Jean-Philippe Gammel

Member of Commissioner Navracsics’ Cabinet


Jean-Philippe Gammel has been Member of the Cabinet of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports since June 2017. He is notably in charge of Higher Education, Digital Education, the European University Institute, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions.

From 2012 to 2017, he was leading the office of Vladimir Šucha, the Director-General of DG Joint Research Centre of the European commission. DG Joint Research Centre is the in-house science service of the European Commission.

Jean-Philippe joined the European Commission in June 2008 as a policy officer in DG Education and Culture. Before joining the European Commission, he was an administrator at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

He holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Metz, a postgraduate diploma in European studies from the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy and a postgraduate diploma in English and North-American studies from the University of Strasbourg.


Begoña Arano

Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture


Begoña Arano is presently Head of Unit for “Innovation and EIT” at the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. She joined the European Commission in 1998 as Scientific Officer at the Directorate-General for Research, within the Unit for Marie Curie Fellowships (Improving Human Potential Programme). From 2007 she served as Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation where she was responsible for the units “Marie Curie Actions – Networks”, “External and Internal Communication” and “International Cooperation North America, Latin America and Caribbean”.

Begoña studied Biological Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid where she completed an MSc. In 1988 she obtained her PhD having been funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) in Germany and by the Royal Society in the UK. She subsequently worked as researcher at the Spanish Research Council (C.S.I.C) and was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship between 1996-1998.


Martin Kern

Interim Director, EIT


Martin Kern is the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT since 2014. Prior to joining, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy having started his career with a short stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession and among many issues, he led the EU’s rapid response following the disastrous floods in Serbia in May 2014.

Previously, he worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. In 2009, he was seconded to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm during their EU Presidency by the European Commission. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in the EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU and ending his 6 years in the Baltic States as Acting Head of the EU Representation in Tallinn. Following the accession of the ten new Member States to the EU in 2004, he continued working on financial assistance, dealing inter alia with the anti-corruption policies and irregularity follow up in the use of EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania around the time of their accession. He started his career after a brief stint at the UN and has Master degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.


Rajai Aghabi

Founder and CEO, EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions


Rajai Aghabi was born in Barcelona in 1981. He earned a Bachelors degree in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and from 2005-2007 he followed a two year M.Sc [Eng] degree specialized in Wind Energy at the Danish Technical University-Risø. He holds an Executive MBA by IESE Business School.

Rajai has dedicated all his professional life to wind energy. He started working in the Netherlands in 2007 as a wind energy consultant and project developer for the consultant company Ecofys, and in 2010 he started working as a Project Manager for the Zèfir Test Station at the Offshore Wind Department of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, IREC.

In 2014 he founded EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions, as a spin-off of a KIC InnoEnergy innovation project led by IREC, and is working as CEO of the same since.


Márton Herczeg

Head of Strategy and Impact Unit, EIT


Márton Herczeg has been Head of Strategy and Impact Unit since 1 January 2018. He became a Programme Officer of the Innovation Communities Unit at the EIT in April 2016 where he managed the partnership between the EIT and EIT RawMaterials until being appointed Head of the newly created Strategy and Impact Unit.

Márton has 15 years of experience advising EU and national policymakers and other decision makers on science and evidence based strategies, initiatives and policies on sustainable management of natural resources, resource efficiency and productivity, eco-innovation and waste management. He also has eight years of experience as a university lecturer in environmental management and economics, environmental performance evaluation and sustainable resource management.

Prior to joining the EIT, Márton was Head of EU and International Consulting with the Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI) in Denmark, where he led teams involved in strategic planning and solutions for better policy applications for CRI clients, including several European Commission Directorate Generals, the European Environment Agency, the Nordic Council of Ministers and various Danish Ministries for more than eight years.

He started his carrier at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) as researcher and lecturer while also managing projects at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), and then at Geologika, based in Budapest, Hungary.

Márton holds an MSc in Bioengineering and a PhD in Economics and Management from BME


Dávid Tas

Head of Section Grant Assurance, EIT


Dávid Tas joined the EIT in 2012 as Finance Officer and since August 2015 he is fulfilling the role Head of Section Grant Assurance in the unit responsible for the implementation of EIT grants.

Prior to the EIT, Dávid worked for different international organisations in Brussels for 9 years. Between 2005 and 2012 he was Financial Controller then Head of Finance at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), his main responsibilities related to setting up the operational framework and coordinating the financial implementation of the EEA and Norway Grants in 15 beneficiary states in Central and Southern Europe. Previously he worked as auditor at the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development.

He started his career in the private sector in the field of audit at one of the Big4 firms. Dávid has a Master degree in Business Administration from the Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration.


Michal Gorzynski

Head of Section Impact, EIT


Michal Gorzynski - joined EIT in 2012 and currently is a Head of Section Impact; previously he hold positions of Head of Monitoring Section/ Innovation Officer and KIC’s Project Officer. From 2009 to 2012 Michal worked for DG DEVCO at the EU Delegation to Ukraine as International Aid - Cooperation Officer.

