Chairs and Speakers

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Alexander Berler

Consulting services Director at Gnomon Informatics

Alexander Berler has an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Medical Informatics. He was affiliated with the Electrical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, as a Postgraduate Student and Research Associate in healthcare information systems interoperability, medical informatics and telemedicine until 1999. He has worked at Information Society SA, the Greek official governmental information technology project office, as a project director responsible for the large healthcare informatics projects of the Greek government until 2006. He is currently acting as the Director of consulting services department at Gnomon Informatics with an expertise in international projects related to e-health, e-procurement and e-government. He is an active member of the eHDSI community on adopting tools for cross border healthcare across Europe and beyond. He is also acting as the IHE Catalyst director on behalf of IHE International, promoting international standards via the IHE Technical frameworks and Integration profiles. He is a member of several societies, institutes and organizations (IEEE, ACM, etc), a member of several IHE Europe Committees and the Vice-Chair of HL7 Hellas, the Greek HL7 International Affiliate.

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Alexandros Nizamis

Senior Research Associate & Project Manager at Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)

Alexandros Nizamis holds a degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Thessaly. Additionally, he obtained a Master's degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the same department. His primary interests lie in software development and algorithms, with a strong focus on web and mobile development. Since December 2016, Alexandros has been serving as a research associate at the Information Technologies Institute of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas.

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Ana Inês Oliveira

Assistant Professor at NOVA FCT, Researcher at UNINOVA

Ana Inês da Silva Oliveira earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NOVA School of Sciences and Technology in June 2016. Presently, since October 2019, she serves as an Assistant Professor at FCT NOVA within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DEEC). Additionally, she collaborates with the Centre for Technologies and Systems at the Institute for the Development of New Technologies (CTS-UNINOVA), where her research is centered on robotics and integrated manufacturing. Her research focuses on enterprise collaborative networks, distributed manufacturing systems, services and industry, active aging and healthcare, and energy management of buildings. Ana's primary research interests encompass information systems, collaborative networks, cyber-physical systems, simulation techniques, agent-based modeling, decision making, and business models, among others. Ana has actively participated in numerous European research projects, including TeleCARE, ECOLEAD, ePAL, BRAID, GloNet, Ethna System, and BIECO, as well as Portuguese research projects like AAL4ALL and AMBIOSENSING. She has co-authored numerous publications, including book chapters, journal articles, and presentations at international conferences. Moreover, Ana is engaged in scientific societies such as the International Society for Collaborative Networks (SOCOLNET), where she played a founding role and currently serves as the secretary of the board. Additionally, she contributes to Cooperation Infrastructure for Virtual Enterprises and Electronic Business (COVE), IFIP WG5.5.

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European Project Manager at Secretaria Regional de Saúde e Proteção Civil

Has experience working in health sciences and health research projects, taking on multiple roles and responsibilities from teaching to research and management. With a Biotechnology Engineering degree background, she taught for several years on the master of medicine and master of nursing degrees at the University of Madeira, where she pursued medical research within epidemiological studies. Currently, she is a researcher and project manager in EU Horizon 2020 projects at ecretaria Regional de Saúde e Proteção Civil in Madeira.

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Anne Moen

Professor in Health informatics and Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

Anne Moen is professor in Health informatics and Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. She has 25+ year experience in user-focused research in EHRs and citizen centered services with emphasis on feasibility and usefulness for vulnerable groups and elderly. She has extensive interdisciplinary and academic leadership experiences at international and national level. She is director of UiO:eColab, advanced eInfrastructure to support innovative research and comprehensive eLearning resources for Complex Interventions and Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Primary care. Shehas more than 200 scientific publications the last 10 years, including original papers, books, and book chapters. In addition, she has given keynote addresses, full papers, panels, and workshop presentations at national and international conferences.

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Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak

Associate Professor at Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak, Associate Professor at Institute of Urban and Regional Development in Warsaw, Poland. She was a fellow and visiting researcher at the University of Padua and the University of Glasgow. She has expertise in using multidisciplinary quantitative research methods with a special focus on modelling instabilities and measuring policy effectiveness. She was consulting macroeconomic aspects of the ??Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) implementation in Poland for the European Commission Representation in Poland. She has been a senior researcher and principal investigator in various research projects co-financed by well-recognised institutions: the National Bank of Poland, the National Centre for Research and Development in Poland, and the European Commission. Her current research agenda and her research-led teaching focus on the study of public opinion dynamics and social representations and the development of research methods based on the Citizen Science approach.

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Boris Sucic

Researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute - Center for Energy Efficiency (CEU)

Energy management, environment management, support in decision making in energy and industry, modelling and optimisation of energy processes and holistic planning in energy represent the main fields of his work. He is the leader of energy manager training following the EUREM programme. He has written numerous science articles published in international and domestic journals and conferences and he is also an author of handbooks for various seminars and trainings. He has gained many practical experiences in the implementation of several domestic and international projects as a coordinator or a team member, especially in the field of energy efficiency, and in performing more than 100 energy audits in industry and buildings.

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Carla Alves

Senior Researcher at the IDEA institute

Carla Alves is a senior researcher at the IDEA institute in Madeira, Portugal. She received her PhD in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry at the CQM - Centro de Química da Madeira of the University of Madeira, Portugal (2011). With extensive experience in research development in the health and life sciences, her work has been in the area of biopharmaceutical and therapeutic applications, particularly in developing alternative strategies for treating and targeting disease. She has undertaken multiple roles and responsibilities, having gained experience in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students, lecturing, laboratory management and the management of the numerous scientific dissemination activities. Currently, she is a senior researcher and project manager of projects funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 and H2020 programs (e.g., Smart4Health, Smart Bear, etc.). Her work to date has involved implementing digital solutions in the health sector within the Madeira Region, with emphasis on delivering care-related services to specific target groups (e.g., patients with back pain), offering participants a range of innovative digital health solutions (e.g., apps, medical devices) designed to enhance interoperability, efficiency, safety, and care quality. In addition, she is actively involved in elaborating dissemination actions at the regional, national and European levels, as well as organizing large events, under the scope of the Madeira Digital Health and Wellbeing initiative.

