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Speakers

Elena Santiago Cid

Elena Santiago Cid

CEN and CENELEC Director General

 

Mrs Elena Santiago Cid has been CEN – European Committee for Standardization and CENELEC – European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization - Director General since 1 January 2010, and CENELEC Director General since 2003 - responsible for the direction and management of the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (supporting the development of 1600 European standards per year), providing executive support to the activities of the CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies and Administrative Boards. Currently implementing and engaged in the CEN CENELEC Digital transformation and Innovation strategic plans. She manages the institutional relations with the European Commission (member of the REFIT Platform and the ENISA Stakeholders group) and EFTA, is responsible for relations with the European sister organization ETSI, and internationally with ISO and IEC. Previously she was External Relations Director in UNE, Spanish National Standards body and seconded as Spanish national expert to Directorate-General III (Industry) responsible for negotiating the implementation of legislation in the electro technical field with the Member States, for establishing market surveillance programs, supporting the enlargement and multilateral trade agreements.

Vincent Laflèche

Vincent Laflèche

President, CEN

 

Vincent Laflèche is Director of the ‘École des Mines’ in Paris. From 2013 to 2016, he acted as chairman and CEO of the French Geological Survey (BRGM). In 2003, he became the Assistant General Manager of INERIS, the French public research institute on environment and industrial risk prevention, subsequently acting as CEO from 2007 to 2013. Previously, he held a variety of positions in insurance and engineering companies. He also had a number of commitments within the French Standardization Organization (AFNOR), including Chairmanship of the Strategic Committee ‘Environment and Societal Responsibility’. Mr Laflèche studied at the École Polytechnique and began his career at the French Ministry of Environment. He was named as CEN President Elect in June 2015 and has held the role of CEN President since 1 January 2017.

Kirsten Dunlop

Kirsten Dunlop

Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC

 

Kirsten’s career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership, across three continents. She joined Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp.

She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change. Her vision for Climate-KIC is to co-create a multi-sided marketplace for transformation and the generation of innovation options to achieve a zero-carbon economy and a climate resilient society.

In her role at Suncorp, Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within.

Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp in Australia, Kirsten led the Generali Group Innovation Academy for Assicurazioni Generali in Italy, pioneering proprietary thinking in the areas of Strategic Risk management, strategic innovation, strategic leadership development and cultural change.

Kirsten holds a Ph.D. in cultural history.

Christoph Winterhalter

Christoph Winterhalter

Vice-President Policy, CEN

 

Christoph Winterhalter is the Chairman of the Executive Board of DIN, the German national standardization body. Before joining DIN he spent more than 20 years in industry working for the ABB group. He initially worked in various engineering, R&D and product management functions in Germany, Norway and the USA before he became responsible business unit manager for ABB’s robot automation and robotics products business in Germany. In 2010 he changed to ABB Corporate research as director of the German Research Centre until he was promoted head of ABB’s global Machinery Controls and Automation business end of 2013. Since July 2016 he joined DIN as Chairman of the Executive Board driving customer orientation and digital transformation within the standardization system by encouraging all internal and external stakeholders to be open minded and open for change in order to shape the future with standardization. Mr. Winterhalter was elected member of the CEN Administrative board and the ISO Council in 2017. He has been elected as CEN Vice-President Policy for the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019.

Scott  Steedman

Scott Steedman

Director of Standards and Executive Director, BSI Group

 

Dr Scott Steedman CBE is Director of Standards, BSI Group where he is responsible for the UK National Standards Body, representing the UK internationally and advising industry and Government on the role of standardization and knowledge transfer in innovation, growth and sustainable development. Formerly a lecturer in engineering and Fellow at Cambridge University, Scott spent 20 years working in industry for consulting and contracting companies on major infrastructure and building projects around the world.

Dr Steedman is an Executive Director on the Group Board of BSI. He recently completed six years as a non-executive director of the Port of London Authority and is a former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

In 2007 Dr Steedman was awarded the US Government Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work on the Hurricane Katrina investigation. He was awarded ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (CBE) in 2010 for services to engineering.

Dr Steedman has been serving as Vice President (policy) for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) since January 2017, having been a member of the ISO Council board since 2012. As Vice President (policy) for ISO, Dr Steedman is the senior Vice President in the organisation and chairs the Strategy and Policy Committee, the Oversight Committee and the IT Strategy Advisory Group. As Vice President (policy), he is currently responsible for taking the lead on, and managing the development of the new ISO Strategy 2030.

Dr Steedman is also a member of the Administrative Board of the European Standards Organisation (CEN) and served as Vice President (policy) from 2013-2017. He is Secretary of the UK national committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Peter  Dröll

Peter Dröll

Director for Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission

 

Peter works in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and innovation since 2008, first in charge of innovation, since 2016 for Industrial Technologies. Previous positions in the Commission include financial control, environment policy and enlargement policy. From 2004-2008 he was Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik ‘.

Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law.

