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Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director-General European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology


Dr. Zoran Stančič is Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, since 2009.

Trained as an engineer he started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana. In 1994 he was employed as the Head of the Spatial Information Centre of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Associate Professor at the Department of Geodesy. From 1990 till 2000 he was a research fellow or visiting professor at the University of Arkansas, the Delft University of Technology, the University of Reading, the Boston University, the University of Trieste and the University of Paris. Zoran Stančič has published seven scientific books and a number of scientific papers on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing.

During 1999 – 2000 he was Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. From the year 2000 to 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia. In the period 2004 – 2009 he served as Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG Research.

Joan Mulvihill, CEO, Irish Internet Association

joanJoan Mulvihill was appointed CEO of the Irish Internet Association in November 2009, where she has worked with tech start-ups, and supported traditional businesses in the adoption of web-based technologies. Over the past three years, she has led various initiatives, such as ‘Digitise the Nation’, to bridge the digital divide, national policy to address the digital skills shortage, the use of open data, and has driven change for growth through digital marketing, e-commerce and cloud computing.

After spending eight years with the Kingfisher Group in London and Amsterdam, Joan returned to Dublin in 2002 and joined Becton Dickinson’s global sourcing team, with responsibilities for Europe and the US, later moving to a senior consulting role within international professional services firm BDO International as lead for its family business consulting services.

Luis Rodríguez-Roselló, Head of Unit “Network Technologies” DG CONNECT

Luis-Rodriguez-RoselloLuis Rodríguez-Roselló holds a degree of Telecommunications Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-UPM). After some years of professional activity as engineer at a private company and as full professor at the Faculty of Telecommunications Engineering at UPM in Computer Science and Control Systems, he was appointed Director of the R&D Department at the ITE (Institute for Technologies in Education) of the Ministry of Education & Science in Spain and later on Head of the International Department of the CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial).

He joined the European Commission in 1989 as Head of Division in Directorate-General “Information Society and Media” responsible for the R&D Programme DELTA (Developing European Learning through Technological Advance). He was acting Director in 2003 and 2004 of Directorate “Emerging Technologies, Infrastructures & Applications”. Domains of responsibility encompassed basic research (Future and Emerging Technologies), Grid Technologies, Research Infrastructures and application areas related to eInclusion and eWork. End 2004 he was appointed Head of the Unit “Networked Media Systems” and in 2010 Head of the Unit “Future Networks.

In 2009-2010 he was also acting Director of Directorate “Converged Networks & Services”, which addressed R&D and innovation on Future Internet (network architectures, communication technologies…), Software & Services, Cloud Computing, Media Systems and Internet of Things among other topics. He also co-chaired during that period the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership initiative of the European Commission. He is currently leading the Unit “Network Technologies”, responsible for European R&D and innovation on mobile communications, optical networks, satellite communications, smart networks and future Internet architectures, including Content/ Information Centric Networks and Internet of Things.

Martin G. Curley Vice President, Intel Labs Director

m_curleyMartin G. Curley Vice President, Intel Labs Director, Intel Labs Europe and Senior Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

Professor of Technology and Business Innovation, Co-Director, Innovation Value Institute
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Martin Curley is a vice president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe, the company’s network of more than 40 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spanning the European region. He also serves as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe, which is charged with helping to advance both Intel research and Europe’s ability to compete in the global society. Curley leads Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. He is also a co-director of the Innovation Value Institute, an industry-academic open innovation consortium that strives to promote structural change in the way companies and governments achieve value through information technology.

Before assuming his current position in 2009, Curley was global director of IT innovation at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior IT management and automation positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. Before joining Intel in 1992, he held management and research positions at General Electric in Ireland and at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands.

Curley is the author or co-author of three books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship and has published multiple papers in the area of IT, entrepreneurship and innovation management. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society, the Irish Computer Society and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He currently chairs the European Union Open Innovation Strategy and Policy group, an industry-led group advising on strategic priorities for open and service innovation.

Curley has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Yrjö Neuvo, University of Aalto, Director, former Nokia CTO & Artemis President

NeuvoYrjö Neuvo received his Ph. D, degree from Cornell University in 1974. Currently he is Professor and Research Director at Aalto University. He was Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Group Executive Board in Nokia in 1993 – 2005. His responsibilities included managing mobile phones R&D. Before joining Nokia, he had a 19 year academic career as Professor of signal processing at Tampere University of Technology, as National Research Professor at the Academy of Finland and as a visiting professor at University of California, in Santa Barbara, USA.