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Carlos Agostinho

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

Carlos Agostinho is a senior researcher at UNINOVA Center of Technology and Systems (CTS) and digital transformation expert. He holds a PhD in the area of industrial information systems by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) and has an MsC in Computer Science from the same school. Having a large experience in industrial driven research projects since CEN/AIDIMA/2002/004 funSTEP AP-DIS until the most recent H2020 VesselAI, Carlos is deeply committed to take research results closer to the industrial paradigm. Being quite experienced in research and coordination activities due to his work in several national and international research and development projects since 2001, Carlos is the author of more than 100 scientific publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and developed skills in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Enterprise Interoperability, Knowledge and Data Management, Integration of Complex Systems and Components, as well as Model-Driven Development. Currently, and always believing that technology across domains is an enabler of progress and social transformation, he has also been working in digital transformation in the healthcare sector, to improve interoperability, efficiency, safety and care quality.

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Carola Schulz

Senior Research Consultant and Project Manager at empirica

Carola is a senior research consultant and project manager in digital health at empirica Technology Research (Bonn, Germany). Her research focusses on EU projects on health data sharing, interoperability and the European Health Data Space. She is highly skilled at engaging stakeholders and analyzing the EU landscape on health data, having chaired sessions in various conferences on the topic. Beyond digital health, she enjoys interdisciplinary topics, such as data quality, certification and anonymization. Carola holds degrees in Economics and Latin American Studies and is constantly upskilling on health data and artificial intelligence.

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Daniel Spindler

Project Manager at FIR an der RWTH Aachen

Daniel Spindler studied International Management at the Università Bocconi in Milan, specialising in FinTech and Digital Transformation. After his studies and some practical experience in corporate strategy, he joined the FIR at RWTH Aachen University as a project manager and PhD student in the field of Business Transformation. Within the Ecosystem Design group, Daniel Spindler works on various industry and research projects focusing on sustainability, digital transformation and finance.

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David Remon

Project Manager at Eclipse Foundation

Highly motivated professional with more than 15 years of experience in mobile technologies, both in industry and academia. Telecommunications Engineer with a customer focused technical - sales profile, who believes in what he does and enjoys the challenge, focused on getting objectives and getting the best of the workgroup.

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Eda Marchetti

Researcher at CNR-ISTI

Eda Marchetti is a dedicated researcher at CNR-ISTI. She graduated with top honors in Computer Science from the University of Pisa in 1997, and later obtained her Ph.D. from the same institution in 2003. Her research is primarily focused on software testing, with a particular emphasis on developing innovative methodologies for testing emerging software technologies. Eda's research interests span a wide range of topics within software testing, including security testing, access control systems testing, model-based testing, testing for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and component-based systems, requirement management and assessment, business process monitoring, testing process management and scheduling, structural testing, interoperability testing, domain-specific testing, and product certification and assessment. Throughout her career, Eda has served as the principal investigator for numerous national and international projects at ISTI-CNR. She has played a vital role in over 15 national and international research initiatives, actively contributing to advancements in software testing methodologies and practices.

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Elin Oftedal

Professor of Change Management and Innovation at the Institute of Media and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger

Elin M. Oftedal is a professor of Change Management and Innovation at the Institute of Media and Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger. Her research focuses on sustainable and responsible innovation and entrepreneurship, institutional change, legitimacy, cultural entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial universities. She has co- initiated, participated in and co-led impactful projects, such as on academic entrepreneurship: “Academic entrepreneurship - from university research to implementation and commercialization of innovations - a comparative study”. Responsible innovation: “Digitalize or Die: Dynamic Drivers of Responsible Research and Innovation in Health and Welfare service” and “Releasing the Power of Users - articulating user interest to accelerate new innovative pathways in the digital health and welfare sector”. Sustainable business practices in: Transforming CO2 to capital by interdisciplinary CCU optimisation strategies (iCCU). She is a member of the AFINO network which goal is to establish broad dialogues and shared commitments to ensure that innovation contributes to a more just, inclusive and sustainable Norway.

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Filipa Ferrada

Assistant Professor at NOVA FCT, Researcher at UNINOVA

Filipa Ferrada earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon on November 22, 2017. Presently, she serves as an Assistant Professor at the same institution. As an integrated member of the CTS (Center of Technology and Systems) within the UNINOVA research institute, she focuses her research on various aspects of engineering and technology. Her areas of expertise encompass enterprise collaborative networks, industrial and service sectors, active aging and healthcare, as well as building energy management. Her research interests span a wide array of topics, including information systems, emotional aspects of collaborative networks, cyber-physical systems, simulation methodologies, computational intelligence, cognitive systems, system dynamics, agent-based modeling, decision-making in socio-technical systems, and business model innovations. Filipa has actively participated in numerous European and Portuguese research endeavors, such as TeleCARE, ECOLEAD, ePAL, BRAID, GloNet, BRAID, ETHNA System, and AAL4ALL. Currently, she contributes to the DS4Health project, funded by the European Union. Additionally, she holds memberships in prestigious organizations like the Society of Collaborative Networks (SOCOLNET) and Sustain.RD - Research Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development. She is also a member of the IFIP Working Group 5.5: Cooperation Infrastructure for Virtual Enterprises and Electronic Business (IFIP WG5.5 COVE).

