Laurea University Director
Dr Tuija Hirvikoski is currently a director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences responsible for the University’s strategic stakeholder management. During her Vice-Presidency, Laurea become Finland’s most successful University of Applied Sciences receiving multiple awards. She has held managerial positions at various Finnish higher education institutions and governmental institutions focusing on sustainable regional and societal development. Hirvikoski’s specific area of expertise is related to multi-stakeholder, user-centred innovation design and ecosystem development (Living Labs). She has received a PhD in Industrial Management (Innovation and Innovation Ecosystems), MSc in Education and MSc in Administration. As a sought-after advisor, she has provided various audiences with inspirational examples and research results concerning the Finnish education and open innovation ecosystems. Hirvikoski was the President of The European Network of Living Labs between 2015-2018 and has served as a council member in various organisations such as the Uusimaa Regional Coordination Committee, Sendai-Finland Wellbeing Centre R&D Unit, Tech villa Ltd (a Finnish technology centre), Helsinki Information Technology Association, the Talent Cultivation Program for Smart Living Industry in Taiwan, and the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) in Canada.
NTUA Biomedical Engineering Laboratory Head
Prof. Dimitris Koutsouris was born in Serres, Greece in 1955. He received Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1978 (Greece), DEA in Biomechanics in 1979 (France), Doctorat in Genie Biologie Medicale (France), Doctorat d' Etat in Biomedical Engineering 1984 (France). He is currently Professor & head of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory. He has been the former elected president of the Hellenic Society of Biomedical Technology, principal investigator in many European & National Research programs, especially in the field of Telematics in Healthcare.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of greater Montreal (CRIR) Co-Director
Dr. Eva Kehayia is associate professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and Scientific co-Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of greater Montreal (CRIR). She is co-leading a pan-Canadian Partnership Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council entitled: ‘Words in the World’. For the past years she has also been co-leading the Strategic Innovation Initiative entitled: The RehabMaLL -- A Rehabilitation Living lab
imec.livinglabs User Involvement Evangelist
Koen Vervoort has experience on panel management in Living the labs since 2006. He has many years of experience in sharing knowledge & experiences with internal and external clients as a User Involvement Evangelist. He works as an internal & external challenger in order to constantly improve the way of interacting, supporting & cooperating with (international)(large) panels of users & stakeholders in (complex) ecosystems
"Checkpoint Cardio OOD" Digital Health Company CEO
Boris Dimitrov, holding a Master Degree in clinical psychology Sofia State Universityr, is the CEO of the Digital Health company "Checkpoint Cardio OOD", headquartered in Bulgaria. He is successful entrepreneur taking a patient cardio tele-monitoring system to international markets. He has strong background in industrial management, product development, building international distribution networks, team building and coordination of corporate activities from supplier to the customer, strategic planning and execution, able to bring a product from a drawing board to the customers hands