He has been Chairman of ARTEMIS JTI Governing Board 2007 – 2008, Bureau Member of European Science and Technology Assembly (ESTA) 1994 – 1997. He was General Chairman of the 1988 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems and of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2001). He was Member of Governing Board (and its Executive Committee) of European Institute of Innovation and Technology 2008 – 20012. Since 2012 he has been Member of the Future Internet PPP Advisory Board. He is Board Member of Vaisala Corporation as well as three high tech start-ups. He has received four honorary doctorates and is Life Fellow of the IEEE. Asteroid 1938 DN carries his name

Thierry van Landegem, Alcatel Lucent, VP of Global Operations for Bell Labs

LandegemThierry Van Landegem is Vice President of Global Operations for Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent. He heads all Bell Labs locations worldwide and his current responsibilities include innovation culture, open innovation eco-system and operations.
Prior, Thierry joined the corporate Chief Technology Office of Alcatel as Vice President of Research and Innovation, and as CTO of the Belgian Alcatel subsidiary. His responsibilities included the management of research, strategy and patents. He also was responsible for managing ventures (internal start-ups) within Alcatel in Europe.
Before that Thierry managed the Broadband Remote Access product line as Vice President in the Internet Access Business Division. Prior, he was a Director of Network Architecture and Strategy for the Alcatel group in the areas of broadband telecommunications, Internet and future mobile communications. Thierry started his career in Alcatel’s Research organization where he worked in various broadband research areas.

Thierry Van Landegem currently is the chairman of the board of GreenTouch™ – a consortium of leading ICT industry stakeholders dedicated to transforming communication to significantly reduce the carbon footprint, and official member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainability.

Thierry Van Landegem wrote more than 50 publications in national and international journals and conferences and was twice a guest editor for an IEEE journal. He participated as an expert in the Visionary Research group initiated by the European Commission. He also has been a member of the European Commission’s ISTAG group, the Information Society Technologies Advisory Group. He has been a part-time lecturer in telecommunications at the University of Antwerp and Louvain. He has been a member of the board of directors of several incubation centers. Thierry holds a Masters degree in sciences and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Brussels and Louvain, Belgium. He is based out of Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA.

Hendrik Berndt, DOCOMO Communication Laboratories Europe, C.S.O. & VP

BerndtDr.-Ing. Hendrik Berndt, Vice President and Chief Science Officer, is directing the research at DOCOMO Communication Laboratories Europe since the onset of the company in the Year 2000. His focus is on strategic directions of research for future mobile systems and innovative service platforms. Additional he serves as Vice President of the Wireless World Research Forum for Europe, Africa and Middle-East, and aids as elected Steering Board member the Object Management Group, OMG, and the European Technology Platform Net!Works. Concurrently from 2000 to 2010 he taught as visiting Professor at the GITI, Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. In the past he held various Director and C-level Manager positions, serving Deutsche Telekom, the International Telecommunication Information Networking Architecture Consortium (TINA-C), in Red Bank, NJ and Global One, Reston, VA, USA.

The latest book “Towards 4G Technologies: Services with Initiative”, was published by Wiley Series in Communications Networking & Distributed Systems.

Walter Waterfeld, Software A.G., Deputy Head of Research

waterfeldDr. Walter Waterfeld obtained a diploma and a doctorate in Computer Science at the Technical University Darmstadt. He worked at Software AG research and development in various roles such as software engineer, project manager and senior architect. He has been carrying out research and management tasks in several European and national research projects in the area of object-oriented databases, semantic technologies, service-oriented architectures, business process management and complex event processing. He represents Software AG in standard organizations and research consortia like the European Technology Platform NESSI.




Peter Fatelnig, Deputy Head of Net Innovation, European Commission

peter_fPeter Fatelnig is Deputy Head of Unit for ‘Net Innovation’ at the European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. He is notably engaged in the implementation of the public-private partnership on the Future Internet, a Euro 500 million investment by the Commission and Industry to accelerate innovative Internet services in Europe.

In addition he and his team follow research, innovation and policy developments in areas such as web entrepreneurship and collective awareness platforms for social innovation in view of their societal & economic dimension and their policy and international implications. Prior to this position, Peter served as assistant to senior management and was involved in project monitoring when joining the European Commission back in 1998. Before joining the European Commission he worked on international assignments for the consulting firm American Management Systems, and earlier for the European Space Agency, then posted in the Netherlands. Peter holds a Master degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria.

Stefan Ferber, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

stefan_ferberDr. Stefan Ferber is Director for Business Development in the Internet of Things & Services at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH in Germany – the software and system house of Robert Bosch GmbH. In this role he represents Bosch in the German “Industrie 4.0 Plattform” and is also a member of the European „Internet of Things Council“.

