What is the EIT Alumni Board?
With a strong mandate to represent, guide and engage the cross-sectoral EIT Alumni community, five representatives of the EIT Alumni Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are appointed as Members of the network of networks, in the EIT Alumni Board. Furthermore, in its efforts to foster the development of the leading network for young innovators and entrepreneurs, the EIT appoints an internal EIT Alumni Community Manager in the EIT Alumni Board, as well as external Board Member(s).
The EIT recognises the impact of young leaders in the EIT Alumni Community for pan-European resilience and progress, and acknowledges the importance of the EIT Alumni Board in providing a “powerful platform” for impact innovation, multi-stakeholder engagement and cross-generational cooperation.
The role of the EIT Alumni Board is to further develop the EIT Alumni impact community by harnessing the massive potential of all EIT alumni, encouraging proactive exchanges between members as well as EIT Alumni KICs, supporting added-value activities with the EIT alumni and providing relevant opportunities for them.
This page presents the current members of the EIT Alumni Board, including each member’s biography.
EIT Alumni President
The EIT Alumni President, appointed by the EIT Director represents over 14.000 alumni from all EIT Alumni KICs and leads the EIT Alumni Board. The role of the EIT Alumni President is to ensure accurate strategic planning and forecasting for the EIT Alumni and provide effective representation of the entire network and vis-à-vis the EIT, the KICs and relevant, external stakeholders. The President also coordinates the operations of the EIT Alumni Board members.
Anca del Rio
Anca del Río is a sociologist, health economist and thought leader in strategic development, global health and innovation governance. With a strong entrepreneurial drive for impact, digital transformation and positive change, Anca is fostering collective action between businesses, governments and the civil society for progress and a sustainable future. Anca puts great ambition in the advancement of need-led innovation, the meaningful adoption of technology and development of mission-oriented networks. As a lifelong catalyst and community builder in the innovation ecosystem, Anca is currently engaging young leaders with political and industry stakeholders to shape equitable and inclusive agendas for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. In her presidential role with the EIT Alumni, she is in charge of the strategic steering of EIT Alumni towards financial sustainability and global development by advancing cross-sectoral cooperation, a culture of growth and excellence and an impact mindset across EIT’s European and global network (USA, Israel, UK). You can follow Anca del Rio on LinkedIn and Twitter.
EIT Alumni Board members
Representative of EIT Health Alumni - Miguel Amador
Miguel is a biomedical engineer with a strong international background and global vision. Currently he is working with the EIT Health Innostars to build the strongest health innovation network in Europe and he is also the Managing Director of Pi Ventures, where he supports digital health ventures to navigate the innovation pathway. He is passionate about Healthcare Innovation and works with several health tech startups to bring their products to market by using innovative approaches and reach global scale. Previously, he was the Manager of Health Technologies and Nano Technologies Programs at Startup Braga (a DeepTech Incubator) and the Head of Operations at UTRUST, where he developed the future payment platform using cryptocurrencies as one of the TOP ICOs (2017). You can follow Miguel Amador on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Representative of EIT Digital - Jeroen van Lent
Graduated from the EIT Digital Master School, Jeroen van Lent is the current President EIT Digital Alumni Foundation. He has been a part of various industry leading companies and NGO’s enabling Digital Transformation in Higher Education and Erasmus+. He is working on the roll out of the European Student Card and has been involved in the development of the Erasmus+ App. Jeroen has a passion for bringing people together and has been involved in numerous Executive Boards ranging from the EIT Alumni to the Erasmus Student Network. The firm belief in working across sectors and generations to change society is what makes being part of the EIT Alumni Board so exciting for him. You can follow Jeroen Van Lent on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
Representative of the CommUnity by EIT InnoEnergy - Irene Anton
Irene Anton Sierra is a second-year student from the intake 2020 of RENE (Renewable Energy Masters from Innnoenergy) from Spain. She has been part of CommUnity by Innoenergy since the beginning of her master’s as Human Resources Manager in the local community of Lisbon in the year 2020-2021 and organizing the Community Days 2021 in Berlin. She worked as a Fellow Energy Researcher for Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon and is currently pursuing an end-of-studies internship as an asset manager in the Energy Storage System Department of TotalEnergies in Paris. Irene is passionate about international development, energy transition and the impact that renewable technologies can make on both. She has lived in several countries including the US, Philippines and Colombia and loves working in international environments and understanding different perspectives. You can follow Irene Anton on LinkedIn
Representative of EIT Climate-KIC - Fernanda Todeschini
Representative of EIT RawMaterials Alumni - Francisco Veiga Simão
Francisco is a Portuguese geoscientist and entrepreneur with a passion for circular economy. He is a PhD researcher in circular building materials at one of the largest ceramic companies in the world (Wienerberger) with affiliation to the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, within the prestigious network of doctorates “Maria Skłodowska-Curie Actions”. He is co-founder of two startup projects in the areas of geodiversity and waste management, and co-founded the Energy and Climate Forum (FEC), a Portuguese NGO and consultative observer of the CPLP, focused on sustainable projects for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. He holds volunteer positions in Portuguese (Vice-President of APEI Benelux) and international (President of EIT RawMaterials Alumni Board) science and innovation associations. You can follow Francisco Veiga Simão on LinkedIn.
External EIT Alumni Board Member - Peter Olesen
Professor Peter Olesen acted as Member of the EIT Governing Board from 2012 and as Chairman between 2014 and 2018. He spent 25 years as Research Director, Vice President of R&D and Executive VP/CSO in four major international companies: Danisco A/S (Denmark); Sandoz Seeds Ltd. (France) CPKelco/Hercules Inc. (DK & US); Chr.Hansen A/S (DK). He has held appointments as affiliated professor at the University of Copenhagen in Plant Sciences, Functional Foods. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the Danish Council for Strategic Research from 2008 to 2014 and member of the Executive Board of the Danish Innovation Fund 2014-15. In 2008 he founded his own consulting company, ActiFoods ApS.
Michal Gorzynski - Head of Impact Section, Strategy and Impact Unit
Representatives from other KIC Alumni Communities
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