“Nanotechnology: The New Economy” conference will gather the most skilled professionals in the area.

Scientists, politicians and economists will discuss the various applications of the technology, the consequente reshaping of the economic and social systems and how much it will change our daily life.

We are witnesses to faster, more comprehensive change shaped by new technology than any civilization in history. This is but the beginning of a new wave of technologies, that will redefine, reshape and eventually transform economies and societies on a global scale.

Nanotechnology is the continuation of the next chapter in the acceleration of advanced technology and is pointing towards the transformation of the future global economy. 




19th - 2oth October







Nanotechnology: The New Economy is going to take place in the breathtaking city of Braga, located in the north of Portugal. The venue chosen for the event is Theatro Circo, one of the most emblematic theatre houses in Europe.


You can catch a train at Porto Campanhã or Lisboa Oriente.

Once you arrive in Braga, you can choose to go to the venue by foot, taxi or bus. Explore the options here.

General info


At the INLSUMMIT 2017 there is free WiFi. When you arrive at the venue, you just need to sign in and using the standard log in, or via LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

Buying tickets

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Food & Drink

INLSUMMIT 2017 will offer a great range of food and drink so that you can keep refreshed throughout the days.

Opening/Closing Times

Thursday 8.30AM - 6.00PM

Friday 9.00AM - 2.00PM



Dates & Venue

INLSUMMIT 2017 | 19th - 20th Oct. 2017

Theatro Circo | Braga - Portugal

Contact us

INLSUMMIT 2017 is organised by INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. To get in touch email us:


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9h00 - 10h00

Welcome by Lars Montelius, Director-General of INL. Portugal

Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, Portugal

Paulo Ferrão, President of FCT, Portugal


10h00 - 10h30 :: Coffee Break


Session 1: Science not Fiction!

| Moderator : Miguel Coelho, Partner of Westfield + Brooks, Portugal

10h00 - 10h30 :: Edwin Thomas, Dean of Engineering, Rice University, United States

10h30 - 11h00 :: Elvira Fortunato, Director of i3N, NOVA University, Portugal

11h00 - 11h30 :: "Science & Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials" by Robert M. Westervelt, Director of Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University, United States

11h30 - 12h00 :: "Seeing Small: There is Plenty Our Eyes Can’t See" by Paulo Ferreira, Director of Electron Microscopy Center, University of Texas at Austin, United States


12h00 - 13h30 ::  Lunch



| Moderator: Miguel Coelho, Partner of Westfield + Brooks, Portugal

14h00 - 14h30 :: Marc Nolla Harvey, Director of Strategic Initiatives SAP DGTAL EMEA, Spain

14h30 - 15h00 :: Rui Enes, Administrator of Delphi Automotive Systems - Portugal, S.A., Portugal

15h00 - 15h30 :: David Carlander, Director Regulatory Affairs, Nanotechnology Industries Association


15h30-16h00 :: Coffee break



| Moderator: Miguel Coelho, Partner of Westfield + Brooks, Portugal

16h00 - 16h30 :: Francisco Veloso, Dean of the Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom

16h30 - 17h00 :: Paul Packan, VP, Intel, United States

17h00 - 17h30 :: "The combinatorial effect" by Gionata Tedeschi, Accenture Strategy Managing Director, Italy

17h30 - 18h00 :: António Murta, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Pathena, Portugal

18h00 - 18h30 :: "Invest in Deep Tech in Europe!" by Magnus Ryde, Partner at Spirit Ventures, Nordic and Baltic countries



18h30 :: Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, Portugal



09h00 - 11h00

| Moderator: Prof. Tom Fleming, Director, Creative Consultancy

Luís Miguel Girão, Director of Artshare, United Kingdom

Sylvia Leydecker, Architect, Germany

Saulo Baretto, Director IPTI, Brazil

Honor Harger, Executive Director Museum of ArtScience in Singapore

Kyu-Hwang Yeon, Head of Daegu Center for Creative Economy, South Korea


11h00 - 11h30 :: Coffee break




11h30 - 12h30

| Moderator: Ricardo Costa, SIC Television Editor in Chief, Portugal

José Tavares, Professor, NOVA University, Portugal

Luc Soete, Former Rector - Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Pedro Norton de Matos, Greenfest Mentor, Portugal

