David E. Baker
David E. Baker, Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Executive Director, University Technology Park at IIT. Mr. Baker was named Vice President for External Affairs in March 1995. He is responsible for the University’s governmental relations, technology park development, and trustee relations. Since 2001, he has worked to create the University Technology Park at IIT of which he serves as Executive Director. He managed all university strategic plans from 1993 through 2009. He helped to create the Perspectives Charter Schools/IIT Math & Science Academy. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Baker served as President of The Illinois Coalition, whose mission is to strengthen the Illinois economy through science and technology. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Baker served as the Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy organization. Mr. Baker served as the 2012-2013 President of the Association of University Research Parks, and on the boards of Perspectives Charter Schools, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center( CEC) and Lincoln Park Village. He serves as Chair of the Heidelberg Club International of Chicago. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Baker holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in History with a minor in Economics from Stanford University. He is married, has two children and lives in Chicago.
Dr Helge Neumann
Dr Helge Neumann is the Head of the Strategic International Business Development at WISTA-Management GmbH. His team supports Adlershof-based companies to have access to international markets and promotes international investments to Adlershof. He also manages and enhances the science park’s relations to international partner organizations and regions, as well as the international exchange among science and technology parks, clusters and companies. With WISTA-MG since 1991.
Jari Lauronen has been a managing director of Joensuu Science Park Ltd since October 2005. He has been a member of board of Finnish Science Park Association since the beginning of 2007. At present he is a member of the board of Association of Regional Development Agencies in Finland. Since June 2012 he has been a member of a board of directors in IASP. As an IASP European Division President he started at October 2014.
Before his career in Joensuu Science Park Ltd. Jari Lauronen has worked in several positions in industry (ie. ABB, Nokia, Fortum). He has also worked as an entrepreneur five years.
Jari Lauronen received his Msc in engineering from Tampere University of Technology in 1985. He received his PhD in 1998 from Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has also worked as a professor in a department of business in the University of Kuopio between 2001 and 2005.
IASP Director General
Luis Sanz (Spain, 1952) is Director General of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation since 1996, and member of its Executive Board. A trained sociologist, he is an expert consultant and senior adviser to different Science Parks worldwide and chief co-ordinator of over 30 international conferences on Science and Technology Parks, regional development and innovation policies.
He is author of numerous papers, books, articles and presentations on this topic and has participated as invited speaker in over 95 international conferences and seminars all over the world. Formerly he was the co-director of Valencia Technology Park (Spain) which he founded in 1987 and as positions of trust he has been Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Science Parks and President of the European Division of the IASP.
Luis Sanz is also the head co-ordinator of the World Alliance for innovation (WAINOVA
Prof. Dr hab. Bogdan Marciniec
Prof. Dr hab. BOGDAN MARCINlEC is a director of the Centre for Advanced Technologies, president of the Board of Wielkopolska Centre for Advanced Technologies and professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities and doctor honoris causa of the Technical University in Łódź (2013). He has been Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry (1985-1988) and Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University (1988/1990) as well as Founder and Director of the first in Poland, Poznań Science and Technology Park (1995-2015).
His contribution to Polish and world science has been recognised by the Prime Minister Award (2001), Śniadecki Medal (2003) of the Polish Chemical Association, the Award of the Foundation for Polish Science (Polish Nobel Prize) in technical sciences (2009) and the "Honorary Pearl" in science awarded by "Polish Market" (2009).
In June 2014, Professor Marciniec was the third in the poll "Nauka to wolność" [Knowledge is freedom] organised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to choose the most important scientific achievement in the last 25 years, for the search for new reactions and new catalysts in silicon compounds chemistry and for foundation of the first in Poland Science and Technology Park in Poznań, in 1995.
The area of his interest covers the organometallic chemistry and catalysis, chemistry and technology of organosilicon compounds. Professor Marciniec is an author or co-author of over 380 scientific papers and book chapters, editor or co-editor of 15 books (including 9 in English), over 170 patents and 17 implemented technologies.
Professor Jacek Guliński
Chemist, university lecturer. He specializes in organosilicon chemistry and issues related to innovation and technology transfer, innovation policy, the relationship between science and economy and the commercialization of research results. Author and co-author of numerous monographs, scientific publications and patent applications.
Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. In 1973 he got an M.A. degree in chemistry (Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan). In 1978 he got a M.Sc. degree in horticulture (Agricultural University, Poznan). In 1983 he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences (Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), then habilitation in 1996. AMU professor Jacek Guliński served as the Deputy Director of the Poznan Science and Technology Park AMU Foundation in 1995-2008 - the first science and technology park in Poland. In 1999-2005 he served as President of the Polish Business and Innovation Centre Association and in 2004-2008 he was the Head of the University Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer AMU. From September 2008 to January 2012 he was elected for the position as Vice-Rector for European Programmes and Cooperation with the Economy at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. In the years 2012-2014 appointed as the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education he was responsible, among others, for development and innovation policy, as well as issues related to cooperation between science and economy and the programming of EU funds in the period from 2014 to 2020. Since January 2015 he has been the President of the Management Board of Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation in Poznan and the Director of the Poznan Science and Technology Park AMU Foundation. Member of the Polish Chemical Society and Polish Business and Innovation Centre Association.