Alvaro Herrero Cosio
UNIVERSITY OF BURGOS
Álvaro Herrero is the Rector’s Delegate for Digital Transformation and Full Professor at the University of Burgos (Spain). His main research interests are related to applied Artificial Intelligence (AI), and he has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications in such topic. He has been involved in various publicly and privately funded research projects, and has supervised several PhD thesis exploring the application of AI to several different real-life problems. Álvaro Herrero is an IEEE Senior Member and the Chair of the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society – Spanish Chapter; he has also been an Officer at IEEE Spain. He is the President of the Digital Innovation Hub on Livestock, Environment, Agriculture & Forest (DIH-LEAF).
Bernardo Santos e Sousa
Portugal Digital Mission
Coordinator in the Portugal Digital Mission Structure. Coordinate Pillar I of the Action Plan for Digital Transition – aiming training and digital inclusion of people -, assuming the following responsibilities: mobilize public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the Action Plan; monitor the implementation of all initiatives under Pillar I and achieve all KPIs; design new measures and initiatives within the scope of the Action Plan; participate in different fora and represent the Unit for Digital Transition.
Professional experience in the private, public and third sectors, in local, national and international environments. More than 10 years of executive management, proactive leadership, new business development, long-range planning, innovation, diversity management, public affairs and strategic partnership building. Passionate for continuous improvement, innovation, business development, corporate responsibility, team leadership.
Denis Hameau is graduated from Sciences Po Lyon and has a master’s degree in public law at Lyon III University. He followed a course at ESCP-EAP Paris as part of his training as manager for the La Poste Group, where he held the position of Network Director in Bourgogne Nord (Côte d’Or-Yonne) in the Val d’Oise. At the Group’s Headquarters he also held also the position of Deputy of the Dircom, being in charge of the performance and digital transformation and the position of Regional Innovation Delegate of the Group.
Since 2014, he has been elected Deputy Advisor of Dijon Métropole for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, in charge of the project On Dijon Smart Metropolis. Denis is also member of the Board of Directors of Dijon Métropole Smart Energy on Hydrogen, Vice President of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) of the Bourgogne Franche Comté Region, President of the SSE Commission of Regions of France and expert of the European Commission on Social Economy and Entrepreneurship.
With 20 years of experience, Diogo Santos is a Consulting Partner in Deloitte Portugal. His areas of expertise include Human Capital and Digital Transformation, having supported large public and private organizations in designing and implementing large transformation programs.
I2CAT / DIH4CAT
Dr. Eunice Ribeiro is the Director of EC R&I Policy and Strategy Department at i2CAT, a research center working in the research and development of digital advanced technologies based in Barcelona. She has comprehensive experience on EU Innovation and Research Funding Programmes as a result of her previous roles as H2020 National Contact Point and National Representative in the H2020 Programme and EU Policy Committees officially appointed by the Portuguese Government. Currently, in i2CAT, she is responsible for driving the growth of i2CAT’s impact in the European R&I ecosystem while shaping its R&I strategy.
Centro de Investigação em Serviços Digitais (CISeD)
Filipe Caldeira is a Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu – Superior School of Technology and Management (ESTGV) and director of the bachelor’s degree in informatics engineering since 2014, and Vice-President of the Technical-Scientific Council (ESTGV) since 2019. He holds a PhD in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra. He is a researcher at the CISeD Research Centre and has been involved in international and national projects. His main research interests include Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Smart Cities. Has work published in various conferences, journals, and book chapters and serves on the TPC of multiple international conferences and journals. He regularly acts as an invited expert evaluator and project reviewer for the European Commission.
Helena Martins is the Public Policy and Government Relations Lead for Portugal.
She graduated from Universidade de Brasília – the political capital of Brazil – and followed to work in the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Federal Reserve handling parliamentary affairs.
She then moved to Sao Paulo and joined Google in 2008, working on the legal team dealing with governmental requests. She soon transitioned to the public policy team having worked on a variety of issues: from online safety to copyright, from disinformation projects to cultural projects.
She has recently relocated to Europe where she leads the Public Policy and Government Relations for Portugal.
Município de Viseu
Henrique Domingos (1960), born in Viseu where he still lives. He has a degree in Civil Engineering by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (1984). He started his professional career in 1985 at Municipality of Viseu. He has post-graduate courses and complementary training education namely in Project Management, Construction and Maintenance of Municipal Infrastructures, Cities’ Efficient Resource Management, Sustainable Urban Planning, Senior Management in Public Administration, Smart Cities, BUMP – Boosting Urban Mobility Plans, SUMP – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans among others. Municipal Director of Public Contracts, Environment and Urban Sustainability Department of the Municipality of Viseu (since 2020), Henrique Domingos has the responsibility of the Municipal Department and divisions in control of areas such as Energy and Mobility, Environment, Urban Hygiene and Green Spaces, Municipal Studies and Projects and Municipal Infrastructures and Equipment Management. At the same time, he oversees not only the execution of Public Contracts and Program Contracts with the National Government and Parish Councils, but also European Funding. From 1990 to 2013 he served as Head of Division in several Municipal Divisions and from 2014 till 2020 he served as Department Director. Nowadays he coordinates several Municipal Programs and Partnerships in progress, specifically not just the project called MUV – Urban Mobility of Viseu, but the Smart Cities Network, InnovaSUMP – Interreg Europe, CDP Cities, CIVINET, CENCYL Green Cities, Pink Circle, POSEUR – RAYT Project, Smart Irrigation System, GREEN CITY ACCORD, EMAC – Municipal Strategy for Climate Change, Covenant of Mayors, Pilot Project for Bio Waste, I-Tree Project among others. He has been an active participant as a speaker or moderator in several national and international conferences which areas of debate go from Smart Cities issues to Urban Sustainability, Urban Forest and Green Infrastructures or even Transport, Mobility and Soft Mobility.
