Global senior-level speakers will provide a unique setting in this conference edition, through keynotes and discussions. It is going to be exciting and educational. Each parallel session will be set to highlight the specifics of the topic, as well as to challenge and engage the audience.
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School
TCI President 2013-2015
Dr. Christian Ketels has been on the Board of Directors of the TCI Network since October 2007, becoming its Secretary in October 2009 and President in December 2011. Dr. Ketels is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at Professor Michael E. Porter's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He is an Honorary Professor at the EBS Business School, Germany, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. He holds a PhD (Econ) from the London School of Economics and further degrees from the Kiel Institute for World Economics and University of Cologne. Dr. Ketels has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many parts of the world. He is member of economic advisory groups in Europe and the Americas, has written widely on economic policy issues, is the co-editor of the Competitiveness Review, and has been a frequent speaker on competitiveness and strategy in Europe, North America and Asia.
Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness
TCI Secretary 2015-2018
James is a Senior Researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and faculty at Deusto Business School, where he teaches doctoral, masters, undergraduate and executive courses. His research interests are in policy-relevant analysis of territorial competitiveness and socio-economic development processes, including issues related to governance, policy evaluation and learning, innovation, networks/clusters, and the roles that universities play in society. He has published more than 50 conceptual and applied papers related to these issues in peer-reviewed journals and academic books, and has edited several books and journal special issues. James has been invited as an expert speaker/advisor by the European Commission and Inter-American Development Bank among others. He has been member of the TCI Board of Directors since 2015, chaired the TCI 2012 Global Conference in San Sebastian and he regularly speaks at conferences and contributes to debates in the media.
TCI Treasurer 2012-2015
Alberto is member of the Board of Directors of TCI Network since 2003 serving first as Secretary, President (2009-2011) and currently as Treasurer. As main professional activity, Alberto is Director of Clusters Unit at ACCIÓ - Government of Catalonia. Alberto has close to 20 years of experience in cluster, competitiveness reinforcement projects and regional development initiatives acquired working both for private consultancy firms and for the public sector. He is the author of different publications on cluster policy and practice and in 2010 he co-authored the book Cluster and Competitiveness: the case of Catalonia (1993-2010). He is also regularly invited as key note speaker in international fora. He is member of the Faculty of the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and he has collaborated as guest speaker with leading business schools and universities like IESE (Barcelona), l'Ecole Nationale d’Administration – ENA, as well as with international organizations like UNIDO and the World Bank. Alberto is also actively involved in different cluster policy think-tanks and advisory groups at European level. In particular, he has been part of TACTICS reflection group during the past three years and he is currently member of the European Forum for Clusters in Emerging Industries (EFCEI). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Bologna, a Master in Law, Economics and Policy of the EU from the European College of Parma and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic History and Institutions from the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona.
TCI Director 2015-2018
With near 20 years of international trade experience, industry representation and collaborative projects development, Mr. Dugré has been working in the transport equipment industry since 2005, passing from Executive Director Manager to Vice President of Operations at the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster. Active participant to TCI activities since 2006 with participation to TCI Global Conferences in Lyon, Portland, Jyvaskyla, San Sebastian and Monterrey, Mr. Dugré also passed twice the evaluation benchmarking process of the European Secretary for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) entitling the bronze certification label for Cluster Management Excellence. With a multidisciplinary training after biochemistry studies conducted at UQTR followed by technical training in international trade and administration, Mr. Dugré is able to put forward various solutions addressing complex problems and collaborative issues.
Bogota Chamber of Commerce
TCI Director 2016-2019
Marco A. Llinás is the Vice President for Competitiveness and Shared Value at the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, where he leads a cluster-based development agenda for Bogota that currently includes 13 cluster initiatives, articulated with a Regional Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy. Formerly, as Vice President at the Colombian Private Council on Competitiveness, he has been one of the leading voices behind the definition and implementation of Colombia’s National Competitiveness Agenda, which included, among others, the following areas: modern industrial policy; science, technology, and innovation policy; and cluster-based development agendas. Mr. Llinás also led the Colombian Cluster Network (Red Cluster Colombia), which aims at articulating the more than 80 cluster initiatives around the country, in order to exchange best practices as well as create synergies between them. He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a Master in Economics and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University.
