Management Committee

Willem Jonker, CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Willem Jonker

Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time 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.

Location: Brussels

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Chahab Nastar, CRIO (Chief Research and Innovation Officer)

Chahab Nastar

In his latest position as Vice President of Advanced Development, Dr. Chahab Nastar has been managing next-generation analytics software development at SAP. Previously, he was the cofounder and CEO of computer vision software maker LTU technologies, successfully acquired by Jastec Corporation, a listed company based in Tokyo. Chahab started his career as the head of a research group on image indexing at INRIA. He graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and is a former fellow of the MIT Media Lab.

Location: Paris

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Prof. Anders Flodström, Chief Education Officer

Anders Flodström

Prof. Flodström is the Chief Education Officer of EIT Digital and a member of the Management Committee of EIT Digital.

Prof. Flodström started his career in Palo Alto, USA, as a member of research staff in Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Since 1985 he is professor in physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Prof. Flodström has been the Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences and President at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden. He was President of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm until July 2007 when he was appointed University Chancellor for Swedish universities.

Flodström is member of the Swedish Academy for the Engineering Sciences (IVA). He is also honorary doctor at Riga Technical University in Latvia, honorary doctor of Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and honorary professor in Dalian University of Technology in China. He is a member of the advisory board of Karlsruhe Technical Institute (KIT) and a former Chairman of CLUSTER and Baltech - a network of technical universities around the Baltic Sea. He has also been guest researcher at HASYLAB/DESY in Hamburg, Germany as well as in National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Gaithersburg, USA.

Location: Stockholm

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Stan Smits, COO (Chief Operating Officer)

Stan Smits

Stan Smits is Dutch and graduated in 1974 with a M.Sc. in physics from Leiden University. Until 1978 he was a research scientist at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam.

From 1978 to 1994 he held various R&D and General Management positions in the domain of data and telecommunications at Digital Equipment Corporation and was based in France for 10 years.

Stan Smits joined Royal Philips Electronics in 1994, and within Philips Healthcare he has performed roles as Chief Software Technology Officer and as CEO of the Healthcare Informatics business unit. Stan Smits retired from Royal Philips Electronics in 2009.

Location: Brussels

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Edna Ayme-Yahil, Head of Communications

Edna Ayme-Yahil

Dr Edna Ayme-Yahil is Head of Communications for EIT Digital.

Edna has developed and delivered top-quality integrated communications strategies in large global companies and public organizations. Previously, she has held various global communications roles at Nissan, STMicroelectronics, Philip Morris International and UNESCO and was a consultant for the OECD. She has also taught communications and history at UCLA, University of Arkansas, University of Paris, and Washington State University. She is currently serving as the Regional Lead France for the European Association of Communications Directors. 

She graduated from Stanford University, studied at the École normale supérieure, and holds a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A triple UK/USA/Israeli citizen, Edna lives in France with her French husband and one daughter.

Location: Paris

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Stéphane Amarger, Node Director France

Stéphane Amarger

Since March 1st, 2013, Dr. Stéphane Amarger is appointed as Director for the EIT Digital Node in France. Stéphane Amarger brings his double experience of the academic and industrial environments to boost the value creation and the go to market actions while setting-up a privileged environment for the researchers to develop their creativity.

In 1992, in parallel to his Computer Science, Stéphane held a Research Assistant position within the Artificial Intelligence research laboratory (IRIDIA) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In 1993, he obtained a fellowship grant under the Human Capital Mobility Program of the European Commission to hold a research position inside the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy. Stéphane participated there to the development of information systems for the safety assessment of industrial systems, such as nuclear power plants.

In 1995, Stéphane joined Canon Research in Rennes (France) and soon became project manager in the networks and telecommunications area. In 2000, he got the position of CIO of Médiamétrie, the French institute for the media audience metering.

In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Manager in the Sophia Antipolis French laboratory of Hitachi Group, supervising innovative networks and telecommunications projects. In July 2003, he took over the full leadership of the laboratory.

Before joining EIT Digital, Stéphane moved in 2010 to the automotive industry, first as Director of Advanced Developments for AISIN AW Europe, a Toyota Group subsidiary, and then as Director of R&D for Magneti Marelli R&D France, a subsidiary of the FIAT Group.

Location: Paris

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Udo Bub, Node Director Germany

Udo Bub

Udo Bub is leading the EIT Digital Node in Germany. He was a member of the executive team of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (since their inception in 2004) where his areas of responsibility included R&D in Human Computer Interaction, ICT Architectures and ICT Infrastructures as well as ICT Security.

Udo Bub is co-heading the Innovation Development laboratory, T-labs. He has also taken over the position of CEO at the European Center for Information and Communication Technologies (EICT) GmbH in 2007, a public private partnership for innovation with partners such as Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer Society, Opera Software, and Technical University of Berlin. He received both his master and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technical University of Munich (Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.) and had held long-term research appointments at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science in Pittsburgh, PA and at Siemens AG's Corporate Technology in Munich.
Udo Bubs research interests are Information Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, and Human Computer Interaction. He is lecturer of ICT Systems Engineering at TU Berlin. Before taking up his current positions, he had spent six years as a management and technology consultant in the telecommunications industry.

Location: Berlin

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Roberto Saracco, Node Director Italy

Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco is leading the EIT Digital Node in Italy. 
Prior to this position be was the Director of the Future Centre in Venice and responsible for innovative telecommunications architectures and scientific communications reporting directly to the Strategy Officer of Telecom Italia. In 2001 he became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area. 

