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Professor Henry Etzkowitz
President of the Triple Helix Association

Professor Etzkowitz is a scholar of international reputation in innovation studies as the originator of the 'Entrepreneurial University' and 'Triple Helix' concepts that link university with industry and government at national and regional levels. As President of the Triple Helix Association, he is at the centre of a unique international network of several hundred scholars and practitioners of university-industry-government relations. Henry is also the co-founder of the Triple Helix International Conference Series, which has produced a series of books, special journal issues and policy analyses since it started in Amsterdam, 1996.

Prior to coming to Stanford, he held the Chair in Management of Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, UK and served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, US. He has developed several innovative concepts for university-industry-government linkages together with colleagues in the Triple Helix Research Group at Newcastle University Business School, including: (i) the 'Professors of Practice' (half-time dual positions in high-tech firm and academia held by high-tech entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds and research interests), implemented with the support of the Regional Development Agency One Northeast as a signature feature of Newcastle Science City; and (ii) the 'Novum Trivium', a undergraduate degree program proposed as a contribution to the Bologna process, which combines a specialized academic field (e.g. science, arts, engineering, etc.), with training in entrepreneurship and innovation and a foreign language and culture.

Professor Etzkowitz is the author of Triple Helix: University, Industry Government Innovation in Action (Routledge, 2008), MIT and the Rise of Entrepreneurial Science (Routledge, 2002) and co-author of Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Public Venture Capital (Harcourt, 2000), and Universities and the Commercialization of Knowledge: New Dimensions for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, In Press). Recently he co-edited The Capitalization of Knowledge: A Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government (Edward Elgar, 2010) (with Riccardo Viale). He publishes regularly in Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, R&D Management, European Planning Studies and Minerva.


Dr. John Bell
Vice President, Head of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Research

John Bell is Head of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Research. As such, he contributes to the strategic direction of Research, the research portfolio and the role of strategic partners (via public funding and Open Innovation). In addition, he is involved in accelerating end-to-end innovation R&D in Philips.

Prior to that, he was VP Corporate Strategy & Alliances at Royal Philips. In this role, he was responsible for capturing the value potential in the alliances of Philips. In April 2003, John became a Professor at the Radboud University of Nijmegen holding the Chair on Strategic Alliances. Here he established the Center for Strategy and Alliances (CSA) which is one of the few research centers on alliances around the globe. Before he joined Philips, John was a Strategy Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

John started his career as Assistant Professor Strategic and International Management at Tilburg University. Here he wrote his Phd (with honor) on joint ventures and international expansion. John published extensively on strategic alliances in international and national journals and books.


Philippe Vanrie
Chief Executive Officer of EBN (European Business & Innovation Centre Network), Brussels, Belgium

Philippe Vanrie is since 1999 the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EBN, the leading pan-European Network bringing together 200+ accredited Business & Innovation Centers (BICs), Innovation-based Incubators, and Entrepreneurship Centers across Europe and beyond.

Philippe was instrumental in developing this unique community gathering thousands of smart innovators and entrepreneurs, and hundreds of smart innovation intermediaries. A recognized expert and experienced speaker in innovation, incubation and local economic development, Philippe has developed strong relationship and several collaborative projects with the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA), and a series of national & regional Governmental Agencies.

Graduated from the Gembloux (Belgium) Agronomic Engineering University (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech), and from the University of Louvain (Belgium) in Innovation Management, Philippe started his career as statistician at the University of Brussels (ULB) and then joined the first European EC-BIC (Business and Innovation Centre) in Liège. Afterwards, he joined the private sector where he had senior Marketing and Business Development responsibilities within several SMEs leaders of their market, notably in Agro and Food Industry.

