General Director Euskampus Fundazioa.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree and PhD in Physics from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). I qualified as a University Expert in Journalism and Scientific Communication from the UNED (Spanish Open University).
I lectured in Condensed Matter Physics at the Science Faculty of the UPV/EHU and at the UNED (1998-2000). I worked as an international project engineer at Gamesa Energía (2000), a researcher and project manager at LABEIN-Tecnalia (2000-2006), a lecturer at Deusto University (2002 – 2003), a communication and project manager at CIC nanoGUNE (2006-2009), the manager of the nanoBasque Agency of the SPRI (2008-2009) and the director of the Technology Institute at Deusto University – DeustoTech (2009-2011).
I have written 70 international scientific articles indexed in the Web of Knowledge and am the author of 3 patents.
Orkestra Institute, Basque Country
Bart Kamp holds the position of Coordinator of Internationalization Affairs / Lead Researcher in Internationalization of Business at Orkestra-the Basque Institute of Competitiveness. His research concentrates on international niche market leaders and the competitive strategies that lead to market leadership, and on servitization of business models among manufacturing companies.
Over a timespan of more than 20 years of professional activity, Bart has acted as researcher and consultant on e.g. innovation policy, industrial competitiveness, (foreign) investment climate, and regional development issues to multilateral institutions, to governmental organizations and multinationals.
Bart has extensively authored on market imperfections and state aid ruling in the field of innovation policies, and on international business and inter-organizational networking. He has published in refereed journals and has brought out several books on these topics.
Scouting and Program manager
Mona Boyé has reached her PhD about molecular and microbiology in Cardiff, UK. After working as a postdoc she studied for one year Intellectual Property rights at the TFH in Berlin before working as a Technology Transfer Officer in Bordeaux, France. From 2009 to 2016 she worked as a European project coordinator in the French bioindustrie cluster Alsace Biovalley. In June 2016 she integrated Ksilink, a Translational Research Institut as a scouting and program manager.
European Commission, Education and Culture.
Peter Baur joined the European Commission in 1994; he worked for almost 7 years in the European research programmes in the area of Information Technologies. In 2001 he started to work in the Directorate General Education and Culture in the unit responsible for Vocational Training Policy. For 6 years he was working on the development of Vocational Training Policy on EU level. He was closely involved in the Commission’s proposal for the new Integrated Lifelong Learning Programme and in the activities related to the Education and Training 2010 work programme. In his current position he has particular responsibility for the follow-up of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in Thessaloniki and for the development of university/business cooperation. Before joining the European Commission, Peter Baur worked for 10 years as project manager in the IT industry.
Rector of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU since January 2017
Prior to that she was the Vice-Rector for Postgraduate Studies and International Relations at the UPV/EHU since 2012 to November 2016.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1989 and a PhD from the same university in 1993, winning the Special End of Degree Award in both cases. On completing her bachelor’s degree she began to work as a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology.
Since 2009 she has held the Chair of Methodology of Behavioural Science. As a lecturer she has been assessed as excellent on the Docentiaz programme. Her research lines focus on methods for drawing up psychological assessment instruments for intercultural adaptation and on the application of multi-level analysis models to the study of psychosocial phenomena. She has taken part in 41 subsidised research projects as part of the Qualiker group, on 9 of which she has been the lead researcher. She has co-authored 96 scientific papers, 24 books and 9 book chapters. She has three six-year research periods recognised by CNEAI. She has directed or co-directed 10 doctoral theses, two of them with European mentions, five with international mentions and three which have received the Special Doctoral Studies Award at the UPV/EHU. Two of these theses also won the Realidad Social Vasca [“Basque Social Reality”] first prize and runner-up prize, awarded by the Basque Government. She has contributed to 220 domestic and international congresses. She has given around 20 addresses as a guest speaker and has coordinated numerous symposia, round tables and summer courses in specialist forums.
She has spent time as a guest researcher at Arizona State University (1995), the University of California (2005) and the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester (2010).
