07decAll Day1112th European Innovation SummitTowards a European Innovation Area(All Day)

 

 

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

10dec14:3016:00Microbiome, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence: Future is now. What’s nextChanging the paradigm, a holistic approach to health innovation14:30 - 16:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with Arches

11dec11:0012:30The Role of Early-Career Professionals in Driving Sustainable Innovation11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with the European Young Chemists’ Network

Alain Godard

Chief Executive, EIF

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Alessia Centioni

EWA Co-founder and president, European Women Alliance EWA

Italian, mother of two children, co-founder and president of European Women Alliance, she has ten years of experience in European affairs in the field of industry, internal market, trade and foreign policy. She is graduated in Political Sciences at university of Rome La Sapienza and holds a M.A in European studies at the ULB of Brussels. Alessia is a pro-European and feminist activist trusting in EU’s integration and women empowerment. In 2018 she established the Women's European Council, WEUCO, the pre-summit ahead to the European Council gathering Heads of State and Government, Ministers, European Commissioners and MEPs to provide a gender perspective to all EU public policies. She regularly contributes on Huffington Post blog with comments on Italian and European politics.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Alexandr Iscenco

Co-founder, CEO, and Research & Development Coordinator, Moldovan Environmental Governance Agency (MEGA)

Co-founder, CEO, and Research & Development Coordinator at the Moldovan Environmental Governance Agency (MEGA), Strategic Coordinator of the start-up pre-acceleration program GreenTech Rangers, Trainer on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Development Planning, Green Talents Awardee, and Independent Expert at the European Commission.

11dec11:0012:30The Role of Early-Career Professionals in Driving Sustainable Innovation11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with the European Young Chemists’ Network

Ana Suarez

Co-funder, WA4STEAM

Co-funder of WA4STEAM. Member of the Executive Committee and treasurer of the Association.
Degree in Business Administration, Master in Financial Markets from the University of Barcelona. PDD by IESE Business School.
Expert in Finance, 20 years of banking experience in different executive positions. Currently Structured Finance Risk Director at Banco Sabadell.
Involved in diversity, sustainability and inclusive finance policies. Especially engaged in promoting a more relevant role for women in finance and investment. Business Angel.

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Barend Verachtert

Head of Unit “Materials for Tomorrow”, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Barend Verachtert is the Head of the Materials for Tomorrow Unit in the Research and Innovation Directorate-General (DG RTD) of the European Commission. The unit is in charge of the development and implementation of research and innovation policies for advanced materials. He has held various positions within DG RTD in the field of SMEs, the bioeconomy and agri-food.
During its start-up phase, he was the interim Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership.
Before joining the European Commission in 1998, he was a technology acquisition manager for Plant Genetic Systems NV, a Belgian plant biotechnology company.
He obtained a PhD in biology from the University of Leuven (1988).

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Bram Wijlands

Managing Director Company NameRWTH Innovation GmbH

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Executive Director Women for Women International, Author Fears to Fierce

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Carol Tarr

Fellow Included VC and Professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Attended Wesleyan University and Harvard University, graduating with a Master’s in Theological Studies with a study of World Religions focusing on East Asian ethics. A PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, Carol is Founder and CEO of Atomic Spices, a boutique spice company based in Amsterdam that creates blends from cold-smoked spices. Carol has a special interest in sustainable low-waste business models and developing transparency in the spice supply chain.
Carol lectures in Sociology, Organizational Management, Research Methods and Entrepreneurship at numerous universities in the Netherlands. She worked in partnerships at The Next Women, developed the “Fempower Your Growth” Program and recently received an Included VC Fellowship through which she is actively pursuing venture capital opportunities. A frequent speaker on the subject of gender, diversity and inequitable investment practices, she is currently conducting research on the business effect of women’s competing for investment via pitch competitions.

