Superior School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre Coordinator Teacher
Paulo Sérgio Duque de Brito has a degree in chemical engineering, Processes and Industry specialization, in the Technical Superior Institute; has a master’s degree in “Corrosion Science and Engineering” by UMIST, Manchester University; is a PhD in Chemical Engineering, by the Superior Technical Institute in the electrochemical – on fuel cells. He has also an MBA – Master of Business and Administration. Currently, he is a Coordinator Teacher in the Superior School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP). Is coordinator of the research centre VALORIZA – Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization and the Coordinator of the Master Technologies for Environmental Valorization and Energy Production. The main areas he investigates are related with Bioenergy, waste environmental treatments, materials corrosion and energy galvanic production. He has published more than 250 works, in books, articles and conferences presentations.
EU-Commission, cultural and creative sector/CCI policies
Barbara is from Vienna/Austria and has been working for the European Commission for 25 years in different areas - EU external and trade relations and cooperation with Mediterranean countries, Latin America and Russia, and also cultural and creative sectors/CCIs, both in Brussels and abroad.
Currently, Barbara works at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), in the Cultural Policy Unit. Her field of work is cultural policy making, in particular the crossroads of cultural and creative sectors/ industries/spaces and how to contribute in terms of city and regional development, social inclusion, job creation, participation, linking up creative sectors and policy-makers, creative hubs and cultural and creative spaces. She also works on cultural and creative industries, innovation and finance concerning policies as well as projects.
Dean of the School of the Arts School of the Arts
University of Évora
Ana Telles is a Dean of the School of Arts, University of Évora. Associate professor with habilitation. Member of the ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) Board of Representatives. Musical studies in Lisbon, New York and Paris; doctorate from the Paris IV University (Sorbonne). As a pianist, she performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the America. Her discography includes over twenty published CD’s. She develops research projects in the fields of Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Portuguese modern and contemporary music, Piano music and performance, having authored a significant number of book chapters, papers in peer reviewed journals and musical editions, including a critical edition of Luís de Freitas Branco’s Piano Preludes. Ana Telles has chaired the Arts evaluation panels of the Foundation for Science and Technology (cf. annual attribution of doctoral scholarships; evaluation of research projects’ final reports and bilateral international cooperation projects). Moreover, she has been appointed as a member of the evaluators’ panel of the Fulbright Commission Portugal.
Ecosystems & Inclusion Expert
Digital National Alliance
Monika Manolova holds a PhD in geographic information systems (GIS) from Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, is a cum laude graduated with excellence as M.Sc. in planning and governance of territorial systems and a bachelor in regional development and politics. Monika has experience as GIS expert on several complex regional projects. She has expertise with a multitude of specialized GIS software systems ArcGIS, QGIS, MapInfo, GeoServer, MapServer, PostGIS, OpenLayers. GDAL for raster data. Has multiple certifications in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, C#, Python coding and visualization for data science. Apart from her technical background Monika is a Digital ecosystems expert for the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria and member of the DIH AgroHub BG with focus on inclusion, equality, and smart growth for communities. Monika is a member of the EIP SCC group on smart mobility and EIP SCC group on citizen control of personal data, an MKAI champion for equality (2021) and mission driven contributor for education and open innovations in ML, data science and AI.
Maria Tsavachidis is the CEO of the EIT Urban Mobility, a European knowledge and innovation community to accelerate the transition towards sustainable urban mobility and livable urban spaces. Before joining the European Institute for Innovation and Technology in 2018, she was responsible for Innovation at Siemens for more than 20 year in different positions. She started her career as a researcher in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems and holds a PHD in traffic engineering from the Technical University of Munich.
Pekka Leviäkangas is Full Professor of Infrastructure & Transport and life-long nominated Docent in Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Oulu. Pekka has a PhD both in technology and in economics. He is specialised in digitalisation, mobility and transport system analysis. Pekka is a trusted expert of ministries, agencies and companies.
Dr. Eleni Feleki has been responsible for drafting, facilitating, leading, implementing and transferring the results of more than 40 transnational EU projects, most of them dealing with the topic of sustainable urban development. Apart from her thematic expertise gained through her participation in these projects she has also developed considerable experience in designing and delivering transnational exchange and learning activities and in designing and delivering integrated urban policies.
Dr. Eleni Feleki has studied Chemical Engineering and she holds a 5 years diploma from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2019, she obtained her PhD, in the field of urban sustainability from the same academic institution.
From 1999-2012 she has been a senior consultant in the EUROCONSULTANTS SA and appointed expert in the Czech Republic (in the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority).
Associate Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Media and Communication Erasmus University Rotterdam
Jiska Engelbert is a media and communication researcher who is interested in the discourse of politics and the politics of discourse.Her current research project, together with Isabel Awad, explores how developments in national (immigration) politics impact the discourse of cultural diversity in the context of public service broadcasting (first publication forthcoming in Intellect’s National Conversations). Two new research projects focus on: (1) media audiences’ display of political knowledge and (2) on motherhood, capital and contemporary femininities (the latter with Anne Kuppens). Jiska’s teaching focuses on the intersection between media and society, with particular emphases on (critical) discourse analysis and on how television features in contemporary social life.
Professor at Department of Management University of Évora
Soumodip Sarkar is an economist and management scholar. He is a professor in the Department of Management, University of Évora, Portugal, and also a vice-rector of the university. He was a three-year fellow of the Asia Center at Harvard University from 2015 to 2018. He is also the executive president of the Science Park of the region of Alentejo. He is the president of the External Evaluation team of the Portuguese University Evaluation Commission (A3ES). Previously he was the Dean of the Doctoral School, and prior to that, was the director for the Centre of Advanced Studies in Management and Economics as well as the coordinator of the Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Sarkar is a member of the WEF Innovation 100 named by the World Economic Forum. He studied economics at the University of Calcutta, graduating 1988, and received his MSc and PhD in economics from Northeastern University, Boston in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He previously worked at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and later in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In regards to his personal life, Soumodip has four children: Joana, Bruno, Raul and Vasco.
Chief Executive Officer
Data Competence Center Cities and Regions - DKSR
Dr.-Ing. Alanus von Radecki is CEO of the Data Competence Center for Cities and Regions (DKSR), providing open source data infrastructure and know-how on data-driven strategies and solutions to cities and regions across Europe. Before his assignment to DKSR in 2021, Alanus led the Competence Team "Urban Governance Innovation" at Fraunhofer IAO and the innovation network "Morgenstadt: City Insights". In this function he has been advising municipalities and companies on innovative strategies and solutions in the context of smart cities. Cities like Stockholm, Manchester, Eindhoven, Zagreb, Porto, Cologne, Berlin, Prague, or Lisbon have been his customers - as well as regions, smaller municipalities, or companies. His thematic focus is on Urban Data Governance and the systemic transformation of cities and regions. Within the framework of the "Morgenstadt Initiative" of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Mr. von Radecki had responsibility for an innovation partnership between 35 mainly European cities, 42 private sector companies and 12 research institutions to drive urban innovation and the implementation of sustainable and connected urbanization. In 2017 Alanus co-founded BABLE, a marketplace for smart city solutions and best practices. Also, he worked as Lead Expert for the EU Programs “Urban Innovative Actions” UIA and URBACT.
Head of Strategy and Business Development
CARTIF Technology Centre
Miguel works as Head of Strategy and Business Development at CARTIF Technology Centre. He collaborates with the University of Valladolid, where he has been Associated Professor (2016-2017) and contributes to the Research Group on Architecture and Energy. He was appointed a Visitor Researcher Fellowship at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University (2015). His research and teaching fields are related to Energy Efficient Buildings and Smart and Sustainable Cities, focusing on energy performance improvement and building/district renovation, Building Energy Performance Simulation (BEPS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).He has coordinated REMOURBAN (www.remourban.eu), and OptEEmAL (www.opteemal-project.eu) EU-H2020 funded projects.
He has contributed to various congresses of national and international relevance related to sustainability and energy efficiency, and is member of the Technical Committee for the Spanish Congresses on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and expert member of the SHC Task 59 – Deep renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emission.
Deputy Director for Science and International Affairs
Lituhanian Energy Institute
Dr. Rolandas Urbonas works at Lithuanian Energy Institute since 1997 and he is Deputy Director for Science and International Affairs since 2014. In 2002 he received his Dr. degree in the study field of Energy and Thermal Engineering. His research experience lies in simulation thermal hydraulic systems, managing national and international projects, organising conferences and events. Participated in H2020, FP7, FP6, national programmes.
2003 – 2020 - Lithuanian Expert and Representative to FP6, FP7 and H2020 Energy priority Programme Committee.
Since 2010 – expert of Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (Lithuania).
Since 11/2008 – International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementation Agreement IEA HIA) Executive Committee Member (Lithuanian representative).
In 2008 – 2015 – (Lithuanian) Member of the States Representatives Group of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
2005-2016 – Member and Chairman of Bachelor and Master Thesis defence committees of Physics and Mathematics programmes at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Since 2003 – Member of Editors board of Lithuanian Academy of Science journal Energetika (Power Engineering) ISSN 0235-7208.
EDP NEW, H2020 POCITYF coordinator and EDP NEW’s head of Positive Energy Communities’ area
José Campos Costa , MSc, is EDP NEW Positive Energy Communities area responsible. He has been working within H2020 energy projects since 2017, being involved in all stages of projects: from architecture design, use cases' writing, implementation plan conception, demonstration activities, scalability and replicability analysis, project exploitation and communication. Currently, he is SCC-1 H2020 POCITYF project coordinator. His main work is carried out within the areas of smart cities, energy communities, energy efficiency and services.
Lead Fund Manager European Energy Efficiency Fund
Director DWS (Deutsche Bank Group)
Lada Strelnikova is responsible for managing the Investment Advisor mandate for European Energy Efficiency Fund within DWS established by the European Commission. Prior to taking this role Lada was involved in establishing and managing the Global Climate Partnership Fund focused on energy efficiency investments in emerging markets and was holding various strategic business development positions across Deutsche Bank units. Lada is a frequent speaker in international forums on the smart cities development, sustainable mobility and energy. Qualifications: She is bringing over 20 years of the professional experience, is a MBA graduate from Australian National University with focus on managing business in Asia and holds a degree in finance and accounting from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow.
NOVA Information Management School
NOVA Cidade – Urban Analytics Lab Coordinator
Miguel de Castro Neto is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean at NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) where he leads AD NOVA IMS, the Association for the Development of NOVA IMS, coordinates NOVA Cidade - Urban Analytics Lab, and directs the Post-Graduation program in Smart Cities.He was Secretary of State of Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation in the XIX and XX Portuguese Government. Smart Cities Personality of the Year (Green Business Week 2017 / Fundação AIP).Founder and Vice-President of the Data Science Portuguese Association he is presently President of the Portuguese Engineers Professional Association Agronomy College, coordinator of the Group Cities and Spatial Planning in the think tank Sustainable Growth Platform and President of the Festival Terras Sem Sombra Curators Board.
He is founding-partner of the company Agriciência, Consultores de Engenharia, Lda. He develops his research and teaching in the field of Business Intelligence and Smart Cities. From his scientific work have resulted, amongst others, articles published in scientific journals such as Computers in Industry, International Journal of Accounting Information, Journal of Global Information Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce Studies, Industrial Management & Data Systems.
European Commission, DG AGRI, Digitalisation, Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development
Dr. Doris Marquardt works for the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development since July 2019 focussing on the digitalisation of the agricultural sector and rural areas and at Research and Innovation.
