Keynote speakers

Our 2019 line up

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Fred Bakker

Financial analyst, journalist, and author of the book The Smartest Places on Earth

Dr. Celia Caulcott

Vice-Provost of Enterprise and London at University College London

Valeria D'Amico

Head of Joint Open Labs at Telecom Italia

Dr. Lars Frolund

Development Manager at Aarhus University, Visiting Researcher at MIT

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato

Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London

Prof. Tim Minshall

Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation and Head of the Institute for Manufacturing at University of Cambridge

Jeff Selingo

Author of There is Life After College

Dr. Malcolm Skingle

Director of Academic Liaison at GSK

Prof. Poh Kam Wong

Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor at the National University of Singapore

Parallel session speakers

Our 2019 line up

Alejandra Alvaredo

Director of University-Industry Liaison Area, Manuel Sadosky Foundation

Andy Newnham

Strategic Business Engagement Partner, University of Birmingham

Brian Darmody

Associate Vice President, University of Maryland College Park

Cameron McCoy

AVP, Lehigh University

Charles Lovatt

Senior Fellow, University of St Andrews

Cynthia Cliff

Director Knowledge Transfer & Partnership Development, Queensland University of Technology

David Cameron

Center Coordinator SIRIUS , University of Oslo

Declan Doyle

Vice President for Research Innovation and Internationalisation, Institute of Technology Carlow

Dushyant Pathak

Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Management and Corporate Relations, University of California, Davis

Eduardo Bacelar Pinto


Eduardo Ferro dos Santos

Professor, CEO Foundation to Support Research and Education, University of Sao Paulo

Ekaterina Albats

Project management and Researcher, Ph. D. Candidate, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Ekhi Atutxa

Research&Program manager, Euskampus Fundazioa

Elena Urdaneta

Collaborative Research Manager, Euskampus Fundazioa

Erica Brandolino

Research Officer and Innovation Promoter, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Fabio Lopez-Pires

Researcher, Itaipu Technological Park

Gabriele Permoser

Assistant to the Management Board, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Giovanna Berera

Head of the Promoting Innovation and Knowledge office (PInK) - Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Gunnar Widforss

senior project manager, Mälardalen University

Hanna-Greta Puurtinen

Development Manager, Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Hannes Raffaseder

General Manager / Authorised Signatory, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Hans-Georg Wagner

Project CEO, Dresden University of Applied Sciences

Haruhiko Maenami

Associate Professor, Tottori University

Helena Puhakka-Tarvainen

Senior Project Manager, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Holger Kunze

Division Director , Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik

Igor Campillo


Irene Sheridan

Head of CIT Extended Campus, Cork Institute of Technology

Jane Coughlan


Jenny Bäckstrand

Assistant professor, Jonkoping University

Jochen Barth

Director for Employability, University Industry Innovation Network

John Szabo

Head of Partnerships, University of Technology Sydney

Jolien Coenraets

Project manager Technopreneurship for everyone, Ghent University

Kari Laine

Principal lecturer, leader of innovation research team, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Kimmo Vänni

Development Manager, Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Laszlo Csonka

Senior Research Fellow, Budapest Business School - University of Applied Sciences

Margie Atkinson

Executive Manager, Collaboration Hub, CSIRO

Matthew Zoerink

Senior Program Administrator, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen

Principal lecturer, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

Mirella Lähteenmäki

Head of Corporate Relations, Aalto University

Mirka Leino

Lecturer, Researcher, Head of Automation Research Team, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Muru Linjala

Career Specialist, University of Jyväskylä

Nils Dähne

PhD Researcher, HTW Dresden - University of Applied Science

Pasi Juvonen

Senior Lecturer, RDI Project Manager, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences

Paul Woodfield

Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology

Pauliina Mattila

Coach, Lecturer, Strategist, Swinburne University

Peter Ereaut

Head of Contracts and Programme Management, University of Bristol

Prof Ben Hicks

Director of Strategic Alliances , University of Bristol

Rebecca Robinson

Director of Economic Development, Kansas State University

Reija Häkkinen

Career Specialist, University of Jyväskylä

Rune D. Fitjar

Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Stavanger

Ruth Bridgstock

Professor Curriculum and Teaching Transformation, Griffith University

Sarah Tudor

Head of Employer Engagement , Staffordshire University


Industrial Strategic Partnership Officer, University of Bologna

Siobhan Dennis

Industry Partnerships Manager, University of Oxford

Stine Topp

Business consultant, University of Southern Denmark

Swen Günther

Professor, HTW Dresden, University of applied Sciences

Terhi Kajaste

Corporate Relations Manager, Aalto University

Thomas Baaken

Director, Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, Münster University of Applied Sciences

Valeria Angela Carpene

Strategic Partnerships Officer, University of Bologna