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Anna Panagopoulou - Director, Directorate J - DG Research and Innovation European Commission

Anna Panagopoulou

Director, Directorate J - DG Research and Innovation European Commission

Ms Anna Panagopoulou is Director of ‘ERA & Innovation’ at the Research and Innovation Directorate General of the European Commission. The directorate is responsible for Research and Innovation Policy, reinforces at crosscutting level the engagement with citizens & society, with academic and research organisations and with research and industrial infrastructures. The directorate is also in charge to promote dialogue and collaboration with Member States, research and  innovation actors  on research and innovation policy,  investments and reforms. Between 2016 and 2021, Ms Panagopoulou had been Director of directorate 'Common Implementation Centre' responsible for the implementation strategy for European Union R&I programmes. Previously, she was Head of Department for Programme Support and Resources at INEA in 2014. Ms Panagopoulou started her career in the European Commission in 1997 being responsible for files in the area of EU research and innovation, transport and energy policy. Beforehand she worked for 6 years in the private sector. She holds a degree in electrical engineering.

Brigitte Ecker

Managing Director of WPZ Research

Brigitte Ecker is managing director of WPZ Research GmbH and senior researcher in the field of RTI policy and higher education research. In 2016 she founded WPZ Research GmbH in Vienna with main focus on economic, location and RTI policy, business and competition, innovation, education and qualification as well as evaluation.

Prior to founding WPZ Research, she joined the Vienna office of Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH as a research associate in 2004 after several years in business. As of June 2013, she was senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna and, from July 2014 to March 2016, head of the IHS Research Group Innovation, Education and Sustainability.

In addition to WPZ Research, Brigitte Ecker is lecturer for innovation and technology management, knowledge management, entrepreneurship training at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten. She is consultant at VDI/VDE-iit in Berlin for economics, science and society and a member of the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (fteval) and DeGEval – Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V., Germany.

Brigitte Ecker - Managing Director of WPZ Research
Egbert Schram - CEO of Hofstede Insights

Egbert Schram

CEO of Hofstede Insights

Egbert Schram operates in the world of business and HR. He consults for top-level executives, enabling people and money to grow in a positive cycle.  He functions as the group CEO of Hofstede Insights, an international advisory firm specialized in the area of business culture. 

Emanuele Guglielmino


  • PhD in Control Engineering from the University of Bath, UK, and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy.
  • 2013-now Founder and CEO of Advanced Microturbines S.r.l.
  • 2008-2013 Team Leader at the Italian Institute of Technology.
  • 2004 – 2008: Senior Control Engineer and Proposal Manager, General Electric (GE Oil & Gas; Florence, Italy), working on gas turbines with accountable track records of Oil & Gas projects for key industrial customers worldwide.
  • 2001 – 2004: R&D Engineer at Westinghouse (UK).
  • Awards

ASME Fluid Power Best Paper Award

Mind The Bridge Italy -Silicon Valley business competition.

Winner Italian National Prize for Innovation 2012.


Emanuele Guglielmino, Microturbines
Heikki Uusi-Honko - Head of International Networks at Business Finland

Heikki Uusi-Honko

Head of International Networks at Business Finland

Heikki Uusi-Honko works extensively with various international collaboration platforms and initiatives in his current position as Head of international networks at Business Finland. He has more than 20 years’ management level experience on Finnish innovation policy implementation and design including funding decisions, impact assessment, and organisational development. He has also 4 years’ experience from working as COO for an international organisation. He has participated in numerous national and international working groups, panels, and projects evaluating or developing innovation policies and specific programmes. Before joining Business Finland (then Tekes), he worked within the Nordic Iron & Steel industry, specializing in process control systems.


Isabel de Vera

Project Monitoring Coordinator at Eureka Secretariat

Isabel de Vera joined the Eureka Global Cooperation programmes team in January 2020. Since then, she has been working as a Project Management Officer actively involved in the implementation of INNOWWIDE, monitoring and ensuring a smooth running of the programme in all its phases, alongside with other Eureka programmes such as Network Projects and Globalstars.