Nekane has a long track record in university management. She is a member of the UEU (Basque Summer University) and a founder member of AEMCCO (Spanish Association for the Methodology of Behavioural Science) and of the EAM (European Association of Methodology). From 2011 to 2015 she was the editor of the official journal of this last association: Methodology. European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. This journal ceased to be included in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports database in 2011, as it is now in the first quartile. She has worked as an external assessor for the AQU (Agency for the Quality of the University System in Catalonia) for 6 years. She was Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Psychology (2004-2006), Vice-Rector for Teaching Quality and Innovation (2006-2009), a member of the University Teaching Assessment Committee (2007-2012) and a member (2009-2012) and subsequently Chair (2012-2013) of the Ethics Committee for Research and Teaching Practice with Human Beings at the UPV/EHU.
Conseiller Régional of Conseil Régional Nouvelle - Aquitaine.
Lehendakaria, President of the Basque Government.
Íñigo Urkullu Renteria is a Basque politician from Alonsotegi, the Lehendakari of the Basque Government since 2012. Urkullu graduated in Teaching, specialized in Basque language, from the University of Deusto . He was the Basque Nationalist Party chairman from 2008 to 2013. He was the Biscay leader of the party from 2004 to 2008 and has been a member since 1996. He was the director of the Biscay foral Department for Youth and Social Services from 1987 to 1994 and served in the Basque Parliament from 1984 to 1987 and from 1994 to 2005 (during the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th sittings of the parliament).
Professor of the UPV/EHU and President of Donostia International Physics Center, Basque Country.
In 1998, he was awarded the Max Planck Prize for Physics and that same year he received the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for Scientific and Technical Research for his discoveries in the theoretical prediction of surface image electronic states on solids. He has also made important contributions in the field of ion-matter interactions and electron energy losses in tunnelling electron microscopy. He was the first Minister of the Department of Education of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community between 1980 and 1983, and Minister of the Department of Education and Culture and spokesperson of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community between 1983 and 1984. Today, he is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and Chairman of the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).
Directrice générale des services adjointe déléguée au pôle recherche international partenariats et innovation - University of Bordeaux, France.
Hélène Jacquet, is Deputy Executive Director for Research, International, Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Bordeaux.
She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Bordeaux 1 University. After an initial period as research assistant in Bordeaux, she created and developed a technology transfer office (TTO) in the field of ICT. In 2001, she joined Sony Electronics (San Jose, California) as senior researcher, and contributed to the development and transfer of innovative technologies in the field of digital media.
Back in Paris in 2004, Hélène Jacquet joined a consulting firm specialized in industrial innovation, and became an associate partner in 2005. Her regular mission as consultant included evaluations of regional policies in the field of innovation and research, audits of technology transfer offices (TTO), management of large-scale European projects, foresight groups, performance of strategic planning and market research for start-ups, private firms and public organizations.
Hélène Jacquet joined the University of Bordeaux in 2009 where she took charge of development strategy. As such, she contributed to drafting the operational plan for the initiative of excellence of the university of Bordeaux that has been granted a €700 M endowment by the French Governement in 2011 and confirmed in 2016.
Chef NERUA Restaurant.
Since a young age Josean Alija knew he wanted to be a chef, so at the age of 14 he started studying at the Leioa School of Restaurant Management. Three years later he started his professional career. He learned Basque cuisine at traditional restaurants and worked in several avant-garde kitchens, where he realized that he had to seek his own path.
In late 1998 he started working in the kitchens of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and in 2003 he found the key: research. It was essential to analyze the products in depth, to learn about their origins, their uses, their properties, their potential… The creative process, the fundamental part of his cuisine, was born—analyzing, reflecting, adopting different approaches.
Since then and thanks to a strong commitment by the R&D department, he has been gradually perfecting, season by season, his style of cuisine: pure, essential, without disguises.
In 2011 he was able to fulfil his dream of having his own space: Nerua. Nature sets the pace of Alija’s cuisine, who adapts to each season without censorship to do the cuisine that he feels. A local cuisine that begins at the vegetable gardens, in the sea, and in the farms.
Alija received 1 Michelin Star and 3 Suns in the Repsol guide, and his restaurant reached the 55th position in the World 50 Best Restaurants list.
MAsD, Basque Country.
Xabier Erdocia finished his undergraduate studies of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Bilbao in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2010. The same year he joined to the Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department at the Polytechnic School of Donostia-San Sebastián (UPV/EHU). In 2012, he obtained his Masters Degree in Renewable Materials Engineering at the same school. Since 2011, he has recently obtained a Cum Laude international doctorate supported by the Basque Government (AE modality) in the group of "Biorefinery processes" (BioRP). He studies the obtaining of high added value products from lignin under the supervision of the doctors Jalel Labidi and Mª Ángeles Corcuera.