During 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries, and prior, 1999 and 2000, he proposed and carried out a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America countries.

Roberto chaired the Visionary Group (1996-1997) on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research at the European Union (EU) level beyond the year 2000. He has recently served as member of the Internet 2020 Strategy Group and European Research Network (GEANT) expert group. In 1994 he launched the Marketing & Communications area in CSELT, ensuring dissemination of innovation.

At several stages in his career, Roberto has taught at Universities in Italy and around the world on the subject of Telecommunications, and most recently, on the New Economy. He currently lectures at the Turin Polytechnic on the aspects of multimedia and telecommunications.

Location: Trento

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Patrick Essers, Node Director Netherlands

Patrick Essers

Patrick Essers leads the EIT Digital Node in the Netherlands.

Patrick Essers has more than 25 years of high tech industry experience in the telecommunications sector and led local and international task forces in large enterprises. 

He started his career in 1992 as Instructor/Teacher within the Dutch PTT Telecommunication and after several positions he continued working for the Swedish Ericsson for 17 years. While building his service record, he further sharpened his managerial, lecturing and technical skills. In his last job within Ericsson he worked as Program Director Seedlinqs. As such he was responsible for the development of new business and the implementation of an ecosystem for open innovation within the Netherlands. Next to this Patrick worked and is still working in additional functions as Business Coach in an entrepreneurial network for SMEs and is he the Secretary of the Board at ICT Innovation Program - Intelligent Communication (IIPIC).

At the time Patrick Essers joined EIT Digital Eindhoven, he was the Quartermaster Director of the Dutch Institute World Class Maintenance (DI-WCM). There he was end-responsible for the transition from a grant-driven to a self-supporting organisation. Currently, EIT Digital also investigates the opportunities for sustainability; Patrick Essers will spearhead this drive in the Netherlands. 

Patrick Essers has a Master Degree in Electrotechnics from the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

He lives in Tilburg, the Netherlands and is married with two children. When not working Patrick likes to practice Tai Chi Chuan, play a round of Golf, play music (Bassoon and Tenor Saxophone) and cook and eat with friends.

Location: Eindhoven

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Göran Olofsson, Node Director Sweden

Göran Olofsson

Göran Olofsson is the leader of the EIT Digital Node in Sweden.

With more than 16 years´ experience in R&D and Innovation in the telecommunications sector, with several management roles and board member of several EIT Digital partner organisations, Göran Olofsson brings in-depth knowledge of the industry challenges, the national and international ecosystem and the passion for business development. 

At the appointment to Node Director in Sweden in August 2015, Göran Olofsson was the CEO and co-founder of Locusense, a spinoff company from SICS Swedish ICT research, with IPR for indoor positioning and asset tracking and also worked as an independent innovation and strategy consultant. 

Prior to this Göran held several positions at TeliaSonera, as Director Generic Strategy, R&D and Innovation 2007-2012, where he developed innovation strategies for national and international programs in the areas of IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Media, e-Health and Sustainable Urban Life. In this capacity he was also involved in the first stages of planning and setup of EIT ICT Labs, the former brand name of EIT Digital. 

In 1997-2007 he was Vice President (and held other management roles) at Telia Research, managing up to 300 R&D experts. He has provided strategy input to several Board of Directors – SICS, Acreo, Industry Council Future Internet, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and as an expert for EU, SSF and Vinnova (Swedish National funding agency) and as an external reviewer for EIT Digital in the areas of Urban Life and Mobility and Smart Spaces. 

Göran lives north of Stockholm and is married with two children. When not working he enjoys the Stockholm archipelago, jazz music, reading, and volunteer work teaching in mathematics and science to students and immigrants, through a non-profit organization. 

Location: Stockholm

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Dennis Moynihan, Node Director UK

Dennis Moynihan

Dennis Moynihan leads the EIT Digital Node in UK.
For more than 30 years he has led and shaped ICT and wider initiatives in the academic, public, and private sectors.

At the time he joined EIT Digital, Dennis Moynihan was the Smart Cities Lead at the Institute for Sustainability, a London-based non-profit which he helped shape from its inception. Prior to this, as Vice President with Sungard Higher Education, he was responsible for exemplar delivery of all ICT services and staff at over 20 colleges and universities across the US. With a master’s degree in Environment and Development from Kings College, London, he has also helped shape and deliver UK government policy in roles with the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Homes and Communities Agency. 

Dennis has extensive experience in smart cities, smart energy systems, and enterprise computing, and has helped lead the successful launch of a venture funded startup. He has also shaped and led several EIT and Framework Programme activities. 

Dennis is a native of Detroit Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University where he began his career as a student programmer and held a number of roles culminating as Associate Director of the University Computing Center. 
Dennis now lives in London and enjoys sailing, travel, and the London music scene.

Location: London

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Marko Turpeinen, Node Director Finland

Marko Turpeinen

Professor Marko Turpeinen, born 1968, has a Doctor of Technology Degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK, now Aalto University) and a Master of Science Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He is a Principal Scientist and the leader of the Digital Content Communities research group at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), a joint research institute of Aalto University and University of Helsinki. He was previously a Professor in Media Technology at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in 2006-2012. He has extensive industrial experience from the media industry, as between 1996 and 2005 he worked in various executive positions at Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish media company.

Turpeinen was a Visiting Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley in 2009-10. His academic research addresses issues in customized media content, active computer-mediated communities, ageing society, and the role of media in promoting sustainable development.

Location: Helsinki

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