Kevin Eyres

Kevin Eyres

Hyper-growth expert, former Managing Director LinkedIn EMEA

A hyper-growth expert, executive coach and speaker, Kevin Eyres equips global leaders with the internal strengths that prepare them for rapid expansion. Kevin spent more than 10 years in Europe leading international hyper-growth strategy for LinkedIn Europe, SideStep (now Kayak) and AltaVista. As a technology leader, he oversaw development teams at and Compaq Computers.

He has inspired audiences at TEDx London, 10 Downing Street and the White House, and ranked 22nd in Wired Magazine’s “The Wired 100,” a 2010 list featuring the most influential people shaping the UK’s digital landscape.


Villem Vohu

Bioeconomy expert, Estonian development fund

Villem Vohu is bio-economy expert at the Estonian Development Fund. V. Vohu contributes to development of the sectors related to bio – economy. In process of bio-economy strategy build-up, Estonian Development Fund has executed preliminary studies of bio economy strategy process and acts as an independent research organisation and connector of different interest groups and governmental institutions.


Susanna Widstrand

Senior Advisor Bioeconomy, Nordic Council of Ministers

Susanna Widstrand is working in the Bioeconomy team as Senior Advisor at the Nordic Council of Ministers office in Copenhagen. Bioeconomy is high on the Nordic agenda, and there are several activities initiated. The Nordic Council of Ministers has been appointed to Priority Area Coordinator for the Bioeconomy part of the EUSBSR Action Plan. S.Widstrand has a PhD in experimental Physics at Karlstad University, Sweden.

Bas Lansdorp

Bas Lansdorp

Co-Founder & CEO, Mars One

Bas Lansdorp is an entrepreneur, interested in visionary technological business cases. He is a persuasive and enthusiastic speaker and an experienced fundraiser best known as the co-founder and CEO of Mars One.
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that aims to land the first humans on Mars in 2025. Mars One mission plan integrates components from industry leaders worldwide.

Waldemar Kutt

Waldemar Kütt

Head of Unit Bio-based products and processing, DG Research and Innovation

In 1997 W. Kütt joined the Research Directorate General of the European Commission. He has coordinated activities and polices related to innovation, SME, IPR, finance, technology transfer and bioregions as part of the EU Life Sciences and Biotechnology Strategy.
From 2008 to 2014 he held various positions in the Cabinets of Research Commissioners. Since November 2014 he is Head of Unit of “Bio-based Products and Processing” in DG Research and Innovation.


Domantas Brucas

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Domantas Bručas
Space Science and Technology Institute

Dr. Domantas Brucas has been working in field research, development and implementation of precise measurements; space related and unmanned technologies for more than 10 years. Has been one of lead persons in technical development and construction of LitSat-1 nano-satellite (one of two first Lithuanian satellites) successfully launched and operated in 2014.

One of main fields of interest is the development of automated unmanned aerial vehicles for various purposes (including military applications). Several of these vehicles are being successfully implemented in both civilian and military fields.

Ilja Laurs

Ilja Laurs

Nextury Ventures

Ilja Laurs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and venture investors in Lithuania. After selling GetJar, the largest independent app store, he founded Nextury Ventures and now invests into the most promising tech companies in the region across different spaces, from 3D printing to mind-reading and beyond.

Per Moller

Per Moller

Investor and Founder, Blue Lime Labs

P. Moller is investor at Blue Lime Labs that provides seed funding and angel capital investments to early stage, high-potential start-up companies. In addition to investment activities he also provides management expertise to portfolio companies and offers mentoring to dedicated entrepreneurs and executives.
Formerly, Per Moller worked as CEO of EY Denmark and EY Baltic’s and served in EY as People Partner for Central and Eastern Europe.

Nicklas Bergman

Nicklas Bergman

Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, futurist

N. Bergman has 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, tech-investor and futurist focusing mostly on investments and business development in web services, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through roughly 25 direct and indirect investments.


Gediminas Račiukaitis

chief research fellow, head of Department of Laser Technologies, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology.

G. Račiukaitis graduated from Vilnius University, Faculty of Physics in 1978 and started to work at Vilnius University. He obtained his PhD degree in 1985 in the field of non-linear spectroscopy in semiconductors.

