Dimitri Corpakis

Dimitri Corpakis, is an independent expert, writing and talking on innovation, growth and technological change. An engineer and planner by training, he has more than 30 years’ experience on the European integration process. Dimitri worked extensively for the European Commission in Brussels as well as for the Greek civil service. His work experience spans many policy areas including Education and Training, Information and Communication Technologies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Regional Innovation Ecosystems with an emphasis on interactions and synergies between the Union’s Research and Innovation and Cohesion Policies (European Structural and Investment Funds).

Prior to retiring from the European Commission, Dimitri led the Unit on the Regional Dimension of Innovation managing the legacy 7th Framework Programme actions on “Regions of Knowledge” (that he created in 2003) and “Research Potential”, building links with the Union’s Cohesion Policy, with a strong focus on developing Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); ensuring the Commission’s link with the Joint Programming Initiative on “Urban Europe” and launching the ground-breaking actions on closing the innovation divide (Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs). As of 2018, Dimitri co-founded FoSS (Friends of Smart Specialisation) an informal advocacy group. Dimitri is a member of the Executive Committee (and acting VP) of the International Triple Helix Association, a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and a Senior Research Fellow of the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) a research centre of CITY College, University of York Europe Campus. Dimitri can be reached at d.corpakis@gmail.com (see also https://about.me/dimitri_corpakis). He is also active on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/dimitricorpakis ) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DimitriCorpakis).

Luis Miguel Pinho

Luis Miguel Pinho is Pro-President of the Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO) for the areas of Research and Innovation. He is Director of the Porto Research, Technology & Innovation Center (PORTIC), P.PORTO’s hub for research, innovation and technological development, which brings together research groups from P.PORTO, technological companies, start-ups and R&D labs. Luis Miguel Pinho is also Professor at the School of Engineering of P.PORTO, in the area of Computer Engineering, and a researcher in the area of Embedded Computing Systems. He has more than 100 papers in international conferences and journals, having responsibility roles in more than 25 R&D projects, from fundamental research projects to industry funded technology transfer, including both single partner and in-consortia projects. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.

Luis Coelho

Luis Coelho is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1993 and PhD degree in 2005 in Mechanical Engineering at the same university. He is Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Escola Superior de Tecnologia (ESTSetubal) of Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS) since September 1997 and Invited Assistant Professor at the Higher Institute of Engineering of Lisbon (ISEL) of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, since September 2014. He was a researcher at IST from 1988 to 1997. He is coordinator of the CINEA – Centre for Energy and Environment Research of IPS. He has collaborated in an important number of international R&I Projects since 1991, related to combustion, geothermal energy, solar energy, biomass, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), pollutant emissions, and air quality. He has been responsible for some scientific researcher’s scholarships at IPS. He has several publications in Scientific Journals and International Conferences Proceedings. He has experience in HVAC systems design and he is a Portuguese expert for the transposition and implementation of the European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Portugal and it is consultor of the national energy agency (ADENE) for training experts on Building Energy Performance Certification. He is responsible for the IPS participation in 12 European R&I projects. HE was the coordinator of the H2020 TESSe2b project “Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings. An integrated solution for residential building energy storage by solar and geothermal resources – TESSe2b Project “, no. 680555, Horizon 2020. He is the responsible for the IPS participation in 12 European R&I projects.

He has participated as an expert in several evaluations of proposals under the FP7 and H2020 programmes of the European Commission and of the Portuguese programme PT2020 (Portuguese National Innovation Agency, ANI).

Member of Horizontal Working Group (HWG) on 100% Renewable Energy Buildings and Horizontal Working Group (HWG) on 100% Renewable Districts, of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP), since January 2019. He is member of the Working Group on the Legal Framework for the Use of Surface Geothermal Resources of the Directorate General for Energy and Geology, DGEG, since December 2017. He is member of the Technical and Scientific Council of the Regional Energy Agency of Barreiro, Moita, and Montijo since January 2010. He is expert to the Portuguese committee of ANI (Agência Nacional de Inovação), that discusses the transition from H2020 to Horizon Europe programme, in the thematic area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Production and Processes (NMBP) since June 2018.


André Francisco Pilon

Editor, Journal Academus; Associate Professor (University of São Paulo); Psychologist (State Court of Justice); Director (Health Education Dept., Ministry of Health). He is the author of a theoretical and practical ecosystemic framework for planning and evaluation of public policies, advocacy,
communication, research and teaching programmes encompassing public health, quality of life, environmental problems and the links with the cultural, political, economic state of the world.
Affiliations: International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology; United Nations Convention to Combat

Stefan Ignar

Professor of hydrology and water resources at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering. He has significant experience in development and management of Tempus and ERASMUS+ Capacity Building programme projects in Eastern European countries. Most of these projects were devoted to curriculum development aspects and to Bologna process implementation.