Invest in Lyon - ADERLY
TCI Director 2012-2015
Since October 2012, Frédéric Miribel is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. He is the Global Business Developer at Invest in Lyon Agency (ADERLY). He holds a PhD in Economics by the University of Delaware, USA, and has 10 years of work experience in local development organizations, such as chamber of commerce and economic development agencies. Since 2005, he has been working in close connection with all the cleantech clusters in Lyon/ Rhone-Alpes (three "pôles de compétitivité" and five clusters). He has been involved in the globalization of local clusters, as well as in the enrolment of foreign companies that he has attracted to territory of Lyon. Frédéric, under the authority of Pierre Bonnet and Yves Guyon, was the manager of the 9th TCI Global Conference held in Lyon in 2006.
Cluster Excellence Denmark
TCI Director 2016-2019
Master in political science. National expert on education, innovation, regional development and clusters having over 20 years of experience within the field at strategic, analytic and policy level both nationally and internationally. Certified ECSA benchmark expert gold, silver and bronze. Since 2005 manager of her own consultancy Analysekompagniet and since 2009 in charge of the national support function for Danish clusters - Cluster Excellence Denmark. Member of the TCI Board of Directors since 2016.
Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon
TCI Director 2012-2015
Since October 2012, Manuel Montoya is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. He is General Manager of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was responsible for organizing the 7CLAC - 7th TCI Latin American Cluster Conference and the TCI Global Conference 2014 in Monterrey. He has a long career in business and has participated as board member in many regional development-oriented organizations such as Fomento Cultural y Deportivo, A.C., Promotora de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, A.C., Inmobiliaria Seival, A.C., Impulso Educativo y Social, A.C., and Centro de Competitividad de Monterrey, A.C. He has worked as consultant in strategic planning, business plan development, and cluster development. Manuel holds a PhD in Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, a Master in Business Administration by the IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and a degree in Chemical Engineering by the ITESM Monterrey.
Business Upper Austria
TCI Director 2012-2015
Since October 2012, Werner Pamminger is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. He is an experienced executive and senior consultant. After a couple of years in industry (eg Siemens) as an engineer, Werner became in 2006 the CEO of Clusterland Upper Austria and then Business Upper Austria – the Upper Austrian regional development agency with a focus on cluster and network management. He is responsible for 130 employees and an annual budget of about 16 mil €. Werner is an internationally renowned expert in cluster management. Clusterland Upper Austria is considered as a role model of excellent and successful cluster management within Europe. In the plastics industry, he has been establishing the Upper Austrian Plastics Cluster since 1999 (a plastic industrial network of about 400 contributing companies). Werner's main competences are situated in the fields of general management, project management, institutional development, workshop trainings and moderation. He serves in various expert groups and boards. Werner has both a science (M.Sc. in automation engineering, University of Applied Science, Wels) and a business administration (M.B.A. University of Toronto) university degree, various training and education in organisational development and lived/worked in the United States for 1 year. Werner lives with his wife and two sons in Upper Austria.
Regional Development Australia - Brisbane
TCI Director 2015-2018
Tracy Scott-Rimington is an economic developer and cluster practitioner and was appointed to the TCI Board of Directors in November 2015. She coordinated the hosting of the TCI 2002 Global Conference in Cairns, Australia. She works with Regional Development Australia's Brisbane office, facilitating the internationalisation of the region's high value knowledge based clusters and supports the formation of national clusters for competitiveness. Tracy is Chair of the TCI Oceania Chapter and with the help of other TCI Oceania members, convenes the annual TCI Oceania conference to raise awareness of the value of a cluster approach for economic competitiveness.
Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art
TCI Director 2016-2019
Madeline Smith is Head of Strategy in the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) at the Glasgow School of Art, specialising in strategy and evaluation for clusters, innovation and complex collaborations. She has a strong interest in innovation, the role that collaboration can play, and how evaluation needs to evolve to capture the wider value of innovation approaches and behavioural change. She has been involved in the development and delivery of a broad portfolio of programmes bringing design approaches to build the innovative capacity of businesses, public sector organisations and communities. She was elected to be a member of the TCI Board of Directors in September 2013, and is leading their Evaluation Working Group on sharing and developing new approaches to evaluation. She also runs a small consultancy specialising in innovation and industry cluster development. A chartered engineer, Madeline brings previous experience from management positions in the public and private sectors with a focus on innovation. She has led strategic policy on innovation for regional development in Scottish Enterprise, as well as large scale improvement programmes in private sector manufacturing environments. Madeline holds a Master of Enterprise from Napier University and Master of Engineering from the University of Nottingham.
TCI Director 2014-2017
Director of the Cluster House, non-governmental and non-for-profit business development organization for cluster-based economic development with the biggest platform for clusters collaboration in the Balkan and Black Sea Region, based in Serbia. PhD in economics science from University of Nis Serbia, scientific area: Application of mathematical methods in cluster development projects. Specialized in the field of local economic development at ITC/ILO Torino, Italy (2009) and sustainable cluster development in countries in transition at the Danish Programme LEDIB (2007/12) Long-time cooperation with economic development programs in the Balkans supported by international organizations. Training, coaching and mentoring expertise in the following area: project management; strategic management; entrepreneurship & start up business; economic development based on cluster concept and business incubation; corporative culture; event management, CRM and TQM. Leading author of the “Cluster House Model for economic development in the Balkans” primarily based on cluster-based cross border cooperation programmes and internationalisation of the clusters cooperation. Since 2012 initiator and coordinator of the "Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Network". Since 2010 author, project manager and co-chairman of the Balkan and Black Sea conference “Days of Clusters“. Author and editor of the "INFOCLUSTER" journal in the Balkan and Black Sea Region. The first president of the Council of Clusters of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2011-2015). Since 2014 director of the Global TCI Network BoD Barcelona Spain responsible for cluster-based economic development in the SE Europe. National award “Success flower 2012 for the most successful women entrepreneurs in Serbia” for special contribution to women entrepreneurship affirmation in South Eastern Serbia by Serbian Business Women Association. Prestige national award “Captain Misa Anastasijevic“ for special contribution to entrepreneurship, cluster initiation and networking in Serbia and in the Balkans, by MEDIAINVENT supported by Novi Sad University and Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Novi Sad (April 2016)
ask klaus! & Combine Innovation GmbH
TCI Director 2017-2020
Since October 2007, Klaus Haasis is member of the Board of Directors of TCI and Secretary since the TCI Conference in Auckland 2011. Klaus Haasis is a certified Coach and Counsellor with degrees in media engineering and journalism. He is committed in supporting and coaching entrepreneurs, executives, clusters and teams in innovation management and creative thinking, and he is a business angel through his company Combine Innovation GmbH. Klaus Haasis was for 18 years founding CEO of MFG Public Innovation Agency Baden- Württemberg, one of the leading innovation agencies in Europe fostering Creative Industries, Media and ICT. He is recognized as one of Europe´s most experienced designers and managers of innovation systems, cluster initiatives and collaboration processes. He was involved in many European projects and member of several Boards and Expert Groups, like TACTICS, Emerging Cluster Forum, European Creative and Industries Alliance. He is a key coach of @diversity - The European Idea Competition. Klaus Haasis has for more than 30 years successfully built companies and agencies, cluster initiatives and networks like Baden-Württemberg: Connected and the Open Source Business Alliance. Since 2013 he is founding board member of the German Initiative on Future Leadership. He combines in an unique way management know-how, leadership experience, person-centred skills, hypno-systemic coaching and effectuation expertise. Klaus held a number of key leadership positions such as at the private television network SAT.1 and Hoechst, one of the biggest chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the world. He lives in Stuttgart and Rome.
