All Speakers

Ana Avaliani

Ana Avaliani

Ana Avaliani is the Director of Enterprise and Sustainable Development at the Royal Academy of Engineering supporting engineering and technology entrepreneurs looking to solve today’s most complex economic and social challenges. Ana started her career in a telecommunications start-up with a role focusing on technology scouting, finding and implementing novel technologies. Ana has extensive experience in innovation management across public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the Academy, Ana worked at PA Consulting Group, technology and innovation consultancy firm, leading on high profile projects including the setup of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Lebanon, Beirut.

Igor Beuker

Igor Beuker

In the space of 25 years, Igor was kicked out of professional football and went from a college dropout to a radical marketing visionary and modern-day serial entrepreneur. He has become one of the prominent speakers in the international business speaking circuit. A misfit on a mission.

In the spotlights, Igor Beuker is a top marketing innovation keynote speaker and publicist known for his foresight on trends and technologies that impact business, economy, and society. With his radical vision and reliable voice he inspires audiences around the globe. At conferences and on social media, Igor is frequently a trending topic as “Math Man in a world of Mad Men” and described by audiences as “Burning Man meets TED.”

Behind the scenes, a serial entrepreneur with 5 exits and 24 angel investments, an award-winning marketing strategist for brands like Amazon, L’Oréal, Nike and Unilever, and a new breed trendwatcher for Fortune 500s, the World Economic Forum and the European Union.

Igor Beuker is a speaker, publicist, entrepreneur and investor. Igor’s purpose is to inspire the idea that people can use technology to be a great force of good. Through technology, we can cure diseases and save the environment. Expedite education and exchange knowledge. Create equal opportunities for everyone on Earth.

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson has been called one of the world’s top space “visionaries” and is credited with helping create the commercial space industry of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, often referred to as NewSpace. As a result of his world changing work, in 2015 he won the World Technology Award. He is a founding partner of SpaceFund, a new type of investment firm at the intersection of digital financial technologies and space development focused on early stage space companies. A leading writer, speaker, policy expert and Congressional witness, he led the commercial takeover of the Russian Mir space station, signed the first space tourist, co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation, and was a founding board member of the X-Prize. His non-profit organizations, The EarthLight Foundation and

Dr. Ashkan Fardost

Dr. Ashkan Fardost

Ashkan is a former musician and a scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry. After his music and science career he got involved in the Stockholm startup scene and Soundtrap. Today he’s a Collaborator at the international business school Hyper Island, runs his investment firm Oddball Ventures, and is writing a book about being human in the internet era.

Dr. Björn Heindryckx

Dr. Björn Heindryckx

Björn Heindryckx is Principle Investigator at Ghent-Fertility and Stem cell Team, Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital and Professor at Ghent University.
Björn is author and co-author of 98 A1 publications, member of Ethical Committee of ESHRE, Co-founder of the Belgian Society for Stem Cell Research and Board Member of the Belgian Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Main topics of research:
• Lineage segregation during early embryo development in mouse and human
• Investigating different pluripotency states of embryonic stem cells in mouse and human
• Failed fertilization after ICSI & the oocyte activation mechanism
• Nuclear Transfer to overcome mitochondrial diseases and Infertility
• Gene editing in the mouse and human germline

Jānis Kondrāts

Jānis Kondrāts

Jānis Kondrāts is Co-Founder and CEO of Exonicus. He has been working as the CTO at Exonicus since 2015. He believes in using new technologies for the benefit of people, not the other way around.

Kaspars Rožkalns

Kaspars Rožkalns

Kaspars Rožkalns is Director General at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.
Subordinate to the Minister for Economics of Latvia, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) aims at increasing export and the competitiveness of Latvian companies, facilitating foreign investment and implementing tourism development and innovation policies. K. Rozkalns has been working for the LIAA for the last five years, initially as the Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Shanghai, China, and since 2018 as the Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Germany. Prior to that, he worked for a long time in the private sector in the service industry.

Dr. Aivita Putniņa

Dr. Aivita Putniņa

Aivita Putniņa is social anthropologist, associate professor, head of the Department of Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Latvia where she has established BA and MA level study programmes in socio-cultural anthropology in 2009. She specializes in medical and biotechnology anthropology, gender and family, violence prevention and non-violence research.

