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Sandro Battisti (Italy)

Professional with more than 18 years of experience in innovation management, technology transfer and business development. 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 organisations in Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, UK and US. His considerable international experience with strong track records in leading complex organisations, 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. An academic background in Electronics Engineering (BEng), Enterprise Management (MBA) and Innovation Management (PhD) completes his profile.

Eduardo Giugliani (Brazil)

Professor at the School of Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), and Vice-Director of Tecnopuc, the Science and Technology Park of PUCRS, in Brazil. He holds a PhD in Knowledge Management by the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in the area of Models of Corporate Governance of Science and Technology Parks, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

As Director of Projects and Business in TECNOPUC, his responsibilities and main activities are related to the leadership and direction of a multidisciplinary team focused on the development of projects in the area of Innovation, Innovation Systems, Creativity, Technology Parks, Corporate Governance and Management of Knowledge, as well as New Organizational Models of Science Parks.

He has served as Coordinator of the Department of Civil Engineering (1991-1996) and Director of the School of Engineering at PUCRS (1997-2004), Vice President of the Municipal Council of Science and Technology of Porto Alegre-Brazil, Coordinator of BRAFITEC, an international exchange program between Brazil and France, in the field of engineering and technology, with the participation of schools of engineering and innovation environments in both countries (2005-2015). Author of national and international articles, chapters of books and more recently the author of “Governança Model for Science and Technological Parks”, a book published in 2012 by ANPROTEC – National Agency for Promoting Entities Empreendimentos innovative – and by SEBRAE – Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio for Micros and Small Businesses. Permanent Member of the Administrative Council of the International Conference on Knowledge and Innovation (Ciki); Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Humanitas; Member of the Council of the College of the Americas (COLAM) of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE, Canada), author, co-author and reviewer of national and international articles.

Paulo Selig (Brazil)

Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (1979), Master in Production Engineering from the Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (1982), Doctor in Production Engineering from the Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (1993) and post -doctorate by Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (2007).

Today he is a voluntary professor at the post-graduate program in Engineering and Knowledge Management of the Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina. He serves as a consultant in STELA Institute and is President of Selig & CIA. He was founder and first coordinator of the “Post-Graduate Program in Engineering and Knowledge Management” of the UFSC. He was President of the “Brazilian Association of Industrial Engineering”; has experience in evaluating the  systems of tangible and intangible production. He has been the author of books and chapters as well as publications in national and international journals, writing about subjects such as  intellectual capital, performance indicators, balanced scorecard, cost analysis and value, among others.