She completed her PhD in agricultural policies at the Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany and holds a diploma (Msc) in Environmental Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan. She held positions at the European Environment Agency, the German Permanent Representation, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the European Network for Rural Development Contact Point, the Germany-based Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, the Center of Rural Economy in Newcastle, United Kingdom, and the European Academy in Bolzano, Italy.
She has experiences in the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy in several EU Member States, including Romania, Italy and Germany. She served as expert in policy design, agriculture, and rural and regional development in the wider European region in projects commissioned by, e.g. the World Bank, UNEP and FAO.
Chair, Open & Agile Smart Cities
and Associate Professor, Aarhus University
Martin Brynskov, PhD, is chair of the global Open & Agile Smart Cities and associate professor in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark, director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Cities and Communities (DITCOM) and AU Smart Cities (AUSC), founder and co-director of the Digital Living Research Commons (DLRC), director of the Digital Design Lab, and fellow at the Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI). Dr Brynskov is coordinator of the Coordination and Support Action, Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT) and Chair of the Danish Standards Committee on Smart Cities and Communities (ISO TC 268 mirror committee).
Network Manager FEBEA - European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks
Aurora Prospero holds a Master degree in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights from the University of Bologna and a Bachelor’s Degree in international Economics from the University of Padova. She is has also completed trainings in European project planning and management (2016) and in Corporate Communication (2019). From 2013 till 2019 she has worked as Project Officer in SEFEA (European Company of Ethical and Alternative Financing) coordinating the participation to several EU projects in the field of social economy and ethical finance, ensuring the relations with the organisation’s members across Europe and working on the development of communication tools. In 2019 she has started working full time for FEBEA as Network Manager.
Sebastiano Toffaletti heads the Brussels secretariat of the European DIGITAL SME Alliance, which he contributed to found in 2008. DIGITAL SME is Europe's largest association for digital Small and Medium sized Enterprises, representing about 20.000 companies across the continent. The association covers EU initiatives, legislation and policies related to topics such as cybersecurity, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. Sebastiano is chairman of the Working Group on SMEs at the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Since 2014, Sebastiano is also a member of the Board at ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, where he is responsible for the Board program for better inclusion of SMEs in standardisation activities.
Prof. Willem Jonker 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.
Martin Wagner holds two Engineering degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering from the Simón Bolivar University and the other one in System Engendering from the Universidad Nacional Abierta, both in Venezuela. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Atos Research & Innovation focused on utility services (energy, water, gas, etc.) for development of smart cities, and worked as Project Manager on energy related projects like FINSENY, e-Dash, Shar-Q, ELVITEN or INTERPRETER. He´s 35 years of experience working with Business Processes, Data Management (including Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence), and Best Practices defined by ITIL and COBIT for organizations in Spain, Portugal, USA and Latin-American. He worked with customers from market segments like banks, insurance, telecommunication, industry and public administrations.
Carlos Zorrinho is graduated in Business Management at the University of Évora, which later awarded him a Doctorate Degree in Information Management. He pursued his academic career as a professor at the University of Évora, becoming Full Professor of its Department of Business Administration. Since June 2014 Carlos Zorrinho became Member of the European Parliamentand Head of the Portuguese Delegation of the Socialists & Democrats at the European parliament.
Mikael Grannas has been the Mayor of Sipoo since 2011. Before this, since 2004, he was the Mayor of Houtskär until the municipality merged with 4 other municipalities to create the city of Pargas in 2009, where he became vice Mayor. Before joining the public sector, he has has worked in the technology sector for ABB and Ascom. Mikael Grannas graduated from Åbo Akademi University and has a Master of Business Administration and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg school of management / WHU.
Vojko Obersnel, Mayor of the City of Rijeka, Croatia has graduated in 1980 from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, completing a postgraduate study of natural sciences at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, gaining a Master's degree in natural sciences, and then a postgraduate study of medical genetics at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb Obersnel has been elected Mayor of Rijeka for five terms in a row, in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. In 2017, he regained the trust of the citizens of Rijeka and is currently holding his sixth term as Mayor of Rijeka. Obersnel's current term is marked by an extremely successful withdrawal of funds from the European Union for financing large development projects in Rijeka, but also for a number of smaller projects.
All of Obersnel’s terms are marked by a strong social agenda that has evolved and expanded over the years. Today, Rijeka is recording positive results in all areas, both in the economic indicators of the activities of the economic and entrepreneurial sector, as well as in tourism, the development of the University, and professional, scientific and service activities. It has become a successful, modern European city whose openness is the best guarantee of future development. In the past 17 years, Obersnel has been actively involved in a number of organizations and associations dealing with the development of local self-government, decentralization and positioning cities as the drivers of development for entire regions.
Also, Mayor Obersnel is one of the Vice-Chairs of the EU Committee of the Regions and a member of the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Energy and the Committee on Territorial Cohesion Policy and the EU Budget.
Dovydas Kaminskas was born in 1989 January 25 in Taurage. In 2008, he graduated from Tauragė Versmė Gymnasium, In 2012 – Bachelor of Laws from Mykolas Romeris University, later Master of International Law from the University of Copenhagen.
– 2012 worked as a notary assistant at the 41st Vilnius City Notary Office.
– 2012-2015 studied for a master’s degree in international law at the University of Copenhagen.
– 2014-2015 volunteered in the public organization “White Gloves”, was the coordinator of Tauragė region under the supervision of 2015. Elections of Lithuanian municipal councils.
– 2015-2019 held the position of advisor to the mayor of Tauragė district municipality.
– 2017 D. Kaminskas was awarded the Global Lithuania Award for International Experience in Lithuanian Regions. The award was presented by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.
D. Kaminskas actively participates in community and social activities: is a member of Tauragė district and city local action groups, Tauragė youth organizations union “Tauragė round table”, Baltic city union boards, Tauragė running enthusiasts, triathlon, Tauragė “Lions” clubs, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union , gives motivational lectures for Tauragė youth.
Head Office of Alentejo Permanent Representation to EU And Coordinator of H2020- AURORAL Project
Marcos António Nogueira is Head Office of Alentejo Permanent Representation to EU and coordinator of H2020-AURORAL Project. He holds master of Mechanical Engineering. As a researcher in the field of mathematical modelling, he has authored numerous publications. As adviser, he was responsible for the design and development of systems used by international industrial groups and public authorities. Marcos has led the development of a significant number of projects and programs for public entities, with special emphasis on cities and regions in Portugal and in other member states of the European Union.
Paula Peiró holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration by the University of Valencia and works since 2013 in the international department as Project developer in European funding programs like H2020, Interreg and Erasmus + among others. She participated in a TEMPUS project “Inter-university Start-up centers for students’ innovations development & promotion” and FABLAB “university-business-industry networking on fablab platforms”. She is Executive Coordinator of H2020-AURORAL Project.
António José Ceia da Silva is a President of CCDRA - Alentejo Regional Coordination and Development Commission.
He as the course of Tourism Inspector at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Porto; degree in Tourism from the Escola Superior de Educação in Portalegre, master's degree in Tourism Destination Management from the Estoril Higher School of Hotel and Tourism and a PhD student in Tourism from IGOT - Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning António was president of the São Mamede Tourism Region from 1995 to 2008, and with the extinction of the Tourism Regions he was president of the Installing Committee of the Regional Tourism Area of Alentejo and has been president of the Regional Tourism Entity of Alentejo since 2008. He is also a professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre.
Degree in Civil Engineering, Master in Urban Engineering, PhD in Civil
Engineering in the Specialty of Urbanism, Spatial Planning and Transport.
Is Professor at the Higher Institute of Engineering in Lisbon, but actually
has held the position of Vice President of the Alentejo Regional
Coordination and Development Commission, a position that holds with the
position of councilor of the Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo. At CCDRA is
responsible for Spatial Planning, the Environment, Geographic Information
Systems and Inspection. Also have the coordination of FECA (Circular Economy
Forum of Alentejo) and the On Demand Transport Project for Alentejo.
Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz and President of ADRAL
Born on 25 April 1964, in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Alentejo.
Has a degree in Economics, from the Évora University and post-graduate degrees in European Studies, from the Coimbra University and in Management, from Nova de Lisboa University.
Started his professional activity as Finance Director at the Alentejo Foundation and from 1989 to 2004 he was a Senior Manager in the Entreposto Group.
Since 2009 he is Mayor of Reguengos de Monsaraz, also serving as Vice-President of the InterCitys Community of Central Alentejo; President of Alentejo Regional Development Agency; President of Lago Alqueva Trans frontier Association; President of European Network of Wine Cities; Effective Member of the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments representing Portugal and Executive Director of Águas do Vale do Tejo S.A., representing the Municipalities that integrate this Intercity System.
Maria da Graça Carvalho is Member of the European Parliament. She was advisor European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and principal advisor to the President of the European Commission. In 2012 Maria da Graça Carvalho was rapporteur for Horizon 2020 Programme and in 2011 awarded the Prize for best MEP in Research and Innovation. Maria da Graça Carvalho was Science and Education Minister of the 15th Constitutional Government and Science, Innovation and Education Minister of the 16th Constitutional Government. Maria da Graça Carvalho main research area is Energy, Environment and Climate Change, being professor at Technical Institute of the Lisbon University since june 1992. Maria da Graça Carvalho was a founder member of the Engineering Academy and fellow of the Academy of Sciences and member of the Spanish Royal Engineering Academy. She was awarded the honour «Grande Oficial da Ordem de Instrução Pública» by His Excellency the President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio and honorary Member of Academia Europaea.
Representation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the European Union
Silke Antos is a young professional in European affairs living in Brussels. She is passionate about learning and challenging herself. Speaking three languages throughout the day makes working in the EU bubble something special to her. Silke’s professional experience includes advocacy, project management, political analysis and drafting skills, event organization, negotiations and diplomacy.
Patricia Núñez Cortés has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura,and a master's degree in Quality and Environmental Management and in Marketing and Commercial Management. She has participated in aid work for social development in Bandon, Cork (Ireland), and, in the Asís Biomedia Group, he has held the position of International Project Manager in communication project management for the pharmaceutical industry. Patricia currently works as an assistant in the European Parliament and is a member of the Executive Commission of the Extremadura Council of the European Movement (Cexme), reports the Junta de Extremadura in a press release and is a Director of the Delegation of Extremadura in Brussels.
Graduated in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra and post-graduated in Management of Quality and Safety Alimentar hair Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz. She was Secretary of the State of Regional Development from February to October 2019. She was President of the Municipal Chamber of Abrantes for 9 years and since 2013 presided over the Intermunicipal Council of the Intermunicipal Community of the Middle Tejo. She was a member of the Economic and Social Council and the Council of Communities and Regions of Europe in the Permanent Commission for Equality of Women and Two Homens in Local Life. She was a member of the Committee of Accompaniment of the Regional Operational Program of the Center-Center 2020, and of the Executive Commission of the Regional Entity of Tourism Center of Portugal, and also presides over the Direção da TecParques - Associação Portuguesa de Parques de Ciência e Tecnologia.
Ana Abrunhosa holds a PhD in Economy from the College of Economics of the University of Coimbra. She is a Professor at the same College since 1995.
She was President of the Centro Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC) from May 2014 to October 2019.
President of the Management Board of the Centro Regional Operational Program from May 2014 to October 2019. President of the Investment Committee of the Urban Instrument for Rehabilitation and Revitalization (IFRRU 2020) from June 2016 to October 2019.
President of the General Council of the Debt & Guarantees Fund of the Financial Development Institution (IFD) from July 2017 to December 2018.
Graduated in Law by the University of Lisbon.
