Peter Boyd is the Chief Operating Officer at Carbon War Room. The main aim of Carbon War Room is to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy.
Peter Boyd joined Carbon War Room as Launch Director starting with the finalization of the initial concept with Richard Branson and fellow founders in early 2009. At present he focuses on developing and implementing the strategy in the three elements of Carbon War Room: Research & Intelligence, Network Engagement, and Operations.
The brightest personalities and the sharpest minds, the most influential experts in their fields, people that live today to change the future. Meet them at Vilnius Innovation Forum... The brightest personalities and the sharpest minds, the most influential experts in their fields, people that live today to change the future. Meet them at Vilnius Innovation Forum 2013 "Innovation Drift": Innovation Leaders of Today.
Robert-Jan Smits is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro).
Mr. Smits has been instrumental in the development of several policy initiatives in the field of European science and innovation policy such as: the European Research Council (ERC), the European Roadmap for large scale facilities, Public-Private Partnerships in research, HORIZON 2020 and the Innovation Union.
Mr. Smits is chairing several high-level committees such as European Research Area Committee (ERAC) and the Steering Committee of the ERC (ERCEA).
Dr. Darius Sabaliūnas is the Head of the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Organization at the Procter & Gamble Company (USA). He oversees an organization whose responsibilities include development of new human and environmental safety assessment methods, environmental testing and risk assessment, life cycle analysis as well as technical and scientific support for the corporate sustainability strategy and goals. D. Sabaliūnas studied biology, earned a Master of Philosophy Degree in Environment and Development and a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Ecology and Ecotoxicology. D. Sabaliūnas has been with Procter & Gamble since 1997, on assignments in Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, United Kindom and now in the US. Procter & Gamble is a fast moving consumer goods company that serves about 4.8 billion consumers in 180 countries worldwide.
Cheryl Miller is a digital social entrepreneur and founder of Zen Digital Europe (ZDE), an organization promoting greater participation of women and girls in strategic and innovative economic sectors around the world. ZDE initiatives include Women2020.org, inQube.eu, DigitalMuse.org, and the European Digital Woman of the Year Awards. Cheryl has 25 years of international experience in the tech and ICT sectors, and is consulted worldwide as an expert on topics related to digital inclusion, digital literacy, gender equality, youth and female leadership, education and entrepreneurship, particularly in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) fields.
Ifor has been described as ‘one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world’. Since establishing Cluster Navigators in 1997, Ifor’s focus has been on the practicalities of cluster development. He leads strategy workshops around the organisations. Ifor is a frequent speaker on competitiveness, clusters and innovation world with economic development agencies, cluster groups and support. Ifor is a Founder, Past President and currently a Member of the Board of Advisors of The Competitiveness Institute (Barcelona), the global network for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and business leaders working on regional competitiveness.
Loredana Ghinea has been working for the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) since April 2006 in the Research and Innovation department as a Manager for Emerging Science and Policy Issues and Innovation Policy. Her work on the environment and health issues looks at how science and research on the impact of environmental factors on human health can be translated into EU policies that ensure a sustainable society in Europe. This general issue encompasses topics such as impact of chemicals on susceptible populations, indoor air quality, health impact assessment, human biomonitoring, as well as emerging science issues such as nanotechnologies. Since 2012, seconded from Cefic as an Executive Director of A.SPIRE, she has also been leading the ambitious industrial proposal for an innovation Public-Private Partnership on Resource and Energy Efficiency for the process industry (SPIRE) with no fewer than 8 world-leading European industry sectors engaged to work together in the framework of Horizon2020.
Dr. G. Klotz is the Executive Director for Research and Innovation for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). He is a member of the CEFIC Leadership Team, which has the overall responsibility for coordinating and steering the activities of the organisation. Specific key areas of his responsibility are innovation (technology development, innovation policies, societal acceptance of new technologies and products), emerging science-policy issues (Health and Environment) and nano risk benefits and testing risk assessment within the CEFIC Long Range Research Initiative (LRI), as well as managing the CEFIC Research and Innovation Board. He is also a Board Member of the EU Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).
Algimantas Markauskas is a Vice President and General Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics since 2008, before that he spent a significant number of years working at the company in different positions. He is co-author of 2 international patents, and was named the Manager of the Year in Lithuania in 2013 by the weekly magazine “Veidas”. Algimantas is a member of the Board of the Knowledge Economy Forum; Board Member of the Industrial Biotechnology Development program for 2011-2013.
