Giovanni joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 as Technology Transfer Officer and was appointed Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group in August 2011.
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.
Manjit 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), and was co-ordinator 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.
She 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).
David Mazur is Patent Portfolio Manager since March 2014. Since January 2015 he is Leader of the newly created Intellectual Property Dissemination Section.
Prior to joining CERN, David worked for nearly ten years at the European Patent Office in The Hague (NL), where he was responsible for searching and examining patent applications under the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Next to his duties as a patent examiner, David was involved in a number of strategic automation projects at the EPO and led the design of its re-engineered patent grant process.
David graduated as Engineer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE) in 2002. In parallel to his work, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law from the University of London (UK), in 2008 and 2010 respectively. In 2012, David successfully sat the European Qualifying Examination for Official Representatives before the European Patent Office.
Zoi is currently at the final year of her studies in the department of Management Science and Technology at Athens University of Economics and Business. She has also followed courses at Audencia Ecole de Management (France) and Linnaeus University (Sweden).
She joined CERN in March 2015 as administrative student and is working in the Finance, Procurement and Knowledge Transfer Department in the Procurement and Industrial Services Group as well as in the Knowledge Transfer Group.
She has gained experience through her involvement in student organizations (AIESEC, ESN and VIS) and she has participated in volunteer programs in Romania and China. She has worked in different positions and companies during her studies including sales at Philip Morris International and data collection at Research Company Greek Public Opinion (GPO).
Zoe André-Lawson joined the KT Group in 2012 as a Knowledge Transfer Officer. Zoe is the sector specialist for knowledge transfer to the chemical and biological sciences. She has over 10 years of experience in scientific business development, starting in 2004 with a post-doctoral technology transfer fellowship at the University of Birmingham, UK. She then took a short visiting fellowship at the global research centre IRRI in the Philippines, before working for several years on an international agricultural biotechnology project at PBL technology in the UK and Malaysia. Prior to her arrival at CERN, Zoe was a Business Development Executive in the Faculty of Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Zoe holds a PhD. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, where her research looked at the molecular and atomic structure of proteins. She also holds an MBA from the Open University, UK, specialising in international management, financial risk and entrepreneurship. She is a volunteer business mentor for entrepreneurs in the east African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi and is currently involved in foundation of a social enterprise start-up in Kenya.
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 advises the team on legal aspects of KT operations, drafts all the KT contracts of CERN, and generally provides advice on intellectual property issues for the Organization. Myriam is the main author of the CERN Open Hardware Licence, a framework to share hardware designs openly.
Myriam obtained her LLM from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property Law, and a Diplome d’Etudes Avancées in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 2014 she obtained her MBA from HEC Montreal.
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 was responsible for the ENLIGHT (European Network for LIGht ion Hadron Therapy) Co-ordination office, ensuring the smooth running of the network which counted more than 300 members. Audrey also provided the administrative backbone of the EU FP7 project ULICE. She is furthermore responsible for the web design and content management of these activities.
Enrico joined CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 and between 2011 and 2014 he has been the Leader of the Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer Section. He is Chairman of the EIROforum Working Group on Innovation Management and Knowledge/Technology Transfer and Implementation Officer of CERN-ESA Cooperation Agreement.
Before joining CERN he worked for more than ten years in the aerospace field at ESTEC (European Space Technology Centre) in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL), CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) in Toulouse (F) and Stanford Plasmadynamics Laboratory in Palo Alto (US). He was mainly involved in the development of advanced electric (plasma and ion) propulsion systems for spacecrafts.
Enrico received a diplôme d’ingénieur généraliste from Ecole Centrale Paris (F) in 1998, complemented by an aerospace engineering degree obtained with honours from Politecnico di Torino (I). More recently (in 2009), he was granted an Executive MBA from ESC in Toulouse (F).
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 Universita 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.
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 now finalized EU-funded ENTERVISION project.
Bettina Hamoudi is the Personal Assistant of the Knowledge Transfer Group Leader and the Administrative Officer to the group.
Bettina has a Bachelor Degree in Administrative Management and Human Resources. She lived and worked abroad between 2004 and 2012, mainly for International Companies and International Groups in: Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and the Maldive Islands.
She lived in Chester (UK) in 2008-2009 working as Personal Assistant to the Directors & Administrative/Account Assistant for an Oil and Gas Company, QHP/Hydac.
Between 2010 and 2012 she worked for a Danish Company MTHojgaard (Offshore Wind) as Project Secretary on various sites in the UK, and between projects Bettina was based in Copenhagen.
Bettina moved back to France in 2012 and started working in Geneva as Bilingual Personnel Logistic Coordinator / HR Consultant for Petrolis, a company specialised in technical assistance to offshore Oil & Gas companies.