Steffi Friedrichs, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Nicklas Bergman, Entrepreneur &tech investor, Intergalactic Industries, Sweden



Lars Montelius, Director - General, INL, Portugal

Carmen Vela, Secretary of State of Investigation, Development and Innovation, Spain

Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal


13h30 :: End of the event



Since Sept 1st, 2014, Lars Montelius is the Director General for INL, The International Iberian nanotechnology Laboratory located in Braga, Portugal. INL is the only true international by status nanotechnology RTO worldwide. Professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden, he was during 2003-2009 Dean of the Physics Department, Science and Engineering Faculties, Lund University. From 2009-2011, he was director for Öresund University & Öresund Science Region, being a cross-border cooperation between eleven universities, three regional authorities, two countries in the Öresund Region. He was Chair (2007-2014) of the Swedish Technical Standardization Committee on Nanotechnology and he is the founder of several Swedish companies working with nanotechnology. Currently he is the President for IUVSTA: The International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications with more than 150 000 members from 32 countries and he is a member of the EC Executive High Level Group (HLG) at DG NMPB, board member and Working Group Chair of the two European Technology Platforms NANOFutures - The European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies - and EuMat - The European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies.

Throughout his career, Ricardo Rio collaborated with various entities such as the following: North Regional Coordination and Development Committee (CCDRN); Portuguese Business Association (AEP); Training Institute for Trade, Tourism and Services (IFCTS); “Pamésa”; “Astrolábio”; “Fernando Pessoa” University; Institute for Management of Social Security Capitalisation Funds; Foundation for Science and Development of the Municipality of Porto; Euronext Lisbon; “QI – Quociente de Imagem”; “ComunicAction”; and diverse Municipalities (directly or working together with Sigma – Team Consulting). He has also provided advisory services to the Board of Directors of Porto’s House of Music and to the City of Guimarães Foundation.

At a public level, Ricardo Rio was a city council member in Braga since 2005. He was a member of Braga's Municipal Assembly (Alderman) during the 2001-2005 term. Since 2013 he’s the Mayor of Braga. He currently chairs the cross-border association of municipalities designated as “Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular”, he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Cavado’s Inter-Municipal Community and presides over the Board of Directors of the following Municipal Companies: “Theatro Circo” and “AGERE”.

Paulo Ferrão

Paulo Ferrão is President of the Board of Directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). He had been the director of the MIT-Portugal programme since 2006, a strategic partnership set up between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several Portuguese universities and research centres, supported and funded by FCT.

He is Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa, where he leads the IST Energy Initiative, the PhD Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and the IN+ research centre, for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. With a widely acknowledged international career, Paulo Ferrão is a member of the U.S. National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he also sits on the Committees on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government. He is a member of the Environmental Advisory Board to Rolls Royce, an MIT Research Affiliate, associate and past board member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He is co-author of the book “Sustainable Urban metabolism”, published by MIT-Press in 2013, and of “Urban metabolism of six Asian cities”, published by the Asian Development Bank, in 2014.

Ned Thomas’ research interests include polymer physics and engineering of the mechanical and optical properties of block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers, and hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites. 

His career started at the University of Minnesota and then moved to the University of Massachusetts where he founded and served as co-director of the Institute for Interface Science and was head of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering.  In 1988, he became the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was Founding Director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.  In 2011, he became Dean of Engineering at Rice University. 

