The Competence Center on Technology Transfer is part of the unit on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the DG JRC of the European Commission.
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Meet the team
HEAD OF UNIT
Portfolio: Head of Unit on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), which contains the Competence Centre on Technology Transfer
Experience: In his previous assignments, Mr Caratti managed other Commission departments, namely: “Institutional and International Relations”, “Enlargement” and “Policy Support Strategy”. Mr Caratti started his career in the European Commission in 1986. In 2015, he was Deputy Commissioner General for the EU participation in the World Expo 2015. He founded the Competence Centre on Technology Transfer in 2010.
Educational background: Mechanical Engineering, with a specialisation in energy. Mr. Caratti has over 60 publications in international conferences, journals, etc. and is editor of various technical books.
Head of the joint research centre's Competence centre on technology transfer
Portfolio: Head of the Joint Research Centre's Competence Centre on Technology Transfer.
Experience: Alessandro Fazio started his career in investment banking with Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Between 2004 and 2011 Alessandro spent a number of years working in consulting and the early stage investment sector and was exposed to a wide variety of technologies and industries.
Alessandro has a keen interest in technology transfer and in how to support the growth and expansion of innovation eco-systems using a holistic approach covering capacity building, financing and infrastructure investment.
Educational background: BSc International Relations (LSE) and MSc in State, Society and Development (SOAS)
Experience: Elena worked as a consultant at Oxford University Innovation building capacities in technology transfer in over 40 economies worldwide. She also worked as capital markets analyst for Lehman Brothers in London.
Educational background: MBA from Said Business School in Oxford
Experience: Eva has sixteen years of international experience in Technology Transfer in academia, managing relationships and working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Previously she worked as a senior consultant at Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. At OUI she managed and delivered technology transfer consultancy and training programmes for government agencies, universities, research organisations and private foundations worldwide.
At the University of Santiago de Compostela she worked as a Technology Transfer Manager and as an Investment Analyst at a venture capital society specialised in technology-based spin-offs. She later joined the Deputy Vice Presidency of Knowledge Transfer at CSIC, the largest public research institution in Spain. At CSIC she managed the commercialisation of technologies through the creation of spin-offs. Eva also has experience in the private sector where she worked as a Deputy Finance Director.
Educational background: MPhil in Applied Economics & BA in Business Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Innovation and technology transfer officer
Experience: Sergio has more than 20 years of experience in Innovation and promotion of new Technology as a result of his past employment as a tech transfer officer at the Lecce University and at the ENEA, The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.
Educational background: BA Economics, University of Lecce; MA Innovation and Technology Tansfer, PASTIS CNRSM, Brindisi
Experience: Mattias is an innovation management professional with a strong focus on creating value in the interface between public research and private enterprise across a number of technological fields. He previously worked at the Technical University of Denmark, and his experience entails running PoC programmes, IP management and licensing, public-private sector R&D liaison, as well as negotiating terms and conditions for equity-based risk capital. Mattias also undertakes social, economic, and legal research with the aim of improving policy for technology transfer.
Educational background: MSc, LLM, and PhD from the University of London
Experience: Stoyan worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group in Luxembourg (2016) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF, 2015-2016) as a legal trainee. Further back in time, he worked for a young SME company in the private sector in Bulgaria (2013-2015) managing the full project cycle (initiation and promotion, negotiation and organisation, monitoring and reporting) of EU co-funded educational and qualification programmes serving individuals but also large corporate clients in the country.
Educational background: Stoyan holds a Master of Laws LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Amsterdam and a LL.B. in Comparative and European Law from Maastricht University.
Portfolio: Innovation Ecosystems & Capacity Building
Experience: Sheron joined KU Leuven Research and Development, the technology transfer office of KU Leuven, in 2012 where she was responsible for contract research, patenting, licensing, and spin-off creation. After that, she was active as independent consultant where she focused on R&D tax and grants incentives, venture creation and investment, and new partnership scouting and building.
Educational background: Sheron holds a PhD in semiconductor physics and a postgraduate in corporate finance (KU Leuven), in addition to being a qualified European Patent Attorney and Certified Licensing Professional.
Portfolio: JRC Living Labs
Between 2015 and 2018, Kaia worked in the consulting industry, as a research analyst for international mobility solutions in the UK and as an international project consultant in Estonia. Before joining the JRC, she completed a traineeship at the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Educational background: Kaia has an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and a BA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.
Experience: Margot joined the CC TT in 2019 as a Blue Book Trainee. Before she was working on a tech transfer project for circular economy that transferred technology from the European Space Agency to a brewery in the Netherlands. She followed start-up and entrepreneurship trainings for commercializing technical solutions to climate change.
Educational background: MSc Industrial Ecology, TU Delft, NL; MA International Relations and European-Asian Studies, TalTech; EIT Climate-KIC Master Label
Programme officer and event coordinator
Vanessa MANENO MUKANDANGA
ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD OF UNIT
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