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NatasaGolo
Natasa Golo Scientist at SciencesPo
NatasaGolo
Natasa Golo Scientist at SciencesPo

Natasa Golo works on the agent-based top-down autocatalytic models, which she studied theoretically and empirically on trade-credit transactions. The data analysis and the theoretical models clarified the degree of dependence of companies on the fragility of their clients, as compared (and in a feed-back interaction) with the dependence on the macro level parameters (in particular interest rate, number of bankruptcies etc). Last 3 years she was a visiting teacher (HUJ) for the subjects which are in the basis of the financial data analysis: power laws, networks, feedback mechanisms. Before that she worked as Program manager in the Dutch Organization for Scientific research. Since September 2014 she lives in Paris and starting November 2014 she will work as a senior researcher at SciencesPo, Paris.

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Klaas Molenaar Founder/Owner of Timpoc Consultants
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Klaas Molenaar Founder/Owner of Timpoc Consultants

Klaas Molenaar (1949), (MA Management Science – Rotterdam University) is a hybrid entrepreneur, consultant and academic crossing borders in search for new ways to apply entrepreneurship and development concepts in society.

Holds the position of Professor on Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and is founder/owner of Timpoc Consultants specialised in Entrepreneurship and MSME financing. Co founder of Timpoc Organics VoF, importing organic products from Peru. Also founder and chairman of the SEON Foundation working on Entrepreneurship Development and Migration. Member of board of directors of De Financiële Coöperatie, an imitative to setup a bank for and by people.

More than 40 years of experience in SME programmes. Among other functions, visiting researcher on Transnational Diaspora Entrepreneurship at DSV Stockholm University and various Board positions. Lives partly in Peru. Hobbies: skating (on ice), cycling and sailing.

 

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Caroline Mbindyo eHealth Program Manager at AMREF
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Caroline Mbindyo eHealth Program Manager at AMREF

Caroline Mbindyo is eHealth Program Manager at AMREF. Caroline has worked in the technology sector for more than 15 years. At Amref she is responsible for the development and implementation of Amref’s Health programs including eLearning and mHealth, across sub-Sahara Africa.

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Alin Stefanescu Associate Professor at University of Bucharest
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Alin Stefanescu Associate Professor at University of Bucharest

Alin Stefanescu is an associate professor in the computer science department at the University of Bucharest. He got his PhD in automatic synthesis of distributed algorithms from Stuttgart University and researched software validation and verification at European universities in Edinburgh, Munich, Stuttgart, Konstanz, Bucharest and Pitesti, and also in industry at SAP Research in Germany. and Softwin. He likes to bring theory closer to practice and loves to learn about new ideas.

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Sven Rampelmann Project Manager for strategic R&D and Business Development projects at WILO
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Sven Rampelmann Project Manager for strategic R&D and Business Development projects at WILO

Sven learned innovation from the scratch. Parallel to his mechanical engineering studies, Sven worked as trainee in a company and experienced himself the long and winding road ideas have to take before being into in innovation and commercialized in the market. After several years as project manager for strategic R&D and business development projects, Sven is at the moment focusing on the implementation of an enterprise innovation program to help the company tapping all of its innovative sources. Sven is enthusiastic about new ideas, concepts and business models.

Committee Jury

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Dr Puspalata Pattojoshi Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India
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Dr Puspalata Pattojoshi Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India

Puspalata Pattojoshi is serving as the Dean of School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India. Apart from regular teaching and research components, she is responsible for establishing a Living Laboratory at the home Institution to undertake relevant research activities of an interdisciplinary nature. She is active in open innovation area involving science and technology dissemination and capacity building in the rural belts of India. A member of IEEE and other professional organizations, she also serves as the honorary member of some philanthropic units in India and USA. Her work also has been featured in the 2012 & 2013 who’s who in the world.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from Utkal University, India, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Xavier Institute of Business Management, Bhubaneswar, India; with a number of awards to her credit.

As a part of her administrative responsibilities, she was actively associated with British Council, USIEF, IUCEE, EWB, SPEED, FICCI and also spoken to students and conferences in Australia, Canada, Finland and had visited various Universities in UK as a British Council delegate.

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Roy Vella Managing Director at Vella Ventures Ltd.
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Roy Vella Managing Director at Vella Ventures Ltd.

