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Horizon Europe Mission Board Cancer – European Commission
Ms. Christine Chomienne is Hematologist, Professor of Cellular Biology at the Université de Paris, France and Vice-Chair of the Mission Board Cancer. She was Director of Research and Innovation at the French National Cancer Institute (INCa) and Director of the Cancer Institute of France Research Organisations (Inserm & AVIESAN). Ms. Chomienne is a former President of European Hematology Association.
Head of Unit Clean Planet Clean Energy Transition – DG R&I
French State Civil Engineer by education, Ms. Hélène Chraye graduated then in Economics and Public Law at Sciences – Po / Paris. After joining the European Commission she dealt with various policies, transport, energy, international cooperation, industry and is now heading the unit designing and implementing the European Research and Innovation policy for Clean Energy Transition within DG R&I.
Romanian Ministry of Education and Research
Prof. Dragoş Mihael Ciuparu is a chemical engineer by training with a Ph.D. from the University of Paris 7 “Denis Diderot”. He spent almost 7 years with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University, as a post-doctoral fellow, and Research Scientist. Mr. Ciuparu served as head of research administration in Romania between 2010 and 2012 and is currently Secretary of state for research.
European Space Agency
Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut. She was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed her basic astronaut training in November 2010. She was then assigned to the role of ESA reserve astronaut, which allowed her to earn her initial qualifications in EVA and robotics, as well as the certification as flight engineer of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. In March 2012 she was assigned to fly as flight engineer on the Soyuz TMA-15M, as part of the crew of Expedition 42/43 on the International Space Station.
On 23 November, 2014 Samantha was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan. She returned to Earth on 11 June, 2015 after spending 200 days in space. The mission, which was given the name Futura, was the second long-duration flight opportunity for the Italian Space Agency, the eighth for an ESA astronaut.
After completing her post-flight tasks, while waiting for assignment to a second spaceflight, Samantha has been given technical and management duties at the European Astronaut Centre, which include serving on technical evaluation boards for exploration-related projects. For several years she led the Spaceship EAC initiative, a student-centred team working on the technological challenges of future missions to the Moon. She is now crew representative for ESA in the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway project.
Samantha is also part of a working group tasked with working with Chinese counterparts to define and implement cooperation in the field of astronaut operations. In 2017, together with fellow ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, she participated in a sea survival exercise organised by the Astronaut Center of China in the Yellow Sea. This was the first joint training of Chinese and non-Chinese astronauts in China.
In July 2015 Samantha was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian president.
Deputy Head of Unit Common Business Processes – DG R&I
Mr. Alan Cross is deputy Head of Unit in DG Research and Innovation, Common Business Processes. He joined the European Commission in 1991, having previously worked for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Mr. Cross has been closely involved in the preparation of successive EU Framework programmes.
CEO / Co-Founder
Ms. Judit Cubedo is the CEO and co-founder of GlyCardial Diagnostics, focussed on the development of a novel diagnostic test for the early detection of cardiac ischemia. She has received several awards for her work in this field (Innovators Under 35-Spain MIT Technology Review 2014; Emprendedor XXI 2019; Finalist EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020). Her overall goal is to bring this game-changing innovation to patients.
Ms. Maria da Graça Carvalho is a Member of the European Parliament. She was twice Minister of Science and Higher Education in Portugal, she was Adviser of Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas and previously Principal Adviser of President Barroso. She served as Member of the European Parliament also between 2009 and 2014 becoming one of the rapporteurs of Horizon 2020.
Professor of Physics / Co-chair
University of Manchester / ATTRACT Independent Committe
Ms. Cinzia Da Vià is a Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester UK, and currently a visiting Professor at Stony Brook University USA. She is an expert in innovative radiation detectors for High-Energy Physics and Medical applications, co-chair of the ATTRACT Independent Committee and member of the IEEE Women in Engineering international board.
Minister of Science
Geopolitics of Horizon association: from proximity to global
Ms. Sanja Damjanovic is a physicist and serves as the Minister of Science of Montenegro since late 2016. Following her PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 2002, she has worked at CERN in Geneva and GSI in Darmstadt. In 2017 she initiated together with Prof. Schopper (a former DG of CERN) the creation of the SEEIIST Project : https://seeiist.eu. Ms. Damjanovic is the Chair of the SEEIIST Steering Committee.
Water Joint Programming Initiative / CSA IC4Water
Ms. Dominique Darmendrail is the coordinator of the Water Joint Programming Initiative since November 2014, a network of research funding agencies aiming at coordinating and implementing RDI addressing Water challenges. She coordinates the CSA IC4Water for the development of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in Water and is involved in the Water4All Partnership development.
Laureate of the ERC Public Engagement with Research Award, Online and Social media
Trinity College Dublin
Ms. Anna Davies is Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin, where she directs the Environmental Governance Research Group. Widely published in geography, environmental policy and sustainability. Ms. Davies is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an elected Governing Board member of the International Science Council. In 2020 she received an ERC Public Engagement Award for her project SHARECITY.
Acting Head of Unit Innovation and Industry for Security -DG HOME
Mr. Andrea De Candido is the Acting Head of the "Innovation and Industry for Security" Unit of the European Commission's DG HOME. Among the responsibilities of the Unit is the management of the security research part of the overall R&I Programme supporting cross border funding of research projects in areas such as disaster resilience, border security and fighting crime and terrorism.
Head of the Unit 'ERA & Country Intelligence'
Ms. Magda De Carli is an economist with Master in European Economics & Public Affairs and has over 20 years of experience in research and innovation, SME support and regional policy gained at local and European level, private and public. She is currently Head of the Unit 'ERA & Country Intelligence' in DG R&I, responsible for the European Research Area, Semester, Widening and synergies with Structural Funds.
Director for Smart and Sustainable Development and Programme Implementation in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain
Mr. Nicola De Michelis is currently Director for Smart and Sustainable Development and Programme Implementation in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, in the Directorate General for regional and urban policy. He joined the European Commission in 1996. Mr. De Michelis spent most of his career working on regional policies.
Mr. Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He was until 2020 member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and was between 2008 and 2014 the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. A specialist in economic and social rights, he chaired the EU Network of independent experts on fundamental rights in 2002-2007.