Speakers' biographies



Innovation  and the digital economy: What role for innovation policies?

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). With an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. He is also the author of the books Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale University Press, September 2012) and The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Long Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005).

Before founding the ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, covering issues such as broadband telecommunications, e-commerce, e-government, privacy, copyright, R&D tax policy, offshoring, and innovation economics. Previously, Atkinson served as the first executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, and as project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

Dr. Atkinson received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Julien Chiaroni

Julien Chiaroni was first appointed as researcher at CEA-Leti, a well-known research center in Grenoble specialized in micro and nano technology. From 2007 and 2010, he hold the position of Program Coordination of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program (PNANO) at French National Agency for Research (ANR). Then, he served 2 years  as Scientific and Academic Attaché at the French Consulate in Hong Kong and Macao (China). Finally, he was Program Coordinator at CEA and is now Program Manager of the French institute CEA-List working on digital and advanced manufacturing.

Julien Chiaroni graduated as engineer from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Grenoble (Grenoble – INP) and holds a master degree from Joseph Fourier University.  

Lars Frølund

Lars Frølund is Visiting Innovation Scholar and Fulbright Scholar at the MIT Innovation Initiative hosted by faculty co-director prof. Fiona Murray. He is currently finalising his PhD on Siemens’ strategic program for university engagement (Centers of Knowledge Interchange) and the book success factors for university partnerships (forthcoming Elsevier, fall 2017) where BMW, Novo Nordisk, Facebook, IBM, Siemens, Schlumberger, DuPont, Rolls-Royce, Ferrovial, and AstraZeneca tell how they strive for excellence in industry-university collaboration.

In 2005, he established one of the first units for university-industry collaboration in Denmark. He has
since worked intensively to develop strategic collaborations between research and private companies. He is a scholar and reviewer in the field of university-industry collaboration. He graduated in 2004 in philosophy where he received Aarhus University’s Gold Medal for outstanding
academic achievement. 

Harri Kulmala

Dr. Harri Kulmala made a ten-year career in applied and experimental developmental research in close cooperation with companies. In Tampere University of Technology, he finalised his doctoral dissertation on management of company networks in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Kulmala was nominated as Associated professor in Lappeenranta University of Technology.

At VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kulmala specialized in concept creation and systemic change process design. The scientific career ended in 2008 as a Research Professor for Technology Business. Dr. Kulmala introduced many new approaches to R&D&I for companies and concepts for Finland as an innovation system. He has co-authored more than 100 scientific publications within management sciences.

FIMECC Ltd. was the key form of precompetitive applied research in Finnish metals, engineering and marine industries from 2008 to 2016. FIMECC was the first large industry-driven PPP implemented in EU countries, which has been recognized by EC and benchmarked by most of the EU countries which later introduced similar PPP-programs and digitalization platforms. Dr. Kulmala has been the CEO of FIMECC since the very beginning.

In 2016, the increasing significance of digitalization in all industries led to the merger of DIGILE Ltd. (ICT, media, software, and electronics industries) into FIMECC. Dr. Kulmala continues as the CEO of the new DIMECC Ltd.

In EU, Dr. Kulmala has been appointed to the high-level group of Commissioner Moedas for interim evaluation of H2020 program and the design of the next EU framework program. He has been member of the ManuFuture high-level group, FoF partnership board, EIT KIC preparations teams, and EFFRA PPP development team. Dr. Kulmala is a Fellow of The Technology Academy of Finland (Helsinki) and The Royal Society of Arts (London).

L.J.M. Bart Nieuwenhuis

Prof. dr. Bart Nieuwenhuis is leader of the Research Group (Lector) Business Service Innovation at the Fontys International Business School and full professor at the Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at the Faculty for Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences of the University of Twente. He is also owner and managing partner of the consultancy firm Knowledge for Business Innovation. His research interests include business modelling, service innovation, servitization in small and medium sized enterprises. From 1980 to 2000, Bart Nieuwenhuis worked for KPN, the telecom market leader in the Netherlands. Dr Nieuwenhuis holds a BSc and MSc (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science.

Frédéric Oru

Frédéric Oru is Head of International at NUMA. He joined NUMA in 2011 as COO, to consolidate the financial and operational foundations of the organization, develop corporate relationships and structure NUMA offers. Since 2014, he has been focused on the international development of NUMA, traveling the world in search of the best partners to establish joint ventures in 8 countries to date. Before NUMA, Frederic has been a business developer during 10 years in IT & Training companies. He holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in France and a Phd in Mathematics from Ecole Normale Superieure.

Caroline Paunov

Caroline Paunov is a Senior Economist at the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation of the OECD. She is managing the OECD’s “Innovation for Inclusive Growth” project, which aims at assessing how innovation affects inclusive growth. Caroline also leads work on national intellectual property rights systems in emerging countries and on the evaluation of impacts of public research on innovation. Her academic research work focuses on enterprise development issues, including firms’ productivity and innovation performance, as well as the impacts of foreign direct investment, trade and liberalization policies. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics and Research Policy.

