Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services, Airbus, France
Alain Tropis is the Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services. Alain began his career in...
Alain Tropis is the Head of Digital Design Manufacturing & Services. Alain began his career in 1983 at Aerospatiale working on the development of the composite outer wing of the ATR72 as a Structural Analysis specialist.
He then worked as a Stress Analysis Manager before being nominated as the Head of Composite Department (Design & Stress) and in 2001 became the VP Head of Nose and center Fuselage for all Airbus Programs.
In 2007, he took the program role of A350 XWB Head of Airframe, Cabin & System integration for 2 years.
He was then nominated SVP Head of Airframe Engineering and held the role from 2009 to 2012 following which he moved to Stelia Aerospace as Chief Operating Officer. At Stelia, he went on to be the Head of Business Line Development and following a reorganization, was nominated as the Head of Programmes and Engineering at Stelia. He is now back in Airbus since the mid of 2018 to drive DDMS (Digital Design Manufacturing & Services), a key transformation programme that will shape the way we design, build and operate our future products.
Alain received the Award Title Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize in 1993 by publishing the paper entitled “Certification of the Composite Outer Wing of the ATR72” which was presented at the Seminar Airworthiness Requirements – Developments in the Recent Years, he received the “Medaille de l’Aeronautique” in 2014.
Dr. Yves Lostanlen
Head of Europe, Element AI, Canada
Dr. Yves Lostanlen leads the European expansion of Element AI, a Canadian company that delivers AI...
Dr. Yves Lostanlen leads the European expansion of Element AI, a Canadian company that delivers AI software products designed to make businesses stronger, safer and more agile in fintech, insurtech and supply chain. During his career as an expert in leading innovation transfer and as a senior executive, Yves was the CEO of the North American subsidiary of a Global Fortune 100 company, advised Facebook, Google, Bell Labs, Orange and AT&T, mentored and founded several startups and worked with more than 100+ scientific research labs. He holds an Habilitation, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from MIT and is an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Executive Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Yves is an active contributor to the creation of business and innovation ecosystems in Europe and North America.
CEO, Orange Consulting, France
Philippe Roger is a seasoned professional who started his career as a system engineer for Matra in...
Philippe Roger is a seasoned professional who started his career as a system engineer for Matra in the French aerospace sector, staying with them for several years in progressively senior roles. Following Matra, Philippe was engaged as a senior-level consultant within AT Kearney focusing on Operational Performance and Strategy in the Industry Sector.
A several year sojourn in the USA followed, working on industrial outsourcing projects in the Pharmaceutical Sector. Upon his return to Europe, Philippe joined Orange Group as Chief Procurement Officer and then headed the Key-Accounts Division for several years. More recently he has managed the product development teams and the IT department of Orange Business Services.
Currently Philippe is CEO of Orange Consulting and with that mantle he has taken the challenge of ever-increasing Customer requests without compromising the highest excellence standards.
Dr. Markus Thomas Münter
Professor of Economics, HTW SAAR, Germany
Markus is a Professor of Economics at htw saar in Saarbrücken/Germany with 15+ years background in...
Markus is a Professor of Economics at htw saar in Saarbrücken/Germany with 15+ years background in management consulting, banking and M&A. His focus is on dynamics of strategy, entrepreneurship, corporate development and innovation. Being a frequent speaker on international conferences and workshops, Markus helps decision-makers, from C-levels with large corporates to managers and owners of SMEs, to capture the opportunities of digitalization and disruptive innovation from an economics and strategy perspective. He is also a Co-Founder of innovationhub@saarland – a consultancy supporting SMEs to develop sustainable innovation strategies, leverage digitalization and re-position in a disruptive environment with blurring market and industry boundaries.
Markus received his PhD from Erlangen-Nürnberg University, worked at London Business School and LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and is Germanys Professor of the Year 2016.
Ebba Lund holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA...
Ebba Lund holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. She is currently Chief Operations Officer at the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).