Karina Sotnik

Karina Sotnik

Karina Sotnik is the director of business incubation and acceleration programs at University City Science Center, Philadelphia. She is leader with over a decade of experience creating entrepreneurial ecosystems through innovating programs with significant economic impact. Extensive experience in Academic Innovation, Incubation, Acceleration and Global Soft-Landing for startups, universities, and international organizations.
Serial entrepreneur with the ability to launch and coach entrepreneurs to scale, and lead start-up operations, identify and secure key joint ventures, funding, and orchestrate and oversee worldwide operations.

Pavels Razmajevs

Pavels Razmajevs

Chief Operating Officer at Eventech and TimeTag.Space. Pavels Razmajevs holds Bachelor degree in Internation Business and Administration from Fontys Hogeschool Venlo. Has international experience in Sales and Financial Advisory domains.

Dr. Juris Šteinbergs

Dr. Juris Šteinbergs

Molecular Biologist, Medical Director of the AmberLife Clinic, TV Anchor.

Ella Kalniņa

Ella Kalniņa

Ella is Commercialization Reactor’s Acceleration Programme Director. She is a great believer in entrepreneurial talent and systems approach to entrepreneurship. Ella has been trained in developing entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, she has designed and delivered eight deep-tech start-up support programmes for Commercialization Reactor companies. Ella is also a CEO and co-founder of a bio-tech startup Arlabion developing a new generation agrochemicals for crop protection.

Ģirts Ozoliņš

Ģirts Ozoliņš

Commercialization advisor at Institute of Solid State Pysics, Univesity of Latvia. Ģirts helps researchers to guide space industry related R&D projects towards commercialisation.
Working for MATX project in Adaptive Optics field. We are developing new measurement and optical correction technology for space industry to correct wavefront errors and improve optical system performance when observing long distance objects in space.

Nikolai Adamovitch

Nikolai Adamovitch

Founder and CEO at Commercialization Reactor.
Founder and CEO of the Commercialization Reactor science-based start-up creation and acceleration platform, business angel investor and entrepreneur. Entered the venture capital business in 2006, after exiting a $100M+ turnover FMCG business in Russia and Latvia.

Currently serves as a board member at more than 30 high-tech companies, including: Eventech, Adaplab, Conelum Biotech, Pogritech, EVOLed, NCapture, Snowision, ET Tech, Arlabion, Mahydy, NanoOptoMetrics, Vortex Oil Engineering, Koatum, Adiabatic Nanotechnologies, Nano Ray T, ConvertIQ, Alloy Advisor, Catalyco, Earth Pumps, Nivetap, Medhydrogel and Semantic Intelligence. For more information, see: http://www.commercializationreactor.com

Gearoid Mooney

Gearoid Mooney

Gearoid Mooney, BEng Electronic Engineering 1984, is Division Manager, Research & Innovation with Enterprise Ireland. He has held CTO and project management positions in Irish owned high-tech start-ups, is a member of IET and is a Chartered Engineer. He joined Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Transfer and Business Partnership Programme in 1991. Since then he has been involved in every aspect of Technology Transfer and Business Partnerships, from client consulting through to partner identification and from technology identification through to negotiations.

Dr. Andris Zeltiņš

Dr. Andris Zeltiņš

Dr. biol. Andris Zeltins is Head of the Scientific Council and Group leader of Plant Virology laboratory, Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre. After receiving degree from Riga Technical University Faculty of Chemistry he started working on his doctoral dissertation at Latvian Academy of Sciences Institute of Microbiology. In 1990, he defended his dissertation. He also obtained training at Osnabrück University, Germany and University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include biotechnology, plant virology and vaccines based on virus-like particles.

Dr. Kristaps Jaudzems

Dr. Kristaps Jaudzems

Kristaps Jaudzems holds a PhD in Chemistry from Riga Technical University and has obtained postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute (USA), The European Center for High Field NMR in Lyon, France and Australian National University. He is currently Head of Laboratory of Physical Organic Chemistry at the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis and Associate Professor at the University of Latvia. His research interests include investigation of the mechanisms of drug molecule action and structure-function-property relationships of spider silk proteins, with the aim to create novel drug candidates and new biomaterials.