Mr. Vella is a mobile financial services expert and independent advisor/consultant to players large (such as Vodafone and the GSMA) and small (a number of startups) in the space. Prior to offering his services-at-large, Mr. Vella was at RBS where he developed the overall strategy and hired a team of 30 to implement the global bank’s mobile efforts including the development of new products and services, stored value functionality, mobile enabled payments, customer acquisition and the management of joint venture partners. Previously to RBS he spent five years with PayPal starting out as Director of Business Development in the US Merchant Services group, and finally as Head of Mobile Payments leading the mobile payments initiative in Europe.

 

Previous to PayPal, Mr. Vella worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing at 4charity, Inc. (a software startup focusing on corporate philanthropy for the Fortune 500), and, prior to that, as a Partner at Quantum Technology Ventures (a corporate VC firm focusing on the storage industry). As an entrepreneur, Mr. Vella co-founded NetAbacus Corporation, a web-based purchasing service for small businesses, serving as the VP of Marketing/Strategic Relations. When the market turned in mid-2000, he facilitated the acquisition of NetAbacus by Biztro and the combined entity became Rivio, where he was responsible for channel marketing and customer acquisition.

 

Before graduate school, he began his career in Client Service at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, working with such clients as Sony Consumer Electronics and Miller Brewing. Actively involved in the non-profit sector, Roy serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and is also the Board President Emeritus of Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California. Formerly, for over 8 years he was the Board Treasurer of BATS Improv, an improvisational school and theater company.

 

Roy received a BA in Mathematics (with High Honors and elected to Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of the Holy Cross, a JD from Stanford Law School, and an MBA (with certificates in Global and Public Management) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in London with his family. While hobbies have truly taken a back seat to family life these days, he enjoys outdoor sports and travel adventures.

 

 

 

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Annamaria Pompili PhD in the Area of eHealth
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Annamaria Pompili PhD in the Area of eHealth

Annamaria Pompili obtained her bachelor in Computer Engineering from the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, in 2011. In parallel with her studies, she was a software engineer for several companies, both public and private for about 6 years.

Since 2011, she moved to Lisbon where she joined the Laboratory of Spoken Language Systems at INESC-ID, working as a researcher on the VITHEA project, a research initiative that aimed at developing a Virtual Therapist for the Treatment of Aphasia, and in which she is still actively involved.

Recently she started her PhD in the area of eHealth, with a focus on speech and language technologies applied to brain diseases, from communication impairment to cognitive disorders.

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Hristo Kyurkchiev Senior Research and Development Expert at Aviaso Inc.
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Hristo Kyurkchiev Senior Research and Development Expert at Aviaso Inc.

Education and Training 

0 1.02.2012 – present Doctor of Philosophy in ” Databases” Database analysis, design, and implementation Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

0 1.11.2009 – 15.07.2011 Master of Science in ”IT  services” IT S ervices Management, ITIL, IT Services Programming, Master Thesis – CMDB Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

0 1.11.2009 – 10.03.2012 Master of Arts in ”Organizational Behavior and Consulting” Social and Economical Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Consulting, HRM Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

0 1.10.2005 – 17.07.2009 Bachelor of Science in ”Informatics” Mathematical modelling, programming, Analysis and development of software products, Web design Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

1 5.09.1997 –  24.05. 2005 High School Leaving Certificate, Certificate of professional qualification second level on the profession o f “Programmer” Computer literacy, Knowledge of the basics of software designing and development, English language Sofia High School in Mathematics “Paisii Hilendarski”

Work Experience 

0 1.01.2014 – current Senior Research and Development Expert at Aviaso Inc., Huobstrasse 10, CH-8808 Pfaeffikon, Switzerland

10.09.2012 – 31.12.2013 Junior Research and Development Expert at Aviaso Inc., Huobstrasse 10, CH-8808 Pfaeffikon, Switzerland

23.02.2009 – 07.07.2009, 20.02.2011 – 07.07.2011 Part-time Lecturer at FMI at Sofia University., 15, “Tzar Osboboditel” Boulevard, Sofia, 1504, Bulgaria

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Tor Aase Johannessen Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics
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Tor Aase Johannessen Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics

  • CEMS Academic director at NHH
  • Chairman of CEMS Faculty Group in Entrepreneurship (ENT)
  • Senior adviser at Bergen Technology Transfer Office (BTO)
  • Board member of several ventures, both entrepreneurial as well as ventures in other phases of the life cycle
  • Research areas include entrepreneurship in general, inventions/innovations and commercialization of research
  • Interests include both tangible and intangible (service) products
  • Recent projects in biotech and health industry
  • Tutor of numerous master theses within innovations and entrepreneurship
  • Courses both on master and bachelor level
  • Trilangual (English, French and German)

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