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Axelle Lemaire

Axelle LemairePartner, Global Head of Terra Numerata, Roland Berger & Former Secretary of State in French Government in charge of Digital and Innovation.

Axelle Lemaire is a Partner in the strategy consulting firm Roland Berger, where she leads the innovation network Terra Numerata. Axelle held the position of Minister in charge of Digital affairs and Innovation in the French government from 2014 to 2017.

During her term, she defended the law for a Digital Republic, which was co-built with citizens and unanimously adopted in Parliament. Previously elected as a member of Parliament, she was committed to topics such as gender equality, fight against modern slavery, or public policies for innovation and digital as drivers of progress and empowerment.

Axelle Lemaire received the European Prize for Political Innovation in November 2017.

Willem Jonker

Willem JonkerCEO, EIT Digital

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.

Chahab Nastar

Chahab NastarChief Research and Innovation Officer

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.

Anders Flodström

Anders FlodströmChief Education Officer

IProf. 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.

Tuomas Syrjänen

Tuomas SyrjänenCo-founder, AI Renewal

Tuomas Syrjänen is co-founder & board member of digital innovation consultancy Futurice, a company built on transparency, agile thinking and lean working practices. Tuomas served as a CEO between 2008 and 2018 and during this period Futurice grew 10x into pan-European company with offices in Berlin, Helsinki, London, Munich, Stockholm and Tampere. Currently Tuomas works with AI enabled business renewal. He was chosen Leader of the Year by Finnish magazine Fakta in 2013. He has a special interest in reshaping businesses with business model innovation, data and AI and he is an internationally acclaimed speaker on those topics.

Clara Pezuela

Clara PezuelaHead of IT Market Research and Innovation group, Atos (Spain)

Clara Pezuela has a degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. She has 19 years’ experience in R&D projects development and management. Currently, she is the Head of IT Market at Research and Innovation Group in Atos. Her main responsibilities now are the management of research groups focused on cloud, digital platforms, intelligent systems and software engineering, dealing with management of teams and projects, defining the strategy towards future research in mentioned topics and transferring research assets to Atos business units. She is skilled in open business models and innovation management, collaborative development environments, service and software engineering. In last years, she has coordinated an integrated project in FP7-ICT-ARTIST about migration of applications to the cloud and an activity project (MCloudDaaS) in EIT Digital about usage of multi cloud in Big Data analytics as a service. Currently she is coordinating a H2020-ICT-TANGO about simplifying and optimizing the software development for heterogeneous devices and OFION, an EIT Digital project about orchestration of financial services. She is the FIWARE solution manager at Atos, an open and standard platform for development of smart applications in IoT. She is also the President of PLANETIC, the Spanish technology platform for the adoption and promotion of ICT in Spain. Her current interest areas are innovation management, the improvement of software development processes and methods and the adoption of innovation assets by the industry.

Clara Pezuela es Licenciada en Informática por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Tiene 19 años de experiencia en el desarrollo y gestión de proyectos de I+D. Actualmente es la Responsable del mercado de Tecnologías de la Información dentro del grupo de I+D de Atos. Sus principales responsabilidades son la gestión de los grupos de investigación focalizados en cloud, plataformas digitales, sistemas inteligentes e ingeniería del software, gestionando los proyectos y equipos, definiendo la estrategia de la futura investigación en los tópicos mencionados y transfiriendo los resultados de investigación a las unidades de negocio de ATOS. Posee experiencia en modelos de negocio abiertos y basados en software libre, gestión de la innovación, entornos de desarrollo colaborativos, computación en la nube e ingeniería de software. Ha estado coordinando un proyecto integrado en el 7º programa de trabajo de la Comisión Europea llamado ARTIST sobre migración de proyectos al cloud y liderando el proyecto MCloudDaaS en EIT Digital sobre el uso de multi cloud en aplicaciones de Big Data. Actualmente, está coordinando el proyecto TANGO para simplificar y optimizar el software en dispositivos heterogéneos y OFION, un proyecto EIT Digital sobre orquestación de servicios financieros. Es la responsable de la solución FIWARE en Atos, plataforma abierta y estándar para el desarrollo de aplicaciones inteligentes en IoT. Adicionalmente es la Presidenta de la plataforma tecnológica PLANETIC para la adopción y difusión de las TIC en España. Sus áreas de investigación son la gestión de la innovación, los métodos de desarrollo de software y la adopción de la innovación por la industria.

