Giovanni Anelli was appointed Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group in August 2011.
Giovanni joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 as Technology Transfer Officer.
Before he worked for three years for LEM SA, a company market leader in providing solutions for measuring electrical parameters, where he was managing projects on the design of Integrated Circuits (ICs) for current transducers to be used in industrial and automotive applications.
Prior to this, Giovanni worked for 10 years in CERN’s Microelectronics Group (Physics Department), where he designed several low-noise low-power analog and mixed signal VLSI circuits for High-Energy Physics applications. His research work also dealt with techniques to design radiation tolerant integrated circuits in deep submicron CMOS technologies, an approach which is now employed by the large majority of the integrated circuits of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
Giovanni received a M.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 1997, a Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering (with honors) from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008. He is author and co-author of more than 70 publications and is an IEEE senior member.
CERN’s Life Sciences Advisor and KT deputy group leader
Manjit Dosanjh is a CERN senior staff member and the advisor for life sciences since 2000. She is an experienced molecular biologist in mechanisms of cancer resulting from environmental exposure. She holds a PhD in Biochemical Engineering and after her post-doctoral experience at MIT, she has held positions as a research professor at LBNL Berkeley, BEST professor at Jackson State University, visiting professor at the University of Padua and University of Cagliari.
She is actively involved in applying technologies derived from particle physics to the health field. She is the co-ordinator of the European Network for LIGht ion Hadron Therapy (ENLIGHT), as well as of a number of EC funded projects (PARTNER, ENVISION, ENTERVISION and the Networking Pillar of ULICE). Manjit also co-ordinates a recent initiative to design and build a biomedical research facility at CERN.
Manjit also contributes to a series of non-profit, non-governmental programmes for health and developing countries, acting as representative in front of the United Nations for CONGO (conference of NGOs), CSW (committee on the status of women), and IFUW (International Federation of University Women).
Enrico Chesta is the Head of CERN Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Section (also known as CERN Technology Transfer Office) since May 2011.
Enrico joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 as Technology Transfer Officer. Before he worked for ten years in the aerospace field, at ESTEC (European Space Agency) in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL) and at CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) in Toulouse (F). He was mainly involved in innovative projects related to the development of advanced electric (plasma and ion) propulsion systems for spacecrafts, used in large telecom platforms for high efficiency station keeping and in scientific satellites for high precision orbit and attitude control.
Enrico received a diplôme d’ingénieur généraliste from Ecole Centrale Paris (F) in 1998, complemented by an aerospace engineering degree obtained with honors from Politecnico di Torino (I). He worked as research assistant in 1999-2000 at Stanford University (US) to model and characterize plasma perturbations in Hall-effect thrusters. More recently (in 2009), he was granted an Executive MBA from ESC in Toulouse (F).
Myriam Ayass is Legal Advisor for the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN.
Myriam joined CERN in 2005 after a period at the World Health Organisation, and has been working in the field of technology transfer since that date. As such, she drafts all the Knowledge Transfer contracts of CERN since end of 2005, and generally provides advice on intellectual property issues for the Organization.
Myriam obtained her LLM from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property Law, and a Diplome d’Etudes Avancees in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Silke Bachmann is the Administrative Officer for the Knowledge Transfer Group.
Before joining CERN (2010), Silke worked for 2.5 years at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Frascati, Italy, as Administrative Assistant in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (ESRIN). Silke was the Personal Assistant to the ESRIN Director during 1 year and was furthermore responsible for meeting preparation/organization with internal and external partners and for administrational support to the Coordination and Program Planning Office.
Prior to this, Silke worked for 4 years at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, where she was dealing with the administrative procedures for international scientific visitors and the organization of special events and seminars.
In 2000-2002, Silke worked for the City of Cologne, Germany, Department of Twin Cities Affairs, where she created and monitored international projects between Cologne and its twin cities, organized international business trips of the Lord Mayor/the City Councillors of Cologne, and edited a monthly journal (EuroCologne) on twin cities activities.
From 1995 to 2000 she worked for the Environmental Department of the City of Cologne, where she managed evaluation/decontamination projects concerning abandoned industrial sites of the city of Cologne before new construction/use on these sites could be permitted.
Silke holds a university degree in Geography, Geology and Botany (1994), University Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz, Germany.
Audrey has a degree in Business Studies from Edinburgh University, Scotland. She worked in logistics and materials management in the injection moulding industry and joined CERN's Life Sciences section in 2009. She is responsible for the ENLIGHT (European Network for LIGht ion Hadron Therapy) Co-ordination office, ensuring the smooth running of the network which now counts more than 300 members. Audrey also provides the administrative backbone of the EU FP7 project ULICE. She is also responsible for the web design and content management of these activities.
Matteo Castoldi is Head of the CERN Development Office since April 2013.
Matteo first came to CERN in 1997 as an MSc student where he contributed to the thermo-mechanical design of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) cryostat components.
From 1998 to 2001 he worked as CERN Associate member of the personnel both in the Surfaces and Materials Technologies Group (Engineering Support & Technology Department) and in the TOTEM Experiment (Physics Department). He developed the technological aspects related to the metallurgy of MIG and Electron Beam welding processes, and contributed to the mechanical design and integration of complex experimental devices.
From 2001 to 2010 Matteo worked in the Integrated Safety and Environment Group (OH&S Unit) as Staff member. First involved in the mechanical safety assessment and review of projects, Matteo moved to OH&S and environmental management where he developed and managed the CERN OHS&E Management System, made available Safety Rules, and served as Lead Auditor. In 2008 he was appointed Section Leader. In 2009 he became Deputy and Acting Group Leader.
Previous to joining the Knowledge Transfer Group in 2011 as Technology Transfer Officer in charge of mechanical engineering, vacuum and cryogenics related cases, Matteo also served in the Human Resources Department, where he had a major role in designing and reviewing the CERN technical competency model, and in defining footprints for main/recurrent jobs and managerial roles.
Matteo received an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Genoa (Italy) in 1998, and an Executive MBA from HEC - University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 2004.
ENVISION Technical Coordinator and Life Sciences Communication Officer
Manuela has a PhD in Particle Physics from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and a Masters in Science Communication and Journalism from the Universitå di Ferrara (Italy).
In 2010, Manuela joined the Life Sciences section as technical co-ordinator of the European funded project ENVISION which aims at developing real-time quality assurance tools for hadron therapy. She is also responsible for the communication of the section.
Previously a member of the NA48 and ATLAS collaborations, she has extensive experience in detector and trigger commissioning, data analysis, and databases. She also participates in a number of CERN outreach activities, such as Expanding Your Horizons and Famelab 2012.
Roxana joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in April 2013. She provides administrative support for the fundraising activities of the Development Office and works closely with the fundraising community at CERN.
In 2012 she graduated with a degree in Marketing from the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest, Romania. She is currently studying for a M.Sc in Business Management at the “Valahia” University.
Roxana has previously worked in the fast-moving consumer goods sector as a Trade Marketing Trainee and Proximity Sales Analyst at Danone. Her work focused on data collection and analysis of sales records, facilitating performance management and evaluation.
Her fields of interest include Fundraising, Marketing, Strategic Communication and Entrepreneurship.
Eduardo joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in September 2012 as a Fellow in the Technology Transfer Section.
Eduardo started his career as a trainee at AT4 Wireless S.A, a Spanish private company in mobile phone certification equipment.
Then he worked in a collaborative R&D project between AT4 Wireless S.A and the University of Malaga focused on digital processing algorithms for synchronization and channel estimation and equalization.
In 2009, Eduardo joined CERN for 2 years as Project Associate, working on measurements on silicon diodes and on the implementation of a simulation model for the front-end electronics of the TPC detector in the ALICE experiment.
