e-IRG Workshop, 3-4 October 2017, Estonia.

Carmela Asero

Carmela Asero, European Commission, DG RTD A6 Science Policy, Foresight and Data – EOSC team

Carmela Asero joined the EOSC team in DG RTD A6 in 2016. Previously she worked as policy analyst for Digital Single Market and Space Policy at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre. She holds a unique expertise in digital agenda policies with special focus on cloud and big data.  Between 2012 and 2015 she worked in the area of policy and strategy in different EU projects on cloud computing alongside organizations such as CERN, Cloud Security Alliance, EMBL and European Grid Infrastructures. Between 2008 and 2011 Carmela was scientific project officer at the European Commission, DG Connect e-Infrastructures unit. She supported the European Commission as moderator for networking and cloud thematic workshops at Digital Agenda Assembly of 2012 and 2013 and, as expert evaluator for the 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. Carmela holds an MA in Economics, an MA in Diplomatic Studies and a MSc in e-Business.


Jan Bot

Jan Bot is a community manager at SURFsara. He leads the Support4research project in which SURF together with national partners tries to tailor the national services to the needs of the Dutch research community. He is a member of the outreach team of EUDAT, works as the Dutch liaison for EGI and leads the "EOSC Service Portfolio" task (WP5.2) in EOSCpilot. Jan has a background in bioinformatics and has been working on outreach and support for the last 9 years.

Laurent Crouzet

Laurent Crouzet is Scientific advisor for HPC and digital infrastructures at the French ministry for higher education, research & innovation.
Dr Crouzet obtained a PhD in applied mathematics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in 1994. He is currently working at the French ministry for higher education, research and innovation in the general directorate for research and Innovation, as a scientific advisor for HPC and digital infrastructures. Before joining the French ministry for research in 2015, he worked at CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a French government-funded technological research organization, where he was Head of the HPC and simulation program for the Physical Sciences Division.

Miho Funamori

Mrs. Miho Funamori - Assoc. Professor, Information and Society Research Division
Strategy Manager, Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform
National Institute of Informatics (Japan)

Miho Funamori is the strategy manager at the Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform newly set up in April 2017 at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan. She makes policy analysis on the world trend of higher education and scholarly communication and gives advice on strategic decisions within NII and beyond. At the same time, she coordinates international and domestic linkages related to research data management.
Having worked for ten years at the headquarter of the University of Tokyo giving advice to the administration, she specializes in international higher education policy and university management, and is knowledgeable in the higher education sphere domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining the academia, she has worked at the Office for International Cooperation, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Science and Technology Unit, Mitsubishi Research Institute.

Now at NII, she works with the Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform to develop a research data platform which is going to be provided to all Japanese universities. She is interested in how the digitization is going to transform the higher education sphere such as in scholarly communication, research activities, and teaching and learning.

E-mail: funamori@nii.ac.jp

Saara Kontro

Saara Kontro, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland

Saara Kontro works as a Project Manager in the Research Infrastructure and Policy unit that manages the relations with major research infrastructures and have responsibility for CSC's and Finland's participation in e-infrastructures and major initiatives. In the EOSCpilot project she is working as a co-leader of the governance work package. Previously Saara headed a group developing services for research data management and worked with the Finnish Open Science and Research initiative. In her earlier positions Saara has obtained a sound experience in organizational development and communications and engagement activities in European projects. Saara holds a MSc in Economics.

Rosemarie Leone

Rosemarie Leone has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, she was employed at the Italian Space Agency for more than 10 years, responsible for ASI Information Technology Program supporting the research and development of ICT Technologies and infrastructures for ASI national space program. Since 2001 she is employed at ESA, Earth Observation Directorate, acting  as Operations Manager for various EO ESA and third parties Missions, managing EO Thematic Exploitation Platform projects and Long Term Data Preservation Program initiatives, since 2014 she is working for ESA IT Department in charge for the  development of new ICT technologies, services  and standards for space data and information assets preservation and stewardship, in compliance to Open Data policies and FAIR principles.

Ilja Livenson

Ilja Livenson is an IT specialist working on Estonian Scientific Computing Infrastructure (ETAIS) project that provides infrastructure and support services to the research communities and R&D companies in Estonia. In ETAIS Ilja is responsible for implementation of the self-service portal and marketplace of digital services for ETAIS customers. Ilja has been active in the area of analysis, design and implementation of distributed systems for over 12 years both in academic sector and industry, including projects like Government cloud of Oman and Government cloud of Estonia where he serves as a chief architect. He has also been part of EU infrastructure project, including BalticGrid I, II, EGI, VENUS-C, EUDAT, STRATEGIC and SUNFISH.

Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez has been graduated in Science Philosophy (Cum laude), in Communication (Cum Laude and Major) and has an MSc in Telematics (Cum Laude) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

She spent two years in the United Nations Office headquarters working for an IT track and trace development project in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. She joined the Andersen Consulting company in 1998 to work for the eCommerce group of the Technology department as a solutions engineer.

She became a member of the staff of the European Commission in 2002 first, as communication officer, then as a senior administrator for research in the 'Enterprise Networking' Unit of the Information Society Directorate-General. She took the lead of the 'Enterprise Interoperability' cluster responsible for giving research directions in the enterprise software interoperability area of the seventh framework programme for ICT research and development.