João Nuno Ferreira
Since March 2016, is the General Manager of FCCN, the National Scientific Computing Unit of the Portuguese research funding agency, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia IP (FCT). This unit is responsible for developing and managing national digital research infraestrutures, including networking, computing and data. On December 10th 2013, was appointed Member of the Board at FCT and was responsible for all ICT related activities.On January 11th 2013, was appointed President of the Board of Directors at Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN). On October 1993 joined FCCN, as Technical Manager. In this period was responsible for a wide range of networking services and both national and international projects. The main focus of activity in this period was the connectivity services and projects of Rede Ciência, Tecnologia e Sociedade (RCTS), namely the implementation of a fiber optics network. Additionally has developed this platform for the advancement of Science and R&D in the context of the European research networks and the GÉANT network.
CENTRO NACIONAL DE CIBERSEGURANÇA
Master in Law and Security from the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a degree in Systems Engineering and Informatics from the University of Minho, he is coordinator of the National Cybersecurity Center and a member appointed to the board of directors of the European Cybersecurity Agency – ENISA.
Luísa Ribeiro Lopes
Luisa Ribeiro Lopes, President of the .PT Board of Directors, the entity responsible for the management of the national top-level domain, is the new coordinator of the Inclusion Axis of the e.2030 Digital Skills National Initiative, Portugal INCoDe.2030, following an invitation by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro, for the work carried out by this top manager, who believes that “Digital Inclusion is Social Inclusion” and in order to ensure that, in all axes of the program, goals and actions are defined that con
Polytechnic of Leiria
Nuno M. M. Rodrigues is the Vice-President for Research of the Polytechnic of Leiria (www.ipleiria.pt) and the Coordinator of the Regional University Network – European University (www.run-eu.eu). RUN-EU is composed by eight Universities from six European countries, committed with the delivery of the future and advanced skills necessary for its students and with the sustainable economic, social, cultural and environmental progress of their regions and stakeholders. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the School of Technology and Management and has a track record in pedagogical and scientific management activities, including Coordinator of the Electrical Engineering course (2010-2013), Vice-Director of the School of Technology and Management (2014-2018) and the participation in several academic and management bodies.He holds a PhD in Electrotechnical Engineering from the University of Coimbra and is a senior researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications. He has led and participated in several national and international projects, oriented two PhD theses and several MSc theses. He is co-author of a book and more than 100 publications, including book chapters and papers in national and international journals and conferences.
Chairman of the Board at Food4Sustainability, a collaborative laboratory headquartered in Idanha-a-Nova, focused on innovation in sustainable agriculture, ecosystem services, circular bioeconomy and healthy food. Head of Operations at BGI, an international venture accelerator born out of the MIT Portugal Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, leading internationalization projects with EIT Health. Experienced digital transition manager and consultant, mainly in the financial and public sectors. MBA, software and computer science engineer and expert in enterprise architecture, process and information management, interoperability and digital preservation.
Dr. Recep Varcin: is Turkish. Dr. Varcin received his B.S and M.Sin sociology from the Middle East Technical University and his Ph.D in sociology from the University of Oregon, USA. He has over 25 years of experience in managing/leading several internationally funded projects in the areas of, including but not limited to, labor market, employment measures, human resources development, career counselling, regional development, vocational and technical education and other social policy areas in Turkey and formerly transitional economies (Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic). Dr. Varcin has various books and articles in various areas of sociology and particularly on sociology of work, and labor. He has extensive experience in designing training and re-training programs in order to increase employability of people according to their interests, occupational values and aspirations.
Dr. Varcin founded Center for the Study of Human Resources Management and Career Counselling, first in its kind in Turkey, in 2002 and directed the Center until 2017. He is also a founder of Career Counselling and Human Resources Development Association- KARDER in 2005 and serving as President since its foundation.
Vasco Lagarto has a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and has the status of Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems, from the University of Essex, in England. He started his professional activity at the Telecommunications Study Center of Portugal Telecom (currently AlticeLabs), being responsible for the development of telecommunications equipment used in the digitization of the national network, as well as some optical transmission equipment. Between 1974 and 1979, he taught several subjects in the field of telecommunications, while teaching at the University of Aveiro. He has extensive experience in the sector of ICTs and in the coordination of national and international projects.
Vincent Trenchant is an associate professor at the new campus of ESEO Dijon (France) where he coordinates the deployment of engineering courses and the creation of the e-health option. His main scientific topics are embedded systems and control system theory. Vincent has a PhD in automatics, an engineer’s degree in micromecanics and a master’s degree in mechatronics. Regarding course conception, Vincent created in 2018 the Cooperative Complex Systems option in the engineering school ELISA Aerospace (Picardie, France).