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Catholijn Jonker

Full Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Department of Intelligent Systems, TU Delft

Prof. dr. Catholijn Jonker is head of the Interactive Intelligence group of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, TU Delft. Jonker is also full professor of Explainable Artificial Intelligence at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science of Leiden University. She is president of IFAAMAS, board member and a Fellow of EurAI, member of the Academia Europaea, president of ICT Platform of the Netherlands, member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, member of the CLAIRE National Advisory Board for The Netherlands. Current projects: EU HumaneAINet, EU TAILOR, NL Gravtiation project Hybrid Intelligence, Gravitation project Ethics of Disruptive Technologies.In the past she was chair of the Dutch Network of Female Full Professors and of De Jonge Akademie of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is co-PI of the 20 million Euro ten-year research programme on Hybrid Intelligence (starting 1.1.2020).

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Corinne Vigreux

Co-Founder, TomTom

Corinne Vigreux is a Co-founder and currently CMO of TomTom, the location technology specialist shaping mobility with digital maps, navigation software, real-time traffic and services for consumers, the automotive industry and leading tech companies.
Voted as one of the world’s top fifty women in tech (Forbes) and as one of the most inspirational women in European tech (Inspiringfifty), Corinne champions women in the workforce and passionately advocates for improved social mobility through education.
Corinne founded Codam, a not for profit coding college, member of the Ecole 42 network. Codam opened its doors in September 2018 in the heart of Amsterdam and offers a three year software engineering course to more than 300 Students.
Corinne is the vice chairwoman of the supervisory board of Takeaway.com NV , chairwoman of TechLeap, supervisory board member of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, advisory board member of the University of Amsterdam and of SNCF Mass Transit, and international advisory board member to the Amsterdam Economic Board. She is chair on the trustee board of the Sofronie foundation.
Corinne was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2012 and Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau in 2016.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

David Abbink

Full Professor, Cognitive Robotics department (CoR), TU Delft

David A. Abbink, PhD(1977) is a Full Professor in Haptic Human-Robot Interaction at Delft University of Technology, where he heads the Delft Haptics Lab (www.delfthapticslab.nl). He has published over 100 articles on physical human-robot interaction, shared control, human motion control, and design and evaluation of assistance systems for vehicles and remote controlled robots.
His PhD thesis (2006) on haptic support for car-following was awarded the best Ph.D. dissertation in the Netherlands, and contributed to the market release of Nissan’s Distance Control Assist system. David’s research on human control over intelligent vehicles and other robots has been funded by personal grants - VENI (2010) and VIDI (2015) – as well as by industry (e.g., Boeing, Nissan, Renault).
David was awarded best teacher of his department for seven years in a row, and best teacher of his Faculty twice.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Elianne Oei

Co-Founder, Epic Hub

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Esther Thole

Science journalist and writer

Author of Creators of Life (original NL: Makers van Leven), Maven Publishing (2018). In her book, editor Esther Thole describes how scientists build structures on the nano-scale towards hierarchically ordered materials or building blocks for life.

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Filippo Santoni de Sio

Assistant Professor, Policy and Management, Department of Values, Technologies and Innovation, TU Delft

I have a PhD in Moral Philosophy from the University of Torino (Italy). IN 2012 I joined TU Delft (NL), where I am currently Associate Professor in Ethics of Technology at the Section Ethics/Philosophy of Technology. Since 2017, I am also an adjunct professor in Ethics of Transportation at the Politecnico di Milano. I am Associate Editor at the Journal of Ethics, co-coordinator of the TU Delft Vision Team Robotics and in the Management Team of Tu Delft TBM AI Lab and 4TU.Ethics.
From June 2019-2020 I have been Rapporteur of the EU Commission Independent Expert Group to advise on ethical issues raised by driverless mobility (E03659) and from 2017-2020 co-director of the NWO-funded interdisciplinary project Meaningful Human Control over Automated Driving Systems. I passionately teach moral philosophy to engineering students.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Galit Bauer

Co-Founder & COO, Holiday Sitters BV

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Hadewych Cels

Owner, Karmijn Kapitaal

Hadewych Cels is one of the three female founders of Karmijn Kapitaal, a private equity firm investing in Dutch SMEs that are led by a gender-diverse management team. Karmijn started in 2010 and closed its second fund (EUR 90M) in 2016.
Currently, Karmijn has 11 companies in portfolio in a variety of sectors. Recently, Hadewych was named one of the 40 future Diversity & Inclusion leaders in private equity (RealDeals/PER).
Before Karmijn, Hadewych was partner at Plain Vanilla, a turnaround investment firm. She has a background in hands-on private equity, consulting and entrepreneurship. Hadewych studied economics at Erasmus University, applied mathematics at Southampton University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Helena Torras

