Speakers

Monday 30.9.2019 – Joint Conference

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Dirk Jan van den Berg

Chairman of the EIT Governing Board | Chair of the Sanquin Board

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    Currently Dirk Jan holds the Chair of the Sanquin Foundation. Sanquin operates the national blood supply system in the Netherlands, houses a world leading research institute on immunology, hematology and transfusion healthcare and owns and manages several businesses in products and services in the area of plasma based pharmaceuticals, reagents and diagnostics. Sanquin stimulates innovations through its Sanquinnovate Inc

    Since July 2018 Dirk Jan is the chair of the Governing Board of the EIT. Dirk Jan has several supervisory roles, in Gasunie BV (gas transport services in the Netherlands), FMO (the Dutchdevelopment bank), CPB (Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and TRADESPARENT BV (a startup/scaleup in data management software).

    In his previous career Dirk Jan has hold high level positions in the Dutch diplomatic and civil service, as secretary general of the MFA, permanent representative to the UN in New York and ambassador to the PR of China. In academics he served as the (executive) president of Delft University of Technology.

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Mari Pantsar

Sitra

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    Mari Pantsar leads the Carbon-neutral circular economy theme at Finnish Innovation fund Sitra. She steers the strategy of the theme and ensures that all activities related to it direct Finland towards a more ecologically sustainable and competitive society.

    Mari has about 20 years’ experience of managerial tasks in the development of cleantech and circular economy business in the private and public sector and on several companies’ boards. She has a doctorate in philosophy and holds the title of docent at the University of Helsinki and at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Among others, she is a board member of International Institute for sustainable Development.

    Mari believes that ecological sustainability is not an alternative, but a starting point – and a vital part of competitiveness.

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Timo Pesonen

Director General, DG Grow, European Commission

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    Mr Pesonen is the Director-General of Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2019.

    Mr Pesonen has been previously working as Director-General for Communication at the European Commission and the Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Olli Rehn, who was in charge of the Economic and Monetary Affairs (2010-2014) and of the Enlargement (2004-2009). Earlier in his career, Mr Pesonen has worked as a Spokesperson to Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for Budget and Administration.

    Before joining the European Institutions, Mr Pesonen has been the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Paavo Lipponen. Mr Pesonen has also served as a Counsellor in the Finnish Foreign Service.

    Mr Pesonen has Masters in Social Sciences-International Politics, University of Tampere, Finland (1989). He has accomplished External Relations training course of the EU Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1992 – 1993) and “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage” course at Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA (2008).

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Maurizio Gattiglio

Executive Vice-President, Prima Industrie S.p.A., Vice Chairman of MANUFUTURE ETP

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    Maurizio Gattiglio is Executive Vice-President of Prima Electro S.p.A., Chairman of Convergent Photonics, MA USA and General Manager of Prima Electro China Co.Ltd. Prima Electro is the component division of Prima Industrie a leading engineering corporation operating worldwide in the field of industrial lasers, sheet metal machinery and electronics. Maurizio Gattiglio is also Board Director and Past Chairman of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) and Co-Chairman of MANUFUTURE European Technology Platform. He has worked within the Prima Group since 1986 where he has occupied a number of different positions in R&D&I, Customer support, manufacturing and management. He holds several patents of invention in the area of coordinate measuring machines and high power laser technology. Maurizio Gattiglio obtained a degree in mechanical engineering in 1984 from the Polytechnic of Turin.

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Jean-François Soussana

INRA

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    Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana is Vice-Chair of INRA for international affairs. He is a member of the Working Group II of IPCC and was the lead author of the recent IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Among many honored memberships, he is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the initiative “4 per 1000 Soils for Food Security and Climate”. He was recently selected as a board member of the ’Soil Health and Food’ mission for Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027). He is part of the international team of Carbon Action stn MULTA project.

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Andy Zynga

EIT Food

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    Andy Zynga was appointed CEO of EIT Food on November 18, 2018. Before joining EIT Food, Andy built and turned around several businesses in Europe and the USA, and most recently engineered a successful exit for Open Innovation Service Leader NineSigma, which he ran for 10 years. Other stations in his career include 6 years at KPMG Consulting, where he built an international telecommunication strategy practice, and 5 years at Vanco plc, where as CEO North America and Central Europe he was part of the Executive team that took the business public on the London Stock Exchange. Andy has a Master’s degree that combines Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, and he earned a Doctorate’s Degree with a thesis on (Open) Innovation Management from RWTH Aachen.

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Peter Dröll

European Commission Research and Innovation department

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    Peter has been working in the European Commission for more than 20 years in positions including financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries, Innovation Policy and European Research Area Policy. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik.

    Since 2010 he is at Directorate-General Research and Innovation where he was first responsible for Innovation then for Industrial Technologies and since June 2019 for the new Prosperity Directorate.

    Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm. Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law.

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Willem Jonker

EIT Digital

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    Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in
    academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at
    Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a parttime full professor in computer science at Twente University.
    Willem Jonker’s industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European
    Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held
    several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head,
    and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr.
    Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader,
    reviewer and advisor.

Dr. Karen Hanghøj

Karen Hanghøj

EIT RawMaterials

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    Dr Karen Hanghøj is the CEO and Managing Director of EIT RawMaterials, a Knowledge and Innovation Community supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union.

    Dr Karen Hanghøj holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen and has worked extensively with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits. Prior to joining EIT RawMaterials Karen was head of the Department of Petrology and Economic Geology at the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and involved in several EU – funded mineral raw materials projects and networks.

    Dr Karen Hanghøj is currently a member of the High-level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials, a stakeholder group advising the European Commission. She is also a member of advisory Boards for a range of Horizon 2020 projects such as MinFuture and ERAMIN2 as well as being a member of the UNFC Mineral Working Group and of advisory Board CAMM (Center for Advanced Mining and Metallurgy) of Luleå Technical University in Sweden.

Julien Guerrier

Julien Guerrier

European Commission

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    Julien Guerrier has been working at the European Commission for more than 20 years, mainly on industrial policy, international trade negotiations and corporate management issues.

    As a representative of the Commission, he also managed the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo.

    Currently, he is heading EASME, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission, which manages several EU funding Programmes, including COSME for the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs, Horizon 2020 for Research and Innovation, LIFE for climate action and environment and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

    Before joining the Commission, he was at the French Ministry of Public Works and participated in an exchange of officials with the Japanese administration, where he worked for one year.

    Julien Guerrier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in France and holds an MBA.

