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Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission


As lead of the project team "Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness", Jyrki Katainen is responsible for delivering the new jobs, growth and investment programme, which will mobilise up to €300 billion in additional public and private investment in the real economy over the next three years. Additionally, he is pursuing structural reforms in EU countries and ensuring, together with the Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, that the EU's economic policy coordination is successful and takes account of the social impacts of reforms whilst helping to improve the business environment to make Europe a more attractive place in which to work and invest.

Before assuming his role as Commission Vice-President, Katainen was a member of the Finnish Parliament, most recently serving as Prime Minister from 2011-14 and Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister from 2007-11.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Space


In her current role, one of Elżbieta Bieńkowska’s responsibilities is to bring industry's weight in the EU's GDP back to 20% by 2020, from less than 16% today, by stimulating investment in new technologies, improving the business environment and easing access to markets and to finance. She is also working on renewing the strategy for completing the single market for goods and services, including extending the list of products to be recognised in all EU countries and eliminating remaining obstacles as well as identifying new sources for jobs and growth.

Prior to her appointment as EU Commissioner, she served in the Polish Government as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development from 2013-14, Minister of Regional Development from 2007-13 and Director of the Regional Development Office in Marshal's Office of Silesia Region from 1999-2007. She earned her Post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration and Master's degree in oriental philology from Jagiellonian University where she attended from 1982-88.

Dalia Marin

Dalia Marin

Chair of International Economics, University of Munich


Dalia Marin holds the Chair in International Economics at the University of Munich. She was Associate Professor at Humboldt University Berlin (1994-1998). She was Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Stern School of Business at New York University. She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research, the European University Institute, and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. She is Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel, Brussels and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. Her latest book, The Organization of Firms in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2008), jointly edited with Elhanan Helpman and Thierry Verdier, is a collection of essays on the ‘New New Trade Theory.’

Heinz Haller

Heinz Haller

President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, The Dow Chemical Company


Heinz Haller is responsible for Dow’s operations and geographic strategies in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. He is also accountable for Government Markets and Olympic Operations. He is a member of Dow’s broader Executive Leadership Team. Haller joined Dow in 1980 as a sales representative in Horgen, Switzerland and developed his career in several marketing and commercial roles across many Dow businesses including Emulsion Polymers, Specialty Chemicals and Chlorinated Solvents.

In 1994, he left Dow and joined the mining and chemical distribution company, Plüss-Staufer AG (OMYA), as Managing Director, a position he held for five years before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull Sauber AG and Sauber Petronas Engineering AG. In 2002, Haller moved to Allianz Capital Partners GmbH as one of the company's Managing Directors and remained there for four years until he rejoined Dow in 2006, assuming an executive leadership role in a variety of areas including one in Performance Products. He was appointed to his current role in August 2012.

Haller is Chairman of the Dow Aksa Board and a member of the board of BioAmber Inc., AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG, and the U.S. India Business Council. He also represents Dow on the Board and Executive Committee of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). He holds a master's degree in business administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sanqi Li

Sanqi Li

CTO, Products and Solutions , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd


Dr. Li currently serves as CTO of Products and Solutions at Huawei. Prior to this, Dr. Li served as CTO at Carrier Network Business Group, IT product line and Core Network product line respectively, as well as the president of Data Center & Media Network business unit. Before joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Li held several senior leadership roles and served as a full-tenured professor at ECE department, University of Texas, Austin in US. He co-founded high-tech companies such as GaoHong Telecommunication Technology Inc. in China (acquired by Datang Telecom Group in 2000) and Santera Systems Inc. in US (acquired by Tekelec in 2003) and also co-led and architected original spin off of Santera Softswitch to form Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel in 2004). In 2003-2007 he served as CTO at Tekelec. In his distinguished career, Dr. Li provided technical consulting services to companies like Cisco, AT&T, Verizon, KT, Samsung and served on the advisory boards of several high-tech startups. Dr. Li had 25 patents filed/granted and over 160 papers published in international academic archival journals and best-in-class refereed international conference proceedings. Over 20 Ph.D. students graduated under his supervision.

