EIT Management Team | European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

EIT Management Team

Working closely together in the daily management of the EIT, the EIT Management Team consists of the EIT Director and the Heads of the three Units at the EIT:

  • Partnerships Management
  • Policy & Communications
  • Services and Finance

The EIT is based in Budapest, Hungary, and is structured in a number of Units and departments (organigramme) fully aligned with the EIT's mission and activities. 


Head of Services and Finance Unit

Jari Ahola has been the Head of Services and Finance Unit since March 2013, where he is responsible for managing the Institute's administration and services. Prior to joining the EIT in 2012, he worked at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland for 17 years in a variety of posts, in the area of research and project management, having started his engineering career in the private sector in 1990.

Working for the VTT, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Project Director and Coordinator for the largest FP7 IP project (20Meur). He was the Technology Manager for the Mobile and Embedded Solutions Knowledge Centre in addition to other management responsibilities since 2000.

Jari has a Licentiate of Technology degree in Computer Engineering and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Tampere University of Technology. He is an IPMA B certified Senior Project Manager.

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Head of Unit (acting) Policy and Communications 

Mathea Fammels is acting Head of the Policy & Communications Unit at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The Unit realises the ambition of the EIT as an Institute for Europe by generating benefits for citizens and EU Member States beyond those individuals and partners who take part in the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The Unit is responsible for strategy development and impact analysis, for developing and implementing policies to enhance stakeholder engagement, translating codified experience emerging from the KICs into studies and analyses, specific EIT outreach initiatives, and communications and dissemination activities.

Before joining the EIT, Mathea was responsible for stakeholder relations as well as all issues related to the economics of network and information security at the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) between 2006 and 2010. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2006, she worked as Economic Affairs Advisor with the German Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) at their European Office in Brussels and, from 1997 to 1999, was a Policy Advisor at the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe (NICE), the Regional Representation of Northern Ireland to the EU.

Previously, she worked at the European Commission Representation in Germany as well as the Directorate-General Regional Policy and Cohesion (DG REGIO) in Brussels. Mathea studied Political Science at the University of Cologne (Germany) and European Studies at University College Cork (Ireland).

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Head of Partnership Management Unit

Stefano Fontana has been the Head of Partnership Management Unit since 1 August 2015. He is responsible for the implementation of the EIT's operational grant-management cycle activities for all KICs, including the organisation of future calls for KICs. Furthermore, he is responsible for the simplification of EIT/KIC interactions, including the streamlining of the grant management cycle in the most efficient, effective and assuring form. 

Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission and the Research Executive Agency (REA) for more than 10 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of policy and project management in various units including Research Infrastructures, Research for SMEs, Research for Space and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).

As Head of Operational Sector in the REA, Stefano coordinated the implementation of Horizon 2020 EU funds related to the MSCA programme, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE).

Previously, he worked as researcher and project manager for more than 15 years in a multicultural international environment (Italy, UK, Syria, USA, and Japan), with a focus on industrial applications and technology transfer, and before moving to the EU Institutions he held the position of Head of Operational Unit at the Trieste Synchrotron Laboratory.

Stefano began his career after a fellowship at the Italian national research council and has a Master degree in Physics from the University of Rome.

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