Ms. Sailer is an experienced international trade attorney who, among her many senior level positions, has served as the Regional Commercial Counselor for Trade and Investment at the American Embassy in Brussels; the Trade Consul in Stuttgart; the Vice President of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and the Director of International Trade for New Jersey. She has great policy expertise and ample contacts among EU institutions, the Mid-Atlantic business community and deep knowledge of trade negotiations such as for TTIP. During her 28 year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, distinguished by multiple prestigious awards, Ms. Sailer served in senior leadership positions to advance the U.S. trade agenda including policy negotiation and promotion of exports and investment. She now advises private clients including BioNJ, the premier biotechnology association in New Jersey, and under her leadership as President of the Chamber has successfully implemented two “Getting to Know Europe” grants with Rutgers University
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She is an expert in international cooperation and ICT business. She is actively involved in supporting policy dialogues between Europe and strategic partners’ countries like the US and Canada, being the coordinator of the DISCOVERY project. In recent years, she has been working on promoting ICT R&I cooperation and partnership building between Europe and Latin America, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba, through international cooperation projects like PRO-IDEAL, PRO-IDEAL PLUS, AMERICAS and LEADERSHIP. Yolanda is founder and member of the LAC-ICT Expert Group, an Associate Member of NCURA, and the US National Council of University Research Administrators, serving as advisor for Latin America.
Dr. María Fernanda Cabrera
Dr. Cabrera is Innovation Director of Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) research group and Associate Professor at the Photonic and Bioengineering Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is actively engaged in challenging EU R&D projects like 7FP OASIS and REMOTE (AAL programme) with specialization in e-Inclusion and Ambient Assisted Living in projects such as LEADERSHIP and TAGCLOUD. She is the coordinator of Action Group D4 on Innovation for Age-Friendly Buildings, Cities & Environments in EIP-AHA. She has participated in over 30 EU projects so far. Her field of expertise covers a wide range of applications in the domains of the ICT applied to different sectors like health and social inclusion, including personalisation of services and content, ambient intelligence framework services, application development for mobile phones and accessibility of ICT. Finalist of the international awards Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Awards in 2013 and 2011, she is the author of more than 100 scientific papers in national and international journals in the fields of e- Inclusion and e-Health.
Mr. Bennett is a senior association executive and government relations professional who, among other senior positions has performed as a lead U.S. negotiator in Uruguay Round in Geneva, as chief negotiator for bilateral trade and investment issues with Mexico leading up to NAFTA, as chairman of five inter-agency trade policy committees, and as the U.S. Trade Attaché in the U.S. Mission to the European Union. He also served as President of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) with were successfully merged into Tech America; Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Electronics Association (AeA). He has spoken at more than 250 conferences, seminars and industry groups in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China; testified several times before the U.S. Congress; spoken before the Friends of TTIP group and before the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament; addressed the TTIP Working Group of the European Economic and Social Committee; and appeared on numerous occasions on radio and TV to comment on matters of international political economy and cybersecurity.
Mr. Ezell focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012). He used to work in an innovation research and consulting firm, Peer Insight, he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries, where he led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide. He also worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank. His research areas include but not limited to emerging technologies, science and R&D, internet and life sciences.
Having acted as Director of EIT Digital Helsinki in Finland for six years, Professor Turpeinen relocated to San Francisco Bay Area as Director of Silicon Valley Hub, EIT Digital. He led the Social Media research group and acted as the Senior Research Director of the Centre for Sustainable Communications. He was also the Principal Scientist of the Network Society research programme and the leader of the Digital Content Communities research group at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT). He has a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and a M.Sc. Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His academic research addresses issues in customized media, computer-mediated communities, future of gaming, ageing society, and the role of media technology in promoting sustainable development. He has also extensive industrial experience from the media industry, as between 1996 and 2005 he worked in various executive positions at Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish media company.
Angel investor and entrepreneur, Marco is the founder the founder and CEO of Mind the Bridge, a global innovation advisory firm that works for Fortune 100 companies as well as startups and investors. He is also the founder and managing partner of MTS, a seed venture capital fund.