As Secretary of State for Digital Transition, in March 2020, he presented the Action Plan for Digital Transition, a document focused on the objectives outlined for the legislature.
In 2012, André Azevedo joined Microsoft Portugal and, in 2017, he became an administrator with the responsibility of promoting the use of technology as a factor for transforming national companies and organizations.
Between 2008 and 2011, he joined the Ministry of Health has the Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Health.
In 2005, André Azevedo worked in the National Parliament, as advisor to the Constitutional Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Ethics Commissions.
Myriam is specialised in the implementation and management of projects aimed to meet challenges in healthcare that can be solved with the use of ICT. Main areas of interest include supporting eHealth SMEs to shorten the go-to-market process, as well as paving the way for the take up of eHealth by spotting areas of opportunity. She joined TICBIOMED in 2013, which allowed her to actively interact with potential customers and end-users. Myriam graduated in Economics and Business at ICADE in Madrid, and holds a Master degree in European business.
Jan Fransen (PhD and MA in Development Studies) is Senior Expert in Urban Economic Development and Resilience at IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam. Jan conducts and coordinates research on smart and resilient cities within the Vital Cities and Citizens initiative of the EUR and the Centre of Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA), a research network of Delft University, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Jan has over 25 years of international experience in the fields of innovation systems, institutional economics, evolutionary theory, informality, poverty alleviation and complexity theory. He has completed consultancy, training and research assignments in over 25 countries for the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations, NGO’s and national, regional and local governments.
Senior EU Policy & Funding Executive
Valentine Willmann is Senior EU Policy & Funding Executive at Scotland Europa, where she is responsible for the low carbon and environment portfolio. She has a background in European cooperation. Before joining Scotland Europa, Valentine worked for the Brussels based association HyER (Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions), where she focused on transport and energy policies and supported European regions in developing their hydrogen and electromobility activities.
IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution
Analysis & Planning Manager
Inês Silva holds Master in Environmental Engineering from the University of Aveiro, focusing on the area of CO2 emissions balance in urban areas. She has been working in energy management with IrRADIARE since 2008. More recently, Ines has been involved in research activities in the field of energy performance management and energy consumption trends and CO2 emissions. She has also been working in urban planning and planning of sustainable energy actions for regional and urban areas.
University of Huelva
Pro-Vice Chancellor of Internationalization
Reyes Alejano Monge is a Pro- Vice Chancellor of Internationalization of the University of Huelva. She holds a PhD in Forestry Engineer ( 1997), and is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Huelva since 1996. Her specialization is Silviculture and Sustainable Forest Management, and she has been developing two main research topics. Reyes has participated in more than 20 Internacional Conferences. She did short research stays at the University of Berkeley (USA), at the Department of Ecology and Conservation of the Southwestern Australia Government, and at the University of Tucson (Arizona) where been main researcher of a Cooperation Project with Chile and Bolivia (funded by AECID) about Sustainable Forest Management in those áreas, and, together with the Institute Jane Goodall Spain and a local ONG.
President of NECSTouR and Director of the Catalonia Tourism Board
Mr. Patrick Torrent is graduated in Industrial Psychology for the Organizations by the University of Barcelona and Bachelor in Law by the UNED, he has formation in Marketing Management from ESADE, and in Systems Management Information by Master Associates. From 2005 to 2009 he was the General Deputy Director of the Consortium Turisme de Catalunya and Deputy Director of the Catalan Tourist Board from 2010, when it was created to 2013. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Catalan Tourist Board. He was appointed Secretary of the Open University of Catalonia Foundation in 2010 and Patron from 2009 to 2011. He has been Associate Teacher at different universities and speaker and organizer of several symposiums, seminars, workshops and forums focused on tourism and its marketing. On 22 October 2015 he was appointed President of the European Network of Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism - NECSTouR - , gathering 37 Tourism Regional Authorities and DMO’s, and 36 associate organizations.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Cultural Heritage sector, PhD in Contemporary Art History from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and with a Diplôme des Hautes Études (3rd cycle) in Tourism from the Institut de Recherche en Études Supérieures Touristiques of the University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, Catarina is the creator of emblematic projects on the national scene such as the Fresco Route, patrimonio.pt, AR&PA - Bienal Ibérica do Património Cultural or the Study “Cultural Heritage in Portugal: Evaluation of Economic and Social Value”. She is the founder and Director-General of Spira - heritage revitalization, Coordinator of the Cultural Heritage Management Course at Nova School of Business and Economics and Scientific Director of the same course at Católica Porto Business School.
Masaryk University, Institute of Computer Science OpenAccess Manager
Jiří Marek is from Brno, Czech Republic, and he works as Open Science Manager at Masaryk University. His primary responsibilities at the university are the development of Open Science Policy on a day-to-day basis and creating a university support system towards Open Access to scientific publications and research data. Based on his current position and his chemistry major (specialization in hydrogen technologies) and ICT law (specialized in Open Access, Open Agenda, and copyright law), He is used to work between sectors and domains on an everyday basis. So he works mainly on the transfer of specific knowledge between different groups of people and systems. He is a true believer in scientific development and evidence-based policymaking, He chairs the NGO Open Cities, that works on digitization of local governments in the Czech Republic.
European Commission - DG Joint Research Center Senior Expert
Paolo Bertoldi is Senior Expert at the European Commission in sustainable energy, climate change, urban mitigation planning and energy efficiency. His key areas of expertise: Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), energy and climate policies, market based instruments, multi level governance, policy evaluation, financial instruments for sustainable energy, ICT energy consumption. Paolo is an experienced Editor In Chief with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in Sustainable Energy, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Relations, and Data Center efficiency.
EU Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG Energy) Policy Officer
Mr. Georg Houben is Policy Officer at the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG Energy) since 2010, where he is responsible for Smart Cities & Communities and the Smart Cities Marketplace since 2011, being a proof for his enthusiasm for the urban context and its potential for most major EU policies.
He is a graduate in electro-technical engineering from the University of Aachen (RWTH) Germay. From 2004 – 2010 he worked as Radiation Protection Officer at the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe, Germany, being responsible for dosimetry and radiation protection medical measures. Before that, Georg Houben was at Mitsubishi Electric, Germany, responsible for Motion and Servo Technologies and Start-Up as High Level Support and Project Engineer (Product Specialist and Trainer). He also worked as Project Engineer at Rockwell Automation, Krefeld, Germany, where his responsibilities included worldwide start-ups of large scale automation projects, project design and programming.
Anna Lisa Boni has been secretary general of EUROCITIES since June 2014. She has 25 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government and has successfully worked for a stronger recognition of cities’ challenges within the European agenda. Her aim is to act in a way that best serves European cities as key players in the European project and centres for generating renewal and growth. Anna Lisa has a Masters degree from the University of Bologna in political science, and from the University of Leuven in European studies.
Marketplace (SCM) and Head Office of Tour4EU - Tuscan Universities organisation for EU research Chair of the Action Cluster on Integrated Planning, Policy & Regulation of the said Smart Cities
Simona Costa is a Senior European Policy Expert with a long experience on Regional Policies, Energy, Sustainable Transport, Innovation and Financial Engineering for public authorities. She has gained more than 24 years’ experience in the multi-level European lobbying context in Brussels working for EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission) and Industrial lobbying. Since 2001 she is head of office of Regione Liguria Representative in Brussels. She plays a facilitator role in involving local and regional stakeholders in the low carbon economy process uptake and in the EU project management. She is actively involved in the implementation of complex projects (ie. TEN T programme, H2020 programme, COSME, Progress). In the European Innovation partnership for Smart cities and Communities, she is the Chairman of Integrated Planning Policy and Regulation Action Cluster.
EBN - European Business and Innovation Centre Network Senior Advisor
Raffaele Buompane is cooperating with EBN since 2007 acting mainly as Senior Advisor and Project Manager and representing the organization in several events all
over Europe and beyond.
With more than 15 years of multifaceted international experience in particular in the fields of Intellectual Property, Strategic Management and Public Relationships,he has a legal and economic academic background holding a PhD in Economics, a Master in International Political Sciences and a Master in Geopolitics. He also
attended an MBA course in the Imperial College in London.
Being professionally born as External Relation Manager, he worked in the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, where he specialized himself in Intellectual Property, and the European Patent Office in Germany and in Serbia as External Relations Manager, Project Director and Team Leader for an IPR EC project. In the private sector, among others, he had a cooperation with BMW as Chief Event Manager.
In EBN he has been so far responsible for the implementation of a portfolio of several projects including Jordan SRTD, TexTechMed, Turkey AbiGem, Ip4inno, ETC Tunisia, EuroMed@Change, PeCoS4SMEs, FETRIC, GReaC, ETRERA 2020, IPR China Helpdesk, IPR ASEAN Helpdesk, CreatiFI, Learn Engage Create, Silver Workers, SaveH2O, EaP Plus, Make It Global, ReConfirm, SEBSEAM, THE NEXT SOCIETY, DeFINE, NGI Trust, PhotonHub.
Transilvania IT Cluster Chief Executive Officer & Coordinator
Bianca Muntean is the manager of Transilvania IT Cluster, gold-labeled by ESCA, with over 20 years of experience in ecosystem development. Bianca is a member of the European Cluster Expert Group, a group coordinated by DG Grow on behalf of the European Commission, and also actively participates in various Advisory Boards focused on digital transformation at local, regional and national level. In 2019 she was awarded the title of EU Cluster Manager of the Year, and her work is focused on supporting cross-sectoral collaboration in Europe. Bianca is also the recipient of the Open Innovation Award in 2017, given by the European Commission and The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group. As Manager of Transilvania IT Cluster, she founded and coordinates Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub.
Rastislav Trnka is a Slovak municipal and regional politician, President of the Košice self-governing Region. He is one of the youngest Slovak presidents of the region, which reflected in his fresh leadership style and innovative approach to solving challenges. He was born in Košice and studied economics and management at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in his hometown. In 2017, he gained people's trust in the elections for the President of the Košice Self-Governing Region. Ecology and innovation are a priority for Mr Trnka. He holds the position of First Vice-Chair of the ENVE Commission in the European Committee of the Regions and is also a COTER Commission member. His goal for the near future is to use the Green Deal as a road map, involve the region in drawing from the Just Transition Fund, and complete the region's preparations for the Next-generation EU. Mr Trnka promotes and supports green solutions, and that's why the region adopted The Landscape Recovery Program. The main aim is to increase biodiversity in the region. Moreover, he is keen on applying new hydrogen technologies and supports the region's decarbonization which is in risky numbers. Mr Trnka is eager to exchange knowledge on the EU level as a member of CoR and vice-chair of ENVE Commission with colleagues from whole Europe.
President of the European Committee of the Regions
Apostolos Tzitzikostas was born on September 2, 1978. He studied Government and International Relations at Georgetown University, in Washington DC. After graduating in 2000, he had his first working experience at the Office of the President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States Congress. In 2002 he obtained a Masters Degree on European Public Policy and Economics from the University College of London. Following his studies, he created his own company on the field of production, processing and standardization of dairy products, based on organic standards.
In 2007, he was elected Member of the Greek Parliament with the Nea Demokratia Party (EPP) in the First District of Thessaloniki. In the Regional Elections of November 2010 he was elected Vice-Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia and Head of the Metropolitan Area of Thessaloniki. On the Regional Elections of May 2014 he was elected Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia, and on the Regional Elections of May 2019 was re-elected Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia. On November 2019 he was elected President of the Association of Greek Regions.
Since 2015 he is a Member of the European Committee of the Regions. In July 2017, he was elected Head of the Greek Delegation and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions. In February 2020 he was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions.
