Keynote speakers

This year's line up

Arianne Bijma

Global Manager Talent Programs and University Relations at ASML

Coming from an Innovation Management background, Arianne Bijma joined ASML in 2015 to set up a new strategy for Student Talent Programs and University Relations. Access to knowledge and talent is her main purpose, as ASML is playing champions league when it comes to technology and innovation in the Semiconductor industry. At a market share of over 80%, over 23000 employees across the globe and almost two billion euros R&D spending every year, innovation is in ASML’s very core. With her global team, Arianne is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy that defines the technological domains, the university ecosystem, and the programs, that enable the interaction with bright minds across the globe.

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Dr. Marina Burova

Director University Collaborations at Schlumberger

Marina works in Schlumberger from 2003 and acquired practical experience in all steps of the innovation cycle of the company – from the fundamental research up to commercialization of developed technologies. Marina worked in USA, Russia and Canada.

Since April 2018 Marina is focusing on the cooperation activities between Schlumberger Corporation and Universities around the globe. That includes R&D collaborations, Education programs, Technology Transfer and Community Outreach initiatives.

In her previous role of the Director of Schlumberger Moscow Research Center, Marina defined the strategy of fundamental research activities aiming to develop concepts for future efficient hydrocarbon production from complex reservoirs.

Prior 2014, in a role of the Stimulation Domain Manager for Russia and Central Asia, Marina introduced breakthrough stimulation technologies to extract oil & gas from the conventional and unconventional formations, such as carbonates, shales and tight gas.

In 2009-2011 Marina led an engineering division in Schlumberger Novosibirsk Technology Center and commercialized a number of key global breakthrough stimulation technologies such as HiWAY, FiberFrac, PropGUARD, RodPROP etc.

After graduation from the Chemistry Department in Moscow State University, Marina defended two PhDs – in Materials Science at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France) and in Physical Chemistry in Moscow.

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Manuel Dolderer

Co-Founder & President at CODE University of Applied Sciences

Manuel Dolderer is an economist and an edupreneur. He is co-founder and president of CODE, a university of applied sciences with study programs related to digital product development and an innovative learning concept based on curiosity and entrepreneurship.

Manuel studied economics, philosophy and cultural studies at Germany’s oldest private University in Witten/Herdecke. As a student, he joined the executive board of the StudierendenGesellschaft, a non-profit organization offering an income-adjusted tuition model that promotes equal opportunities in education.

After founding two applied research institutes with projects focussing on healthcare, education, and digitalization he joined Klett Group in 2012, one of Europe’s leading education-dedicated enterprises, where he became co-founder and managing director of a private university of applied sciences – praxisHochschule.

In 2016 he joined forces with Thomas Bachem and Jonathan Rüth to found CODE – a new kind of university for the digital pioneers of tomorrow.

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Heiko Hutmacher

Board of Management at METRO AG

Since 1 October 2011, Hutmacher, who holds a diploma in business administration, has been serving as member of the Management Board of METRO AG with responsibility for Human Resources, Information Management, Audit und Sustainability. Heiko Hutmacher is an internationally highly experienced expert in the field of Human Resources. He held the position of Senior Vice President Human Resources of AkzoNobel since 2004. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Hutmacher worked with IBM for 20 years where he held various positions in several countries, last as Vice President Human Resources at IBM Global Services.

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Tea Kekelidze

Director, Academic Partnerships and External Innovation

Tea Kekelidze and her team focus on collaborative innovation aimed at increasing the translational potential of innovative ideas and technologies in academia, by merging the strengths of basic science knowledge and pharmaceutical drug discovery expertise via targeted collaboration mechanisms. .

Téa Kekelidze is a biochemist with additional training in neuroscience. She completed her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, where she also became a faculty member. Before joining Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, MA, Téa led interdisciplinary research projects at University of Zurich. She was also responsible for partnership building between academic, clinical and industrial sectors in Zurich and Basel, with an aim to identify therapeutic targets for brain disease.

Previously, Téa Kekelidze headed the NIBR Academic Relations (AR) and Scientific Reviews group. In this role, she managed the NIBR Scientific Advisory Board reviews that helped determine the NIBR’s long-term scientific strategy. The AR group designed and implemented novel models of interaction between NIBR and external scientific ecosystems. These models focus on scientist-to-scientist driven interactions, intellectual exchange platforms, and education in drug discovery. .

Dr. Kekelidze has organized and chaired conferences on knowledge transfer from basic science to translational research. She has served as advisor to the Georgian Government and NATO Science Program on knowledge-based economy, via developing framework for cooperation between government, research institutions and individual entrepreneurs. She has authored research articles, book chapters, and served as editor for topical NATO Science Series.