Previously, Caroline worked for the World Bank, the United Nations and cooperated on various projects for the public sectors in Brazil, Spain and Germany. She holds a B.A. and M.A. (Hons) from the University of Oxford, a M.Sc. from the University Pompeu Fabra and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London.

Ania Thiemann

Ania Thiemann is the Head of Global Relations at the OECD’s Competition Division, overseeing outreach activities to develop and enhance competition policy regimes in member and non-member countries. In 2016, she managed the OECD’s Working Party 2 on Competition and Regulation. During the period, Ania co-wrote a working paper on Big Data: Bringing Competition Policy to the Digital Era.

Since the start of 2017, Ania has been leading a competition review of two sectors of the Portuguese economy: assessing all regulations in the area of transport and liberalised professions to identify and remove regulatory barriers that impede competition and economic expansion. The project will run until January 2018 and involves the scanning of more than 1,100 pieces of legislation. 

In 2012-13 Ania spear-headed the OECD’s first competition evaluation project, a ground-breaking Competition Assessment Toolkit project in Greece, reviewing laws and regulations in four sectors of the Greek economy to eliminate barriers to competition. The team found 555 regulatory barriers to competition, and made 329 specific recommendations, estimating an €5.2bn benefit (2.5% of GDP) to the Greek economy from increases in business turnover and consumer welfare. The project entailed working closely with the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission.

Before joining the Competition Division, Ania was Lead Economist and Project Manager for the MENA-OECD Investment Programme at the OECD’s Private Sector Development Division. Her work focused on enhancing private sector development in the MENA region, including the GCC, through improving the business climate, and on promoting investment in renewable energies. She notably led the Business Climate Development Strategy for Egypt, and was also the co-ordinator of the MENA-OECD Business Council. 

Prior to joining the OECD, Ania was Senior Economist/Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London at the Middle East and North Africa desk. Ania was also Product Head of the EIU’s Country Forecast Services, in charge of the Business Environment Rankings developed by the EIU. This is a forward-looking ranking system which scores the business climate in 82 countries over a total of 91 indicators based on EIU forecasts.

She holds an MSc (econ) from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in International Relations from the Sorbonne (Paris I), as well as an MSc in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics from Birkbeck College at the University of London, specialising in industrial organisation and economic growth. 

Paola Bonomo

Paola Bonomo is a non executive director, angel investor and advisor in the digital technology space. 

She started her career at McKinsey & Company where she was an advisor to top management teams at leading international companies on strategic positioning, growth, new markets, alliances and acquisitions, and reached the rank of Principal. She then worked in several multinational companies in leadership roles such as Senior Director, European Operations at eBay International; Head of Online Services, Commercial Operations at Vodafone Italia; and Regional Director, Southern Europe at Facebook.

Since 2009 she has invested in technology startups with Italian Angels for Growth, where she focuses on investments in the digital space. 

She currently serves on the Boards of Directors at AXA Assicurazioni S.p.A., Piquadro S.p.A. and Sisal Group S.p.A.. She is an Advisory Board member at two fintech companies, Moneyfarm Ltd. and Euklid Ltd. Paola is the President of Stanford Club Italia, the local Stanford University alumni chapter.

In 2015 and again in 2016, Paola was recognized as one of the Inspiring Fifty, the fifty most inspiring women in European Technology.

Paola holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Harald Edquist

Harald Edquist is a Master Researcher Macroeconomics at Ericsson Research and an Associate Professor from the Stockholm School of Economics. The focus of his research is the impact of ICT and other technologies on productivity growth, intangible investments and comparative productivity development. Prior to joining Ericsson, Harald was a research director at the think tank Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES), and he has also worked for the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), the Swedish Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) and the Swiss bank UBS.

Tom van der Horst

Tom van der Horst is Business Director Strategies for Industry & Innovation at TNO since 2012. Tom studied Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology from 1981 to 1987. In 1988 he joined TNO Industrial Technology (the former TNO Productcentre) and was head of department of product development  (1993-2001), founder of Kathalys, centre for sustainable product innovation TNO/DUT (1997-2001). At the same time he is manager of the TNO new initiative on Sustainable System innovation (1997-2001). He has built up specific experience in a wide scope of research projects and innovation projects in practice in close co-operation with multinationals and SMEs.

Tom joined TNO-STB since February 2002 as senior researcher and since January 2003 as head of department of the team Sustainable Innovation. In the period 2004 – 2011 Tom was Manager of the Business Unit Innovation and Environment.


Brian MacAulay

Brian is Lead Economist at the Digital Catapult in London. He is responsible for implementing new approaches to capturing data on businesses, to measure progress, prepare market intelligence and for developing new modelling approaches of the diffusion of digital technologies. He works alongside academics and policy teams to better understand the measurement of impacts from digital technologies on economic growth. Throughout his career Brian has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to projects.

Prior to joining the Catapult, he was the National Economist for the Canal River Trust. There he sought to implement a number of his project involve harnessing big data analytics such as utilising geolocation data from mobile phones to model people movements along the network, and developing a boat traffic model using network algorithms to project boat movements.

