Mr Jari Kaivo-oja is an expert in the field of foresight and innovation management. He is Research Director at Finland Futures Research Centre, at TSE of University of Turku. He is adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki (Faculty of Science) and at the University of Lapland (Faculty of Social Sciences). He has worked in various foresight research projects for the European Commission (FP 6, FP 7, and Horizon 2020), European Parliament, European Foundation, Nordic Innovation Centre, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and the Academy of Finland. He is respected research fellow in European science forums, being among other things, Skłodowska-Curie science program´s evaluator in 2016 and evaluator of various EU research programmes.
Effie has 20 years of experience in research and innovation policy analysis including in particular EU research and innovation policies, evaluation / impact assessment of research policies and programmes and foresight studies. Effie has also taken up a special interest in social innovation especially in relation to grass-roots initiatives emerging in contexts of financial crises in the South of Europe but not only. Her interest in this area has been focusing on developing a typology of social innovation also in relation to other innovation types and examining its ‘position’ in the research and innovation systems and the consequent policy implications.
Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business and a research associate of the Institute for Economic and Social Analysis at the University of Alcalá (Spain). He is also a Fellow at the Centre for European Studies Jean Monnet at IE University (Spain). Previously, he chaired the department of Economic Environment of Business and co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management at IE Business School, and he was also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge. He has dedicated the last few years to researching sustainable technological change and new policy and management models that address the environmental challenge in an innovative way. His advances in the field are expounded in numerous articles and works published in international journals and books. Furthermore, he regularly contributes to leading newspapers and media and participates as a speaker in conferences on business and the environment.
As a Senior Policy Manager, he helps to channel the knowledge and research results of the International Union for Conservation of the Nature’s network into the EU Environmental Policy debate. Based in Brussels, he also plays a facilitation role in institutional, civil and socioeconomic stakeholders discussions. In his vision, innovation policy is key to help us solve our societal and environmental challenges.
MSc. in Industrial and Management Engineering by Univ. Politecnica Madrid (Spain). Extensive experience as innovative operations executive leading a metrology innovation infrastructure (LOMG) funded by Galician regional government to play an intermediate role among academia, industry and public administration. Specialties: Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Metrology; Total Quality and Project Management. Member of Business in Fact, spanish business angels network. Founder&Partner of SIL Engineering (spanish SME engineering firm). Regular participation as mentor at entrepreneurial inititatives (e.g. Crea UPM, lead by Univ. Politecnica Madrid) and as speaker at international and national fora about R&D infrastructures and their role within innovation ecosystems.