Our speakers

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Darja Isaksson, Sweden

Darja Isaksson is since August 2018 Director General at Vinnova – Sweden´s Innovation Agency. She is the founder of two agencies, working with business- and product development for clients such as Sony Ericsson, IKEA and Husqvarna. Apart from being executive advisor and board member of multiple companies, she serves as advisor to the Swedish Government in the Digitalisation Council as well as the Swedish Prime Ministers Innovation Council, evaluated national research and innovation programmes and served on the board of Swedish research institutes RISE ICT and RISE Interactive. As a result of her work, she has been awarded "Most powerful opinion maker in Sweden", and is listed as one of the "Worlds' 100 most influential people in digital government.

Opening keynote: Innovation accelerating societal change

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Jan Breitinger, Germany

Project lead 'Innovation for Transformation', Bertelsmann Stiftung.


As head of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s innovation project, Jan Breitinger develops innovation policies that help shape a truly sustainable economy. He focuses primarily on the question of how to combine economic competitiveness with societal development.


Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung, Jan worked as strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He studied history and economics at the Universities of Heidelberg, Lund, and Marburg, and earned his doctorate with a study on the history of Lake Victoria.

Session: Anchoring innovation: the external perspective  

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Julian David, UK

CEO of techUK, the Digital Technology Trade Association. 


Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing 850 member companies, comprising Global and National Champions and more than 500 SMEs.  He is a member of the UK Government and Industry Cyber Growth Partnership, the Digital Economy Council and the Department of International Trade’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group.  He is also the Vice President for National Trade Associations on the Executive Board of DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President representing Europe on the board of WITSA the Worldwide IT Association.  He is also a Member of the Board of the Health innovation Network, the South London Academic Health Science Network. 

Session: Anchoring innovation: the external perspective

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Ebba Lund, IASP

Chief Executive Officer of IASP and a member of its Executive Board.

Ebba Lund’s leadership role at IASP focuses on international relations, business opportunities for science and technology parks and their companies, and support to a global membership of science/technology parks and areas of innovation in more than 70 countries. 


Ebba has implemented and developed many knowledge-based services for science and technology parks around the world in her work at IASP. She has led the organisation of 18 IASP World Conferences, and has close to 20 years’ experience in the industry of innovation ecosystems.


She holds an MA in Media Studies from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and an Executive MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

Session: Findings from the 2021 IASP survey

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Josep Piqué, Spain

Josep Piqué is President of La Salle Technova Barcelona – La Salle Innovation Park.

He is a PhD in Innovation Ecosystems from La Salle URL, and is a Telecommunication Engineer from La Salle and UPC and MBA from ESADE. He also holds diplomas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California-Berkeley and Universitat Ramon Llull.


He is President of XPCAT (Catalan Network of Science Parks), Vice-President of APTE (Spanish Network of Science Parks) and Past President of IASP.  The focus of his work is the promotion of Knowledge-based Economy and Society in order to consolidate Knowledge Cities on Smart Cities.

Session: Open Innovation and the deal flow of disruption: insights from our industry


McLean Sibanda, South Africa

Managing Director of Bigen Global Limited


Before joining Bigen in 2018, Mclean Sibanda was CEO of The Innovation Hub, where he led its repositioning to focus on innovation. He has served on various boards in South Africa and Kenya. He was on the IASP Executive Board as President of the Advisory Council and Africa Division President, and contributed to IASP’s global expertise and capacity development in Africa.

In 2007, he co-founded intellectual property firm Sibanda & Zantwijk Attorneys and Intangible Consulting / IdeaNav. He was the chief drafter of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act; and consults to the World Intellectual Property Organisation in addition to being a visiting lecturer at Africa University. He is an author of a book Nuts & Bolts - Strengthening Africa’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems published in Jan 2021.

Session: Anchoring innovation: the external perspective



Daria Tataj, Poland

Founder and CEO of Tataj Innovation.


Tataj Innovation is an R&D firm that develops Network IQ diagnostic solutions to optimize teams and implement organizational network strategies. Her key clients include tech and science-based startups from best research universities such as Masood Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Manchester in the UK, to complex, multinational consortia such as EIT Health, and multistakeholder institutions such as UNESCO and UNDP.

