The first European leadership programme
2014 Selection of European Young Leaders

Jamila Aanzi
Building on a business economics, marketing and communications background, Jamila has positioned herself as one of the leading innovators in the fields of youth involvement and social outreach in the Netherlands. She has participated in numerous programmes (Visie NL, P!oneer, TANS, etc.) aimed at encouraging cooperation between diverse backgrounds and envisioning a new social and political vision for the Netherlands. Jamila was recently appointed as a member of the European Elections Programme Committee of the Social Democratic Party of the Netherlands (PvdA), and was a supportive candidate (lijstduwer) for the PvdA during the Dutch national elections in September 2012. As Vice President of FNV Young (2008 to 2011), the youth network of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions, she was responsible for advocating and representing the interests of young students and employees with regards to education, employment and income.

Alberto Alemanno
Alberto is a public interest lawyer, academic entrepreneur and one of the leading experts in the areas of EU law and policy, risk regulation and global health. He is Jean Monnet Professor of EU law at HEC Paris and Global Professor at New York University School of Law. He advises international organizations, such as the EU Commission and the WHO, as well as governments around the world. He has recently founded eLabEurope, a civic start-up, lobbying for the European public interest by filling the gap between academic thinking and reality. Previously, he clerked at the Court of Justice of the EU and qualified as attorney at law in New York. He is a Coursera instructor where he teaches a course aimed at popularizing the functioning of the EU. He is the founder of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy. Alberto received the prestigious Chauncey Starr Award from the Society for Risk Analysis for outstanding achievement by a young risk analyst in science and public policy. Alberto is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the College of Europe, and holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University.

Joao Pinho de Almeida
Joao is the recently appointed Secretary of State of Internal Administration of the Portuguese government. Previously, Joao was elected Member of Parliament in the constituency of Porto, serving on the Committees of Budget, Finance and Public administration. Joao was spokesperson for the CDS-PP political party, having previously served as Secretary General and President of the People’s Part Youth division, of which he is still the Honorary President. Locally, he was member of the municipal assembly of Sao Joao da Madeira. With a sound legal background, Joao was a consultant at PROLEGAL – Moser & Lobo d’Avila and an attorney at Alves Mendes, Jardim Goncalves & Associates. He is also passionate about sports, being the Director and Chairman of the Board of the “os Belenenses” professional football team and sports club.

Julien Berjeaut
Julien, known by his pseudonym Jul, is a French cartoonist and comic book author. He won third prize in the youth competition at the Angoulême comic book festival at the age of 12. He began his working life as a Professor of Chinese history, but then devoted himself entirely to comics. He has published cartoons in numerous newspapers and magazines including Les Échos, La Dépêche du Midi, Nouvel Observateur, and L’Humanité. His comic book series Silex and the City was adapted into a TV animation series and aired as of September 2012 on the franco-german channel Arte. He was appointed by the French government to the rank of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in September 2012.

Danae Bezantakou
Danae is the Managing director of Navigator Shipping Consultants LTD. One of her important achievements is the organisation of the Navigator Conference since 2001 which is considered to be one of the biggest shipping events gathering the decision makers of the shipping community and speakers from all over the world on an annual basis. Through her participation in lectures and seminars, Danae has travelled the world to promote and strengthen women’s entrepreneurship. Her latest venture includes the foundation of Greek Food Obsessions, a gourmet culinary company providing the Greek and international food market with high quality Greek gourmet products from all over Greece. Danae holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey.

Max von Bismarck
Max is CEO and Partner of SkyBridge Capital, a research-driven alternative investment firm with 7.1 billion USD under management or advisory. Educated in law, his entrepreneurial spirit first materialised when he co-founded Berlinpolis in 2001, a Berlin-based non-profit think tank. He then went on to co-found and manage Public One Strategy Consulting, which was awarded the McKinsey & Company StartUp Award for the state of Berlin. Between 2005 and 2011, Max was Director of the Investors Team at the World Economic Forum, where he was responsible for all Forum activities and relationships related to hedge funds, private equity, institutional investors & sovereign funds.