Algimantas Markauskas holds a Master degree in Chemistry from Vilnius University. He worked as Junior Scientist at the Institute of Applied Enzymology (1986-1990), and as Head of the Kits Production Laboratory at the Institute of Biotechnology (as1991-1994).
Domantas Surkys is a president of Lithuanian Association of Straw Bale House Builders. He has been engaged in straw house building for more than 15 years now. He has tried out almost all possible building technologies for straw houses. He is an active member of world straw bale house building movement. Domantas Surkys has participated and given notices in the biggest world events of straw bale building associations. He is also a member of world straw bale house building organization (ESBG) and an inventor of “Ecococon” straw shields.
Tomas is a CEO of the leading Lithuanian mobile solutions company App Camp. Prior to that, Tomas has worked in the banking industry for 14 years, 10 years out of them in Swedbank and held number of roles. Tomas is a happy husband of great wife, father of 4 wonderful kids, has 2 master degrees (Law and management in Mykolas Riomeris University, Finance in Vilnius University) and belt black 2nd DAN (Karate Shotokan). Tomas likes to read the books, play tennis and participate in volunteering projects.
Benas Adomavičius is the head of strategic management module at ISM Executive school. He teaches and consults companies in strategic and marketing management. Mr. Adomavicius is a member of the board at Creditinfo Lietuva. He acts as an advisor to several other companies. He is a certified business process management and performance measurement expert. He preforms research in strategic management and strategic thinking of business leaders. In his work experience, Mr. Adomavicius has worked at IT consulting company CCS Inc. in Boston for over 3 years, in Lithuania he worked at transportation and logistics company Transtrado, also as an associated consultant to EKT group. He taught seminars for over 100 companies and universities in Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Belarus and Estonia.
During his first working decade went through different positions in Estonian
newspapers Postimees, Sõnumileht and Kesknädal as editorial writer, political
columnist and editor in chief. 10 years ago moved to Tallinn City administration to
lead municipal public relations. Since 2007 works in Tallinn EU Office and since
2012 also chairs the supervisory board of Tallinn Television.
Apart of general external communication of Tallinn he is involved closely into
development and promotion of Tallinn e-services and free public transport issues.
Graduated from Tartu University history department (1993), refreshed in Birmingham
University on political science (1996) and Indian Institute of Mass Communication
Wim Dierickx studied Computer Science at the Free University of Brussels. He then founded an IT company in 1987, based in Belgium, which specialized in end-user and IT-professional training. This company became one of the first Belgian Microsoft certified training centers in the 90's. In 2003, Wim swapped his own company for a job as Information Worker Business Group Lead for Microsoft Belgium. In 2006, he moved to EMEA where he was the SharePoint Marketing Manager until 2007. Today, he is leading the Information Worker business in the multi-country region (20 countries) of Central and Eastern Europe.
Emily Wise is an independent consultant – working primarily with VINNOVA (Sweden’s innovation agency) on the areas of innovation environments/clusters and international linkages as part of the BSR Stars programme and StarDust project. Parallel, Emily is pursuing her doctorate at the Research Policy Institute (RPI), Lund University – examining the role of innovation intermediaries in transnational innovation networks. Emily has a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University (1991) and an MBA from the University of Virginia (1997).
In 1984 he graduated from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (former Kaunas Medical Institute) with the qualification of a medical doctor. He continued his studies in the clinical residency in Moscow Research Institute of Proctology and later completed post-graduate studies in Moscow Research Institute of Proctology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. He has published over 280 scientific papers, and is a co-author of two textbooks and has given over 70 presentations and lectures at international events. Prof. Pavalkis has been a visiting professor at universities in Athens, London, and Prague.