Dr. Tataj is the author of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Growth Model for Europe Beyond the Crisis”  which shaped the set up of the EIT European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities. She sits on a number of boards, most notably of EIT Manufacturing, the largest Industry 4.0 consortium in Europe. She regularly publishes high-level policy briefs and was the Chair of RISE, an expert group advising directly the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation on Horizon Europe, the 100 billion R&I funding program in Europe.

Session: The future of work – coping with disruption in the workplace: the external perspective 

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Eduardo P. Braun, Argentina

Eduardo P. Braun is a leadership expert and author. For more than 15 years Eduardo has traveled the globe and engaged in conversations with world-renowned management leaders, heads of state, and top academics and entrepreneurs, including personalities such as Jack Welch, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Gary Hamel, Richard Branson, and Pope Francis, among others.


The result of those conversation are included in his book 'People first leadership', in which he also share his new vision of leadership where the new CEO -or Chief Emotions Officer- establishes stronger connections that get better results and create a culture of inspiration and success.

Closing keynote: A culture of innovation: the fundamental role of culture in the development of an ecosystem

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Herbert Chen, China

Mr. Herbert Hong Bo Chen joined the management company (Tus-Holdings) of Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark, Beijing, China) in 2001. He played a vital role in the management team of TusPark. He was not only in charge of the daily operation of TusPark, such as setting up & operating the branding policy and general administration departments, but also contributed significantly to the establishment and operation of the park’s comprehensive value-added service system.


Thanks to Herbert and the management team, TusPark is now the best-known university science park in China, with more than 8000 international and local hi-tech startups living and working in TusPark Beijing and it’s over 300 branches all over China and around the world. Herbert served as the President of the Asia-Pacific Division of the Association twice, and he has been Vice-President of IASP since 2018.

Session: The future of work – coping with disruption in the workplace: insights from our industry 

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Léan Doody, Ireland

Integrated Cities and Planning Leader for Europe at Arup.

Léan has over 20 years of professional experience, including advising clients from city and national governments to private developers, and on a variety of projects involving extensive strategy and policy work on the application of smart technologies and the future of work. Recent project work includes strategy and policy work for Danish and Singaporean governments, the Greater London Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Dublin City Council, Sydney, Canberra and major masterplanning projects in Denmark, the UK, Singapore and Dubai. She led the development of a strategic report for IPUT, Ireland’s leading property company, on the future of work and placemaking post C-19.

Léan speaks often on the future of cities and real estate, and has been quoted in international media including the New York Times, Vogue Business, the Financial Times, BBC, the Economist, and Domus. She holds a Masters degree in urban policy and design from the London School of Economics.

Session: The future of work - coping with disruption in the workplace: the external perspective


Lena Miranda, Sweden

CEO of Linköping Science Park.


She has a broad experience including business development, sales, management, innovation and marketing. Lena Miranda is former President of the European Division within IASP, she is also the chairman of Swedish Incubators and Science Parks as well as member of the Swedish Innovation Council, led by the Prime Minister of Sweden.

Session: Anchoring innovation: insights from our industry


Gavin Poole, UK

CEO of Here East.

After serving in the Royal Air Force for more than 20 years as an engineering officer, Gavin Poole joined the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and has led the Here East project since 2012, when he launched the original vision and bid team. His vision for Here East has been instrumental in creating what has become the most successful re-development of an Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre globally, and one of the fastest growing business clusters in London. Gavin also sits on the Advisory Board of the Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates and is a London Technology Ambassador for the Mayor of London. In addition, he sits on the Advisory Board for London Tech Week.

Session: Anchoring innovation: insights from our industry

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Cirano Silveira, Brazil

R&D Director at the HP Brasil Innovation Center.


Located at PUCRS Technology and Science Park - TECNOPUC, in Porto Alegre/RS/Brazil, the Center is the core of an R&D Ecosystem comprised of several Brazilian universities and research institutions. There are approximately 800 people taking part in this innovative collaboration today – ranging from employees to partners, and the group is focused on expanding and accelerating technology knowledge transfer, and developing products and solutions to enhance HP’s competitiveness in the market.

Cirano joined in 1988 as a software development engineer. In the last 20 years he has been dedicated to R&D at the company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and a master’s degree in Computer Science in the same university.

Session: Going the extra mile: resident companies supported by their innovation communities


Albert Wong, China

CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region. As Hong Kong’s largest R&D base, HKSTP is home to more than 11,000 R&D professionals and 1,000 technology companies from 23 countries and regions.  


