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 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 Personal Assistant of the Knowledge Transfer Group Leader and the Administrative Officer for the 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 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 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.
Matteo Castoldi is Head of the CERN Development Office since April 2013, in charge of developing and implementing CERN’s strategy for fundraising, coordinating fundraising efforts undertaken at or on behalf of CERN and its experiments, and supporting the CERN & Society Foundation.
Matteo has more than 17 years transverse experience within CERN where he previously worked in the Surfaces and Materials Technologies Group, TOTEM Experiment, Integrated Safety and Environment Group, and Human Resources Department. He also served as Section Leader and Acting Group Leader.
Matteo holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Genoa (Italy), and an Executive MBA from HEC - University of Geneva (Switzerland).
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).
Dimitrios joined the Life Sciences Section in September 2014 as an administrative student. He provides mainly technical support for the EC-funded research programmes.
Prior to joining CERN, Dimitrios did an internship at GSK, a pharmaceutical company, as a marketing assistant. He was member of ThinkBiz, a student club that promotes entrepreneurship, an Erasmus student in Munich, Germany and he has contributed as a volunteer for organising TedXCern 2014. He was involved in a creation of a “startup” which did not succeed, however it was a great learning experience.
He is soon going to graduate from the department of Management Science and Technology at Athens University of Economics and Business. In his spare time Dimitrios loves skiing and investing in the stock market.
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 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.
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.
Bernard Denis has been working at CERN for over 30 years in various positions including IT project leader for the development of the SPS and LEP accelerators control systems and deputy group leader of the unit in charge of the outsourcing policy and the service contracts of the Organization.
Bernard has 10 years experience in innovation, intellectual property and knowledge transfer. He joined the Technology Transfer group of CERN in 2005 as section leader with responsibilities for all technology transfer operational activities. He lead the negotiation of more than 25 licenses, 5 major collaborative research contracts, various co-ownership, service and consultancy agreements. In 2007, Bernard was appointed deputy group Leader. He is a founding member of the High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network (HEPTech) regrouping the TT Offices of institutes active in High Energy Physics. He developed CERN’s policy for the management of intellectual property in technology transfer activities approved by the Financial Committee in 2010.
In 2012, Bernard was seconded to the European Commission. He joined the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer unit of the Joint Research Centre where he provided expert advice for the IPR strategy of the Galileo Satellite Navigation programme. In 2014, he took over the responsibility for the management of the Technology Transfer sector and developed a new EC strategy for knowledge transfer approved by the Board of Directors.
Bernard regularly acts as an expert for WIPO in technology transfer fact-finding missions and capacity building workshops. He also acted as international evaluator of project proposals in the Czech Republic in the framework of the EC Call 3.3 – Technology Transfer Centres.
He is accredited Registered Technology Transfer Professional by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Association (ATTP). He has an engineering background in electromechanics, an MBA and an Advanced Diploma in Management Consultancy from the Henley Management College in UK. Bernard is also lecturing on project management at the HEC of Geneva University.
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.
Pablo Garcia Tello has joined KT in 2014 as Ideas KT Liaison Officer.
He graduated in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and has a PhD in Material Science by the Basque Country University in San Sebastian, Spain.
He was Postdoctoral Associate and Teaching Assistant of Semiconductor Processing Technology in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. He has worked at Philips and NXP Semiconductors in the areas of Micro/nano-electronics and Biotechnology. He has been also Contracts & Programmes Manager at the Aerospace and Defense Industry Association of Europe as well as working as a Consultant in EU Innovation Programmes for PNO Consultants for private and public sector organizations in the Chemical and ICT areas. He is participating actively in European Commission Innovation Initiatives and Funding Programmes.
His expertise is certified by having published more than 50 scientific papers in top international peer reviewed journals and conferences and holding more than 10 international patents in the areas of Micro/nanotechnology and Biotechnology. He has received among others the NXP Semiconductors Golden Patent of the Year award.
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).
Eleonora joined the Knowledge transfer group in February 2015 as Corporate Engagement & Individual Giving Officer (fellow).
Her interest in fundraising has developed since 2011, while optimising Google Adwords online campaigns for small medium businesses and non-profits in Dublin, Ireland. Parallel to her work, she obtained a Master in Fundraising for Non-profit and Public Organisations from the University of Bologna.
Since her graduation in 2013, Eleonora has worked for nearly a year as senior Private Sector Fundraising assistant at United Nation High Commissioner for Refugee (Rome, Italy) with an emphasis on Individual Giving analysis and research. She later took on a role as Direct Marketing executive for Concern Worldwide in London, project managing direct mailing campaigns and supporting a retention journey for regular supporters.
Eleonora holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna, Italy (2008).
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.
Trusts & Foundations Officer (VIA - Volontariat International en Administration)
Sofia Papadakaki joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in 2014 as Trusts & Foundations Officer (VIA) in charge of Trusts and Foundation fundraising through the VIA (Volontaires Internationaux en Administration) programme. As such, she is in charge of prospect identification, relationship-building, and account management of existing supporters. At the same time, she takes part in the trusts and foundations fundraising strategy definition, and provides back-up administrative support to the Development Office.
She obtained a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Strategic Management from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, after a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece.
Previous to joining the Knowledge Transfer Group, she gained valuable working experience at international companies (DHL Express Hellas S.A., TNT Express, Marmaras Navigation Ltd), and the Greek Ministry of Finance.
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 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.
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.
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.