Thomas is the recipient of the 1991 High Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society and the 1985 American Chemical Society Creative Polymer Chemist Award. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Elvira Fortunato is a full professor in the Materials Science Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and decorated as a Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the President of the Republic in 2010, due to her scientific achievements worldwide. Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials can be used as true semiconductors. In 2008, she received in the 1st ERC edition an Advanced Grant for the project “Invisible”, considered a success story.

Fortunato published over 500 papers and during the last 10 years received more than 16 International prizes and distinctions for her work, from which: Blaise Pascal Medal from the European Academy of Sciences (2016) and the Czochralski Award by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the E-MRS (2017). Currently she is the director of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanomodeling and of CENIMAT. She is member of the board of trustees of Luso-American Foundation (Portugal/USA, 2013-2020).

Robert Westervelt received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1977. Following a postdoctoral appointment, he moved to Harvard, where he is currently the Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and Physics. Westervelt's group builds cooled scanning probe microscopes to image electron motion in 2D materials.

Westervelt is the Director of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Integrated Quantum Materials based at Harvard, which includes faculty at Howard University and MIT, and outreach through the Museum of Science, Boston. In addition, he is the Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard that provides shared facilities for nanofabrication and imaging for quantum materials and devices.

Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira is currently the Head of Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at INL. He is also Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering and Full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering.

He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Electron Microscopy applied to Alternative Energy Technologies and has been involved in initiatives with various American and Portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology.

He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” and he is author of more than 167 papers scientific articles published in international journals and conference proceedings. In addition, Prof. Ferreira is part of the Editorial Board of Review of “Metallurgical and Materials Transactions”.

Marc Nolla Harvey is the Director Digital Transformation Office SAP EMEA South and has over twenty years of experience, supporting SAP customers across industries in the automation and improvement of their business processes.  

Marc leads the SAP Digital Transformation Office in EMEA South, a team of innovators engaging with top executives across the region to help them understand how disruptive technologies are transforming their industry. From the internet of everything to machine learning, from distributed ledger technology to the platform economy, he aims to find the business and social benefits of these new technologies to help organisations move from inspiration to execution.

Mark Nolla Harvey

Rui Enes

Since 2014, Rui Enes is the Administrator of Delphi Automotive Systems in Portugal and responsible for the Delphi’s factory located in Braga.

Passionate about electronics, Rui Enes has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto. He is also the business ambassador of Braga for InvestBraga.

Rui Enes started his career as a member of the electronics laboratory in Grundig Electrónica Portugal, Lda and in 2003 became the administrator for Delphy Automotive Sustems- Portugal, S.A.

Dr Carlander is Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA). He joined NIA in 2011 as a Director of Advocacy. In his position, he is covering the many sectors (e.g. food, feed, ag-chem), REACH and risk assessment of nanomaterials. He is coordinating and participating in a number of various research projects and is representing NIA at EU regulatory meetings (e.g. European Commission Sub Group on Nanomaterials under REACH) and at meetings organised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for accredited stakeholders.

Before joining NIA Dr Carlander worked six years as Scientific Officer for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), where he was coordinating the risk assessment of applications of nanotechnologies. Before EFSA, Dr Carlander worked for the Swedish Ministry as well as the Swedish National Food Administration. Dr Carlander has (co)authored around 40 publications and has over 20 years of experience working with governments, academia, industry and international organisations.

Dr Carlander holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and a PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden.

David Carlander

Previously, Francisco Veloso was the Dean at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, where he held the NOS Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Francisco also retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a tenured Full Professor.
Francisco´s research focuses on high tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

He has several dozen publications in leading academic journals and has won several awards for his contributions. He has also worked as a consultant and advisor to a range of established firms, start-ups and universities around the world. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Portuguese Association of Business Angels and is a member of the RISE – Research, Innovation and Science Experts High-Level Advisory Body to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas. 

Francisco has a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a MSc. in Technology Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Physics Engineering, both from the University of Lisbon.  

Gionata Tedeschi works with organizations from different consumer intensive industries (including automotive, banking, insurance, media, retail, and utilities) and supports them in their digital, value-creation strategies and their transformation journeys.

