Giovanni joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 as Technology Transfer Officer and was appointed Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group in August 2011.
Before he worked for three years for LEM SA, a company market leader in providing solutions for measuring electrical parameters, where he was managing projects on the design of Integrated Circuits (ICs) for current transducers to be used in industrial and automotive applications.
Prior to this, Giovanni worked for 10 years in CERN’s Microelectronics Group (Physics Department), where he designed several low-noise low-power analog and mixed signal VLSI circuits for High-Energy Physics applications. His research work also dealt with techniques to design radiation tolerant integrated circuits in deep submicron CMOS technologies, an approach which is now employed by the large majority of the integrated circuits of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
Giovanni received a M.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 1997, a Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering (with honors) from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008. He is author and co-author of more than 70 publications and is an IEEE senior member.
Section Leader Intellectual Property Dissemination / Deputy Group Leader
David Mazur is Patent Portfolio Manager since March 2014. Since January 2015 he is Leader of the newly created Intellectual Property Dissemination Section.
Prior to joining CERN, David worked for nearly ten years at the European Patent Office in The Hague (NL), where he was responsible for searching and examining patent applications under the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Next to his duties as a patent examiner, David was involved in a number of strategic automation projects at the EPO and led the design of its re-engineered patent grant process.
David graduated as Engineer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE) in 2002. In parallel to his work, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law from the University of London (UK), in 2008 and 2010 respectively. In 2012, David successfully sat the European Qualifying Examination for Official Representatives before the European Patent Office.
Manuela has a PhD in Particle Physics from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and a Masters in Science Communication and Journalism from the Universita di Ferrara (Italy).
Previously a member of the NA48 and ATLAS collaborations, she has extensive experience in detector and trigger commissioning, data analysis, and databases. She also participates in a number of CERN outreach activities, such as Expanding Your Horizons and Famelab 2012.
Zoe André-Lawson joined the KT Group in 2012 as a Knowledge Transfer Officer. Zoe is the sector specialist for knowledge transfer to the chemical and biological sciences. She has over 10 years of experience in scientific business development, starting in 2004 with a post-doctoral technology transfer fellowship at the University of Birmingham, UK. She then took a short visiting fellowship at the global research centre IRRI in the Philippines, before working for several years on an international agricultural biotechnology project at PBL technology in the UK and Malaysia. Prior to her arrival at CERN, Zoe was a Business Development Executive in the Faculty of Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Zoe holds a PhD. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, where her research looked at the molecular and atomic structure of proteins. She also holds an MBA from the Open University, UK, specialising in international management, financial risk and entrepreneurship. She is a volunteer business mentor for entrepreneurs in the east African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi and is currently involved in foundation of a social enterprise start-up in Kenya.
Myriam Ayass is Legal Advisor for the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN.
Myriam joined CERN in 2005 after a period at the World Health Organisation, and has been working in the field of technology transfer since that date. As such, she advises the team on legal aspects of KT operations, drafts all the KT contracts of CERN, and generally provides advice on intellectual property issues for the Organization. Myriam is the main author of the CERN Open Hardware Licence, a framework to share hardware designs openly.
Myriam obtained her LLM from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property Law, and a Diplome d’Etudes Avancées in Public International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 2014 she obtained her MBA from HEC Montreal.
Audrey has a degree in Business Studies from Edinburgh University, Scotland.
She worked in logistics and materials management in the injection moulding industry and joined CERN's Life Sciences section in 2009. She was responsible for the ENLIGHT (European Network for LIGht ion Hadron Therapy) Co-ordination office, ensuring the smooth running of the network which counted more than 300 members. Audrey also provided the administrative backbone of the EU FP7 project ULICE. She is furthermore responsible for the web design and content management of these activities.
Amy joined the CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in October 2016 as a Knowledge Transfer Officer, with main responsibility for accelerator and related technologies.