At IASP she is especially involved in membership services and event management and has been the contact point for IASP members organising IASP world conferences and regional events for more than 15 years. She also acts as Coordinator of the Steering Committee Secretariat of IASP World Conferences.
Other key areas of Ebba Lund’s role at IASP are international relations, matchmaking, communication, business opportunities for STPs and their companies and general support to a global membership of Science/Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation in more than 70 countries.
CEO, Ideon, Sweden
Mia Rolf, Executive MBA, has 25 years of experience from the tech industry in leading roles like...
Mia Rolf, Executive MBA, has 25 years of experience from the tech industry in leading roles like Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Business Developer of international companies.
14 of these years she has been an entrepreneur and investor in startup companies, within the digitalisation and change management field, running projects for large companies, both B2B and B2C.
Since 2016 she is the CEO of Ideon Science Park in Lund, Sweden.
The park hosts over 400 companies and 10 000 sharp minds that creates the future within the focus areas Smart Cities, Future Transportation, Healthtech and Smart Materials. In 2019 Ideon Science Park signed the UN Global Compact and became a UN science Park to support the development of the World.
Mrs Rolf is furthermore a professional Board Executive and a dedicated Rotarian. She believes that we can change the World for the better if we collaborate across borders.
Director of Research, Ann Arbor SPARK, USA
As director of research, Alex uses the power of data to tell a compelling story about the Ann...
As director of research, Alex uses the power of data to tell a compelling story about the Ann Arbor, Michigan region to support SPARK’s business attraction and retention efforts. Prior to joining SPARK, Alex held various roles in international economic development, most recently for the Department for International Trade (the economic development arm of the UK government), consulting for US/UK businesses in the cybersecurity and B2B software sectors. She is a California native and has lived and worked in Italy and the UK.
Alex holds a BA from UC Berkeley and received her MA in International Trade Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is currently completing an executive master’s degree in Information and Data Science through UC Berkeley.
Director General, IASP
Luis Sanz (Spain, 1952) has been Director General of the International Association of Science Parks...
Luis Sanz (Spain, 1952) has been Director General of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation since 1996, and member of its Executive Board. A trained sociologist, he is an expert consultant and senior advisor to different Science Parks worldwide and chief co-ordinator of more than 20 international conferences on Science and Technology Parks, regional development and innovation policies.
He is the author of numerous papers, books, articles and presentations on this topic and has participated as an invited speaker in over 80 international conferences and seminars all over the world. Formerly he was the co-director of Valencia Technology Park (Spain) which he founded in 1987 and he has been Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Science Parks and President of the European Division of the IASP.
Luis Sanz is also the head co-ordinator of the World Alliance for innovation (WAINOVA).
Senior researcher, Blekinge Institute of technology
Mikael earned his PhD at Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2016, where he developed knowledge on...
Mikael earned his PhD at Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2016, where he developed knowledge on innovation team and factors enabling innovation teams’ work. During his postdoc period, he continued his research on the implementation of innovation teams in various organization, collaborating with consultancy firms while doing so. Now, as a senior researcher, his research is also focusing on decision support for innovation teams. His work span innovation teams from both single- and multi-organisational perspective.
Aside from the academic work, Mikael is an innovator and author. He is also consulting as an innovation management specialist where he supports companies/organizations to improve their innovation management skills and performance. To see ideas develop into product/service and then finally be used in reality is great fun, definitely worth the effort.
Dr. Jacques van Dinteren
Managing Director, IADP, The Netherlands
For more than 40 years, Jacques van Dinteren has worked on various topics in the area of spatial...
For more than 40 years, Jacques van Dinteren has worked on various topics in the area of spatial economic development and planning in different countries around the world. Today he is an independent consultant and Founding Partner / managing director of IADP: the Innovation Area Development Partnership. In this partnership consultancy firms, science parks and innovation districts are working together. They undertake research and exchange information. IADP is a member of IASP.