CEO Kiro Robotics, Basque Country.
Prior to that he was Managing Director in Aurrenak S. Coop, from 2008 to 2014 and Managing Director in Mondragon Assembly Mexico, from 2002 to 2008
R&D Director, sport Controle.
Minister of Education Linguistic Policy and Culture of the Basque Government.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University, UK.
Kevin Morgan is Professor of Governance and Development at the School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University. He has been a Professor at the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University since 1994. Before that he was Senior Lecturer and Lecturer at the School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University. Prior to Cardiff he was a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (1986-1989) and at the School of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Sussex (1982-1986). His qualifications include: DPhil, University of Sussex, 1982; MA, McMaster University, Ontario, 1977; BA Hons, University of Leicester, 1975. Kevin has been a Special Adviser to the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy since 2015 and is also a Regional Member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on Smart Specialisation (since 2011).
Basque Companies ConFederation, CONFEBASK, Basque Country.
Carlos Pereda holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Deusto and has a Master's Degree in Human Resources and People Management from the UPV-EHU. He has worked as a training and employment manager at CONFEBASK since 1999. He is an in-depth knowledge of Basque vocational training in general and training for employment in particular, as well as employment policies in the Basque Country. He is a member, among others, of the Lanbide Managing Council, and Hobetuz Foundation for Continuing Training and the School Council of Euskadi too. He is also a member of the Social Council of the University of the Basque Country and has been a member of the Basque Economic and Social Council too.
Secretary General, Union des Industries et Métiers de la Métalurgie du Liret Région d’Orléans, France.
I have been working as an operational and strategic manager in such fields as industry, banking and consultancy for 30 years.
My experience gives me the necessary tools to understand and accompany managers through the complexities of a rapidly changing environment.
I have especially been using my technical and human skills during the last 20 years to accompany leaders of large industrial groups or Small and Medium Size Entreprises on projects, to develop their competitivity by means of their human capital.
I manage a team of 30 persons with multidiscipline skills and currently lead a merger of professional organization in region Centre Val de Loire.
As an Expert of CODIFOR international, I was as a consultant in Marocco and led a mission in Romania in field of jobs and training.
My expertise of the field of education has given me the opportunity to seat on various management boards and education committees.
I am Associate Professor at University of Orléans where I teach Business Strategy.
My experience in both company and university allows me to share with you some testimony about this cooperation.
Director of Education, KIC Innoenergy Iberia, Spain.
He received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech, Barcelona (Spain), in 1984 and 1990, respectively.
Lecturer and Assistant Professor in the Electronics Engineering Department, UPC-BarcelonaTech since 1984, Associate Professor since 1991.
Active in more than 30 research projects with international companies and institutions.
He has authored more than 100 international journal and conference papers, in Power Electronics, with an h-index of 19. 2 of his papers are ranked among the top-20 of UPC-BarcelonaTech in the last report available (period 1999-2009).
Reviewer and chairman in different international conferences in Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics.
Visiting professor at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA, USA) in 1996, 2000 and 2001, NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) in 2005 and University of Nottingham (Nottingham, UK) in 2005.
Member of the IEEE Technical Committee of Power Electronics in Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Systems.
He has served as Vice dean in the School of Industrial Engineering and as vice director of the Electronics Engineering department. He is also the Director of the Power Electronics Research Center of UPC-BarcelonaTech. He is currently the Education Officer of the Iberia Office in KIC InnoEnergy.
His fields of interest are in Power Electronics: multilevel conversion and ac power conversion applied to renewable energy systems, energy management systems, distributed generation systems for a new smart grid and electric/hybrid vehicles.
Director European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Aquitaine - Euskadi Euroregion.
Director of the Aquitaine-Euskadi: 4th Euroregional EGCT, Euroregion Aquitaine-Euskadi, since 2011. The primary objectives of the EGCT are:
Concretely, the EGCT can attract and manage European funding and, where appropriate, act as project commissioner on development programmes launched as part of this initiative. The EGCT will work constantly to attract further European funding for projects created by institutions and organizations from the Euroregion.
Degree in DESS Gestion des Collectivités Locales, at the Université de Caen Basse Normandie, France.
Director for new products development Orona, Basque Country.
Creative Director at DICE, EA Digital Illusions, since 2006. Artist at Refraction Games, from 1999 to 2000.
