All Speakers

Ana Avaliani

Ana Avaliani

Ana Avaliani heads up the Enterprise Hub team 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.

Dr. Maija Dambrova

Dr. Maija Dambrova

Prof. M. Dambrova is Head of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Pharmacology, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, and Professor in the Riga Stradins University. She has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biosciences from Uppsala University (Sweden) and also holds a MBA degree from RISEBA, Latvia. Prof. M. Dambrova is specializing in drug discovery, investigations of the molecular action mechanisms of drugs and newly synthesized compounds for applications in CNS and cardiovascular fields in collaboration with academic research partners and pharmaceutical industry.
Research interests include pharmacology and medicinal chemistry related to the anti-ischemic drugs with novel mechanisms of action, cellular energy metabolism, and inflammation.

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).

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.

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.

Sergey Jakimov

Sergey Jakimov

Serial entrepreneur, co-founder of deep-tech startups Koatum and Vortex Oil Engineering, Forbes 30under30 nominee. Executive Board member and strategist at Longenesis. Visiting faculty at Riga Graduate School of Law and Riga Stradins University, focusing on venture capital and IP rights.

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.

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.

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.

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

Linda Reneslāce

Linda Reneslāce

Sorainen Latvia Associate. As part of Sorainen’s Latvia intellectual property team Linda helps clients to resolve various with intellectual property protection related matters. For example, Linda can help you to understand, how to develop an intellectual property protection strategy; how to prohibit other’s to use the name of your product or start-up; how to battle domain squatters; and how to develop intellectual property in cooperation with other persons without unnecessary disputes.

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. Annette Kramer

Dr. Annette Kramer

Annette Kramer is a communication strategist who has successfully helped researchers, corporates and entrepreneurs tell their stories to secure funding, partners and clients in new markets. She has worked across Europe, the US, Africa, India and the Middle East.
Academic clients include Cambridge University, Imperial College Business School, London School of Economics, and University College London. Clients interested in trade, export and expanding markets organisations include Microsoft, Cisco, the UK Government and Estonian governments, banks, media agencies and executives across industries who want to continually improve their communications skills.
For more, please visit www.annettekramer.co.uk or read her article on leadership presence which was in the top 5 articles of 2019 in the American business magazine, Strategy and Business.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Andris Grunskis

Andris Grunskis

Andris Grunskis is an embryologist, laboratory specialist and a quality system manager at Ava Clinic. He is the responsible person of both laboratories- embryology and medical. 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).

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.

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