Prior to joining CERN she held roles in Business Development and Knowledge Transfer at City, University of London (UK) - facilitating the establishment and management of business, professional, and civic relationships that enabled City’s research and teaching activities to have impact outside of academia. This included the disciplines of: data science & visualisation, machine learning, user-experience (UX), networks & cyber security, photonics & sensors, biomedical engineering, mechanical & aeronautical engineering, and civil & structural engineering.
Amy also has four years of Market Research experience within the world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) innovation. Specifically, she helped her clients to commercialise their new consumer products by analysing and presenting the results of quantitative consumer surveys, as well as advising on launch strategy and financial sales forecasts.
Amy holds a MPhil in Agricultural Sciences from Newcastle University (UK), a NVQ Level 4 in Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford (UK).
Henrik joined the KT group as a Knowledge Transfer Officer in February 2016, with main responsibility for accelerator technologies.
Henrik holds a master’s degree in physics from NTNU, Norway, specialising in particle physics and accelerator applications. Parts of his degree were taken at UoA, New Zealand, and he carried out his master’s research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, U.S., studying medical applications of advanced accelerator concepts.
In 2012, Henrik interned at Innovation House, a Silicon Valley-based incubator for Norwegian startups, and became increasingly involved in one of the startups (Elliptic Labs), for which he eventually worked full time. Henrik was involved in a wide array of entrepreneurship aspects, such as business development and strategy, investor contact, and in particular IP economics. After graduating in early 2014, Henrik worked for two years in Accenture, an IT consultancy, gaining experience in product development, system implementation, and project management.
Enrico joined CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in 2010 and between 2011 and 2014 he has been the Leader of the Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer Section. He is Chairman of the EIROforum Working Group on Innovation Management and Knowledge/Technology Transfer and Implementation Officer of CERN-ESA Cooperation Agreement.
Before joining CERN he worked for more than ten years in the aerospace field at ESTEC (European Space Technology Centre) in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL), CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) in Toulouse (F) and Stanford Plasmadynamics Laboratory in Palo Alto (US). He was mainly involved in the development of advanced electric (plasma and ion) propulsion systems for spacecrafts.
Enrico received a diplôme d’ingénieur généraliste from Ecole Centrale Paris (F) in 1998, complemented by an aerospace engineering degree obtained with honours from Politecnico di Torino (I). More recently (in 2009), he was granted an Executive MBA from ESC in Toulouse (F).
Helen has a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology and European Studies from Sussex University (UK). She came to CERN in 1998 and worked in the Procurement Service until 2011 when she joined the Life Sciences section. She provides administrative support for the activities of the Section and in particular for the now finalized EU-funded ENTERVISION project.
Rita joined the Knowledge Transfer Group as a Medical Applications Officer in October 2016.
She was previously a PhD student in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), working with biodegradable and microbial polymers. During that time, she had the opportunity to do a scientific internship in the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden in techniques of modification and characterisation of materials and thin films. She supervised Master's and technical students and gave some practical classes.
After her Master's degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering also at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, she held fellowships at the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (Portugal) in 2010 and 2012, in collaboration with Portuguese companies.
Georgios Gemenetzis joined CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group in September 2016 as administrative student.
Before he gained experience by doing a five-month internship at Media Saturn Hellas in the Human Resources department. He was finalist of the Greek Junior Achievement Start-up contest of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2016.
Georgios is currently attending his undergraduate studies in Management Science and Technology in the Athens University of Economics and Business. His main specialization is in Human Resources and Strategy and his minor in E-commerce, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his fourth year of studies he studied for a semester at “Groupe ESC Troyes” in France, as an Erasmus exchange student.
Sharif holds a PhD degree in Physics Engineering from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), a MSc degree in Physics from Al-Quds University (Palestine), and BSc degree in Physics/Mathematics from Birzeit University (Palestine).Sharif joined the life sciences section in February 2016 as a fellow.