Dr. Ferber has more than twenty years experience in software development, software processes, software product lines and software architectures for embedded, computer vision and IT domains. Dr. Ferber worked at the research center of DaimlerChrysler AG in Ulm in the field of 3D computer vision, robotics, and measurement technologies. In 2000 he joined Robert Bosch GmbH working on software architectures and software product lines as an internal consultant and researcher in Frankfurt. Starting in 2004 he was responsible for the Corporate Systems Engineering Process Group (C-SEPG) and the research department for software and system processes at Bosch in Stuttgart. Since 2009 he was the Product Manager for the Bosch eMobility Solution and therefore engaged internationally in the eMobility market, business models, standardization, and technology topics in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Ferber holds a Ph.D. and a diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and a MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA.

Reinhard Posch, Chief Technology Officer of Austria

Reinhard_Posch Reinhard Posch received his PhD at Graz University of Technology, where he was appointed Full Professor in Applied Information Processing and Communications in 1984. Since 1986 he is Head of the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications Technology (IAIK-TU Graz) and Scientific Director of the Austrian Secure Information Technology Center (A-SIT). His main interests are in computer security, cryptography, secure hard- and software and eGovernment.
Since 2001, he is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Government of Austria responsible for strategic coordination of activities in the field of ICT including all levels of government.

Since 2003, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC) in Graz. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and in 2012 became Member of the IT Rat der Weisen to give professional advice to European Commission Vice-Presidents Neelie Kroes and Maroš Šefčovič in the area of IT security and to assist the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe. He takes part in various groups installed by the European Commission, notably he is a member of the steering board of the European Cloud Partnership.

Jan Nesvadba, Cordian BV, Technical Director

Jan_NesvadbaJan Nesvadba is technical director of Cordian BV. The latter is a small medium sized enterprise SME researching and developing care technologies. Prior this he was at Royal Philips holding several functions such as Venture Manager & Business Development Officer for a Philips HealthCare related Venture. In parallel he was consultant to the European Commission (Brussels and Luxembourg), e.g. EU Coordinated Action CHORUS. Former functions included managerial roles at a PHILIPS Research solid-state lighting research entity as well as managerial activities for Philips Research, Philips Lighting and Philips Intellectual Properties & Standards.

Jan holds a Master in Finance from the TiasNimbas Business School and followed as well a Master of Business Innovation at the latter. Jan holds a Ph.D. from University of Bordeaux, France, in Informatics / Computer Science, as well as a M.Sc. from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication & computer science.

Franck Lamouroux, Technicolor, Senior Vice President

f_lamourouxFranck Lamouroux, Technicolor, Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation since October 2010.

Previously Franck was general manager of the Rennes site of Technicolor, managing, including overall management and a staff of more than 500. Before that Franck managed as Director product and research lines relating to 2G and notably a joint venture between Alcatel Lucent and Fujitsu in Yokusuka. His passion includes driving organisational project change, risk management, commitment on quality, schedule & performance, industrialization & budget control and management of the different cultures to reach the targets.




Mischa Dohler, CTTC, Director of Research; and Worldsensing, Cofounder

Mischa_DohlerHe is a tech company investor and entrepreneur, being the co-founder, former CTO and now board member of Worldsensing. Mischa is also currently Coordinator of Research at CTTC, Barcelona; but has just been appointed Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, starting September 2013. From 2005 to 2008, he has been Senior Research Expert in the R&D division of France Telecom, France. From 2003 to 2005, he has been Lecturer at King’s College London, UK. At that time, he has also been London Technology Network Business Fellow receiving Anglo-Saxon business training. He has published more than 150 journal/conference papers and books; contributed to ETSI and IETF standards, and is Editor-in-Chief of ETT.

He obtained his PhD in Telecommunications from King’s College London, UK, in 2003, his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Dresden University of Technology, Germany, in 2000, and his MSc degree in Telecommunications from King’s College London, UK, in 1999. Prior to Telecommunications, he studied Physics in Moscow. He has won various competitions in Mathematics and Physics, and participated in the 3rd round of the International Physics Olympics for Germany.

Ken Ducatel, European Commission, Head of Unit: Software and Services, Cloud

kenKen Ducatel, British, aged 55, holds a PhD in economic geography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He has worked on information society policy for twenty years. He was a member of the Faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, where he led the Institute’s flagship “Futures Project.” From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of Commissioner Reding’s Cabinet responsible for Lisbon Strategy & Policies for the Information Society.

In January 2009 he became Head of Unit for the “Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination” in DG Information Society. From July 2012 he is leading the “Software and Service, Cloud Computing Unit” in the newly formed DG CONNECT.