Jacques was consultant for, among others, Utrecht Science Park (The Netherlands), Zernike Science Park (The Netherlands), Vnukovo business and science park (Russia), Ghent Science Park (Belgium), Delft White Biotechnology Campus (The Netherlands), Campus Bochum (Germany), High Tech Automotive Campus (The Netherlands) and Novio Tech Campus (The Netherlands).
Dr. Paul Jansen
Founder, IADP, The Netherlands
Paul is founding partner of IADP (Innovation Area Development Partnership) and he currently leads...
Paul is founding partner of IADP (Innovation Area Development Partnership) and he currently leads the European Planning Business & Property Business in the Netherlands at Arup. With a background in Urban Economics, for the last 18 years, Paul has worked on urban challenges and city developments in various countries around the world, commissioned by public as well as private clients, working within multi-disciplinary teams. He believes that a modern and innovative work environment and more specific, a vital economy, is crucial to resilient cities and regions. Paul has a deep understanding of the economy and market dynamics, as well as the role these trends will play in existing regional and global ecosystems. Business development not only applies to companies but also to cities, regions, ecosystems and sites; understanding the client’s business case is key to deliver the best possible added value whether it is about developing modern work environments, real estate or general master planning. He has worked on developments of various types of real estate, business locations (business parks, science parks and industrial estates), new (airport) city developments, innovation districts and areas, port & waterfront developments and sustainable area developments in general.
Vice-President for Technology, Arak Science and Technology Park, Iran
Mohammad Karimadini received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Azad...
Mohammad Karimadini received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Azad University of Tehran, Iran in 1996. He then joined industry and had worked as engineer and supervisor in the Instrumentations and Control Department of National Iranian Copper Industries Company (NICICO) from 1996 to 2004. He received his Master of Science in Control and Automation in 2006 and PhD in Control Engineering in 2012, respectively, from UPM university of Malaysia and National University of Singapore (NUS), followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at NUS. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Arak University of Technology (ARAKUT), and Vice-President for Technology in Arak Science and Technology Park (ASTP). His professional interests include Disruptive technologies, Industry 4.0, Industrial automation, Individual and organizational Innovation, Knowledge management, Systems thinking, Ecosystems thinking and Mentorship for startups.
Mohammad Karimadini is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Arak University of Technology, and Vice-President for Technology in Arak Science and Technology Park, Arak, Iran.
Manager, Lion Science Park & Roar Nigeria Hub, Nigeria
Chinwe Fidelia Okoli is currently the Manager of Roar Nigeria hub and the Pioneer Manager of Lion...
Chinwe Fidelia Okoli is currently the Manager of Roar Nigeria hub and the Pioneer Manager of Lion Science Park, the first university-embedded hub and Science Park in West Africa respectively. Her role involves business coaching, business incubation program development, innovation course development, designing organisational structure, investment mapping, marketing, community engagement, B2B & B2C matchmaking, creating networks and innovation events.
Her previous positions that involved data pooling and creating networks for relevant organisational goals. She was the Alumni Liaison Officer at the University of Nigeria’s Liaison Office in Abuja. A Coach, Speaker and an Author of two books-The Ladder to Academic Excellence and A Daunting Odyssey. She is also the Founder of Grand Africa Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that grooms, educates and mentors (GEM) young people across Africa to discover and harness their unique talents and contribute meaningfully to the society with the goal of achieving a safer society for all.
Chinwe holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; M.Sc. in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in Management of Higher Education from Galilee International Management Institute, Galilee, Israel.
Consultant, Shanghai Development Park Association, China
Chen Hu received her MSc in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Bristol, UK....
Chen Hu received her MSc in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Bristol, UK. After graduation, she then has joined Shanghai Development Park Association since 2018, which is a non-profit organization committed to building community, promoting information and technology exchanges and common development among all development zones and science parks in Shanghai, China.