His PhD work was carried out on ICNAS project, which aimed at using one beamline of ICNAS cyclotron (proton PET cyclotron), to instrument a self-developed system capable of (1) monitoring beam variables, and (2) controlling the dose on target based on electronics and instruments coupled to a self-developed computer application. The implementation of this system involved research and developments in areas such as accelerator physics, vacuum technology, high-precision mechanics, power electronics developed and operated adjacent to (ground-separated) highly-sensitive readout electronics, systems for data acquisition and control, beam monitoring physics, and dosimetry physics. In 2015, Sharif worked at Birzeit University as an Assistant Professor of Physics for one academic semester.
Bettina Hamoudi is the Personal Assistant of the Knowledge Transfer Group Leader and the Administrative Officer to the group.
Bettina has a Bachelor Degree in Administrative Management and Human Resources. She lived and worked abroad between 2004 and 2012, mainly for International Companies and International Groups in: Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and the Maldive Islands.
She lived in Chester (UK) in 2008-2009 working as Personal Assistant to the Directors & Administrative/Account Assistant for an Oil and Gas Company, QHP/Hydac.
Between 2010 and 2012 she worked for a Danish Company MTHojgaard (Offshore Wind) as Project Secretary on various sites in the UK, and between projects Bettina was based in Copenhagen.
Bettina moved back to France in 2012 and started working in Geneva as Bilingual Personnel Logistic Coordinator / HR Consultant for Petrolis, a company specialised in technical assistance to offshore Oil & Gas companies.
In mid-2013 she joined CERN as Personal Assistant to the Director for Accelerators and Technology and until the end of 2015 she was the Executive Assistant to the Director for Research and Computing.
Knowledge Transfer Officer - Doctoral Student Helsinki Institute of Physics
Pietari joined CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in 2015 as Knowledge Transfer Officer. Before, he worked as entrepreneur for six years in R&D&I management field advicing companies to do business with public R&D organizations. His main experiences are in R&D&I project ramp ups, spin-off company creation, public tendering processes and related teaching activities.
Pietari’s main interests lie in enhancing interorganizational collaboration. He is currently working on a PhD project on knowledge transfer mechanisms and on methods to evaluate the related impact, and he is taking part in Knowledge Transfer Group business development activities.
Pietari holds a M.Sc. in International Business degree (2009) from Grenoble École de Management (France).
Marcello joined the KT Group in May 2014. He is an experienced applied physicist in different technology sectors and for applications that include also nuclear. He had resumed work in CERN in 2013 after a long leave working for F4E, the European Agency in charge of the ITER nuclear fusion project. Marcello had moved to F4E in 2008 as Head of a Division responsible for the in-kind delivery to ITER of Magnets, Vacuum Vessels, Remote Handling, in-Vessel components.
Before 2008 he had been working for 10 years in CERN, where as head of the former section Magnet & Mechanics (M&M) in the Physics Department he led or decisively contributed to the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning of ALICE, LHCb magnet detectors, the installation of ATLAS end-caps and the tests of T2K, ATLAS solenoid and ATLAS end-caps. The M&M section has provided for many years technical support to CERN’s experiments including installation of detectors, magnetic field simulations and measured maps for physics analysis.
Before 2008 he had been a CERN project associate, working for the manufacturing design of the CMS solenoid. Before 2007 he had been researcher in the largest electromechanical industry in Italy, working as responsible for design, manufacturing and test of superconductive magnets and devices for medical, accelerators (including Desy, LHC, Dafne) and research applications.
Marcello was granted 1 year fellowship in 1987 by the Genoa University (Italy) to prepare his Physics degree that he received from the Salerno University (Italy). Since 2004 he holds as well an MBA from the Webster University, Geneva (Switzerland).
Anna joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in September 2016. She provides legal support to the KT group, notably by drafting Knowledge Transfer contracts and more generally providing legal advice on KT matters.
She is a Polish Legal Advisor who was admitted to the bar in 2013. She has more than five years of experience in advising business clients as a legal advisor and as trainee legal advisor working for law firms in Poland. As a member of the litigation and arbitration practice in one of the top Polish law firms, Anna specialized in commercial litigation while acting in disputes involving financial settlements between international businesses. Among others, she handled cases involving renewable energy projects as well as those focusing on innovation in technology and industry and acted in claims for the unfair competition in business.
