SPEAKERS – 19/05



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.

Director for Growth and Innovation at the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Mikel Landabaso works in the European Commission since 1990.  He is Director for Growth and Innovation at the Joint Research Centre, managing the Seville site. Previously he was Director for Strategy and Corporate Communication at DG COMM under the President’s Cabinet. He has also worked as Head of Cabinet of Regional Policy Commissioner and Head of Unit in several Units, including as responsible for Smart and Sustainable Growth and the Structural Funds for Spain, as well as assistant to the Director General of DG Regio. These jobs covered both, policy design and policy implementation.


Before joining the EU Commission he worked as Head of the Research Department and Assistant to the Director General of the Basque Innovation Agency (SPRI S.A. a holding company with over 20 subsidiaries) 1986-1990. He has also worked part time as lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium (2001-2007), visiting Fellow at University of North Carolina (USA) (2000), lecturer at Deusto University and the public University of the Basque Country in Spain (1987-1990). He is currently Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University. He was given the 2004 “Christiane Bom Award” for his contribution to innovation in European Regional policy by the European Regional Development Agencies Association – EURADA. Mikel Landabaso is PhD in Economics (University of the Basque Country 1994, Spain), M.A. in Development Economics (University of East Anglia 1983-84, U.K.), Diploma in Advanced European Studies, with a scholarship from the Basque Government (College of Europe 1985-86, Belgium) and Licenciado en Ciencias Economicas (Universidad del Pais Vasco, 1978-1983). He did with senior year of Highschool at Moundsview High (Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1977-78, U.S.A.) with an AFS scholarship.

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.

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.

Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, DRCT

Francisco Wallenstein Macedo holds a degree in Economics from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and in Biology from the University of the Azores and a PhD in Marine Biology from the Heriot-Watt University, having carried out research in coastal ecosystems in the Azores for 10 years. He joined the Regional Public Administration of the Azores in 2012 as a Senior Technician, and is currently in the Regional Directorate for Science and Technology, dedicated to the management of European projects and the Azores Regional Program 2021-2027.

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 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.

Senior Advisor to FCT’s Board

She holds a PhD from École des Mines/ISEG and is Senior Advisor to FCT’s Board and co-sponsor of Action 4-ERA Policy Agenda. She was coordinator for Research & Space at PT-REPER and in PPEU2021 (2015/2021). Before she was coordinator of SWOT Analysis and design of the first national S3 at FCT.

Chief Expert Projects and Economic development in Gabrovo Municipality, Bulgaria

PhD Eng Desislava Koleva is a Chief Expert Projects and Economic development in Gabrovo Municipality, Bulgaria since 2003.
She is Gabrovo leading expert in innovations, economic development and energy efficiency.
Her background is PhD in Telecommunications, Master degree in Machine Engineering and Industrial management.
Desislava Koleva was a Project Manager of more than 20 international and National projects focused on development of innovation ecosystem, EDP and climate neutrality, circular economy and urban mobility.

Helene Vogelmann is Coordinator Partnership for Regional Innovation, PRI

Pilot Mid Sweden, since 2022, and she is also Coordinator of smart specialization North Middle Sweden, since 2020.

Regional Strategy Manager in SODENA (regional development agency of Navarra)

He’s Bachelor’s Degree in Law (University of Navarra), with studies in Legal Practice, Family Mediation, Financial Management, Cluster Policy and Strategic Innovation.
After working as an independent lawyer and mediator, he was co-founder, member of the board and CFO of an NGO devoted to family and child protection. Since 2011 he has worked for the regional government of Navarra in the different bodies responsible for the Smart Specialization Strategy and Cluster Policy, participating in three different design and updating processes (2010, 2016, 2021) and supporting the creation of eight cluster organisations. Currently he serves as Regional Strategy Director in SODENA, the development agency of Navarra.

Head of Unit in the Regional Development Department of CCDRCentro. 

Responsible for Centro RIS3 since the process was launched, in 2012.

More recently, has been involved in the participation in European Partnerships and demonstrator projects within Missions, in regional priority areas.

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

Elvira Maria Correia Fortunato has a degree in Physics and Materials Engineering (1987, FCT/ Nova University of Lisbon); a PhD in Materials Engineering: Microelectronics and Optoelectronics (1995, FCT/ Nova University of Lisbon. She is a Chair Professor at the Materials Science Department at the Faculty of Science and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon and currently Vice-Dean of this university, where she has coordinated the research area since 2017. She is also Director of the Associated Laboratory of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanomodelling. From 2015 to 2020 she was part of the group of seven researchers in the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism based on scientific evidence. Since 2010 she has been in the Chancellery of the Honorific Orders of Portugal, at the Presidency of the Republic. She is a pioneer in European research on transparent electronics using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly technologies. In 2008, at the 1st edition of the European Research Council ERC grants, she was awarded an Advanced Grant for the project INVISIBLE, considered by the European Commission to be a success story. In the same year, she showed with her group the possibility of manufacturing the first paper transistor, starting a new field in the area of paper electronics. In 2018 she was awarded a second Advanced Grant for the project DIGISMART. Recently, and following on from the exploratory results of the DIGISMART, she obtained Proof of Concept with the e-GREEN project: From forests to Green Electronics, focusing on exploring environmentally friendly and low-cost materials and technology exploration. In 2022, she was part of the group of 27 inspiring European Women, elected by the current French Presidency of the European Union. With over 800 scientific papers published, in the last few years she has been awarded more than 50 prizes and international distinctions for her work, of which we note the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, bestowed by the President of the Republic in 2010, the Blaise Pascal Medal in 2016, the Czochralski prize in 2017, the Pessoa prize in 2020, the Horizon Impact prize by the European Commission in 2020 with the project INVISIBLE, the prize of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations: WFOE GREE AWARD Women in 2020, The Strait of Magellan Prize by the Chilean Government in 2020, the Innovation in Materials prize in 2021 granted by the FEMS and the Human Rights Prize granted by Parliament in 2021. She is an elected member of the Engineering Academy, the European Science Academy, the Lisbon Science Academy, and the Europaea Academy. She has been on the Luso-American Foundation for Development Board of Trustees since 2014. She has coordinated several national and international projects, of which we note her pioneering activity at Nova University of Lisbon in the field of equal opportunities through the SPEAR project, a European platform to support and implement plans for gender equality in higher education institutions.

President of the Regional Government of the Azores

José Manuel Bolieiro, a Law graduate from the University of Coimbra, has been the President of PSD/Açores since December 14, 2019, and of the XIII Government of the Azores since November 24, 2020. He has been a member of the Council of State since November 2020 and presides over the Conference of Outermost Regions, whose term of office runs from November 2020 to November 2021.

José Manuel Bolieiro was a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (1998-2009), having served as President of the Parliamentary Group of PSD and of the Permanent Committee on General Policy. He also served as President of the Municipal Assembly of Povoação (2002-2009), Mayor of Ponta Delgada City Council (2012-2020); President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipalities of São Miguel Island and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities.




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