Manuel de la Rocha Vázquez was born in Madrid in 1972. Currently, he works as Financial Advice Deputy Director in ‘ICEX Exportaciones e Inversión’. Master´s degree in Business Management from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1995), Master in Iberoamerican Higher Education form Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1996) and Master in Economic Policy from the Columbia University in New York (2000). Manuel has worked for several international organisations, like the European Commission and the African Development Bank or the World Bank, among others in the office of Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2007 and 2010 he was adviser of the Development Policy Director of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Spain. Later on, he was adviser of Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and he worked as Senior Financial Analist in ‘España Expansión Exterior’. In 2014 he went into politics and was named Secretary of Economics of PSOE, position that held until October 2016. He regularly cooperate with the ‘Fundación Alternativas’ and with Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR) and is founding member of Asociación de Economistas Frente a la Crisis. Manuel has published numerous articles and reports about economy and international commerce, global governance, development policies or the euro crisis.
Jennifer Cassingena Harper has been engaged with the Malta Council for Science and Technology since 1989 in various capacities. Until 2011, she was the Director of Policy, Strategy, FP7 and International with core responsibility for the National Research and Innovation Strategy and Foresight and links with the European Union. She currently retains a part-time consultancy role with the Council. Dr Harper is active at European and international level in the area of foresight and research and innovation policy with a particular focus on the EU’s research programme in the role of expert/advisor, reviewer and observer. She has been a member of a number of EU DG Research High Level Expert Groups as chair and rapporteur. Until recently (end of 2016), she was a member of the EU DG Research Expert Group on Strategic Foresight for R&I Policy in Horizon 2020′ (SFRI). She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Malta. Her current research interests include the strategic use of foresight to address disruption and engineer transition, the evaluation of foresight impacts, and skills foresight; and use of foresight to advance smart specialisation and R&I policies in small economies. She has published a number of books, articles and papers, co-editing The Handbook on Technology Foresight in 2009. In Malta, she is a Board member of the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.
Attila Havas (PhD, 1997) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, regional editor of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, member of the Editorial Board of Foresight and STI Governance. His academic interests are in economics of innovation, national and sectoral innovation systems, measurement of innovation, business-academia collaboration, social innovation, theory and practice of innovation policy, and technology foresight. In 1997-2000 he was Programme Director of TEP, the Hungarian Technology Foresight Programme. He has participated in a number of international research projects on STI policies, innovation and transition, as well as on foresight and prospective analyses, advised foresight programmes in several countries, has been a member of EU expert groups, and invited speaker at a number of international conferences and workshops on technology foresight.
Alberto Tejero is an expert in management and organization of technological innovation. He works at Technology Intelligence Unit (Centre for Technology Innovation, CAIT-UPM) in international innovation and technology intelligence projects. In addition, he is a lecturer of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and responsible of E&I online contents at Madrid Node (EIT Digital) since 2015, expert associate of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain and advisory board member of several Foundations and Councils in topics related to innovation, technology and education. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He is a PhD candidate at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). He worked as lecturer and research fellow at UPM (2010-2015), coordinator professor at CEPADE and ESCP Europe Business School (2014 and 2015) and senior ICT specialist at UPM (2002-2014).
Juan Mulet has a Phd in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an MBA from the IE. He was the Research and Studies Director in Telefonica S.A., Deputy Director of Research and Development in Telefonica S.A., Managing Director of Electronic and Communications Programs at Amper S.A, and Managing Director of Cotec. He has been a university Deputy Professor, professor responsible for the Chair, Professor of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a deputy professor of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has worked in the monitoring panels of the Third Action (Innovation) of the Fourth EU Research Framework Program between the years 1995 and 1996 and in the Fifth EU Research Framework Program between 1999 and 2000. He has been a member of the Industrial Research & Development Advisory Committee (IRDAZ) and the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) of the European Union and a counsellor in the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECY), The Scientific Advisory Council of Telefónica R+D and of the Social Council of Farmaindustria. He has been in the Management Board in Axon Capital SGCR, of which he was President, Intelsam Comet, AT&T Microelectrónica de España and Amper Programas.
He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Science Technology and Innovation of the Kingdom of Spain, the High Advisory Council for the Instituto de la Ingeniería de España, the Consell Assessor de Recerca y Desenvolupament Tecnològic de les Illes Balears, the Advisory Council of the Scientific and Technological Park of Madrid, and a Trustee for the IMDEA Networks and España Digital Foundations. He is an Academic Member of the European Academy of Arts and Science, he has obtained the Salvá I Campillo del Col·legi i l’Associació d’Enginyers de Telecomunicació de Catalunya and the special numbered commendation of the Order of Civil Merit.