Tomi Korhonen

Tomi Korhonen

Business Finland

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    Tomi Korhonen has a broad background in media, communications and public affairs. He is currently Executive director of communications at Business Finland. Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki.
    He has also worked as a journalist, news anchor and breakfast-tv host at Yleisradio (Finnish Broadcasting Company) and as a journalist covering politics at Helsingin Sanomat, the largest daily newspaper in the Nordics.

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Jocelyn Blériot

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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    Jocelyn Blériot joined Ellen MacArthur in 2007, after 12 years spent in the media and publishing industry. Initially in charge of editorial matters at the Foundation (overseeing content development and messaging), he now fully focuses on leading the organisation’s institutional engagement. He notably represents the Foundation at the European Commission, and manages the relationship with governments and supra-national bodies such as the United Nations, the G7 Resource Alliance, the OECD or the World Economic Forum.

Jari Partanen

Jari Partanen

State Secretary to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland

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    Jari Partanen (b.1966) was appointed State Secretary to Ministers Katri Kulmuni, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Jari Leppä, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest in 4.7.2019. Earlier Partanen has worked as State Secretary for Ministers in Prime Minister’s Office (2015-2019) and as Secretary General for the Centre Party Parliamentary Group (2007-2015). He holds a Master Degree in law from the University of Lapland, Finland. Partanen has worked as an official representative of Finland in several EU meetings.

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Hans Bruyninckx

 European Environment Agency

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    Dr Hans Bruyninckx became the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency on 1 June 2013. In 1996 he completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University and since 2010 headed the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven which specialises in policy research. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in more than a dozen countries, in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.

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Leena Aarikka-Stenroos

Tampere University

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    Dr. Leena Aarikka-Stenroos is an Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of Industrial Management at Tampere University, Hervanta Campus and Docent in Innovation networks. Her expertize is in the technology business. Her interests are on how to turn Circular Economy technologies to global business, how to better understand and advance the interplay between technology developers and stakeholders in the market and society and how to apply networks and ecosystems in innovative technology businesses. She is leading and involved multiple Circular Economy projects that are conducted in collaboration with cities, firms, and other organizations (CICAT2025 2018-2023; CIRCHUBS 2017-2019, CIRCVOL 2018-2020, UPCE 2018-2020; ARVI 2014-2016). She holds a doctoral degree in Marketing, but her work is in the intersection of business, engineering and innovation and the Circular Economy. Her research articles on technology-based business and value creation have been awarded internationally.

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Johannes Kisser

Alchemia-Nova GmBH

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    Johannes Kisser studied chemical engineering with specialisation in food and plant chemistry/technology, and further elaborating metal accumulation in plants. He started with environmental analysis for the Austrian Environmental Protection Agency in 1998, working his way through waste management, with the focus shifting to circular economy solutions in the early 2000s. He has held lectureships on sustainable product design, supply chain management and CSR at Austrian universities, together with delivering countless speeches and talks at conferences on a variety of different topics. He has worked at alchemia-nova since 2002, became Chief Executive Officer in 2010 and then Technical Director in 2019 in order to place greater focus on innovations, knowledge sharing and consulting for ministries and companies. He is the developer and initiator of several national and international projects including the transdisciplinary H2020 projects HYDROUSA, HOUSEFUL and the COST Action Circular Cities – co-creating ideas and nurturing them to life. The strong systems-approach combines technology innovation with nature inspiration and drives social transformation.

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Per Mickwitz

European Environment Agency

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    Professor Per Mickwitz works as the Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University. He has a PhD in environmental policy from the University of Tampere. He has studied environmental policy evaluation, reflexive governance as well as energy and climate policy issues. In particular issues related to stability and change in socio-technical systems and the role of policies for these processes. Between 2014 and 2018 Per Mickwitz was the chair of the Finnish Strategic Research Council and since 2019 he is the vice chair of the board of the Academy of Finland. Since 2014 he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency and since 2018, he is the chair of the Committee. In 2011 he co-edited a special issue “Promoting Transformation towards Sustainable Consumption and Production in a Resource and Energy Intensive Economy – the Case of Finland” in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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Sari Kauppi

Finnish Environment Institute

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    PhD. Sari Kauppi works as a senior research scientists at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) in the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy. Dr. Kauppi has worked in many European wide and national research and developments projects and currently her work is focused on hazardous substances and plastics in circular economy. She was a member of the secretariat of the Plastics roadmap for Finland working group. Previously her research topics covered remediation of hazardous substances in terrestrial and aquatic environment and she has studied environmental and social impacts of mining.

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Erkki Verkasalo

Natural Resources Institute Finland

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    Erkki Verkasalo is the Research Professor of wood science and technology at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), previously at the Finnish Forest Research Institute since 1998, and a docent in the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). He has a PhD degree of wood technology from the University of Helsinki. His expertise covers wood-based value chains from the forest to the market, with specialization in the characterization, sourcing and utilization of wood-based raw materials among SMEs, value networks and materials of building and living with wood, wood product industries, side stream utilization and cascading, and related measurement and analysis methods. He has worked as a director of three research programs in Luke and Metla and is a member of several RTDI networks in Europe and Finland, such as Innovawood, LignoLink and PuuSuomi. He is an initiator and a developer of several international and national research and Triple Helix projects in the field of bio-economy and cascading, wood products sector and wood construction, for example the on-going H2020 projects of WoodCircus and BASAJAUN and LUKE projects UBWGI, Finnish Superwood, and concept and product development projects with enterprises and policy support actions in national and regional levels.

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Leen Gorissen

Studio Transitio

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    Leen Gorissen, Ph.D. in Biology and founder of Studio Transitio is specialized in ecology, transition science, regenerative design and bio-inspired innovation. From 2009 to 2017, she worked for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO Belgium) where she headed projects on sustainable forest management, circular economy and urban sustainability transitions. As an innovation biologist and transition process facilitator at Studio Transitio, Leen helps organizations and businesses to innovate like nature. She has worked for a broad range of clients, including the European Environment Agency, CIMMYT, the Belgian, Swedish and Portuguese EPAs, Triodos, SAS, Philips, BD, nexxworks, EDFLuminus, Courage, Business Leaders and the Portuguese Business Council for Sustainable Development. She organized bio-inspired innovation sessions in cities across the world including San Francisco, Oakland, Mexico-City, Perth, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Barcelona, Athens, Utrecht and Brussels and is the lead author of the book ‘Change the World City by City’ by LannooCampus (2018).

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Enni Ruokamo

Finnish Environment Institute

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    Enni Ruokamo, PhD in Economics, works as a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) in the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy. Her research interests cover topics such as emissions reduction potential of circular economy, energy and resource efficiency, technology diffusion, and consumer preferences for environmental friendly solutions. She has been involved in several national and international research projects, and currently she acts as a Work Package leader in the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council project BC-DC.