Beata Stelmach

Beata Stelmach

CEO, GE Poland and Baltics and Member of the High Level Group of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c)


Beata Stelmach has been associated with capital markets since 1991. During 1991-1999 she worked in Polish Securities and Exchange Commission. She held the position of President and CEO of Warsaw Board of Trade (2000–2001), and then from 2001-2005 she was Board Member of Prokom Software S.A. During 2005-2007 she was a Board Member of Intrum Justitia TFI S.A. Since 2008 till 2011 she held the positions of Partner and Vice President of MCI Management S.A. and CEO of MCI Capital TFI. In 2006 she was appointed President of the Polish Association of Listed Companies as well as board member of EuropeanIssuers. From 2011 until 2013 she was Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since 2013 Beata Stelmach is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Bank BPH. She graduated from Warsaw School of Economics as MA on Finance and Statistics and holds MBAs from the University of Calgary and INSEAD.

Tomislav Radoš

Tomislav Radoš

Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Croatia


Tomislav Radoš has worked at the Ministry of Economy in the Republic of Croatia since 2013 and in his current role as Assistant Minister is responsible for industry and investments as well as EU programmes and projects.

In 2008, he founded Strategic Plan, a renewable energy consulting services in the field of strategic management and finance. From 2003-07 he served as Chairman of the Board at AutoZubak, an automotive company dealing in wholesale and retail, vehicle maintenance, service in the automotive industry and financial services.

Prior to this, Radoš was Head of Risk Management at Unicredit Bank where he worked from 1997-2001 leading group management for mergers and businesses acquisitions.

Paolo Calefati

Paolo Calefati

Advanced Research and Additive Manufacturing Department Manager, Prima Industrie SpA


Paolo Calefati (1978), is the Advanced Research and Additive Manufacturing Department Manager of Prima Industrie SpA. He is involved in several European projects as coordinator, as in ENEPLAN, (Energy Efficient Process Planning Systems), WHITER (White Room based on Reconfigurable Robot Island for optoelectronics- laser diodes, multi emitter), ICP4LIFE, (Integrated collaborative platform for managing the product-service engineering lifecycle), BOREALIS (3A energy class Flexible Machine for the new Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing on next generation of complex 3D metal parts).

He is member of the board of the Italian cluster “Fabbrica Intelligente” (smart factory) since December 2014.

His background is focused on Industrial research and innovation with a Master in Industrial Research (ITIA CNR, Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, Italian National Council), and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Turin, Italy.

Mikko Kosonen

Mikko Kosonen

President, SITRA and Member of the High Level Group of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c)


Mikko Kosonen has been the President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra since 2008.

He worked for Nokia between 1984 and 2007, his last two positions being Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Infrastructure and Senior Advisor. Kosonen has served as a board member with a number of companies and institutions, including Itella Corporation, Kesko, Kuntien Tiera Oy, Telia-Sonera, Fifth Element Oy, Technology Academy Finland and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Mikko Kosonen completed his PhD in International Business at the Helsinki School of Economics in 1991. He was awarded Honorary Professorship of Budapest Business School in 2012. He has published several books and articles on strategic management, most recently Fast Strategy – How Strategic Agility will help you stay ahead of the game (2008) and New Deal at the Top – Harvard Business Review (2007), both with Professor Yves Doz.

Indy Johar

Indy Johar

Senior Innovation Associate , The Young Foundation


Indy Johar is the co-founder of 00 []

He, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the,

Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation and Civic Systems Laboratory. Indy was the Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Impact Hub in the Hub Network].

Indy has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton. He has given lectures and led discussions on various issues, including how strategic design meets policy and a new economy in various forums from Demos, Centre of Social Justice, Helsinki Design Lab, European Parliament, LSE, Royal Academy, Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has written for many national and international journals on the future of design, social systems and venturing. Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Demos Associate, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member, member of the Mayor of London's SME Working Group and Senior Innovation Associate at the Young Foundation.

