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Robbert Fisher
Managing Director
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Robbert is the managing director of JIIP. He is specialized in strategy and policy in the fields of R&D, technology transfer and innovation in general. From 1989 until 2000 he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1991-1995 Robbert was seconded as an expert to the European Commission DG XIII (now DG CONNECT) in Luxembourg. Robbert received a Master’s degree Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands with special subjects Intellectual property, Information Systems and Business economics.  He holds degrees in marketing and public relations. In addition he is alumnus of the PwC International Management Development Programme, and has followed executive courses at Darden Business School.
Jacqueline Allan
Senior Policy Advisor
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Jacqueline Allan is an experienced manager, strategic advisor, evaluator and policy analyst at international and domestic levels for science, technology and industry policy. Prior to joining JIIP, Jacqueline was Senior Policy Analyst (biotechnology and nanotechnology) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. She​ has over 15 years of experience in STI policy development across topics including economic and regulatory issues, international co-operation, women in science, skills and education, global research infrastructure, governance frameworks and evaluation and has been the author of numerous policy and evaluation reports.
Luca Alessandro Remotti
Senior Policy Advisor
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Luca Alessandro REMOTTI is a Senior advisor in R&D and Innovation Policy. He has over 20 years’ experience in Technology Evaluation, Research and Technological Development, Technology transfer, Innovation and the related policy analysis and assessment. He has a degree in Business Administration and Economics, specialising in Information Systems for Business Control (LUISS, Roma) and a specialisation in economic, financial and organisational management of innovation processes (CUOA, Vicenza). He has designed evaluation methodologies, managed technological trends studies, evaluated the impact of R&D on innovation and modelled SME company processes for the technological innovation. He has been involved in several policy support studies for the European Commission, and the development and operation of monitoring and evaluation systems. He was involved in many Science and Technology setup and evaluation projects.
Jos Leijten
Senior Policy Advisor
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Now working as an advisor at JIIP, Dr. Jos Leijten was programme manager Strategies for Industrial Innovation in TNO (Netherlands). He built JIIP as an initiative of TNO, VTT, Joanneum Research and Tecnalia. Earlier he held management positions in innovation policy research in TNO and was Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville. He studied geography and urban and regional planning at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (1975) and received his PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1991 for a thesis on technology assessment and technology policy. He has been a member of several EU expert groups.
Daniel Gehrt
Project & Communications Manager
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Daniel has degrees in European Studies (B.A. Honours, Trinity College Dublin, 2005) and International Relations (M.A., King’s College London, 2006). He has also done extensive postgraduate coursework on Evaluation of Public Policies (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research; Université Catholique de Louvain). Following stints at Deutsche Messe AG, Wegweiser GmbH Berlin and Knowledge4Innovation, Daniel started working with JIIP in 2010 and has thus been involved in the establishment and setting up of the institute almost from the very beginning. Initially focusing on association management and external communications, he has gradually been moving towards project management. Amongst other, more short and medium-term projects, Daniel is currently focussing on the 5-year project RECREATE.
Lia Federici
Policy Analyst
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Lia is an Analyst at the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP) in Brussels. In the last years, she has been involved in several European projects (DG CNECT, DG RTD, DG GROW, DG MARKT and DG JUSTICE) mainly in the field of Public Procurement, IP, Nanotechnology, Open Innovation, R&D investments and Insolvency Regulation.Before her experience in JIIP, she graduated at Bocconi University (Italy). She holds a Bachelor Degree and Master of Science in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions. During her studies, she had the opportunity to attend the Exchange Programme for one semester at the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management (USA) and a summer school at the NYU- Wagner School of Public Service (USA). As part of her studies, she also completed a traineeship at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, assisting the First Counsellor in trade policy matters and transatlantic relations. After having worked as a junior consultant in a management consulting company focused on public sector (Lattanzio e Associati), she specialised in European Studies at the College of Europe (Bruges). Following this, she underwent a traineeship at the European Commission-DG Trade (WTO coordination and dual-use items).Lia is Italian native speaker, proficient in English, fluent in French and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
Julien Chicot
Policy Analyst
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Julien Chicot is a policy analyst with academic and professional experience across topics including innovation policy, systems of innovation, and demand-driven innovation. He was a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and a doctoral researcher at the Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL). As part of his research on public procurement of innovation, he was an invited scholar at the Alliance Manchester Business School (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research). Julien has a PhD in Economics (University Grenoble Alpes, 2017), and degrees in Political Sciences (M.A., Sciences Po Rennes, 2013) and Law and Management of Intergovernmental Organisations (LL.M, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, 2012).
Milica Misojcic
Media & IT
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Milica Misojcic has degrees in Information systems and technologies (B.A. Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia) and Master of Science in Management ( M.A.Vrije University Brussel, Belgium). She has worked on the projects and researches in Blue Soft account company in Belgrade and at Faculty of Organisational science. Furthermore, she was a programmer and web developer in many companies.Now Milica is a part of Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP) as IT support. She is a confident and reliable IT support engineer with extensive practical experience of working with computers and resolving many support issues that are raised to the service desk. Possessing a proven ability to administer and control the operation, configuration and maintenance of computer-based information systems, as well as having an eye for detail and able to multi-task under pressure. Her expertise is IT work connected with databases, programming and Web development.
Frans van der Zee
Senior Strategist, Visiting Researcher
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Dr Frans van der Zee is a senior strategist with TNO. Trained as a political and development economist, he is a specialist in economics of innovation, EU policies and markets, and EU accession / integration. Before (re)joining TNO, Dr Van der Zee was a director of SEOR, Erasmus University Rotterdam; senior economist at TNO Innovation Policy group and TNO ICT & Policy (2005-2009); senior advisor regional and urban development at ECORYS (1998-2005), visiting professor economics at Oklahoma State University (1996); invited scholar, USIA leadership programme (1996); assistant professor of public economics & finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1994-1998); and assistant professor political economics at Wageningen University (1988-1994). He holds an MSc in Development and Agricultural Economics (1989, cum laude), a PhD in Political Economy from Wageningen University, and a PhD-graduate diploma of the Netherlands Network for Quantitative Economics (NAKE, 1990).
Hanna Kuittinen
Project Manager, Visiting Researcher
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Hanna Kuittinen is a researcher and project manager at Innovation Strategies Division of TECNALIA since 2008, having over 10 years’ experience in innovation research. She is also currently working as a visiting researcher at JIIP. She holds a D.Sc. Econ. (2011) in the field of strategy and innovation research, and M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) (2004) from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. In TECNALIA, she is a researcher in the area of innovation and technology research and policies. Before joining Tecnalia she worked for a university research centre. Hanna speaks Finnish (mother tongue), English, Spanish and knowledge of Swedish and German.