An international high-level jury makes the final decision about the CTO of the Year 2017 awardee, based on the nominations made on this website.
The 2016 jury consisted of the following members. Review for the jury 2017 is ongoing.
CEO of FASTEMS Oy Ab; President of Orgalime
Tomas Hedenborg graduated as M.Sc from the Helsinki University of Technology (nowadays Aalto University) in 1985, specializing in Automotive Technology and Combustion Engines. He started his professional career in the automotive industry in R&D management, based in Germany, working for automotive system suppliers Valeo and later Faurecia. Gradually moving in to general management positions, led to the opportunity to become CEO of German-based HBPO, a growth-company specialized in front end modules for cars. The company grew rapidly from a 70 MEUR company in 2000 to a close to 500 MEUR company in 2005 when Tomas left the company.
Moving back to Finland in 2005 to become CEO of Finn-Power, gave Tomas the opportunity to enter the machine tool industry and develop the company to a leading player in its field and facilitating the merger with Italian Prima Industrie to create the #3 player worldwide. After assisting with the integration of the new group, Tomas then moved to Fastems, the factory automation specialist, in 2011. Driving the renewal of the company strategy as Executive Chairman, then led to Tomas stepping into an operational role as Group CEO beginning of 2013. Implementation of an ambitious growth strategy is his main agenda.
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Dr Carlos J. Härtel
Managing Director, GE Global Research Center Europe; President of EIRMA
Carlos Härtel has been Managing Director of GE’s European Research Center since 2007, having served as manager of the laboratory for renewable energy at the center since its foundation in 2003. In his position, he oversees the research and development activities of about 200 scientists and engineers working on a variety of topics ranging from medical imaging and micro-mechanical systems to turbomachinery, power conversion, engine technologies and manufacturing systems. Earlier in his career, he held positions as scientist and manager in gas turbine development at Alstom (Schweiz) AG and as a researcher and university lecturer at ETH Zurich.
Carlos holds degrees in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen and the Technical University of Munich and a doctorate from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center), Göttingen. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 papers.
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Head of Marketing, Knowledge & Technology Transfer Group, EMPA
Gabriele Dobenecker holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. She spent over 20 years in IT and high tech industries. After some years in application development she held responsible positions in national and international marketing and business development in companies like Sybase, SAS Institute and General Electrics. Furthermore she was consultant and analyst in the areas of customer rela-tionship management and business intelligence, e.g. at Meta Group Inc.
Since the beginning of 2007 Gabriele Dobenecker heads the Marketing, Knowledge and Technology Transfer group at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. In this role she is responsible among others for Marketing, Business Development, Knowledge andTechnology Transfer, Events, Start-up support and Sponsoring.
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Professor Martin Curley, CTO of the Year 2015 (Large companies)
Vice President at Intel Corporation; Director, Intel Labs Europe; Innovation Value Institute Co-Director, Professor of Technology and Business Innovation at NUI Maynooth
Martin Curley is vice president at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe, the company’s network of more than 40 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spanning the European region. He also serves as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe, which is charged with helping to advance both Intel research and Europe’s ability to compete in the global society. Curley leads Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. He is also a co-director of the Innovation Value Institute, an industry-academic open innovation consortium that strives to promote structural change in the way companies and governments achieve value through information technology. Before assuming his current position in 2009, Curley was global director of IT innovation at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior IT management and automation positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. Before joining Intel in 1992, he held management and research positions at General Electric in Ireland and at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands.
Curley is the author or co-author of three books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship and has published more than 20 papers in the area of IT, entrepreneurship and innovation management. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society, the Irish Computer Society and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He currently chairs the European Union Open Innovation Strategy and Policy group, an industry-led group advising on strategic priorities for open and service innovation.
Curley has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
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Professor Marcel Wubbolts, CTO of the Year 2015 (Large Companies)
Chief Technology Officer, Royal DSM
Marcel Wubbolts is a CTO of Royal DSM. He holds a PhD from the department of Biochemistry, University of Groningen, NL, and was Post-Doctoral research associate and subsequently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at the ETH in Zürich, CH leading a research group on biocatalyst development and remained there until late 1997. Following his positions in academia, he joined the Life Sciences and Material Sciences company DSM in Geleen, where he has held several positions. Since October 2011 he is at his current position, responsible for Royal DSM’s global Science and Technology portfolio, which is at the heart of DSM’s Bright Science.
He is passionate about developing sustainable Scientific solutions that address global challenges in health, nutrition, energy and resource scarcity at DSM, in conjunction with partners from academia and industry. Marcel’s specialties include: research management, metabolic engineering, biotechnology, biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, molecular biology and route scouting. He is a member of boards and steering committees in several scientific organizations and acts a chair of the board of the consortium for biomedical and biobased materials Chemelot InSciTe in Geleen (NL) and as chair of the board of the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) in Brussels (BE) as part of the Biobased Industries Initiative called BBI, a JTI partnership with the European Commission in the context of Horizon 2020.
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Jonathan O'Halloran, CTO of the Year 2015 (SMEs)
Co-founder & Group Chief Scientific Officer, QuantuMDx
With over 12 years of experience in scientific research, biotechnology & clinical laboratories and observing mobile diagnostic clinics in resource scarce South African communities, Jonathan O'Halloran is a Harvard educated molecular biologist who co-founded QuantuMDx to develop handheld DNA analyzers and sequencers.
He is the inventor behind the QuantuMDx’s proprietary nucleic acid preparation, amplification and detection technology.
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Michel Crispi, Co-Secretary of the Jury
Secretary General Eirma (European Industrial Research Management Association)
Michel Crispi is EIRMA Secretary General since January 2015. Michel started his professional career in 1984 at the Free University of Brussels as researcher in control engineering and system analysis and since 1987 Michel held various positions in different multinational organizations (Philips Telesoft International, UCB, Gillam/GBL, Tessenderlo Chemie) and fields like Process Control, Telecommunication and Chemical industries.
Michel assumed functions in R&D, Quality management, ICT, Business Development, Controlling, Internal Audit, Merge & Acquisition and General Management.
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Pekka Koponen, Co-Secretary of the Jury
Founder and CEO of Spinverse
At Spinverse, Pekka has created a platform for his passion for bringing new technologies to market, driving the growth of new business and building partnerships. Founded in 2004, Spinverse is the Nordic leader in innovation consulting, specialised in driving open innovation ecosystems, arranging funding and commercialising emerging technologies. Pekka has strong international experience in bringing new technologies to markets. He is especially known for his work in commercialising emerging technologies as a behind-the-scenes deal-maker for the most respected organisations in the world. Before founding Spinverse, Pekka had exciting 14 years at Nokia during its most exciting growth. He joined Nokia as a smart card expert for the company’s first GSM phone and wrote software that shipped in 500 million pockets. His later achievements included cellular network market entries in a number of emerging countries, facilitating company’s ecosystem strategy and developing corporate venturing operations. His extensive international career includes expatriate assignments in China, Singapore, UK and Czech Republic.
Under Pekka’s leadership, Spinverse has delivered successfully over 400 assignments, coordinated over €1 billion of public funds and developed world’s largest R&D investors’ innovation excellence. Spinverse has had a vital part in forming innovation networks of over 12,000 people from over 60 countries by organising high-tech events. Pekka holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Oulu .
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