businesses.
Mr Westling holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology and a degree in Project Management from the same university. During his career, Björn has held leading positions in several technology-driven SME’s as well as research and consultancy roles within Innovation Management and Business Development.
Björn Westling has co-ordinated and led numerous European and national innovation projects including the EU Framework programmes and Regional Funds programmes. He is the co-author of books on Lean Manufacturing and former board member of the Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support (SNITTS). He divides his free time between cycling and beer.