UPV/EHU, Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Aeronautics, Basque Country.
Professor López de Lacalle has been working over the last 25 years in the field of manufacturing. He studied Industrial Engineering in this university. Since the 90s his scope was and still is manufacturing technologies. A result of it is more than 110 high-citation papers, a lot of projects with companies, and of course, interesting courses and experiences. Collaborations with companies are a constant of his activity.
Two years ago the manufacturing group of the university of the Basque Country and a group of companies felt that a new step ahead was possible, to strength and improve the collaboration, to work together even closer and to increase the speed of application of results to the daily production. The new project is called the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre for Aeronautics, CFAA for friends of the University of the Basque Country. He was appointed director.
Perhaps the centre is an example…but a good example for all of us.
Denis Crowley holds degrees from University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in the European Commission since 1997 after an earlier career in the Irish public service.
His work in the Commission has been on social policy and more recently education and training, areas where freedom of movement has been an important issue. Within the Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture, he was up until very recently responsible for addressing citizens’ queries regarding the rights of cross-border students.
He is currently Head of Unit with responsibility for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for researcher mobility; the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT); and for policy on innovation in education.
Zurich University of Arts, Director for Department of Cultural Analysis, Switzerland.
Christoph Weckerle is Director of the Department of Cultural Analysis at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is a Cultural Policy Researcher with contracts that include clients such as: Council of Europe, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency.
He was awarded the Swiss Design Prize for his research in the field of the creative economies.
From 2014 onwards he has been joining forces with RISE Management Innovation Lab / University of St. Gallen HSG and Critical Thinking Initiative, ETH Zurich to set up a venture aiming at understanding the whole "ecosystem" of the Creative Economies (www.creativeeconomies.com).
From 2007 to 2010 he established the Department of Cultural Analysis at Zurich University of the Arts. It explores themes and issues arising from the merger of the School of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ) with the Zurich School of Music, Drama and Dance (HMT). The merger has produced interfaces and transdisciplinary approaches focused less on the core skills of individual departments and more on their aggregated potential. The department thus meets the need for a hub of critical analysis and reflection within Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). It promotes cooperation between individuals across disciplines, and helps to define problem-solving strategies which move toward new and third-way potentials within this rich nexus. The department also develops innovative teaching formats, such as its interdisciplinary programme in publishing, curating, and teaching as well its cooperation with various internal partners, including the Museum of Design and the Institute for Cultural Studies and Art Education.
From 2002 to 2007 he was Head of the Research Unit for Creative Industries at the Zurich University of the Arts (publication of the 1st and 2nd National Report on Creative Industries in Switzerland). He is also a national expert for the Compendium - Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (www.culturalpolicies.net)
From 1999-2002 he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Cultural Policies Research and Development Unit of the Council of Europe. Prior to this from 1996-1999 he was Head of the research project evaluation the cultural foreign relations of Switzerland (Swiss National Science Foundation). Earlier still in 1994-1999 he was employed as a researcher at the Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna.
He has a Master's Degree in Romance Studies, University of Zurich; Master's Degree in Cultural Management, University of Vienna; Lecturer at the University of Art and Design Zurich and the Universities of Basel and Lausanne.
He was born 1963 in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)
Secretary General JADE European Confederation of Junior Enterprises Belgium.
Ms. Mona Herter is the current Secretary General of JADE - the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises. She is the Director of the Communication, Enlargement, International Relations and Training departments. After the graduation as a Bachelor of Engineering in Textile Technology and Management, she worked for an international Sports- and Fashion corporation. At the moment she is finishing her Master of Science in Management Engineering as a double degree modality at UPC BarcelonaTech (Spain) and Politècnico di Torino (Italy).
Rector University of Vigo, Spain
Holder of a PhD in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela earned in 1986, since the year 2000 Salustiano Mato has been the professor heading the Zoology Section in the Department of Ecology and Animal Biology at the University of Vigo, an institution of which he was the Assistant Rector in charge of Research from May 1998 through August 2005.
He spent his research career in the field of biology and the faunal study of earthworms in Galicia, having taken part in several projects to inventory and catalogue land invertebrates. He has had various works published in internationally prestigious science journals.
Founder +more ekito grand builder, Ambassadeur La FRENCH TECH - OCEAN TECH, G, France.