Carmen Ianosi

Carmen Ianosi

Innovation and Policy Officer DG Connect - Communications Networks, Content & Technology, European Commission

 

Experienced policy and innovation advisor with an entrepreneurial mind-set, always searching for new trends in digital and startups. Connector and part of the Startup Europe and Innovation Radar team. With a demonstrated history of working in the public policy industry and skilled in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and International Relations. Strong research and innovation policy development professional with a Masters focused on Public Administration and Intellectual Property rights from Solvay Brussels School. Specialised in the development of Tech Finance Programs and the sourcing and financing of tech-based start-ups.

Fabio Taucer

Fabio Taucer

Deputy Head of Unit at the JRC Unit for Scientific Development, European Commission

 

Fabio Taucer is Deputy Head of Unit at the JRC Unit for Scientific Development. He is responsible for the coordination of all JRC research infrastructures and for the implementation of the open access strategy to JRC experimental facilities. He coordinates all standardisation related activities at the JRC, in particular for linking research and innovation with standardisation and in providing technical support and scientific advice in the preparation of the European Commission's Annual Union Work Programme on Standardisation.

Andrea Rusconi Clerici

Andrea Rusconi Clerici

Co-Founder & CTO, USound

 

Andrea Rusconi Clerici has 20 years technical experience in R&D, product development, manufacturing engineering and operations in the MEMS industry. He has experience in research (Fraunhofer Institute), large companies (STMicroelectronics, Maxim Integrated) and start-up (Sensordynamics, USound). He co-founded USound with the mission of bringing MEMS based micro speakers to the market.

Knut Blind

Knut Blind

Professor for Innovation Economics

 

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind studied economics, political science and psychology at Freiburg University. In the course of his studies he spent one year at Brock University (Canada), where he was awarded a BA. Finally, he took his Diploma in Economics and later his doctoral degree at Freiburg University. Between 1996 and 2010 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany, as a senior researcher and at last as head of the Competence Center "Regulation and Innovation". In April 2006 Knut Blind was appointed Professor of Innovation Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Berlin University of Technology. Between 2008 and 2016 he held also the endowed chair of standardisation at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University. From April 2010 he is linked to the Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems in Berlin. In 2012, he initiated both the Berlin Innovation Panel and the German Standardization Panel. Besides numerous articles on standardization he published further contributions on patents and further innovation aspects in refereed journals.

Michel Neu

Michel Neu

International Expert CEA Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Connect

 

Michel Neu is graduated physicist. In 2002, he joined CEA’s central Technology Transfer (TT) Office as Head of Intellectual Property (IP) and Contracts Department. He participated in many European IP Experts groups.

Since 2009, he is also involved in standardisation activities, for example the French AFNOR Innovation Committee. From 2010 to 2014, he was also head of the IP Committee of the KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) INNOENERGY of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). He wrote numerous articles on standardization, innovation,TT and IP in several journals. He is also speaker or lecturer in several European conferences or trainings on innovation, IP,TT or standardization. Since 2014, he is International Expert in IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) and Technology Transfer at CEA. Since October 2015, he is also chairman of EARTO's Legal Working Group. Since 2019, he is also Independent Expert (intuitu personae) on knowledge transfer issues with the European Commission (currently two working groups)

Spiro Dhapi

Spiro Dhapi

Legal Adviser, CEN-CENELEC

 

Spiro Dhapi is Legal Adviser with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). Spiro is a graduate of Law from the University of Athens (LLB) with additional post-graduate studies in Public International Law at the University of Athens (LLM), and in Business Law and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall (LLM).

Having been licensed as an Attorney and Counsellor at Law with the New York Bar, Spiro has developed an extensive practical experience with European and US entities providing advice on Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Privacy, Cybersecurity and International transactions. Prior to joining CEN and CENELEC Spiro has also served as alternate Member with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), contributing to the shaping of EU policy initiatives with impact on the Digital Economy. Within CEN and CENELEC, Spiro provides legal advice on a variety of legal aspects for Standardization, including Patents, Copyrights and Competition.

Karl  Grün

Karl Grün

Director Standards Development, Austrian Standards International

 

Dr. Karl Grün, born 1965 in Vienna, Austria, is working for Austrian Standards International since 1994 and is Director Standards Development leading the standards development department of Austrian Standards International, including the involvement in research & innovation projects. At European level he is member in the Technical Board of the European Committee for Standardization CEN, Chairman of CEN/BT Technical Committee Management Group (TCMG) and Chairman CEN/BT Working Group 216 Internal Regulations. He made his PhD in physics at the Technical University of Vienna. He is member in the Working Group on Standards of the Association Industry 4.0 Austria – The Platform for Smart Production and Lecturer at Universities in Austria about standardization.

Pascal Poupet

Pascal Poupet

Head of Department of International Affairs, Afnor Group

 

Pascal Poupet was a guest professor at the Escuela Politécnica Nacional de Quito (Ecuador), after which he graduated as Doctor in sciences of the University of Orléans in France. In 1990, he joined the French standards association AFNOR, to manage technical committees in European and International standards organizations. As such, he took part in the design of the first international standards for environmental management.