Andra Sonea

Andra SoneaFellow Anthemis Group

Andra splits her time between research at the University of Warwick and consulting for large financial institutions. Her research interest is in the modularisation of the financial services architecture and the development of new large-scale systems as complex adaptive systems.

Andra built her career in consulting mostly with IBM and SAP and she has worked internationally implementing complex financial systems for large corporations and banks. For the past seven years she has been involved in the Fintech market in London, setting up a Business Innovation Lab in IBM, working as a Lead Solution Architect for the Innovation Lab of Lloyds Bank.

She is an Anthemis fellow and a mentor for Startupbootcamp in London. She holds an MBA from London Business School. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrasonea/

Emanuele Angelidis

Emanuele AngelidisCEO, Breed Reply

Emanuele Angelidis is a Co-Founder and CEO of Breed Reply, Europe’s leading investor in early stage internet of things (IoT) businesses, that supports IoT entrepreneurs to quickly bring new ideas to market. They achieve this through funding at early-stage; active operational involvement with significant know how transfer of business, managerial and technological expertise; and go-to-market support through the extensive Reply network. Founded in 2014 and based in London they invest across Europe and currently have a portfolio of 20 IoT companies in a variety of different sectors including Health and Wellbeing, Smart Cities and Buildings, Industrial IoT, Platform Infrastructure and Cyber Security.

Emanuele Angelidis co-founded Breed Reply after a long, successful career in the telecoms industry. Emanuele started at Italtel Telecomunicazioni, and in 1994 took part in the start-up and development of Omnitel, latterly Vodafone Italy. In 1999, he co-founded Fastweb, one of Italy’s largest telecoms companies, and was CEO.

Breed Reply is part of the Reply network a leading consulting, systems integration and digital services company listed on the Italian stock exchange operating in Europe and North America.

Frank Baaijens

Frank Baaijens Rector, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Frank Baaijens was born in Geleen, the Netherlands, 1958. He received his PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 1987 with prof. J.D. Janssen as his supervisor.

In 1985 he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven to work on Computational Mechanics. Since 1990 he has been part time professor on Computational Rheology at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

In July 1995 he was appointed full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In October 2002 he was appointed full professor in the Department of BioMedical Engineering (Soft Tissue Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering).

From 2003-2007 he was Dean of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and from 2007-2014 he was Scientific Director of the national research program on BioMedical Materials (BMM). He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers in international scientific journals, and has graduated nearly 50 PhD candidates. From the research in his group the company QTIS/e was started (2007), that later merged with Xeltis (2014). He currently serves as Rector Magnificus of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Roee Peled

Roee PeledSr. Director, Strategic Partnerships, Flex

Roee Peled is leading Strategic Partnerships at Flex ($26bn, 200k employees, 100 sites, 30 countries), world’s leading Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world®. Roee holds MBA from MIT and B.Sc. Engineering from the TLV University. Prior to Flex, he founded several entertainment businesses and was the CEO of a successful SaaS Mobile Payment start-up. At Flex, Roee is seeking high potential ~$1bn opportunities through global partnerships with OEMs, Carriers and Retailers and is focus with IoT, Mobile devices, Connected Home, Digital Health and Energy. Roee lives in Silicon Valley.

Maximilian Venhofen

Maximilian VenhofenDirector Business Development, Cleverciti

Master in Management and Marketing, diverse experience as Consultant and Manager in organizations such as the United Nations as well as companies like Turner&Townsend. With Cleverciti Systems since 2015. Joined Accelerator Programs such as EIT Digital and the German Accelerator. As Director Business Development responsible for e.g. Go-to-Market, Partnerships and part of Sales. Maximilian lives in Munich, Germany.

Robin Wauters

Robin WautersFounding Editor, Tech.eu

Robin Wauters is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.

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