Since 1995, he is working for the laser company “Ekspla” and is currently a consultant on laser technologies. G. Račiukaitis works on applications of laser systems in industrial production, laser job-shop’s management, and implementation of laser technologies. His research activities include development of new laser sources, laser applications in material micro-processing with ultra-short pulse lasers and photonics as well as using laser technology in the manufacturing.



Creative Director, Co-Owner, “New!”

T. Ramanauskas works in advertising as a creative director for more than a decade. Now he runs his own creative agency, called “New!”, with a team of 40 people, and a list of international clients. Previously he has worked as Chief Creative Officer of MTV Baltic, published local youth magazine, opened an independent cinema theatre. Right now is working on two debut movies – yes, that is plural.



Active public intellectual, a writer and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vilnius University.

K. Sabolius published a novel, a few books on the topic of imagination, and co-wrote a
script for The Gambler, one of the most successful Lithuanian films, selected by numerous film festivals all over the world. He is now working on a new film to be produced by internationally acknowledged producers as well as collaborating with contemporary artists and directors worldwide.


Kęstutis Drazdauskas

Producer, Entrepreneur

K. Drazdauskas entered the film industry as an Assistant Director in 1995. Kęstutis started producing in 1998 and has become one of the most active film producers in Lithuania. Apart from being a producer Kęstutis is also a
businessman. He has co-founded several companies which work in different areas of film industry.

K. Drazdauskas is a key figure in Vilnius Film Cluster, which currently unites 3 production companies and 6 film service companies. Kęstutis is a member of the board of Lithuanian Independent Producers Association and a member of National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries.

In 2012 he produced 2 feature films – “Letters to Sofia” (Lithuania/UK/Russia) and “Santa” (Lithuania/Finland) as well as feature length documentary “Elegy For Honey and Tar”.




“Ruptela” is one the fastest growing Lithuanian IT companies, established in 2007. Innovative and promising transport telematics field allowed company to expand its business geography up to 116 countries. Along with it “Ruptela” brought together a team of professionals who are able to speak 15 languages and fully develop hardware, firmware and software solutions. Here initiative and ideas can easily become a product or project, opening vast opportunities for professional and personal heights.


Ignas Survila

Founder and CEO, Citybirds

I. Survila co-owns and co-runs the company “Citybirds SARL” which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. “Citybirds” designs, develops and sells eco-vehicles. User-friendliness, purity, minimalistic worldview and comfort are the key points in I. Survila’s creation work.

After finishing the Art School, I. Survila entered Vilnius Art Academy where he studied industrial design. During the first year of his studies, he already did an internship in one of the leading advertising agencies “Adell Taivas Ogilvy”. There he took first lessons in advertising business and graphical design. Afterwards he started to work as a freelancer with other advertising and creative agencies, such as, “Y&R Not Perfect”, “MILK”, “New”, “DADADA studio”, “BBDO Ukraine” etc


Darius Bagdžiūnas

Director, “Gaumina”

D. Bagdžiūnas has been a director of interactive agency Gaumina since 1998. During that time he has managed more than 5000 online projects of Danske Bank, Omnitel (Telia Sonera Group), Bite (Vodafone group) Guiness, Bank of Ireland, Microsoft, Expo 2010 Shanghai, MTV, Kraft, Nestle, Statoil, Government Of Lithuania, Homeland Union Party, HP, P&G.
Mr. Bagdžiunas read lectures on different advertising/online related topics in conferences and universities including Digital Media Engagement, Mindtrek, University College London, TEDx, MIPIM, Login.
D. Bagdžiūnas and his company have also received more than 100 awards in advertising and web festivals.


Dan Hendrickson

Director of Business Development, “Astrobotic”

Dan Hendrickson serves as Director of Business Development for Astrobotic, a U.S.-based lunar logistics company that provides full service commercial payload delivery to the Moon. Prior to Astrobotic, Dan served as the Director of Civil and Commercial Space Systems at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). During his time at AIA, Dan was a consensus builder among a council of 50 U.S. space companies to provide the U.S. Government guidance on key space industry views. Before transitioning to AIA, Dan served as a civilian mission assurance engineer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At the Cape he was a U.S. government representative for the check-out, assembly, and launch of five successful Atlas V launch campaigns. Dan received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in International Science and Technology Public Policy from The George Washington University.