Dr. Pierluigi Mancini

Dr. Pierluigi Mancini

Pierluigi Mancini has more than 30 years of experience in the space sector where after several years of R&D activities in the spaceborne radar domain, he has been involved in the definition and implementation of several ESA missions such as ERS, Envisat, Small GeoSat as well as some key strategic developments in the field of space-based applications.
Pierluigi Mancini has been responsible for the Strategy and the Feasibility Studies Divisions in ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications & Integrated Applications and in this capacity he conceptualised the actual creation of the Integrated Applications Programme. He is now heading the NAVISP Programme which aims to further foster European industry’s succeeding in the highly competitive and rapidly-evolving global market for satellite navigation, and more broadly Positioning Navigation Timing technologies and services, while supporting the ESA Member States in enhancing their national objectives and capabilities in the sector.
Specialising in electrical engineering, Pierluigi initially graduated cum laudae from Naples University, then was awarded a Master’s by the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and subsequently took a PhD at University College London.

Andris Grunskis

Andris Grunskis

Andris Grunskis is an embryologist and laboratory specialist. He regularly attends international and local congresses, conferences and workshops to improve his skills and knowledge. He is a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

Fabrice Testa

Fabrice Testa

EBAN Space Chairman, exponential thinker, futurist, serial entrepreneur, business angel investor, trusted advisor, public speaker and sought mentor who successfully founded, co-founded or participated in the launch of multiple companies which created hundreds of jobs and generated multi-million revenues.

Dr. Rosario Pavone

Dr. Rosario Pavone

Rosario Pavone is the Sectretary at SME4SPACE. SME4SPACE is the Panel of Space SME Associations of the ESA Member States and ESA cooperating States as well as of European Union Member States.

Pauls Irbins

Pauls Irbins

Space activist. The president of Latvian Space Industry Association. Entrepreneur. Science Communicator. Mentoring CleanTech start-ups. 15 years of experience in Training and Consulting – sales skills development, sales process organization, production optimization, supply chain management, business creativity, system behavior.

Géraldine Moser

Géraldine Moser

Head of Business development unit at International Space University. The International Space University (ISU) provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community.

Rudi Tielemans

Rudi Tielemans

Rudi Tielemans is the founder and CEO of UniWeb.
He has a background in Sportscience, Medicine, Biostatistics and Medical informatics.
Over the last 20 years, Rudi and his company specialized in tailored web and mobile applications for Healthcare and Pharma.
Rudi Tielemans is an expert in regulatory requirements for both Clinical Trials software and Software as a Medical Device for Healthcare.
UniWeb is also involved in several EU funded medical device projects and operates from offices in Belgium and Latvia.

Artis Ozoliņš

Artis Ozoliņš

Event host, freelance communication consultant and creator of technology podcast #DigitālāsBrokastis (#DigitalBreakfast).
Logical and structured thinking and an IT background established with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Computer Science from Latvijas Universitate. Practical knowledge in PR is currently being strengthened at Riga Stradins’ university Strategic Management and Public Relations Masters Degree program.

Dr. Piret Tõnurist

Dr. Piret Tõnurist

Dr. Piret Tõnurist is the Senior Project Manager at the OECD. She leads three programs in the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) in systems thinking, measurement and anticipatory innovation governance.
Piret works towards aligning foresight and futures work with the everyday innovation practice in the public sector. She also holds a research fellowship at Taltech and does research in in organizational studies, public sector innovation, technology governance, digitalisation and decision-making under uncertainty. She has previously advised the Parliament of Estonia and helped build up the innovation team for the State Audit Office.
She has worked together with innovation teams and labs around the world. Piret holds a PhD and MA from TalTech in technology governance and MSc from KU Leuven in policy evaluation.

Inese Čakstiņa

Inese Čakstiņa

A scientist studying the hard to see world with uncovered eyes – the human cells and all about them. Working at the Riga Stradiņš University Oncology Institute. During her career she has also gained extensive experience working in artificial fertilization clinics.

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