(25th October 2012, Prague)
Biographies of Speakers
(in alphabetical order)
Rebecca Allinson is a Senior Consultant at Technopolis, a
European innovation and policy consultancy. She focuses on
European and UK Public Policy consultancy work in the field of
Higher Education, Research and Enterprise policy. Rebecca
has recently worked with the EIT to produce the publication
“Catalysing Innovation in the Knowledge Triangle” on practices
from the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities. The
publication also looks at the EIT in the wider innovation and
research landscape in Europe and explores certain aspects of
the future of the EIT under Horizon 2020.
Aleš Fiala is Head of Unit of Future and
CONNECT. Before joining the European
Commission in 2007, he worked as a project
manager and researcher at the Netherlands
Organization for Applied Scientific Research
(TNO) and Unilever Research in the
Netherlands, at the University of California,
Berkeley in the United States, and in the
Centre de Physique des Plasmas et
Applications (CPAT) in Toulouse, France. After graduation from the Czech
Technical University in Prague, he got a PhD in plasma physics from Universite
Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, and MBA from the Erasmus University,
Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.
Professor Rudolf Haňka has been the Chief
Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of the
Czech Republic since August 2012. He was
appointed the member of the Research and
Development Council in 2010 and Chairman
of the Council for the Reform of Tertiary
Education in the Czech Republic in 2009.
Rudolf Haňka graduated from the Faculty of
Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical
University in Prague and for over 40 years
has been at the University of Cambridge where he specialised in applications of
artificial intelligence to medical diagnosis and knowledge management. He
founded the Centre for Clinical Informatics at the School of Clinical Medicine at
the University of Cambridge and was its Director. Apart from his academic work
he has been a member of various central bodies of the University including
membership of the Financial Board from 1984 to 2002.
Tomáš Hruda is a graduate of the Charles University in
Prague where he obtained two master degrees – in the field
of Economics and International relations. Since then he has
acquired extensive work experience in management in both
public and private sector. He had been working in
CzechInvest, the Investment and Business Development
Agency, which focuses on support of existing and new
entrepreneurs and foreign investors in the Czech Republic.
He held the post of the Chief Executive Officer of the
agency and was responsible, among others, for running
several national programs aimed at enhancing competitiveness and
innovativeness of the economy of the Czech Republic.
Since 2009 he
successfully led the preparation phase and subsequent realization of the CEITEC
(Central European Institute of Technology) project as the executive director.
Recently he was appointed as Vice Minister responsible for higher education and
research at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Ylva Huber, PhD, geneticist by training, joined the
Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Division of
European and International Programmes (EIP), in
August 2004. She was National Contact Point (NCP) for
“Health” in FP7 (2006-2008), acting NCP for the
“Knowledge Based Bio-Economy “(KBBE; 2010) and is
Information Officer for the Innovative Medicines
Initiative (IMI) since 2006. From 2009-2010 she headed
the Unit for Life Sciences and Biotechnology at EIP.
Since 2011 she is NCP for the European Research
Council (ERC).
Rein Kaarli has a scientific background in physics. Since 2002
he is advisor at the department of research policy of the
Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia. There he has
been involved in various tasks such as the development of
research policies and RnD financing system, preparation of
National Action plans and Progress Reports, preparation of
the strategy document and implementation of EU structural
funds 2007-2013, preparation of reviews and statistical
materials on R&D in Estonia. He has also been acting as
FP6 and FP7 National Coordinator and is participating in FP
programme committees. From 1996 till 2002 he was advisor at the Estonian
Secretariat of R&D Council. From 1974 till1996 he was head of a research
group at the Institute of Physics of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. In
1993 he was awarded the annual prize of the Estonian Physical Society.