Stefan Lindegaard

Author, speaker, strategic advisor

Stefan Lindegaard is an author, speaker and strategic advisor. His focus on the topics of open innovation, innovation culture/management and the people side of innovation (the mindset, skills and toolbox needed for innovation today) has propelled him into being a trusted source of inspiration to many large corporations. He believes innovation requires an open and global perspective and he has given talks and worked with companies in Europe, South America, Africa, the U.S. and Asia.

Stefan Lindegaard has written several books including “7 Steps for Open Innovation”, “Social Media for Corporate Innovators and Entrepreneurs”, “Making Open Innovation Work and The Open Innovation Revolution”.


Marco Steinberg

Founder, CEO Snowcone & Haystack

Marco Steinberg is the founder of Snowcone and Haystack, a Helsinki based strategic design practice focused on helping governments and leaders to innovate. Previously Steinberg was an Associate Professor at the Harvard Design School and founder and director of Strategic Design at the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Museum of Architecture and sits on the board of Design Driven Cities. He is an author of numerous books on design & innovation.


Andrius Iškauskas

Partner in the IP & Technology Group, AAA LAW

Andrius Iškauskas is an IP lawyer with deep knowledge of IT&T industry. He is a partner in the IP & Technology Group at AAA LAW, the top rated Lithuanian IP law firm. He is involved in all aspects of technology law, including IP and IT litigation and disputes, transactions, licensing, employee relations and counseling. Andrius is listed in Chambers and IP Stars as an acclaimed IP law professional.


Ignas Rumbutis

Product Director, ACME Europe

Ignas has 15 years of experience in business development management, business modeling and implementation and brand/ portfolio development management. He has been highly involved with innovation management as well as market opportunities and needs assesment.

Ignas is in charge of more than 350 products in more than 25 product categories. These products are sold in 36 countries worldwide.

He has been key figure in developing products that received 4 International Product Awards (IF Design).


Joanna Dupont-Inglis

Director of Industrial Biotechnology, EuropaBio

Joanna Dupont-Inglis first joined EuropaBio, the European Association of Bioindustries, in 2009 and in 2011 was appointed Director of Industrial Biotechnology.

Her work within EuropaBio focuses on helping to develop a stable, long-term, coherent policy framework for innovative biobased industries, enabled by industrial biotechnology, within the broader EU bioeconomy.

Joanna Dupont-Inglis has an academic background in Environmental Science and European Studies from the Universities of Sussex, UK and Nantes, France. Between 2000 and 2009 she worked as a consultant in public affairs and strategic communications together with multinationals, trade associations and NGOs in Brussels, in the fields of environment, energy, agriculture, health and development. She also worked for the European Commission’s DG Environment.


Justinas Katkus

Co-Founder & CEO, Blue Ocean Robotics

Justinas is the head of R&D office for Blue Ocean Robotics Group in Lithuania. Passion for assistive systems got Justinas into robotics. He was previously a co-founder of 5 companies and developed number of products ranging from recommendation systems, image recognition driven products to a number of mobile assistive systems.


Simon L. G. JUTZ

Head of Copernicus Space Office, European Space Agency

Simon Jutz was nominated Head of ESA’s Copernicus Space Office in April 2014. Mr. Jutz joined ESA in 1992 with key management responsibilities as Head of User Services and Mission Planning Office in the Earth Observation Programmes Directorate and Operational Lead and Executive Secretariat Member of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. Prior to his ESA career, Mr. Jutz worked as scientific coordinator and lecturer at the Remote Sensing Working Group of the University of Munich and research fellow at the Central Institute for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of the Germany Research Foundation.

Mr. Jutz holds a degree in Geology with specialization in Remote Sensing and Ore Prospection from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Mr. Jutz received several awards and published numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings.