With a mathematician and art producer background, Benjamin is the founder of Ekito, one of the oldest private company builder in France. He is also the founder of Blue Builder, the first startup accelerator focused on ocean, surf & action sport. Benjamin is mentor of many initiatives like FrenchTech Culture and is an active FrenchTech ambassador. Moreover, Benjamin is the producer of entrepreneurial events in France, like FailCon. He brings his business expertise to the startup world. His work took him to collaborate with numerous companies, like Ebay, Blablacar, Qwant, Sphero and more.
Director EUCOR, the European Campus EVTZ, France (together with Coralie Bajas), France.
Prior to that, Coordinator at EUCOR, The European Campus from 2015 to 2016 and Coordinator of Sciences at Région Métropolitaine Trinationale du Rhin Supériour from 2012 to 2015, Kehl.
He holds a Diplome on Verwaltungswissenschaft by the Universität Potsdam and a Master on Social Sciences by the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris.
Director Basque Culinary Center, Basque Country.
General Director at BAsque Culinary Center. The Center integrates the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and the I+D Center in Nutrition and Gastronomy. This Center is the first Faculty of Gastronomy in Spain with an official Degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. Joxe Mari Aizega is founder and pioneer of this Center that has been created with the support of public institutions, the most relevant cooks in the world, private companies and Mondragon Unibertsitatea (University of Mondragon).
Joxe Mari Aizeaga holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Sciences and Law by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He has worked as Professor at the Faculty of Law of the UPV/EHU and Faculty of Business Sciences of Mondragon Unibertsitatea. Besides, he has also been Vice-Rector of Mondragon Unibertsitatea.
Manager for Program Nanocathedral Foundation Catedral Santa María de Vitoria, Basque Country.
International Projects Coordinator at Santa Maria Cathedral Foundation, Vitoria-Gasteiz- Basque Country, since 2016-. Coordinator of the Nano-Cathedral Project. Previous to that, from 2015 to 2016 he was Co-director of Cultural Patrimony at Restauradores de la Orden de Nolasco, Lmtd. Talavera de La Reina, Spain. He holds a degree in Fine Arts by the University Complutense, Madrid and a Master in Cultural Patrimony Preservation by the University Complutense, Madrid.
International manager, Confederación Española de Junior Empresas, Spain.
PhD in Chemistry, Minister of Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture in the Basque Government since 2012-. Prior to that she was Professor of the Faculty of Chemistry in the UPV/EHU and since 2004 Vice-rector for the Campus of Gipuzkoa in the same university.
She also worked as Responsible for External Relations of the Campus of Gipuzkoa in 1999 and Director of External Relations of the Campus of Gipuzkoa 2 years later.
She is president of Donostia-San Sebastián Strategic Plan and member of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.
Vice - president, GIPSO - Groupement des Industries Pharmaceutiques et de santé du Sud - Ouest/Chargé de mission santé “bénévole” - Fondation Bordeaux Université, France.
Manager at Bordeaux Université Foundation since 2012-, Aquitaine, France. Responsible for the organization of the Prix santé, Soirèes Santé and Fundraising Professions de santé campaigns. He also worked as President at GIPSO in 2016. Previous to that he was Director of Medical and Institutional Relations at Sanofi-aventis, from 2007 to 2009, and Director of Regional Projects and Parternariats at Sanofi-aventis, France, from 2005 to 2007.
University of the Basque Country, Basque Country.
Juan-Mari Collantes is an Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronics from the University of Limoges, France, in 1996. He has been an Invited Researcher in Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA and in the French Space Agency, Toulouse, France. His areas of interest include nonlinear analysis and design of microwave circuits, microwave measurement techniques and noise characterization.
AMCAD Engineering, France.
RF designer, co-founder of AMCAD Engineering. We provide innovative solutions to today’s RF & microwave challenges.
Director of International Projects Arcada Unviersity of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Ms Eija Källström is Director International Projects at Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. She has long experience of creating and managing international university-business projects, especially in the Baltic Sea region. Her present projects focus on cross-border assignments to support SME internationalisation, see e.g. www.nordicbalticnet.info
Eija is engaged in quality assurance of education at local, national and international levels. She cooperates with many SMEs and has several publications in e-learning, project management and international business.