Jacob Kurek

Partner, Architect at Henning Larsen

Over the past twenty years, Jacob Kurek’s work with Henning Larsen has helped propel the firm to its present position on the global architecture scene. Jacob’s focus on site-specific and community-based urban solutions reveals a core commitment to transparent, democratic architecture.

Through the years, he has worked with a wide range of typologies, including urban planning, industrial reclamation, workspaces and educational and cultural institutions. Since 2009, Jacob has served as Partner in charge of international projects, and Henning Larsen is currently engaged in projects across 12 countries in Europe and the Middle East. Currently, he is leading the process of revitalizing the Imperial Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, and transforming the waterfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as overseeing the completion of the new Queensland University of Technology facility in Brisbane, Australia.

As a strategic thinker, Jacob has a strong focus on realizing the potential of a site and its context; developing new urban qualities that add life to and in between buildings while at the same time ensuring sustainable and viable solutions.

Toward extending principles of Scandinavian design to broader audiences, Kurek has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture in Copenhagen, and in 2017 he was awarded the Latvian Architecture Award for his contributions as an international jury member. He is an experienced speaker and regularly lectures at conferen-ces and universities, and continues to moderate professional forums on design and architecture. Jacob has been a partner at Henning Larsen since 2009, and in 2018 he joined the company’s board of directors. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms.

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Teija Lahti-Nuuttila

Executive Director at Business Finland

Teija Lahti-Nuuttila is the Executive Director at Business Finland. She is professional in innovation strategies and funding especially in the field of cleantech, climate change, energy in general. Being a corporate researcher and project manager at her early career, she moved towards planning and implementation of National Climate Strategy at Ministry of Trade and Industry. Prior to her role at Business Finland, she worked as Executive Director responsible for the division of Sustainable Economy at Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. She is also a member of several committees and steering groups both in Finland and abroad e.g. in the EU Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Energy

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Heikki Mannila

President of Academy of Finland

Heikki Mannila is the President of Academy of Finland which aims to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. Having a researcher background at established institutions from both academy and industry, namely, University of Helsinki, Max Planck Institute, Nokia, and Microsoft, he has deep grasp of both industry and university perspective. Prior to his role at Academy of Finland, he worked as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Aalto University.

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Fiorina Mugione

Chief, Entrepreneurship Section at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Fiorina Mugione is an economist with a MBA in international trade. Since 2006 she leads since 2006, the Entrepreneurship Programme at UNCTAD. It aims to inspire entrepreneurship, strengthen the supply capacity of small and medium enterprises through entrepreneurship development and business linkages. Fiorina coordinates the EMPRETEC programme – the one stop agency for small and medium sized enterprise development- in 40 countries around the world (

Fiorina has more than 20 years of experience in international organizations, establishing and leading programmes for private sector development. During this time she has designed and coordinated the implementation of more than 30 technical cooperation programmes as team leader.

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Prof. Andy Penaluna

Director of International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development at University of Wales Trinitiy Saint David

Professor Andy Penaluna is the director of International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is an expert on enterprise education at the United Nations in Geneva and the European Commission, where he was a part of the EntreComp team. He also led the development of teacher training for 8 countries in South East Europe (SEECEL) and has worked on developing entrepreneurial schools and colleges / HE level creativity at the OECD in Paris.

Andy is currently an education advisor on enterprise within the Westminster Government’s Industrial Strategy Review and chairs the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship group. Not unlike school inspectors, QAA are an independent body entrusted with monitoring, and advising on, standards and quality in all UK higher education provision.

In Wales, Andy is the professorial advisor on widening skills group for their Department for Education and the CAMAU projects – groups charged with implementing the Donaldson review, which call on all Welsh schools to develop ambitious capable learners who are enterprising and creative contributors.

In 2014 the Enterprise Sector Skills body ‘SFEDI’ honoured Andy in the House of Lords as their educator of the year, and in 2015 he received the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion at Buckingham Palace. In 2016 he was named as one of the UK’s top ‘Maserati 100’ entrepreneurs alongside the Prime Minister’s advisor Lord Young.

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A/Prof Kathryn Penaluna

Enterprise Manager of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Kathryn Penaluna is the Associate Professor and the Enterprise Manager of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Entrepreneurship Champion, Welsh Government.