Jean Severijns deals with cross border activities and internationalisation in general and with regional innovation policy in Europe in particular. He works for the Regional Government of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands as Project manager Internationalisation. Jean Severijns has more than 20 years of experience in policy-making, matching business and governmental interests on strategic, tactical and operational level. Jean Severijns was involved in more than 25 Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe. Currently, Jean Severijns is a member of the European Mirror Group on Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3)
Dr Jelena Angelis is a qualified economist and experienced in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Jelena holds a PhD on the topic of strategic alliances in the biopharmaceutical sector and Mphil from the Univeristy of Cambridge; a BA (Honours) and an MBA from Vilnius University. During her career, she has provided advice and assistance to the European Commission, government departments and ministries, regional development, economic and enterprise development agencies (in the UK and wider Europe), county and city councils as well as small and medium-sized businesses. She has experience in conducting foresight and trend analysis projects for clients in different sectors, including telecommunications, manufacturing, wireless technologies, healthcare, and science & technology.
Vincentas is a CEO joint owner at JSC “BalTstamp”, time mark provider for electronic signiture protection; and Project manager at JSC “INTA”, Information technologies application company. He is also active in NGO organizsations.
Vincentas also is a lecturer's assistant at ISM University of Business Management and Economics. He holds a Bachelor at Economics & Politics and Masters at Innovation management and technology transfer at ISM.
Thomas Gaartz is a Global Technology Leader of Mars Petcare. Mars Petcare is changing the existing retort primary cooling water circuits from a "run-through" to a "recycling" method in three of its factories (in France, Lithuania and the United Kingdom).
Thomas Gaartz was a Project leader for the building extension of the Mars factory in Gargzdai 2000/1, for the WWTP in 2005 and some others.
Donatas is a Project manager/ Head of Laboratory of personal dosimetry at CJSC “Inta”. He has a good understanding of radiation safety regulations and licensing procedures and is experienced in maintenance of radiation materials surveillance system.
Donatas holds Bachelor of Telecommunications physics and Electronics engineering and has done Master studies of Telecommunications physics and Electronics engineering.
He is also a Professor at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Finance Management, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2008 he was a Vice-minister and later on – Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2007-2008 he was an adviser to the Prime Minister on health care organization, strategy and reforms implementation.
Prof. Černiauskas graduated from Vilnius State University, School of Economics, with Master’s degree in Economics in 1980. In 1983-1986 he studied at Lithuanian Academy of Science, Institute of Economics and in 1987 obtained Ph.D. in Economics, Specialisation in Public Administration and Health.
Dr. Christian Ketels is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, where he leads Prof. Michael E. Porter’s research team. He has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many countries and advised a number of governments and international organizations. Dr. Ketels is President of TCI, the global network of cluster practitioners, and serves on advisory boards to research institutions and government agencies in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He has since 2004 been the author of the State of the Region-Report on Competitiveness and Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region, and has recently served as an evaluator/coach to the StarDust-project.
Working for nine years with the large international institution The World Bank, Lilita
Sparane has gained strong knowledge and practical expertise in the field of
development of competitiveness and innovation policies at local, regional and
Lilita’s present job with the Latvian IT Cluster since 2006 along with her academic
background as a financial economist gives her the opportunity to practically develop
and implement strategies and collaboration activities on all cluster levels. She is also a
member of many international and cross-boarder projects, including the Baltic Sea
Region (BSR) StarDust project, which creates links between innovation policy
makers, implementing agencies and practitioners in the BSR. During these years
Lilita also become an active player in managing Latvian IT sector in-house and export
Since establishment of the Latvian Software Testing Quality Board (LSTQB) Lilita is
responsible for all management and administrative activities carried out by the Board.
She is also an authorized representative of the International Software Quality Institute
(iSQI GmbH), which is a leading provider of certification examinations, ensuring
quality of products and services all over the world, and also in Latvia.
Valdas Lašas is co-founder and/or co-owner of several companies in Lithuania, including: UPS Authorised Service Contractor in LT - Skubios siuntos UAB, Elinta UAB - Industrial and Power Plant Automation, Elinvision UAB - Computer Vision R&D, and Globaltus UAB - Global e-Commerce. Vladas is a TED Conference member and one of the 32 TED Patron’s worldwide. He is an investor in sustainable & renewable energy projects in Europe through GRE Holding. His area of interest includes innovation in technology, education and society. He actively takes part in projects run by AmCham, The British Council, Save The Children, Rotary Club, universities and other organisations. Valdas also holds doctorate in Computer Science. He presented results of his research at conferences in Japan, USA, Germany, Russia and other countries
Luis Sanz is a Director General of International Association of Science Parks (IASP) and World Coordinator of the World Alliance for Innovation (WAINOVA). He is also President and founder of Perfil Trh. S.L., an international technology-brokerage company. He has published a large number of articles and presented many papers on the topic of Technology Parks, innovation, knowledge economy, sociology of globalisation, etc.