As speaker and author on innovation, he has been focused on leading edge topics for business transformation, such as IOT, big data, digital hubs, platform companies and industry 4.0.

With nearly three decades of professional experience, he has acted as senior consultant, CEO and “startupper” of highly innovative organizations. Before joining Accenture-  after experiences at McKinsey and Dun& Bradstreet – he has been founder of three different companies - afterwards listed - in the marketing and digital space.

Gionata has spent most of his professional career in London, Paris, Tel Aviv and Milan—with a current professional responsibility at Accenture Strategy for Digital Strategy in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

António Murta is a serial Entrepreneur, CEO and visionary. With a degree in Systems Engineering from Minho University, a MBA from the PBS (University of Porto) and AMP from INSEAD, he also has done Post-Graduate studies in IESE (Barcelona), MIT (Boston) and Singularity University (California). 

He founded and was CEO of Enabler, where he achieved a grow of business up to more than EUR 30m, employing more than 250 qualified engineers and exited it to Wipro. 

He founded several other IT companies and sold one of them to Microsoft. 

Currently he is Managing Partner of Pathena, a Venture Capital firm with a fund of EUR 56 Million focused on IT and Medtech. He is also a Member of the General Board of University of Minho and non-exec Director of COTEC Portugal. 

Magnus Ryde formerly served as CEO of DayStar Technologies of Milpitas, CA, Intematix Corporation of Fremont, CA and FlexICs of Milpitas, CA; President of TSMC North America. He also held senior executive positions at KLA-Tencor, the world’s leading supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor industry.  

Currently Ryde serves on the BoD of GLO AB, Sol Voltaics AB and Excillum AB of Sweden, Kaiam Corporation of Newark, CA and Ekahau Inc. of Reston, VA. He is also engaged in the establishments of a new pilot facility for nanotechnology manufacturing (ProNano) and a new venture capital fund for Key Enabling Technologies operating in the Nordic and Baltic countries (Spirit Ventures).

He is a graduate of Linköping University of Sweden and he received his MS of Industrial Engineering and Executive MBA degrees from Stanford University.

Manuel Caldeira Cabral

Manuel Cabral is member of the Assembly of the Republic elected by Braga district since October 2015, Professor of Economy at University of Minho since 2004, a columnist in Jornal de Negócios since 2007 and represented the Socialist Party during the negotiation process of European Union financial funds («Portugal 2020») in 2013 and 2014 and was an invited researcher in World Bank Department of Commerce Investigation and Economic Integration, in Washington, in 2012.

Manuel Cabral was economic advisor of the Minister of State and Finance between 2009 and 2011 and economic advisor of the Minister of Economy and Innovation in 2009 and a member of the Council for the Promotion of Internationalization (2010 and 2011) and of the Coordination Network for the Strategy Europe 2020 (2010 and 2011) and appraiser of the Open Budget Questionnaire of Timor Leste (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) for International Budget Partnership.

He worked in the cooperation program of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities in Timor Leste (in 2004 and 2007), was researcher of the Economy Department of Nottingham University during his PhD and was advisor of the Economy Department of University of Minho until he finished his PhD.

Professor Tom Fleming is a leading international expert on the creative economy, cultural policy and creative cities and regions. His work focuses on advising governments, municipalities and institutions across the world to develop effective research, policy, strategy and action across the creative economy.

He has led strategic research projects in every region, with a particularly strong track record in Europe, Asia, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and the Middle East. He has worked extensively across Portugal, including as Programme Manager for the Creative City at Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012 and a partner to the first creative industries mapping study and strategy for the Norte region in 2008. Major clients include The World Bank, UNESCO, European Commission, British Council, Arts Councils, Film Councils, multiple governments, municipalities, cultural and educational organisations and NGOs.