Isabel de Vera - Project Monitoring Coordinator at Eureka Secretariat
Miguel Belló Mora - EUREKA Chairman - Portuguese Presidency

Miguel Belló Mora

EUREKA Chairman - Portuguese Presidency

Miguel Belló is CEO of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), international organization to develop scientific and technological applications in the Atlantic region. Miguel has been entrepreneur in the European Space sector involved in the management of International Space Programs and Institutions.

Miguel was founder and CEO of all companies in DEIMOS Group in Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania and Italy. He is expert in Space Systems Operations, Space System Engineering, Earth Observation systems and applications, Interplanetary Mission Design, Launcher Trajectory Optimization and Space Debris.

Miguel holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the Flugmechanik Institut, Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), in 1993, a M.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in 1983, with end of Studies Honour Award and a General Management Programme (MBA), in 2000-2001, at IESE (Madrid).

Miguel is Full Member for Section 2 (Engineering Sciences) of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Member of the Astrodynamics Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Chairman of the Mission and Constellation Design Session of the IAC Astrodynamics Symposium. Miguel was Member of the European Space Agency Space Debris Advisory Group (SDAG) and Invited Professor on Space Debris Environment at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and Celestial Mechanics at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Monika Vrbková

Head of Technological Cooperation Team at JIC - Brno (EUBIC South Moravian Region)

Monika is a Head of Financing Entrepreneurship Support Team at JIC responsible for access to finance service for SMEs. She has more than 10 years of experience in delivering advisory service and training on EU funding to innovative SMEs. She specializes in Horizon Europe and mainly in its European Innovation Council programmes. She is a member of expert advisory group on European Innovation Council and European Innovation Ecosystems of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, member of Thematic Group Research and Thematic Group Access to Finance of Enterprise Europe Network. She was the chair of Action Group of Enterprise Europe Network which provided recommendations on the evolution of services for SMEs in the overall context of Horizon Europe. She is also the main contact point for EIT Digital and EIT RawMaterials in the Czech Republic.

JIC is a leading public innovation agency in the Czech Republic supporting the creation and growth of innovative enterprises. Each year JIC supports around 100 early-stage and mature companies and invests almost 2 million euro in the development of local innovation ecosystem. JIC coordinates a network of regional innovation agencies which currently covers half of the Czech regions. JIC also coordinates the Regional Innovation Strategy of the South Moravian region and implements some of the strategy support measures through its programmes.

Monika Vrbkova - Head of Technological Cooperation Team at JIC - Brno (EUBIC South Moravian Region)

Oliver Rohde


Oliver Rohde is Head of the Unit for Business Development and evaluation in European and international cooperation at the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center. His main field of activity is policy advice for international cooperation in innovation and the evaluation of STI programmes on European, national, and regional level. He is and was involved in several international projects targeting innovation. His previous roles at DLR included among other supporting the German delegation to the OECD Working Group on Innovation and Technology policy (TIP) and the call secretariat for ERA-Nets ERA.Net RUS, ERA-Net Med and ERAfrica. Before joining DLR, he worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialized in the evaluation of programmes supporting innovation and economic support schemes. He is a trained economist from the University of Hamburg and Charles University at Prague.

Svetlana Klessova

Director, Research and Innovation Partnerships G.A.C. Group - Innovation & Performance for Impact

Svetlana Klessova is Director, Research and Innovation Partnerships and senior innovation consultant at G.A.C. Group and is based in Sophia Antipolis, France. Svetlana has had leading roles and responsibilities in over 60 projects around the world as project director, team leader and/or senior innovation consultant. She especially worked in the USA, South East Asia, Western Balkans, India, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Svetlana is coordinator of ENRICH in the USA initiative and is president-elect of ENRICH GLOBAL, international non-for-profit association supporting internationalisation of European innovations, created in 2020 by a group of renowned public and private organisations and networks across the world:

Svetlana Klessova, Director, Research and Innovation Partnerships G.A.C. Group - Innovation & Performance for Impact