He is also editing consultant and advisor to economy magazines, and special advisor to Science and Technology Parks in different countries. Luis Sanz was a manager of Valencia in 1987 - 1996.
Hubert Goffinet is Project Manager in the Research & Innovation Department of Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI). He is the public body in charge of international relations of Wallonia and the French Community of Belgium.
In the Department, Hubert is in charge of coordinating a network of scientific liaison officers and animates the WBI’s Research and Innovation Platform which gathers the main research and innovation operators of Wallonia-Brussels. By stimulating an open innovation approach in the field of international scientific and technological cooperation, he works closely with academia, research institutes and clusters.
Before joining the Research & Innovation Department, Hubert worked for the Belgian Presidency to the EU Council in the fields of industrial policy and research. He was also responsible of the follow-up of various committees of the OECD dealing with innovation and green growth.
Žilvinas Padaiga is a Director for Public Health, Research and Studies, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Klinikos. He is also the Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Dean for International Relations and Study Center at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
Professor has participated as a supervisor or consultant in a number of various projects and research studies. Ž.Padaiga worked as an expert of the Ministry of Health and in 2004-2006 was appointed as a Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.
He is author and co-author of 215 publications regarding health system management and health policy, healthcare resources planning, children diabetes.
Aurelija Martūnienė is the project manager of Smart Women program as well as the co-founder of loyalty card Svarainis. lt which is designed to eco friends. The aim of Smart Women program is to provide an opportunity for women to reach their professional goals and to care of their children at the same time. The project of loyalty card Svarainis.lt combines two goals – it promotes ecological products and services as well as works for a charity.
Aurelija describes herself as the citizen of Mother Erath. She believes that the fullness of one’s life can be reached just by the harmony of personal life and working activities. The goal of her life is to seek the balance between three main aspects – her family, her job as well as herself.
Laurynas is a project manager at JSC „ELINTA“ and head of the board of Lithuanian electric vehicles association. He has been developing electric transport for 6 years, specializing in electric and plug in hybrid vehicles. Laurynas holds Bachelor of Electronics engineering and studies Masters of electronics engineering in Kaunas University of Technologies.
Arturas has over 15 years of organisations performance improvement advisory experience which he gained through his career in Arthur Andersen and EY companies. Fields of expertise include strategy and organisational development, optimisation of business processes, program and project management, assistance in selection and implementation of management information systems. Focussing on serving finance and public sector clients, Artūras has contributed to development of Innovation voucher scheme and is actively engaged in Lithuanian Valley development.
Chris Butler is a manager of Global Subsidiary Governance Services at Citco Corporate and Trust. He is also a member of the management team leading Citco's Global Subsidiary Governance Services (GSGS). Chris is the head of operations for the GSGS client service centre in Vilnius. From 2005 till present Chris is the chairman of the Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania. His role is to chair Board meetings, to set the tone at the top of the organization, to support the Executive in their activities and to ensure that the Chamber represents the best interests of its members.
Mindaugas Gedvilas is Managing Director of the largest Nordic wheat starch company Amilina AB, a successful, export oriented, large scale start-up servicing paper and food industries in EU and Worldwide. Previously Mindaugas has been managing FMCG company Malsena producing bakery flour for Baltic markets and before grain processing industries, he has been CFO and deputy CFO of one of the largest European phosphate fertilizer companies Lifosa of Lithuania and Eurochem of Russia. Mindaugas graduated and obtained master degree of international business management in Kaunas Technology. Mindaugas has been a board member of various companies and non-profit organizations, including Lithuanian export promotion agency. He is also is a major owner of e-brocerage start-up for agro-commodities trading.