He fluently speaks English and French and his articles are regularly being published in Greek and foreign newspapers and magazines.
Cabinet contact: +32 2 282 2314 | firstname.lastname@example.org
European Commission European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms (since 12/2029)
Degree in Economics from University of Porto (1878); Master’s Degree (1981) and PhD (1985) from University of Reading, UK.
University Professor (on leave of absence).
Member of the Board at Banco de Portugal (06/2016-09/2017); Vice Governor (09/2017-12/2019). Portugal’s representative in the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (06/2016-12/2019).
Member of the European Parliament (2004-2016).
Member of the Portuguese Parliament (2002-2004).
Minister for Planning (1999-2002) and Minister for the Environment (1995-1999).
Executive Vice-President of the Porto Industrial Association (1992-1994).
Vice-President of Portugal’s Northern Region Coordination Commission (1988-1992)
European Commission DG - Connect, Head of Unit Technologies for Smart Communities
Mr Hartog has Dutch nationality and was born and raised in Utrecht (the Netherlands). He obtained a degree in political economics at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and subsequently a post-graduate degree at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). He has worked in the European Commission since 1989, first in Trade policy, then in Regional policy and in Maritime policy and lately in Information Society and Media policy. He is a Head of Unit since 2003. His present responsibility (since July 2016) is Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology. Mr Hartog is married and has two daughters.
Computer Science School at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) Assistant Professor
After three years as a software engineer, since Raul graduated in Computer Science (2003), he has been working at UPM in the Ontology Engineering Group in several European and Spanish research projects.
Raúl’s research focuses on the benchmarking of semantic technologies, ontological engineering, and application integration. In 2008 he obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the UPM with his thesis titled “Benchmarking Semantic Web technology”, which obtained the Ph.D. Extraordinary Award at UPM. He regularly participates in standardization bodies (W3C and OASIS) and in the program committees of the conferences and workshops that are most relevant in the field and has organised several international conferences and workshops.
Physics from the University of Bologna.
He has previously held position of Head of European Union and International Bodies Unit in ENEA (The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, the Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development) acting, since 2006, also as Director of ENEA Liaison office in Brussels.
From 2008 to 2015 he has been member of the Secretariat of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) which he coordinated from 2013.
From 2013 to 2015 he has also been member of the secretariat of IGLO (Informal Group of RTD Liaison Office) which chaired from july 2013 until june 2014.
He founded in 2011 the GIURI – Infomal group of Italian liaison offices in Brussels of which he has been chair until 2013.
From 2005 until 2011 he has been also member of the board of Directors of CUP2000, an italian e-care company.
Project evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission, he has managed several European projects in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Framework programmes.
In 2014 he coordinated also the organisational secretariat of the SET PLAN conference held during the Italian Semester of Presidency in Rome.
Sumy State University Head of Scientific Association (audience members) of Students, Postgraduates, Doctoral Student sand Young Scientists
Maryna Utkina, Ph.D. in Law, Senior Lecturer, Head of the Scientific Association (audience members) of Students, Postgraduates, Doctoral Student sand Young Scientists of Sumy State University. An active participant of foreign internships: Summer Academy for Young Professionals, SAYP, 2020; Scientific internship according to the bilateral program of cooperation of the national scholarship program of the Slovak Republic (Bratislava); Scientific internship according to the Latvian fellowship – University of Latvia, Faculty of Law.
Steffi Trittel has been the mayor of municipality Hohe Börde Municipality since its unifying new formation in 2010. Mrs Trittel is a trained agrotechnician, married, raised two children and graduated Martin Luther Universität with a degree in agricultural engineering. She is the chairwomen of the local LandFrauen association “Holli Holler” as well as the deputy chairwomen of the LandFrauen association of Saxony-Anhalt. Since 2007 she has been the Chairwomen of the local LEADER Action Group “Flechtinger Höhenzug”.
The municipality Hohe Börde is located in the center of Germany, in the district of Börde in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. It is a uniform community consisting of18 districts and is home to appr. 18 800 inhabitants. One third of the population is older than 60 years, one fifth even older than 65, which poses serious challenges for the digitalization. The municipality initiated several projects to work against these challenges and acts by its core values: to be endearing, rural and modern all together.
Lorenzo Visaggio is currently graduating in International Relations at the University of Bologna. His field of specialization are crime and security studies. He is also very interested in the relationship between technology and society and is conducting research on Smart cities related topics. In this respect, he is particularly interested in Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructures. He worked as an intern for IrRADIARE where he learned hands-on how projects under the H2020 program are delivered and improved his knowledge on ethical issues, particularly privacy and data management.
Horn was born in Annweiler am Trifels. He was the son of a Protestant pastor and grew up with his three sisters in a clergy house in Hornbach. He was engaged in church youth work from an early age, acting as a youth leader in the association “Feuer und Flamme” as part of the Hornbach church community. In 2009, Horn began studying International Social Work at the Protestant University Ludwigsburg and finished his Bachelor's degree in 2013. Following these studies, in 2014 he earned a Master's degree in European and World Politics at City University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. He studied abroad in Botswana, Jordan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. In 2014 he started working as the coordinator for Europe and development in the Sindelfingen city administration and as a free-lance docent at Protestant University Ludwigsburg.
In 2018, Horn ran for mayor of Freiburg im Breisgau without party affiliation. The SPD and the voter initiative Freiburg Lebenswert supported his campaign. During his campaign, the media questioned Horn's relationship to the evangelical neo-charismatic ICF and their engagement with his campaign team. Horn clarified in an interview that he was neither part of ICF nor any other independent church, but a member of the Protestant church.
With 34.7%, Horn received more votes on the first ballot than incumbent Dieter Salomon (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen).
Four candidates campaigned on the second ballot on May 6, 2018. Horn received a simple plurality of 44.2%. which was sufficient for a win. He stated that he wanted to focus on housing, as well as accountability and transparency towards citizens in his first 100 days in office.At the election after-party, Horn was attacked by a 54-year-old man who injured his face, broke his nose and damaged one of his teeth.The perpetrator was immediately arrested.
Horn could not assume the office of mayor as scheduled on 1 July 2018, due to a lawsuit contesting the election. While the claim was processed, the city council appointed him Amtsverweser, an interim representative and preliminary chief of the administration without representation in the city council.On March 5, 2019, the case was definitively rejected by the Mannheim administrative court.
In April 2019, Horn participated in the quiz show Ich weiß alles!, hosted by Jörg Pilawa in Das Erste. Although eliminated in the third round, he promoted Freiburg’s 900th anniversary celebration and convinced Pilawa to host a quiz show in and about Freiburg.
Anett is a committed digital health expert with more than sixteen years’ project building and management experience in Brussels.
Her special expertise lies in stakeholder engagement, co-creation with stakeholders, event organisations, community management, moderation, producing evidence-based policy recommendations.
She has proven track record in regional research and innovation policy, particularly in the healthcare field. Anett has extensive experience with member-based networks, in providing services to members and managing membership relations.
She has the background in European studies and project management. Before ERRIN, Anett was heading a regional office and worked for Business Hungary for four years.
FEBEA- European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers Secretary General
Daniel Sorrosal coordinates the Federation's strategy and oversees the implementation of the annual operational plan. He represents FEBEA and its members before the European Institutions and coordinates the lobbying and advocacy work of the Federation.
David Celetti graduated in Economics at the University of Venice, and obtained a PhD in Economic History at the University of Verona. Currently he is Research Professor (RTD/B) at the University of Padua (Italy), Department of Historical and Geographical Science and of the Ancient World, chair of Economic History. His research interests focus on the long-term determinants of economic development at regional level, including the role of State and institution, the relevance of territory as a material and immaterial factor of competitive advantage, industrial districts and resilience to external shocks. He has been invited as visiting professor at the Universities of Wuhan (PRC), at the South Central University for Nationalities (Wuhan, PRC), at the Kazakh National University (Almaty, KZ), and the Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan).
European Network of Living Labs (Programme Director European Affairs @ Brainport Development) Vice chair
Wim De Kinderen is employed within the Brainport Eindhoven EU Office in Brussels, representing the City of Eindhoven, Brainport Development and other economic stakeholders towards fellow regions and the European Institutions. In this role he is responsible for policy lobbying, networking/communication and project development. Within both the City of Eindhoven as well as Brainport Development, he is part of the Strategy Department.
In his previous career, he has mainly been involved in regional development issues in Belgium. First as the Province of Antwerp RDA’s European Social Fund expert for the Objective 2 region ‘Kempen’, later as the director of the Regional Socio-Economic Committee for the same ‘Kempen’ region. In between he has been an advisor (‘chef de cabinet adjoint’) to the Belgian federal government on socio-economic and budget policy topics.
He is holding master diplomas in International Politics, European Politics and Public Management.
Pierre Pribetich is a Vice-Mayor of City of Ville de Dijon and a professor at the University of Burgundy. He ia s Member of the PS since 1986. In 2001 he was deputy mayor of Dijon, before becoming first vice-president of Greater Dijon in 2008.
During June 2007 to June 2009, he was a member of the European Parliament. He was part of the Socialists and Democrats parliamentary group. He was a full member of the Regional Development Commission, of the Foreign Affairs Commission and deputy member of the Industry, Research and Energy and Budgetary Control Commissions.
He was Born in 1977 in Huelva, and studied a Degree in Social Education. Nowadays he is a town Councilior in Huelva, representative of the Government team and of the Tourism Area, and promotion of Huelva. He is also in charge of the relationship with the university.
At town leSteffi Trittelvel, Franciso is the Vicepresident of the Administration Board of the Cleaning Muincipal Company and of the Urban Transportation Municipal Company. From 2008 to 2011 he was a town councilior in the opposition party, and representative of the Socialist Group. From 2015 to 2019 he occupied the position of Maior’s Chef de Cabinet
At the University he’s been a Councselor of the Social Board from 2019, a position ocuupied the years 2011-2015 as well.
Miguel Varela is Full Professor and has served as Director and President of the Scientific Council of ISG since 2010/2011. He has the title of aggregate in Business Economics (2008) and holds a PhD in Economics (2004). He has a master's degree in Organizational Systems for Economic Activity (1997) and an MBA in Marketing, having completed the degree in Economics in 1994 and having been a university professor since then, having taught at several institutions in Portugal and abroad. It has about two hundred publications in opinion and scientific journals. He worked as a consultant for several companies, he was an entrepreneur in the field of communication, he is part of the Assembly Representative of the Order of Economists and the Profession Council, she is a member of the Jury of the 1st Section of Self-Regulation Advertising and was assistant to the Minister of Economy of the XV Constitutional Government.
Martin Grisel is the director and founder of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), a network of national ministries responsible for urban matters. Mart has been the advisor of many member states holding the Presidencies of the EU since 2007 and has been closely involved in the establishment of the original Leipzig Charter for sustainable cities (2007), the Urban Agenda for the EU (2016), the New Urban Agenda (2016), the New Leipzig Charter (2020), and the Lbubljana Agreement to be adopted under the Slovene Presidency. He holds an executive master’s degree in strategic urban studies.
i2CAT Director of EC R&I Policy and Strategy Department
Dr. Eunice Ribeiro is the Director of EC R&I Policy and Strategy Department at i2CAT, a research center working in the research and development of digital advanced technologies based in Barcelona. She has comprehensive experience on EU Innovation and Research Funding Programmes as a result of her previous roles as H2020 National Contact Point and National Representative in the H2020 Programme Committees officially appointed by the Portuguese Government. Currently, in i2CAT, she is responsible for driving the growth of i2CAT's impact in the European R&I ecosystem while shaping its R&I strategy.