Chen is currently responsible for the internationalization of Chinese science parks, especially science parks in Shanghai and Yangtze River delta, with the purpose to share inspiring practice and to facilitate multilateral cooperation. She is specialized in the research of knowledge dissemination, open innovation, innovation ecosystem in science parks, emerging industries and policies that enhancing innovation.
CEO, Creative Places, United Kingdom
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor that has specialised in the research/commercial R&D sector...
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor that has specialised in the research/commercial R&D sector for much of his working life, establishing Creative Places as an independent UK based consultancy in Cambridge in 2009. Working and travelling extensively to keep abreast of international best practice Creative Places now boasts a significant client group that includes many leading universities and hospitals. Focus is in delivering business environments that enhance innovation and enterprise, where collaboration is key to advancing science, technology and product development. Jonathan’s personal skills lie in stakeholder engagement, property investment, building the ‘value add’ proposition and demand creation from occupiers.
Head of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, JRC, European Commission
Dr-Ing. Giancarlo CARATTI is Head for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the European...
Dr-Ing. Giancarlo CARATTI is Head for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the European Commission (EC), Joint Research Centre and manages the EC Intellectual Property and promotes technology transfer. In 2018, he set up the EC Competence Centre for Technology Transfer which provides support to EU policies and is a reference for national and local polices. In 2015 has was Deputy Commissioner General for the EU participation in the World Expo Milano 2015 and leading the Expo 2015 Task Force.
Previously, Mr Caratti managed other JRC departments, namely: “Institutional/International Relations”, “Enlargement” and “Policy Support Strategy”. Mr Caratti has started at the European Commission in 1986 within the unit “Renewable Energy”. In 1996 he was Advisor for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in charge of coordination of the work-programme and stakeholder-relations.
Mr Caratti’s background is Mechanical Engineering. Before joining the Commission he worked in the Faculties of Engineering of Florence (1982) and Pisa (1984-1985), teaching and researching on Industrial Systems. In 1983 he was Visiting Scholar at Georgia Tech USA. In 1985/6 he was project engineer at Techint, Italy’s largest private engineering company. Mr Caratti has over 60 publications in international conferences, journals, etc. and is editor of various technical books. In 2017 he was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic for particular merits.
Head of Sandbacka Science Park, Sweden
Ms Malin Rogström has a background within journalism with a Bachelor of Journalism from the...
Ms Malin Rogström has a background within journalism with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Stockholm. She has worked in serveral positions and as an Editing Manager as well as the Head of the publishing department at the national news at the swedish bradcasting corporation, SVT.
Malin Rogström is experienced from holding several management roles driving cultural change and enhancing innovation in a global manufacturing company, Sandvik AB, as The Global Manager of Culture & Change, and in other organisations such as the Swedish Migration Agency.
She is the founder of her business, Winclude, and a board member in other companies as well as the President of a larger swedish soccer club.
At IASP in Nantes she is representing as the Head of a swedish science park, Sandbacka Science Park in Sandviken.
Her area of expertise is social sustainability, change, diversity & inclusion driving innovation as well as the need of psychological safety in building efficient and innovative teams.
Chairman, Pando Science and Technology Park, Uruguay
Fernando Amestoy has a PhD in Biological Sciences, a Diploma in Information Systems, and...
Fernando Amestoy has a PhD in Biological Sciences, a Diploma in Information Systems, and postgraduate studies in Science, Technology, and Innovation Management.
Since April 2012, is the CEO of the Technology Pole of the School of Chemistry (UDELAR) (www.polotecnologico.fq.edu.uy) and Chairman of the Pando Science and Technology Park (Canelones, Uruguay) (www.pctp.org.uy). From 2007 to 2012 was the CEO of the Research and Innovation Agency of Uruguay (ANII) (www.anii.org.uy) and previously Deputy General Coordinator of the Technological Development Program, an executive unit of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay for implementing an Inter-American Development Bank loan.
In the last 20 years was involved in science, technology, and innovation management, coordinating innovation programs supported by the IADB, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as working as international consultant on these topics.