From October 2011 to July 2012 Eduardo worked in the Technical Support department at Xilinx.
Eduardo holds a MSc degree in Telecommunication engineering at ETSIT of Malaga (Spain) with major in Communications.
Helen has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology and European Studies from Sussex University (UK). She came to CERN in 1998 and worked in the Procurement Service until 2011 when she joined the Life Sciences section. She provides administrative support for the activities of the Section and in particular for the EU-funded ENTERVISION project.
Marie Christine started as a temporary administrative assistant in the Knowledge Transfer Group in April 2013.
She has a High School Accounting diploma, a technical diploma in Hotel Management and 20 years of experience in the Hotel Business (3 and 4 stars hotels and residences – Accor group, Citadines and La Reserve in Ferney Voltaire) with several areas of expertise: Administrative and commercial management (in charge of operations, administrative records, negotiation of contracts for companies, groups and seminars), customer relations (reservations management and control, follow up of guest files),staff management (supervision of reception and housekeeping team) and French Accounting.
Zoe Lawson was recruited to the role of Technology Transfer Officer at the start of 2012.
With a research background in the structure and function of proteins, Zoe has a particular interest in the transfer of technologies from particle physics to the life sciences. Prior to her appointment at CERN, Zoe worked for 3 years as a Business Development Executive in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Zoe has previous experience in both private and public sectors and has worked in various technology transfer and research project roles. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in technology transfer at the University of Birmingham (UK), Zoe took a short visiting fellowship at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines). Following this, she worked on an international project for agri-biotech intellectual property (UK & Malaysia), before entering her previous role at the University of Nottingham.
Zoe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Aston University and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from The University of Birmingham (UK). She is also currently studying for an MBA from the Open University (UK).
Sparsh joined the life sciences section as a visiting scientist in March 2013.
She has a PhD in particle physics from the University of Birmingham (U.K) and a BSc honors in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick (U.K).
Her PhD work was carried out on the ALICE experiment, in particular in the first-physics working group. She worked on data analysis, calculating trigger efficiencies and systematic uncertainties for the first measurements and taking trigger shifts. As part of a MCnet project she spent 4 months in Lund to work along side the authors of the Monte Carlo generator PYTHIA to help include hard diffraction in its framework.
She works part-time as a private tutor in Mathematics and Sciences to 11-18 year old students in the region and would like to work towards a career in a medical physics related field.
Vetle Nilsen started as Knowledge Transfer Officer in 2013, after one year as a Technical Student, also within the Knowledge Transfer Group.
Vetle’s academic interests include the creation of new companies, especially support functions for start-up companies. These were his main focus during his time as a Technical Student. Before coming to CERN, he acquired practical knowledge in the field of start-up creation by being involved in two start-ups: one in the fish farming industry and one dealing with solar powered rural electrification.
Vetle holds an M.Sc. in industrial economics and technology management with specialization in entrepreneurship from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Before choosing the M.Sc. at the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, he spent three years studying applied physics and mathematics. In 2011, he took part in a three-month summer programme on entrepreneurship and business development at Boston University School of Management.
Charlyne joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in June 2013 as a Legal Advisor. As such, she provides legal support to the KT group regarding all Intellectual Property issues, notably by drafting all the Knowledge Transfer contracts.
She is a French lawyer who was admitted to the French Bar exam in 2012. She worked as a trainee lawyer within French law firms specialized in Intellectual Property and Competition law. She also completed a traineeship with a French multinational group active in the food industry.
She obtained a Master’s degree in business law from the University Jean Moulin Lyon III of Lyon. She also holds a specialisation certificate in Intellectual Property and IT law from the University of Montpellier.
Tim Tsarfati was appointed Technology Transfer Officer in 2011.