Ghislain Boula de Mareuil
After passing the Paris Bar exam in 1998, Ghislain became Vice President of the Paris Young Lawyer Association, where he led a lobbying campaign resulting in the passing of a new law and administrative practices that enforced higher working standards. He then relocated to China where he spent over 8 years as an international business lawyer and helped bridge the gap between Chinese enterprise and European investment. During this time, he co-founded Shanghaivest, one of the first Sino-European merger and acquisition advisory firms, advising European companies and governments on how to structure Europe-China projects and how to negotiate and draft agreements with Chinese partners. He has since returned to Paris, and now divides his time between his law firm, Shanghaivest, and counselling activities for renowned European firms such as De Pardieu Brocas Maffei.

Malcolm Byrne
Malcolm is Head of Communications with the Irish Higher Education Authority, the state agency that advises government on higher education and research and that funds the higher education institutions. He is also a councillor and former mayor for the centrist Fianna Fail party. A former Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, former Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland and a former Executive member of the European Students Union, he also previously worked as commercial manager of myhome.ie, Ireland’s most successful property website and as chief executive of a national children’s organisation. Malcolm is a graduate in law and in arbitration from University College Dublin. He has also completed 20 marathons.

Jasmina Cibic
Jasmina works across a range of media including photography, performance, installation and video. Most often characterised as a visual artist, her artwork is focused on the positioning and analysing of space vis-à-vis other societal categories. She is the author of numerous exhibitions which have been shown all over Europe, as well as the recipient of prestigious Slovenian, European and international awards, including the Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice 2002 and 2005), the Slovenian Trend Award for Outstanding Achievements in Visual Art (2011), and the Catlin Commission Award (London, 2011). She represented Slovenia at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice before receiving an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London.

Tishani Doshi
Tishani is an Indian-Welsh dancer, poet and freelance writer. Currently based in Madras, India, Tishani divides her time between dancing for one of India’s leading choreographers, Chandralekha, and writing pieces for publications such as The Guardian, Corriere della Sera, The New York Times, The Hindu, The National, India Today, Outlook, Tricycle, Vogue and Elle. Her written work has garnered her various awards such as the prestigious Forward Prize (UK) for Best First Collection (2006) for her debut collection of poems, and she was selected to represent India at the 2012 Poetry Parnassus Cultural Olympics in London. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010, and has been translated into multiple languages. Her latest book is a collection of poems, Everything Begins Elsewhere, and has been published in India, the UK and the USA.

Henrik Enderlein
Henrik is Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His research is on economic policy-making, European monetary integration, fiscal federalism, financial markets and financial crises. In 2003, Henrik was awarded the Max Planck Society's Otto-Hahn Medal for outstanding achievements by young scientists and from 2006 to 2007, he was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Duke University's Political Science Department. He holds degrees from Sciences Po, Paris, the University of Bremen and Columbia University. He prepared his PhD in Political Science at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Henrik has just returned from a year as Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs.

Adriano Farano
Adriano is the CEO and Co-founder of Watchup, a Silicon Valley-based start-up that brings the power of video journalism to the post-PC era with an Apple app that lets you build your daily newscast out of the world's most trusted news channels. He is a former EiR at StartX, the Stanford student start-up accelerator. Previously, he co-founded and ran from 2001 to 2009 Cafebabel.com, a pan-European online media outlet entirely translated in 6 languages that has thousands of contributors. In 2007, he was selected as a young leader in the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Adriano is a Political Science and International Relations graduate from LUISS University in Rome.

Jorge Juan Fernandez Garcia
Jorge is Director of E-Health and Health 2.0 and Innovation Manager at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe. He has over 15 years of experience in life sciences and healthcare, working on projects throughout Europe, with a strong focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. He regularly acts as advisor and mentor to various healthcare start-ups and entrepreneurial acceleration programs. Jorge is also Head of Academics at Moebio, where he leads the d•HEALTH Barcelona programme, an 8-month postgraduate fellowship based on the successful Stanford Biodesign programme. Jorge is a graduate in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He also holds a GMP from IESE Business School, Barcelona and a GSP from Singularity University, Silicon Valley.