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Margareta Wahlström

VTT

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    Ms. Margareta Wahlström is working as a senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She has over 30 year of experience about recovery of waste materials, value chain analysis and safe waste management and sustainable use of waste in construction. She has deep knowledge on both existing and future directives and legislation on both EU and national level related to hazardous waste classification, waste recycling and waste management. Margareta is since 2012 appointed as the Finnish expert in the EU expert group for dangerous substances established by Commission under the DG GROW. Her areas of interest also cover standardisation work on waste characterization and quality assurance systems. She has also been project leader and participated in several European, Nordic and national projects on recycling of construction wastes and waste classification and management.

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Pavel Misiga

European Commission

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    Pavel Misiga is a graduate of London School of Economics and Princeton University. He worked as an environmental consultant and later as a senior official at the Ministry of Environment in his home country Slovakia. He represented his country in the EU accession negotiations in the field of environment. He joined the European Commission in 2003. During last 13 years he led teams working on Sustainable Production and Consumption, Resource Efficiency, Circular Economy, Water and Eco-innovation policies in different services of the European Commission. He is currently the head of the Circular Economy and Bio-based Systems unit in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation.

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Peter Post

Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen

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    Peter Post has started his professional career as a skilled worker training as a toolmaker and after that studying “general mechanical engineering” followed by a doctorate in Dr.-Ing. at the University of Siegen. Peter Post has held various positions in research and development at FESTO AG & Co. KG in Esslingen and has been responsible for Group-wide application research for more than 20 years. Currently, he advises the company on industrial and research policy issues as a corporate technology adviser and represents FESTO in various networks and clusters of application-oriented industrial research in Baden-Württemberg (incl. Cluster microTEC Südwest, and Allianz I4.0), Germany (incl. Steering Committee of Plattform Industrie 4.0, VDMA Research Fund for Fluid Technology) and Europe (incl. MANUFUTURE and EFFRA). In 2010 he was Awarded the German Future Prize. In 2012 he was appointed as Honorary Professor at Esslingen University, and in 2017 he was appointment to the German Council of Science and Humanities by the German Federal President.

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Klaus Beetz

Siemens AG

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    Klaus Beetz looks back on more almost three decades of industry experience in software and system engineering, including five years of international delegation to Eastern Europe. Over the years, he gathered extensive intercultural experience in numerous international projects involving multicultural cooperation, especially on the European level. Among other duties, he was a member of the board of trustees at the European Software Institute (ESI), member of the executive board of Digital Europe (DE), member of the steering group at the Eureka cluster ”Information Technology for European Advancement” (ITEA) and member of the board at the Alliance Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). Just recently he was elected to the board of the industry association Artemis

    Klaus joined Siemens in 2002 and was heading the Global Technology Field “Software and System Engineering” and responsible for the worldwide research and technology transfer of innovative engineering technologies for software intensive systems and digital technologies. Now he is responsible for external collaboration in Research, Development and Innovation at the Siemens Corporate Technology. From 2011 to 2015 he was delegated as Director for Business & Entrepreneurship at the Innovation Community (IC) EIT Digital within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). In 2018 he was chairing the Steering Committee of the Made by Europe consortium which has selected to implement the EIT Manufacturing KIC and now acts as Interims Chief Executive Officer of EIT Manuafcturing.

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José Caldeira

Chairman of MANUFUTURE Implementation Support Group (ISG), Board member of INESC TEC and PRODUTECH

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    José Carlos Caldeira is currently member of the Board of INESC TEC. He is also member of the Board of PRODUTECHProduction Technologies Cluster. He is member of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group and Chairman of its Implementation Support Group. He is also member of the Board of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association. He is also invited associated professor at Porto Faculty of Economics, on Innovation Policies. Between October 2014 and January 2018, he was the President of ANIAgência Nacional de Inovação – the Portuguese National Innovation Agency.

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Christian Bauckhage

Fraunhofer IAIS

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    Christian Bauckhage is professor of Computer Science at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it) and also a scientist researching multimedia pattern recognition at the Fraunhofer IAIS. In 1998 he graduated in Computer Science following his studies in Bielefeld and Grenoble; in 2002 he obtained his doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) in Bielefeld where he subsequently coordinated a successful EU research project on Cognitive Vision. From 2004 to 2008 Christian Bauckhage was involved in research at the Center for Vision Research at York University in Toronto and in the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin. He is the author of a number of published scientific papers in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Advanced HCI and Behavior Analysis and regularly acts as an assessor for conferences and journals as well as for the European Union’s IST program.

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Arto Metsänen

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    Arto Metsänen has been the CEO of Glaston Corporation since 2009. Glaston Corporation is the world leading manufacturer of glass processing equipment and services for the Architectural and Automotive industries. Mr. Metsänen, who has a M.Sc. in Mining and Mineral processing from Aalto university (formerly Helsinki University of Technology), has during his career held several CEO positions in world leading companies in different industries. Under his management, all of the companies have gone through a journey of fast turnaround, restructuring and profitable growth.   

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Michael May

Siemens AG

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    Michael May is heading the Company Core Technology Data Analytics & AI at Siemens. In Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich, he is responsible for fourteen research groups in Europe, US, and Asia. Michael is driving research at Siemens in AI, data analytics, machine learning and big data architectures. Before joining Siemens in 2013, Michael was Head of the Knowledge Discovery Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems in Bonn, Germany.

    Between 2002 and 2009 Michael coordinated two Europe-wide Data Mining Research Networks funded by the European Commission. He was local chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning ICML 2005, ILP 2005 and program co-chair of the European Conference on Machine Learning ECML/PKDD Industrial Track 2015. Michael did his PhD on machine discovery of causal relationships at the Graduate Programme for Cognitive Science at the University of Hamburg in 1997

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François Monnet

Solvay

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    After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1981, F Monnet obtained a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics in 1985 (Paris). He also got a Master in Artificial Intelligence (1986; Paris). He first worked 4 years at Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate labs, in Artificial Intelligence, leading a team on speech understanding, mobile robots and neural networks.

    François joined Solvay in 1989, to successively e in charge of chlorofluorinated production, and then plant manager in mineral and pharmaceutical chemistry. He managed the Global Business Unit “Advanced Functional Minerals” (Angera, Italy). Since 2006, François has been developing Solvay’s activities in Nanotechnologies and Renewable Based Chemistry, as part of Solvay’s Corporate New Business Development.