EBN - European Business & Innovation Centres Network CEO
Laura is CEO of European Business & Innovation Centres Network and responsible for overall strategic coordination of EBN's activities: team, resources and finances. She also coordinates EBN's involvement in EU-funded projects.
Working at EBN since May 2012, previously Laura was first Project Manager and afterwards COO. She animated the Bioeconomy Special Interest Group of the network and managed most part of the EU funded projects in this topic, mainly focusing on supporting research projects in the ICT sector to start up and scale up, such as SmartAgriFood, TRAFOON, CommBeBiz, ACTTIVATE. Laura coordinated as well the Startup Europe project WeHubs, the 1st European network of women web entrepreneurs’ hubs. Currently she oversees the 3 international centres development (ENRICH in Brazil, China, and USA) and manages FET2RIN and ESIL EC contracts as well.
M.A. graduate from the University of Trieste (Italy) in International and Diplomatic Relations, in 2011 she obtained a diploma in Cooperation and International Development at ISPI (Institute for International Politics Studies). Before joining in EBN Laura worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation department and then in the Brussels liaison office of ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.
CEMR - Council of European Municipalities and Regions Secretary-general
Frédéric Vallier has been Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) since February 2010. He is an expert in European and international affairs at the local and regional levels and city diplomacy, he has over thirty years of experience working with local and regional authorities.
As Secretary General of CEMR, he campaigns for the full recognition of local and regional governments as strategic partners of the European integration and calls for a Europe closer to its citizens and their first levels of democracy. He also represents European Local Governments in the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments and United Cities and Local Governments to the United Nations.
He holds an Executive Master’s Degree in public management from Sciences Po Paris.
He is also Vice-President of the European Movement International (EMI).
He was member of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform of the European Commission on the Implementation of the SDGs in the EU.
Elsa Nunes is IrRADIARE’s CEO where she also works as a project manager. At IrRADIARE, Elsa has been in charge of several projects in diversified fields such as creative industries, social innovation, green and innovative procurement, among others. Her main interests are related to communication, social media, management and education. Before IrRADIARE, she worked in adult education and training both as trainer and training manager . Elsa has also worked at the Portuguese institute that supports SME (IAPMEI) where she was in charge in two different programmes, related to young entrepneurship .Elsa has a Master Degree in Sociology, by ISCSP, UTL –Lisbon.
IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution Chief Operational Officer
Flávia Duarte is Deputy CEO and Project Manager at IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution from 2010 where she defines, develops and manage the projects, build its comprehensive work plan and manage the budget. Flávia has her post graduation from Institute of Labor and Enterprise Science and degree from Lisbon Polytechnics of Accountancy and Administration. She has been participating in the development of innovative products in what regards technology transfer. She has also participated both in European and national projects being responsible by its full accomplishment in what concerns the tasks proposed.
Rui Pedro Henriques is Technology Director at IrRADIARE. He works in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on the area of collaborative networks. Rui Pedro Henriques has worked in buildings energy optimization. He has been working on air quality monitoring, where he developed the core and web modules for use and dissemination of results of atmospheric dispersion. Has also worked in research and development solutions for consolidation and optimization of the supply chain of biomass using GIS information.
IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution Networking Manager
Kamila Olchowicz holds bachelor degree of European studies focused on global market business, administration of EU programs and mass communication by Gdansk University of Technology. She holds master degree of International management and economy, also by the same University. Kamila works at IrRADIARE, Science of Evolution since 2014 as Networking Manager in European findings as well as performing communication activates of IrRADIARE’s projects and events through EU.
IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution Sustainability Manager
With a degree in Environmental Engineering, Sofia started her professional journey in energy regulation. She has participated in environmental and energy project management, environmental and sustainability reporting and national and international project management fields of Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability. Sofia works at IrRADIARE, Lda since March 2007, being involved in the application of support systems for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability monitoring, management and planning. She also performs activities in energy management buildings, process and product, national and European project management, in the fields of internationalization, innovation and development.
Andrea is a grant writer and project manager assistant for EU funding programmes, from Erasmus+ and Europe for Citizens to Interreg Europe and H2020. He works supporting civil society organisation and local authorities by providing tailor-made approach, targeted on the specific needs of the partners involved. Andrea areas of expertise are social innovation, promotion of citizen participation and sustainable development, mainly in rural areas.
Nerosubianco - Italian Consulting Firm focused on technology innovation projects and investments Executive Partner
Graduated in business administration at Cà Foscari University of Venice, he has been engaged since 1996 in digital innovation projects both on behalf of consulting companies, large enterprises and public authorities. From 2003 until 2013 he has been coordinating a private Innovation Agency whose goal was to support regional health authorities in designing and implementing new solutions for the social and healthcare sector. In 2013 he joined Nerosubianco (www.nsbproject.com) and widened its expertise by connecting solution providers and healthcare system authorities, supporting technology validation processes and exploiting digital healthcare focused R&D project results. In 2020 he launched an informal network of Digital Innovation Hubs (dihealtheu.wordpress.com) focused on digital healthcare solutions to support their cooperation and try to accelerate digital transformation processes in the healthcare sector. He is an active member of the Digitalization WG of the Digital SME Alliance and an advisor of the Italian transregional healthcare initiative Pro.M.I.S. He has been recently selected as exploitation and innovation manager of the Hosmartai project, focused on developing and validating Artificial Intelligence and Robotics based solutions in hospitals.
European Commission, DG CONNECT, Technologies for Smart Communities Policy and Programme Officer
Olavi Luotonen is Policy and Programme Officer, Technologies for Smart Communities, at European Commission, DG CONNECT. Olavi is the lead for the Rural Smart Communities portfolio. He is the main Commission contact with the Living-in.EU Technical subgroup for ‘Living-in.EU - The European way of digital transformation in cities and communities’, as well as the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) who lead this work, based on the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs Plus). Before joining the Commission in 1998, Olavi worked for international ICT companies after completing his MScTech and MBA (INSEAD). He has his roots on a rural island in Rymättylä, Turku archipelago.
Nienke Homan is regional minister at the province of Groningen, responsible for (a.o.) energy transition. Nienke is member of GroenLinks, a progressive left-wing green party. From 2005 to 2007 she was general board member of the party, and she has been campaign leader for the national elections in Groningen as well as for the regional elections. Before she became regional minister she worked for Greenpeace Netherlands and in youth care.
University of Deusto Associate Professor, Principal researcher & Head of DEUSTEK & MORElab
Dr. Diego López-de-Ipiña is an associate professor and principal researcher of “MORElab – Envisioning Future Internet” group (http://www.morelab.deusto.es/), associated to Faculty of Engineering, University of Deusto in Bilbao, SPAIN. His main research interests are pervasive computing, internet of things, semantic service middleware, open linked data, big data management, and mobile-mediated and tangible human-environment interaction. He is currently focusing his work on the role of citizens as active data contributors to the knowledge of communities modelled as a Knowledge Graph. He is particularly keen on exploring how ICT can help us addressing societal challenges. He has been PhD supervisor in 17 dissertations. He is taking and has taken part in several big consortium-based research European (INTERLINK, AURORAL, REACH, PARITY, EDI, SIMPATICO, CITY4AGE, GREENSOUL, WELIVE, MOVESMART, IES CITIES, MUGGES, SONOPA, CBDP, GO-LAB, LifeWear) and Spanish (THOFU, mIO!, ADAPTA, SABESS, PIRAmIDE, ACROSS) projects, mostly as principal researcher from the Deusto part, involving the adoption of mobile computing, Cloud Computing, semantic web, social data mining, linked open data, social robotics, smart cities, open government and NextWeb to novel AmI-related application areas such as urban computing, sustainable computing or AAL. He has more than 200 publications in relevant international conferences and journals on Ubiquitous Computing, Semantic Web, Middleware, Smart Cities and AmI, including more than 70 JCR-indexed journal articles. He is corresponding member of JAKIUNDE - Basque Science and Arts Academy. He co-received the ATLAS Elsevier research prize which recognizes the social impact of one of his co-authored papers.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Post-Doc researcher
Andrea Cimmino is a Post-Doc researcher at the artificial Intelligence Department of the Computer Science Faculty of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in the Ontology Engineering Group. He obtained his Ph.D. in Software Engineering at the Universidad de Sevilla in 2019. Currently he is involved in standardization bodies and in the program committees of conferences and workshops that are most relevant in his field. His research activities focus on semantic interoperability, data integration, and IoT discovery.
International Economic Relations Department |
Institute of Business, Economics and Management |
Sumy State University
PhD, Associate professor
Oksana Zamora is a PhD, Associate Professor, currently working at the Department of International Economic Relations of our university. She combines experiences of project design and management both in academic and non-governmental sector: 7 years of work in International Affairs Office of the university and more than 12 years in the third sector working with the projects funded by the European Commission, FAO (UNO), CEI and EBRD, UNESCO, Czech Development Agency, National Research Fund. She works both as a consultant for business and private entities, and as an external expert for the European Commission. Has participated in more than 30 training programs including those by Erasmus+, Youth in Action, FAP, British Council, EBRD, CEASC. Works as a non-formal education trainer and HEIs international development coach.
IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution EU Office
Celine Sauer is from the south of Germany and studied „Renewable Resources“ at the Campus for Biotechnology and Sustainability at the Technical University of Munich. During her studies she was part of the fieldwork team within the BMBF project Trans-SEC in Tanzania to conduct a household survey and to analyse the data within her Bachelor degree. Afterwards she went to Austria for her Master “Global Studies – Economy and Environment” at the University of Graz. Since her master studies she is part of the student organisation “oikos” for sustainability education in academia for business and economics studies. She now works with IrRADIARE and is engaged with the construction of the SmarTomorrow concept, Smart Communities and subjects within the AURORAL project.
President of the Helsinki Region and Vice-President European Committee of the Regions CoR
Markku Markkula is a Finnish politician and the First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions. A member of Finland's Espoo City Council since 1980 - where he was President from 1990–1992 and again in 2010 - Markkula is a member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and has been Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board since 2004. Markku Markkula graduated as a Master of Science in Technology in Industrial Business and Management in 1979 from the Helsinki University of Technology (later Aalto University of Technology). Previously he had been elected Vice-Chair of the student board in 1974 and Chair in 1975. He has also served on the Finnish Society as the Chairman of the Board of the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK (1993–2005).
Manuel Ferro is a Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. He runs courses at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycles and has supervised MA and PhD Thesis either in the UC or abroad. In 2005 and 2006, he was a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco. His scientific research deals with Luso-Italian cultural and literary relations, Camonian studies and the Portuguese epic of the Baroque and Neoclassicism. He is a member of the Interuniversity Research Center for Camonian Studies, to the Direction of which he belongs.
German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community Deputy Head of the Unit "Urban Development Policy"
Tilman Buchholz is Deputy Head of the Unit “Urban Development Policy” at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. In this function, his focal points are the National Urban Development Policy in Germany with its different formats and projects, research in urban development, European affairs in urban development including the Urban Agenda for the EU as well as the European Structural Funds. On behalf of the Ministry he is member of the Urban Development Group (UDG) in the framework of the informal cooperation of the EU Member States on urban development issues. In this position he was chair of the UDG meetings under German EU Council Presidency 2020. He is the German representative in the URBACT Monitoring Committee and in the Assembly of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN). He has been responsible for the preparatory process on national and European level regarding the New Leipzig Charter and the Implementation Document concerning the follow-up of the Urban Agenda for the EU, as well as for the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development under German EU Council Presidency in November 2020.