Matas Petrikas

CEO, Co-Founder, “Vai Kai”

Matas is a CEO and Co-Founder of Vai Kai, a natural tech toy company based in Berlin. He’s also a software developer, product manager and a dad of two. Born in a family of craftsmen, he played with ceramics and woodwork since his early childhood. Later he produced music and interactive media in his native Lithuania and in Germany. In 2008 he joined SoundCloud as one of the first engineers, where he also managed the production and launches of web apps for 80m users. Matas wants to give his daughters and kids of the world access to the beautifully crafted technology.


Omri Blumenzon

Independent software developer

Omri Blumenzon is an independent software developer from Israel. He has over 20 years of hands on experience in coding and development of software solutions for many industries. He has worked with notable companies like “Elbit”, “Obtibase”, “LiveAsia”. His current focus is developing computerized solutions for sustainable agriculture and farming. He is currently working on Advanced monitoring (visual/audible) stations and remotely controlled machinery using RF technologies as well as renewable energy.


Rimantas Vaitkus

Chemist, 1’st Vice-Chancellor of the Government of Lithuania

R. Vaitkus graduated from Vilnius University, Faculty of Chemistry, in 1980. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry. His interests are cyclodextrine chemistry, biomimetic chemistry, inclusion compunds, etc. R. Vaitkus has served as a research fellow in the Institute of Biotechnology. R. Vaitkus has received grants for Uppsala University (1996) and Creighton University (1997, USA, Nebraska). He was an Associate Professor in Vilnius Pedagogical University, Vice-Rector of Mykolas Romeris University and Vilnius University. He served as a Vice-Minister of Education and Science twice (2001-2004 and 2013-2015). Currently he is a 1’st Vice-Chancellor of the Government of Lithuania. R. Vaitkus is an author of a number of academic articles in organic and bioorganic chemistry and an author of chemistry textbooks for secondary schools.


John B. Sandage

Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology
World Intellectual Property Organization

Mr. John B. Sandage became Deputy Director General for Patents and Technology in 2014. His responsibilities as DDG include managing the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) International Patent System, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, support for the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents; and legislative advice to member states. As DDG, Mr. Sandage carries the personal rank of Under Secretary General of the United Nations.

Mr. Sandage holds a J.D. degree from the Yale University Law School. In addition, Mr. Sandage was the Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and was the winner of the Potter Stewart Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Prize in 1985. He has authored numerous publications. He is admitted to the Bar of New York, Washington D.C. and the United States Supreme Court.

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Mindaugas Gedvilas


Mindaugas Gedvilas acts as a managing director at the largest Nordic plant-based industrial biotech company Amilina. Amilina is an R&D driven, export oriented, large scale start-up which has grown from just an idea to invest 50 mln EUR in 2005 into a business that generated 135 mln EUR in revenue in 2014.

Mindaugas is a board member of various companies and non-profit organizations, including Lithuanian export promotion agency.He has also served as a representative of private sector in developing Lithuanian Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3). Mindaugas is a major co-owner of e-brocerage start-up for agro-commodities trading.


Arvydas Strumskis

Business Angel Fund I, Managing Partner

Arvydas Strumskis is a a fund Manager with over 10 years of experience in private equity fund management. He has more than 7 years of experience in start-ups and SME investment and business development, and 8 years of experience in management consulting.
Arvydas Strumskis acquired most of his experience during 1998-2005 working as a management team member for the Baltic Post-Privatisation Fund established by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Arvydas Strumskis is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics of Vilnius University, and the CapGemini International Business School in Paris.


Jonathan Wiggin

Founder of Nwawe Technologies, communications technology

Jonathan is a founder of Nwave Technologies, one of the most prominent international players in the rapidly growing area of low power wide area communications technology, that is predicted to catalyse an explosion of possibilities and disruptive business models in the Internet of Things. Nwave is also the driving force behind the world’s only open standard for low power wide area Internet of Things communications, Weightless-N, and is working with global players such as BT, Cisco and Accenture to make the potential of the Internet of Things a reality.

Following a degree at Oxford, where he was a scholarship student, Jonathan founded two companies in London, one in the online retail and web app space, before moving to Russia where he worked in private equity investing, creating Russia’s first publicly traded pure forestry company, Rusforest, and bringing together forest leases of an area of Eastern Siberia the size of Denmark.


