ESOF2020 Science to Business Committee

ESOF2020 Science To Business Committee

The Science to Business Committee includes some of Europe’s leading experts in business and innovation who will enrich the ESOF 2016 Programme by increasing business participation. This business participation will add a pragmatic and commercial view to debates in the scientific programme and inspire dialogue and interaction between research and industry at ESOF2020.  

This Committee will review all submissions to the Science to Business Programme before they are presented to the Programme Committee for final confirmation.

Maryline Fiaschi

Managing Director at Science|Business (Brussels)


Maryline Fiaschi is managing director at Science|Business, a media and communication company specialised in EU R&I policy. After six years managing EU education programmes with the European Commission, Maryline entered the media business in 2007. She held business development positions at Shanghai Daily and EU affairs media company EurActiv. She joined Science|Business in 2011 where she now leads the company’s operations and growth strategy. She is also an external evaluator for several EU higher education and research & innovation programmes. Maryline holds degrees from La Sorbonne, Università di Bologna and Université de Louvain.

Barbara Diehl

Vice-Chair - Director of Transfer and Innovation at Helmholtz Association of German Research Centre (Berlin)



Barbara’s extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation is based on over 10 years of working in various knowledge transfer settings, seven of which alone in the field of entrepreneurship and venture creation at the University of Oxford’s Entrepreneurship Centre (2008-2015). Prior to joining Oxford she worked for the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a science & innovation policy related think-tank in Berlin. Barbara has worked at all three cornerstones of the innovation triangle, policy, academia and business, through which she has accumulated expertise in all aspects related to getting early-stage, innovative technologies through to market. Former Executive Director at the UCD Innovation Academy, she is currently Director of Department Transfer and Innovation Helmholtz Association in Berlin.

Andrea Basso

CTO at Mito Technology (Milan)


Andrea Basso, PhD (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL CH and Stanford Univ. USA) is currently serving as venture partner at the PROGRESS TECH TRANSFER investment fund. He serves also as CTO of MITO Technology (Italy), senior expert for the European Commission and for WIPO. In previous positions served as CEO of Sisvel Technology and CTO of the Sisvel group where he oversaw evolution of Sisvel strategic technology areas and worked on business strategy and new market development.

He has 158 granted patents mainly in the area of multimedia indexing and video coding. While in Bell Labs and AT&T Labs –Research USA, as Research Manager has developed 22 years of research experience and he led research on multimedia technologies and he has developed innovative services and architectures for IPTV and Over The Top (OTT).

Andrea has been involved in the development of standards in several international bodies including IETF, ISO/MPEG, 3GPP, ITU-T and IMTC.

He has published 60+ papers, several book chapters. He is a frequent speaker in international conferences and events.

Luke Georghiou

Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Manchester, UK


Luke Georghiou is Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manchester and Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Management in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School. He is responsible for business engagement and commercialisation activities as well as general executive duties. He continues to be active in research and policy advice to governments and business with current work on innovation management, public procurement and innovation and evaluation of the national demonstrator project for Internet of Things (CityVerve).

Jennifer Cassingena Harper

Consultant, Policy, Strategy and Internationalisation Unit, Malta Council for Science and Technology (Malta)


Dr Harper’s area of expertise is Research and Innovation Policy in transition economies and foresight. She has coordinated EU Framework Programme projects and studies in this area and has participated in EU tenders. She has been active at European and international level serving on a number of EU DG Research High Level Expert Groups, including the EU DG Research Expert Group on Strategic Foresight in Research and Innovation (2016-7), DG Regio Cities Foresight (2010), the Lisbon 3% Objective (2009), RD4SD (2009), ERA Rationales Group (2007), EU SCAR Foresight HLG (2006), the EU HLG on Key Technologies (2005). She has been a member of the JRC FTA Committee and recently completed a JRC study on scenarios to address SDGs. She currently acts as expert, evaluator, reviewer and observer on H2020 Programme, covering joint programming, security and EIC.

Dr Harper was previously Director of Policy and Strategy at the Malta Council for Science and Technology up to 2011 and now retains a part-time advisory role. Until 2011, she represented Malta in Competitiveness Council and JRC Board of Governors. She has been a Board member of the National Commission for Higher and Further Education since 2006.  She is currently a member of the ESOF 2020 Trieste Programme Committee and a member of the ERA-LEARN Advisory Board.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, her doctoral research focused on the internationalization of STI Policy. She has published articles and papers in international publications, co-editing The Handbook on Technology Foresight (Elgar 2009) and Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education (Springer, 2015).

Carlos Härtel

Senior Industry & Board Advisor


Dr. Carlos Härtel is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GE Power in Germany. He’s also an independent strategy advisor to private-equity firms and holds several board assignments with universities and international organizations. His operational career in industry spans about two decades in various senior leadership roles, most recently as CTO for GE Europe and previously as President & CEO for GE Germany. Carlos Härtel is past President of the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA.)

Simona Vernon Knežević

Researcher at the Slovenian Centre for Tool and Die development.




Jadran Lenarčič

Director of the Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana)


Prof. Jadran Lenarčič, Ph.D. was born in 1955. He received B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1979, 1981, and in 1986, respectively. He has been appointed by the J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, since 1979. He also holds a professorship at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, since 1988.

J. Lenarčič is the initiator and chairman of Advances in Robot Kinematics. ARK is a series of international symposia, the first was organized in 1988 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the last in 2016 in Nice (France). Many new discoveries in this area were first reported in ARKs. 

Dr. Erkki Ormala

Professor of Practice, Innovation Management

Aalto Univerisity, Business School (Finland)


Dr. Ormala graduated in 1974 and received his PhD in 1986 from the Helsinki University of Technology. He was a Senior Research Engineer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) 1974-1987. 1987-1999 he was the Secretary of the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. 1999-2013 he worked at Nokia as a VP, Business Environment. He was in charge of developing favourable business environment for Nokia globally. He has more than 60 scientific publications. In 1992 he led an international evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the Eureka Scheme. 1996-1999 he chaired the OECD working group of Technology and Innovation Policy. In 2004 he chaired the Five-Year-Assessment of the EU Research Framework Programme covering 1999-2003. He was 2008-2012 the President of Digital Europe. 2008-2010 he was a member of the Board of Helsinki University of Technology and a member of the Board of University of Oulu 2010-2014. In 2013 he joined Aalto University Business School as a Professor of Innovation Management. 2015-2018 he was the scientific coordinator of a Horizon 2020 project ‘Industrial Innovation in Transition’. He is now a member of Norwegian Research Council’s international advisory board and EU digitalization expert team.