Meritxell Montserrat i Mestres
Municipality of Vilafranca del Penedès ES Councilor
Diploma in Business Sciences (UB), Master in Mediation and Financial Advice (UB), Postgraduate Program in Derived Financial Products (IEF and BME) and training in technical market research (ongoing).
Since 2015, she has combined the Department of Education and International Relations with a job at Banco Sabadell where she has worked as a Financial Analyst in the Dept. Liquidity Management (2015-18) and currently in operational risk management in the Bank's Risk Management Department.
Previously she has worked at Caixa Penedès, in active and passive securitization funds (1998-2012) and BMN Parafinancers (own issues, investment funds ...) from 2012 to 2014.
Since December 2020 she has been part of the Catalonia Council School as one of the representatives of the local world, in this case through the FMC (Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia).
She has been part of the children's choir L'Espinguet (1996 / 2008-2011 / 2016) as conductor and pianist, of the Cor Brudieu and the Cor Xamusia. Until the pandemic he also accompanied the piano in the CEP Choir.
She has also been part of the Secretariat of Children’s Choirs of Catalonia (SCIC) first as a regional coordinator and then in the coordination team (2006-2014).
She is part of the European Federation of Choral Singing ECA-EC Europa Cantat Choral Organization 2016 -2021 as an internal auditor chosen by the general assembly.
She was administrator of the Festa Major de Vilafranca 2005.
Member of the Vilafranca organ association and Santa Maria i Sta. Trinidad since 2010 and the Goigs coordination team in St.Fèlix.
Rune Edvardsen has been the Mayor of Narvik since 2015, and represents the Norwegian Labor Party. He is also the current President of the Hålogaland regional council, which consists of 8 different municipalities in the Arctic region of Northern Norway. The role of the regional council is to stimulate regional development on behalf of the 60.000 inhabitants in the region.
ZOOM Global Smart Cities Association and Smart Cities Portugal Cluster Executive Director
Miracle Aligner, Innovator & Dreamer of a better world through Creative and Smart Cities
Journalist and Communication Expert, Creative and Visionary Strategist and Deep Thinker.
Co-Founder of ZOOM GLOBAL SMART CITIES ASSOCIATION, a ‘gnostic’ platform with heart and soul for the future, Co-Founder of SMART CITIES PORTUGAL CLUSTER.
International Speaker and Contributor, Chair and Coordinator of numerous events around the world and specialized content platforms (Magazines, Portals, Blogs, etc.).
Working with Cities, Universities and Private Corporations to develop roadmaps and strategies for Smart Cities, Smart Regions, Smart Tourism.
First awarded with the prize of Personality of the Year Smart Cities Live 2015 (Portugal), awarded for the first time within the frame of the Green Business Week, an initiative of the AIP Foundation.
Winner of THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 1st edition 2018, an initiative from “Smart to Future” (Uk’s Global Smart Cities event).
Mayor of Tomar Municipal Council, with a degree in Human Resources from the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, practicing the profession of Employment Technician in the framework of the Employment Institute since 1986.
Between 2005 and 2009, she was Director of the Employment Centre of Tomar, year in which she went to the Assembly of the Republic as an Members of the Parliament, until the elections of 2011. She made dozens of interventions in plenary sessions, having integrated the Commission of Labour, Social Security and Public Administration and the Commission of European Affairs, Ethics, Society and Culture. She was the representative of the PS Parliamentary Group at the 18th Congress of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She was coordinator of the Assembly of the Republic Working Group on Protected Employment (in the area of disabilities).
Elected Mayor of Tomar in 2013, she was re-elected for a new mandate (2017 - 2021) in the elections held on 1 October 2017.
Mónica Rogério has a degree in Audiovisual & Multimedia from Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (ESCS). She cooperates with CEEETA-ECO, ACDIPE and IrRADIARE, among others, in Communication,Design, Art Direction and Project Management. Mónica performs communication activities in cultural initiatives for different projects and events through the EU. Monica has relevant experience in communication design, UX and UI design as in different edition tools, performs communication activities and artistic management for cultural events, being responsible for the artistic agenda in the recent Culture KIrC Fest, an online festival for bringing artistic projection to rural communities.
CCDR Alentejo Administrator
Born in S. Teotónio (Odemira), he has a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Engineering of Animal Production, a Degree in Agro-Forestry Engineering, Rural Development (Polytechnic Institute of Beja), a Master's Degree in Regional Economy and Local Development (University of Évora) and is currently attending a Doctorate in "Interdisciplinary Landscape Management" (Universities of Évora, the Azores and Lisbon Technical University). He was a technician in producers' associations, was a technician in cooperation missions, was an associative manager in ADMIRA and TAIPA, and vice-president of the Odemira Municipal Council. Currently holds the position of executive member of Alentejo2020.
CEBAL - Centro de Biotecnologia Agricola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo Executive Director
M. Fátima Duarte holds a PhD in Health Sciences from University of Minho and MMCRI, United States. Currently, coordinates the Bioactive Research Group at CEBAL, and is an integrated member at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development. Her scientific interests are the development of separation and extraction processes, and further exploitation of bioactivities to potentiate extracts bio-based applications within two major areas: human health promotion; and plants protection, under the concept of circular bioeconomy. IR of several R&D projects, has particular interest in Cynara cardunculus, olive oil, and olive pomace, as source of valuable bioingredients for new biotech applications.
Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union Head of Unit
Since 2019: Head of Unit, Police-Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Data protection, Civil protection, Housing, Construction, Urban and Territorial Development, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU, Brussels
2009-2019: Head of Unit for European Spatial Development/Territorial Cohesion, first Federal Ministry of Transport, then Federal Ministry of the Interior, Berlin
2005-2009 Head of EU-Liaison Office, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Brussels
2002-2005: Policy Officer for Regional Development at German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Berlin
1999-2002: Policy Officer for European Affairs, Diakonisches Werk (Protestant Social Welfare Organisation in Germany), Berlin
1997-1999: Assistant to MEPs, European Parliament, Brussels
1989-1997: University Education Bonn and Oxford, PhD in History, Political Science and European/International Law 1997, MA 1994
1977-1989: European School Brussels
European Commission, DG CONNECT Acting Deputy Director-General
Thomas Skordas received his diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and a PhD in Computer Science in 1988. From 1988 to 1995, he worked in France as a Research Fellow and project leader in EU-funded R&D projects in the areas of Information Technology and Robotics.
In 1995, Thomas joined the European Commission as a Research Programme Officer in the Directorate General Information Society & Media (DG INFSO). Ever since, Thomas worked in various units of DG INFSO (which, in 2012 became DG CONNECT) dealing with ICT research in the context of EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Head of Unit in ICT Security and Trust. In 2009, he was appointed Head of the Photonics Unit and in 2014, Head of the Flagships Unit.
Since March 2017, Thomas is the Director of DG Connect's "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure Directorate". He’s also acting Deputy Director-General of DG Connect since 1st April 2021
Biologist from 2003 at University of Turin, now she works as a senior specialist in the green chemistry sector in Environment Park, Turin. She works in European projects focusing circular economy, in particular regarding the exploitation of agro-industrial byproducts, sustainability of production and supply chain, designing waste out of the system, foster innovation and local sustainability.
UDEUSTO Assistant Professor
Edurne Iñigo is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at the University of Deusto. She has previously been a postdoc researcher at Wageningen University and a Visiting Researcher at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Her work is published in journals such as Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technological Forecasting and Social Change or Industry and Innovation. She is part of the Board of the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production.
AIGUASOL Projects Director
Dr Arranz-Piera has over 21 years’ experience in renewable energy engineering, applied research and consultancy projects. He combines his position as Projects Director for AIGUASOL (an international energy consulting-engineering and R&D cooperative firm devoted to the design, modelling, planning and implementation of energy-efficient systems, solar and biomass solutions and low-energy buildings) with an associated researcher and part-time lecturer collaboration at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), based in Barcelona.
BOSONIT Innovation associate
Javier Serrano (male), is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in PMO. He has experience in the management of R&D&i projects, as well as in the relationship with clients and funding agencies specialized in technological projects. He has also experience on tax incentives strategies regarding to different projects.
Unparallel Rapporteur for Security table
Gonçalo Rolo (male) received his master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the NOVA School of Science and Technology in 2021. Currently, he is a junior engineer at Unparallel Innovation where he has been a software developer since December of 2020.
Cluster Bioenergy of Catalunya Project Manager
Mr. Poojan Timilsina is an entrepreneur, an Aeronautical Engineer with an MBA and a Masters Degree on Engineering of Natural Resources. He has more than 5 years of working experience within project management, cross sectorial proposal preparation and business development. He is the Project Manager at Cluster Bioenergy of Catalunya, a non-profit association that represents the professional sector of bioenergy in Catalonia region (Spain) and whose mission is the promotion of the sustainable use of bioenergy, and the responsible for Spanish Pilot execution within the AURORAL project.
Marcus Lind Nerhoel
Smart Innovation Norway Senior Advisor
Marcus Lind holds a BA in Media & Communication Science with an International and Intercultural profile from Örebro University. It includes studies at Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and two years of studies at Örebro School of Theology. He wrote his thesis on the role of ICTs in development work in Ahmedabad, India.
Since 2006, Marcus has worked with sustainability related projects and initiatives in different roles, such as researcher, project manager and communication manager, often involved in large projects involving cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation. He spent seven years at Dalarna Science Park as part of the sustainable business development team, which gave him a large network in Sweden and the Nordics within cleantech, sustainability and innovation.
Before joining Smart Innovation Norway, Marcus was part of the international business development team at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. His main role was to establish and run Smart City Sweden, the Swedish export and investment platform for smart and sustainable city solutions. Having received over 200 international delegations from over 40 countries since May 2017, Marcus has gained substantial insight into the challenges that cities and communities all over the world are facing today.
At Smart Innovation Norway, Marcus will be involved in projects in Molde kommune, Moss Havn and Nordic Solutions for C40.
Andrea Moser is a Graduate Engineer, holding a BSc in the field of Energy and Environmental Management and a MSc in the field of Sustainable Energy Systems. Ms. Andrea Moser has 10 years of experience in the sector of energy management, development of energy action plans and energy concepts for regions and municipalities, projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ms. Andrea Moser is project manager in the European Centre for Renewable Energy Güssing.
LUXACTIVE Marketing and consulting
Nikol Bujalkova (female) is a qualified tourism specialist, Tourismusfachfrau HR, with the Swiss Federal Diploma in Tourism Management, including specialization in Event Management and Digital Marketing. Nikol Bujalkova has five years of practical experience in tourism and acquisition with clients and guests, mainly in the field of hospitality in Switzerland.
She is currently an employee for marketing and consulting at LuxActive KG.
Umeå University Associate Professor
Gireesh Nair is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden. Gireesh has multi-disciplinary research experience on energy issues in the built environment. His research involves energy efficiency improvement and thermal comfort aspects in buildings and also building occupants’ attitudes on energy issues. Prior to his current employment he worked as a senior consultant at the Energy division of National Productivity Council, New Delhi, India.
Narvik Municipality Project Manager
Ann-Hege Lund (f) works as an advisor at Futurum, Narvik Municipality’s business & development company, since 2015. She has extensive knowledge and long experience in the travel industry. This includes initiating and leading the process for Narvik towards becoming a sustainable travel destination and as project manager for the regions DMO. Ann-Hege has 9 years of experience from Hurtigruten ASA, working as a project team member developing a new tour operator system, as a price and revenue analyst, and as global product loader responsible for loading data into the systems to prepare for executions.