Petras Baršauskas

Educator, researcher of business principles

Prof. Petras Baršauskas is a Rector at Kaunas university of Technology (KTU). HE holds doctoral degrees in technical and social sciences. He is in charge of several international projects in Great Britain. From 2003 to 2010 he was a Vice-rector for Academic affairs at the University of Management and Economics (ISM). He has been a a member of State Progress Council since 2013. His research field includes higher education strategy and reforms, research of international business management principles, theory and practice of direct foreign investments, simulation of management systems in international business and risk factors in international business environment


Rimantas Jankauskas

Vice-Rector for Research, Vilnius University

Rimantas Jankauskas is the Vice-Rector for Research at Vilnius University.He is also a member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.. As Professor at Vilnius University he has published more than 60 scientific articles in the fields of Human Osteology, Paleopathology, Forensic Anthropology, Bioarcheology, also participated in various research projects with foreign partners. He got his PhD in Medicine at Vilnius University in 1988.


Vidmantas Tomkus

Acting director, Lithuanian Space Association

Vidmantas Tomkus is acting as a director of Lithuanian Space Association and deals with promotion of Space related activities of Lithuanian R&D institutions and SME’s, co-operation with European Space Agency, bilateral relations with National Space Agencies and companies working in the Space industry. In 2012-13, Vidmantas Tomkus served as Chief Technical Officer and contributed to the launch of Litsat-1 being one of first Lithuanian satellites.

Vidmantas Tomkus received MSc degree in Physics from Vilnius University.


Vladimir Pletser

European Space Research and Technology Centre

Vladimir Pletser has been working at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 1985. He is in charge of developing scientific instruments for microgravity research in fluid physics, crystallisation of proteins and zeolites as well as dexterous manipulation on board the International Space Station.

Selected in 2001 by The Mars Society, a private organisation promoting the human exploration of Mars, he participated in three international simulation campaigns of Mars missions: the Arctic Circle in 2001, the Desert of Utah in 2002 and served as a Crew Commander in 2009.

Vladimir Pletser earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Sciences in Geophysics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Louvain, Belgium.


Zilvinas Jancoras

Chairman of the Board of the National Creative and Cultural Industries Association

Zilvinas has been an active business owner and manager for 15 years.He‘s currently supervising R&D projects and lecturing at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and International Business School at Vilnius University. . In 1989 Žilvinas started operating as an entrepreneur, and was involved in setting up and managing 6 business enterprises. Zilvinas is A physicist by education, a teacher by vocation and a manager by performance


Regimantas Urbanas

Marketing Manager for the Baltic States, Google

Regimantas is one of the first Lithuanian employees at Google, who has just started his 6th year at the company, currently working as Marketing Manager for the Baltic States. He is actively involved in developing overall digital ecosystem in the region by digitizing local SMBs and exporters, educating and supporting advertising agencies through “Google Partners”


Antanas Gedvilas

Unmanned aircraft constructor

Antanas Gedvilas is an unmanned aircraft constructor and the president of Lithuanian unmanned aircraft users association. His laboratory has already attracted interest of high ranking officials in armed forces of Israel. One of his best works is unmanned aircraft “Eitan” that is 14 meters long, weights 5 tones and has a wingspan of 26 meters.


Gary N. Keller

CEO, Xomix Ltd.

Gary Keller is CEO of Xomix Ltd., a global technology accelerator and consultancy providing intellectual asset management, commercialization, and global businesses development services. Keller has more than 30 years of experience in international business development for leading biotechnology companies and is responsible for the development, funding and launch of numerous technology and commercialization initiatives and startup companies.

He is the Chair of H20TECH, a water innovation cluster for South East United States. He serves as a Chair of the Emerging Enterprises and is an International Delegate for LES USA Canada and is V.P. of Knowledge Management and Chair Elect of Life Sciences for LES International. He is a member of AUTM, served as Co-Chair BIO Technology Transfer Committee and is member of the Board of Trustees of Sinai Hospital System – Chicago. Keller has Masters of Biotechnology from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Science from Pennsylvania State University.