Anna obtained a Master’s degree in law from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. She also holds a certificate from Post-graduate Studies in Foreign and International Service from the same university and is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Geneva.
Marthe joined the Knowledge Transfer Group in 2015.
Prior to coming to CERN, Marthe worked as a freelance journalist for nine years, covering a wide range of areas. In 2009 she was Head of PR and Editor-in-Chief in the national committee of Operation Day’s Work (ODW) – the largest youth campaign in Norway. Both the journalism and ODW woke an urge to understand the world we live in and led her to her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion at the University of Bergen.
In 2013, former work experience within sales and customer care, as well as a wish to create brought Marthe to the School of Entrepreneurship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her studies led her to a summer programme on entrepreneurial management and business development at Boston University School of Management in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Development.
Giovanni joined the Knowledge Transfer Group, Medical Applications Section, in 2016.
Before that, he worked for more than two years at CERN with the TERA Foundation, an Italian research institution. He focused mostly on linac design for hadrontherapy and radioisotopes production for the construction of a hospital in Italy.
But his first passion was nuclear energy: before CERN, Giovanni worked for one year in Cadarache, France, on Generation IV Fast Nuclear Reactors design and development.
In the meantime, he co-founded Bizanami, a web-based service for helping aspiring entrepreneurs starting their own businesses, and he is part of the Global Shapers Community, in Geneva and in Turin.
Giovanni is a Nuclear Engineer who graduated at Polytechnic Universities of Turin and Milan, and Alta Scuola Politecnica. He also studied in Sweden, in the Netherlands and in the UK, strengthening his passion and commitment toward Europe and its people.
Anais drives the development and implementation of the Knowledge Transfer group's Communication and Marketing strategy.
She studied Maths and Physics at the Universities of London and Cambridge, and holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University College London. She worked for 12 years on ground and space based telescope projects, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and University College London. During this time, she managed international science working groups and teams, and acted as project manager of scientific research projects. In addition, she led activities related to communication, education and public outreach for large scientific collaborations.
Anais joined the Knowledge Transfer group in 2016.
Tiago holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. In this context he developed electronic methodologies focused on human electrophysiology applications. Tiago joined the Knowledge Transfer group in July 2015.
Previously, he worked at Plux - Wireless Biosignals (Portugal), as a Hardware Engineer for 5 years. In this company he assumed development roles in broad areas of digital and analog electronics. Since mid-2013, Tiago was also responsible for the technical management of national and European research projects assuming a broad role, from the project-planning phase, to the execution.
From 2012 to 2014, Tiago was an invited Professor in FCT-UNL (Portugal), lecturing the Applied Electronics course and the Electrophysiology course. He was also co-supervisor of 6 master thesis in the field of biosignal acquisition and processing.
Nick joined the Knowledge Transfer group as a Knowledge Transfer Officer in September 2012.
He previously worked within the IT Service Management team, involved notably in Problem and Event management. While leading the User Support section of IT, Nick was responsible for the site-wide computing desktop support, the CERN IT Helpdesk and IT problem management. Additionally, his responsibilities included the definition and negotiation of service level agreements with services across the organization and the definition of the strategy for the implementation of a CERN-wide printing policy for which he oversaw the Operations management.
Prior to User Support, Nick was a systems analyst and developer within the IT Advanced Information Systems group, involved in the definition and development of applications like e-groups, CRA, and e-payslip. From within the Administrative Support department, he worked on workflow systems such as Remedy ARS and electronic data interchange systems, establishing data exchange partnerships with financial organizations and CERN suppliers.
Before coming to CERN, Nick worked for the Sandoz Institute for Medical research in London on a software analysis package.
Nick holds a BSc Honours degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology and an MSc in Computer Science from University College, London.