Juan Bicarregui, Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council

Juan-BicarreguiJuan Bicarregui is Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC. Juan’s division has responsibility for research and development of the data systems that handle much of the huge volume of scientific data that is produced by the STFC research facilities. Juan has played a key role in formulating UK policy on opening up access to research outputs and was UK representative on the GSO Data Working Group. He recently chaired a cross Research Council group which published the RCUK Joint Principles on Data and associated Guidelines. Juan was a member of the steering group that set up the Research Data Alliance and is currently co-chair of the RDA Organisational Advisory Board. He is also a Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition. Juan holds a BSc on Mathematics from Imperial College London and a PhD in Computer Science from Manchester University. He has over 100 publications in Software Engineering and Data Management.

Esther Casado, Spanish H2020 NCP for SME

Esther CasadoEsther is degree in Physics and has a Master on Project Management. She is currently the Spanish H2020 NCP for SME in CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology). She is in CDTI since 2008 and she is the Spanish NCP for SME since 2010. During FP7, she supported companies aiming to participate in the FP7 Research for SME Programme and now she continues with the SME support for companies aiming to take part in the SME instrument, giving an in-depth face to face support for around 250 companies per year gaining wide experience in business modelling and exploitation strategies in the Spanish SME ecosystem. Before joining CDTI, she was senior project manager at Atos Origin for different EU funded programmes, mainly linked to e-Inclusion, e-Learning and International Cooperation.

Eva García Muntión, Hola Cloud Project Coordinator

Eva GarciaManaging Partner in RTDI (www.rtdi.eu). With 15 years of experience between leading multinational companies in the ICT arena and the design, coordination and development of collaborative R&D projects promoted by the European Commission and national authorities, within different programmes and instruments and for a wide range of entities. Before founding RTDI, she held managing positions, being responsible of working teams and business units’ balance sheets related to R&D strategies and markets. She founded RTDI 8 years ago, a consultancy firm specialized in R&I project ideation and launching, both from a technological perspective as in relation to the definition of strategies and plans for market uptake of new technologies. She has been collaborating actively with CDTI in the last 3 years around the Open Disruptive Innovation topic under the Instrument for SME scheme, belonging to Horizon 2020.

Antonella Fresa, Hola Cloud Communication Manager

Antonella FresaICT expert, Director and General Manager at Promoter SRL, Antonella Fresa has been working on European cooperation projects since the nineties. Since 2002, she is Technical Coordinator and Communication Manager of national and European projects in the domains of digital cultural heritage, creativity and co-creation, citizen science, smart cities, digital preservation and eInfrastructures. From 2002 to 2012, she has been advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, technical coordinator of the Ministry’s EC funded projects on digitisation, and from its establishment until 2012 Member of the Concertation Table between the Ministry of Culture (MiBAC) and the Ministry of Research (MIUR). From 1999 to 2002, she was Project Officer by the European Commission in Brussels. Previously, adviser of innovation agencies, Italian and European enterprises, universities and research centres. From 1980 until 1989 researcher at Olivetti in Pisa, Ivrea and Cupertino (CA, USA). She has been reviewer in the Call for the Portuguese National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance (FCT, Portugal) and for the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH). She regularly serves as independent expert and evaluator for the European Commission. Antonella is Vice-President of the PHOTOCONSORTIUM International Association for valuing photographic heritage and she is enterprise fellow at Coventry University.

Jorge R. Mujico, MRI International

immagineJorge R. Mujico is Bachelor in Food Science and Technology and PhD in Immunology and Nutrition (Autonomous University of Madrid). He has an Expert Qualification in International & Technological Cooperation Programs and Projects (Spanish Office of Science and Technology, Brussels) and has participated in the foundation of several spin-off companies from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), as well as in privet-public technology and know-how transfers. He currently works in MRI as Business Development Manager, managing projects, developing new products and commercializing services to private companies and public entities.