During the last couple of years, Philippe initiated and conducted several partnerships between small business incubation centers and several industry leaders such as BT, Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Auchan. He also conducted pilot-schemes in the field of academic and industrial spin-off, clustering, international business cooperation, local economic development and technology transfer. Despite a passion for Europe, Philippe has also accumulated experiences outside Europe, particularly in Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Chili, Tunisia, Jordan, USA and Canada.

Philippe has also served as an Advisory Board Member of the H-P Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I), the European Centre for Innovation in Geo-spatial and Location-Based Service (an Oracle/TomTom initiative), the European Region Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the International Network for SMEs (INSME), the Europa InterCluster Network, and is chair/member of several Jurys of “Innovators & Entrepreneurs Awards” (“Var Terre d’Innovation”, “Innovact Campus Awards”, “JCI European Innovative Company Awards”, “Stars et Métiers”).

Philippe has or is still active in EC Experts Groups, such as the “Smart Specialization Strategy (S3)” Mirror Group (DG Regio), the “Cross-Border Investment for high growth SMEs” expert group (DG E&I), the “Mutual Learning Platform advisory Board” (DG E&I + DG RTD + DG Regio), and the Micro-Enterprises and SME working Group (ENISA EC-Agency).


Dr. David Docherty
Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, UK

David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, which is the industry body for digital television in the UK.

In the media world, he was the BBC first Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of TV. In the commercial world, he headed up cable company Telewest’s drive into broadband content and services as MD Broadband.

He has been Chief Executive of two media companies providing television and interactive media. In the public sector, he was Chair of Governors of the University of Bedfordshire and was a member of various government advisory panels on new media and future technology. He is also on the management board of The Society of Authors.

He has written extensively on media and technology convergence as a regular columnist for the Guardian, but also for the Financial Times and other national newspapers. He is in regular demand as a speaker at the world’s leading media conferences and has served on government committees on the future of technology.

David has senior board level experience as a member of the BBC’s Board of Management, Telewest’s seven-person Executive Board, YooMedia’s board, and as Chairman and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire.

He is the author of six books, including three on the history and sociology of the media, three internationally published novels, and many academic articles across on subjects as diverse as theology, media and sociology..


Lucia Recalde Langarica
Head of Unit - European Institute of Technology at the European Commission

Lucia RECALDE LANGARICA is the Head of Unit - European Institute of Technology at the European Commission's European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is the first EU initiative to fully integrate all three sides of the Knowledge Triangle (higher education, research and business) by way of so-called Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

Lucia graduated in Political Science and Law at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. She holds a post-graduate degree in EU studies from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Between 1990-1995 she worked for the Directorate of European Affairs of the Basque Government. Joining the Commission in 1995, she spent 10 years in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) dealing inter alia, with the European Social Fund and the implementation of the European Employment Strategy. In 2006, she joined the European Institute of Technology.


Dr. Laurent Mieville
Author of "From Science-to-Business", Founder and Director of Unitec, Past President of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP)

Dr. Laurent Mieville is Past President of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP.net), Founder and Director of Unitec - the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Geneva, and co-founder of the Swiss Technology Transfer association (SWITT). He has negotiated successfully more than 200 technology transfer and partnering deals with firms, including the creation of 15 spin-offs.

His book "From Science to Business - How firms create value by partnering with universities" is considered as a "wake-up call for anyone active in R&D, Innovation or Technology Transfer" by Robert Kirschbaum, Vice President Innovation of DSM, The Netherlands, and named as "one of the most comprehensive books on university-industry relationships as it exists throughout the world" by Katharine Ku, Director Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University.

His previous business experience includes several years with Conductus Inc. and as consultant in the evaluation of the commercial potential of new technologies for Glenwood partners, a capital venture firm in Silicon Valley.

Laurent holds several degrees in Physics (MSc, PhD) as well as in economics (MBA) and spent more than ten years in research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Geneva and Stanford University (USA). He is member of the American Association of University Technology Transfer managers (AUTM) and the Licensing executive society (LES), and he is one of the first internationally accredited Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and sits in their board of Governors.





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