As director of Innovation Index for Nesta, Brian worked with academics in the UK, Europe and USA to develop new methods of measuring the contribution of innovation to economic growth. He has been a member of a number of EC and OECD expert panels and presented the Index work to senior UK civil servants and government ministers. 

Prior to Nesta Brian was senior economist at the West Midlands Regional Observatory where he led on advanced analytical reporting including promotion of spatial and integrated modelling and analysis to support regional strategies. He also spent 10 years lecturing at the University of North London, where he combined research in the application of evolutionary complex systems models to market regulatory issues.

Jun Nakaya

Jun Nakaya is Manager of Public Policy and Business Development Office at Fujitsu Limited in Japan. He is also Vice Chair of Trade Policy Committee and a member of Personal Data special committee of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). He participates in several industry organization activities such as JEITA, JISA and Keidanren, and made recommendations on global-ICT related policy issues.  Prior to his current position, he was assigned to JETRO/CICC Singapore for coordinating several IT projects with ASEAN countries, and engaged in sales and marketing of telecommunication system for ASEAN and Australia. He graduated from Keio University in Tokyo with B.S. degree in Business and Commerce.

Egon Müller

Egon Müller is the Director of the Institute of Industrial Sciences and Factory Systems at Chemnitz University of Technology, where he also serves as the Head of and a professor for the Department of Factory Planning and Factory Management. More than 30 years of experience, expertise and theoretical background (including academic) in the field of higher education as lecturer and scientist at different universities. He is also invited Professor at some Universities in Asia.

He is active engaged in research and development of future production structures and new factory concepts in different industrial environment and branches. The department offers extensive expertise in the field of Innovation Management, Industrial Engineering and Digitalization in Manufacturing. 

His Department of Factory Planning and Factory Management, is one of the leading institutes in Germany within the research field of ‘Industrie 4.0’ also the laboratory “Work World 4.0”, which is well known from the researches in the scope of ‘Industrie 4.0’.

He is actively involved in HAB (Scientific Society of Industrial Management Germany), the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM), GfSE (Society for Systems Engineering), refereeing activities on Production and Industrial Engineering Research – (DFG – German Research Foundation / Austrian Research Association / Croatian Research Association) and VDI (Association of German Engineers) - Technical Division “Factory Planning”, as a Member of the EU Joint Research Centre Automotive Expert Team, invited expert for the Technical Working Group of the European Commission on the Best Environmental Management Practice for the Car Manufacturing Sector

He is also a reviewer for international journals, conferences, and serves as a member of several scientific advisory panels. He is the author and co-author of a large number of scientific books, reviewed international publications and conference contributions.

In addition, Müller supervises a large number of PhD candidates in the different fields of Industrial Engineering and Management. 

He has experience in development and implementation of competitiveness improvements projects for regions, regional networks and clusters, companies and other institutions since 2002.

His expertise in managing complex and intricate projects in SMEs and large scale enterprises, management of complex cooperation’s is relevant to successful regional and business development. Internationally proven skills in facilitation and innovation fostering techniques that can enhance the cooperation of all of the players involved in the development of a selected region and/or regional cluster. 

A number of references and practices in all phases of technical assistance and other international projects, i.e. project development, preparation of relevant proposals and reports, implementation, expert selection, management and monitoring in a way that all required goals are achieved and procedures are followed. 

He was and is responsible as project leader for a large number of basic-, applied- and industrial research projects.

Under his guidance students training takes place in Bachelor and Master courses studies in different disciplines like Industrial Management and Engineering, Systems Engineering Methods, Production System Planning, Production Planning and Control and Factory Ecology. 

Byeongwon Park

Byeongwon Park is the Director of the Center for Strategic Foresight and research fellow in the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), which is a government funded research institute in the area of STI policy since 2011. He had worked at the KISTEP (Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning) since 2003 as a group leader of Technology Foresight Center. In 2008, he left KISTEP and took up position as a technical staff at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, the corporate central laboratory of Samsung Electronics, involving corporate foresight project for identification of future business and technology opportunities.  Currently, he is responsible for running foresight program in STEPI. His research has dealt with various areas of research and innovation policy with foresight perspectives, working for the Korean Assembly, various Ministries and local governments. He has been involved OECD Government Foresight Community, X-Centers Network.  In addition, he teaches at the graduate school of future study program, KAIST as an adjunct professor. He has earned his Ph.D. in material science at Alfred University, US in 1998.

Mu Rongping

Mr. Mu Rongping, received his B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, Ph.D degree in History of Technology from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Dr. Mu is professor and director-general of Center for Innovation and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),a member of Expert Committee on National Development Plan of NDRC, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management, president of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society and the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research. Dr. Mu is a member of the Governing Board of International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), a member of Advisory Board of Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at the University of Oxford.

He was director-general of Institute of Policy and Management of CAS (2004-2014),a member of Economic & Scientific Advisory Board of European Patent Office(2012-2015).

Dr. Mu has involved in drafting policy documents concerning innovation capacity-building in China, and published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and several books concerning Technology Transfer, Technology Foresight, and Innovation Development, and Industrial Competitiveness. His research interests include S&T&I Policy, Foresight, R&D Management & Evaluation, and Industrial Competitiveness.