I Tesori della Terra Senior Specialist
Davide Murgese (consultant for Cooperativa I Tesori della Terra) - PhD in Earth Sciences from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) and MSc in Environmental Assessment and Design from Polytechnic of Turin (Italy). His areas of specialisation are agroecosystem management and food-chain sustainability, water resources management, environmental management.
CERTH/ITI Research Associate
Thanasios Tryferidis is a senior Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. He
received his Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the
Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2000 and his MSc. in Information
Systems from the University of Macedonia (UOM), Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2006. He
has been a teaching assistant at Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki
(2004-2009). He is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He has a 15-
year experience in Technical and Project Management, through his leading managerial
role in 3 FP7 and 3 H2020 EU funded projects. He has been active in the field of Smart Grids and innovative Demand Response Flexibility programs, integrated
systems with the use of multi-sensorial topologies and IoT infrastructures, focusing on
IoT interoperability based on semantics. He has further been involved in energy
efficiency optimisation, occupancy detection and prediction algorithms, semantics and
visual analytics. Later work involved distributed solutions with the use of battery
energy storage systems in both residential and commercial buildings. Finally, he is
currently working in the field of Smart Cities, experimenting with demonstration and
replication of integrated innovative solutions within the H2020 Smart Cities and
Antonio M. Ortiz
PNO Consultants Senior Grants and Innovation Consultant
Dr. Antonio M. Ortiz is Senior Grants and Innovation Consultant at PNO Consultants, and currently coordinates the H2020 DIGITbrain project. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and has more tan 15 years’ experience in EU Innovation and Research projects. With an academic and industrial background in diverse EU countries, he is the responsible at PNO Innovation Spain for the ICT area, actively collaborating with other sectors in project management, consortia building, and project proposal preparation and writing.
Ana María Morales has a Degree in Journalism and Communications with a specialisation in Corporate Communications from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in marketing and Commercial Direction and a Master’s in Digital Marketing from EUDE Business School in Madrid. She joined Atos Research and Innovation (ARI) in 2017 and since then has had various roles and responsibilities related to communication and business development for H2020 projects such as HELIOS, inteGRIDy, PerMedCoE, and FlexiGroBots. Currently, she’s the Head of the Communications and Marketing group within ARI, aiming at maximizing the impact of the research projects and promoting their value to various stakeholders.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Department for Agriculture and Food Project Manager
Justin is working with diverse type of projects dealing with sustainable biomass supply, energy efficiency in agriculture, emerging rural business strategies, and manure valorisation. Studied master degrees in Energy System Engineering, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Sciences, Justin has previously worked for the Swedish Farmers Federation and has practical experience from agriculture too.
External Promotion Department, Manager of the ÉvoraTech Technology Based Business Incubator, Project Manager and consultant at ADRAL - Alentejo Regional Development Agency
Daniel Janeiro holds a degree in Business Management. Currently is the coordinator of the External Promotion Department, Manager of the ÉvoraTech Technology Based Business Incubator, Project Manager and consultant at ADRAL - Alentejo Regional Development Agency, since 2011. He has been developing functions to support regional development, from general management of national and international projects for assistance and technical support to companies throughout Alentejo, with emphasis on consultancy and applications for public grants by companies (Portugal 2020, PDR 2020, among others). Has a 10-year experience as a project manager, of project such as regional/national (Inalentejo; Alentejo 2020; QREN; Portugal 2020), cross-border (POCTEP); international (Interreg; H2020), among others. Since December 2020, he is also ADRAL’s representant EURADA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Daniela has over 20 years of experience with SMEs in the field of R&D and Innovation. As Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) for Bulgaria she has gained deep insight to the SME needs and performance in the context of smart growth, competitiveness, and international partnerships. In parallel she is involved in policy research actions related to new business models, clustering, global innovative trends. Currently she is managing the CityZen action dedicated to Urban Farming and improved policy efficiency.
Research Fellow of the Department of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna
Claudia is an Environmental scientist (MSc), now focusing on sustainable urban and spatial planning and rural regeneration processes. She is now actively involved in several EU funded project (TExTOUR, MATCH-UP and ClimateKIC ACTonNBS) and she is part of the coordination team of the RURITAGE project, specifically supporting case studies in developing and implementing their heritage-led regeneration strategies.
Maria Sitzoglou is the co-founder of Design Clips, Architect & Urban Designer with expertise in resilient urban planning, stakeholder engagement, participatory and outreach strategies. Maria holds an MSc in Urban Design from UC Berkeley, USA and a MSc in Architecture from Democritus University, Greece. She has extensive experience in city-scale urban resilience projects with a portfolio ranging from policy design to hands-on community projects. She has worked as Consultant for Urban Resilience for 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and currently as a European Commission Urban Expert for the Urban Innovative Action - OASIS Schoolyards project, Paris, France and Short term Consultant for Inclusive and Resilient Urban Planning for the World Bank. Furthermore, she is involved in large scale projects (Masterplans for Re-development, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) responsible for the development and implementation of stakeholder and public engagement strategies. Throughout her career she has been part of international urban design projects in Morocco, Spain, USA, Vietnam and France.
Marcos Ros Sempere is a professor on leave of absence from urban planning at the School of Architecture of Cartagena. He has a PhD in architecture, specialises in urban planning issues and has a long experience in university education and in rehabilitation of the architectural heritage. He has just launched two weeks ago the New European Bauhaus' Friendship Group in the European Parliament, which already has more than 30 members of our parliament interested in this initiative.
Professor Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Head of Department NTNU
Florian Schneider is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. In his work he investigates relations of “imaginary property” and new divisions of labour within the cultural industries. As a filmmaker, he has been engaged in a wide range of processes to rethink impact and value of documentary practices across disciplines. Since 2013 he is Professor and since 2014 Head of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Since 2019 he is Chair of the COST action “European Forum for Advanced Practices”.
Economics department of Ventspils City Council, Lead UIA Project manager
Laura Codere is the Lead UIA Project manager in the Economics department of Ventspils City Council.
Laura holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and a double Master's degree in International Business and Export Management (Ventspils University and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems). She also has a diploma in project management and continues to master more interesting topics to her because learning is never too late or too much.Laura has worked in the banking sector for a couple of years, as well as gained experience in an international private company. Laura believes that in today's world, everyone and anything has the opportunity to change, as long as they want to and if they succeed and have the opportunity to pass on that knowledge - anything is possible.
Head of INTRAS Research Development and Innovation Department
RAQUEL LOSADA DURÁN is Head of INTRAS Research, Development and Innovation Department. She has M.S in Psychology, Certificate in Proficient Studies in Social Psychology and Organizational Anthropology;
At INTRAS she has worked as researcher, project manager and project coordinator of more than 30 national and European projects under programs such as H2020, HEALTH, INTERREG, ERASMUS+ LLP, FP7, CIP, National RDI. She has coordinated cooperation for development projects with Latin-American countries such as Cuba, Argentina and Perú. Other activities in which she is engaged are Competitive Intelligence, scaling-up strategies for innovative products and services and international networking.
European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) Director
Esteban Pelayo - Esteban Pelayo joined the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) in 2015 as director. This international non-profit association was established in 1992 to support policy learning in regional development agencies. The core activities of EURADA are directed towards sharing good practices to increase the impact of the development agencies and work on common projects, in special those dedicated to entrepreneurship, social innovation and support for SMEs. Esteban Pelayo participates in several committees of the EU, like the Network of SME Envoys (E02666), Consultative and supportive Group for the Enterprise Europe Network (E02814), the experts’ group for the follow-up of the Small Business Act, or the expert group for the Structured Dialogue of ESI Funds (E03226).
He started his professional career in 1996 within the Enterprise Europe Network helping companies to establish transnational technology transfer agreements. In 2000 he moved to the Regional Development Agency of Murcia, to coordinate the regional network of technology centers. Esteban is graduated as agriculture engineer, hold and advanced studies diploma on food technology is a Spanish certified patent and trademark attorney.
The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) is recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe. SHFCA supports our 150 members, with an increasing number from across Europe and overseas who are involved with hydrogen and fuel cell activities in Scotland. In May 2019 the Scottish Government announced the ambition to become Net Zero by 2045, with an interim target of 75% GHG reduction by 2030. In December 2020 the Scottish Government announced the ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production to be operational in Scotland by 2030. These targets further reinforce Scotland as one of the leading locations in Europe for the early deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in low carbon energy systems. Locations across Scotland including North-East Scotland, Fife, the Western Isles, and the Orkney Islands are leading the way and 'learning by doing' with hydrogen and fuel cell deployment. Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen, local hydrogen energy solutions such as BIG HIT in Orkney, Acorn in St Fergus, H100 Fife hydrogen for domestic heating trials at Methil, and with many other innovative projects.
EPIU Getafe Iniciativas Local Development Agency, European Project Manager
Beatriz García has been working in Getafe Iniciativas Local Development Agency for the last 18 years. Currently, she is the Head of the European Projects Area, and participates in the coordination of the UIA Energy Poverty Intelligence Unit (EPIU) as Project Manager. Previously, as head of Entrepreneurship and Business Promotion Area, she worked in networking and management of different European projects. She obtained a Degree in Economics from University Carlos III of Madrid.
Municipality of Rethymno Transport Planner and EU project coordinator
Anastasia Thomadaki has 10 years of surveying engineering and transport planning experience enhanced by her studies as a Survey Engineer BSc (Eng) MENG from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Masters in Transport Planning and engineering from the University of Leeds.
Anastasia has been working as an Engineer for the Municipality of Rethymno since October 2017 when she joined the Technical Services Department. The main responsibilities are to lead project tasks for the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS (Horizon 2020), PLASTECO (Interreg Europe) project, coordinate actions and subcontractors to achieve the implementation of the project tasks. Moreover, Anastasia has been working towards new project proposals as well as day to day engineering tasks.
Anastasia has gained experience and expertise in the Transport Planning sector working for 4 years as a Transport Planner with WSP and AECOM engineering consultancies in London. She had the opportunity to be involved and lead a variety of projects and gained expertise in Transport Modelling, Transport Appraisal and Transport Assessment studies. Anastasia has 3 years further professional experience as a Survey Engineer working for the Crossrail construction in London.
FEBEA - European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers Project Manager
Gian-Luca Gasparini is Project Manager at FEBEA, responsible for several projects in the field of social economy, sustainable development, ethical finance. Previously he worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Rabat and Khartoum Processes and the ASEM 2014 Summit. From 2015 to 2020 he worked for SEFEA Consulting in the Projects Department, supporting the social economy in Europe and beyond.
He holds a Bachelors in International Development & Cooperation from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Masters in International Relations from the University of Queensland (Australia) and a first-level Master in Global Economics & Social Affairs from Ca' Foscari University. (Italy). He also attended specialisation courses in project management and financial education.
Gian-Luca Gasparini is Project Manager at FEBEA, responsible for several projects in the field of social economy, sustainable development, ethical finance. Previously he worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Rabat and Khartoum Processes and the ASEM 2014 Summit. From 2015 to 2020 he worked for SEFEA Consulting in the Projects Department, supporting the social economy in Europe and beyond.
He holds a Bachelors in International Development & Cooperation from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Masters in International Relations from the University of Queensland (Australia) and a first-level Master in Global Economics & Social Affairs from Ca' Foscari University. (Italy). He also attended specialisation courses in project management and financial education.