He is Director of the UK’s leading creative economy and cultural consultancy and research agency: Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) and leads an interdisciplinary and multi-lingual team which is delivering multiple projects across the world. He has led multiple research, strategy and evaluation programmes in over 60 countries and 300 cities and regions.

Luis Miguel Girão founder of Artshare, the NATO Art Expert, is a researcher generating support for EU and Transatlantic policy making in the field of the crossings of art, science and technology. He is a transdisciplinary artist developing applications of technology as tools for artistic expression focusing at the moment on bioelectromagnetism. He is a member of the Planetary Collegium and of the Centre for Sociology and Music Studies of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2007, he was awarded the Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa prize, Lisbon-NYC. He collaborated with several artists and scientists and his work has been presented worldwide. He was coordinator of ICT ART CONNECT 2013 and of for the European Commission. These activities gave origin to the DG CONNECT's initiative STARTS - Science, Technology and the Arts in which he is extremely involved in. He and his colleagues at Artshare are actively contributing to the VERTIGO, CREATE-IoT and BRAINHACK EC funded projects.

Sylvia Leydecker, Dipl.-Ing. BDIA, is an interior designer and founded her studio 100% interior, 1997, in Cologne. She is working on future-oriented spaces that reflect the company's identity in the sense of corporate identity, with a focus on healthcare.

Sylvia Leydecker completed her studies after spending time in England and France, in Wiesbaden and at the Trisakti University in Jakarta. She is considered an expert on the use of nanomaterials and is author of the international publication (Birkhäuser publishers) "Nano Materials: in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design".

From Sergipe (Brazil), with a bachelor in civil engineering and doctor degree in structural analysis, Saulo Baretto helped to found the Research Institute for Technology and Innovation (IPTI) (2003) where his main work areas are related to the development and systematization of Social Technologies, mainly in the fields of education, health and creative economy.

Since 2007 he coordinates an initiative for deploying a model for human development for vulnerable regions based on art, science and technology.

Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. A curator from New Zealand, she has a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Honor brings with her over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art, science and technology. She is responsible for charting the overall direction and strategy for ArtScience Museum.

Honor's artistic practice is produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a, which is a collaboration with Adam Hyde. One of their main projects was Radio Astronomy, a radio station broadcasting sounds from space. She has lectured widely including at the conferences TED, and LIFT, as well as at the European Space Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute.

Honor Harger

Mr. Yeon has obtained a master’s degree in Management Sciences at the University of Hull, UK and worked for management & IT consulting industries in ever-challenging global business environments in the past 20 years. Throughout his career, he has strived to be a “trusted advisor” with a unique quality of soft and hard skills based on both many years’ research activities and experiences on various consulting best practices, in applying BPR, IT and Market & Business Strategy for major Korean and global blue chip companies.

His current responsibilities at CCEI are ranging from working with Korean central and regional governments for formulating creative economy strategies, fostering startup eco-system in the metropolitan city of Daegu, to identifying and supporting local SMEs with innovative technologies. He is also involved with leading and coaching his organization to explore new collaboration opportunities with overseas venture capitalists and acceleration intuitions.

José Tavares earned his doctorate in Economics at Harvard University, where he specialized in Political Economy and Macroeconomics, and is currently professor of economics at NOVA University and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. José has taught economics at Harvard UniversityUniversity of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and Universidade Católica Portuguesa. 

José´s research addresses a broad set of issues including democracy and economic growth, the cost of gender discrimination, and the diverse consequences of globalization, and has been published in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, and Economics Journal, as well as volumes edited by Harvard University PressMIT Press, and Princeton University Press.

In 2016 José co-edited, with Francesco Caselli and Mário Centeno, "After The Crisis: Reform, Recovery, and Growth in Europe", published by Oxofrd University Press.  José´s academic work has been commented Time Magazine, The New York Times, Handelsblatt, La Repubblica, Expresso, and Público.

Luc Soete is honorary Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Until September 1st 2016, he was Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University. Before taking on the Rectorship in 2012, he was Director of the United Nations University research and training institute: UNU-MERIT located in Maastricht, The Netherlands and Dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) at Maastricht University.