Michel Drescher, Cloud Consult Ltd., Oxford University and CloudWatch2

Michel DrescherMichel Drescher currently holds two positions as Founder and Director of  Cloud Consult Ltd., and as Cloud Computing Standards Specialist of Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Working for the University Oxford, he drives the standardisation of Cloud Computing services in Europe and world-wide, working with the European Commission, OASIS, IEEE, ETSI, OGF, SNIA and other organisations in this field; while managing Cloud Consult Ltd. Michel provides software engineering consultancy and support for Cloud service providers, supports Cloud service consumers in selecting appropriate Cloud services, and spearheads research and innovation consortium building within Europe. In his previous position, he was with the Stichting European Grid Initiative, leading and overseeing the development and evolution of software components deployed across a sustainable Production Grid in Europe. Prior to that, he had several positions in the ICT industry at Zühlke Engineering AG, Open Grid Forum, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Ltd., Nokia Networks and Pallas GmbH. He holds a diploma of Universität Bielefeld in Computer Science & Biology. His LinkedIn profile is at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/micheldrescher.

James Mitchell, CEO of Strategic Blue

Dr James MitchellDr James Mitchell is the CEO of Strategic Blue, a financial cloud brokerage firm that he founded in 2009 to apply data science and trading expertise from the commodities markets to the cloud computing market. He is widely regarded across as a leading expert in the pricing and market modelling of cloud services. Dr Mitchell holds a PhD in DNA nanotechnology from Oxford University, is a mentor with TechStars and guest speaker/author at a variety of cloud industry publications.

Frank Khan Sullivan, VP Marketing of Strategic Blue

Frank Khan SullivanFrank Khan Sullivan is the VP Marketing of Strategic Blue. Having co-founded a digital agency and a tech startup, he holds extensive go-to-market experience from both sides of the table. Mr Sullivan brings further international, cross-border experience to the workshop having established companies in Ireland, the UK and Netherlands. In his current role, he is responsible for communications, demand generation, guiding early stage product strategy and business model validation.

Janneke Breeuwsma, Arthur’s Legal

janneke-breeuwsmaMrs. Janneke Breeuwsma, LLM studied and obtained her Master degree in corporate law at Groningen University, and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in legal management. Janneke is a senior lawyer specialized in digital, data, privacy & technology, and in that capacity she advises on a daily basis all kind of tech companies, global organizations on drafting and negotiation of deals, IT-procurement, cloud and data, including worldwide standardization. She advises the government of the Netherlands through consultations on topics such as data retention, net neutrality, cybersecurity, law enforcement, cookies and the data breach notification act. She is a frequent speaker about the NIS Directive, security, data and personal at conferences. Furthermore, Janneke contributed through Arthur’s Legal to the following initiatives and organizations: the European Commission Cloud SIG on cloud computing & SLA’ s (C-SIG SLA), the H2020 SLA-Ready project and Alliance IoT Innovation (AIOTI), where she contributed to AIOTI WG4 (Policy) and the AIOTI WG3 Privacy in IoT working group, the Cloud SLA Standardization Guidelines, and she is member of the Cyberchess Institute that landscapes the cybersecurity arena.

Nicholas Ferguson, Trust-IT

nick-fergusonNicholas Ferguson is a Project Manager at Trust-IT and has been actively working in the cloud computing area. His work has focussed on issues raising awareness on issues such as cloud adoption in the private and public sectors and the raising awareness of the adoption of standards through EC-funded projects such as RESERVOIR, OGF-Europe, SIENA, VENUS-C and currently CloudWATCH and SLA-Ready. Since its launch in 2009, Nicholas has lead Trust-IT activities in the Cloudscape Series which has grown from being funded by the EC to becoming a self-sustainable event attracting some of the most important, international thought leaders in the cloud space. Nicholas also played an important role in the editorial team for the SIENA Roadmap on Distributed Computing Infrastructure for e-Science and Beyond in Europe (June 2012). Nicholas has an MSc in Educational Management and a BA Hons in Politics and Sociology.

Ruben Trapero, TU Darmstadt

rubentraperoRuben Trapero received his Ph.D. from Universidad Politécnica of Madrid and was an assistant professor at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. Since 2014 he is a lead researcher at the Technische Universität of Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests include privacy, identity management, cloud security and service engineering.



Peter Deussen, Fraunhofer FOKUS, AppHub Coordinator

peter_deussenDr. Peter H. Deussen works for the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin, Germany, in the department for Digital Public Services. His areas of expertise include software engineering, cloud computing, and open source software.  Peter coordinates the AppHub Support Action.



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