Ivan Garcia Miranda, Chief Technology Officer of Insight Foresight Institute is Experienced Business Administration Professor. He is an associate professor at the Engineering Management Area at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid since 2010. He obtained his Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad de Gijón in 2000 and his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering in 2009. From 2000 until 2010 he worked for several firms in projects related with innovation, grant administration, engineering management and MIS, including ERP implementation. His research interests focus on Technology-Enhanced Innovation, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Miguel Maté, Director of Finance and Operations of Insight Foresight Institute, holds a master´s degree in Law and Business Administration in the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and is currently finishing an Executive MBA at the IESE. After a brief period of time in the consultancy firm Bain & Company Italy, he started his professional career in Telekom Austria in Vienna, where over 7 years, he acquired experience as a Controller of different departments and areas of expertise, firstly in the Systems Area until being Manager of the CRM department, being appointed afterwards as manager of the Marketing Business and Residential department. In his background stands out the experience in project analysis and monitoring, overall vision understanding of finance and business operations; thanks to his involvement in the Mobilko and Telekom Austria merger and to his position as Chief Financial Officer of several small companies. Since his return to Spain in 2012 he has worked with Innovation and Technology companies connected with universities and research centres, helping them in the early stages as well as in the later acquisition of public and private equity, in Spain and overseas.
Dr. Totti Könnölä, Managing Director of Insight Foresight Institute, is experienced executive, advisor and speaker in the realm of innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation to transform society towards sustainable pathways. He has coordinated many strategic foresight, appraisal, evaluation and decision-making processes together with industry management, research directors, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
He has attained experience in Europe and the Americas in the areas of management, research and policy advice especially in: i) the JRC-IPTS of the European Commission and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), ii) research and technology organisations and universities like IE Business School, Politechnical University of Madrid (UPM), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Helsinki University of Technology, Aalto University, Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI) and ESERP Business School and iii) venture caps, consultancies and industries like eGauss Business Holding I+T, Insight Foresight Institute, Impetu Solutions, Gaia Group and Stora Enso.
In particular, by founding and heading two digital innovation consultancies (previously Impetu Solutions and currently Insight Foresight Institute), Könnölä has gained first-hand experience in startups and activated an extensive network of collaborators around the world. He was also instrumental in scaling up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and played an active role in the development of EU foresight capabilities and research and innovation policy benchmarking systems of the European Commission (JRC), incl. monitoring the innovation system of Finland.
He is an international advisor and board professional experienced in innovation practice, foresight methodologies and digital platforms for private sector, governments, European Commission and international organisations. For instance, Könnölä is a nominated member of ‘los 100 de Cotec’, a group of experts for Cotec Foundation for Innovation and a Member of the Advisory Boards of CARISMA Innovation for Climate Mitigation, Sustainability College Bruges and FOM Asesoramiento Tecnológico.
Könnölä is associate professor in business and engineering schools (UPM, ESERP, UNIR, etc.) and an accredited public university professor by the Ministry of Education of Spain. He holds Dr.Tech and Lic.Tech in Systems Analysis from Helsinki University of Technology and MSc in Environmental Economics from Helsinki University. He has also attended in Executive Education on Science and Innovation Policy Evaluation in the University of Manchester (MIoIR). He is a co-author of Palgrave Macmillan Book ‘Eco-innovation: When competitiveness and sustainability shake hands’ translated to Spanish and Chinese; an co-author of over hundred scientific publications; an experienced conference speaker and member of scientific committees. Könnölä writes also for daily press and professional magazines contributing to societal discussion on innovation, digitalisation and sustainability.
David Cano, Director of Business Development, holds MSc in Mechanical Engineering, post graduate studies in Management of Innovation and Technology Policy and finalizing his Executive MBA program at IESE. He David has an extensive experience in management, development and operation of the innovation process primarily on industrial, ICT and healthcare sectors. Trained in general management and innovation in international centres of excellence, highlights his experience identifying business opportunities, feasibility analysis, fundraising both national and European level and its later product/service commercialization. Passionate about teaching, participates in various related innovation management and entrepreneurship program with a clear market orientation what motivates him to establish his own star-up company in the medical sector.