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Gabor Vicze

Partner/CEO at Innomine Group

Gabor Vicze is an innovation ecosystem driver, an international business strategist for highly complex R&D and innovation projects. His focus is on digital technologies and digital transformation; he has gained special expertise to set up new international innovation value chains. At innomine Gabor is leading group strategy, development of digital innovation services and focuses on international business development. Gabor is leader of innomine Digital Innovation Hub, drives strategy and leads implementation since 2016. Gabor has 20+ years of working experience, held several leadership positions in innovation and project management, international business development, marketing and sales. As a former member of DIGITALEUROPE's Executive Board, he led innovation programs (with projects in 15+ countries) for the Tech industry's voice in the EU, catalysing the European ICT ecosystem, entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to innomine Gábor worked at FundingBox (co-founder) and econet consultants, Microsoft, KPMG IT Consulting and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. Gabor has an MSc in Economics and holds a PhD degree in innovation management. He publishes on innovation strategy, startups, management consulting and business strategy and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. His professional commitments are Board Member of the ICT Association of Hungary, Public Body member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and mentor for several startups/innovators. Earlier Gábor was President of the Hungarian Spinoff and Startup Association.

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George Matsopoulos

Professor at National Technical University of Athens

George Matsopoulos is a graduate of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA. He holds a Master's degree (MSc) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, specializing in Biomechanics and a PhD from the same University. He is a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NTUA with a specialization in "Biomedical Information and Biocomputing Technologies" and Ηead of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the School of ECE at NTUA. He is an expert in the development of techniques and algorithms for digital processing of medical data, fusion of data from different systems, design and development of information systems with emphasis on the management and processing of large volumes of medical data. Prof. G. K. Matsopoulos has more than 300 publications in international journals and conferences and has many years of experience in monitoring research projects both in the medical field and in other public and private sectors.

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Golboo Pourabdollahian

Consulting Manager in IDC for European Government Consulting

Golboo Pourabdollahian is a Consulting Manager in IDC for European Government Consulting. Golboo has a combined experience in both consultancy and research and has led several research and innovation projects funded by European Commission as well as implementation and strategy development projects in industry. Currently in IDC she coordinates and works in several EU-funded projects. Prior to joining IDC, she worked in Capgemini and Capgemini Invent as a senior consultant where she led several digital transformation projects in manufacturing and telecommunication sectors and acted as the lead of 5G and digital transformation roadmap in Capgemini Italy. She has also worked in CNR (National Research Council of Italy) as a senior research and innovation expert and project manager in several EU-funded projects was engaged in studies and tenders for European Commission. Her main interests and competencies are digital transformation and digital platforms, 5G and IoT, circular economy and business model innovation. Golboo received her PhD and M.Sc in management, economics and industrial engineering from Politecnico di Milano and her B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering.

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Guilherme Ramos Pereira

Executive Director at DSPA - Data Science Portuguese Association

With over 25 years of experience, Guilherme holds a Management degree and accumulates vast national and international experience, both academic and professional, in the development and management of projects in different areas and sectors of activity with particular emphasis in the field of technology-based services. Having in recent years performed as General Secretary of the Portuguese Outsourcing Association as well as Head of International Business Development of a Portuguese based roup of companies in the areas of Technological Consulting and Innovation and Outsourcing Services, he currently is the Executive Director of DSPA - Data Science Portuguese Association (since its foundation, in 2018), a very fast-growing national ecosystem of Data Science and AI private and public stakeholders. He is an enthusiast in creating projects from scratch, developing, and empowering it based on very transversal personal and professional skills. Guilherme is a Co-Coordinator of the EDIH ATTRACT - Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing, on which he leads the Networking and Ecosystem Development and Engagement activities.

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Hezam Haidar

Technical Manager at INTEROP-VLab

He is currently the Technical Manager of INTEROP-VLab, He has received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Grenoble University. He has master degrees in International Business Management and another master degree in Systems Control and Automation from Grenoble University. He obtained an engineering degree in electronics majoring in telecommunication from Multimedia University, Malaysia. He was previously an Automation Engineer in Siemens power plant for 3 years, Yemen. He is involved in multiple European projects and contributes in interoperability, performance evaluation, software quality control, operation management, value proposition, business model and sustainability.

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Hui Song

Senior Research at SINTEF

Hui Song is a senior research scientist with SINTEF Digital, Norway. His research interest includes software and AI engineering, with a particular focus on the DevOps of software and AI applications on the cloud-edge computing continuum. He has a long experience in EU- and Norway-funded research and innovation projects, and is currently coordinating the Horizon Europe project INTEND.

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John O'Neill

Senior ICT Projects Officer at HSE Ireland

An experienced ICT and Business Professional, John earned a MSc in Cloud Technologies from Atlantic Technological University Donegal. They were awarded a Higher Diploma in Cloud Technologies by Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Jan 2021. In 2018, John graduated from the National College of Ireland with a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Science in Computing. He achieved the status of Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Cork Institute of Technology (MTU) in 2016.

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José Ferreira

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

As a researcher at UNINOVA CTS-GRIS, José holds a Master of Science degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Information Systems from the Faculty of Science and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL). With a track record of over 20 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, he specializes in various domains including Self-Sustainable Interoperability, Interoperability Monitoring and Assessment, Internet of Things, Embedded Systems, and Middleware development. Since 2011, he has been actively engaged in both national and international research and development projects at UNINOVA, contributing to initiatives such as DIH4CPS, ZDMP, IMAGINE, OSMOSE, and C2NET projects.

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Jürgen Brandstätter

Board Member of IHE International and Deputy Co-Chair at IHE Europe

Jürgen serves as board member of IHE International and deputy co-chair of IHE Europe and is part of the leadership of the joint initiative of IHE and HL7 in the context of FHIR (Gemini project). He has participated in multiple eHealth consulting projects in Europe and International e.g., for the WHO, ADB, IADB, EU Commission (epSOS, X-eHealth, XpanDH, xShare) and is an active member of the European eHDSI community on the creation of specifications for cross border healthcare across Europe and beyond. On behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Health he represents Austria in the Global Digital Health Partnership.

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Kevin Reuther

Research Fellow, Innovation Policy and Transfer Design Unit at Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Kevin Reuther has been working as a research fellow in the unit "Innovation Policy and Transfer Design" at Fraunhofer IMW since April 2021. He simultaneously researches systemic, evidence- and activity-based entrepreneurship as academic director of the international research center S-E-A-M in close cooperation with Leipzig University and Fraunhofer IMW. Previously, he was responsible for the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and research methodology as a substitute professor at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau. He received his PhD in 2019 from the University of the West of Scotland on the topic of interdependent influencing factors in the early stages of innovation processes, funded via a full scholarship from the prestigious Research and Development Management Association (RADMA). Dr. Kevin Reuther is also a Scientific Committee member of several international conferences and institutions. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Continental Network of the British Academy of Management, which aims to promote academic exchange between the UK and continental Europe.

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Konstantinos Bromis

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens

Konstantinos Bromis, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, excels in the realm of health informatics with a focus on building decision support systems. By amalgamating his proficiency in software development and machine learning, he has delivered novel solutions that improve healthcare outcomes. Not limited to the realm of technology, his scientific contributions extend to the field of cognitive neuroscience of memory, where his work has had a significant impact. His notable accomplishments also include pioneering research in understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, signifying his extensive footprint in both the technological and psychological landscapes of health.

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Kosmas Alexopoulos

Research Engineer at Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, University of Patras

Kosmas Alexopoulos received the graduation degree from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 1999, and the M.Sc. degree in information technology and Ph.D. degree in engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 1998, he has been a Software Engineer, a Researcher, and a Project Manager involved with European and National research projects with the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, University of Patras. His current research interests include smart and virtual manufacturing.

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Krunoslav Rasic

Advisor to the EU4DigitalSME project

Specialized in metal-processing and wood-processing sector.

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Lars Klapper

FIR an der RWTH Aachen

Lars Klapper studied business administration in Aachen and Stockholm with a focus on innovation management and entrepreneurship. After his studies and experience in management consulting, he joined the FIR at RWTH Aachen University as a project manager and PhD student in the department Business Transformation. His industry and research focus is on the design of ecosystems in the circular economy and the design of platform ecosystems.

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Margherita Forcolin

Project Manager at Maggioli

Margherita is a proficient Project Manager at Maggioli. She has with over two decades of dedicated experience in the ICT industry, specialized in international innovation and research initiatives, both at national and European level. Her journey began with a robust foundation in science, which she has seamlessly integrated with hands-on industrial and academic exposure. Currently she coordinates the technological implementation in Plooto. Before joining the Greek branch of Gruppo Maggioli, she worked in Insiel SpA, a in-house firm specialised in delivering innovative solutions to public administrations (Italy), where she participated in the implementation of the interoperability framework for the veneto region. Later she moved to the Netherland and collaborated with CeTIM and Leiden University coordinating two European projects in the Transport and Logistics domain. Her multifaceted expertise spans across diverse domains and technologies. Throughout her career, she has led and coordinated numerous projects, aimed at pushing the boundaries of technological innovation on a wider scale and leveraging cutting-edge technologies to drive meaningful change, enhance operational efficiency, and promoting innovation and growth.

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Maria Haritou

Research Director at ICCS - Institute of Communication and Computer Systems

Maria received a Physics' degree from the University of Patras in 1990. She was then admitted to the European Post Graduate Program in Medical Physics & Biomedical Eng. and got a M.Sc. in Medical Physics (1992) and a Ph.D. in Biophysics & Biomedical Eng. (1999). She has worked as Associated Scientist at ICCS/NTUA from 1992 to 2002. In April 2002 she was elected as Permanent Staff Researcher at ICCS and after successive promotion elections she now holds the position of a Research Director, contributing research and lecturing work at ICCS and the School of Electrical & Computer Eng. of NTUA. Her main areas of expertise are in cell membrane electroporation and electrofusion, clinical hemorheology and biorheology, cell membrane biochemistry, medical signal and image processing, modelling of biological systems, artificial intelligence and clinical decision support systems, design of telemedicine and home care applications, eHealth systems and services. She has published over 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings in her areas of expertise. She has a sound experience in the design, implementation and management of projects for the Healthcare Sector, after having participated in more than 40 European and National Projects either as Principal Investigator, Project Manager or Project Coordinator.

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Maria Marques

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

Completed her graduation in Electrical and Computers Engineering at Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL, 2001), and developed her Master of Science in the area of simulation methodologies to control distributed systems (FCT/UNL, 2005). From 2003 to 2012, she worked as a researcher at UNINOVA, developing work in the area of intelligent decision support systems. In 2012 she obtained her PhD degree by FCT/UNL in the area of decision support systems for life-cycle management of industrial plants (FCT-/UNL, 2012). Since then, she has been working as a senior researcher at UNINOVA with strong coordination responsibilities in the scope of several European projects (FP7, H2020) targeting industrial environments. Research interests include topics of data collection systems, systems interoperability and intelligent decision support systems. Published more than 30 papers and contributions in international peer review journals and conferences. Currently, her focus is in the area of health and wellbeing-related data and systems.

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María Páez

Tech Transfer Marketing Coordinator at FundingBox

María Páez has taken on the position of Marketing Coordinator at the Tech Transfer Cluster within Fundingbox. Her primary focus lies in EU manufacturing projects, where she assists research and development centers in crafting go-to-market strategies and thorough communication plans. Her goal is to ensure the efficient dissemination of their innovative solutions to relevant audience segments.

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Marta Dziarnowska

Senior Marketer at FundingBox

An experienced marketer and marketing project manager with expertise in European projects in manufacturing and robotics sectors, possessing a PhD degree in Social Sciences. Demonstrates a goal-oriented, data-driven approach to marketing. Enjoys collaborating with ambassadors, influencers, and experts.

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Michael Johansen

Semantic Interoperability Consultant at MedCom, Member at Danish HL7 affiliate

Working with semantic interoperability between healthcare IT-systems, gouvernance of Danish healthcare integrations standards. Specialties: Integration and communication across sector-borders in healthcare. Writing standards for EDI, XML, HL7 CDA and FHIR, and webservices. Test and Certification of healthcare applications for compliance with these standards. Teamleader for the standardsteam at MedCom. Member of Danish HL7 affiliate, and NSP steering committee.

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Mor Saban

Senior Lecturer, Nursing Department, School of Health Professions , Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University

Mor Saban holds a senior faculty position within the Department of Nursing at the School of Health Professions, Faculty of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as the head of DataMED Lab, a facility dedicated to evaluating technology efficacy in healthcare, constructing optimization models to improve patient care through methodologies like GenAI, NLP, and ML, and scrutinizing clinical decision-making processes. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and three Master's degrees in Nursing, Public Health, and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Saban earned her Doctorate directly from the University of Haifa, specializing in decision-making processes and their influence on care quality within Emergency Medicine. In the years 2020 to 2021, she completed post-doctoral training in healthcare systems policy and management, concentrating on decision support systems in medicine at Ben-Gurion University. Subsequently, from 2022 to 2023, Dr. Saban pursued further academic endeavors in Data Science, specializing in Machine Learning, at Bar Ilan University.

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Nineta Polemi

Professor at Cyber Sec Lab, Dept. of Informatics, University of Piraeus

Nineta Polemi earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Coding Theory) from The City University of New York (Graduate Center). Currently, she holds the position of Associate Professor at the University of Piraeus, specializing in teaching cryptography, security of ICT systems, port security, and e-business & innovation within the Department of Informatics. Polemi is actively involved in various high-level expert groups within the European Network of Information Security Agency (ENISA), focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Risk Assessment. Prior to her current role, she served as Programme Manager and Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG CONNECT, Unit H1: Cybersecurity Technologies & Capabilities. Throughout her career, she has held teaching and research positions at prestigious institutions such as Queens College, Baruch College of City University of New York, the State University of New York, and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)- Solvay Brussels School. Additionally, she has contributed to the security consultancy sector as President of the Board of Directors in Expertnet. Polemi's research interests revolve around security and cyber defense, evidenced by her extensive publication record exceeding one hundred papers in these areas. She has also organized numerous international security scientific events. Her research endeavors have been supported by grants from various organizations including the Danish Research Foundation, MSI Army Research Office/Cornell University, IEEE, State University of New York (SUNY), and The Graduate School of City University of New York (CUNY). Furthermore, Dr. Polemi has taken on project management and technical roles in security projects across different programs such as the National Security Agency (NSA), NATO, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Foundation, Greek Ministry of Defence, and the European Commission's Framework Programmes.

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Nisa Souto

Researcher and SESARAM ICU nurse

Rehabilitation Nurse working at the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Health Service of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (SESARAM, EPERAM). Doctoral student in Nursing, in the Doctoral program of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with the Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, in the area of child and family health, addressing the theme of Parental Health Literacy in Neonatology. Researcher at the Center for Research, Innovation and Development in Nursing of Lisbon (CIDNUR). Research in the field of parenting, health literacy and rehabilitation nursing in the neonatal context.

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Olha Zadorozhna

Assistant Professor of Economics at Kozminski University, Researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Olha Zadorozhna is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kozminski University and a researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Poland. She holds a Ph.D. from Bocconi University and an MA from Kyiv School of Economics and the University of Houston. Her main areas of research expertise are governance, institutions, and resilience. Currently, she is working on several projects investigating urban governance, polarization, sanctions, and economic and social resilience to crises (e.g., the Russian war on Ukraine). Previously, she has studied the resilience of financial markets as well as their reaction to armed conflicts and terrorism. She has also studied the governance of the land market in Ukraine, publishing on topics connected to clientelism and the security of property rights for land.

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Orsolya Becze

Senior Principal Counsellor at Országos Kórházi Főigazgatóság (OKFŐ)

With over 15 years of dedicated professional experience, Orsolya Becze has been a leading figure in Social Inclusion programs, specializing in the integration of children and young adults from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and Roma communities into mainstream education. Their expertise extends over 4 years as an Inclusive Education policy adviser, where they have championed child-centered approaches to education. Their extensive tenure has provided them with a profound understanding of EU funding structures and associated instruments, honed through 15 years of hands-on involvement in EU project cycle management. They excel in all facets of project management, from identification and design to implementation and monitoring, employing methodologies such as Project Cycle Management (PCM) and the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) with precision. In addition to their operational proficiency, Orsolya Becze boasts a wealth of experience in program monitoring, evaluation, and project proposal assessment. Their adeptness in applying social research methods, coupled with exemplary qualitative and quantitative analysis skills, has yielded invaluable insights into program implementation and outcomes. Orsolya's academic background, including a BA and PhD in Sociology, underscores their commitment to excellence in the field.

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Panagiotis Kokkinakos

Decision Support Systems Laboratory (NTUA/ICCS)

Panagiotis Kokkinakos holds a MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an MBA in Techno-Economic Systems and a PhD in social web exploitation for the policy cycle. He has more than 12 years of experience in the areas of Policy Making, eGovernment, eParticipation, Data Management, Management and Monitoring of Projects, Future Internet and Enterprise Systems.

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Panagiotis Kokkinos

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Panagiotis received their Ph.D. from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the University of Patras, Greece, in the field of Optical Grid Networks in 2010. He also holds a M.Sc. degree (2006) in "Integrated Hardware and Software Systems" and a Diploma (2003) from the same department. In 2015, he completed their post-doc on "Decomposing optimization techniques using Distributed computing technologies". Since 2018, he has been elected as an Assistant Professor at the department of Digital Systems of the University of Peloponnese, where he teach data networks, optical networks, and cloud computing. He is a member of the High-Speed Communication Networks Laboratory (HSCNL) at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and of the ΓΑΒ LAB at the Department of Telecommunications and Informatics of the University of Peloponnese.

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Paresh Rathod

Thematic Leader (Cybersecurity RDI), Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Co-chair, European Cybersecurity Organisation WG-5, Brussels

Paresh Rathod is a seasoned technocrat, cyber expert, innovator, educator, and thought leader with a passion for creating a safer digital world, services, and solutions. Honoured with the meritorious knighthood honour of the medal by the President of the Republic of Finland, Paresh serves as the Head of Research and Innovation at Trustilio BV in the Netherlands. He is also a Thematic Leader (Cyber RDI) and Senior Lecturer (ICT) at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Paresh has been a key contributor to various organizations and initiatives focused on cutting-edge technology and cybersecurity, including the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO, Brussels), where he co-chaired the working group, and the European Union's Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA), where he served as an expert-rapporteur in AHWG for the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework development work. Paresh Rathod's research, development and innovation interesting including cybersecurity, cutting-edge technologies, artificial intelligence and secure business solutions. Paresh has contributed as an expert, project manager, work package leader, coordinator and other roles in notable projects including ABC4EU, MOBI, MACICO, SATERISK, ECHO, CyberSecPro, DYNAMO, ARCSAR, EU-HYBNET, EU CISE 2020, CYCLOPES, CUSTODES, NERO and AI-ARC. Throughout his career, Paresh has collaborated with project partners from Finland, the European Union, UN, UNESCO, NATO Cyber Defense, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), NSA, and law enforcement authorities. He has served as a senior professional, advisory board member, and chairperson, contributing to specialized interest groups including IEEE, ACM, ISACA, ASIS, ECSO, FISA, and IITEDA-UK.

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Pedro Rocha

Executive Director at PRODUTECH - Production Technologies Cluster

Pedro Rocha, based in Porto, Portugal, is currently a Executive Director - Produtech at Produtech-Production Technologies Cluster, bringing experience from previous roles at Produtech Production Technologies Cluster and Centimfe - Technological Center for the Mouldmaking, Special Tooling and Plastic. Pedro Rocha holds a 2004 - 2006 ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management. With a robust skill set that includes Business Strategy, Management, Project Management, Research and Development, Intellectual Property and more, Pedro Rocha contributes valuable insights to the industry.

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Philippe Kriefd

Research Relations Director at Eclipse Foundation

Philippe is an expert project leader with expertise in Object-Oriented Design (OOD), embedded development, development tools, and Agile development processes. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Paris 6 in 1990. Philippe has had a longstanding passion for Eclipse, dating back to its inception, during which he actively contributed to the early versions of the platform. Prior to joining the EF staff, Philippe served as a Senior Architect for Embedded Developments at OTI, where he also worked as a Collaborative ALM evangelist and Research & Development Development Manager at IBM. Since joining the EF, Philippe has taken the lead in various research activities. Currently, Philippe is actively involved in several projects including Brain-IoT, PDP4E, and SmartCLIDE.

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Piotr Lis

Associate professor of economics at Coventry University, Researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development

Piotr Lis is a graduate of the Poznań University of Economics (2007), and obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Economics at the Royal Holloway University in London (2012). He currently works as an associate professor of economics at Coventry University in the UK. His research interests include political economy, security studies, quantitative methods and spatial econometrics. He is also an Associate Member of the Research Center for Financial and Corporate Integrity at Coventry.

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Richard Stevens

Associate Vice President and Director of the Government Consulting unit at IDC

Ruichard Stevens is Associate Vice President and Director of the Government Consulting unit at IDC where he carries out technical, economic and policy analysis for topics related to information technologies. Stevens has more than 20 years' experience in the research and development related to Data Exchange and Interoperability of enterprise class software. Stevens is a trained ICT project manager and has lead international teams developing and deploying IT systems. Central themes in his research include dataspaces, interoperability of data, data governance: workflows, rules, responsibilities and policies in IT Systems as well as modeling Information architectures, flows of information, Interfaces, events, messages and data in middleware and execution environments. Stevens holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from the John's Hopkins University. Stevens is responsible for a number of studies and collaborative projects and is an expert evaluator and reviewer for DG Connect, DG Grow, DG Research and the European Research Council.

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Ruben Costa

Researcher at UNINOVA

Ruben Costa is a researcher and entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years experience in preparing and participate in European Commission grants in the field of Information Technology. He holds a PhD in Industrial Information Systems and a MSc in Computer Science by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He began his professional career has a consultant at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Working in the Management Solutions division, developing IT projects. During his career as a consultant, he has participated in different National and International projects in Telecommunications, Finance and Energy & Utilities sectors. Later he has integrated the Centre of Technology of Systems of UNINOVA research institute, collaborating in research and innovation EU projects, covering the technological domains of: Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Interoperability of Systems. He has also been invited to teach at Universidade Nova de Lisboa as invited assistant professor. Recently, he has been invited to collaborate with KnowledgeBiz, supporting the technology transfer projects from research into the market.

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Sanaz Nikghadam-Hojjati

Senior Researcher at UNINOVA

Sanaz Nikghadam-Hojjati serves as a Senior Researcher at the RICS-Robotic and Industrial Complex Systems Group, part of the UNINOVA institute at Nova University of Lisbon. She earned her BSc degree in Mathematics from Islamic Azad University (IAU) in 2005, followed by an MSc degree in Information Technology Management (Information Resource Management) from Farabi Institute of Higher Education in 2011. In 2017, she completed her Ph.D. in Information Technology Management (specializing in Business Intelligence) from IAU Science and Research Branch. From 2018 to 2019, Nikghadam-Hojjati held a Post-Doc position in Computational Creativity and Open Innovation at Nova University of Lisbon. Since 2019, she has been a senior researcher at RICS-UNINOVA. Her research interests encompass Business Intelligence, Computational Creativity, Creativity Support Cyber-Physical Systems, Digital Creativity, Open Innovation, and Industry 4.0. Nikghadam-Hojjati has authored several books and academic papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented numerous academic papers at conferences. She has also taken on organizational and technical roles in various conferences. Additionally, she has contributed to several European Commission projects (e.g., H2020 - DIMAND, BIECO, SOLSTICE), Portuguese National projects (e.g., P2020 CESME), National Iranian ICT projects, and Collaborative Laboratory for the Digitalization of Agriculture (SFCOLAB). As the director of the WoSTEM (Women in STEM) program at RICS-UNINOVA, Nikghadam-Hojjati is dedicated to promoting gender diversity in STEM fields. Furthermore, she has served as a university invited professor at various institutions since 2012.

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Sergio Gusmeroli

Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano

Sergio Gusmeroli is Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Industrial Engineering Department. He has been and is coordinating several H2020 and Horizon Europe projects in the domain of Digital and Circular Manufacturing, especially focusing on Data Technologies / Artificial Intelligence and Digital Innovation Hub (DIH). In particular the H2020 AI REGIO and HEP AI REDGIO5.0 projects are exploring methods and tools for improving the Digital Maturity of manufacturing SMEs (6Ps method) by accessing D BEST (Data Business Ecosystem Skills technology test before invest) services from DIHs. Sergio is also co-chairing the BDVA working group about Smart Manufacturing Industry and is co-leading the Italian delegation for the International Manufacturing -X Council in the domain of Data Spaces for Manufacturing. Sergio is author of more than 60 articles and papers in National and International Journals and Magazines about digital transformation of Manufacturing Industry.

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Sivia Bar-Noy

Full Professor and Head of the nursing department at Tel-Aviv University

Sivia Bar-Noy commenced her academic journey at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem's nursing department, graduating with distinction in 1986. She pursued further education, obtaining her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the department of Human Genetics at Tel-Aviv University. Joining the senior faculty of the Nursing Department at Tel-Aviv University in 2004, she currently serves as the department head. Throughout her career, Sivia has mentored 48 graduate and Ph.D. students and authored 74 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has been supported by funding from the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research, The Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Shalem Foundation. Her research interests primarily revolve around Nursing and technologies and Genetic Nursing.

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Steve Bageritz

Senior Project Manager at Steinbeis Europa Zentrum

Steve Bageritz is a Senior Project Manager at Steinbeis Europa Zentrum (SEZ) focusing on advanced manufacturing technologies, CPS, strategic outreach, dissemination, exploitation, innovation management and start-ups. He is member of the Digital Transformation Accelerator (DTA) High-Level Working Group "Support to find Investment" and currently active within the European Digital Innovation Hub applied Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity (EDIH-AICS), Regions and (E)DIHs alliance for AI-at-the-Edge adoption by European Industry 5.0 Manufacturing SMEs (AI REDGIO 5.0) and Climate Neutral and Digitalized Laser Based Surface Functionalisation of Parts with Complex Geometry (CLASCO). Moreover, he was involved in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Baden-Württemberg, the ConnectedFactories (H2020-FoF) project, the Smart4Europe (ICT-SAE) project, the InterReg Central Europe project NUCLEI on innovation management project, the Platforms4CPS (ICT 1-2016) project, and Road2CPS (ICT 1-2014) project. Bageritz has more than 9 years working experience also in economic development and European technology transfer. Prior to his position at (SEZ), he worked as a Project Manager on entrepreneurship, coaching and mentoring start-ups regarding business plans and funding programs. He is also certified as an International Technology Manager and Advanced Innovation Manager.

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Tal Soffer

Director of Technology and Society Foresight Unit and the Web Supported Academic Instruction Center, Tel Aviv University

Tal Soffer is a senior faculty member in the School of Education at Tel Aviv University. Director of two academic units: Technology and Society Foresight (TSF) and the Center for Web-Supported Academic Instruction - Virtual TAU. She has an extensive research experience of more than 20 years, in the field of Technology Foresight and its relations with societal implications: Education and cyber technologies specialization in online learning, community learning and Life Long Learning; privacy and cyber technologies; future of work and leisure and it's relation to occupations and skills. She has been involved in vast of Israeli and EU research projects as principal investigator and coordinator.

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Tamas Kiss

Professor in distributed computing at Westminster University

Tamas Kiss is a Professor of Distributed Computing at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Director of the Research Centre for Parallel Computing, and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the School of Computer Science and Engineering. Since 2020, he has been serving as Editor in Chief at the Journal of Grid Computing published by Springer Nature. He holds a PhD in Distributed Computing, and MSc Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. He has attracted over £65 Million research funding and has been leading national and European research projects related to enterprise applications of cloud computing technologies. He has been involved in more than 20 European and UK funded research projects as principal investigator or co-investigator. He has co-authored over 150 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, high-profile conference proceedings, and as chapters of edited books.

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Tarek Meiz

Tech Transfer Specialist at FundingBox

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Tatiana Iakovleva

Professor of Entrepreneurship in Stavanger Business School, Stavanger Center for Innovation Research, University of Stavanger

Tatiana Iakovleva holds a Professor of Entrepreneurship in Stavanger Business School, Stavanger Center for Innovation Research, University of Stavanger, Norway. She received her Ph.D. in Management from Bode Graduate School of Business, Norway (2008), with focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She teaches classes on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship for master students, provides supervision for phd students working on topic responsible innovation, economic restructuring, digital innovations, and innovative working behavior. Iakovleva serves as a leader of Responsible Innovation Special Interested Group in the Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). She is currently leading an international research project “Releasing the power of users” about responsible innovation in digital health across 6 countries, including partners from Norway, the Netherland, UK, Portugal, Denmark, USA, Australia. Project looks on innovations in health and welfare sector.

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Timoleon Farmakis

Researcher at ELTRUN and ACEin AUEB

Timoleon is involved in the evolving digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship field as a researcher, consultant and project manager at the E-Business Research Center of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He has actively participated in international and national projects and industrial surveys like the "Technology and Beyond Survey" (Grant Thorton), "The Digital Readiness of Small Businesses in Greece " (Cosmote) and "The Diffusion of Artificial Intelligence in Firms" (OECD-INSEAD-BCG). His involvement in research projects such as i3-market, MODAPTO, Start for Future, Factlog, and Plooto reflects his focus on leveraging digital technologies to enhance business operations and strategies. His academic portfolio includes an Integrated Master's in Civil Engineering with a focus on Engineering Project Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems from the University of Patras, complemented by an M.Sc. in Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures and another M.Sc. specialising in the Digital Transformation of Smart Cities from the National Technical University of Athens. As a graduate student, Timoleon participated in 2 international exchange programs at the University of Rome III and Politecnico di Milano. Furthermore, he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Management Science and Technology, specializing in digital transformation, AI, business analytics, and innovation within business contexts. Besides his research and consultancy work, Timoleon is also involved in education. He has been teaching courses related to digital transformation, business analytics and IS at the Athens University of Economics and Business.

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Tjerk Timan

Project Manager at CT-IPC France, Principal Consultant Digital Economy at Technopolis Group Brussels

Tjerk Timan serves as a project manager specializing in smart industries at CT-IPC, where he leads a significant project centered on enhancing the resilience and reconfigurability of shop floors and supply chains through the utilization of digital technologies. Additionally, he holds the role of Principal Consultant at Technopolis Group Belgium. In his position at Technopolis Group Belgium, Tjerk addresses inquiries regarding the societal and organizational integration of ICT innovations such as AI, SSI, digital identity, data governance, data protection impact assessments, data spaces, and the social and ethical implications of emerging digital technologies across public and private sectors. Drawing from over 10 years of combined academic and applied research experience, particularly in the realms of policy and regulation concerning digital technologies, science and technology studies, and ethical, legal, social, and organizational impact assessment methods (ELSA), Tjerk has developed expertise in establishing impact assessment approaches, organizing stakeholder consultations, conducting in-depth interviews, and analyzing digital policy at regional, national, and EU levels. Tjerk has led various European projects related to digitization in diverse contexts (H2020, HEU), delivering policy options and analyses. His recent focus areas include AI regulation and sandboxing, standardization in data and information infrastructures, development of services and guidelines for data spaces, and the utilization of data-driven foresight approaches to formulate digital strategies.

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Usman Wajid

Managing Director at Information Catalyst

As a strategist and technical expert, Usman Wajid leads digital transformation initiatives focusing on Industry 4.0, cybersecurity, and supply chain management. He oversees the coordination of distributed cross-functional teams across various projects, ensuring seamless collaboration. Its consultancy services revolve around developing and implementing innovative solutions, with a contemporary approach to leveraging data and AI capabilities for business transformation. He integrates cutting-edge research and innovation from disciplines such as Industry 4.0, IoT, Big Data, and AI to deliver user-centric solutions. Additionally, he nurtures and manages ICE's solution portfolio, which includes data analytics, digital manufacturing, and cybersecurity solutions.

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Yngve Dahle

Associate Professor at University of South-Eastern Norway

Yngve Dahle is a Serial Entrepreneur, Siviløkonom (Civil Economist) and Associate Professor. He is founder and partner of Entreprenerdy AS based in Bergen, Norway. Previously, he was CEO at GenKey in Mountainview, USA, from 2005 to 2007. He held various positions at the software developer CMA Contiki in Bergen, Norway, between 2002 and 2005. From 1999 to 2002, Prof. Dahle was CEO at Million Handshakes in Amersfoot, the Netherlands. Prior to that, he was VP of Sales and Marketing at Gjensidige in Oslo since 1997. From 1994 to 1997, he held various positions at Vesta in Bergen. Dahle received his PhD from the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2020. In 1994, he obtained his degree as Siviløkonom (“Civil Economist”; Norwegian academic degree in business administration) from the Norwegian School of Economics. Since 2021, Prof. Dahle has been teaching at the University of Eastern Norway as Associate Professor. From 2009 to 2020, he was Lecturer and Assistant Professor at the Norwegian School of Marketing. He is chairman at Entreprenerdy AS, at USM AS, and at Statler and Waldorf AG.