e-IRG Workshop, 4-5 December 2019, Finland.

Pekka Ala-Pietilä
Chairman of the Board of packaging company Huhtamaki, media company Sanoma, and a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP
Pekka Ala-Pietilä is the Chairman of the Board of packaging company Huhtamaki, media company Sanoma, and a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. In addition, he operates in several expert groups and think tanks, for example as the Chairman of the EU Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG). Pekka Ala-Pietilä acts as a mentor for many young future experts and decision makers. He was a Co-founder and CEO of Blyk Services Oy during 2006-2011. In 1984-2005 Pekka Ala-Pietilä worked in several positions in Nokia Corporation. From 1992 onwards, he was a member of Nokia Corporation's Group Executive Board. During 1992-1998, he was the President of the Mobile Phones Business Group and during 1999-2005 the President of Nokia Corporation. He holds an honorary Doctor in Technology from Tampere University of Technology and in Science from the University of Helsinki and is a Knight 1st Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.
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Ad Emmen
Ad Emmen studied physics at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. From 1980 until 1995, he worked at the foundation for Academic Computing Services Amsterdam (SARA) in several positions. He published papers on supercomputing and publishing technology; was co-founder of the journal "Supercomputer". In 1996, he set up Genias Benelux, of which he is currently managing director. He is editor of Primeur magazine. Ad Emmen participated in the European Esprit projects HOISe-NM, EROPPA, and Dynamite and the IST projects WebSET, BEinGrid and IERAPSI and FP7 projects EDGeS, EDGI, DEGISCO, IDGF-SP, e-IRGSPx, and Contrail. For HOISe-NM he was project manager. Ad Emmen is managing director of the Foundation AlmereGrid. Ad Emmen was guest lecturer on XML-technology at the Institute for Information Engineering in Almere. He was and is on the committee of many conferences and workshops. Currently he is communication manager of the e-IRGSP6 project. He is also active in developing the Knowledge Base for e-IRGSPx projects.
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Erik Fledderus
Erik Fledderus is managing director of SURF and chair of its Executive Board. He is e-IRG delegate for the Netherlands. Mr. Fledderus previously worked as the managing director of the Information Society at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and he has been a principal ICT scientist. As a professor of Wireless Communication, he also works at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has over 20 years of technical and managerial experience in various positions at organisations such as the University of Twente, KPN Research, TNO, the Knowledge Platform on Electromagnetic Fields and Health, CLICKNL, and the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP).
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Florian Fröwis
Collaborative Projects Manager at ID Quantique
Florian Fröwis is excited to witness the development of quantum technologies and its impact it will have in our society. At ID Quantique, he manages collaborative projects with academic and industry partners. The goal of these projects is to drive innovation that will lead to better products and services. Before coming to IDQ, he did a PhD in quantum physics at the University of Innsbruck and was a research assistant at the University of Geneva.
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Daniela Galetti
Head of the HPC systems management team,Technical Services Department of Cineca
Daniela Galetti received the Dr. Eng. Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1997. In 1997, she joined Cineca where she has been involved in the HPC system management activities. In 2009 she became coordinator of the planning, deployment and management activities of the HPC systems and optimisation of computing resources in Cineca. Moreover, Ms. Galetti has participated to the activities of European projects like DEISA and PRACE with particular emphasis on the infrastructures integration and the improvement of operational models. Ms. Galetti is currently Head of the HPC systems management team within the Technical Services Department of Cineca. She has participated to the definition and preparation activities of the Cineca Expression of Interest for the selection of Hosting Entities for Precursors to Exascale Supercomputers (EuroHPC initiative).
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Robin Ghurbhurun
Jisc Managing Director, UK Further Education and Skills
Robin Ghurbhurun is an experienced C-Suite executive serving the Further Education and Skills sector for over 25 years. Robin is responsible as the UK Executive lead, for Jisc Further Education and Skill Policy, Engagement and Services. Robin leads on Jisc's strategy for building the digital leadership capacity within FE and Skills institutions whilst also leading on the strategic engagement for FE and Skills with the Department for Education, Government departments, regional and combined authorities on policy, digital infrastructure planning and investment; plus, the strategic engagement and collaboration with other relevant agencies and digital suppliers. Robin is an experienced and former College CEO, trustee and non-executive director whilst also having held positions as Chair of educational establishments and technology associations. Throughout his career Robin has specialised in the creation of industry inspired learning environments coupled with the successful adoption of digital skills, infrastructure and enterprising environments for learners of all ages.
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Sergi Girona
Director of the Operations Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
Sergi Girona holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalunya. Currently he is Director of the Operations Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the manager of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). He has been closely linked to PRACE since its creation: between 2013 and 2015 he was both Chair of its Board of Directors and Managing Director. In June 2016 he was appointed Council Vice-Chair, a role that he performed until June 2018. Currently he's Council Delegate for Spain. He joined BSC in 2004 for the installation of MareNostrum in Barcelona, which was at that time the largest supercomputer in Europe, a position that maintained for 3 years. Sergi was responsible for the site preparation and the coordination with IBM for the system installation. His responsibilities nowadays include managing the Operations group with the responsibilities of User Support and System Administration of the different HPC systems at BSC. He is member of the ESFRI Health and Food Strategic working group; since October 2017, he has been also a member of its Strategy Working Group on Data, Computing and Digital Research Infrastructures. The list of projects he has participated includes: DEISA, PRACE, EUDAT, EESI, Human Brain Project, RDA, EXDCI, ELITRANS, iCordi, HPC Europa, Red de eCiencia, RES. By the end of 2018, the EuroHPC Governing Board nominated him as member of the Infrastructure Advisory Group of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Before joining BSC, he was Director of the Spanish branch of EASi Engineering since its creation, and its R&D Director for the German headquarters.