Republic Of Korea
TCI Director 2017-2020
1.2007 - 2008, Member of Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, Korea 2.2007 – 2008, Leader of Industry Cluster Promotion TFT in Daegu Metropolitan City. 3.2008 - 2009 : Member of Steering Committee on Educational Information Disclosure System of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea 4.2002 - present, Advisor of e-Trade for Korea International Trade Association, Korea 5.2011 - present, Member of Advisory Committee for Korea Customs Service, Korea 6.2010 - present, Sub-Committee Chairman of Advisory Board of Daegyeong Regional Development Committee established by Special Act on Balanced National Development 7.2011- present, Local Accounts Evaluator of Presidential Committee on Regional Development (PCRD) 8.2011 - present, Coordinator of Metropolitan Economic Exchange between Daegyeong Regional Development Committee in Korea and Kansai Metropolitan Area in Japan (MOU, Mar. 31, 2012) 9.Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2013, President, Korea Association for International Commerce and Information 2013-: Member of Self-Evaluation Committee of Minstery of Trade, Industry and Energy 2013-: Member of TCI-Network and Presentations on Global Conference of TCI-Network at Kolding, Denmark 2013, Monterrey, Mexico 2014, Daegu 2015. 2015: Member of Steering Committee on Global Conference of TCI-Network at Daegu, 2015 2016: Member of Advisory Committee of KICOX in Republic of Korea 2016: Speaker & Discussant invited by UNIDO, Side-event of "the Make in India 2016" at Mumbai 14 Feb.2016
National Cluster Association CZ
Pavla Bruskova has been involved in the cluster concept development in the Czech Republic since its beginning in 2002. She gave rise to the first Czech cluster organisation in the engineering sector in 2003; took part in the preparation of the National Cluster Strategy; carried out mapping and facilitation of several cluster organisations. In 2006-2010 she managed the ClusterNet regional initiative while in the position of the CEO of the Regional Development Agency Ostrava. She established the National Cluster Association in the Czech Rep. and became its first president in March 2010. She is an experienced cluster practitioner and consultant.
Policy Expert & Researcher
Senior Government Advisor
Bulgarian Association of Business Clusters
Chairperson of the Managing Board
Genoveva Christova is an International Cluster Development Expert with rich experience in working with clusters in the Balkan region. She is one of the lead experts in clusters development in the Republic of Bulgaria. Her Company LIGNA GROUP deals with Hotel Refurbishment and with over 30 suppliers and 26 staff she and her business partner Ms Anelia Kassabova have built up a sizeable SME in 10 years that delivers many of the benefits of a cluster’s approach. She obtained a Masters Degree in International Economics, covering International Trade, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the University of World Economy – Sofia. Since 2005, Ms. Christova has been actively involved in clusters development in Bulgaria. She became the first elected Chair of the first pilot cluster initiative in Bulgaria – Troyan Furniture Cluster. Since 2006, Ms. Christova has started her international cluster work and has been involved in clusters development projects in South-East Europe: Greece, Romania, Turkey and Serbia. She was one of the initiators of the Bulgarian Association of Business Clusters (ABC) established in 2009. At present Ms Christova is chairing the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster, as well as acts as a Vice-President of the ABC. Recently she has been invited to speak at a number of national and international events, promoting clustering and clusters policy. Author of numerous studies and articles about competitiveness and clusters development.