    In 2016, F Monnet has been elected President of ACDV, the French Industrial Association for Plant-Based Chemistry. He’s presently in charge of Public and External affairs for Solvay Corporate R&I. As such, he’s member of the Boards of SPIRE and SusChem, and at the Program Council Innovation of CEFIC. He is also at the Board of Axelera, French competitiveness cluster for Chemical and Environmental Industries (based in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region).

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Ruth Kerrigan

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), Ireland

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    Dr. Ruth Kerrigan is a chartered engineer with both industrial and academic experience with respect to research projects. Ruth joined IES in 2011 and is currently the Director for R&D. She is responsible for acquisition of R&D funding to help grow the business and deliver new products for the energy and construction market.

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Gintaras Vilda

Innovation and Industry 4.0, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania

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    Gintaras Vilda is Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation responsible for innovation policy, industry and trade.

    Prior to becoming Vice-Minister Gintaras Vilda was Director of the Lithuanian Engineering Industry Association (LINPRA) and Chairman of the Board of public body Intechcentras. Also, he acquired excellent strategic management and leadership skills of professional experience in a number of other leading positions, including Chief Production Officer at UAB Arginta Engineering, Business Development Director at UAB Elektromontuotojas and others.

    Gintaras Vilda completed electrical engineering studies at Kaunas High Technical School and holds a MA degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas University of Technology. He is a coordination group member of the National Industry Competitiveness Commission ‘Industry 4.0’, a member of the European Engineering Industries Association ORGALIME, the Council of European Employers of Engineering Industries CEEMET and the European Factories of the Future Research Association EFFRA.

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George Chryssolouris

Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), University of Patras, Greece

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    Prof. George Chryssolouris is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at the University of Patras, Greece. He worked at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the USA (1980-1993). He has been a consultant for American and European government agencies and private companies (National Science Foundation, European Commission, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Motorola, 3M, Boeing, General Electric, Kodak, Daimler Benz, BMW and others). Professor Chryssolouris has more than 400 publications in international scientific journals and refereed conferences. He is the author of two books published by Springer Verlag. He was the recipient of SME ́s Young Outstanding Manufacturing Engineer Award (1986). He was also granted the Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal by SME (2001) for his outstanding contributions to manufacturing. He was elected member of the International Institute for Production Research (CIRP) in 1993 and President of the CIRP on 2008. He received a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany (1979) and a Diploma (M.S.) in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1975).

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Eeva Järvenpää

Tampere University

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    Dr. Eeva Järvenpää works as a senior researcher at Tampere University, at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences. She received her Master’s degree from Mechanical Engineering in 2007, and Doctoral degree from Production Engineering in 2012, from Tampere University of Technology. During her doctoral and later research, she has developed ontology models for describing capabilities of manufacturing resources, and an approach for automatic matchmaking between product requirements and resource capabilities. She has been involved in multiple international and national projects relating to formal knowledge representation and engineering information management, digital manufacturing, production planning, reconfigurable manufacturing systems and Lean manufacturing. Recently, she acted as a Work Package leader in Horizon 2020 funded project ReCaM. She teaches on multiple master’s level courses about design for assembly, production system design, production planning and manufacturing IT-systems. She has authored over 50 articles published in scientific journals, conference proceedings, and compilations.

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Harri Kulmala

DIMECC Oy

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    Dr. Kulmala is the CEO of DIMECC Ltd. since 2008. DIMECC is one of the 1st really high-volume industry-driven PPPs implemented in EU countries. Dr. Kulmala has contributed to the European innovation system renewal and development of PPPs by creating and implementing novel co-creation methods. In 2017, he worked for the European Commission in the Moedas/Lamy high-level group for maximizing the impact of EU’s R&I programmes.

    Dr. Harri Kulmala has PhD in industrial management from Tampere University of Technology. In 2005, Dr. Kulmala started as an Associated professor in Lappeenranta University of Technology, and in 2008 he was appointed as a Research Professor at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. Dr. Kulmala has published more than 100 papers on industrial leadership, management, and innovations.

    Dr. Kulmala is a member of the board of The Technology Academy of Finland (Helsinki) and a nominated Fellow of the The Royal Society of Arts (London).

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Patricia Wolny

Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA)

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    Dr. Patricia Wolny works as Manager at the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA), a KIT unit, which is mandated by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to implement research policies and programmes in the field of production, services and work. In the department “Services and European Programmes”, she is responsible for EU – relations, national contact point activities and platform coordination (incl. Manufuture-DE). Furthermore, she works as independent expert for the European commission for activities encompassing evaluation, project monitoring, and event contributor. Her professional interest are in international projects and collaboration, innovation management, interdisciplinary research, Industry 4.0, sustainability, multi-stakeholder engagement and research and innovation strategy building.

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João Reis

University of Porto

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    Dr. João Reis is a senior researcher at the Research Center For Systems & Technologies (SYSTEC) and Institute for Systems and Robotics – Porto (ISR-Porto) since 2013. He received his Master’s degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP) in 2012 and Doctoral degree in Informatics Engineering in the same institution in 2019. During his doctoral programme he explored advanced manufacturing systems through the development of new Artificial Intelligent techniques, specifically in the topic of Zero-Shot Learning for machine learning model’s generation with zero-data towards optimal process parameter estimation. He is currently involved, and has previously participated, in several European and National research projects focusing on smart manufacturing systems. He is also an invited teacher at FEUP lecturing courses related with information systems, cyber-physical systems and object-oriented programming. He has authored more than 30 papers in international journals and conferences and co-coordinated over 10 master theses.

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Katerina Serati

EIT

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    Katerina Sereti has been working as a Policy Officer at the EIT since August 2016. She has been working in stakeholder engagement, policy advice and the EIT’s portfolio of synergies with the European Commission, other EU programmes and international organisations.  

    In October 2018 she was appointed Head of the Stakeholder Relations Section within the Unit of Communications and Stakeholder Relations of the EIT.  

    Prior to her work at the EIT, she had been working since 2005 at the Greek Ministry of Economy, in fields related to the Greek development law, EU Structural Funds and international organisations. She has also served as an Advisor to the Minister of Health in areas related to national reforms in the public health system and EU-funded projects. She was seconded to the EIT while serving as Head of EU co-funded projects at the General Directorate for Private Investments, Ministry of Economy. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a MSc in European Studies from the Athens University of Economy and Business. 

