OUR SPEAKERS

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Master Student,IFP School / TAMU, France

Zinyat Agharzayeva is highly passionate MS student with proven academic background both in research and taught studies, winner of numerical paper contests and holder of B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering with distinction from Istanbul Technical University. Currently, owner of TOTAL International Scholarship for pursuing double degree in Petroleum Engineering and Geo-Science at Texas A&M and IFP School.

Zinyat Agharzayeva
Master Student,IFP School / TAMU, France
Paul Blackmore
Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success,University of Exeter, UK

Paul oversees a portfolio of careers and employability support, work-based learning, employer services, international experience, student engagement, academic skills and Widening Participation, working in senior roles for +25 years at the University-Business interface and speaks and provides consultancy both nationally and internationally.

Paul Blackmore
Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success,University of Exeter, UK
Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France

At the CEVIPOF, Chantal De Barra is responsible for ensuring the international visibility of the research team and also leads a weekly seminar focusing on topics of intercultural and political interest. Since 2014, she has been a consultant at Petrus focusing largely on employability skills and cooperation between universities and the corporate world.

Chantal De Barra
International Publications Editor for Research, CEVIPOF, Sciences Po, France
Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Natacha DePaola serves as the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. Dr. DePaola is the GEDC Chair Elect until October 2017, when she assumes the role of GEDC Chair, serving until 2019.

Dr. Natacha DePaola
Dean of the Armour College of Engineering,Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Diem Ho, Ph.D.
University Relations,IBM Europe

Dr. Diem Ho, member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 1995, is in charge of research collaborations, skill development, providing academic access to IBM resources, and promoting education reforms to meet industry needs and societal challenges. He is a frequent invited contributor to UNESCO, OECD and European Commission conferences on skills.

Diem Ho, Ph.D.
University Relations,IBM Europe
Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering,University of Notre Dame, USA

Dr. Kilpatrick is Chairperson of the GEDC, and author of more than 90 refereed journal articles in the areas of colloid and interfacial science, and molecular self assembly. He is also the holder of 13 patents and has been actively engaged in two startups.

Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering,University of Notre Dame, USA
Prof. Jianbin Luo
Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering,Tsinghua University, China

Prof. Jianbin Luo, a member of Chinese Academy of Science, has been working on lubrication theory and nanomanufacturing for more than 20 years. In 2013, he received the STLE International Award. He has published more than 300 papers, 2 books and holds more than 50 authorized patents.

Prof. Jianbin Luo
Dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering,Tsinghua University, China
Jens Meyer
Dean of Programmes,CEDEP, France

A serial entrepreneur, with a passion for unlocking value in organisations and people, Jens is the master designer of learning, development and innovation processes. He was a pioneer in e-learning and the internet economy, and spent years coaching companies on developing Blue Ocean strategies. Thought provoking, enthusiastic, supportive and thoughtful, he’s the catalyst of all the exchanges at CEDEP.

Jens Meyer
Dean of Programmes,CEDEP, France
Dr. Theresa Mkandawire
Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering,University of Malawi - the Polytechnic, Malawi

Dr. Theresa Mkandawire is a trained civil engineer with over 19 years’ experience lecturing at University level specializing in water quality and supply, sanitation, wastewater treatment, and Water Resources Management. Dr. Mkandawire is also the first Vice President of Malawi Institution of Engineers.

Dr. Theresa Mkandawire
Associate Professor and Dean of Engineering,University of Malawi - the Polytechnic, Malawi
Prof. Dr. Christine Ortiz
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

At MIT, Dr. Ortiz is currently the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and served as the Dean for Graduate Education between 2010 and 2016. Dr. Ortiz is also the founder of a new nonprofit postsecondary educational institution that seeks to create an inclusive and modernized model of science and technology-focused higher education.

Prof. Dr. Christine Ortiz
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering at McMaster University in Canada, is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and of ASME and AAAS, chairs the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, has authored over 160 publications with 4,900 citations and H-Index of 39, writes on technology and society, and has been a TEDx speaker.

Dr. Ishwar Puri
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering,McMaster University, Canada
Vincent Saubestre, Ph.D.
VP Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence,Total S.A., France

Dr. Saubestre started his career in 1990 at Total and has worked in Operations, Business Development and R&D in seven countries. He is currently working at company headquarters in Paris to implement an R&D Strategy for the Total Group following a corporate reorganization supporting Total’s ambition to become the ‘Responsible Energy Major’.

Vincent Saubestre, Ph.D.
VP Group R&D Strategy & Intelligence,Total S.A., France
Grazia Vittadini
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering,Airbus Defence and Space

Grazia Vittadini was appointed Executive Vice President Head of Engineering in January 2017, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defence and Space. She started her career on the Italian side of the Eurofighter Consortium, before joining Airbus Operations in Germany in 2002 and setting on her path towards senior management positions.

Grazia Vittadini
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering,Airbus Defence and Space
Prof. Dr. Henri Werij
Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

My academic education took place at the University of Leiden, in the field of atomic physics. After obtaining my PhD I worked at the University of Colorado (JILA) and the University of Amsterdam. After that I joined TNO, working in the fields of space instrumentation and semiconductor equipment. Since June 1st 2017 I am Dean of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the Delft University of Technology.

Prof. Dr. Henri Werij
Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering,Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,Petrus Communications

Petrus Communications is a multi-award winning international agency that specialises in linking our clients - engineering and business employers - with students and the global education community. Kirsten founded Petrus in France in 2005 and now leads a team of 30 research, communication and digital communication experts creating and implementing projects world-wide.

Kirsten Williamson
Founder and CEO,Petrus Communications
David Wilson
Vice President, Product Marketing for Software,National Instruments, USA

Leads global team responsible for defining and promoting software technologies. David Wilson is ensuring proficiency development of National Instruments' platform in both education and industry. Joined National Instruments in 1991 and has held roles in sales and marketing. He is member of several corporate boards, is an avid maker, inventor and evangelist for STEM activities, and holds two patents. Holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from the State University of New York.

David Wilson
Vice President, Product Marketing for Software,National Instruments, USA
Prof. Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering,University of Southern California (USC), USA

Dr. Yortsos is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and also holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering at USC. In his capacity as dean, Dr. Yortsos leads the Viterbi School with more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 300 faculty, and annual research expenditures of more than $185M.

Prof. Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
Dean of Viterbi School of Engineering,University of Southern California (USC), USA