European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Director
He worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy. Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia. He worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. He has Master degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.
Katerina Sereti is the Acting Head of Communication & Stakeholder Relations Unit at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) since April 2022. Prior to this, she was the Head of Stakeholder Relations Section at the EIT, leading the Institute’s public and community affairs. She joined the EIT in August 2016 and is a member of the EIT’s participatory leadership team.
Before joining the EIT, Katerina worked for 11 years at the Ministry of Economy & Development, in fields related to private investments, startup/scaleup support, international relations and EU Structural & Investment Funds. She has also served as an advisor to the Minister of Health in areas related to national reforms in the public health system and the strategic planning for the use of European Social and Structural & Investment Funds in the health sector. She joined the EIT while serving as Head of Department for EU co-funded projects at the General Directorate for Private Investments, in the Ministry of Economy & Development. She holds a degree in Business Administration and an MSc in European Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Katerina is also a certified project manager by the European Commission (PM2) and a Personal & Executive Coach.
Head of Unit Communication
European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)
Anthony LOCKETT is Head of Unit for Communication at the European Research Council Executive Agency. From artificial intelligence to exoplanets, he and his team aim to explain the relevance of complex EU-funded science in an accessible way to the media and to the public. He is a great believer in Einstein’s view that “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Tony has previously held communication roles in the European Commission’s DGs for Regional and Urban Policy, Human Resources, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Press Advisor to the President of the European Research Council (ERCEA)
Madeleine DRIELSMA is Press and Communication Advisor to the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Brussels. She has been in charge of press relations at the ERC since it was launched by the EU as a bold, new initiative for top science. She has additional experience in European affairs through her work in consulting (Kreab, Brussels) and diplomacy (Dutch Foreign Ministry), as well as postgraduate studies and work at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).
Deputy Head of Unit
EU Scientific Advice Mechanism
Before joining the the SAM Unit in DG RTD Jacques worked at the Schengen Secretariat at the nexus of the free movement of persons and law enforcement including with large scale information systems, and for the European Commission on product legislation, enforcement and conformity assessment; counter terrorism, police/justice cooperation and forensic science. He holds degrees in private, public, commercial, criminal and European law from the Radboud University (Netherlands) and European law the College of Europe (Belgium).
European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre
Head of the Knowledge for Thematic Coordination Unit (JRC)
Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Senior Expert in charge of the Science Technology & ARTS initiative in the Media Convergence and Social Media Unit (CONNECT)
Ralph DUM is senior expert at the European Commission. He holds a PHD (1992) in physics. RD worked in quantum physics in US at JILA/NIST, CO, at SUNY, Stonybrook, NY, at Oxford University, and at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, before joining EC in 2002. At EC, he has been in charge of developing research programmes -examples include quantum computing, complex systems, neuro-informatics, and scientific modelling and data for policy. He has recently initiated a programme called S+T+ARTS == STARTS, innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. STARTS includes artists in research projects as catalysts of innovation.
Head of the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA)
European Parliamentary Research Service
Theodoros KARAPIPERIS is head of the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) encompassing the STOA Secretariat, the Scientific Foresight Service and the European Science-Media Hub. He worked in basic and applied research before joining the EP, first in the Press Service and the ITRE Secretariat, and, as Head of Unit, the Policy Department for Economic & Scientific Policy (DG IPOL) and STOA.
Member of the Media Services Unit.
European Parliament Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM)
Antonio LEON is Press officer at European Parliament Media Services Unit, Directorate for Media, DGCOMM; former Spanish editor at Parliament’s Web Communications Unit; and previously Brussels-based correspondent for the Spanish business dailies Expansión and El Economista.