School of Engineering of the University of Parma Professor of Computer Engineering
Stefano Caselli is Professor of Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Parma, where he teaches courses in operating and real-time systems, digital design, and robotics. In 1989-90 he was a visiting scholar at the Machine Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Florida. From 1990 to 2000 he held Researcher and Associate Professor positions at the University of Parma. He received a Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering (1982) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer and Electronic Engineering (1987), both from the University of Bologna. From 2000 to 2003 he was Chairman of Electronic Engineering of the University of Parma, chairing also all Computer and Telecommunication Engineering degrees. From 2003 to 2006 he was Chairman of Computer Engineering at the same University. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Ph.D. school in Information Technology of the University of Parma and Director of a Ministry-funded student exchange programme with several French Universities leading to double French and Italian academic degrees. Stefano Caselli's research interests include autonomous robots, real-time architectures, advanced robot programming paradigms, and parallel computing.
founder of TUMO in Portugal, director of the 42 Lisbon school
Pedro Santa Clara is founder of TUMO in Portugal, and also the director of the 42 Lisbon school. Both these projects promote an innovative pedagogical model based on self-learning and peer collaboration.Pedro was Professor of Finance at UCLA's Anderson School of Management from 1996 to 2009. He received his PhD in Finance from INSEAD in France and is currently a Full Professor at Nova SBE. He is a partner at Atrium Investments, an asset management company, and has been a consultant to investment banks and funds on various financial matters.He was responsible for the construction of the Carcavelos campus of Nova SBE. To this end, he led the raising of 52M€ from companies and individual donors to finance the construction, as well as the strategic and management repositioning of the school. During this period, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alfredo de Sousa Foundation - a private foundation, managed by donors, created with the sole purpose of building the campus and supporting the development of the school.
CCDRA Director of Inspection Services of the Coordination and Development Commission of the Alentejo Region
Patrícia Gomes da Silva is a professional who bet on a career full of diversity and multidisciplinarity all over the national territory.
Born in the Municipality of Felgueiras, it was at Universidade Lusíada that one would have a law degree. In the early years, she would create his own law firm, bringing together functions in the legal area of the Municipality of Santo Tirso.
Passionate about national politics, she did not hesitate in 2001 to move to Lisbon, where she was an adviser to the Deputy Secretary of State to the Minister of Internal Administration, in the area of Protection and Relief, with emphasis in the area of Civil Protection.
However, already in 2002, she would start a journey of almost 20 years in Alentejo, in the Municipality of Portel also in the legal area, namely in matters related to the licensing of private works and other matters related to the instruments of territorial management. However, her action went beyond the area of Law, having given dynamism and coordinated in events as important for the region as the Portel Film Festival.
Currently holds the position of Director of Inspection Services of the Coordination and Development Commission of the Alentejo Region, whose headquarters are located in the city of Évora.
Dr. Signe A. Sønvisen is senior researcher SINTEF Nord AS within the field of fisheries and aquaculture management. Her research interest within fisheries and aquaculture concerns in technology developments and competency requirements, in particular, the social effects of these technology developments. She holds a PhD in Social Science and was in 2014 rewarded the price of excellent fisheries research at the University of Tromsø.
DIGITAL SME Junior Project Manager
Ieva Spudyte is a Junior Project Manager at the European DIGITAL SME Alliance – a network bringing together more than 20.000 digital SMEs. Having gathered professional experience in the fields of higher education and digitalisation of the public sector, Ieva is currently working on digital skills and smart city topics. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management.
Atlantic Arc CRPM (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions) Executive Secretary
Élise Wattrelot has a Masters’ Degree in Multi-Level Governance and International Relations delivered by the University of Aston (Birmingham) and Sciences Po Rennes. Her university and professional career have proven her passion for the regional dimension of EU policies. She has experiences working with Regional Authorities both in regional administrations and in Brussels. After an internship at the Region Hauts-de-France (France), she started a career as Policy Analyst for the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC) and the CPMR General Secretariat on maritime affairs. Since then, she has been supporting the different AAC Working Groups in developing projects and lobbying strategies on a variety of topics of interest for Atlantic Regions, and representing AAC Regions in different forums at EU level. She has a profound understanding of the thematic policy areas of the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission as well as a strong comprehension of the functioning of EU institutions and EU policies. She also speaks French, English, Spanish and is learning Portuguese.
Gerald Schwarz has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics and works with the Thünen Institute of Farm Eco-nomics in Germany. His research focuses on the analysis of barriers and drivers of sustainable farming systems and on innovative governance approaches for public good provision from agriculture. Dr. Schwarz has been involved in a variety of national and international projects on sustainable farming systems and agri-environmental policies. He coordinated projects in the EU’s FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes. and is currently coordinating the H2020 project UNISECO on agroecological transitions in European farming systems.
Bauhaus-Universität Weima Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering
Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck studied civil engineering in Darmstadt, Germany, and received his doctorate with the thesis "Low fares in local public transport". After professional positions as a project engineer, project manager and managing director, Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck was appointed to the Chair of Transport System Planning at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2014. He was director of the Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions and acts since 2018 as the Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
Head of Smart City Area in CARTIF and Coordinator of mySMARTLife lighthouse project (H2020 SCC-01)
Member of the coordination teams of R2CITIES, CITyFiED, REMOURBAN and Making-City, Smart City projects funded by the EC. MEng and Computer Engineer from the University of Valladolid, his research line is the study and application of Intelligent Systems and soft computing techniques for smart cities planning. Several publications in scientific journals, national and international conference proceedings.
Graduate in Law, Master's Degree in EU Law and Postgraduate in Foreign Trade and Marketing Management. She was trade delegate and researcher in European affairs at the Extremadura Office in Brussels, international promotion advisor for Extremadura Avante and internationalisation advisor at the Economic Vice-Presidency of the Regional Government of Extremadura (2007- 2011).Advisor to the Spanish Socialist Delegation to the European Parliament (2014-2015) and since 2015 she has been Director General for External Action, alternate member of the Committee of the Regions and President of the Executive Committee of the European and Ibero-American Foundation of Yuste.
Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union Ambassador
Luminița Odobescu, ambassador and career diplomat, has been the Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union since 2015. She led the Permanent Representation in Brussels during the first Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2019).
After graduating the Faculty of Commerce within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, in 1992, Luminița Odobescu started her professional life as a scientific researcher at the "Virgil Madgearu" National Institute. In 1995, she became an expert and, later, a counsellor in the Romanian Ministry of Economy and Trade, until 2001, when she joined The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her European affairs experience was boosted in 2002, when, for the next five years, she directly managed a series of chapters in the negotiations of Romania's EU accession, as a diplomat within the Romanian Mission to the European Union, in Brussels. After the signing of the Treaty concerning the accession of Romania to the European Union, she became responsible with the coordination and the preparation of COREPER I meetings, as Mertens counsellor.
Between 2008 and 2012, she was Director General of the European Union Department, and between February and November 2012, State Secretary for European Affairs, within the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between November 2012 and August 2015, she was State Counsellor for European Affairs and Foreign Policy, at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
She has a PhD in International Economic Relations at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2003).
In 2007, she received the “Diplomatic Merit" (Officer rank) for her contribution to the successful accession of Romania to the EU. Also, she was decorated with the National Order “Legion of Honour of France” (Knight rank) in 2015. For her exceptional contribution during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, she received the National Order "Steaua României" (Knight rank) in 2019.
In December 2014, she was awarded the diplomatic rank of Ambassador.
Luminița Odobescu was born on 3 May 1969, in Reghin, Mures district. She is fluent in English and French. She is married and she has two sons.
Regional Director for Culture of the Alentejo Region
Ana Paula Amendoeira, has a master in Recovery of Architectural and Landscape
Heritage by the University of Évora, was elected in 2011 president of the International
Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Portugal. Since 2012 she is a researcher at the University of Coimbra, was a guest assistant at the Faculty of Arts of Coimbra in the area of Heritage Management, and between 2000 and
2008 she was Head of the Division of Cultural Action, Education and Social Action in the
Municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz. She is currently the Regional Director of Culture
Vasco Guedes Ferreira is part of the Energy Policy Coordination and Strategy Unit of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. Its main responsibilities are to monitor Portugal’s energy policy developments, in particular the implementation of the National Energy and Climate Plan, the Recovery and Resilience Programme and the use of structural and cohesion funds to support the energy transition.
Theatre, School of Arts of the University of Évora
Student in the final year of the Degree in Theatre at the Arts School of the University of Évora
Born in September 2000 in Torres Vedras, Lisbon.
He was part of shows such as "Antígona" by Diogo Bento and "Hoje Mais Que Ontem" by Raimundo Cosme.
Theatre, School of Arts of the University of Évora
Student in the final year of the Degree in Theatre at the Arts School of the University of Évora
He was born in Santo Ildefonso, Porto, in September 1999.
Attended the professional course of interpretation at the Academia Contemporânea do Espetáculo (ACE - School of Arts).
Theatre, School of Arts of the University of Évora
Student in the final year of the Degree in Theatre at the Arts School of the University of Évora
Born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, in July 2000.
She was part of the play "O Cerejal" by Ana Tamen, a partnership with CENDREV - Centro Dramático de Évora and the School of Arts of the University of Évora.
European commission - Joint Research Centre. Since December 2020, Xavier Troussard is leading the New European Bauhaus Unit created at the Joint Research Centre. The New European Bauhaus is a co-creation initiative intended to be a bridge between science and technologies on one side, and arts, culture and design on the other to meet the expectations of citizens for new forms of living together. It is planned to be both a think tank and a do tank to revisit our living places and associated life styles around three dimensions - sustainability (including circularity), qualitative experience (including aesthetics) and inclusiveness (including affordability). Before, Xavier worked at the DG for Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual where he contributed to the establishment and development of the EU audiovisual policy before representing the European Commission and leading the EU coordination in the negotiation of the 2005.
Ricardo Beirão holds Degree in Electrotechnical Engineering in the Electrical Energy Systems by the Superior Engineering Institute of Coimbra and effective member of the Order of Engineers.
Between 2008 and 2013 he worked as a Designer of Electrical Installations, a designer and installer of Telecommunications Infrastructures in Buildings and Urbanizations and a designer for Fire Safety in Buildings.
In 2013 he joined the Energy and Environment Agency - MédioTejo21, as a project manager, exercising functions in the Energy area, particularly in the elaboration, operationalization and implementation of projects in the scope of energy efficiency in buildings, infrastructures and equipment.
Since 2018, he has been the Agency's Technical Director.
He became to studied Animal Science Engineering at the University of Évora and graduated in 1997; after that, he specialized in “Cooperation for Development” at the National Institute for Public Administration (INA) and achieve the curricular component of the Master in “International Relations and European Studies” again at the University of Évora. He has also the ISEP - INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program, powered by INSEAD and IES-Social Business School.Between 2003 and 2006 he was director of the local development association “Terras Dentro”, an NGO with a staff about 40 people, where, since 1997, he idealized and coordinated several projects in areas such as regional development, adult education and training, culture and heritage, cross-border cooperation and development cooperation programs, among other initiatives.Since 2006, he is Advisor to the General Secretary in Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, where he works in different projects, mainly in social area, but also in different themes, such as cross-border, trans-regional and international cooperation projects; culture and heritage projects; among others. He is also Coordinator of the Social and Development Area, responsible for the Social Innovation Centre of Eugenio de Almeida Foundation.Between November 2015 and October 2016, he was at the Portugal Inovação Social, a national structure promoted by the Portuguese Government, in the framework of EU Funds, to promote social entrepreneurship and innovation. He was responsible for Alentejo region antenna.He is one of the founders, President of the General Assembly and actually hi is the President of the Board of Directors at “Alentejo de Excelência”, a nonprofit organization for the study, promotion and discussion of strategies for a sustainable development of the Alentejo region. Here, Henrique launch the Start & Go Alentejo, a awareness contest for the depopulation problem at Alentejo region.