Gintaras Valusis

Director, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology

Gintaras Valusis is a director in the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology and a professor in Semiconductors‘ Physics Department of Physics Faculty in Vilnius University. His scientific interests cover topics of terahertz physics and spectroscopy, physics of semiconductor devices, ultrafast spectroscopy and semiconductor nanotechnology. Gintaras is also a scientific supervisor of the project „Establishment of National Centre for Physical and Technological Sciences“, the cornerstone of the Sunrise Valley at Vilnius. Gintaras acquired his PhD in physics in 1992. In 1998 he received Lithuanian Science Award together with his colleagues.


Houlin Zhao

ITU Secretary-General

Houlin Zhao is ITU‘s Secretary-General. Mr Zhao is committed to further extending ITU’s community by encouraging more industry members and academia from around the world to join the ITU family. He has also initiated a more open-door policy to welcome other stakeholders and partners, as well as promoting the greater involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the work of the Union. Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK.


Jogaila Morkūnas

Event planner

Mr. Jogaila Morkūnas is a founder and a creative director at „Pirmoji Kava“ an event planing and coordinating company, which has been running since 2000. He studied journalism and communications. Mr. Morkūnas has worked with numerous organizations such as The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lithuania, GUAM 2007, Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan as well as The Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania, Spain Zargosa Expo, and Expo in Brussels.


Karolis Janulis


Karolis Janulis is a freelance photographer from Lithuania. He is currently focused on the aerial photography with the assistance of drone (quadcopter). In 2015 his works have been published worldwide including Daily Mail, BBC, American Photo Mag and other media sources. His success comes together with the modern technologies and social networking.


Laurynas Šeškus

Producer, director of TV projects

Mr. Laurynas Šeškus is a director of „TV Play“ television projects creation and production company that has been successfully operating in the Lithuanian market since 2008. He is the founder and the head of the company. He is also a well-known TV producer with more than 18 years of experience in TV business both in the Lithuanian and foreign markets.


Edmundas Jakilaitis


Mr. Edmundas Jakilaitis is one of the most influential Lithuanian journalists with more than 20 years of experience. He is also a broadcast presenter, a producer, and a director of „Media 3“. He runs a daily talk show „Dėmesio centre“ on politics, economy, social, cultural and sports themes through LRT Television. Mr. Jakilaitis also moderates a debate TV show „LRT forumas“.


Arturas Zukauskas

Rector, Vilnius University

Arturas Zukauskas is a Rector of Vilnius University. He envisages Vilnius University as an advanced European university with flexible studies, innovative research, active partnership, open community, and effective management. Arturas Zukauskas has been with Vilnius University since 1979 as a Research Scientist, Director of the Institute of Applied Research, and Professor. In 2000 and 2001, he was with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (U.S.A.). He has published two books and over 260 papers and holds seven patents. He was granted numerous awards and the titles of Senior Member of IEEE and Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.


Tadas Kildusis

CEO, Direct Machining Control

CEO and co-founder at Direct Machining Control (DMC). DMC is a startup creating software to control laser material processing machines, including laser 3D printing, cutting or drilling in electronics, semiconductor and medical industries. DMC works with laser machine manufacturers around the world to make laser material processing simple, intuitive and accessible without special machining skills.


Arunas Karlonas

Director, Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technoly

Arūnas Karlonas is a Director of Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). He takes an active role fostering innovation development in Lithuania, participating in Conference Ambassador’s programmes, attracting business leaders and academia partners to visit Lithuania. He is a Board Member at European Network of Innovation agencies TAFTIE. Arunas Karlonas has a Master Degree in Innovation Management and Technology Transfer from ISM University of Management and Economics.

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Andrea Di Anselmo

Innovation, strategy, R&D advisor

Andrea Di Anselmo is an experienced international level advisor with more than 25 years of experience in innovation services and policies including Smart Specialization and Entrepreneurship Strategies, exploitation of R&D results and spin-off creation, design and management of financial tools.

Andrea has a background in civil engineering and research experience in materials science at the Storrs University in Connecticut, USA. He worked as international expert to many assignments in Europe and abroad and is set in the Board of Directors of ISRIM (Research institute on advanced materials), Sviluppumbria (Regional development agency), TII (European association for Technology Transfer) and of many SMEs.