Frank Gielen, iMinds Director Incubation & Entrepreneurship

FrankGielenFrank Gielen, iMinds Director Incubation & Entrepreneurship

Dr. ir. Frank Gielen has extensive experience with R&D in the telecommunication and software technology sector as well as in raising venture capital, university-industry collaborative research and spin-off creation. He held a number of technical and management positions in the software industry. He started as a software architect with AT&T Bell Labs in the USA and was director of software technology at Alcatel. In 1998 he joined Tellium, a US based start up company in optical network technology, as the VP of Software Engineering. Tellium had a successful IPO on NASDAQ in 2001.

He returned to Europe in 2001 as the CEO for Tellium EMEA. In 2002 he founded Spinnovation, a management consulting company for high tech startups. Spinnovaton is responsible for dealflow generation, capital raising activities and hands-on interim management activities for the newly created spin-offs. In addition he is professor of software entrepreneurship at the University of Ghent. Since 2011 his is the Director of the Incubation & Entrepreneurship center of iMinds, the leading ICT incubator in Flanders that incubates 15 to 20 startup companies per year.

Bernino Lind, CloudSigma, COO

berninoBernino Lind is the COO of CloudSigma. Previously a founder and CEO of several companies including Aresa which went IPO in 2006 (EUR20 million). Lean and Agile Scrum practitioner. World Economic Forum tech-pioneer. Bernino take a pivotal role in executing on CloudSigma’s global geographic expansion as well as maintaining operational excellence and efficiency within CloudSigma.





Piyush Unalkat, European Investment Fund, Principal, Equity Fund Investments

piyushPiyush Unalkat is a Principal in the Equity Investments team at the European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg. He invests into Technology Transfer & Innovation related initiatives in different sectors and represents the EIF on the advisory boards of Private Equity funds across Europe. Prior to EIF, he was Head of Corporate Development at the Genetrix Group, an early-stage investor into Life Science companies based in Madrid. Prior to that he was an Investment Manager at Spark Ventures (early-stage VC) in Madrid/London, an Associate at Dresdner Kleinwort (Madrid/London) and a Corporate Finance Analyst in the Asia Pacific team of Barclays Bank in London.

He holds a PhD in Biotechnology (Protein Structure) from King’s College London, an International MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemistry/Toxicology undertaken at the Universities of Cardiff (Wales) and Karlsruhe (Germany). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Instituto de Empresa Business School (Madrid).

Gearoid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland, Director of ICT

g_mooneyGearoid Mooney, BEng Electronic Engineering 1984, is Director, ICT Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland. He has held CTO and project management positions in Irish owned high-tech start-ups and is a Chartered Engineer. He joined Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Transfer and Business Partnership Programme in 1991. Since then he has been involved in every aspect of Technology Transfer and Business Partnerships, from client consulting through to partner identification and from technology identification through to negotiations.

In October 2004 he became Director of Enterprise Ireland’s ICT Commercialisation function which is charged with maximising the commercial impact in Ireland of ICT research performed in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Wolfgang Wahlster, German Centre for artificial Intelligence, CEO and Director

wolfgangDr. Wolfgang Wahlster is the Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and a Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University. DFKI has launched 68 successful spin-off companies all over Germany and thus was honored as the most productive German technology transfer institution. Professor Wahlster has published more than 200 technical papers and 10 books on user modeling, spoken dialog systems, mobile and multimodal user interfaces, instrumented environments, the semantic web, as well as the internet of things and services. In 2001, the President of Germany presented the German Future Prize to Professor Wahlster for his work, the highest personal scientific award in Germany. He was also elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Nobel Prize Academy of Sciences in Stockholm and Full Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina that was founded in 1652.

He has also been appointed member of the Research Union “Business – Science” as Chief Scientific Advisor for ICT research of the German government under Dr. Angela Merkel. He is a member of the Executive Steering Board of the EIT ICT Labs and serves on the Executive Board of the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley. He is the Strategic Director of the Big Data Public Private Forum and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Future Internet PPP of DG Connect. He has recently worked on the definition and launch of the German Industry 4.0 funding program that is the enabler of the fourth industrial revolution based on cyber-physical production systems in smart factories.

Mário Campolargo – Director for “Net Futures”

Mário Campolargo is Director for “Net Futures” in DG CONNECT responsible for Research and Innovation on what lies beyond the current Internet architecture, software and services and the EU-Strategy for the Cloud. Previously he has been Director for “Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures” in DG INFSO in charge of Future and Emerging Technologies, ICT based infrastructures for science and ICT trust and security, experimental facilities and experimentally driven research for Future Internet.

Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he worked for 12 years in the R&D Centre of Portugal Telecom as a researcher and manager. He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Coimbra), a Master of Science in Computing Science (Imperial College London), a Post graduate in Management (Solvay Business School Brussels) and a European Studies Diploma (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve).