Regional Director of Science and Technology of the Azores Government
Flávio Tiago has been Professor at the University of the Azores since 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Sciences from the University of the Azores and completed the aggregation at ISEG. He is a Research Fellow at the Advance/CSG, ISEG – Lisbon University and at the Centre of Applied Economics Studies of the Atlantic – Azores (Portugal). He was also the Chairman of the Founding Board of Directors of NONAGON, the Azores’ first Science and Technology park. In addition, he has promoted and participated in several studies and projects with publications in leading international journals.
Member of the Board of Directors of ANI
Alexandra Vilela integrates the National Innovation Agency’s Board of Directors as Executive Director. She has a degree in Sociology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, having started her experience in the European Union Funds at the Ministry of Planning in 1992.
She was a seconded national expert at the European Commission – DG Employment and Social Affairs (ESF/Portugal), Manager of the Priority Axes “Qualifying for Modernizing the Public Administration” (POEFDS/FSE) and “Open State – Modernizing the Public Administration”, Coordinator of the Mission Unit for Innovation and Knowledge (UMIC) for the area of Innovation, Director of the National Agency for the Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci II Programs, Manager of PRODEPIII, Executive Member of the Directive Commission of the Human Potential Operational Program QREN 2007-2013, and also Executive Member of the Directive Commission of the Human Capital Operational Program PORTUGAL 2020.
Since 2016 (and until 2023) she was a member of the COMPETE2020′ Steering Committee, with direct responsibilities in the areas of Science and the R&TD Incentives System, Digital Transformation of the Public Administration, Qualification of Company Workers, Transport Infrastructures and Auditing
Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
Markku Markkula is the President of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region Finland. He is Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), having been the CoR President in 2015-2017. His professional experience focuses on knowledge creation, lifelong learning, societal innovations, and change management.
Mr. Markkula has many influential roles in the EU policy, including the CoR Rapporteur on important opinions such as innovation, digitalization, research policy, industrial renaissance, start-ups, SDGs and climate. Most recently, he is the CoR Rapporteur on European Missions and New European Innovation Agenda.
He has worked for years as the Advisor to the Aalto University Presidents and as the Director of Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli at the Helsinki University of Technology. He has been a Member of Parliament of Finland 1995-2003. As an MP, his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network.
Professor, Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation at Polytechnic University of Lausanne
Foray is full Professor, Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). He is also Vice-President of the Swiss Science Council (SWR). From 2008 to 2016, he was a member of the Swiss Research Council at the SNSF and served for 4 years as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Research Institute (KOF at ETH Zurich). His area of research and expertise covers innovation economics and policy, innovation systems, general purpose technologies and disruption. He is a consultant for many organizations – such as WIPO, OECD, the World Bank, the European Commission, UNCTAD, etc..
Associate Professor for Management and Policies of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Lisbon University
Manuel Laranja graduated in Engineering from the Higher Institute of Technology IST – University of Lisboa, with an MBA degree from the Warwick University – UK and a DPhil on Innovation Policies from SPRU-Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex – UK. He was Director of the National Innovation Agency Portugal and worked for more than 10 years as an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office, at the Ministry of Economy and at the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination Commission, in issues relating to the Technological Plan and Innovation Policy. He is currently Associate Professor for Management and Policies of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisboa where he teaches Industrial Strategy, Innovation Policies and coordinates a Masters on Management and Industrial Strategy. Published several articles in referenced journals and regularly collaborates with DG Regio and EU/JRC. His main scientific interests are on Deep Transformative Societal change through Innovation and Entrepreneurial Discovery as well as on Innovation Policies at regional and national to promote such transformative changes. He is founder of the ULab ISEG for transformative change in individuals, organisations and the society.
Economic Analyst at Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Economic Analyst at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Dimitrios works on the development of Partnerships for Regional Innovation, a strategic policy framework to enable transformative innovation policy in multiple levels of governance.
Head of Economic Strategy at the Secretariat of Economic Affairs and European Funds of the Catalan Government, unit responsible for coordination of Catalonia’s Smart specialisation Strategy
Tatiana Fernández Sirera is head of Economic Strategy at the Secretariat of Economic Affairs and European Funds of the Catalan Government, the unit responsible for the coordination of Catalonia’s Smart specialisation Strategy. She has more than 20 years of experience in the regional public Administration.
She is economist and holds a PhD in European Integration and International Relations.
In recent years, she has specialized in exploring, developing and promoting more systemic and transformative approaches to public innovation policies. Her main area of work is in supporting the articulation of shared agendas, to address more effectively complex environmental, economic and social challenges, moving from collective awareness towards transformative collective action.
She regularly collaborates with universities, companies, public administrations and civil society at regional and international levels. She is one of the 12 experts of the S3 Community of Practice, recently launched by the European Commission
Economic and Policy Analyst at Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Economic and Policy Analyst at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre. Has 10+ years of hands-on experience with Smart Specialisation, part of the team working with Partnerships for Regional Innovation.
Assistant professor at Utrecht University
As assistant professor at Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Matthijs studies the design and effects of innovation policy for societal challenges. He coordinates the Mission-oriented Innovation Policy Observatory.
RIS3 manager Northern Netherlands Alliance (SNN)
Luc has been dedicated to ‘the Northern-Netherlands case’ for 15 years now. Since joining as a trainee immediately after obtaining his master’s degree in Economics at the University of Groningen, he contributed to the Northern Netherlands Alliance (SNN) in various positions.
In his current position his main responsibility is the Northern Netherlands’ Smart Specialisation Strategy (N-NLs RIS3). He is a member of the regional core team that has been responsible for the design of the 2021-2027 RIS3, as well as the 2021-2027 ERDF programme for the N-NLs.
Luc is member of several working groups and networks related to RIS3 implementation, at the regional, national and European level.