Mindaugas Laužikas is an Associate Professor at International Business School at Vilnius University and Leader of GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) Lithuania. He seeks for the excellence in scientific activities related to innovations and entrepreneurship, has nearly 5-year experience of lecturing and consulting (including such countries as Georgia, Sweden, France, Spain, Malta, Moldova and Lithuania). He has a solid international experience as an Equity Analyst in the Norwegian investment bank and a Business Developer in London-based international providers of financial derivative platforms. Mindaugas is involved in many projects as a researcher; the most of them are related to monitoring dynamics of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and innovation processes in Lithuania at national and company levels. Currently he is a Researcher of European project ICT4SMEs, the aim of which is to develop, deploy and assess personalized training program focused at enhancing creativity, innovation and the development of talent among small and medium ICT companies as well as transferable coaching skills, based on blended learning and Serious Games methodologies.
Richard Bergström is a Director General of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and
Associations (EFPIA). In this capacity he also serves on the Board of IMI - the joint research undertaking between EFPIA and the European Commission. He worked at the Medical Products Agency, also at Roche and Novartis. For nine years he was Director-General of LIF, the Swedish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry. During this time he was member of the Board of EFPIA and the Council of IFPMA, the international association based in Geneva. Since 2006 he is an advisor to the WHO on Good Governance in Medicine.
Richard Bergström is a pharmacist by training. He received his MScPharm degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Prof. Daan Crommelin is emeritus-professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics at Utrecht University. Until December 2011 he was scientific director of the Dutch Top Institute Pharma in Leiden. He is adjunct professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. Crommelin is co-founder of OctoPlus, a Leiden based company specialized in the development of pharmaceutical product formulations and advanced drug delivery systems. He published extensively and is on the editorial board of 10 peer reviewed journals in the pharmaceutical sciences. He also advises venture capital groups. He chaired the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (F.I.P.), he is past president of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Sciences (EUFEPS) and past vice-chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).
Claus Juul Nielsen is an entrepreneur with a background based within product development and sales. He commenced his career within world wide retail of furniture, do-it-your-self market. This led to several years of setting up and implementing sales strategies for a large European company within the construction industry and a theoretical broadening through an MBA from Ålborg, Denmark.Claus founded the first brick-cleaning factory in Svendborg, Denmark, in 2003 and has developed the market for reclaimed, old bricks in Denmark, build two factories, actively participated in design and development of new machines for sorting and cleaning bricks. Claus participates in the political and institutional dialogue surrounding regulation, garbage & resource handling and sustainable business in general.
Dr. Virkutytė is an influential Principal Scientist resolving critical operations issues. She is a respected
technology leader offering proven ability to create and capitalize on enterprise-level technologies to produce
significant monetary savings.
Dr. Virkutytė is an Engineering Expert with proven adaptability and innovation in program leadership,
execution, intelligence and provision of environmental solutions to industry, academia and government. She is
a world class PhD graduate recognized for quick resolutions to operational challenges.
Dr. Virkutytė has experience with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA, ORD,
Cincinnati, OH, USA) as a Resident Senior Scientist. She was awarded the prestigious Nation Research
Council (NRC) grant to develop “greener” solutions for environmental remediation.
Dr. Virkutytė was also a professor at the University of Eastern Finland and awarded a visiting professor status
at James Cook University (Australia).
Merete is a Danish expert on innovation, regional development and internationalization.
Since 2005 she has been one of the central drivers behind the Danish REG LAB (www.reglab.dk). REG LAB is a national think tank on regional development – working on analysis, advising the members and facilitating workshops and conferences. Since 2009 REG LAB has also hosted Netmatch (www.netmatch.nu), where Merete is director. Netmatch is supporting the Danish innovation networks on issues like branding, organization and internationalization. She is also certificed ESCA benchmark expert and has benchmark over 30 clusters and two gold clusters.
She has a background from the Danish Ministry of Education and from two branch organisations.
Erik Tambuyzer is the Chairman of the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI), a non-profit foundation of Flanders, Belgium, working on translational biomedical research and biobanking with all universities and university hospitals of the region as well as with industry. He is also a member of the Belgian national advisory committee on rare diseases and orphan drugs, a Fund within the King Baudouin Foundation which he co-founded in 2006. Moreover, he belongs to the membership of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts.
Erik is a Founding Board member of the BioPontis Alliance Foundation dedicated to the development of therapeutic and diagnostic technologies for serious rare diseases in children. He is also working with the Advisory Committee of the multi-year project PRISM of the University of Alberta, Canada, on rare diseases, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
17 years of experience in the fields of rare diseases and orphan drugs, patient relations, and innovation in healthcare were evaluated by the 1st EuropaBio Award of Merit which Erik got in 2011.