Ülle Ernits

Ülle is the Rector of Tallinn Health Care College in Estonia since 2006. Extensive work experience in health care has provided her with the best possible overview of the principles of health care professionals education and an understanding of how theory and practice coincide or diverge from each other. As a Rector, she is able to influence the training of the future health care professionals and contribute actively in the working
groups of the field. She has education in nursing, social pedagogy and social work. In 2018, Ülle defended a PhD dissertation in nursing science in Tampere University, Finland. She has been involved with Tallinn Health Care College since 1991 starting as a vocational teacher, continuing as a Vice-Principal and Principal and working as an Acting Rector during 2005-2006. She is a member of the Rectorsʼ Conference of Universities of
Applied Sciences of Estonia as well as participate actively in the work of many other committees and associations.

Gohar Avetisyan

Gohar is PhD course graduate, PMP, researcher in Economics, Master of Business Administration, Head of International Cooperation at European University Foundation. She is the author and co-author of 2 manuals, 9 scientific papers and articles.

Vahram Soghomonyan

Vahram holds a PhD in Technical Science and is Associate professor at the chair of Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics. He is the author of 18 scientific articles and 6 methodical manuals in the field of Automation Systems and Programming.

Tine Ternest

Tine Ternest is head of internationalisation at VIVES University of Applied Sciences since 2016. She studied pedagogical sciences at KULeuven and worked for a couple of years in the field of adult education in South-Africa, India and Belgium. In 2004-2010 she was coordinator of the Flemish Justice and Peace Commission, a network of several NGOs. In 2010 she started her career in VIVES UAS as a lecturer in Applied Social Studies, she reformed and coordinated the postgraduate program on sustainable development and from the very beginning was actively involved in different international projects, programs and policy making.

Lies Verstraete

Lies Verstraete graduated as a geographer from the University of Ghent, after which she started an additional study in Conflict and Development. After a career start as a Geography teacher in various secondary schools in Belgium and later a Geography, History and Dutch teacher and a Mother Tongue coordinator at different international schools in Shanghai, Lies joined VIVES University of Applied Sciences in 2013 as a lecturer in Geography Education at the teacher training department. Since 2017, she has been working as a policy officer in the International Office, where she focuses on global engagement, global learning and global citizenship in higher education. She teaches Global Issues to both exchange and VIVES students and coaches students through their Global Engagement track. In addition, Lies also coordinates policy and partnerships in some of the focus countries of VIVES UAS, more specifically China, India and the Philippines.

Birgitte Woge Nielsen

Birgitte is the project manager for courses on the 17 SDG for lecturers at VIA University College in Denmark. VIA Campus North is an education institution with five different health educations. Together with colleagues and external collaborators, Birgitte has developed the framework for courses and the teaching material. She is also coordinator of VIA Student Incubator. For the last eight years, Birgitte has gained significant
experience with organizing large-scale events and workshops and experience in advising young entrepreneurs. She has also developed different cocurricular courses in a co-creation with the different educations. In addition, She is a lecturer at the Physiotherapy education.
Birgitte’s educational background: Masterclass in Entrepreneurship Education and Facilitation at Aarhus University, modules from Master´s Degree in project and innovation management Master´s Degree in Anthropology of Health, Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy, a two-year course in Dramaturgy at Aarhus University.

Laura Eigbrecht

Laura Eigbrecht has been a researcher at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University at the Chair of Education Management and Lifelong Learning since 2019. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of European higher education and future skills. After completing her Bachelorʼs Degree in European Media and Culture and her Master’s degree in Kids and Youth Media, she was a PR assistant at KiKA (Childrenʼs TV
channel) as well as a teacher, counselor and coordinator in the field of migration, refugees, language and education from 2016 to 2019.

Katalin Szondy

Dr. Katalin Szondy has been working as Head of Service Unit Higher Education Development and Section Head Programme Development at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences since 2013, where she is also the person in charge for questions regarding the EHEA as the Bologna-coordinator of the university. Katalin Szondy holds a doctorate in Translation Studies from the University of Vienna and worked for nearly a decade at the Center for Translation Studies (University of Vienna) where she was a senior lecturer and study programme director of the bachelor’s degree Transcultural Communication and the master’s degrees Translation and Interpreting. Her special interest lies in the field of sociopolitical topics of the EHEA, in particular in opening universities to non-traditional learners.