AZKUNA ZENTROA’s Cultural Programme Manager, in Bilbao since July 2016
Culture Promotion Director in the Basque Government, 2013-2016. Zineuskadi President and member of the Board of Directors of San Sebastián Cinema Festival, Euskadi Orquestra, TABAKALERA and Music Fortnight.
Member of the Basque Cinemateque, and Euskadi’s Young Orquestra, Coordinator of Official Jury in Donostia-San Sebastián Cinema Festival, 2011-2013. She has also been Responsible for Zuloaga Cultural Space, collaborator in several projects in Etxepare Euskal Institutua, and coordinator of TABAKALERA 2008-2011. In her international itinerary, she has collaborated in Art Historian since 2005 to 2008 and has been Tutor and Assistant to Goethe Universitat Frankfurt à Main Chair.
CEO, Center for Creative Practices/Artconnected, Wicklow, Ireland.
Award-winning CEO and co-founder of the Centre for Creative Practices, Creative Entrepreneurs Academy and recently ArtConnected - a tech start-up. Senior cultural manager, artistic director, producer, lecturer, researcher and cultural leader, specialised in creative entrepreneurship and intercultural collaborations.
Program Manager, El Muro, Madrid, Spain.
Briones is responsible for Design and Project Management at elmuro, which basically helps to get the ideas of Robert Muro and the team to come to life, grow and thrive. He reached elmuro in 2008 as a university graduate in Audiovisual Communication with a Master’s degree in Cultural Management, having already completed a few crazy cultural undertakings and learned from some great masters like Douglas McNicol, Eduardo Lago, Soledad López and Faustino Flores. During this time, he has taken part in many different projects and coordinated the "Buero" Youth Theatre Awards. He also writes things (some he has even dared publish and has had them performed on stage), is a theatre director and, at his most senseless moments, has even acted.
Head of Careers and Employability, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom.
My interest in enterprise in the creative industries has been informed by the experience of starting a business dealing in early European textiles in London in the 1990s. Since that point I have worked in the Higher Education sector supporting creative start-ups. At Portsmouth University I was involved in setting up an entrepreneurial ecosystem for students and graduates with incubator and seed funding programme alongside the development of a degree in creative enterprise and a masters in creative and cultural leadership. Since then I have extended my interest to explore the overlap between enterprise and employability and explored how enterprise and employability learning can be embedded in the higher education curriculum. Over the past few years a particular interest has been on the development of models of employability in two different UK universities. I am currently Head of Careers and Employability at University of the Arts London.
Mondragon University, Basque Country.
Dr Roberto Uribeetxeberria is currently the Head of Research at the Faculty of Engineering at Mondragon University. Previously, until the end of 2014, he has been the Research Coordinator of the ICT Unit, which has participated in several successful Artemis and FP7 projects (eDIANA, pSHIELD, pSAFECER, nSHIELD) and is still working on other on-going ones (nSAFECER, CRAFTERS, ARROWHEAD, CITYFIED, DEWI and MANTIS). He has participated in 35+ public funded research projects and authored 30+ publications. He has supervised two PhD theses and he is currently supervising other two PhD students. Dr Uribeetxeberria has also been the manager of the Telematics Research Group within the ICT Unit and from 2005 till 2015 he has coordinated its research activities in the fields of networking, information and network security, embedded system security and data mining. During the same period, he has led the whole Networking Team as well, managing the financial and human resources required for the three different activities of the university: research, professional training and lecturing in engineering courses. He had also directed the PhD Programme in New Information and Communication Technologies for several years and actively participated in the creation of the new Research Centre on Embedded Systems of the Faculty of Engineering, as well as designing the Master in Embedded Systems. Dr Uribeetxeberria represents Mondragon University in the ARTEMIS Industrial Association since 2007 and he is currently member of the Steering Board of Artemis-IA, representing chamber B. He was also appointed to the Presidium by the Steering Board and thus he is Vice-President of ARTEMIS-IA starting March 2014. Dr Uribeetxeberria obtained his PhD in Mobile Communications at Staffordshire University (UK) in 2001. Since then, he has combined lecturing and research at Mondragon University.
University of Trento, Italy.
Maurizio Marchese is Vice Rector for International Relationships of the University of Trento. He has previously served in a number of institutional roles at the University of Trento: from 2011 has acted for the University of Trento as Director of Education at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Italian Node. Moreover, has served as Director of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science in 2012.