Since 2017 is part of the Directive Board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (www.iasp.ws) and from 2018 is the President of the Latin American Division (IASP). Since 2017 is the coordinator of the CELAC (Community of Latin-American and Caribe States) Research Infrastructures Work team, promoting the cooperation with the European Community H2020 program in this field and member of the Industry Development Committee of the Science and Technology iberoamerican Program for Development (CYTED) (www.cyted.org).
Director of International Affairs, GSTPARK, Iran
He is the Director of International affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology...
He is the Director of International affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office in Golestan Science and Technology Park (gstpark).
He holds a Master Degree in International Law (LLM) from Allameh Tabatabaie university, Tehran; LLB in Law, and BA in English Literature from Tabriz university.
He has been a lecturer of international law and English Language at Azad University since 2010 and is a patent attorney in Iran.
With a specialty and several years of work experience and research in International area studies, intellectual property, patent, innovation; his professional interests include disruptive technologies associated with Industry 4.0, ecosystem thinking, intellectual property, patent, and technology transfer.
In the last year (IASP 2018) conference in Isfahan, he was a speaker and made his oral presentation titled “The role of STPs and AOIs in meeting sustainable development challenges faced by cities in developing countries”.
He is currently working as the Director of International Affairs and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in Golestan Science and Technology Park.
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Gerard Le Bihan
Director, Images & Réseaux, France
Gérard Le Bihan began his career at Alcatel, focusing on R & D in fixed and mobile networks....
Gérard Le Bihan began his career at Alcatel, focusing on R & D in fixed and mobile networks. First a systems engineer at Alcatel CIT (1981-1987) specializing in Signaling System No. 7, he was then appointed Software Development Team Leader and then Project Manager for Broadband Data Switching (ATM) products. In 1998, he became Head of System Competence Center in the Alcatel-CIT Switching division, responsible for fixed and mobile architecture studies. In 1999, he became Program Director, first in core fixed network (E10) and then in mobile (2G / 3G) activities in charge of the development of functional releases of products. Senior architect of the core business of mobile networks in charge of developments towards next-generation networks (NGN, IMS) from 2005 to 2006, he took the responsibility of site manager of the Lannion site of Alcatel-Lucent (2007-2009). From 2009 to 2013, he served as Senior Architect System and Networks in the wireless business unit of the Alcatel-Lucent group (in charge of architecture choices for 3G and 4G radio access products). Gérard Le Bihan is also at the initiative of the creation in 2010 of Arc Bretagne Atlantique, a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Orange aimed at helping regional SMEs thanks to the resources and skills of both groups.
Having participated, on behalf of Alcatel, in the creation of the Images & Réseaux competitiveness cluster since 2005, he was then the treasurer from January 2007 to the end of 2012. After his departure from Alcatel-Lucent, Gérard Le Bihan became, since January 2013, the new Managing Director of Images & Réseaux. From June 2015 to June 2019, Gérard Le Bihan has been Chairman of Smart Energy French Cluster an inter cluster organization on French smart energy solutions.
In this context, he contributed to the implementation of the cluster’s new strategy around the product and services factory. I&R’s international strategy is closely linked to the establishment of a digital Francophony with privileged contacts with Quebec, Wallonia and Morocco. Since 2013, I&R has developed its European presence around KIC Digital, of which it is a member, and European PPPs related to ETPs (5G on networks, NEM on media). As part of the PPP FIWARE I&R was selected to operate one of the 16 accelerators of this program (FI-C3). At the national level, I&R has been selected by the State to animate one of the plans of the New Industrial France on the augmented reality. At the regional level, I&R is involved in structuring projects such as the Cyber Pole of Excellence, the Pays de la Loire RFIs, the biregional initiative on smart energy “SMILE” and the French Techs in its territory (by managing “Pass French Tech”). End 2018 of 2019, I&R and the cluster TES from Normandy decided to merge to develop a more powerful tool at the service of the innovation. This project has been approved by the French State and the three regions to be effective before end 2019.