Managing Partner at PaoCapital

Helena Torras, Managing Partner at PaoCapital, raising an impact investment fund with focus on Blue Economy, promotes the tech startup mindset to society, and ensures that women are no left behind (she has cofounded WERockCapital to invest on women entrepreneurs). Helena is a serial entrepreneur and investor, connecting the dots between the ecosystem, startup-corporate-investor. She belongs to the Governing Board of BarcelonaTechCity, to the Ambassadors Council of The Collider (TechTransf initiative from the Mobile World Capital) and she serves as independent board director on several Boards. Among others recognitions, se has been considered one of the 30 people to follow on twitter on the tech ecosystem and Top100 leaders in Spain.

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Ilse Bakker

Investor Relations Manager, Nordic Secondary Fund

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Inma Valle

Entrepreneur & Advisor, Biotech

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Jara Pascual

Founder and CEO, knowco by collabwith

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Javier García-Martínez

President-Elect, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Professor and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Alicante

President-Elect (president for the 2022–2023) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Professor and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante in Spain, Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, Member of the Council of Emerging Technologies and Global Young Academy Leader at the WEF.

11dec11:0012:30The Role of Early-Career Professionals in Driving Sustainable Innovation11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with the European Young Chemists’ Network

Jean-Christophe Baret

Professor and Research Group Leader, Univ. Bordeaux, CNRS & IUF

Jean-Christophe Baret obtained his PhD from the University of Twente (NL) in 2005. After a post-doc at ISIS, Strasbourg (F), the institute of J.M. Lehn, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Goettingen (D) as an independent group leader. In 2013 he obtained an ERC Starting Grant to develop new microfluidic tools for micro-compartmentalization. He joined the University of Bordeaux (F) as a full professor in 2014 and was appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2016. He is the laureate of an ERC Proof of Concept grant which led to the creation of the company Emulseo launched in 2018. Emulseo develops formulations for industrial applications of the droplet-based microfluidics technology. He is a recognized expert in microfluidics, serving as Editor of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (Springer-Nature) and as Advisory Board Member of Lab on a Chip (RSC). His research activities now focus on microfluidics for bottom-up synthetic biology and he currently coordinates the build-up of the new Research Program Frontiers of Life at the Univ. Bordeaux which regroups local activities in the fields related to synthetic biology from molecules to regenerative medicine.

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Jean-David Malo

EIC Task Force Director of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Jean-David and his team are currently designing the European Innovation Council (EIC) for top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It currently brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at the cutting edge of innovation.

In 2011, Jean-David Malo created a new team in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission to increase private finance and close market gaps for investing in innovation. The team did this mainly by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments and by developing new ones in the fields of debt and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation. Jean-David and his team also covered the SME dimension of Horizon 2020. On February 2017, Jean-David was appointed Director of the Directorate in charge of "Open Innovation and Open Science".

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Jens Kober

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Robotics department, TU Delft

Jens Kober is an associate professor at the TU Delft, Netherlands. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar jointly at the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University, Germany and at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany. He graduated in 2012 with a PhD Degree in Engineering from TU Darmstadt and the MPI for Intelligent Systems. For his research he received the annually awarded Georges Giralt PhD Award for the best PhD thesis in robotics in Europe, the 2018 IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award, and has received an ERC Starting grant. He is chair of the IEEE-RAS TC Robot Learning and program chair of the Conference on Robot Learning 2020. His research interests include motor skill learning, (deep) reinforcement learning, imitation learning, interactive learning, and machine learning for control.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Judit Cubedo