Jūratė Stanišauskienė has experience of 11 years in the logistics industry, largest part of it as a manager, and few years in e-commerce industry as an entrepreneur. Since 2005 she is leading the team of middle managers of UPS Authorised Contractor in Lithuania Skubios siuntos UAB, FranklinCovey Lithuania, and is focused on the team members’ development, unleashing their full potential, nurturing the company’s core values&culture. Jūratė is responsible for the business development, ensuring operational and customer service excellence, meeting the business growth targets and financial result commitments.
Lina Bužermanienė is a board member of the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Associations (EFA) since June 2009, EFA’s representative in EMA (European Medicines Agency) Human Scientific Committees' Working Party with Patients' and Consumers' Organisations, she represents patients at the U-BIOPORED research project as Ethics Board member.
At national level she is a President of Lithuanian Council of Asthma Clubs since 2007 as well as President of Panevezys asthmatic community children section since 1999. In addition, she is editor-in-chief of the website http://www.astmainfo.lt/
Michel Goldman, Executive Director of IMI, builds and promotes networks of innovation, in close collaboration with all stakeholders involved in pharmaceutical R&D. IMI supports the launch and successful continuation of collaborative programmes to foster research and development activities on more effective and safer therapies for patients across Europe.
Michel Goldman is Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. In 2004, Michel Goldman started up the Institute for Medical Immunology as the first public-private partnership in the biomedical sector in Wallonia, Belgium and he was inaugural vice-president of the BioWin Health Cluster. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the European Research Council as a member of the Advisory panel on Immunology and Infectious Diseases.
His achievements resulted in more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2000, Michel Goldman received the Joseph Maisin Prize, a major award for clinical sciences delivered by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research, and he held the Spinoza chair at the University of Amsterdam in 2001.
Kåre Riis Nielsen is Director of European Affairs. Kåre is responsible for Novozymes’ public affairs and media relations in Europe. He joined Novozymes in 2009. Prior to that he has been an independent consultant and held positions in the World Bank, United Nations and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Leo began his career as R&D Assistant with Mondi and has experience in different positions in the company. He is the Head of R&D Paper, comprising paper business units but also the Fibre Packaging business units within Mondi Europe and International. Leo Arpa serves as chairman of programming work group of the Bio Based Industries Consortium (BIC) preparing the European PPP for the bio-based economy and is chairman of the Innovation Committee of CEPI (European Pulp and Paper Industries Association) representing the Polish Paper Makers. Furthermore he represents Mondi in the Strategy Board of BioEnergy 2020+ and is member of the advisory board of Wood K+, both leading research institutions in their fields of competence. Leo holds a master in pulp, paper and fiber technology science and engineering from the Graz University of Technology and a master of business administration from the Instituto de Empresa business school of Madrid.
Vytautas is a project manager at Agency for Science, Innovation and technology. His main focus is on assisting technology start-ups and innovation management. Vytautas has experience as a business consultant with Ernst&Young, where he worked on projects facilitating partnership of business and science. Vytautas holds a bachelor‘s degree in economics from Vilnius University and is currently studying innovation management and technology transfer at International School of Management.
Paulius Insoda is the CEO of NFQ, the leading and the fastest growing web & mobile software development company in the Baltics.
Regarded as one of the godfathers of e-commerce in Lithuania, Paulius has been leading NFQ‘s Project Department for more than 5 years. Paulius has been responsible for the creation of hundreds of Lithuanian e-shops, as well as their business strategies.
Paulius is a frequent speaker at major Lithuanian technology, business and e-commerce conferences.
Neringa Romanovskaja is an international class expert in business process management, entrepreneur, founder SUNTRILL JSC, whose field of expertise covers sales process design and management. Since 2002, she has been working in the projects for business management and service sale system optimization, development and implementation of CRM standards, creating export channels. She is one of certified experts in “Solution Selling” methodology and Sales Performance International Partner. Together with SPI (USA based) team and independently she has been working with global accounts in IT, TELCO, Manufacturing, Insurance and Logistic industries for the International Clients (Microsoft, AVAYA, Parker Hannifin, Dell, Philips, HENKELL, Maersk Line, Master Card). Neringa is in active collaboration with academic institutions and member of “Woman And Technology” National Initiative.