In mid-2013 she joined CERN as Personal Assistant to the Director for Accelerators and Technology and until the end of 2015 she was the Executive Assistant to the Director for Research and Computing.
Knowledge Transfer Officer - Doctoral Student Helsinki Institute of Physics
Pietari joined CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in 2015 as Knowledge Transfer Officer. Before, he worked as entrepreneur for six years in R&D&I management field advicing companies to do business with public R&D organizations. His main experiences are in R&D&I project ramp ups, spin-off company creation, public tendering processes and related teaching activities.
Pietari’s main interests lie in enhancing interorganizational collaboration. He is currently working on a PhD project on knowledge transfer mechanisms and on methods to evaluate the related impact, and he is taking part in Knowledge Transfer Group business development activities.
Pietari holds a M.Sc. in International Business degree (2009) from Grenoble École de Management (France).
Marcello joined the KT Group in May 2014. He is an experienced applied physicist in different technology sectors and for applications that include also nuclear. He had resumed work in CERN in 2013 after a long leave working for F4E, the European Agency in charge of the ITER nuclear fusion project. Marcello had moved to F4E in 2008 as Head of a Division responsible for the in-kind delivery to ITER of Magnets, Vacuum Vessels, Remote Handling, in-Vessel components.
Before 2008 he had been working for 10 years in CERN, where as head of the former section Magnet & Mechanics (M&M) in the Physics Department he led or decisively contributed to the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning of ALICE, LHCb magnet detectors, the installation of ATLAS end-caps and the tests of T2K, ATLAS solenoid and ATLAS end-caps. The M&M section has provided for many years technical support to CERN’s experiments including installation of detectors, magnetic field simulations and measured maps for physics analysis.
Before 2008 he had been a CERN project associate, working for the manufacturing design of the CMS solenoid. Before 2007 he had been researcher in the largest electromechanical industry in Italy, working as responsible for design, manufacturing and test of superconductive magnets and devices for medical, accelerators (including Desy, LHC, Dafne) and research applications.
Marcello was granted 1 year fellowship in 1987 by the Genoa University (Italy) to prepare his Physics degree that he received from the Salerno University (Italy). Since 2004 he holds as well an MBA from the Webster University, Geneva (Switzerland).
Sparsh joined the life sciences section as a visiting scientist in March 2013 and has been a fellow since July 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.
In her current role Sparsh provides technical support for the activities of the life sciences section and in particular for the now finalized EU-funded ENTERVISION project.
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.
Marthe joined the Knowledge Transfer Group as an Administrative Student in 2015.
Prior to coming to CERN, Marthe worked as a freelance journalist for nine years, covering a wide range of areas. In 2009 she was Head of PR and Editor-in-Chief in the national committee of Operation Day’s Work (ODW) – the largest youth campaign in Norway. Both the journalism and ODW woke an urge to understand the world we live in and led her to her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion at the University of Bergen.
In 2013, former work experience within sales and customer care, as well as a wish to create brought Marthe to the School of Entrepreneurship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her studies led her to a summer programme on entrepreneurial management and business development at Boston University School of Management in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Development.
Christos joined the Knowledge Transfer Group of CERN in August 2015 and he is working in the Life Sciences Section as an administrative student.
Prior to this he gained useful practical experience through his work at the e-banking section of Eurobank Ergasias SA and as a volunteer at Bravo Sustainability Awards and Global Volunteer Network. Having won the Business Talents Greece 2015 and been a Business talents 2014 finalist as well as a Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015 competition finalist he enhanced his business knowledge further.
Christos is currently attending the final year of his undergraduate studies in Management Science and Technology, at Athens University of Economics and Business. In his third year, he studied Modern Marketing Practices at Linnaeus University, in Sweden, as an Erasmus exchange student. His interests include online marketing, programming and optimization methods.
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.
Tiago holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. In this context he developed electronic methodologies focused on human electrophysiology applications. Tiago joined the Knowledge Transfer group in July 2015 as trainee.
Previously, he worked at Plux - Wireless Biosignals (Portugal), as a Hardware Engineer for 5 years. In this company he assumed development roles in broad areas of digital and analog electronics. Since mid-2013, Tiago was also responsible for the technical management of national and European research projects assuming a broad role, from the project-planning phase, to the execution.
From 2012 to 2014, Tiago was an invited Professor in FCT-UNL (Portugal), lecturing the Applied Electronics course and the Electrophysiology course. He was also co-supervisor of 6 master thesis in the field of biosignal acquisition and processing.
Tim joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2011 as Knowledge 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.
Nick joined the Knowledge Transfer group as a Knowledge 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.
Before coming 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.