e-IRG Workshop, 24-25 November 2015, Luxembourg.


Augusto Burgueño Arjona

Dr. Augusto Burgueño Arjona is currently Head of Unit "eInfrastructure" at European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. His unit coordinates the implementation of the European HPC strategy as well as the deployment of European research eInfrastructures such as Géant, PRACE, EUDAT, OpenAIRE and the European Grid Initiatiave (EGI). Previously he served as Head of Unit "Finance" Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at European Commission and Head of inter-Directorate General Task Force IT Planning Office at European Commission. He has a PhD degree in Formal Methods in Computer Science from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (Toulouse, France), an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and master degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering from University of London (UK) and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), respectively.  https://aburguenoeu.wordpress.com/

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Rudi Balling

Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling is director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at
the University of Luxembourg. Furthermore he is member of different Scientific Advisory Boards: Kuratorium Aventis Foundation, Frankfurt (since 2015), chair SAB - Excellence Cluster - Inflammation at Interfaces Kiel-Lübeck-Borstel (since 2014), SAB, Leibniz Institute for Aging Research, Jena (since 2014), SAB, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague (since 2013), SAB, RIKEN Centre for Integrative Medicine, Yokohama, (since 2013). Prior to this he was Visiting Scientist at MIT/Harvard, scientific Director of Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), director of the Institute of Mammalian Genetics GSF-Research Center in Munich, Professor and Chair of Developmental Genetics Technical University of Munich. He has been president of different societies and organizations: The German Federation of Biological and Biomedical Societies (VBIO), 20th International Congress of Genetics, German Society of Genetics (GfG), International Mammalian Genome Society. He is also founder of different companies: 1996 Hexagen Ltd., in Cambridge, UK ; 1997 Ingenium Pharmaceuticals AG, Munich; 2013 Theracule, SARL, Luxembourg; 2015 MEGENO, SARL, Luxembourg.

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Antoine Barthel

Antoine Barthel is one of the founders of the Luxembourg Research and Education Network RESTENA established in 1989. He is currently the director of the RESTENA Foundation.
After graduating in electrotechnical engineering (Diplom Ingenieur) with a specialisation in technical informatics at the Ruhr Universität Bochum in Germany he was involved in the coordination of a number of national and international research and development projects in the field of networking. He has been deputy representative in COSINE (1990–1993) and national member representative in RARE, then in TERENA, since 1990. He represents RESTENA in the GÉANT Association and is the official Luxembourg delegate to the e-IRG.

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Florian Berberich

Dr. Florian Berberich is the project manager of the PRACE Implementation Phase projects. Since October 2015 he became a member of the Board of Directors of PRACE aisbl. He is working for the PRACE Project Management Office at Forschungszentrum Juelich - JSC, since 2008. He finished his PhD in Physics at the Technical University of Dresden in 2002. He worked as Post-Doc at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France before he became assistant to, the Board of Directors at Forschungszentrum Juelich in 2004.

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Steve Cotter

Steve Cotter is the CEO of GÉANT, Europe's leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education. Cotter is presently CEO of REANNZ, New Zealand's NREN (National Research and Education Network). Formerly Department Head of ESnet, and having also worked for technology companies in Europe and the US including Google, Internet2 and Cisco, Cotter brings a track record of working with government funders and research and academic users.

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John Dyer

John Dyer has been working in field of research & education networking for 30 years. John has held the posts of team member of the Joint Network Team, head of strategic technologies and business director at JANET (now JISC). Whilst working at JANET he was commissioned by the funding body to write a strategy for future JANET network architectures.

In 1996 he started a period of secondment to TERENA as Chief Technical Officer until joining the organisation on a permanent basis in 1999. More recently John was appointed Business & Technology Strategist working on strategic aspects of the organisation. He currently retains this title in the merged GÉANT organisation. John was responsible for developing "The Case for NRENs", leading the ASPIRE foresight study in 2013/14 and running the community taskforce "Management of Service Portfolios". He is currently the activity leader of the GN4 networking activity: "Status & Trends" that includes the tasks of the NREN Compendium, Campus Best Practices team, the Green team, Community Task Forces and Special Interest groups.

Whilst studying the Physical Sciences at Oxford Polytechnic John undertook research into the interaction of heavy-charged particles with matter. Following the award of his first degree, John spent three years undertaking research into development of novel clinical sensors at the Oxford University Department of Paediatrics at the John Radcliffe Hospital. In 2001 he was awarded and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford Brookes University focussing on Strategic Management.

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David Fergusson

" I was appointed in 2013 as the Head of Scientific Computing at the Crick. This is a post under the Director of ICT (Alison Davis) and in collaboration with the Head of Core ICT (Jeremy Olsen). The aims of the post are to provide a ICT platform (hardware and software) to best support research at the Crick . More specifically I will be managing the provision of ICT services that support research activities directly rather than those which underly the running of the institute as a whole.