Co-founder & CEO, GlyCardial Diagnostics

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Juha Heikkilä

Head of Unit Robotics and Artificial Intelligencem DG CONNECT

Since 2014 Juha Heikkilä has been the Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, which develops the Commission policy and activities in Artificial Intelligence. The Commission has been funding a multidisciplinary programme on Cognitive Systems, Robotics and AI since 2004, focusing on smart robots and artificial systems, and in 2014 it set up a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics. Previously, Juha Heikkilä was involved in computational and corpus linguistic research at the University of Helsinki, and he has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Karen Melchior

Member of the European Parliamne, Renew Europe, Denmark

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Kelly Keenan

Private investor

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Khaleelah Jones

Founder and CEO, Careful Feet Digital

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Kinga Stanislawska

Founder, European Women in VC

Kinga has nearly 20 years of experience in investments and finance. She is founder of Experior VC, investing in scale ups and growth, pure software with strong ML/AI in SaaS, including software deep tech, ecommerce, big data driven companies across all verticals.
She is active in supporting women-led companies as mentor and investor. She established the European Women in VC platform with the aim of increasing the number of female partners at venture funds across Europe from the current low single digit percentage number it is today.
Kinga is advisor to European Innovation Council and IC member of EIC Fund. She was Vice President of the Polish PE/VC Funds Association (PSIK) for 5 years. She is named one of the TOP 50 of Europe’s most influential women in the start-up and venture capital spaceby EU Startups and top 50 women in tech in Europe by Forbes.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Laura Núñez

CEO, Plan Reforma & STIMAT

I’m a technologist passionate architect and I’ve always thought that everything is possible. I’m curious, empathetic, tenacious and I try to learn of each situation. I’ve inherit from my first profession the capacity of catch problems, simplify them to find a solution and, most important, make solutions come true in the most efficient way.
I always try to work with people and learn from them but also to offer all the knowledge I have

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Laura Rodríguez Gallego

Principal, Invivo Capital

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (UAB), PhD in Biotechnology (UB) and a Postgraduate course in Innovation Management (UAB). Her research in gene therapy applications in the cancer field have led to publications in scientific journals and collaborations with biotech companies. She has been Project Manager in the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Unit at the Research Institute of the Vall d'Hebron Hospital (VHIR) in Barcelona. She is an active member in the EIT Health Alumni Network, after her participation in the EIT Health Innovation & Business Creation Summer School (2016) organized by the Trinity College in Dublin and IESE business school.
She usually collaborates with different entities of the health innovation ecosystem as a start-up mentor, jury and evaluator (COMB, EIT Health, Ship2b, Imagine IF!, FIPSE and CIMTI, among others).
Since January 2018, she works as investment analyst in Healthequity, and since 2019 at Invivo Ventures, the first fund of Invivo Capital Partners. Currently she is Principal at Invivo Capital Partners.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Lina Gálvez Muñoz

Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Spain

Lina Gálvez Muñoz is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019. In the EP, she is Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and member of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). She also belongs to the committees on Employment and Social Affairs and Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
Lina Gálvez Muñoz PhD, European University Institute (Florence) is Economic History and Institutions Full Professor at the Economics Department at Pablo Olavide University (Seville).
She has also been professor at the Universities of Reading (Reading), Carlos III (Madrid), and as a visiting professor at Centre for time use research at Oxford University (Oxford). She has more than hundred scientific publications and she has also been Vice-Rector of her university from 2007 to 2012 and served as Regional Minister of Knowledge, Research and University of the Government of Andalusia from 2018 to 2019.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Maria da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Portugal

Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently member of the European Parliament (2019-2024).
In the European Parliament she is a full Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and a substitute Member on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and substitute member on Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
She follows as well the parliamentary Delegations for relations with the United States, for relations with the countries of Central America and Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.
As a MEP, she was appointed rapporteur of the Specific Programme Implementing HORIZON 2020 and of the report on Simplification of the Rules of Participation in the European Programs for Research and Innovation. In 2011, she was awarded the Prize for the best MEP in the area of Research and Innovation.

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Marileen Dogterom

Chair, Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology

Marileen Dogterom was trained as a theoretical physicist at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She was a PhD student in Paris and Princeton until 1994 and then a postdoc at Bell Labs. In 1997 she started her own independent research group in experimental biophysics at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, where she was a group leader and later department head until 2014. Since then she has been professor and chair of the department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft. She is a board member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of an ERC Synergy Grant (2013). In 2018 she received the prestigious Dutch Spinoza price for her scientific work. Her main interest is in the reconstitution of cellular machineries in artificial confinement, with the ultimate goal to build a synthetic cell. Since 2017, she is leading a Dutch research consortium this topic.