Arnoldas Jankunas works as Managing director of Nortal UAB, member of Nortal group - the biggest software development company in Baltic states. Nortal Group specializes in high-end software development serving telecom, government, financial and manufacturing industry clients in 16 countries. In Lithuania Nortal UAB is known for implementations of online service platforms for large organizations in Lithuania using latest technologies and implementation widely using e-signature.
Arnoldas Jankunas has graduated Kaunas Technical University and International Business School of Vilnius University.
Tomas Andriuškevičius, CFA, is an Investment Director and a Partner at the private equity firm Practica Capital since 2013. Before that he spent 15 years in the corporate finance and investment banking fields working for Arthur Andersen, CA IB (Bank Austria Group), and SEB Enskilda. Tomas managed and participated in completed Lithuanian company M&A and ECM transactions with total value of over two billion litas.
Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli is a Director of the Health Directorate at the Research and Innovation DG of the European Commission. Dr Draghia served as Vice-President of Research at VGX Pharmaceuticals (now Inovio) and VGX Animal Health. Her research activities focused on molecular biology, gene therapy and vaccination. She is a global leader in the field of nucleic acid delivery for therapeutic and vaccination applications. She is an inventor on more than a hundred patents and patent applications.
Dr Draghia published numerous scientific papers and served as ad-hoc reviewer for granting agencies, meetings for gene therapy and endocrinology societies, and scientific journals in Europe and the USA.
Arvydas Strumskis is a Fund Manager who has over 10 years of experience in private equity fund management.
Arvydas Strumskis acquired most of his experience during 1998-2005 working as a management team member for the Baltic Post-Privatisation Fund established by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also held the position of a member or the Chairman of the Board in a number of companies: Kauno Pieno Centras AB, Tallinn Kulmhoone AS, Utenos Trikotažas AB, Vilkma AB, Trinyčiai AB, Sonex UAB.
During the period of 2000-2009 Arvydas Strumskis was a member of the Board in Narbutas ir Ko UAB, Lietuvos Energija AB, Mabilta UAB, Itella UAB, DOOR Training and Consulting Baltic UAB, and the real estate fund management company Lord LB Asset Management, UAB.
Dr. Pranas Bernardas Milius is the Managing Director of KTU Regional Science Park in Kaunas for 15 years, the manager of many international and national projects. He has over 30 years of experience in innovative processes, IPR and more than 10 years of experience in stimulation and monitoring of innovations at industrial level and technology transfer facilitation services amongst research and industry. P.B.Milius was an expert for Research and Innovation programme of 6th and 7th Framework programmes in Lithuania appointed by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania and was a member of Committee for Industrial Development Strategy which is co-ordinated by Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, initiator of development of business incubation services in Lithuania. Now Pranas Milius is a representative of Lithuania in Baltic Association of Science and Technology Parks and Innovation Centers (BASTIC). P. Milius is a doctor who has led 4 doctoral dissertations. The author or the co-author of more than 70 inventions and over 50 books and articles.
Lars Christian Hansen is a member of the board of EuropaBio (the European biotech industry association) and since June 2011, he has been chairing EuropaBio’s Industrial Biotechnology Council. Since January 2011, he is also chairman the European Biofuel Technology Platform. He holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, a M.A. in Journalism from NYU, and a B.A. in Foreign Trade from Copenhagen Business School. Hansen joined Novozymes in 1990. After various staff function in the Danish Headquarters including as Executive Assistant to the CEO he has since gained 12+ years of international experience from leadership assignments as Sales and Marketing Director in China, Managing Director for Southeast Asia and India (based in Malaysia), President of Novozymes Japan, and President of Novozymes North America.
Roma Stubriene is a Director of Klaipeda Science and Technology Park. She has wide network of partners in science, business and public authorities in the countries around the Baltic Sea created within the 15-year work experience related to new technologies and innovation support process development in the BSR. She has great experience participating in a work of sub-regional organizations – CPMR Baltic Sea Committee, BSSSC, Euroregion „Baltic“. Previously Roma has been the Director of Regional Development Department of Klaipeda County Governor’s Administration. She holds the Psychology and Pedagogy Masters diploma from Klaipeda University.