In 2013, a new unit called 'Knowledge-Management' was created by the new Director-General of DG CONNECT where Cristina became Head of Sector and then Deputy Head of Unit, mostly in charge of policy, research and regulation integration aspects for the Directorate-General. She also coordinated for the Directorate-General the Better Regulation package implementation to reinforce the prominence of evidence-based policy in the Commission. Since July 1, 2016, she is Deputy Head of Unit for the 'eInfrastructure and Open Science Cloud' unit. Besides her management and coordination tasks, she is responsible for inter-institutional relations and international policy for the domain.

Cristina Martinez is married, with three children.

Per Öster

Dr. Per Öster CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, Finland
Per Öster is Director at CSC where he leads the Research Infrastructure and Policy unit. The unit is managing the relations with major research infrastructures and have responsibility for CSC's and Finland's participation in e-infrastructures and major initiatives such as EGI , EOSCpilot, EUDAT, Research Data Alliance (RDA), PRACE, and hosting of the Finnish node of the bio-computing infrastructure ELIXIR. Öster 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 in Knowledge Exchange, a partnership to promote open scholarship and improve services for higher education and research in Europe.
Per Öster has more than 20 years of experience in computational science from both academia and industry. He has a background in theoretical atomic physics and received, in 1990, a doctorate in physics from the Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg/Chalmers University of Technology.

George Papastefanatos

Dr. George Papastefanatos is a senior researcher and project manager at ATHENA Research Centre and research associate with University of Athens. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens. George is actively involved as a researcher in several RTD projects related to Open Science activities such as OpenAIRE (designing services for publishing OpenAire resources as LOD), EOSCPilot (working on the design and implementation of a monitoring framework for the measurement and analysis of the uptake of open science approaches and policies) and eInfraCentral (designing the eInfraCentral portal aiming to offer a single gateway for all E-Infrastructure services across Europe). George's expertise is in the area of big data management and analytics and specifically in issues related to the data web and linked data modelling, data integration, archiving and preservation, information visualization and exploration.


Jorge Sanchez

Dr.-Ing. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P. has held professional appointments to AT&T Bell Laboratories in the USA, Lucent Technologies in the Netherlands, GRNET, Corallia/RIC Athena and JNP. He has served as an expert/consultant for the EC, Governments, DIGITAL EUROPE, TERENA and various telecom companies and VCs. He has served in the Board of CEENet, AIZ and was a founding member of the e-IRG. He has also served as the Greek National Expert on Research Infrastructures for FP6, at the CDT Group of ESFRI. He is also a founding member of three business clusters in Greece: mi-Cluster (microelectronics), si-Cluster (space) and gi-Cluster (gaming), co-founder of three Business Incubators, member of the Steering Board of the Business Accelerator egg-enter.go.grow, and other Youth entrepreneurship programmes. He has participated in numerous EU co-funded projects, in many of which as a coordinator and many related to eInfrastructures like SEEREN1/2, SEE-GRID1/2, 6NET, SEEFIRE, PORTA OPTICA, enventory, GN2, and many others among which PRO3, MISA, InfoGate, NOTE, BC3, WINMAN, ADAMAS, SPACE2ID, CAPSELLA, FABSPACE, etc.

Olivier Verscheure

Olivier Verscheure is the Director of the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), a joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of data science and machine learning techniques within the academic community and the industrial sector. Prior to that, Olivier was with IBM Research for over 16 years; first, at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY as a member of the research staff, where he managed the Exploratory Stream Analytics research group for over 10 years, then as a Senior Research Manager and co-director of the newly established IBM Research lab in Dublin, Ireland, for 6 years. Olivier received two IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, published nearly 100 research papers in top international forums, two of which were awarded Best Paper, is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally, has invented more than 40 US and international patents, chaired major international technical conferences and workshops in his research areas, and served on PhD committees in major universities.

Gabriele von Voigt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt - Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Group Computational Health Informatics (CHI), Institute of Distributed Systems, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

Previously she was Managing Director of Leibniz Universit¨at IT Services (LUIS) for 14 years and director of the Research Center L3S at LUH Hannover and is still full member of the Research Center. She was the Head of the Advisory Board of D-Grid, the German Grid Initiative. She is the chair of the national grid initiative NGI-DE towards EGI.eu, which was revived on her initiative in 2015 and is now enlarged as a merger between Germany and Austria. She is council member of EGI.eu and member of the Advisory Scientific Council (ASC) of CIMNE. Gabriele von Voigt is the Chair of e-IRG since the beginning of this year and the German e-IRG Delegate since 2007 and is also coordinating the e-IRGSP5 project. She is an expert in e-Infrastructure components and operation for supercomputing, grids, networks, in various fields of applications with the main focus on grid computing and supercomputing.

Ramin Yahyapour

Prof. Dr. Ramin Yahyapour - University and University Medical Centre Göttingen/GWDG, Göttingen, Germany

Ramin Yahyapour is full professor at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. He is CIO of the University and the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG). He is also managing director of the GWDG, a joint compute and IT competence center of the university and the May Planck Society.
He holds a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering and his research interest lies in the area of efficient resource management in its application to service-oriented infrastructures, clouds, and data management.
Since 2012 he is member of the IT commission of the German science foundation (DFG). He is member of the Council for Scientific Infrastructures (RfII) established by the German Science Conference (GWK).
Moreover, he and his team is active – often in leading or coordinating function - in national and European projects, especially on efficient research infrastructures in different scientific domains, e.g. in humanities or life sciences. Ramin Yahyapour serves regularly as organizer, editor or program committee member of multiple conferences or journals as well as reviewer for funding agencies.

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