All Speakers

Dr. Kjell Anders Nordström

Dr. Kjell Anders Nordström

Kjell Anders Nordström is a Swedish economist, writer and public speaker. Kjell Nordström has published four books and numerous articles on the internationalization process of firms. His book Funky Business (co-authored with Jonas Ridderstråle) sold more than 300,000 copies. His latest book Urban Express, co-authored with Per Schlingmann, tells a story about a silent revolution, spearheaded by cities and women.
Dr Nordström has 25 years’ experience working with multinational companies and has served as an adviser and consultant to several large multinationals around the world. He holds a doctoral degree in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research and consulting focus is on the areas of corporate strategy, multinational corporations and globalization. Besides public speaking, Kjell A. Nordström is also active as an investor and entrepreneur and runs a prominent Shakespeare theatre.

Benjamin Joffe

Benjamin Joffe

Benjamin is General Partner at HAX, the world’s top accelerator for hardware startups, where he works with startups on strategy, marketing, PR and fundraising. HAX has invested in over 200 startups in robotics, IoT, consumer and health tech. HAX is part of SOSV, an early stage fund with $525M AUM ranked as #3 most active globally in 2018 by Crunchbase.
Benjamin is a recognized thought leader on hardware, IoT and innovation ecosystems with 15 years of experience across China, Japan, Korea and USA. He now splits his time between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the world. Benjamin is also an angel investor and speaks English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish with a French accent. His experience covers several tech industries: telecom, mobile, gaming and hardware. In case you have some questions for Benjamin before or after Deep Tech Atelier, please contact him via Twitter @benjaminjoffe.

Dr. Thomas Kostka

Dr. Thomas Kostka

Senior Investment Manager, Adhesive Technologies at Henkel Ventures. Thomas holds a PhD in Chemistry from the FAU University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
He has first-hand experience working in two start-ups and his own consultancy in the field of Chemoinformatics & Computer-Aided Drug Design (USA & Germany).
He joined Henkel in 2007 and held several positions in R&D, heading teams in Scientific Computing and in Technology Scouting.
He then moved to Strategy and New Business development, identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities through strategic Foresight Management, Scouting, Start-up Screening, and Venturing.
Thomas’ current position is Senior Investment Manager for Adhesive Technologies at Henkel Ventures.

Paul Finch

Paul Finch

Start-up accelerator, corporate innovator and public speaker. Paul specialises in helping start-up and deeptech teams develop the best strategies to grow their business, validate their market, get investment, and partner with industry. At Growth Studio he has worked with over 250 start-ups globally and work with some of the biggest corporate names to help them partner with emerging technologies and innovators.

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.

Sasha Kelberg

Sasha Kelberg

Groglass Founder and CEO. Groglass is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of anti-reflective and other high-performance optical coatings on large area glass and acrylic for high-end electronic and static displays, picture framing, museum showcases, food display and other applications. Groglass is a greenfield start up, built as a spin-off from the Soviet-era nanotechnology research center Sidrabe AS.

Elena Mueller

Elena Mueller

Head of Venture Management @Schaeffler Technologies.
Elena Mueller joined the Schaeffler Group in 2011. After key responsibilities, she transferred to the Schaeffler Asia Pacific organization in 2014 and spent the last 5 years in Shanghai, China. After successfully leading reorganization projects for the region, she took a 3-year entrepreneurial sabbatical and founded her own startup in Shanghai in 2016. With mulan labs – she helped OEMs and tier 1 suppliers in the Automotive, Pharma and IT sector in China to establish an innovation culture with inside out and outside in strategies, cooperating successfully with startups, universities and experts in open innovation platforms.
During this time, she was also elected as Vice President of the German-Chinese University of Applied Science at Tongji University, China.
She holds 2 Master degrees: Global Management from Northumbria University in the UK and Organizational Psychology from University of Applied Science Hamburg, Germany.

Anton Adamovitch

Anton Adamovitch

Co-founder and CEO of Conelum. He has completed BSc in Infection Biology (University of Glasgow) in 2011,
and is also alumni of SKOLKOVO Start-up Academy (Moscow School of Management) since 2012.