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Ennio Chiatante

Comau

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    Ennio Chiatante has been the Head of Digital Transformation Projects at Comau since 2016. In 1996 he began his career in Fiat Group (now FCA Group) as Project Manager. In 1998 he began to work at Comau, coordinating the product engineering business for Comau do Brasil SA in Betim. In 2000 he returned to Comau Italy as Project Manager within the Engineering Business Unit. Following this experience, from 2004 to 2007, he took on the role of Engineering Business Developmet Manager at Comau Shanghai Ltd. Returning to Italy again in 2007, Chiatante covered different and important roles at Comau, as Manager for the Engineering BU and for the Body Welding & Assembly BU. In 2016, he became part of Comau’s Corporate Innovation team as Head of Digital Transformation Projects. He graduated in 1996 in Mechanical Engineering and Business at University of Birmingham (UK).

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Minna Lanz

Tampere University

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    Dr. Minna Lanz works as a Professor of Mechanical engineering focusing on Production Systems and Technologies. She coordinates research and development projects focusing on following topics on Manufacturing ICT, Industrial robotics, human-robot collaboration, safety, sustainable manufacturing and education research in technology rich environments. Aside of the project management and research work her interests have been in public private partnerships, financial instruments for SMEs and collaboration in EC-funded projects. She is a member of Finnish Robotics Association, EFFRA, Manufuture, Vanguard Initiative and euRobotics, and actively contributes to Visions and Strategic Research and Innovation roadmaps.

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Luís Carneiro

INESC TEC

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    Luís Carneiro is member of the Executive Board of INESC TEC. He has degrees of Diplom Electrical Engineer (1987) and Masters in Business and Administration (1993) from the University of Porto. His main interests include Enterprise Cooperation Networks, Operations Management and Innovation Management. He has coordinated the European projects EXPLORE (Extended Exploitation of European Research Projects’ Knowledge and Results), Net-Challenge (Innovative networks of SMEs for complex products manufacturing) and MEDIAT-SME (Methodology and Tools for World-best Introduction of Innovative Market Mediation Systems and Service in Traditional SMEs), and has been director of the national project RCED -High Performance Collaborative Enterprise Networks in the North of Portugal.

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Ane Irazustabarrena

TECNALIA

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    Ane Irazustabarrena is senior researcher at Tecnalia and partner of several research projects focused on Circular Economy and innovative de-and remanufacturing processes and systems. Ane will focus on the opportunity for cross-regional cooperation in Europe gathered from the experience of the De-and Remanufacturing for Circular Economy pilot network designed within the Vanguard Initiative, recently selected as one of the DG Regio pilot actions and coordinated by Lombardy.

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Gwenole Cozigou

DG GROW, European Commission

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    Gwenole Cozigou has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations.
    First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG), he joined the service in charge of relations with Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR in 1989, and became Assistant to the responsible Deputy Director-General in 1990 until 1996 when he came back to Enterprise and Industry DG.
    A former Deputy-Head of Office of Commissioner Liikanen in charge of enterprise and industrial policy, he has occupied several management positions, incl. Food Industry and Biotechnology; Coordination of the internal market legislation for goods; Enterprise and Industrial policy; and – Defence, Aerospace and Maritime Industries.
    Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROWTH (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors, including REACH, engineering industries, medical devices, raw materials, etc.. His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering industries.

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Daniel Köhler

Knorr-Bremse

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    Daniel Köhler is Vice President at Knorr Bremse. Remanufacturing in the transport sector. Daniel Köhler is remanufacturing business unit head at Knorr Bremse and current President of APRA Europe, the Automotive Part Remanufacturing Association. He is one of the main experts of auto-parts remanufacturing in Europe, running a sustainable and profitable circular business model in the automotive sector. He could provide an outstanding point of view on recent challenges in remanufacturing and innovative business models for remanufacturing of critical components in e-vehicles.

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Bibiana Ferrari

Relight SRL

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    Bibiana Ferrari is CEO of Relight SRL. Relight is an innovative SME from Lombardy running a business focused on the recycling of critical raw materials from electronic waste. Relight is partner of several H2020 projects focused on rare earth recycling and the development of innovative optical sorting technologies. In particular, Relight was partner of HydroWEEE and the HydroWEEE Demo projects where an innovative hudrometallurgical plant for rare earth recovery from Printed Circuit Boards and lamps was implemented and tested. The plant is functioning and integrated in the company facility. Relight will provide an overview on the perspective for the future of high-tech recycling for providing the electronic and mechatronic sectors with high-value secondary raw materials.

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Osh Agabi

Koniku Inc.

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    Osh Agabi has 4+ years experience in managing strategic objectives of a medium sized company in Zürich, reporting to the CEO and board of directors. 15+ years experience in 3 dimensional multi cell systems on MEA/CMOS MEA with closed loop monitoring i.e. a reflex arc on chip, 2 photon microscopy, hardware design, optics, control, imaging and wavefront shaping. Background in theoretical physics (Lagos & Umeå), physics (ETH Zürich), Neuroengineering (Imperial College London). He has worked in 5 countries, 3 continents and speaks 5 languages. Koniku developes sensors involving living neurons as sensing elements.

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Alexander Sauer

Fraunhofer IPA

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    Prof. Alexander Sauer is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production at Stuttgart University, Germany, and chairing the research area Resource-Efficient Production in the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. IPA conducted the pilot survey BIOTRAIN on biologically transforming industrial added value

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Heinrich Flegel

Chairman of MANUFUTURE ETP

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    Heinrich Flegel studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany, with specialization in manufacturing engineering. In 1979 Heinrich Flegel received his Doctorate Degree in Applied Computer Science at TH Karlsruhe, Germany. He started his career in 1978 establishing CAD/CAM-application in tool and die design at the Sindelfingen plant of Daimler-Benz AG. In 1988 he was appointed Director of Machining Technology, in 1993 Director of Process Technology, and in 1996 Director of Manufacturing and Materials Technologies of Mercedes-Benz AG. From 1998 until 2014 he was Director Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Group Research and Advanced Engineering of Daimler AG, responsible for the technology development of the Daimler Group in this field. From 2003 to 2013 he was a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Daimler AG. Since 2007 to 2018 he was President of the German Federation of Welding and related Processes (DVS). In 2004 he has been elected as Chairman of the of the MANUFUTURE High Level Group. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EIT-Manufacturing.