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Marina Aandieu

Co-founder and Director, WIDE (Women in Digital Empowerment)

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Mariya Gabriel

EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

Mariya Ivanova Gabriel is a Bulgarian politician and a member of the GERB party serving as European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth since 2019. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2009 to 2017.
In the European Parliament, she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women, and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation. She was first appointed to the European Commission in 2017 as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to fill a spot left vacant by the departure of Kristalina Georgieva.

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Martijn Leinweber

COO of Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk

COO of Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk, where space based startups are supported in their entrepreneurial journey to become a sustainable business.
In my 10+ years at SBIC Noordwijk, I have gained extensive experience in incubation management, designing and implementing development programs, (international) community management and organising events and competitions within the space industry and beyond.
I have a passion for startups, hospitality and sports. Always looking for new opportunities for the community. Have a positive and problem-solving attitude with a focus on service and quality

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

María Escudero-Escribano

Assistant Professor and Director of the Nano-Electrocatalysis group, University of Copenhagen

Assistant Professor and Director of the Nano-Electrocatalysis group at the University of Copenhagen, with research focused on materials for renewable energy conversion and synthesis of green fuels and chemicals. She is Chair of the Danish Electrochemical Society, a Villum Young Investigator and a PI of the Center for High Entropy Alloy Catalysis.

11dec11:0012:30The Role of Early-Career Professionals in Driving Sustainable Innovation11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with the European Young Chemists’ Network

Melissa Romero

Tech Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & Chair at Lean In

Colombian by birth, Dutch by coincidence, citizen of the world
At the age of 17, Melissa's family was forced out of Colombia due to the violence, which taught her the meaning of taking responsibility of her own destiny.
After graduating in Industrial Engineering at the age of 21, she set on an adventure that took her to living in 7 countries, learning 5 languages fluently, leading a 250 million dollar business in a Fortune 500 company and founding Lean In | Netherlands.
Melissa is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence within the Dutch Startup ecosystem, at incubator Antler, where she is developing a #MenopauseTech solution that will help retain more women talent at companies while helping improve these women’s lives.

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Mikuláš Peksa

MEP, Group of the Greens, Czechia

Mr. Mikuláš Peksa is a Czech biophysicist, political activist, and an elected member of the European Parliament. His work falls under the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy, as well as Budgetary control, Economic and Monetary Affairs and Tax matters. He started his political career with the Czech Pirate Party where he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. Mr. Peksa also chairs the European Pirate Party. Apart from his committee works, Mr. Peksa has been elected the chair of the Tibet Interest Group in the European Parliament.

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Nakeema Stefflbauer

CEO, FrauenLoop, Included VC Fellow

Dr. Nakeema Stefflbauer is a Harvard University MA/PhD, an MBA and a Venture Fellow at Included.VC. A tech digitalisation executive, Dr. Stefflbauer founded the FrauenLoop.org women’s programming NGO in Berlin and the Techincolor.eu network of racially diverse tech leaders in Europe. Dr. Stefflbauer writes and speaks about mitigating bias in AI and VC and has presented on AI topics at the European Parliament.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Patrizia Luchetta

Co-founder, Another Level Creative Group

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Pilar Manchón

Senior Director of Research Strategy, GoogleAI at Google

Pilar has been a leading voice within the AI industry for more than 20 years: as an entrepreneur, driving her AI startup through a successful exit, and as an executive at companies such as Roku, Amazon, Intel and now Google.
After building high-performance teams, launching full product lines, raising millions in venture capital and developing leading-edge AI, Pilar believes that having an inspiring mission and a hard-working, determined and diverse team are the key to a successful venture.
Pilar’s main areas of expertise range from Natural Language Understanding and Multimodal Conversational Systems to Speech Recognition & Synthesis, Machine Translation and Language Technologies and AI in general. Pilar is particularly interested in Intelligent Conversational Agents, Cognitive Science, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, Ambient Computing & Robotics.
Pilar is originally from Spain and holds an MSc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language and a PhD in Intelligent Dialog Systems. She is also an advisor to several Al companies, academic institutions, NGOs, an investor, a lecturer and a public speaker.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Silvia Manca

