Stefania Grotti, Head of Research Office, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Stefania E. Grotti is currently the elected Chair of the Vision2020 Advisory Board. Stefania has over twenty years of experience in the field of project management and administrative support, including fifteen in academia, specifically at the Politecnico di Milano, where she is Head Manager of the Research Office. Over the years, Stefania has developed strong leadership skills which have enabled her to build a solid record of success in guiding her team to meet its objectives. Stefania has contributed significantly towards maintaining the Politecnico’s outstanding record of success in research fundraising (particularly from EU calls).
Darko Fercej, Director, E-Institute, Institute for Comprehensive Development Solutions, e-Zavod, Slovenia
Darko Ferčej finished a degree in Policy Analysis and a Masters in Environmental Sciences and is currently employed as director at the E-Institute in Slovenia. He has 14 years of experiences in international project management and 10 years as executive director of E-Institute team. He is a skilled international project manager, open innovation expert, and is working on multidisciplinary sustainable development issues. He has been coordinator of 5 EU-funded international projects and has participated as partner in more than 30 EU and internationally funded projects, financed from 10 different programmes including Horizon 2020 and FP7.
Daniela Amadio, Head of International Research Funding Office, King's College London, UK
Daniela Amadio works as the Head of the International Research Funding Office at King’s College London (KCL) to increase the amount of research funding the University attracts from European Commission’s funding frameworks. She leads on advising young researchers, academics and PhD students on how to prepare successful applications as well as liaising with peer institutions and partners worldwide for the development of partnering consortia. She is also in charge of preparing budgets and making sure they comply with the financial guidelines of sponsors. Daniela leads on research contracts too: drafting and negotiating research collaboration agreements, confidentiality and consortia agreements, and is responsible for protecting the IP of KCL in EC funded projects.
Maryam Atakhorrami, Head of Business Intelligence and Innovation, Translational Research Office, University College London, UK
Maryam leads the Business Intelligence and Innovation Group in University College London’s Translational Research Office. She works with key stakeholders to identify, create and manage academic-led industrial collaborations, enabling the translation of UCL’s biomedical sciences for health care benefits. Maryam has over 10 years of experience in science-based business development. She has lead a breath of industry-academia partnership portfolio from pre-competitive open innovation to competitive R&D contract research and consulting. She has a strong multi-disciplinary scientific track record in basics and translational research, specialised in diagnostic, medical technologies and digital health.
Servaas Duterloo, Head of the EU Research Funding & International Programmes Unit of the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft, The Netherlands
Servaas Duterloo is the Head of the EU Research Funding & International Programmes Unit of the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft, since 2012. Next to his job he is also the Secretary / Board Member Robo Valley Foundation, the Chief Financial Officer / Board Member Energy Endeavour Foundation. Servaas has studied as a Fulbright Undergraduate Scholar at Allegheny College, PA, (USA) 1983-1984, completed a Master Degree EU Law & International Relations, University of Groningen 1984-1990. He did a traineeship at the European Commission Task Force PHARE, 1990, and obtained a Master Degree Adv. European Studies, College of Europe Bruges/Natolin 1992-1993. His previous work experience includes Manager of the Netherlands Network of Innovation (Science & Technology) Attaches of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2004-2012, National Contact Point for EU’s FP6 RTD programme 2001-2004, Consultant with KPMG Consulting 1994-2001 and National Service as an Officer with the Royal Netherlands Navy (Admiralty’s Office) 1991-1992
Jean-Pierre Chanod, Principal Scientist and Head of Data & Process Management competency at Naver Labs Europe, Grenoble, France
Jean-Pierre Chanod is a Principal Scientist and leads the Data & Process Management competency at Naver Labs Europe (NLE) in Grenoble, France. His main research interests range from natural language processing to semantics and process modelling. Jean-Pierre also coordinates EU-related activities at NLE. Jean-Pierre has been involved in a number of international research collaborations in Europe and Asia. He contributed to various EU-funded projects, especially in the domain of semantics and digital preservation (SHAMAN, PERICLES) as well as in the domain of Intelligent Transportation Services and privacy (MOBiNET).
Juan Enriquez, Manager of ANALISIS-DSC, Madrid, Spain
Juan Enriquez, manager of ANALISIS-DSC, leads a highly specialised SME engineering company in the areas of both process and mechanical engineering from Madrid, Spain. He founded the company in 2002 after finishing an MBA at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. Juan also spent a number of years working at VTT Finland, in addition to six years studying in the United States. Currently, ANALISIS-DSC is involved in a Horizon 2020 project with IRIS. Additionally, ANALISIS-DSC is always in search of additional R&D projects where their expertise and know-how can be valued in consortia in their areas of interest.
Sandra Lacey, Research Officer, TE Laboratories Ltd, Ireland
Sandra studied Medicine in the National University of Ireland, Galway and has a number of years of experience working in the areas of Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Purchasing, as well as working for the Irish government as a Parliamentary Assistant. It is here that she was involved in research activities, as part of her role in developing public policy. Her current role as Research Officer in TE Laboratories Ltd includes submission of proposals to European and national funding bodies, collaboration with industrial partners and research institutes, new product development, performing market research and project administration and management.
Roberto Martínez, Head of the European Research Funding Office, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Roberto Martínez is the Head of the European Research Funding Office at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), he also coordinates the participation of UPM in Horizon 2020 and other International Programmes. He is evaluator and reviewer for the R&I Programmes of the European Commission and was the NCP for Horizon 2020 from 2014-2016. He graduated as a Telecommunications Engineer from the School of Telecommunications at UPM, and he has a Masters Degree in Economy and Innovation management and Technology Policy. From the beginning of his professional career, he has been involved in several initiatives related to the cooperation between Europe and Latin America in the Information and Communication Technologies field. His research interests are linked to innovation ecosystems driven by universities, acting as focus for value co-creation and acceleration and commercialisation of technologies.
Nick Bodycombe, Manager, European and International Research Office (EIRO), Cardiff University
Nick Bodycombe heads up the European and International Research Office (EIRO) at Cardiff University, and along with his team, advises and supports academic and research staff with applications to, and projects funded by, a variety of European, and increasingly international, research funding schemes across all three of the University’s Colleges ie Biomedical and Life Sciences; Physical Sciences and Engineering; and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Nick has a degree in Economics, and joined Cardiff University in 1996, first delivering training courses for the Careers Service, and since 2001 he has worked in the Research and Innovation Services department. He has chaired the Welsh Higher Education European Liaison Officers’ Group (WHEELOs) several times; has been a member of the Board and Management Groups of the (RCUK- Research Councils UK) UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels; and has been a Board Member of Welsh Higher Education Brussels (WHEB) and a member of the HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee. He is currently a member of the Universities UK International’s Europe Network Group, and was a member of the Advisory Group of the science communications company, science made simple (sms), for over ten years.
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