In 1997, he took over the management of AFNOR’s standard department for digital technologies, transports and energy. One of his flagship projects was the creation of a monitoring centre of the manifold private standards outfits set up by international ICT corporations, also known as consortia.

In 2007, he joined the European Committee for Standardization as Director, Standards. As such, he was responsible for the technical governance of CEN (Technical Board), the operation of the teams of consultants entrusted with the evaluation of harmonized standards and the design of a new mechanism to support innovation in standards.
He returned to AFNOR in 2010 as senior policy manager, to develop the standardization strategy and to set up the governance of standardization foreseen in the then new French legal framework. As such, he has managed since its inception the Standardization coordination and steering committee, which is the oversight body entrusted with the organization of the French standardization system.
He has also managed AFNOR’s endowment fund since its foundation in 2011.
Since 2014, he has been heading AFNOR standardization’s International affairs department. As such, he has been representing France in the Technical Board of CEN and was a steady contributor to the European Commission’s Joint Initiative on standardization until its closure in June 2019.

Fernando Utrilla Ortega

Fernando Utrilla Ortega

Head of R&I department, UNE

 

Education as Mechanical Engineer at Zaragoza University, Spain. After working for a period in metal manufacturing industry, joined the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE (formerly known as AENOR until 2016). More than 18 years’ experience in managing standardization activities, first on different topics related to engineering and after moved into standardization on Innovation Management at national, European and international levels (UNE 166000, CEN/TS 16555 and ISO 56000 series). Thus, gradually entering the world of innovation.

Since 2012, Head of R&I department in UNE, responsible for all aspects related to the integration of standardization, research and innovation, especially in the context of Horizon 2020 and similar public funding programs. Putting theory into practice by coordinating UNE’s participation in more than 60 funded R&I projects so far. Also responsible for promotion, information and training to the research and innovation communities, speaking and lecturing in different events and training courses, coordinating interaction with Public Administrations and conducting the Spanish contribution to the relevant standardization related European fora.

Ruggero Lensi

Ruggero Lensi

Vice-President Technical, CEN

 

Ruggero Lensi has been the Director General of the Italian Standardization Organization (UNI) since February 2017. He joined UNI in 1995, holding the positions of Head of the Standardization Department between 2000 and 2003, Technical Director until 2010 and Director of External Relations, New Business and Innovation until February 2017. Mr Lensi represented UNI for ten years on the CEN Technical Board (BT), where he served as Convenor of several Working Groups and also chaired the CEN/BT Technical Committee Management Group between 2004 and 2007. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University in Milan.

Eduardo Beltrán de Nanclares

Eduardo Beltrán de Nanclares

Innovation and Technology Director, MONDRAGON Corporation

 

Eduardo Beltrán de Nanclares has a BSc. in Electronics and Automation Physics and a MSc. in Electronics and Automation, both from the University of the Basque Country. He is currently Innovation and Technology Director of MONDRAGON Corporation. He has 25 years of experience in Technology and Product Development and Innovation Management, in sectors such as Automotive, Household Appliances and Capital Goods. He worked in General Electric, Tecnalia, Copreci and also in Koniker Technology Centre as its General Manager.

From April 2011 Eduardo Beltrán is member of the board of directors of EFFRA – European Factories of the Future Research Association.

Eduardo Beltrán is the chairman of the Eureka Cluster SMART for Advanced Manufacturing, member of ECSEL group of experts Industry4.E LIASE and member of the IEC SyC Smart Manufacturing.

Andrea Höglinger

Andrea Höglinger

Head of Division European and International Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

 

Andrea Höglinger is Head of Division European and International Programmes at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and acts as the Austrian NCP-Coordinator (National Contact Point Coordination) for Horizon 2020.
She is an expert in European research funding programmes and worked for almost 10 years as National Contact Point for the Social Sciences and Humanities at an European level.
Andrea Höglinger holds a degree in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Vienna. Before she joined FFG she had worked for a private research organisation in Austria for several years.

Hermann  Behrens

Hermann Behrens

Head of Innovation Department, DIN

 

Hermann Behrens is head of the innovation department at DIN and responsible for the development of new fields of work (ENA) and development accompanying standardization (EBN). Within ENA he is responsible for the coordination of DIN SPEC standardization activities and innovation management for the development of convergent innovative topics. EBN includes DIN's participation in national and European research projects, the management of DIN's own DIN Connect funding programme and the coordination of DIN's standardization and teaching activities. Furthermore, Hermann Behrens represents DIN in the European working group CEN/CENELEC/BT Working Group STAIR Standardization and Innovation and Research and he is a member of the research advisory board of FIR Research Institute for Rationalization at Aachen-University.

Logistics

When

Wednesday 13 November, 2019
08.30 to 17.00

CET

 

Where

SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre

Mont des Arts
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +32 2 515 13 22

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