He is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Trento in the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI). He works in the field of web engineering and service-oriented architecture. He is author of over 100 publications and has taken part to FP7 and H2020 projects both as participant and coordinator.
Orkestra Institute, Basque Country.
Miren Larrea began her professional career as a research assistant at the University of Deusto, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on the local production systems of the Basque Country. After a decade dedicated to teaching and research, she worked for six years at a local development agency, where she combined her experience as a regional development professional with her work as a university researcher. After this, she joined Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness as a senior researcher, with the aim of carrying out an approach to research that would link research on regional development with practical work in the same field.
A large part of her work today focusses on the development of action research processes with policy makers, in order to create participatory perspectives of regional development. She holds a Degree in Business Administration and Management and a Ph.D. in Economic Science from the University of Deusto. Miren has published various articles in international journals and books, on networks for regional development, local development agencies, government, policy learning and action research as a strategy for regional development.
Rector Mondragon - México University, Mexico.
Arturo Alvarado is President of Mondragón-Mexico University in Querétaro, Mexico since 2014, where he has led the transformation of its education model to ensure a high level of cooperation with local and international companies. Previously he was Vice-President of Tecmilenio University, a national endeavor by Tecnológico de Monterrey to provide higher education to a wider base of Mexicans, where he directed online and face to face education for more than 18,000 students. He has been a columnist for several newspapers and granted awards like the 2013 “CNN Best of e-business” in the education category.
Professor at Department of Management, University of the Basque Country, Basque Country.
Iñaki Heras Saizarbitoria is a Full Professor at the Department of Management of the University of Basque Country in Spain. He has published several articles in both national and international academic journals. Similarly, he has published more than ten specialized books and reports on Management and Public Administration Policies. Interested in a wide spectrum of topics related to business management (notably for SMEs), he has participated as a main researcher in several projects financed by The Basque Country University, the Basque Administration and the Spanish Administration. More detailed information: http://www.sc.ehu.es/oewhesai/
Mindshare Consulting, Paris, France.
José is an acknowledged Innovation Expert (as witnessed by his time with INSEAD), and an experienced provider of innovation training to start-up and existing businesses. In his role of Chief Executive of Mindshare he is also co- author of the original IIME (Introducing Innovation in Micro Enterprises) innovation materials and also contributed to a number of other EC projects.
MindShare Consulting was founded by José Pietri in 1994. At the time Mr. Pietri was transitioning from a 17-year career at IBM (USA) that had been focused on mid-range systems and SMEs. The original focus of MindShare was advanced facilitation and meeting services using innovative tools (he was an early proponent, user and champion of the innovative ThinkTank applications). In Europe this quickly expanded to focused consulting, especially related to education and training concerned with change and innovation management and leadership. A multi-year collaboration with INSEAD (at CALT – The Centre for Advanced Learning Technologies) has led to his involvement in the European-wide deployment of the EIS Change and Innovation Management Workshop. His work is conducted in English, French and Spanish. Most current clients are in Europe, although some activities have also taken place in Puerto Rico (his birthplace). He is currently working with European partners including Louth and Meath Local Enterprise office on a number of Erasmus + projects.
Rector, University of the Basque Country, Basque Country.
Iñaki Goirizelaia Ordorika, Rector of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) since January 2009 to January 2017. He was Vice-rector of the Campus of Biscay form May 2004 to December 2008. Previously, from 1998 to 2000 he was Vice-rector of University-Company Relations.
He is Professor in the Department of Electronics and Telecomunications at the School of Engineering, University of the Basque Country. In 1981 he received his Electrical Engineering degree and in 1987 his PhD in Electrical Engineering, both of them from the University of the Basque Country.
He worked for Stanford Research Institute (1983/85) as an international fellow, for LABEIN research laboratory (1986) and in 1987 he started his own company dedicated to industrial applications of image processing techniques. He as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab during six months in 2004 working with the MIT-Caltech voting technology group.
His research interest is the development of advanced information technology, focusing on Tele-Education, web based learning environments and electronic voting technology. He is also interested in security schemes based on image processing algorithms applied to watermarking of digital images.
He has been director of 30 research projects funded by private and public organizations. He is a member of the 12T research group.
Iñaki Goirizelaia, who recently stepped down as the University of the Basque Country’s President, is currently at Boise State University as the first Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair. As part of his residence at Boise State University, he will teach a one-credit course as part of his activities, along with participating in the Provost Lecture Series and giving a community talk on Basque dance. ” The course is co-sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute and BSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Department of World Languages.