Hannes Raffaseder

Hannes Raffaseder studied communication engineering and computer music in Vienna.
For almost 20 years he has been working as a lecturer and researcher in the fields of audio and sound
design, sound and music computing and sonic perception. He initialized and headed several research
projects and has published scientific papers. The 2nd edition of his educational book “Audiodesign”
was published by Carl-Hanser-Verlag in 2010. At St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences he has
been professor for audio design, was Head of the master-course in Digital Mediatechnology and the
ICM/T – Institute for CreativeMedia/Technologies (http://icmt.fhstp.ac.at) as well as chair of the
academic board. Since 2014 Hannes is member of the management board. As an authorised
signatory he is responsible for research, knowledgetransfer, internationalisation and development of
study programmes. In addition to his academic career Hannes Raffaseder succeeds as composer and
media artist.

Ulla Preeden

Since 2016, Ulla is the Rector of Tartu Health Care College in Estonia. She is passionate about improving the quality of higher education and convinced that higher education institution has an important role and good opportunity to serve the community by increasing the awareness in different health care fields. In 2009, Ulla finished PhD studies in the field of geology and geophysics in University of Tartu. During 2008-2011 she worked as a researcher at the University of Tartu and from 2011 to 2016 she worked as the Governor of Põlva County. She is a member of the Rectorsʼ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences of Estonia. In 2018/2019, she was the Chair of the Rectorsʼ Conference of Universities of
Applied Sciences of Estonia.

Gabriele Permoser

Gabriele Permoser has a master degree in political sciences from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she focused on higher education and
research policy. From 2010 to 2013, she was programme manager of the Vienna International Post-Doctoral Programme of Molecular Life Sciences
at the Max. F. Perutz Laboratories, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2013, she is working at the St. Pölten University of Applied Science. As section head innovation of higher education, she is focusing on innovation management as well as strategic and organisational development of higher education institutions. Furthermore, she initiated and contributed to several projects in the field of knowledge transfer, third mission and regional development.

Richard Tuffs

Richard Tuffs was director of the ERRIN network (www.errin.eu) from October 2010 to August 2017. He then acted as senior advisor until December 2018. Prior to this role he worked for UK regional offices in Brussels (West Midlands and Kent) and also coordinated the UK Open University’s office in Brussels.

Richard Tuffs has been involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, future internet, smart specialisation, regional innovation, smart cities, territorial planning and eco-innovation. He has also acted as an evaluator for Horizon 2020 and Climate-KIC projects.

He was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013 and also served as a rapporteur on the European Commission’s Advisory Group for Science with and for Society as well as on many other advisory boards focusing on education, research and innovation. He was also a member and brief chair of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group and is a founder member of the Friends of Smart Specialisation.

He is often invited to moderate, present and act as rapporteur at conferences on European regional research and innovation topics such as the annual European Week of Regions and Cities and the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe.

Denise Amyot

Denise Amyot is the President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC). The association is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. It works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. Denise Amyot was most recently the President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, a federal crown corporation including three national museums – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. She is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and on the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Council of the Schulich Centre for Excellence in Public Management, Western University. Ms Amyot has obtained a Master’s degree in Education and three Bachelor degrees in Biology, in Arts and in Education. Dedicated to a strong values-based leadership in the Public Service, Denise is also passionate about sailing, cross-country skiing and networking. Denise is the recipient of several awards in leadership and a sought after speaker both at the national and international levels.

Marek Frankowicz

Specialist in Theoretical Chemistry and expert on Higher Education reforms. Coordinator for Quality and Internationalization at State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow and Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Member of EURASHE Mission and Quality Working Groups . Member of Development Cooperation Working Group of the Coimbra Group. Former Bologna Expert for Poland, member of the Work Group for Polish National Qualifications Framework.

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President of EURASHE

Prof. Dr. phil.habil. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is the Vice-President of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart (Germany) and responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs in the Board of the university. He has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the same university. In 2016 he has been elected to the Board of EURASHE and subsequently appointed Vice-President of EURASHE. Ulf has extensive experience in helping individuals and organisations to achieve outstanding learning achievements. He has been advising a number of ministries on educational policy throughout Europe and supported numerous international organisations in their educational initiatives and policies. He has held positions as Associate Professor in the University of Duisburg-Essen, Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the University Augsburg (Germany), and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is an educational scientist and holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences from the University of Bielefeld (Germany), where he finished his Ph.D. with honours in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003, and was awarded his Professor grade (‘Habilitation’) in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). He has created many international, European and national projects and has been President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning, President of the Society for Media in Science as well as serving on advisory board to several professional associations in the field.