Albert Wong was appointed CEO of HKSTP in 2016. Under his leadership, HKSTP has made great strides in accelerating technological innovation and commercialisation, and was named Incubator of the Year 2019 by the Asian Association of Business Incubation (AABI) for its outstanding performance in catalysing the growth and success of technology startups through its incubation programmes. Albert possesses more than 30 years of experience in commercial, industrial and leadership roles with various multinationals, including 15 years spent with GE in the US headquarters, Asia-Pacific and China, where he was responsible for M&A, Business Development, Product Management and Business Operations.

Session: Anchoring innovation: insights from our industry

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Mai Louise Agerskov, Denmark


Prior to joining INCUBA, Mai Louise Agerskov was the CEO at a start-up supported by the INSERO foundation within the development, test and implementation of new sustainable energy solutions and smart grid. Having spent the last 14 years as CEO in the field of science and technology, her expertise lies in strategy and business development, sales and marketing, as well as management and organizational development.  She holds a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Aalborg University and a Business Diploma from Aarhus University and has been an external lecturer at Aarhus University for 9 years teaching Strategic Management of Organizations. She just completed the two-year MIT REAP program at MIT Sloane with focus on regional entrepreneurship acceleration.

Session: The future of work – coping with disruption in the workplace: insights from our industry 

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Mete Coban, UK

As CEO of My Life My Say, Mete is best known for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections. The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London borough of Hackney, he is currently serving the administration as the Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm.

Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election campaign, leading on youth engagement. Mete holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Practice, both from the University of Greenwich. In the New Years 2020 honours list, Mete received an MBE for services to young people recognising his efforts to make politics more accessible for the younger generation. He also received the UK Government’s National Democracy Change-Maker of the Year Award in 2018. Mete has been shortlisted for One Young World Politician of the Year 2019, which celebrates the most impressive, impactful young politicians around the world. 

Session: Going the extra mile – resident companies supported by their innovation communities 

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Jonathan Durante, Canada

Vice President and co-founder, Expandify Marketing

Jonathan Durante is a serial internet entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder and current Vice-President of the social media advertising agency Expandify Marketing Inc, a specialized social media advertising agency based in the Alfred-Nobel business centre of the Technoparc Montreal, helping e-commerce businesses generate online sales through its state-of-the-art advertising systems.


Jonathan serves as one of the youngest members of the Forbes Agency Council.

Session: Going the extra mile - resident companies supported by their innovation communities 

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Jernej Pintar, Slovenia

CEO and Head of Tech Community at Technology Park Ljubljana.

Dr Jernej Pintar is a diagnostician on ScaleUps and their growth. For over a decade he is a jury member of a national competition for fastest growing company (‘The Golden Gazelle’). As a community builder he has constructed several communities, and due to his energy and know-how he became known as ‘doc Dynamite’. He is an author of several best-reader articles on entrepreneurial know-how (sales, marketing, business strategy, leadership, talent acquisition) and of a book on public-private partnerships. He has pursued his education at United World College in Norway, LSE, University of Edinburgh and University of Ljubljana.

His passion lies in creativity, in connecting high-impact people, exploration of know-how and tech, music and hiking.

Session: The future of work – coping with disruption in the workplace: insights from our industry


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Jitendra Sharma, India

Jitendra Sharma, Managing Director & Founder CEO of Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ)

He is Founder Executive Director of Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) - that serves as medical technology policy institute to various departments & ministries of Govt. of India. He is Member Secretary of National Medical Devices Promotion Council, and founder Chairman of two med-tech incubators - Medi-Valley, and Bio-Valley. He is adjunct lecturer at University of Adelaide, Australia; Chairman of Indian Biomedical Skill Council and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Niti Aayog, the national policy making institution of the Government of India.

Session: Open Innovation and the deal flow of disruption: insights from our industry 

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Carol Stewart, USA

Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona


Carol Stewart leads the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and is developing the UA Tech Park at The Bridges.  She is also president of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator network serving the University of Arizona, Tucson and the international community. Her expertise in university research parks spans decades and nations with more than 20 years of experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, governmental relations and business development.  As a pioneer in the research parks world, she has driven national policy, standardized programs, created national and international networks, built technology clusters, engaged stakeholders, and assisted countries with the development of their national science and technology policies.

Session: Open Innovation and the deal flow of disruption: insights from our industry 

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IASP members from around the world share their stories about resilience in times of adversity


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