Kathryn uses her experiences as a bank manager and a partner in a graphic design studio to develop a contextualized entrepreneurship curriculum across the University’s four faculties. She is an internationally renowned researcher on enterprise education, which focusses on the role of innovative and creative thought within mindset development. She is engaged with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the European Commission and Welsh Government. As an acknowledged specialist in delivering intellectual property awareness she is leading new educational initiatives with the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Kathryn manages the infrastructure for student, graduate and staff business start-ups and is a regular keynote presenter on the approaches that have led to UWTSD’s enviable track record in both start-ups and survival rates, which she credits to the invaluable expertise and support of her alumni.

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Egita Polanska

Head of Operations @Startup Wise Guys & Chair of the Board of Latvian Startup Association

Egita is the Chairwoman of Latvian Startup Association and the head of operations at Startup Wise Guys in Latvia.

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Philipp Schmidt- zum Berge

Manager, External R&D Cooperations at Continental

A collaboration of equals is necessary for a fruitful cooperation of educational and industrial partners - Let’s connect on LinkedIn! Philipp works at Continental for 15 years. He holds a staff function for External R&D Cooperations and is responsible for driving innovations in the Tires Division by best commitments in implementing external research expertise.

He is an expert for R&D-contracts and shows up with operational contract writing and negotiation skills and having a proven track record of setting up sustainable partnerships from the beginning. Within Continental he consults not only other R&D departments cross-divisionally, but also, involves Human Relations, Law and Intellectual Property Departments at early stage in business planning and -decisions cross-functionally. Towards the public research and innovation community he supports further developments by flexibility in cooperation, like coordination with university administrations or by being engaged in associations like Deutscher Stifterverband or recently UIIN.

In 2012 Philipp has recognized that he is unable to resist the temptation engaging deeper into the cooperation business. That means, moving away from technology excitement and product responsibility, more and more towards exploring strategy and planning mechanisms behind successful research collaboration. This went together with a deep dive into legal matters.

He led the new field of innovative production technologies and processes in one of Continental´s Business Units for rubber products between 2004-2011. During that time, he engaged the exciting world of research cooperation with external partners.

After finishing his studies of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Clausthal Philipp started his industrial career at Volkswagen in 1999.

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Prof. Erik Stam

Head of the Utrecht University School of Economics

Erik Stam is Dean and Professor of Strategy, Organization & Entrepreneurship at the Utrecht University School of Economics. He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. His broader research interests cover the societal and organizational contexts of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship improves the performance of firms and economies. He has (co-)authored more than hundred books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of disciplines, including economics, geography, business/management and public administration. He is editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Next to his scientific work he often engages with governments, start-ups and corporates on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has served the Netherlands Scientific Council of Government Policy, many Ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, the OECD, the G20, and the World Bank. He is on the advisory board of several public and private sector entrepreneurship organizations.

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Peter Vesterbacka

Former Mighty Eagle, Founder of Slush

Peter Vesterbacka served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment Oy. Peter manages the Rovio Entertainment’s business strategy, including expanding Angry Birds into broader entertainment franchise. He serves as Senior Advisor of Transfluent Oy. Previously, he has founded Some Bazaar, he has held several communications industry related positions at Hewlett Packard and founded the Hewlett Packard Mobile E Services Bazaar and he is the co-founder and original initiator of MobileMonday. He serves as a Director of Star Wreck Studios, Start Up Sauna, BlueGiga Technologies Oy, Oy Filmkompaniet Alpha Ab and American Chamber of Commerce in Finland. He served as a Director of F-Secure Oyj since 2014 until 2015.

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Christer Vindeløv-Lidzélius

CEO and Principal of Kaospilot

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius is the principal at Kaospilot, a renowned disruptor in higher education. Kaospilot is recognized by UNESCO, Fast Company, Monocle and BusinessWeek for challenging current practices by introducing highly innovative educational design that develops leadership and fosters entrepreneurship. Christer and his team are rewriting the rubrics and introducing new ways to advance people through practice.

His Doctorate at Tilburg University and the Taos Institute evolved around strategy, leadership and innovation in complex systems. He is, amongst other things, a visiting professor at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, on the Academic Board of Moebio, A global fellow at The Tama Graduate School of Business and on the Advisory Board at Cinra, University of the Underground and Sky Schools. He is the chairman of the canon technology company Cemecon Scandinavia and on the board of the branding and innovation agency of Hey Ho Lets Go. For 20 years, he has been working in the fields of leadership, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has lectured and advised companies on 5 continents, and worked in more than 25 countries for private companies, NGOs and public organizations alike. He is a frequent contributor to both international and Danish media.

Christer is married to Helle and is the father of Gustav, Alvilda, Hektor and Alma. They live in the countryside outside Aarhus in Denmark. Music, nature, adventures and good company keep him inspired.

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