Ministry for National Economy of Hungary
Head of International and Cluster Unit
Mr Péter Keller started his career at the SME Development Department of the Ministry of Economy and Transport in 2002. He played a very active role in planning the SME Development priority of the I. National Development Plan 2004-2006 (NDP). After 2006 as the head of the Economic Development Planning Unit he coordinated the planning process of the Economic Development Operational Programme 2007-2013 in the framework of the II. NDP. Between 2010 and 2011 he worked as a government adviser at the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. He was responsible for cohesion policy especially related to Structural Funds. On 1 January 2012 he joined MAG–Hungarian Economic Development Centre, where he was leading the Cluster Development Office. From April 2014. the Ministry for National Economy took over most tasks (including cluster development related tasks) from MAG on the above date. The tasks of the previous MAG – Cluster Development Office is performed by the International and Cluster Development Unit in the Ministry for National Economy. Now Peter Keller is leading the International and Cluster Development Unit.
Romanian Cluster Association - Clustero
Warsaw School of Economics
Dr Anna Masłoń-Oracz (PhD) is a political scientist, economist and an expert in the area of EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the global trade policy and transatlantic relations (EU, US, Africa). She is a business oriented researcher who did analysis on how clusters influence regional development competitiveness from smart specialisation perspective. She is also involved in international projects in many countries in Africa concerning women empowerment, development of SME’s and regional innovation system to enhance the role and importance of regional innovation systems (RIS) in economic development and growth which has attracted considerable attention in recent years. She’s also senior manager for over 12 years with extensive experience in global organisation in managing various areas of business operations in Poland/CEE/Africa region and partnering with business stakeholders on all business related initiatives. She’s vice-President of Polish European Community Study Association (belonging to an international network of ECSA-World), vice-President of OKAPI - African Association and a member of the International Women’s Forum. Completed postgraduate studies in Human Resources Management (University of Warsaw), with a master’s degree in the field of International Relations (University of Warsaw). Holder of PRINCE 2 Certificate. Former Chairman of Supervisory Board of Centrum Edukacji S.A. and a President of the Management Board of Technology and Industrial Park S.A. (with its majority of shares owned by the PKN ORLEN SA the biggest petroleum company in Europe). She is a lecturer at Warsaw University and at Warsaw School of Economics. She has an experience in launching and managing entrepreneurial education programs within an academic institution such as Warsaw School of Economics (Warsaw School of Economics Rector’s 1st degree award for involvement in EUINTEGRATO project within 7th Framework Programme) as well as experience in grant funding management or technology investment in a university or accelerator environment.
Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge Moscow
Head of Cluster Policy Unit
Education and Degrees 2012 Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Economics and National Economy Management RF Ministry of Economic Development and RAS Council on Productive Forces 2006 Diploma in Corporate management Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics * Candidate of Sciences According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor. Awards and Accomplishments Best Teacher – 2012 Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals) Category "New Researchers" (2013-2014)
Cluster Development & marketing
Kazahstan Industry Development Institute
CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd
Ifor is acknowledged as one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world, with hands-on experience extending to over 50 countries. Ifor’s focus is on the practicalities of cluster development, leading training and strategy workshops with economic development agencies, cluster groups and support organisations. Ifor is a frequent conference speaker on competitiveness, clusters, smart specialisations, innovation and regional development. Ifor has been an advisor to The World Bank, EU, OECD, UNDP, international aid agencies and national & regional economic development agencies on six continents. Ifor is a Founder, Past President and Member of the Board of Advisors of TCI Network (Barcelona), the leading global network of organisations and practitioners with expertise in clusters and competitiveness. He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Danish Cluster Academy, European Cluster Observatory, Indian Institute for Competitiveness, the Pan African Competitiveness Council and Sintonia, Mexico. Ifor is the author of the ‘Cluster Development Handbook’, the first comprehensive guide to the What? the Why? and the How? of cluster engagement. Prior to establishing Cluster Navigators in 1997, Ifor was with New Zealand’s export development agency, encouraging SMEs to cooperate-to-compete through networking and clustering. Ifor is originally Welsh and lived in Canada before making New Zealand home.