Vita Tilvikiene

Researcher, Lithuanian Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry

Vita Tilvikienė is researcher at Lithuanian Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry. Main research fields of V. Tilvikiene are bioenergy and evaluation of parameters and optimization of the growing technologies of traditional and introduced energy crops. She focuses on the possibilities to use agricultural biomass for the alternative products – biogas, biofuels, lignocellulose products etc.



Director, The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania

A. Želvys is a director of the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania with an extensive experience in intellectual property law field. A. Želvys acquired his experience during 2006-2015 working at different positions within the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania and as an attaché for IP in Brussels during the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. Mr. Zelvys has a PhD from Vilnius University Law Faculty.


Sigitas Tamulevicius

Director, Institute of Materials Science

Sigitas Tamulevičius is the Director of Institute of Materials Science and a Professor at Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kaunas University of Technology. His research fields include condensed matter physics, thin films, vacuum and plasma technologies, optical measurements, surface and interface phenomena, micro and nanotechnologies, electronics, photonics, biomaterials, bio sensing. S. Tamulevicius headed multiple research projects funded by COST, Eureka, NordForsk, Lithuanian State Foundation for Research and Studies, the Research Council, as well as the Agency for Science Innovation and Technology of Lithuania. He is also a full Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. S. Tamuleivicius received a doctoral degree in Physics from Vilnius University, Lithuania.


Audrius Kryzanauskas

Geographic information systems analyst, HNIT-Baltic

Audrius Kryzanauskas is geographic information systems analyst at HNIT-Baltic. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital spatial data collection, storage, processing and analysis. His work areas include requirements analysis, system design, implementation of GIS projects. Andrius is also developing systems related to spatial planning, transport network challenges.


Peter Madsen


Peter Madsen is an explorer, who excels in making fantastic dreams come true. Peter is now working full time on a new and improved version of the rocket, that ultimately will send a small capsule, carrying Peter himself, into space. It all takes place in Rocket Madsen Space Lab on Refshaleøen, in the middle of Copenhagen.In 2001, he constructed the first self-built submarine in Denmark, and for the next eight years he led submerged expeditions in three self-built submarines. The last and most advanced, Nautilus, is the world’s largest amateur-built submarine.


Petras Rimantas Venskutonis

Researcher, Plant Bioactive Compounds and Chemical Reactions in Foods’

Petras Rimantas Venskutonisis a full Professor and Research team leader in the Department of Food Science at Kaunas University of Technology. Main topics of his research are isolation, analysis and application of natural antioxidants, antimicrobials, essential oils and other bioactive substances from plant origin raw materials, mainly aromatic, spicy, medicinal and berry plants, cereals by-products. Mr. Venskutonis won the Lithuanian National Science Award in 2004. He obtained his PhD from National University of Food Technologies in Kiev, in 1986


Nicholas Davis

Head of Society and Innovation, World Economic Forum

Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he is a strategy and scenario expert with 15 years’ experience in managing a variety of projects related to understanding the complexity and uncertainty of the global business environment and developing appropriate strategic responses involving collaboration across public, private and civil society stakeholders.
Nicholas is a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators in Geneva and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He sits on the European Commission’s expert group on Digital Entrepreneurship, is on the advisory board of the IMP3rove European Innovation Management Academy and is an author of journal articles, reports and other publications on innovation, entrepreneurship, social development and scenario thinking.


Karlis Apkalns

Marketing, business management

Karlis Apkalns has been an avid and recognised speaker on strategy and marketing topics for ten years. After extensive creative studies (15 years of professional musical education), Karlis has pivoted his career to business management. Kārlis Apkalns constantly challenges popular stereotypes and provokes intensive thinking to everybody he gets in contact with.


Daumantas Matulis

Researcher, Biophysics and Biochemistry

Daumantas Matulis is a professor in Biophysics and Biochemistry at Vilnius University. He received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota, USA, in 1998. After postdoctoral research he worked as a research scientist at Johnson&Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Daumantas has supervised over 10 national and European research grants, published over 70 manuscripts, organized international conferences and supervised 3 WIPO patents. Daumantas is also actively involved in commercialization, establishment and growth of biotech SMEs in Lithuania as part of ScanBalt bioregion.