Before joining the European Commission from October 1997 he worked for the CASE Foundation – Center for Social and Economic Research. From 2000 until 2009 he was also Deputy Head/Project Director of CASE-Advisors Ltd.

He graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and Joint Vienna Institute.


Mathea Fammels

Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations Unit (acting), EIT


Mathea Fammels is acting Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Before joining the EIT, Mathea was responsible for stakeholder relations as well as all issues related to the economics of network and information security at the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) between 2006 and 2010. Prior to this, from 2000 to 2006, she worked as Economic Affairs Advisor with the German Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) at their European Office in Brussels and, from 1997 to 1999, was a Policy Advisor at the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe (NICE), the Regional Representation of Northern Ireland to the EU.

Previously, she worked at the European Commission Representation in Germany as well as the Directorate-General Regional Policy and Cohesion (DG REGIO) in Brussels. Mathea studied Political Science at the University of Cologne (Germany) and European Studies at University College Cork (Ireland).


Manuel Irun Molina

Programme Officer, EIT


Manuel has been Programme Officer at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – Innovation Communities unit, managing the partnership with EIT Health and EIT Food since January 2017.

He has 18 years of experience in innovation and research project management. He also has four years of experience as business school lecturer on teamwork and innovation leadership.

Before joining the EIT, he was working in Brussels since 2004 - last years as Project Adviser for H2020 Eco-Innovation at the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME). Manuel was also member of EIT Climate-KIC team in its initial years as EU programmes and Partnership manager, Chair of the Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) and Member of the Governing Board. He started his career working for the Chemical Industry, for the University as researcher and for a Regional Government on EU Affairs and EU Projects.

Manuel holds a degree and PhD in Chemistry from University Jaume I in Spain, an Executive MBA from Imperial College London Business School, being specialist in setting up effective clusters on clean-tech innovation by the University of Berkeley, California, and specialist in Environment and Natural Resources management by the University Polytechnic of Madrid.


Thorsten König

Innovation Director, EIT Food


Thorsten has a PhD in Food Chemistry of the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.

He started his career at SAM Research in the area of consumer and sensory since, then joined WILD Flavours in Berlin, Germany, as Global Head Analytical.

In 2002 Thorsten moved to The Netherlands joining Quest International as head of Natural Products Research. After the acquisition of Quest by Givaudan, Thorsten held several positions in its Science & Technology organisation, leading the Global Creation Application and Sensory Science Group as well as Head of Explore.

In the context of EIT Food, Thorsten was the Vice Chairman of “FoodConnects” – the consortium preparing the application to become EIT Food. Within EIT Food Thorsten is part of the European Management Team first as interim Business Creation Director and now as Innovation Director.


Katerina Sereti

Policy Officer, EIT


Katerina Sereti has been working as a Policy Officer at the EIT since August 2016, when she was seconded from the Greek Ministry of Economy and Development. She is a member of the EIT Stakeholder Relations team, working mainly in stakeholder engagement, policy advice and the EIT’s portfolio of synergies.

Prior to her work at the EIT, she had been working since 2005 at the Greek Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Health, in fields related to the Greek development law, EU Structural Funds, national reforms and international organisations.

She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MSc in European Studies from the Athens University of Economy and Business.


Henriette van Eijl

Policy Officer, DG MOVE, European Commission


Dr. Henriette van Eijl works for the European Commission, DG's MOVE as policy coordinator 'smart cities' in the innovation unit. She is an EC official with 15 years' experience in three European Commission Directorates-General and in a national administration, industry and academia in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

In DG MOVE, she is responsible for smart cities, the EU-USA urban freight and smart R&D cooperation programmes, Horizon2020 funding for urban mobility and the ELENA urban transport technical assistance facility.

Henriette has a PhD from Oxford University. In her spare time, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Klara Festival Brussels, which is the largest classical music festival in Belgium.


Olivier Chassagne

Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission


Olivier Chassagne has been working for the European Commission since 1996 in various fields and Directorates Generals: state aid policy, trade policy, Galileo, Copernicus and currently innovation policy at DG GROW. Prior to this, he had been a high-ranking civil servant in the French Ministry of Transport. He is an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in France.


Beate Grajnert

Policy Analyst, DG REGIO, European Commission


Beate Grajnert has over ten years of experience in the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) area. On its operational side she has been Programme Manager of the ERDF regional programmes.

For the last two years she has been working as Policy Analyst in the area of Smart Specialisation strategies with a focus on synergies and complementarities with other EU Policies, in particular in the field of research.


Gauthier Grousset

Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission


Gauthier is Policy Officer in the DG Education and Culture in the European Commission. Before joining the Commission, he has been a teacher and a researcher in several countries in Europe and the US as well as a consultant in higher education matters. After graduating with a PhD in Archaeology and Ancient History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Gauthier took up a research position in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Eager to be more involved in the policy aspects of research and research management, he joined the European Commission and worked in the Unit in charge of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions dealing with researchers’ career and mobility at doctoral and post-doctoral level. Being passionate by the way education and research could foster innovation, he joined the team responsible for the European Institute of Innovation & Technology where he is in charge of overseeing the strategic development of the Institute.