Sofia Karakostas is a head of EU GrantsAccess at ETH Zurich
- University of Zurich. Her expertise focuses on fostering close
co-operation between excellent scientists and scholars from
abroad and from Switzerland. In the field of international
academic cooperation she has set up and strives to further
professionalise both for ETH Zurich and the University of
Zurich a unique system of research quality management for
proposals and projects. She studied History and Economics at
the University of Zurich where she graduated with the Master
of Art in 1996. For several years she was a member of the
Commission for Intercultural Dialogue of the Mayor of Zurich
as well as of the Advisory Group for legal immigration and integration services in
the Canton of Zurich, before she joined the administration of ETH Zurich, first at
the Rectors Office and then as Head of the Student Mobility Office.
Zygmunt Krasinski (PhD) is a Deputy Director of
the National Contact Point for Research Programmes
of the EU (NCP-PL) at the Institute of Fundamental
Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences
(IPPT PAN), supervising the finance, innovation,
research project management and international
cooperation. He was graduated in electronics and
information technology from the Warsaw University
of Technology. Dr. Krasinski is a national expert of the Polish Ministry of Science
and Higher Education to the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation
and FP7 INCO Programme Committee. He has experience as an expert in several
EC working groups, advisor for EU RTD programmes and trainer in the field of
research and innovation management (Europe, Central Asia).
José Manuel Leceta is a director of the European Institute of
Innovation and Technology. He is a respected specialist in
innovation economics and had held the position of
International Director at the Spanish Innovation Agency (CDTI)
since 2004. As Director, his responsibilities included the
promotion and management of the Spanish participation in the
EU R&D Framework Programmes and other international closeto-market technology cooperation initiatives in Europe
(EUREKA) and Latin America (IBEROEKA). Before that José
Manuel Leceta worked as a Head of Department for
Technologies and Space Programmes at CDTI.
Rita Lecbychova joined the European Commission
Directorate General for Research and Innovation on 1st
February 2011 as a Head of Unit B.4 – Joint Programming.
The Unit B.4 is a part of Directorate B – European Research
Area of Directorate General for Research and Innovation.
Dr. Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka is a Policy Analyst at the
European research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) where
he coordinates, among others, the evaluation and
monitoring activities. Before joining the ERCEA, he was a
Science Officer for corporate science policy at the European
Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg. In this capacity he
oversaw science policy initiatives of the organisation and
coordinated various fora in which national agencies
exchanged information and experiences on funding practices
and jointly developed funding policies. He previously held
the positions of Officer for Statistics and Evaluation at the
German Research Council (DFG) and Research Associate at the University of
Kassel, Germany. He has a doctorate in applied social sciences in the area of
higher education and science policy studies.
Stanislav Sipko has been acting as a chairman and founder of
the Slovak Organization for Research and Development
Activities (SOVVA) since 2007. SOVVA is a non-government
organization of nationwide competence to promote R&D
development in Slovakia and since 2012 it is national contact
points host organization as well. Stanislav Sipko acted as
Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology
at the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. He was
responsible for planning and implementation of science and
technology policies, international cooperation and preparing of the Operation
Programme Research and Development. Through his professional career he acted
as an advisor to the deputy prime minister and state secretaries in the fields of
research and development.
Kathrin Stratmann is the German NCP coordinator and
deputy head of the EU-Bureau of the German Federal Ministry
for Education and Research (BMBF). She has worked as an
NCP for Marie Curie and Science and Society and has been the
NCP coordinator since 2005. From 1999 - 2006 she was
responsible for the German Contact Point for the Integration
of the Central- and Eastern European Candidate Countries into
the FRP. Ms Stratmann holds a Masters degree in American
literature from the University of Bonn.
Naděžda Witzanyová has a scientific background in
polymer chemistry. She trained as an engineer at the
Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague and then worked
as researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech
Republic at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry. She
joined the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the
Czech Republic in 2006, where she was responsible for
various agendas concerning international and European
cooperation in RnD. She is an ESFRI and ERAC delegate.
Now, she is Head of Unit RnD policies and acting Director of
Research and Development Department.