Josep-Maria Gascon
Josep-Maria is one of Solvay’s leading tax lawyers with dual responsibility: he is International Tax Manager at the global chemical and plastics group’s European headquarters in Belgium, as well as Head of Tax for Spain and Portugal. Josep-Maria is a frequent author and lecturer on tax issues, and was appointed as a Business Ambassador by the Government of Catalonia in recognition of a career that contributes to making the region known around the world. In September 2011, he received one of the legal publication Iberian Lawyer’s “40 under Forty” awards, which recognises the achievements of a new generation of lawyers shaping the future of law in Spain and Portugal.

Pavla Gomba
Pavla is the Executive director of UNICEF in the Czech Republic. Under her leadership, the Czech UNICEF has become not only a strong advocate for children’s rights, but also a leading fundraising organisation, with a contribution rate of 82% (the 3rd highest in the worldwide network), emerging from a recipient of international funding to the net donor to the international causes – an experience that is now viewed as an inspiration for the new business model of UNICEF in middle-income countries. Pavla has extensive experience of missions in developing countries, ranging from the areas hit by natural disasters and post-conflict countries to the countries struggling with high poverty rates and social inequalities. Pavla is also a member of the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting to which she was elected by the Czech Parliament. She is currently carrying out a PhD at the Technical University of Ostrava, focusing on international security and terrorism and she holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Economics, Prague.

Soulaima Gourani
Soulaima is a speaker, consultant, author, blogger and an active board member in several public and private companies. It is her vision to change the world to a better more tolerant place through trade and business, and relations between countries and people. She spends part of her time and own money travelling around the world to do “impact journeys”. The past year she has been to Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE, India, Jordan, Myanmar, USA and China to work with local entrepreneurs, young global leaders, local schools, change makers and NGOs. Since 2007, she has worked as an advisor and speaker for more than 1000 clients. She has received several prestigious awards among others the Rising Star, the Talent 100 price 2004, PowerWomen, 20 Greatest Nordic Thinkers., Young Global Leader 2012, Soulaima holds an E-MBA from the Copenhagen Business School.

Ben Hammersley
Ben Hammersley is a British writer and technologist, specialising in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the worldʼs political, cultural and social spheres. He enjoys an international career as a speaker, explaining complex technological and sociological topics to lay audiences and as a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business. He is currently a Robert Schuman fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, an Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London, a non-resident fellow of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C., a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom and contributing editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine. He is the accredited inventor of the word “Podcast”, published in The Guardian (2004).

Jens Ole Bach Hansen
Jens Ole is Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York, in charge of Danish relations and strategic interventions with the UN Development System. Having worked and studied in the United States, France, Palestine, Israel, Denmark and Jordan, Jens Ole defines himself as “a dedicated internationalist and multi-lateralist”. Following 10 years of experience in international relations, he is now focused on the changing international architecture and the role of the United Nations in addressing global challenges. Jens Ole is a graduate in International affairs from the dual degree programme between Columbia University and Sciences Po, Paris and a BA in Public administration from Roskilde University.

Sony Kapoor
Sony is the Director of the international think tank Re-Define. He is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. Sony advises the EU, central banks, large investors, governments, regulators and multilateral institutions on economic, fiscal, investment and financial policy. He has a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics as Strategy Adviser to the Systemic Risk Centre and Senior Visiting Fellow in Development and Public Policy. He is also a special adviser to the UNEP on green finance. Before Re-Define, Sony worked for ICICI, India’s largest investment bank. Sony co-founded the International Tax Justice Network, Europeans for Financial Reform and Finance Watch, and launched the inter-governmental Illicit Finance Task Force. His substantial contribution to financial reform, tackling the euro crisis and promoting development has been recognised by the World Economic Forum naming him a Young Global Leader and by the Royal Society of Arts electing him a Fellow.

Christel Heydemann
Christel is Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Transformation at Alcatel-Lucent and Member of the Executive Management Committee. Christel began her career at The Boston Consulting Group in Paris and joined Alcatel in 1999 on the Project Finance team of the Chief Financial Officer and has made her way up the ladder progressively and successfully ever since. She is also President of Fondation Azaria, created in 1940 to support employees facing personal difficulties. Christel was selected in 2012 as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as a Rising Talent by the Women’s forum. Christel is a graduate of the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Juhan Lepassaar
Juhan is Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport since 2013. Currently, he is responsible for coordinating policy in the fields of rail and road transport and also covers non-portfolio issues such as energy policy, internal affairs, Economic and Monetary Union and the Eastern Partnership. Before he was Director for EU Affairs at the Government Office in Estonia. In this capacity he acted as the Prime Minister's chief adviser for EU affairs and head of Estonia's inter-ministerial coordination system of EU policy. He conducted the high-level negotiations for the 2014-2020 MFF, and participated in the EU's response to the international financial crisis and subsequent reform of the EMU. Juhan holds an MA in Contemporary European Policy from the University of Sussex and a degree in Comparative Politics from University of Tartu. He has also studied interior design at the Estonian Art Academy.

Guillaume Liegey
Guillaume is an expert in electoral strategy. He began his career in Beijing before joining the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. for 4 years in France and in the United States. In 2012, he joined the French presidential campaign team of François Hollande, in which he oversaw the field campaign strategy to reach out to 5 million households, led the rollout of the campaign in 30 departments and coordinated the communication strategy. He then co-founded a political strategy firm Liegey Muller Pons to help other European political parties improve the way they run their election campaigns and engage with citizens before and after the polls. Guillaume is the co-author of Porte-à-porte, Reconquérir la démocratie sur le terrain (2013). He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches a course on electoral campaigns. Guillaume is a graduate of HEC and Harvard, holding a Master in Public Administration and an MSc in Management.

Andrei Cosmin Luca
Andrei is currently the head of the political section of the Romanian Embassy in Rome. He has previously served, for five years, as a deputy to the Romanian ambassador in Madrid. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003, he has been a programme coordinator in the non-governmental sector (for the Black Sea University Foundation and the Centre for Political Analysis and Comparative Studies), where he was involved in pioneer activities aimed at consolidating the newly born democratic and free-market institutions in Romania. Andrei holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Bucharest and an MA in European Public Administration from the University of Bologna.

Antónia Mészáros
Antonia is a Hungarian journalist, television presenter, author and documentary filmmaker. Antonia is a frequent moderator of public events and professional workshops organised by the European Commission in Budapest and has interviewed just about every EU politician that visited Hungary in recent years. She hosted Hungary’s main evening current affairs programme from 2007 to 2011, but was forced to leave the national public broadcaster MTV, along with thousands of colleagues after the new government “reorganised” public broadcasting and has been working at ATV, an independent news channel ever since. Antonia has participated in charitable projects and literacy campaigns aimed at helping the Roma population. For the last few years she has also been asked to head a Hungarian foundation recognising and rewarding journalistic achievements and organising events and workshops for media professionals. She is an English Literature graduate from ELTE University in Budapest.

Blazej Moder
Blazej is Director of the New Center of Lodz programme, which is one of the biggest urban, social, investment programmes currently realized in Central Europe. The programme contains over 50 different projects worth over 1 billion €. He is in charge of transforming the city of Lodz – the 3rd largest Polish city – into a modern and knowledge-based metropolis focusing on the rebuilding of the old railway station and revitalizing the urban area around it (100 ha) to create a new multifunctional city center. Blazej is also Member of the Council at Civil Development Forum, a leading Polish free market think tank. He is an International and Political Studies graduate from the University of Lodz and a PhD student in Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Daniela Ott
Daniela is the recently appointed CEO of the Tomas Maier Brand, one brand within the Kering Luxury Brand, to which she has been COO since 2012. Daniela will continue her role as COO and is in charge of integrating new brands, developing synergies and in general supporting the expansion of the company’s 17 luxury brands. Daniela has built a dual competency in brand management, strategy and finance on the one hand, and in merchandising and product knowledge on the other. Previously, she has worked as Director of Strategy of the Gucci Group in London and Paris and as Director of Strategy and Marketing at Balenciaga. Daniela holds an MSc and BSc in Management from the LSE. She teaches a class on Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC, Paris. In 2012, she was selected as one of the Deauville’s Women’s Forum “Rising Talents” and has previously received the LSE Research Award and the Economic & Social Research Council Award.

Ana Pastor
Since April 2013, Ana is the Anchor and Director of the weekly TV show El Objetivo that is focused on political, economy and social information. Ana has a wide international experience covering news in Afghanistan, 2005 London bombings, Niger hunger crisis, Indonesia seaquake, Sudan refugees’ camps, US, Italy and Portugal elections and other information in Pakistan, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leona. The list of people she has interviewed includes more than 40 Spanish-speaking ministers, regional presidents and national union leaders as well as the Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadineyad, former British PM Tony Blair, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Secretary General of NATO, Anders F. Rasmussen, Portuguese Prime Minister Sócrates, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, or Graça Machel. Ana is a journalist graduate from the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid.

Nina Rawal
Nina is Investment Manager at the Swedish Industrial Development Fund (Industrifonden) where she is responsible for international investments in life science companies. Previously, she was Vice President of Strategy and Ventures at Gambro, a medical technology company. Previous experience also includes work at The Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and at Medecins Sans Frontieres. Her academic background is in biomedicine and molecular neurobiology, including a PhD from the Karolinska Institute. In 2012, she was selected as one of 20 “Rising Talents” worldwide by the Women’s Forum.


Ivana Sendecka
Ivana founded in 2009 the NGO Next Generation Leaders of Slovakia (NGLS), which is a platform and movement dedicated to developing leadership skills, inspiring action and connecting influential Slovakian people. Ivana previously worked in Dubai, as a wealth management banker and sales executive. Returning to Slovakia in 2007, she conducted management consulting for multinational banks and governments and developed a strong interest in the power of new social media platforms to transform the worlds of work and innovation. Over 4 years to date, the NGLS programme has reached some hundreds of young Slovaks. Her personal story was featured in two books. She has been a keynote speaker on several prestigious occasions and featured as an “opinion leader” in many articles. Ivana holds a Master in Strategic Management from the Comenius University in Bratislava.

Michal Szczerba
Michal is currently a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Polish Parliament and sits on the Justice and Human Rights Committee. Before he started working for the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, in 2007, he was the Representative of the Parliament to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and sat on the State Treasury Committee. Previously, Michal worked as an expert on EU funding for restructuring and modernising agriculture and was on the Wola District Council of Warsaw. In 2011, Michal received the Order of Honour from the President of the Republic of Georgia, and has been part of numerous leadership training programmes. He holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Warsaw.


Irene Tinagli
Irene is currently a Member of the Italian Parliament sitting on the Committee on Public and Private Employment and on the Committee on Infancy and Childhood. Irene also teaches Management and Organisation Design at the Carlos III University in Madrid. Prior to this, she worked as an expert for the EU Commission on creativity and innovation as an advisor to the Ministry of Education, research and innovation on smart cities and social innovation policies. She is Member of the Board of Italia Futura, an advocacy think tank, for which she coordinated campaigns and benchmarked several European countries and international policies. Irene holds a PhD in Public Policy and a MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon University.


Shahin Vallee
Shahin was appointed to the Cabinet of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy as an Economic Advisor in July 2012. From October 2010 to June 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel think tank, where his research interests focused on international macroeconomics, the international monetary system, European economic governance, and monetary and macroprudential policy. He has previously worked with BNP Paribas bank’s research department in various roles and served as an advisor on European and economic issues to the Green Party’s presidential campaign in France. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a Public Affairs degree from Sciences Po, Paris.

Wouter Verschelden
Wouter is a journalist and entrepreneur, who founded Newsmonkey.be, a social media tailor-made news website, partly funded by a successful crowd-funding action. In 2013, he made a documentary and book about the future of the news business: Stop The Presses: the Golden Age of Journalism starts now. The documentary was partly based on his experience as the editor-in-chief of De Morgen that he managed for over 2 years. Before that, he worked at De Standaard, as a political journalist, and won several Belfius-press prizes. During that period he acquired his passion for politics and the inner workings of the system, which resulted in a fiction series about Belgian politics that he co-wrote for television and that will air in Belgium. He holds an MA in Political Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. He also has a Master in Business from the Vlerick Management School in Ghent and a Masters in Politics at Ghent University and Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

Maria Vlachou
Maria is the CEO of Fereikos-Helix, a company that oversees the development of organic snail farming globally and CEO of Maria Vlachou LTD, specialising in the branding, packaging and export of Greek high quality agricultural products. Fereikos-Helix is among the National Champions of the 2013 European Business Awards and was the first company in Greece to participate in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. In 2011, Maria was awarded the Greek Entrepreneur of the Year prize and in 2013, she was included in the Fortune list of “40 under 40” in Greece. In addition, she is on the advisory board of Hellenic Start-Up Association and mentor at several start-up initiatives, as well as an Endeavor Global Entrepreneur. Maria speaks 9 languages and has studied foreign languages and literature at Federico II University, Naples, and holds a PhD in Comparative philology from the University of Porto.

Goran Vojnovic
Goran holds a degree from the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, where he specialised in film and television directing. He has directed several short films and co-wrote a screenplay with Marko Šantić for the film Good Luck Nedim, which was nominated for a European Film Academy Award in 2006. In 2010, he directed his first feature film Piran/Pirano. Čefurji raus! (“Southern Scum Go Home!”, 2008) is his bestselling debut novel for which he received the Prešeren Fund Award and the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year. His second novel Jugoslavija, moja dežela (“Yugoslavia, My Country”) was published in 2012 and achieved immediate success among Slovenian readers. Goran is also a weekly columnist for one of country’s biggest newspapers, Dnevnik, and is currently working on his new film based on his debut novel.

Yuriy Vulkovsky
Yuriy is the recently appointed Country manager of Reach for Change and the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Festivals Association, an organisation that brings together 20 of the most renowned festivals in Bulgaria. During the last 15 years he took part in more than 20 projects aimed at giving a voice to the citizens of Sofia and Bulgaria and fighting for government transparency and effectiveness. He teaches courses on cultural management and policy and management of non- profit organisations at Sofia University. He has extensive experience in grant management, organisation development and cooperation strategy, as well as a particular interest in the cultural sector in post-communist countries. He is a member of the Strategy Group of the European Initiative “A Soul for Europe”. Yuri holds an MA in Cultural studies from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky.”

Julia Zimmermann
Julia is Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder of the company terraplasma GmbH – a technology company, founded in May 2011 as a spin-off from the Max Planck Insitute. Previously, Julia was the principal investigator of the research group “plasma medicine” at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, creating a large “plasma medicine network” composed of physicists, engineers, chemists, micro- and cell-biologists and physicians. To carry out this fundamental but also translational research she created a “plasma medicine network” including partners from more than 20 institutions in Germany, England, the USA and Russia. The mission of terraplasma GmbH is to develop and bring to market different cold atmospheric plasma devices. Julia holds a PhD in Biophysics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

Florian Zinoecker
Florian is Head of the corporate governance and internal policies division at the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), where he is responsible for the preparation of decisions and meetings of the Board of Governors (eurozone finance ministers), Board of Directors and Board of Auditors. He has worked in economic and financial affairs in the areas of central banking and monetary policy in various capacities including at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Central Bank (ECB). He has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Master in Advanced European Studies from the University of Vienna.