Over the last 30 years, Luc Soete has contributed as (co-)author and (co-)editor to some 11 books, 50 refereed articles and some 100 chapters in books. In 2002, he received the MSM Honorary Fellow Award, in 2007 the Belgian reward Commandeur in de Kroonorde, in 2010 a Doctor Honoris Causa from his Alma Mater, the University of Ghent, in 2013 from the University of Liege and in 2016 from the University of Sussex.

He is a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW) and a member of the supervisory board of the Technical University of Delft. He has been chairman of the Research, Innovation and Science Expert (RISE) group for Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Pedro Matos has a degree in Organization and Management from Higher Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho (ISCTE). During his professional career, he was CEO of UNISYS Portugal (1991), Spain and Portugal (1995), Southern Europe, Italy, Spain and Portugal (1998), CEO of ONI (2000-2005) and Chairman of the Board of Comunitel Spain (2001-2005). After 2006, Pedro Matos was the Non-Executive Director of INAPA, member of the Advisory Board of the ORACLE Ibérica and later founded the “MY CHANCE” between 2006-2013. He is also the mentor and organizer of GreenFest – Major Sustainability Event in Portugal – and organizer of Forum Expresso XXI. After this unique professional path, he was board member of PWN Professional Women Network, member of the remuneration committee of BRISA, founder of COMMIT CONSULTING, member of the Advisory Board of Fábrica de Startups and master class teacher in the field of entrepreneurship at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. This year, Pedro Matos is Member of the remuneration committee of Grupo Mello, has experience in Management Businesses and implementation of

organizational change and organizational transformation processes, attended several master courses at INSEAD and WHARTON SCHOOL, has a certification in Coaching by ICF (International Coach Federation) and does Pro bono in several NGOs.

Steffi Friedrichs

Dr Steffi Friedrichs is a Policy Analyst for Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging technologies at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).   

Steffi’s expertise in technology research, development and commercialisation goes back to her role as a Senior Nanotechnology Consultant at The Technology Partnership, where she was responsible for the development of nanotechnology innovations and contributed to the tendering and due diligence processes for the networks of the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Micro- & Nanotechnology Community (CMNC).

Steffi started her scientific career with an undergraduate degree in 'Diplom-Chemie' at the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany), before taking a DPhil in nanotechnology and a Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Oxford (UK). She subsequently held a Fellowship at Oxford University and a Lectureship in Nanotechnology at Cambridge University, where she developed and coordinated a Master’s Programme in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise.

Nicklas Bergman is strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European Innovation Council, working on a new innovation strategy for Europe.  He is also Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington and member of both the World Future Society and the Long Now Foundation.

In 2016 Bergman published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: Surviving the Tech Storm – Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. With the conviction that technology is probably the strongest driver of change today, it’s obvious that anyone in a management position, or aspirations to eventually be in that position, must understand how technology is changing business from the ground up.

Bergman is also part of Nordic Ways, the 2016 project at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., USA.

Bergman is co-founder and investor in several companies including the Volvo trucks and buses distribution network in Romania. With close to 150 high-profile customers in more than 30 countries worldwide, the technology was acquired by FEI in 2013.

Nicklas Bergman

Carmen Vela

Carmen Vela is the Spanish State Secretary for Research, Development and Innovation since January 2012. Before her appointment, she was the CEO of INGENASA, a biotech company based in Madrid, specialized in animal health. A biochemist with more than 30 years’ experience in immunology, virology and related fields, Ms Vela has authored numerous publications and granted patent applications in the EU and the US. Among other responsibilities, she has been a member of the Advisory Group of PEOPLE (7th European Framework Programme) and of the External Advisory Committee of EUREKA. She was former President of the Spanish Biotechnology society and of the Spanish Association of Women Scientists and Technologists. 

Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. 

Manuel Heitor is a full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. 

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.




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