Prior to that, he was responsible for Google’s partnership development in several areas of digital publishing for over 7 years.
Marco’s 20+ years professional experience spans from artificial intelligence research to startups in VoIP, Ecommerce, Elearning and Ticketing. He’s a contributor for Il Corriere della Sera (the leading Italian newspaper) and board member and lecturer of IE Business School (a top tier EU business school).
He was awarded Primi-10 2013: “Outstanding human beings that are an example and inspiration for our generation and generations to come.”
Dr. Joann Halpern is also an adjunct professor of international education at New York University. GCRI, a joint initiative of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was created as a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research. Before she joined the GCRI, Dr. Halpern was director of academic affairs at Global College of Long Island University and from 1996-2001 she was director of international programs at Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany. She also co-founded Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries, an NGO with projects in Cameroon, Nigeria, Yemen, and Antigua. Halpern received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. She is a recipient of the Harvard University Award for Distinction in Teaching as well as fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service. She serves on the advisory boards of the German Accelerator, Technical University of Dortmund, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit, University Alliance Ruhr, and LIU Global.
Patrick is a Silicon Valley based Corporate Innovation expert in business models, technology & Design, digital transformation, corporate entrepreneurship, global experience in building and growing worldwide operations for global technology companies in the U.S., Asia and Europe coupled with fifteen years entrepreneurial practice in Silicon Valley with emerging companies. He is professed in organizing international conferences, workshops and accelerator programs on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Europe and the U.S and has involved himself in non-profit activity with education focus.
With a technical and consulting background since 2008, I have been involved in Business development, Education and Business Growth as a mentor for a number of programmes and many companies. Helping companies in UK & Ireland to develop their businesses using technology and through Digital Projects.
Since December 2014 I have been working between the US / UK / Ireland developing my new business Xpand International currently with a team of 12 covering 6 countries and 8 specialisms. Our latest recruitment drive has uncovered some amazing talent and businesses which we hope to work with over the years. He has a passion for data, business intelligence, data mining and other tools which help to shape approaches to problems and presenting innovative methods of approaching a new market. As well as developing Xpand International I am involved with mentoring programmes, consulting projects and have developed workshops and training programmes aimed at the Digital Sector.
Kate Sellen has been involved in digital design since 1998, working in many different industry and government settings. The development of new tools and methods for digital design and research has always been a motivator in her work. She works on digital innovation in medical settings, a topic that poses particular ethical and practical challenges. Her research focuses on bringing qualitative and quantitative design research methods together to broaden our understanding of new technology and medical error. The aim of this approach is to create evidenced based designs for safer and more efficient healthcare.
Founder and Director of GNKS, a company known for its policy research on information society issues. PICASSO Chair of expert group policy. Maarten is information society policy expert and with a focus on European, US and global information society policy issues like impact of technology on society, global governance, information assurance, e-government, and global internet challenges. He has been involved in Information Security policy, Data protection, Future Internet and Internet Governance, both as policy analyst (RAND, GNKS) and as Chairman on the Board of the third largest general Registry in the world (Public Interest Registry, serving .ORG and .NGO, a USA based non-profit business). He has been involved in studies and impact assessments around future internet and other ICT policy related studies since 1999.
He promotes cooperation between the Canada and EU in science, technology and innovation and helps Canadian researchers and companies to build partnerships with European collaborators to pursue joint projects under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. He also monitors EU policy developments of interest to the Canadian aerospace and information technology industries. Part of the government of Canada team promoting the benefits to Canadians and Europeans under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement (CETA).
He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global consultancy based in London. He has a master’s degree in public policy jointly awarded from the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University.
Benoit Van Asbroeck
He is in charge of Intellectual Property practice and he leads Dispute Resolution and Tech & Comms practices in Belgium. He has exceptional expertise on issues that require the coordination and integration of a variety of legal solutions, such as intellectual property (IP), information technology, media, sport, competition and telecommunications. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating complex IP and information and communications technology (ICT) contracts and licensing.