First ever person from Baltic’s to be chosen for European “Forbes Top 30 under 30” (Category: Industry), list of promising Entrepreneurs for TOP 100 by Google for “New Europe 100 project” – a list of outstanding challengers, Anton is a Hi-Tech Venture Entrepreneur, who is sharply focused on commercializing science and true innovations.

Carl van der Grift

Carl van der Grift

Carl van der Grift obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht in 1990. After a career at SHELL, CRI, and Porocel in R&D, manufacturing and site management, he joined Albemarle in 2010 where he became the division VP hydroprocessing catalysts and he served on the boards of Eurecat, and NipponKetjen. Since 2016, he is the owner and sole manager of a Catalyst Intelligence, a consulting company that provides independent advice to oil refineries, petrochemical plants, catalyst manufacturers, and financial investors in the catalyst space. After three years the start-up company has more than 10 subject matter experts in areas such as catalyst R&D, reactor optimization, catalyst manufacturing, selection, sales and marketing, and business optimization, and an expanding customer-base.

Antonia Caraveteanu

Antonia Caraveteanu

Entrepreneurial Business Development Manager at INAM Berlin, supporting Science Startups to find their way. Over 6 years’ experience in Advertising, Consultative Sales and Online Measurement and Attribution in Google.
Founder of an Art Social Enterprise (www.ArtCraft.Gallery), empowering homeless & disabled artists sell their artwork and tell their stories.

Jeremija Hranjec

Jeremija Hranjec

Senior Project Manager / Innovation Consultant ESA BIC Austria at Science Park Graz.
Working on preparation and management of EU projects led me to implementation of the Technical Assistance project for BIOCentre (incubation centre for biosciences) in Zagreb. This experience introduced me to multiple aspects of business support organizations so I continued my career as a Senior Administrator and later Senior Analyst in newly established BIOCentre. As a geographer specialized in GIS currently enrolled in an MBA program, I am excited to work in Science Park Graz as Senior Project Manager and Innovation Consultant at ESA BIC Austria where I can support space technology ecosystem.

Dr. Catherine Bounsaythip

Dr. Catherine Bounsaythip

Dr. Catherine is an entrepreneurship coach and trainer. She has more than 20 years of experience in innovation, spanning from the research to technology transfer and business development. She has co-founded and coached the creation of new businesses, which gathered altogether more than €4 million of seed funding from private and public sources. Currently, Catherine acts as business developer at EIT Raw Materials, taking care of various aspects related to Business Creation and Support, such as call for proposals, boot camp training on entrepreneurship. Catherine has a PhD in Automation and Computer Engineering with honors.

Marko J. Koski

Marko J. Koski

EnergySpin – Energy Solutions Business Accelerator – Operations, FiBAN Finnish Business Angels area coordinator, startup enthusiast.
Marko runs the EnergySpin accelerator program, which is intended for helping energy related startups and growth companies in boosting their international development and growth.

Diana Lace

Diana Lace

I am heading the investment and operations processes at a venture capital fund Overkill. It is set up in partnership with the leading tech company in the Baltics, Lattelecom and Europe’s No.1 startup accelerator Accelerace and has now done 4 investments in B2B startups.

I am also the founder and curator of Global Shapers Riga. It is a non-profit initiative born out by World Economic Forum. The mission of Global Shapers is to bring young people at the policy-making table and kickstart change and unites over 7,000 young professionals across the world. As the founder, it is my key objective to bring global movement to my local community in Latvia.

Matiss Neimanis

Matiss Neimanis

Managing Partner – Buildit Latvia Hardware Accelerator.
For the last four years, he was the director of Green technology incubator. Now he has decided to move forward and at the moment he is Managing Partners of the Accelerator of the Things – Buildit Latvia.
He believes innovation is not about earning more money, but generating wealth for society in a responsible way.

Łukasz Owczarek

Łukasz Owczarek

Head of Acceleration at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE Accelerator, Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship. Working closely with corporate partners, mentors and investors as well as building polish innovation ecosystem.

Liene Briede

Liene Briede

Lead of Entrepreneurship & Innovation support programs at Riga Technical University Design Factory.