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Joaquim Menezes

Chairman of EFFRA and President of ISTMA Europe

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    Born in 1946, started his professional career In September of 1963 as a trainee at ABRANTES
    (the founding and pioneering company for the Tooling Portugal’s industry).
    Founder and President of the Board of Directors of IBEROMOLDES Group
    President of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association
    Member of the EU MANUFUTURE High-Level Group;
    President of ISTMA EUROPE, the European Chapter of ISTMA;
    President of the Incubation Center OPEN in Marinha Grande;
    President of the Forum ManuFuture Portugal and the European Tooling Platform;
    Vice-President of Pool-Net, Portuguese Engineering and Tooling Cluster;
    Former President – 1995-2016 – of Centimfe – the Portugal’s Technological Center for Moulds
    Industry, Special Tooling and Plastics, in Marinha Grande;

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Teija Lahti-Nuuttila

Business Finland

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    Teija Lahti-Nuuttila is a professional in innovation strategies and funding. She has 25 years of work experience from both private and public sector especially in the areas of research and development, sustainable use of natural resources and cleantech. Teija Lahti-Nuuttila is currently operating as Executive Director at Business Finland. She is responsible for the service area Ecosystems.

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Max Lemke

European Commission

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    Dr. Max Lemke is the Head of Unit for “Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry” in Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. He has a leading role in developing and coordinating the Digitising European Industry strategy. Further Max Lemke is involved in the European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the preparation of the new programmes proposed for the next Multi-annual Financial Framework of the European Union.

    In the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Programme HORIZON 2020, Dr Lemke is responsible for the areas embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing. He is co-responsible in CONNECT for the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the Public Private Partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context he has gradually built the initiatives I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) and Smart Anything Everywhere. He is particularly devoted to establishing a pan-European network of digital innovation hubs covering all of Europe and to strengthening European leadership on digital industrial value chains and platforms.

    Dr Lemke has worked in various areas in the European Commission Research and Innovation Programmes since 1995. Before joining the Commission, Max has worked in research and industry in Germany, the US, and the UK. With a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, he has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, parallel computing, and software engineering.

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Jean-Eric Paquet

European Commission

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    Jean-Eric Paquet has been working as the Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) since April 2018.
    Mr Paquet started working with the European Commission in 1993 and since then has worked in various areas throughout the Commission.
    From 2002 until 2004 he was the Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin. From 2007 until 2011 he worked as a Head of Unit within the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) before becoming the Director of DG MOVE’s TEN-T and Smart Transport directorate.
    Mr Paquet joined The Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG Enlargement) in 2013. He took over the Directorate in charge of relations with Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and later added Montenegro and the FYROM to his portfolio.
    Before starting his current position as Director-General, Mr Paquet served as one of the three Deputy Secretaries-General of the Juncker Commission and was responsible for Better Regulation and Policy Coordination.

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Esko Niemi

Aalto University

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    Dr. Niemi is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He earned his DSc and MBA degrees at Helsinki University of Technology, and an MSc degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests include modelling and optimization of manufacturing systems and processes. He has several years experience of production management in major international companies in the metal industry.

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Riikka Virkkunen

VTT

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    Research Manager Riikka Virkkunen promotes VTT’s agenda on digitalising industries. She is also responsible for leading production research strategy in one of VTT’s Lighthouses, Industrial Renewal. Virkkunen has worked in various manager positions at VTT, such as leading a hundred-twenty-experts-strong department Systems Engineering, and gained wide expertise in applied research on digitalising industries. Virkkunen also has plenty of experience working in international research networks. She is currently a board member of EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association) and co-chair of the Factories of the Future’s board. She has evaluated diverse international funding initiatives, such as the Swedish competence centre proposals on Connected Industry and Materials, Swedish national program Production2030 and diverse European research applications. In her home country, Finland Virkkunen has coordinated FIIF, the Finnish Industrial Internet Forum, with circa 200 company members. Recently, she finalized a report on Digital Innovation Hubs in Finland commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Virkkunen holds a PhD in computational materials science.

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Jarmo Heinonen

Business Finland

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    Jarmo Heinonen is working as senior director of Bio-, Circular Economy and Cleantech in Business Finland. He has been working in Business Finland and Tekes already 20 years and has gained there strong innovation strategy, financing and business internationalization skills. Before current position he was head of Tekes Shanghai office (2010-2016), director of forest and chemical industries (2008 – 2010) and director of process technology unit (2006-2008) in Tekes. He has worked earlier also at the Finnish Pulp and Paper Research Institute and Pulp and Paper Centre in University of Toronto.
    Mr. Heinonen graduated from Helsinki University of Technology and obtained his M.Sc. degree in Department of Chemical Engineering.

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Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Chairman of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

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    Pekka Ala-Pietilä is the Chairman of the Board of packaging company Huhtamaki, media company Sanoma and a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. In addition, he operates in several expert groups and think tanks, for example as the Chairman of the EU Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. Pekka Ala-Pietilä acts as a mentor for many young future experts and decision makers.
    Pekka Ala-Pietilä was a Co-founder and CEO of Blyk Services Oy during 2006-2011. In 1984-2005 Pekka Ala-Pietilä worked in several different positions in Nokia Corporation. From 1992 onwards, he was a member of Nokia Corporation’s Group Executive Board. During 1992-1998, he was the President of the Mobile Phones Business Group and during 1999-2005 the President of Nokia Corporation.

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Linda Grieder

Rethink-Resource

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    Linda Grieder is lawyer by training and entrepreneur by heart. She founded RethinkResource in 2016, a fast growing clean-tech start-up in Switzerland. RethinkResource is an agency for upcycling innovation and additionally offers one of the first cross-industry marketplaces for industrial waste- and side-streams. Secondary materials and circular economy thus build her main area of interest and expertise. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Linda specialized in IP law and was mainly concerned with the impact of changes in society on law.

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Ykä Marjanen

GrainSense

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    In my 15 years of professional life I have always been involved in starting a new product and a company from a security IoT system to a grain analyzer. I have been CEO, CTO, COO and chairman of the board, but mainly involved in product development and funding the company. In the last four years I have had an opportunity to create business in agriculture and food sector, which is the most exiting and important sector that I know. Companies that I am currently involved include GrainSense, Manna Insect, People2join and Xardu.

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Pasi Vainikka

Solar Foods

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    Dr Pasi Vainikka is co-founder and CEO at Solar Foods.
    Before becoming CEO he led a strategic initiative with the name Neo-Carbon Energy. It was the single-largest renewable energy research in Finland so far. Spin-off projects from that initiative include Soletair pilot plant producing fuel from air, Neo-Carbon-Food concept for producing healthy protein from air – now commercialised by Solar Foods – as well as the wold’s first simulation for global 100% renewable electricity system named the “Internet of Energy”.
    Dr Vainikka is the Mission innovation Champion for Finland. Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission working to accelerate global clean energy innovation. The Champions are individuals with a track record of progressing creative new ideas that can drive the pace and scale of the clean energy revolution.
    Dr Vainikka has held positions as a principal scientist in the strategic research management at VTT Technical research centre of Finland as well as in the management of VTT’s contract research in energy. Previously he held a position as the deputy technology manager of VTT’s bioenergy knowledge centre, research team leader and a researcher. Dr Vainikka holds MSc in energy systems form Cranfield University UK, MSc in energy economics from LUT Finland, and DSc in process chemistry from Åbo Akademi, Finland. Dr Vainikka is adjunct professor at Lappeenranta university of technology (LUT).

