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Peter Berkowitz

Head of Unit, Smart Growth, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Belgium.
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Peter Berkowitz

Peter Berkowitz is Head of Unit for Smart and Sustainable Growth in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in the European Commission. This unit is responsible for smart specialization and regional investment in the digital economy, the environment, transport, climate change and just transition.  From 2008 to 2016, he was Head of Unit for Policy Development, including the preparation and negotiation of the Commission's proposals for the reform of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.

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Sonia Bonfiglioli

Entrepreneur & President of Bonfiglioli Group
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Sonia Bonfiglioli

Cavaliere del Lavoro
(Order of Merit for Labor)
Mechanical Engineer
Married, 2 children

Entrepreneur, degree in mechanical engineering, MBA at Profingest (now BBS), AMP Advanced Management Program at IESE, Certificate in Finance at London Business School, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A.

Daughter of the entrepreneur Clementino Bonfiglioli, founder of the Bonfiglioli Group, Sonia Bonfiglioli grew up alongside her father and learned to love the business. She joined the company in 1982 and was appointed to the Board of Directors.

On completion of her studies in 1992, she devoted herself entirely to the company.

She was appointed Managing Director in 2008 and became Chairwoman of the Group after her father's death in 2010.

Formed in Bologna in 1956, the Bonfiglioli Group today is present in over 80 countries and on 5 continents. The Group has 20 subsidiaries, 13 production plants and 3780 employees worldwide.

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Dominique Foray

EPFL, Lausanne
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Dominique Foray

Dominique Foray is full Professor, Chair of Economics and Management of Innovation, and Dean of the College of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland).

He is also Vice-President of the Swiss Science Council and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Swiss Economic Research Institute (at ETH Zurich).

Between 2008 and 2012, he served as Chairman of Knowledge for Growth - a high-level expert group of the European Commission. This is during this period that he developed the concept of “smart specialisation”. This concept has been operationalized in the framework of the cohesion policy in the EU and is now the base of a large scale industrial policy experiment in most European regions.

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Marja Makarow

Director of Biocenter Finland
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Marja Makarow

Professor Marja Makarow is Director of Biocenter Finland and former Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council - Academy of Finland, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, and Vice-President of the University of Helsinki. In their Founding Boards she has co-established the novel Aalto University and Tampere University. Marja Makarow is member of the Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council EIC, former member of the Governing Board of the European institute of innovation and technology EIT and chair of Technology Academy Finland that awards the global Millennium Technology Prize for ground-breaking innovations. She has advised the European Commission and the Finnish government on research and innovation policy.

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Shaker A. Zahra

Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
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Shaker A. Zahra

Shaker A. Zahra is the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is also the academic director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on international entrepreneurship, dynamic capabilities in global technology industries, digital platforms and business ecosystems, and dynamics of ecosystem disruptions. Widely published and cited, his research has appeared in all Academy of Management publications (Journal, Review, Annals, Discoveries, Learning & Education, Executive and Perspectives), Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others. He has served on two dozen editorial boards and served as guest editor of several others. His research has received several honors, grants and awards (including 5 honorary Ph.D.s and the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research). He served also the Academic Director of Babson Conference and Chair of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division. He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and several other organizations.