I have a B.Sc in Biochemistry & Biotechnology (1988), PhD in Ecotoxicology (Biochemistry) and was working as a research scientist mainly in what is now called proteomics at the Moredun Research Institute, CRC (now CRUK) Beatson Institute and Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology until 2000. I then acquired a M.Sc in IT (Systems) and spent a period working for a spinout bioinformatics software company from Edinburgh University. After this I became Deputy Director of the National eScience Centre (NeSC) at the University of Edinburgh which worked to bring new computational and data analysis techniques to a broad range of research domains. While at NeSC I was also part of the leadership of the UK National Grid Service and the EGEE projects, which provided the international computing grid to support the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. I was also involved in the process of migrating the LHC infrastructure to a long term sustainable form as the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).
Just prior to joining the Crick I had been running my own company, based at the BioCIty Scotland incubator site, advising biotechnology (and other) start-ups on the use of cloud computing.

Since arriving at the Crick I have worked closely with JISC and other UK institutions to establish a shared academic data centre for the London area at a commercial colocation provider and to help initiate JISC projects to supported shared AAAI and user management."     


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Tiziana Ferrari

Tiziana Ferrari is Technical Director at EGI.eu and coordinates the EGI flagship project EGI-Engage. She is responsible of the daily running and technical advancement of a computing and cloud infrastructure that supports international researchers by federating 480 PB of data storage and 650,000 CPUs worldwide. She has been working in distributed computing since 2007 and participated to the definition and implementation of the EGI governance. Tiziana holds a PhD in Electronics and Data Communications Engineering from the Universita' degli Studi in Bologna, Italy.   


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Kay Graf

Kay Graf is full Research Associate at the  Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physicsat at the Friedrich-­Alexander-­Universität Erlangen-­Nürnberg
(University of Erlangen). He has a PhD in Astroparticle Physics  Acoustic detection of ultra-­high-­energy neutrinos. Additional appointments: He is general and technical manager of the Physics Institute of the University of Erlangen, coordinator of the computing and software working group of the KM3NeT collaboration, member of the experiment's steering committee. He is run coordinator of the ANTARES neutrino telescope. Responsible for handling of the data from the AMADEUS acoustic setup in ANTARES.

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Jan Gruntorad

Jan Gruntorad holds Dipl. Ing. and Ph.D.  degrees from Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Since creation of CESNET legal body in 1996 Dr. Gruntorad is member of Board of Directors of CESNET and Chief Executive Officer responsible for both research and operational tasks within CESNET. CESNET – e-Infrastructure provider in the Czech Republic is association of all Czech Universities and Czech Academy of Science. During years 2004 to 2010 he was responsible for implementation of research plan   „Optical National Research Network and its New Applications".  In the period 2011 to 2015 he is charge with project „e-Infrastructure CESNET".

In the period of 2003 to 2009 he was  member of Board of Directors in DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe). Dr.Gruntorad  was also member of Executive Committee of the GN3 and GN3+ projects and in June 2015 he was elected to the GÉANT Project Planning Committee.         

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Ann Harding

Ann Harding has worked for SWITCH since 2007 and is currently in the AAI team. She leads the GN4 service development for Trust and Identity, and works with a particular focus on supporting research communities. Before joining SWITCH, Ann worked for HEAnet from 2000 to 2007, as a network engineer and, from 2002, as Network Operations Manager. She was also co- chair of the TERENA Task Force on Lifecycle and Portfolio Management for NRENs. Ann has gained third-level qualifications in Arts and Humanities and Computer Science and a Master's qualification in Cultural and Media studies.

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Sverker Holmgren

Sverker Holmgren is Professor in Scientific Computing and Dean of Mathematics and Computer Science at the department of Information Technology of the Uppsala University in Sweden. He is currently Program Director (from September 2011) for the Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative (NeGI) hosted by NordForsk, member of the board of the Swedish National Data Service (SND) since 2012.

He is appointed by the Ministry of Education as the Swedish representative in the European e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) since December 2008. Appointed by the e-IRG plenum as Chair 2013-2014 and re-elected for 2015-2016. Member of the e-IRG executive board during 2009, including the Swedish EU presidency during autumn 2009. Chair of the e-IRG Task Force on Scientific Software during 2012.  He is appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers´ committee of senior officials for education & research (ÄK-U) to update of the Nordic eScience Action Plan, presented to ÄK-U in January 2015. The European Commission appointed him as a member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on European Research Infrastructures including eInfrastructures and the CONNECT Advisory Forum for Research and Innovation in ICT.

Earlier main assignments were: Director for SNIC. Director for the build-up of Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science, UPPMAX. Chairman of the board for the National Graduate School in Scientific Computing. Swedish representative in the Steering Board for the Nordic Data Grid Facility. Swedish representative in the European Grid Initiative (EGI), EGI Council from the start until 2012. Elected member of the EGI.eu Executive Board during 2010-2012. Swedish representative in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) AISBL, PRACE Council from the start until 2012. Swedish representative in The Nordic eScience Initiative (eNORIA). Co-director of the eSSENCE e-Science consortium and editor of the eSSENCE application.