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Jean-Philippe Bellaiche

EIT Digital

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    With a strong experience in start-up, business development and sales, he is in charge, within EIT Digital, to kick-start and manage a new venture aimed at facilitate last mile delivery in cities with a specific focus on autonomous transportation solutions by robotic autonomous vehicles.
    As on line commerce and delivery are rising, fast, efficient, cost effective and carbon free last mile delivery is becoming a key issue for cities & logisticians. Operating autonomous electric bots for last mile delivery could help solving the delivery problem in various situations.

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Simo Säynevirta

ABB

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    Simo Säynevirta (Msc. Eng) is leading the digitalization development at ABB Oy. He has an extensive career spanning over 25 years, covering a wide spectrum of areas from development of Industrial Internet of Things platforms to applications of technology in manufacturing, utilities and transport and infrastructure industries.

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Marko Turpeinen

EIT Digital

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    Marko Turpeinen is the Finnish Node Director of EIT Digital, a Knowledge an Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University. He was previously a Professor in Media Technology at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in 2006-2012. He has extensive industrial experience from the media industry, as between 1996 and 2005 he worked in various executive positions at Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish media company. His current academic research addresses issues in customized media content, human-centric approach to personal data, and the role of AI and algorithmic power in networked society. He has a Doctor of Technology Degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) and a Master of Science Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Olli Salmi

EIT Raw Materials

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    Dr Olli Salmi is the Director of EIT RawMaterials Baltic Sea Innovation Hub, focusing on the Finnish, Swedish Norwegian and Baltic Countries’ metal and mineral sector innovation and education. He has over 15 years of experience on recycling and environmental issues in the mineral sector as well as in planning and design. At EIT RawMaterials, Salmi’s main task is to ensure better integration of innovation, education and business among the metal and mineral sector stakeholders in their efforts to turn raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Prior to joining EIT RawMaterials, Dr Salmi worked as Research Professor at VTT Technological Research Centre of Finland and as CTO of Eero Paloheimo Ecocity Ltd.

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Marja-Liisa Meurice

EIT Food

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    Over twenty years of experience on innovation management within organizations has provided insights for transformation, opportunities through innovation and R&D.
    Today as head of EITFood North-East she is driving the change for agri-food sector with the Partners and Programmes of EITFood Consortium.
    She has previously worked as Vice President of Innovation for Sodexo (a Global Service and Food Company) implementing innovation process in over 70 countries, Operations and Programme Manager of European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) which gathered major European and global industrial companies together to share their R&D and Innovation efforts and lately as founder of innovation platform Hyphenity gathering innovation practitioners around virtual Round Tables for exchange.
    These experiences provided a broad understanding of challenges and solutions in service and food industries as well as in the European Industrial Innovation and R&D management. Collaboration with major Global and European companies has allowed building a solid network with European Innovation leaders.

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Mikael Fogelholm

University of Helsinki

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    Mikael Fogelholm is the Professor in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Helsinki. He is also the leader of the Master’s Program of Human Nutrition and Food-related Behaviour. Mikael’s main research interests are related to the interplay between diet, physical activity and obesity. At present, his specific interests are related to the nutrition transition in Kenya and to the use of loyalty cards in dietary assessment. When not working, he loves mountain biking, orienteering and playing the piano.

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Andy Zynga

EIT Food

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    Andy Zynga was appointed CEO of EIT Food on November 18, 2018. Before joining EIT Food, Andy built and turned around several businesses in Europe and the USA, and most recently engineered a successful exit for Open Innovation Service Leader NineSigma, which he ran for 10 years. Other stations in his career include 6 years at KPMG Consulting, where he built an international telecommunication strategy practice, and 5 years at Vanco plc, where as CEO North America and Central Europe he was part of the Executive team that took the business public on the London Stock Exchange. Andy has a Master’s degree that combines Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, and he earned a Doctorate’s Degree with a thesis on (Open) Innovation Management from RWTH Aachen.

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Tomi Erho

VTT

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    M.Sc. Tomi Erho works as a Principal Scientist in VTT’s Research Area Biomass processing and products. Due to his experiences in entrepreneurial activity his main tasks relate to business development of VTT’s research results and IPR portfolio. He has worked at VTT since year 2000 in multiple positions including positions as a Team Leader, Business Development Manager and Head of Research Area. In 2013 he was one of the founders of a VTT spin-off company, The Active Paper Company Oy. Prior to joining VTT he has worked in the paper industry in various R&D and technical customer service-related positions. He received his M.Sc. (Eng.) degree in Graphic Arts Technology from Helsinki University of Technology in Espoo, Finland, in 1996.

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Vincent Kuo

VXT Research

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    Vincent Kuo is the CEO and Co-founder of VXT Research Oy.
    VXT Research is an enterprise partner in textual analytics and natural language processing solutions.

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Timo Nyberg

EIT Digital

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    Professor Dr. Timo Nyberg is the Head of EIT Digital Summer School and Head of EIT Digital Professional School. He is also visiting professor at the Cloud Computing Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences. At Stanford Peace Innovation Lab he collaborates to research the Rapid Experimentation and Deal Design method, applying peace innovation insights for increasing positive engagement within and between businesses. Timo has a research and business history extending from automation and control systems to information and communication technology and innovation management. His life-long interest has been in intellectual property rights and inventions. Timo was Head of a Doctoral School and founder of several corporate PhD programs. He has published over 100 scientific articles and books. He has over 30 patents and he has received national and international awards for his innovation work.

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Armida Torreggiani

RM@Schools

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    Armida Torreggiani received her degree in Chemistry in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1997 at the University of Bologna (Italy). After several fellowships from National Research Council, University of Bologna, and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), she became a researcher in 2001 at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Her scientific interests are mainly in Spectroscopic field (Raman and IR spectroscopic techniques) and Radiation Chemistry (Pulse Radiolysis and steady-state irradiation). She is currently Member of the Scientific Committee of European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules, the National Group of Raman spectroscopy (GISR), and has been one Management Committee Member of the Cost Action CM1001 and Member of the Scientific Committee of Italian Society for Researches on Radiations (S.I.R.R.). Author of 120 publications in qualified journals and more than 100 communications to National and International Congresses.