Head of Social Impact Programmes, European Investment Fund (EIF)

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Siwan Smith

Manager Knowledge Transfer Diversity & Inclusion at KTN, UK

Siwan delivers the KTN’s Diversity and Inclusion programme, including providing business support for Innovate UK's Young Innovators and Women in Innovation programmes. She ensures that her communities get the support and funding they need and builds strong networks to connect people. Siwan is an experienced Member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and has a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of sector areas, to deliver r
eal growth.

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Solvita Kostjukova

Co-Founder, CEO, ALINA LLC

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Susana Solís Pérez

Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Spain

Born in Avilés, Spain, 1971. Susana Solís is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Oviedo, Machine Engineer from the Fachhochschule de Osnabrück (Germany), and holds an MBA from the Business Institute and a Master's Degree in Marketing Management from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid).
She has over 18 years of professional experience in several multinationals in Germany (Mercedes Benz, Robert Bosch) and in Spain (Rexel, Essilor and Johnson & Johnson).
In May 2015, she was elected Deputy in the Parliament of Madrid, being the spokeswoman for Ciudadanos in the Committee on Budgets, Economy, Finance and Employment. Since May 2019 she is MEP in the European Parliament in the Renew Europe Group and a member of the ITRE, REGI, ENVI, and FEMM Committees.

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec16:3018:00AWARDS CEREMONY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, WOMEN INVESTORS AND WOMEN LED VCS16:30 - 18:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Tamara Obradov

Partner VC Tablomonto and Co-initiation #fundrigth mission in the Netherlands

Tamara Obradov is a partner and fund manager of Tablomonto Ventures. Tablomonto is a female-led venture capital firm investing in category-creating tech businesses in health-, consumer-, education- and fintech.
In the last year, Tamara was one of the founding partners of the #Fundright initiative. #Fundright is a VC industry initiative which aims to equalize the gender funding gap for startup founders. She has made tremendous effort in diversifying their own portfolio. Thorugh #fundright the goal is to create equal funding opportunities for founders regardless of their gender of background.
She is a Harvard Business School and Rotterdam School of Management alumna. She lives in Amsterdam with her partner and 3 kids.

09dec09:0010:30Fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women-led VC funds, startups and innovative businessesDo we need quotas of which criteria should apply to drive change?09:00 - 10:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Tim van der Hagen

Rector Magnificus / President Executive Board, TU Delft

Tim van der Hagen (born 1959) has been President of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) since May 2016 and also Rector Magnificus since January 2018. He studied Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology. After taking his doctorate in 1989 at TU Delft, he stayed on at the Reactor Institute Delft, which conducts radiation-related research into energy, materials and health. He was director of the Institute between 2005 and 2012. In 1999 he was appointed professor of Reactor Physics. Between September 2010 and May 2016 he was Dean of the Applied Sciences faculty at TU Delft. During this latter period Tim was one of the instigators of the Delft Plan, published in 2015, which set out TU Delft’s vision on how the Netherlands could play a leading role in the European energy market. In 2015, he was also the co-author of an advisory report ‘A prosperous nation without CO2: Towards a sustainable energy supply by 2050’ produced by the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli). Van der Hagen has broad managerial experience in the field of energy, including as a former member of the Dutch Energy Council and the Top team of the Top Sector Energy in the Netherlands. Both bodies advise the government on the implementation of energy policy. In addition to this he is a member of the national Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) which was established by the Dutch government to advise the government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation. Furthermore, Tim is a Board member of the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIvI), a member of the Board of the Netherlands Energy Research Alliance (NERA) and of GROW (Growth through Research, Development and Demonstration in Offshore Wind), member of the Supervisory Board of Central Organisation for Radioactive Waste (COVRA) and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Strategic Advisory Board on Energy and the Supervisory Board of Advanced Dutch Energy Materials (ADEM). He also holds a chair in the General board of the 4TU Federation, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Steering Committee of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Alliance (LDE). Between May 2014 and May 2016 he was Chair of the Supervisory Board of HollandPTC (Holland Particle Therapy Centre) jointly built on the Delft campus by the Erasmus and Leiden University Medical Centres and the TU Delft . In May 2016, Tim van der Hagen was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In his free time, he plays in a pop cover band and he enjoys going to jazz concerts, the theatre and museums.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Tina Kleingarn