Eliana Garces Tolon

Eliana Garces Tolon

Deputy Chief Economist, DG GROW, European Commission


Eliana Garcés Tolón is the Deputy Chief Economist in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship in the European Commission. She is a former Member of the Cabinet of Vice President Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition Policy and was previously a member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Meglena Kuneva. She has worked as a member of the Chief Economist Team in the Directorate General of Competition in the European Commission and in private economic consulting in the United States. Eliana holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Antti Peltomäki

Antti Peltomäki

Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission


Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr Peltomäki is responsible for regulatory policy including internal market and standardisation, sustainable growth and EU 2020 which includes industrial innovation and mobility industries, textiles, chemicals, metals, mechanical, electrical industries, raw materials, tourism and key enabling technologies.

Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.

Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.

A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Matthias  Machnig

Matthias Machnig

State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Born in Wimbern on 15 April 1960
1979 Abitur (university-entrance qualification) at Walram-Gymnasium in Menden (Sauerland), then studies in Sociology in Münster


1989 - 1991 
Deputy head of division for research, technology and technology assessment
1991 - 1992
 Deputy head of division at the SPD parliamentary group
1992 - 1995
 Head of office to the Minister for Employment, Healthcare and Social Affairs in North-Rhine Westphalia, head of the political planning group
1995 - 1998
 Head of the SPD Federal Manager; coordinator of the SPD election campaign headquarters
1998 - 1999
 State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing
1999 - 2002 
SPD Federal Manager
2002 - 2005 
Management consultant
2005 - 2009
 State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
2009 - 2013
 Minister for Economics, Labour and Technology in the Free State of Thuringia
2013 - 2014
 SPD campaign manager for the European elections 2014
From 6 October 2014
 State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Laurent Zibell

Laurent Zibell

Policy Adviser, IndustriALL


Laurent Zibell started his career as an R&D engineer in a large electronics firm. He then pursued a career in the field of high-tech innovation as an early stage venture capital investor, a consultant in innovation strategy and the manager of a think-tank dedicated to applied research and industrial innovation.

In parallel to his professional activities, he was actively engaged in associations dealing with European culture and public policies in Germany and is member of the CFDT trade union in France. He holds MScs in Engineering from École Polytechnique and from Mines Paristech (France), a Master's in Industrial Economics from Unversité Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne (France) and a PhD in innovation economics from Cranfield University (United Kingdom).


Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.

Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.

In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London and he is also a Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling.

Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.

Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Jonathan Cave

Jonathan Cave

Senior Fellow in Economics, University of Warwick


Jonathan Cave has been Senior Teaching Fellow in Economics at the University of Warwick since 1994. For more than 30 years, he also worked for the RAND Corporation most recently as Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe. He has previously been a visiting professor, research fellow and lecturer at several universities in the US, including UC Los Angeles. Before entering academia, he was an economist at the Bank of England and later the US Federal Trade Commission. Jonathan is a Member of Defra’s Science Advisory Council Exotic Disease Subgroup. Jonathan holds no other public appointments and has not undertaken any party political activity.

Jon Freeman

Jon Freeman

Research Leader, RAND


Jon Freeman is a Research Leader in RAND Europe’s Defence, Security and Infrastructure Programme. Jon has successfully delivered projects for the Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Defence Equipment & Support and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Jon’s research interests include science, technology, innovation and futures analysis with particular interest in energy, scarce resources and climate change. He has chaired international research collaborations with between the UK, US, Canada and Australia. In addition to his research work, much of his experience is based on strategy and policy work for the UK Ministry of Defence on procurement, science and technology and organisational change. He is experienced in policy appraisal, assurance reporting and evidence-based decision-making. Prior to joining RAND Europe, Jon spent 12 years in UK government departments. Jon has a D. Phil. in chemistry from the University of York.



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