    She has a long experience in education and dissemination activities at middle and high schools as well as at University and is very active in the framework of the EIT Raw Materials Community. She is the project coordinator of Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools – http://rmschools.isof.cnr.it), the flagship programme in the Wider Society Learning segment of EIT Raw Materials, born in 2016 and involving now a strategic partnership between School, University, Research and Industries from 13 European States. She is also the project leader of a National Programme for students from 11 to 19 yrs called “From Research to School and …back” funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). She also contributes to other EIT Raw Materials projects, such as ESEE Education Initiatives which is a “pilot” project of RM@Schools for ESEE Countries, Cross-KIC Human Capital – Green Innovation@Schools in collaboration with Climate KIC, E-Mining@Schools, SmartPlaCE@Schools (Serious game Platform for education on Circular Economy in highschools) and other European projects, such as Boosting future careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry (UrBIOfuture – BBI) and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme.
    In 2018 she was one of the nominees for the EIT Awards 2018 which recognises the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs and leaders from European Innovation Communities and, regarding the EIT Public Award voting, she finished 2nd out of 38 nominees.

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Marke Kallio

Metso Minerals

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    Marke Kallio has an extensive experience in industrial RTD. She has held several RTD positions in Metso and is currently working as a research manager leading an RTD and innovations team in Metso Minerals Aggregates Technology. Previously she has been working in VTT as a team leader and visiting scientist in the Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. She has a Doctor of Technology degree majoring in Materials Science and Production engineering and has specialized in the development of multifunctional and smart materials and composites for industrial applications. Sustainability and circular economy have always been important topics in her work and those are closely connected in every RTD project she works on.

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Heikki Hintikka

VTT

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    Heikki has current focus in digitalizing service businesses and creating efficient and sustainable solutions. Expertise in sustainable food waste prevention area solutions and creating impactful solutions and empowering individuals is a key topic of his work. As part of the EIT Food partner network, Heikki has also been a speaker in multiple events and summer schools.
    Heikki is an experienced business development professional and senior manager & director with a passion for innovation in services, customer experience and technology. He has total 15 years of experience, developing & implementing concepts, products, strategies, creating and delivering commercial value and building partnerships in various industries (technology, services, hospitality, manufacturing, public, private sectors etc.). Working for corporates and startups developing solutions and mobile services with partners and customers has been the core space to grow expertise. With a good blend of strategic, commercial and operational skills, Heikki is keen to identify opportunities & threats, translate them into business / commercial strategies and implement to ecosystems.

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Martyna Szydlowska

Fractuscan

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    Martyna Szydlowska is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fractuscan Oy. She graduated from the European Mining Course at Aalto University in 2016 and since then worked in mining and R&D. In 2018 Martyna co-founded Fractuscan Oy, a company that provides rockfall risk management solutions for mining and construction industries.

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Jörgen Holm

Glucanova

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    CEO at Glucanova AB: PhD in Applied Nutrition at Lund University. 30 years of international experience from food industry in various managerial positions in research, corporate nutrition, business development, market oriented innovation and supply chain. Now focusing on bringing successful, research based foods to the international market with Glucanova, to meet the increased need and market demand for genuinely sustainable solutions – sustainability the Glucanova way.

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Anu Seisto

VTT

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    Dr. Anu Seisto is a Research Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. During the past 17 years she has been working with R&D&I activities in different digitalisation projects. Her team focuses on digital transformation and how companies and the public sector can benefit from digitalisation and data-based decision making. The approach is strongly user/customer centric, bringing human technology interaction and user experience into the innovation and development processes. Anu has been actively participating in the EIT Food community since 2017. Her interest has been especially in creating digital services in close collaboration with companies and consumers.

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Arnold Tukker

Leiden University

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    Arnold Tukker is since 1 October 2013 the Professor of Industrial Ecology and Scientific director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML, 130 staff) at Leiden University for 70% of his time. He retains a 30% position as senior researcher at TNO, a large Dutch not for profit research organisation. Arnold set up prominent EU projects in the field of sustainable product design (SusProNet) and sustainable consumption and production (SCORE!) and was core member of the 10 Million Euro Dutch Knowledge Network on Sustainable System Innovations. He co-ordinated a string of major programs of some 15 million Euro with some 20 key European research institutes in the field of resource-efficiency, a.o. constructing the world’s most ambitious and detailed global energy/resource/economic input-output databases and models (EXIOBASE). He further set up with 6 partner universities an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network of 15 PhDs researching the circular economy (Circ€uit). Despite working until fall 2013 outside academia, he authored 6 books, over 100 refereed papers and 7 special issues on sustainability research (h-value 43 / 12000 citations in Google scholar; h-value 27/4700 citations in Scopus). He has been engaged with work of the UN on the Green Economy Initiative, the Resources Panel, the Ten Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Sustainable Development Goals.

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Matti Järveläinen

ColloidTek

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    I’m a PhD in Materials Science, specializing in industrial online measuring. I’m also a BEng of Industrial Management specializing in management & leadership. Combining these backgrounds, I work as a Founding CEO in ColloidTek Ltd and PostDoc in Tampere University where my interdisciplinary work aligns at the interface of industry and academy. In both positions I control R&D to develop and commercialize new technologies, in addition to that in ColloidTek I control all company functions. Apart from my main tasks I guide theses and carry out some of my own research in field of Ceramics.

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Anders Wijkman

Climate-KIC Nordic

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    Anders Wijkman is an opinionmaker and author.
    Anders is chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – the largest public-private partnership on innovation for low-carbon solutions in the EU. He is a member of the IRP (International Resource Panel) – a UN appointed expert body ”to build and share the knowledge needed to improve the use of our resources worldwide”. He is, as well, chair of Circular Sweden, a platform for producers, retailers and recycling companies to advance the Circular Economy.

    Anders is honorary president of the Club of Rome,
    chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Swedish Climate Research Program, member of the board of Swedish SIDA,
    member of the Int´l Advisory Board of SITRA (Finnish Innovation Fund), member of SEAC (the Sustainability External Advisory Council) of DOW Chemicals.
    He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
    the Royal Swedish Academy on Forestry and Agricultural Sciences,
    the World Academy of Art and Science and
    the World Future Council.

    During his career Anders has served as a Member of the European Parliament and the Swedish Parliament,
    as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP,
    as Director General of SAREC – the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries),
    as Secretary General of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and as
    Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross.