Opening Plenary Day 1

Strengthening Digital Innovation & Research objective of the Digital Single Market

25/03/2014, 14h00-15h00

14h00-14h20 Commissioner Guenther H. Oettinger – opening keynote + launch of the Alliance on Internet of Things Innovation (AIoTI)
14h20-14h35 Arnis Daugulis, Deputy State Secretary LV, LV Presidency – opening keynote (presentation)
14h40-14h55 Sara Mazur, Vice President and Head of Research, Ericsson (presentation)

Moderation: Karen Boers, Director Startups.be

Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Commissioner Günther OettingerCommissioner for Digital Economy & Society
Arnis Daugulis
Arnis DaugulisDeputy State Secretary LV
Sara Mazur
Sara MazurVice President and Head of Research of the Ericsson Group
Sara Mazur is Vice President and Head of Research at Ericsson.

Prior to taking up this position, Mazur was Head of System Management within Ericsson’s Business Unit Networks, focusing on unit-wide technology and research coordination and strategic management of technologies, a post she held since 2007. Mazur has worked throughout her career on advanced technology to strengthen Ericsson’s technical excellence. She started at Ericsson Research in 1995 and has since held many management positions in the group that have kept her very close to the development of the telecommunications industry.

Mazur holds a Master’s degree in science and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is also an appointed Associate Professor in Fusion Plasma Physics in the same institute.

Mazur is the inventor of 69 granted patents and has authored several journal articles in international physics journals and conference papers on international conferences. She is the co-author of the book Handbook of antennas in wireless communication. She maintains close ties with several universities and is a member of the strategic advisory board of the School of Electrical Engineering in the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) on Education and Research. Mazur is since 2013 a member of the Board of Directors of Saab AB.

Karen Boers
Karen BoersManaging Director Startups.be
Karen started her career in HR and joined iMinds (formerly called IBBT) in 2005, where she developed the Marketing strategy. Eight years later, she headed a team of 6, organized massive conference weeks and competitions and pulled off the name change. Her drive for matching people, growing cross-industry and multidisciplinary communities and high-impact programs led her to found and head Startups.be, the NGO federating the entire Belgian startup ecosystem to provide entrepreneurs access to quality providers, partners and investors as well as create additional opportunities to grow their international visibility and presence.