Institute of Leisure Studies, Deusto University, Basque Country.
With a PhD in Social and Human Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Cuenca is an Associate Researcher at Deusto University’s Institute of Entertainment Studies. He has taught classes at that same university and at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in the field of entertainment theory, aesthetics, art philosophy and other philosophical disciplines. He is the author of two monographs and around twenty articles for specialised journals, such as Arbor, Lápiz, Estudios filosóficos, A*Desk and salonKritik. He has contributed to several artists’ catalogues and writes as an art critic for various media in the written press.
Academic Vice - Rector, Mondragon University, Basque Country.
Dr. Jon Altuna, Academic Vice-Rector at Mondragon University, received his Industrial Electronics Engineering degree at Mondragon University (Spain) and Ph.D degree in signal processing and electronics engineering from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 1997. Since 1997 he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of Mondragon University where in 2007 he was appointed as academic coordinator. In his current position, he coordinates educational innovation, quality assurance and internationalisation at the university.
CEO, TSRI, Basque Country.
Independent Research Practitioner TSRi : Teaching and Strengthening Research From 2011- Donostia / San Sebastián, Basque Country As a freelance research practitioner I work with research groups and organisations to help them strengthen and sustain the quality of their research activities. This includes teaching the Foundations of Research Practices--a modula course of up to sixty hours of seminars and practicals-- developing research leadership, management, and collaboration skills and capacities, designing research programmes, PhD co-supervision, and mentoring authoring and scientific writing. I also work with companies and other non-research organisations on designing futures, change, and improvement.
I have over thirty-five years of experience in design, engineering, science, and technology research, in universities and research centres in the UK, Belgium, and the Basque Country, as well as collaborations with other researchers in other parts of the world. This experience has given me a deep understanding of how to make research effective and efficient: two important requirements in today's world. It has also given me the strong critical and constructive abilities needed to develop and design effective research programmes, and to help other researchers conduct high quality research.
Haz University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Since August 2016 Academic Counsellor Hochschule Harz (FH), Wernigerode, Germany 2013-2016 Policy Officer Innovation in Education: University-Business Cooperation European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC), Brussels, Belgium ▪ Regional Dimension of University-Business Cooperation/Smart Specialisation; inter-institutional networking and stakeholder dialogue ▪ University-Business Forum and Entrepreneurial University, s. http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/university-business_en.htm) ▪ ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliances and HE Policy Experimentation; evaluation committees Professional Training (i.a.): (series) Evaluation and Impact Assessment, (series) Writing with Impact, Public Speaking
2008-2013 Bologna Coordinator Hochschule Harz (FH), Wernigerode, Germany ▪ Institutional coordination of study programmes‘ reform and of external quality assurance ▪ Compliance and impact assessments; Diploma Supplement Label 2013 (first German HEI) ▪ Adjoint equal opportunity commissioner Professional Training (i.a.): Public procurement, Conflict prevention, Project controlling 1994-2008 Head of the International Office Hochschule Harz (FH), Wernigerode, Germany ▪ Team guidance and office management, ‘international budget’ control ▪ Design, set-up and implementation of international projects with internal and external stakeholders ▪ Programme management and fund raising (DAAD, DFH-UFA i.a.) ▪ Comprehensive organisation of student, staff and researcher mobility; Selection and evaluation committees ▪ International and inter-institutional networking including visits and event organisation; negotiation of European and international cooperation agreements, ERASMUS institutional coordinator Professional Training (i.a.): German legislation on higher education, German legislation on grants and administrative procedures, Project management
JRC for S3, European Commission, Belgium.
John Edwards works for the Smart Specialisation Platform at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville. He currently leads a project on the role of higher education in smart specialisation, in cooperation with DG Education and Culture. This project includes action research in selected European regions and monitoring of how the European Structural and Investment Funds are being spent on higher education. During the negotiations on the operational programmes of the EU’s Cohesion Policy he assisted DG Regional Policy in the analysis of innovation strategies in the UK and Portugal.
John has an academic background in the governance of regional development, having completed his PhD at Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies. He also holds degrees in Geography and International Relations from St Andrews University and in European Politics from the College of Europe in Bruges. At home he is kept busy by his four children and also enjoys hill walking and the outdoors.