Founder, Westend Corporate Finance

Partner at Westend Corporate Finance (Frankfurt, Germany), an advisory boutique dedicated to exit readiness for IPOs and sell sides
Studied business administration and Japanese studies at Mannheim University (Germany) and Hitotsubashi University (Japan)
Master degree (Dipl.-Kauffrau) with the main focus on banking/finance, organizational management and Japanese studies
12 years track record in Investment banking working for Goldmans Sachs and Barclays
NED (non-executive directorships) in publicly listed corporations

09dec11:0012:30How to identify and overcome the root, cultural causes and the access to capital by women led VCs and women led businesses11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

09dec13:3015:00Increasing the role and impact of Women inside Innovation Ecosystems13:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with EUTOP50 and Knowco Collabwith

Tobias Erb

Director and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Synthetic Metabolism at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology –ERC grant recipient

Tobias J. Erb is a synthetic biologist and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for terrestrial Micro­biology in Marburg (D). Tobias Erb’s research centers on developing an artificial photosynthesis for the sustainable conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) with natural and synthetic cells. Resaerch activities in the Erb lab focus on the discovery and engineering of novel CO2 converting enzymes and their use in the bottom-up design of artificial chloroplasts and synthetic cells.

Tobias Erb studied Chemistry and Biology at the University of Freiburg (D) and the Ohio State University (US). After obtaining his PhD in 2009, Erb was a postdoc at the University of Illinois (US), before heading a junior group at the ETH Zürich (CH) from 2011-2014. In 2014 he became an independent Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, where he was promoted to director in 2017.

For his work, Erb received several awards, among them the Otto Bayer Award (2018), Germany’s most prestigious award for innovation in chemistry & biochemistry, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation, and the Research awards of the German and Swiss Societies for Microbiology. He was named one of twelve outstanding scientific talents by Chemical and Engineering News of the American Chemical Society and elected to the European Academy of Microbiology, as well as the Young Academy at the National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. Erb serves as expert on the working group “Artificial Photosynthesis” and “Life Sciences” at the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.

09dec12:0013:30European Synthetic Cell research and industrial innovation“What if we could make things like nature does? Synthetic cells for green technology in Europe”12:00 - 13:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

Victor Negrescu

Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Romania

Victor Negrescu is the vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee and rapporteur on the shaping of an European digital education policy. He is an emerging leader, active in the field of education, digital innovation, entrepreneurship, European financing, citizens' rights, and institutional affairs. His latest success was to promote in the European Parliament a resolution on education and to introduce in the Recovery and Resilience Facility a recommendation to Member States to allocate 10% for education and 2% for the culture and creative sector. Former Romanian Minister for EU Affairs in charge with the preparation of the EU Council Presidency, he was in the past a digital innovator and a professor before holding the position of MEP.
Victor Negrescu is an active promoter of EU values, chairing the PES activists Romania and European Movement Romania organizations. He won in 2015 the MEP of the Year Award for the digital agenda and got recently an award from the Romanian digital industry for his efforts in promoting digital skills and education. As a civic activist, he managed to promote several European petitions calling for citizens and social rights at EU level. MEP Victor Negrescu is a strong advocate for a fair social Europe, based on common policies in the field of education, innovation & digital sector, protection of the environment, healthcare and infrastructure.

08dec12:0014:00The Future of Work and digitalisation of the European Innovation Area12:00 - 14:00 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with TUDelft

11dec11:0012:30The Role of Early-Career Professionals in Driving Sustainable Innovation11:00 - 12:30 Event Type:Conference Session in cooperation with the European Young Chemists’ Network

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