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Fotis Karayannis

Dr. Fotis Karayannis has 20 years of experience in the ICT area, focusing on electronic Infrastructures for research, in the areas of networking, computing and data. He received his PhD in 1998 in the fields of Integrated Communications and Management of Broadband Networks from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He has worked for major research or commercial entities such as OTEPlus, GRNET (GR), CERN (CH), CESNET (CZ), Trust-IT Services (UK), Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK) and Microsoft Innovation Center Greece, ATHENA Research Center and Athens University of Economics and Business (GR). He has been involved in major e-Infrastructure initiatives such as GEANT, EGEE-EGI, PRACE, e-IRG and recently the Research Data Alliance (RDA). He is currently also involved in the support of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). He is currently a member of the e-IRG and RDA secretariats and also the project manager of the StR-ESFRI project supporting ESFRI. Recently he started an entrepreneurial activity in the area of big data analytics and cloud computing brokerage.

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Robert Kerger

He is the Deputy director at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Luxembourg. His main responsibilities are on the elaboration of the multi-annual performance contracts with the University of Luxembourg, the Public Research Centers and the National Research Fund. He sets up, organizes and supervises the regular external research evaluation process of the research performing organizations.
Furthermore, he is the Government Commissioner at the National Research Fund and chairman of the board of Restena, the national research and education network.

Robert Kerger is currently also coordinating the work of the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of European Union in the domain of research.
He is the Luxembourg delegate to CSTP and to TIP and has been the contact person for both OECD innovation policy reviews in 2006-2007 and 2014-2015.

Robert Kerger has a PhD in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) in the field of Particle Physics from the University of Bonn. He joined the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in 2002.

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Paolo Manghi

Dr. Paolo Manghi is a Researcher in computer science at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI) of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in Pisa, Italy. He is acting as technical manager and researcher for the EU-H2020 infrastructure projects OpenAIRE2020, SoBigData.eu, PARTHENOS, RDA Europe, and EAGLE. He is active member of a number of Data Citation and Data Publishing Working groups of the Research Data Alliance; besides, he is invited member of the advisory boards of the Research Object initiative (Carole Goble, University of Manchester) and of the Europeana Cloud project. His research areas of interest are today data e-infrastructures for science, scholarly communication infrastructures, and publishing/interlinking of data and experiments, with a focus on technologies supporting open science and digital scholarly communication, i.e. reusing, sharing, assessing all research products, be them articles, datasets or experiments.


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Steven Newhouse

Since 2013, Dr Steven Newhouse has been head of the Technical Services cluster at EMBL-EBI and is now part of the ELIXIR Compute Platform Executive Committee. Between 2008-2013 Steven was involved in the leadership of European Grid activities. Initially, as Technical Director of the EGEE-III project and then as Project Director of the EGI-InSPIRE project and Director of EGI.eu. Previously, he was a Program Manager in the High Performance Computing group in the Windows Server division at Microsoft, USA where he managed the group's standards activities in the Open Grid Forum. Before starting at Microsoft in 2007, he was Director of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK (OMII-UK), and on the management or supervisory boards of several major centres and projects within the UK e-Science programme.

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Jan Oppolzer

Jan Oppolzer received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in telecommunications engineering from Czech Technical University in Prague. He currently works for Network Identity Department at CESNET as a deputy of the head of department and as a member of Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure team. Among his responsibilities are running Shibboleth Identity Provider for CESNET, operating Czech academic identity federation eduID.cz including technical support for members and developing web-based federation metadata tool to allow easy and user-friendly metadata management. He is also a steering group delegate in international interfederation called eduGAIN and a REFEDS member.

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Per Öster

Dr. Per Öster is Director at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland where he is leading the Research Infrastructures unit. This involves managing relations with major research infrastructures and responsibility for CSC's and Finland's participation in e-infrastructures and major initiatives such as EUDAT, EGI, PRACE, Research Data Alliance (RDA), Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), and the biocomputing infrastructure ELIXIR. He is one of the founders of EGI and was its first Council chair.

He is presently chair of the executive board of the collaborative data infrastructure EUDAT and represents also Finland and CSC on the board of ELIXIR. Further he represents CSC on the steering group of Knowledge Exchange, a partnership to promote open scholarship and improve services for higher education and research in Europe. He has more than 20 years of experience in computational science from both academia and industry.

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Arjen van Rijn

Arjen van Rijn is institute manager of the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) since 1999. Through the Nikhef activities in networking and distributed computing, and in particular in his role as project leader of the Dutch BiG Grid project (2007-2012), he became involved in the national e-infrastructure, coordinated by SURF. He was one of the founders of EGI.eu and member of its Executive Board  in the years 2010 - 2014. He is a Dutch e-IRG delegate since July 2012.

David Salmon

Dr David Salmon is an e-Infrastructure specialist with Jisc Technologies. He has a physics research background and works with academic and research colleagues to understand their activities and the implications for the Janet network and the services it supports. This focuses on current and potential future services with an explicit research orientation such as the Janet Lightpath service for dedicated high-capacity data transmission; Janet Aurora, a dark-fibre platform for photonics and optical-systems research; and related software defined networking projects. With the growth of the national e-Infrastructure programme over the past few years this has broadened to include a wider range of e-Infrastructure related activities including a specific state-aid compliant scheme to support Janet network connections for Industry - Janet Reach. David has a PhD in experimental High-Energy Physics from the University of Sheffield and is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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