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Anni Hellman
Anni Hellman is a mathematician and a qualified actuary by profession. She has been in the European Commission and its institutions since 2002, but in May 2019, she stepped out of the international environment for eight months, to join the Finnish team for the duration of the Finnish Presidency to the EU, with responsibility to coordinate the area of cyber security. At the beginning of 2020 she will return to the Commission, where she is currently the Deputy Head of Unit for the Unit Media Convergence and Social Media. The Unit funds European research and innovation on these areas, and is responsible for the challenging file of disinformation online. Her current fields of work provide her with an interesting and ever developing combination of cyber security, disinformation and mathematics. Previously Anni worked as deputy Head of Unit for e-infrastructures, another fascinating and rewarding field. She is a keen painter and loves running after a hard day at work – and as a genuine Finn loves nature and spends as much time as possible with her family in the Finnish archipelago.
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Michael Horgan
Policy officer European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Michael Horgan is a policy officer in the Skills and Qualifications unit of the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission. The unit coordinated the Skills Agenda for Europe launched in 2016 by the Commission. As well as working on the implementation of the Skills Agenda, the main topics he works on are: - Digital skills including the follow-up and contribution to digital skills policy in the Skills Agenda, for instance thought the Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs and the digital single market strategy Skills intelligence, including Skills Panorama; real time labour market information. - Engagement with the OECD on skills strategies, including through the Skills Strategy Advisory Group, national skills strategies and skills governance. - Contributions to activities related to international organisations (World Bank, ILO, etc). - Cooperation with REGIO on skills aspects of Urban Agenda, particularly the partnership for Skills and Jobs. - Follow up of social partner discussions on skills through input to social dialogue whenever relevant.
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Jonna Korhonen
Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Jonna Korhonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland Jonna Korhonen has a lengthy experience with practices, policies and strategies in the education sector at institutional, national and international level. She started her career in higher education working with international affairs at the Finnish higher education institutions. During 2007 - 2015 she lived several years in Brussels and worked for European University Association where she focused on European higher education policy analysis and development, including implementation of the Bologna process. She is experienced in managing and coordinating EU projects, has conducted several higher education studies and evaluations in Europe and participated to European recognition networks and working groups. Before joining the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in 2018, she led a group working with the digitalisation, ICT development and digital service development in education sector at the CSC – IT Center for Science. At the Ministry of Education and Culture, she works as Senior Ministerial Adviser at the higher education development unit where her responsibilities include higher education policy development and implementation at national (Vision for Higher Education and Research 2030) and European level (Education Committee Member, Bologna Follow Up-Group Member). Jonna Korhonen holds a MSc degree in Geography from the University of Turku.
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Kimmo Koski
Managing Director, CSC - the Finnish IT Center for Science
Dr. Kimmo Koski started in his current position at CSC in August 2004 with a mission to support Finnish research through providing world-class e-infrastructure and related services. This has included investments in national resources and active participation in European initiatives. One example of the recent projects is the eco-efficient datacenter in a former paper-mill in Kajaani, which has been running in production since 2012. In 2020 CSC's datacenter in Kajaani will host EuroHPC pre-exascale system provided by a 9-country LUMI consortium coordinated by Kimmo Koski. Koski's earlier working experience includes 4.5 years in Nokia Research Center and Technology Platforms, 10 years at CSC in various positions and a one-year in CERN as a scientific associate. His dissertation work about Metacomputing Technology Koski completed in 1996 in Helsinki University of Technology (today called Aalto University).
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Sandra Kucina Softic
Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the Zagreb University Computing Centre (Croatia)
Sandra Kucina Softic is the Assistant Director for Education and User Support at the Zagreb University Computing Centre (Croatia). She is also the Head of the E-learning Centre and the Head of the Office for E-learning at the University of Zagreb. Her work is focused on monitoring and fostering e-learning in Croatian higher education and providing support and advice to institutions, teachers and students in implementation of new technologies in learning and teaching. She was appointed the Croatian representative in ET2020 Working groups on Digital Skills and Technologies and on Digital Education. Her field of interest is strategic decision making related to e-learning and distance education, quality assurance, educational technologies and open education and open educational resources. She has a master's degree in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). She has been a member of EDEN Executive Committee since 2013 and in 2014 she received the EDEN Fellow Title. In 2019 she became president of EDEN.
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Lasse Laitinen
Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Lasse Llaitinen supports the creation and acceleration of public-private partnerships to strengthen early-phase innovation and growth ecosystems. His responsibilities are related to policies for the digital economy in Europe, too, especially the Digital Europe programme. Lasse is excited about how unexpectedly innovations can reshape our world, and what the role of public actors should be in navigating and steering the boats of different sizes in the global stream of transformation. Previously Lasse has worked, among other positions, at Ramboll Management Consulting for public sector clients and at the Ministry of Environment on climate change and environmental risks. Lasse holds a Master of Social Sciences degree from the University of Helsinki, where he studied mostly Sociology, Political Science and EU Studies. He has also studied at the University of Edinburgh as a visiting student.
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Olli-Pekka Rissanen
Senior advisor, Ministry of Finance
Mr Olli-Pekka Rissanen has worked at the Ministry of Finance (Finland) since 2001. Before that he worked at the University of Helsinki. During these 18 years at the ministry he has worked at many areas from computer security to digitalization. All the time data and information policies have been among his interest. Also public management and strategies has been part of his work. Currently his two main tasks are information policy and real-time economy in Finland. He has also been member of different EU working groups and committees.
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Stina Westman
Director Services for Education at CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd., Finland
Stina Westman is director for Services of Education at CSC - IT Center for Science, Ltd. She has a background in open science and research data management. Stina holds a Doctorate of Science in Media Technology from Aalto University in Finland.
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