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Sandro Battisti (Italy)

Professional with more than 18 years of experience in innovation management, technology transfer and business development. He acts as Program Manager at Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) in Italy. An entrepreneurial and multicultural mindset drives all his work and thought. His career focus has been on developing research and innovation collaborations with universities, research institutions, large companies, and start-ups. He has a proven track record in fundraising, developing and managing strategic projects in collaboration with several organizations in Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, UK and US. His considerable international experience with strong track records in leading complex organizations, and negotiating with multiple stakeholders is a key competitive advantage, while his work in start-up creation and fundraising from public and private sources is a differential. His research in the area of social innovation has been published in relevant international journals. His research interests are: smart retail, innovation platforms, business ecosystems, data-driven innovation, user innovation, social innovation, service innovation and living labs. He has an academic background in Electronics Engineering (BEng) from PUCRS in Brazil, Enterprise Management (MBA) from IBGEN in Brazil and Innovation Management (PhD) from Polytechnic of Milan in Italy.

Jorge Habib (Brazil)

Electrical Engineer from the Federal University of Paraná; Master in Engineering and Computing from the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA). He also holds an International Executive MBA from the Institute of Administration Foundation (FIA / USP). He was an engineer at Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel); engineer and researcher at the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA). Currently, he is  an engineer at Itaipu Binacional, where he holds the positions of Engineering Superintendent and Coordinator of the Itaipu Corporate University; he is an assistant professor at the State University of Western Paraná, campus Foz do Iguaçu; and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Itaipu Technological Park Foundation.

Angela Behrendt (Uruguay)

Consultant in innovation, researcher and teacher. Doctor in Education (University of Málaga, Spain) with a degree in Economics (University of Freiburg, Germany). Founder of GPSinnovation, her own innovation consulting company, at the Technological Park of Andalusia in 2008. Since 2014 she designs and manages International projects from Punta del Este, Uruguay. With more than three decades of professional experience in global financial institutions (Deutsche Bank and Banco Santander), in the public administration (Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, Junta de Andalucia) and in consultancy/training, she has carried out a project of change in the organizational culture towards innovation in the Itaipu Technological Park Foundation.

João Edison Minnicelli (Brazil)

General of Division, entered the ranks of the army in 1969, in the Preparatory School of Cadets of the Army. He was declared an officer candidate in 1975 and was promoted to his current position in 2010. He joined the board of military engineers when he finished his degree in metallurgical and material engineering at the Military Engineering Institute, in 1982. He has worked on the undergraduate, master and management courses for military engineers and on civilian MBA courses in business administration with an emphasis on management (Getúlio Vargas Foundation – FGV), teaching in higher education (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and strategic management of information (FGV). He left active army service in 2014 and currently holds the position of executive manager of the Army Science and Technology Center Program in Guaratiba (PCTEG).

Helio Gilberto do Amaral (Brazil)

Engineer and professor, Coordination director of Itaipu Binacional – left bank. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1984) and a Doctorate in Socio-Technical Systems from the Universitè de Technologie de Compiègne (2003). He is a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR) working mainly on innovation and integrated management. Until 2005, he was president of the Free University of the Environment, Unilivre – an independent cultural and educational organization that works with the purpose of disseminating environmental knowledge to all extracts of society.

Josealdo Tonholo (Brazil)

Professor at the Federal University of Alagoas. Doctor in Physics-Chemistry from USP/SC, specialist in Electrochemistry. His occupation area is Management in Science, Technology and Innovation, Promotion of Innovative Entrepreneurshi /Innovation Habitats, Knowledge Protection, Technology Transfer and University-Enterprise Interaction. He was director of Anprotec. He is a researcher on Productivity at DT/CNPq, visiting Professor at Loughborough University and Vice-Dean of the PROFNIT/FORTEC National Network Professional Master.

Marco Bravo (EUA)

Executive Director of the UT Austin|Portugal program at The University of Texas at Austin and also the Executive Director of the National Science Foundation’s Southwest Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Node at the Office of the Vice President for Research. His expertise focuses on entrepreneurial wealth creation, international innovation, and global technology commercialization. He is an engineer with diverse international experience and education, as well as significant leadership and managerial experience in multinational business, consulting, academia, government, and startups with extensive cross-cultural literacy in Europe and the United States. As an entrepreneur, Marco has co-founded three companies, with one successful exit, and a business angel fund, and actively mentored 120+ technology startups and entrepreneurs from multiple countries. Mr. Bravo holds bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minho, a master’s degree in Engineering and Management of Technology from the Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon, a master’s degree in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently a Ph.D. pre-candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Isamir Machado de Carvalho (Brazil)

Analyst of Serpro (Federal Service of Data Processing), Doctor in Knowledge Management (UFSC) and Master in Administration (UnB). He coordinates Serpro’s Academic Network and develops projects related to knowledge management. He has worked on matters involving intellectual property and Corporate University projects.

In ciKi, he will conduct the thematic networking “Organizational Coadvising in research for innovation”. Organizational Coadvising is an innovative practice due to the singularity, since there is no similar one known in Brazilian public administration. The initiative seeks to add value to the technological solutions offered by Serpro, a public company of information technology, to the clients that are public agencies, in the service to the Brazilian citizen. The practice is carried out by the Academic Network of Serpro – RAS, composed of masters and doctors, who support the creation of knowledge through academic research. The research results can increase the organizational capacity in the generation of new knowledge for the innovation, besides fostering the relation between universities and companies.

Michael Becker (Brazil)

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering (2003) from the Technical University of Cottbus (Germany) with emphasis on environmental economics and water resources management. He worked from 2001 to 2003 at F&N Consulting (Hannover, Germany) in a project for the management of deep European lakes. In August 2003, he began his work at WWF-Brasil as a Water for Life Program technician, taking on the coordination of the Pantanal Program in 2008 and the coordination of the Cerrado-Pantanal Program as of 2010. Under these programs, he has encouraged the continuous monitoring of the vegetation cover of the Upper Paraguay watershed; the strengthening of responsible productive chains in livestock production and charcoal production; the creation of RPPNs and the strengthening of Mosaics of Protected Areas. From the perspective of conscious consumption he discussed with local partners the ecological footprint of Campo Grande and brought the footprint project to São Paulo as well. In August 2012 he was promoted to superintendent of conservation and had under his responsibility the programs Agriculture and Environment, Waters, Cerrado-Pantanal, Atlantic Forest, Education for Sustainable Society and the Water Brazil Program. In 2014 he took on new responsibilities in environmental consulting and worked on developing a collaborative funding platform for environmental projects. Today he is responsible for the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) of the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot at the Brazilian Institute of Education (IEB).

In ciKi, he will conduct the thematic networking “New forms of financing for socio-environmental projects”.