Tim joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2011 as Technology Transfer Officer. In the preceding six years, he was involved in collaborate industrial research programs at the Fundamental Research on Matter institute FOM in The Netherlands. Projects involved photochemistry and diffusion in multilayer optics for semiconductor technology, with an increasing accent on valorisation. Following an award and a granted project, he became Technology Transfer Officer at FOM in 2009. In that position, he initiated and supervised academic/industrial collaboration and development of projects in the fields of material/surface science and renewable energy. He acquired funds and followed several courses on technology transfer and intellectual property at e.g. the European Patent Organisation.
Tim obtained M.Sc. degrees with distinction in Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University in 2005, and a Ph.D. on material science in thin layers at FOM and Twente University (The Netherlands) in partnership with Carl Zeiss SMT AG (Germany) in 2009. For the industrial applicability of his research and technology transfer activities, also proven by the resulting patents, he won the FOM Valorisation Chapter Prize.
Iustin’s main background is communication and he graduated at Bucharest in 2009 with a degree in Communication and Public Opinion with a major interest in international politics especially Peace and Conflict studies. His thesis was on socio-political situation in the Republic of Moldova focussing on the relations between the State, the media and the society. He is currently a Sociology student in Galati.
He also has a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies, with research on the NATO-Russia relations. He is involved in the node set in Bucharest for the Millennium Project, an initiative on how best to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). His extracurricular activities include attending Summer Schools and conferences in subjects such as the social changes of the late 20th century East European societies, geopolitics in the Balkans and United Nations’ MDG workshops (within the UN Youth Association of Romania).
Iustin was part of the international student organization AIESEC; the one-year experience helped him with his personal and professional development as the challenges and the environment of the organization gave him the possibility of building his confidence and motivation at the same time as he contributed to AIESEC and the community.
Thiago Viana Miranda Lima joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in February 2012 as a Marie Curie Experienced Research Fellow at the ENTERVISION project.
Before coming to CERN, Thiago worked for 3.5 years at the Oxford University Hospitals in the Medical Physics Department, where he had the opportunity to present different research projects from Medical Imaging in Nuclear Medicine to Radiation Protection at national level meetings. Due to his practical and theoretical experience in Radiation Protection, Thiago achieved professional recognition as a Corporate Member of the British Society of Radiological Protection (SRP) and the International Radiation Protection Agency (IRPA).
Thiago received a B.Sc in Physics with Medical Physics from UFRJ (The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) in 2007 and a M.Sc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine from University College London (UK) in 2011.
Maciej joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in February 2013 as an administrative student. He is involved in providing legal support for the Technology Transfer Office.
Before starting his appointment at CERN, he completed an internship in the Office of Legal Affairs, Offices Reporting to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He also served as a trainee in the Brussels Office for a Member of the European Parliament.
As an aspiring lawyer having a special interest in technology and legal aspects of its application, he participated in a number of courses organized by the leading scientific institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton or the The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste.
Maciej is currently pursuing a law degree at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdansk, Poland.
Nick joined the Knowledge Transfer group as a Technology Transfer Officer in September 2012.
He previously worked within the IT Service Management team, involved notably in Problem and Event management. While leading the User Support section of IT, Nick was responsible for the site-wide computing desktop support, the CERN IT Helpdesk and IT problem management. Additionally, his responsibilities included the definition and negotiation of service level agreements with services across the organization and the definition of the strategy for the implementation of a CERN-wide printing policy for which he oversaw the Operations management.
Prior to User Support, Nick was a systems analyst and developer within the IT Advanced Information Systems group, involved in the definition and development of applications like e-groups, CRA, and e-payslip. From within the Administrative Support department, he worked on workflow systems such as Remedy ARS and electronic data interchange systems, establishing data exchange partnerships with financial organizations and CERN suppliers.
Prior to CERN, Nick worked for the Sandoz Institute for Medical research in London on a software analysis package.
Nick holds a BSc Honours degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology and an MSc in Computer Science from University College, London.