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Andris Andrusaitis is Acting Executive Director of BONUS EEIG. He leads implementation of the coordination and support action BANOS CSA “Towards the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme” preparing a framework for launching the joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme. In 2008-2018 Andrusaitis served as the BONUS Programme Manager, being responsible for the scientific coordination including development of the strategic research agenda, organisation of the programme’s workshops and conferences, monitoring of the projects, and organising programme’s scientific reporting to the EU and national funders. During 2003-2007, he worked as the Assistant Coordinator of the Baltic Sea Regional Project funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility and implemented jointly by HELCOM and ICES. In 2006-2009 Andris coordinated Latvian national research programme on impact of climate change on aquatic systems (KALME). Andrusaitis was an associate professor and the head of Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia and director of Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology. He holds PhD in aquatic ecology.

Mateusz Bonecki, Ph.D. - Chief Innovation Officer, DAC SA. Executive and consultant in R&D&I project, portfolio and strategy management. Since 2013 with DAC SA, where he is responsible for R&D programme management, international cooperation, and product and technology road-mapping in mobility, logistics, and industry 4.0 domain. In last ten years Mateusz has been involved in the development of ICT innovation ecosystems, including consulting for the biggest Polish ICT cluster “Interizon” and preparation of Regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization (RIS3) in Pomerania, addressing “smart everything” technologies. Most recently, he is one of the initiators of 3HUB Pomeranian Digital Innovation Hub, which has been awarded in “Smart Factories in new EU countries” programme for EU-13 emerging hubs. Since 2017 Mateusz is a member of the Steering Board of ARTEMIS Industry Association. He also acts as Country Coordinator for Poland in Productive4.0, one of the largest EU-funded projects for industry 4.0.

Prof. Andrzej Borodziński, Department of Electrode Processes, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences is a co-author of 35 scientific papers published in international journals with H-index = 17 and citations around 1418. Holds PhD in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Warsaw, Chemistry and DSc in Chemical Technology from Technical University in Szczecin. Author of a number of implementations to industry, such as palladium catalysts in „Blachownia” Kędzierzyn Chemical Works, Institute of Fertilisers in Puławy and on the second shelf of industrial reactor in Petrochemical and Refinery Works in Płock. Laureate of several scientific awards e.g. Award of Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1978 and 1989, and the then Minister of Industry in 1990.

Zita Duchovskiene - a biologist by background Zita Duchovskiene joined the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Lithuania after leading the Science and Innovation unit at the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania. Before this she worked at the Institute of Horticulture of Lithuania and did her PhD in flowering induction of biennial plants. 

Salome Khachiauri – The Head of the Department of Innovation & Commercialization at Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) that is a governmental agency for fostering innovation and technology in Georgia.  Salome is experienced IP and commercialization manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration. Skilled in innovation policy and ecosystem, startups, managing grant and investment programs for innovative companies and startups, etc. Salome manages technology transfer program for commercialization of the applied research created within the universities and research institutions.  Salome holds Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree focused in Intellectual Property Rights Law from Lund University in Sweden. Salome previously has been working in the field of environment and sustainable development. 

Małgorzata Lewandowska-Szumiel, PhD, FBSE, is the Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw - the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Cell Research and Application and a Head of the Tissue Engineering Team at the Department of Histology and Embryology. Her research is focused on: tissue engineering, adult stem cells, biomaterials and scaffolds to control cell behavior prior-to-implantation. She was graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering (M.Sc., Eng.), she earned her PhD and habilitation degrees in Medical Sciences and holds a Titular Professorship in Medicine. As a translational scientist, she is directing many interdisciplinary collaboration programs which involve materials scientists, biologists and clinicians. She published numerous scientific articles (awarded by  the Polish Academy of Sciences) and invented several patents concerning original systems for cell culture and tissue engineering.  She was engaged as an expert for the EU negotiations on the Regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP). The Laboratory, which she governs, holds GMP certificate and authorization to produce cell-containing products for the clinical trials and application. She was a member of the Board for Polish-Norwegian Research Programme in 2007-2011 and a Chair for the Programme Committee in 2012-2017.

Anna Plater-Zyberk, PhD - Head of International Relations, Polish Academy of Sciences. Since February 2017 Anna has been coordinating international relations of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As the head of the unit she is responsible for recommendations on international policy, coordination of bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the Academy, as well as overseeing the activities of the PAS representation centers abroad. Currently, PAS has over 70 bilateral agreements and participates in over 60 international organisations or networks. PAS Centers abroad are located in 6 countries. In the years 2011-2016, prior to joining the Polish Academy of Sciences, Anna has been coordinating international cooperation of the National Science Center (NCN) – Polish governmental funding agency set up to fund basic research. Since the establishment of the Center Anna was responsible for developing its international portfolio, signing its first cooperation agreements and implementing Center’s first bilateral and multilateral calls for proposals. In the years 2007-2011, prior to her career in research management, Anna has been working in the industry sector.

Ivan Rakonjac graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, later completed post-graduate (Master) studies in the field of industrial systems engineering at L’École Centrale Paris, along with courses in industrial innovation at the University of Bologna. Holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade. He has more than ten years of experience in the manufacturing sector, in the development and application of new products, quality control and production management. He managed numerous projects from the field of energy efficiency of public and urban lighting, as well as the environmental impact of lighting, comfort and safety of work areas and open public spaces. Rakonjac started his lecturing career at the College of Project Management in Belgrade. He is assistant professor at the Faculty of Project and Innovation Management, University EDUCONS. Since 2015, he is Managing Director of the Innovation Fund.

Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk – Deputy Director in the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. She holds a post of the Coordinator of the NCP_WIDE.NET project (financed under Horizon 2020). Katarzyna is a member of the Strategic Committee and Programme Committee for SMEs and Access 2 Risk Finance at the European Commission.  On a daily basis supports Centres of Excellence, research institutions, innovative SMEs, start-ups and large companies in obtaining funds for the development of research and innovation projects under Horizon 2020 and complementary funding. Her fields of specialization are innovation, cooperation industry-academia, synergies between EU financial sources and international cooperation. She has a long-lasting experience in management and implementation of the European projects financed under Framework Programmes (7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020), Structural Funds and Norway Funds. One of the co-author of Polish Teaming 2 successful projects. Member of the Advisory Board in the ERA-LEARN 2020 project, member of several committees related to structural funds and complementary funding. Since 2015 President of the Association of the Top 500 Innovators, alumnus of the Top 500 Innovators Programme at Stanford Univeristy, Palo Alto, California.