Rayan Jawad

Rayan Jawad

Founder at Growth Studio and Programme Director at CityVerve Smart Cities Open Innovation. specialises in helping start-up and deeptech teams develop the best strategies to grow their business, validate their market, get investment, and partner with industry. At Growth Studio he has worked with over 250 start-ups globally and work with some of the biggest corporate names to help them partner with emerging technologies and innovators.

Dr. Kaspars Ozols

Dr. Kaspars Ozols

A senior researcher who leads teams of engineers and researchers in EDI. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronics from Riga Technical University. He has been involved in various international projects related to development of novel data acquisition, transmission and signal/image processing methods and devices for different applications in the fields of transport, health, manufacturing, etc., including participation in 7 European joint research projects (in ARTEMIS, ECSEL and ERA-NET programs). Expertise in ICT system simulation, modelling, design, development, implementation, system integration, testing and validation. Author of 10 scientific articles. Research interests includes Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Physical Systems, Signal/Image Processing, Wireless Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things, Embedded and Low Power solutions, Robotics, Industry 4.0, Connected and Automated driving, etc.

Ådne Midtlin

Ådne Midtlin

Educational background in Business Economics, Finance and Strategy from Edinburgh Business School, University of Wageningen, NTNU and NMBU. Worked with Business Development, Investments, Financing, Tech transfer and IP management from Research Institutions and private companies since 2004. Currently in the board of 6 promising start-ups, advising additionally 15 companies in different stages of development and partly working for an early-venture capital fund. Interested in the following Tech sectors: ICT (Cyber Security, IOT, Digitalization/IT transformation), Industry (Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Metals, Composites, Robotics).

Dr. Eugene Buff

Dr. Eugene Buff

Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with over twenty years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. He has substantial expertise in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing.

Ferdinand Bartels

Ferdinand Bartels

Ferdinand Bartels studied material science at the University of Stuttgart, the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (US). He has over 20 years of experience managing technology businesses in Germany, France, UK, China and Singapore. In 2014, he became the CEO of the SPECS Group which is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
In addition to managing SPECS, he has been the Executive Director of the Board at the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (www.inam.berlin) since 2017. INAM is a non-profit network of industry and research institutions which aims to accelerate innovations in the field of advanced materials. Furthermore, he also heads InnoEU GmbH which is an initiative that supports startups with growth potential in the Chinese market.

Reinis Lasmanis

Reinis Lasmanis

Head of Science Commercialization Division, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. With previous experience in innovation and higher education policy making process in Ministry of Economics and Ministry of Education and Science. Currently working with brightest minds and innovative ideas of public research institutions of Latvia. While being a PhD student himself, in his daily work Reinis meets with innovators from research organisations, businesses and start-ups.

Emanuele Volpe

Emanuele Volpe

In 1998, he graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Aerospace Engineering.
1998-2006 – working for HIRSCH Group, international machine building company.
2006-2008 – managing oil and gas projects in Amec Foster Wheeler engineering company.
At the end of 2008, Emanuele Volpe started his career as Project Manager in ENEL, a global energy company.

Since 2013, he has been responsible for innovation in an ENEL oversea representative office. In particular, for the introduction of the open innovation culture in the company, new technologies and start up scouting and their involvement in energy company business, creation of the innovation hub.

Mikus Milgrāvis

Mikus Milgrāvis

Researcher from Institute of Physics of University of Latvia and expert in technology transfer in Department of Communication and Innovation. Main research interests are linked to studying and developing new technologies for heavy industry. He believes that cooperation between science and industry is the best way to grow both.

Lauma Muižniece

Lauma Muižniece

Lauma is the Deputy Director of Technology Department – Head of Technology Transfer Unit at the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia – organisation actively involved in supporting and facilitating knowledge and technology transfer and entrepreneurship in Latvia. Commercialisation of research and intellectual property management are her fields of expertise that she has developed by working with and within research organisations.

Aleksejs Korņevs

Aleksejs Korņevs

Aleksejs, Innovation Project Manager at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), has 10+ years’ experience in creation and implementation of entrepreneurship and innovation support programmes. Now, responsible for RSU innovation projects and relation building with the industry and start-ups. Start-up Entrepreneurship programme, Business-incubator, Innovation grants – there is much to come from Riga Start-up University this year (RSU).

Contacts

E-mail: deeptechatelier@liaa.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67039454