Mindaugas Silininkas

Co-owner, Euromediena group

Mindaugas Silininkas is a manager and co-owner of Euromediena group companies, specializing in R&D and development of biomass plantations, to provide sustainable renewable resource to bioenergy and potentially bio-based economy.
During his career Mindaugas has developed and managed a number of privatization, restructuring, M&A and financing projects in different sectors in Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine. The latest corporate finance engagements were specialized in forestry and wood processing sectors.
Mindaugas is a member of the Boards of Lithuanian forest owners association, Lithuanian biomass energy association “Litbioma”, association Science and Business valley “Nemunas”


Marius Dirgela

Founding member, Lithuanian Design Forum

Marius Dirgela is design theory teacher and a doctoral student at Vilnius Academy of Arts. Following the experience in design and marketing, Marius Dirgela joined design magazine CenTras as an editor-in-chief in 1999. Since 2006, M. Dirgela is a founding member and managing director (2007-2010) of Lithuanian Design Forum, a non-profit design promotion association. Since then, the most notable projects include the annual Design Week, Lithuanian design prize Geras Dizainas and publishing of Lithuanian Design Review.


Vojtech Fort

Market Innovation Officer, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency

Vojtech Fort is working as Market Innovation Officer in European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency. Agency plays a key role in the development of commercial markets for EU satellite navigation systems EGNOS and Galileo. V. Fort is supporting the implementation of the R&D Framework Programmes of European Commission, such as FP7 and Horizon 2020, that are focused on the development of Galileo and EGNOS applications. In Vilnius Innovation Forum Vojtech will present research and development initiatives related to European GNSS, presenting the success stories and future opportunities.


Egidijus Silanskas

Commerce director, NT Service

Egidijus Šilanskas has 18 years of experience in area of telecommunications and emergency communications involved in solution development and senior level sales management. Egidijus is a member of the advisory Board of European Emergency Number Association on behalf of NT Service. Despite the fact that most of professional activities played a key role in the implementation of reliable telecommunications, in Vilnius Innovation Forum Egidijus will present development initiatives related to avoiding communications for RPAS in areas where such restrictions should be enforced. Egidijus has electronic engineering background from Kaunas University of Technology.


Frederick Bordry

Frédérick Bordry is the CERN’s Director of Accelerators and Technology. He is responsible for the operation and exploitation of the whole CERN accelerator complex, with particular emphasis on the LHC and for the development of new projects and technologies. At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 21 member states.


Ricardas Skorupskas

Researcher, UAV based agricultural and precision farming

Ricardas Skorupskas is a geographer and a specialist of territorial planning. His research is designed to help UAV receive ground photographs used in the detailed landscape or its individual components for single or periodic testing. The results of the research are applied in solving various economy issues. Ricardas Skorupskas has a PhD from Vilnius University.


Vaidas Adomauskas

Co-Founder and CEO, WoraPay

Vaidas Adomauskas is co-founder and CEO of WoraPay. WoraPay is a software based self-service solution with multiple mobile wallets connected to it. WoraPay has raised VC capital from Israel and is now launching in London in partnership with MasterCard supported accelerator. WoraPay has been recognized by The FinTech50 2015 as one of the hottest FinTech businesses in Europe. Before WoraPay Vaidas was a Product Manager in Adform, where he launched the Real Time Biding and Personalized Targeting products from the idea to the ones bringing the major part of the revenue to the company.


Edita Mistiene

R&D director, Biofarma

Edita Mistiene is a co-founder and the R&D Direactor at one of the first biostart-ups in Lithuania Bioforma. Edita Mistiniene has experience in biopharma industry of more than 15 years, at different R&D positions. Before that, she was Head of R&D at Sicor Biotech/TEVA Pharmaceuticals, where she led innovative and biosimilar R&D projects according to EMA and FDA requirements. Edita Mistiene has a PhD from Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius (2004)


Edvardas Makelis

Director, Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service

Edvardas Makelis is the Director of the Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service. E. Makelis was one of the initiators of establishing PI Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service, PI Baltic Institute of Agribusiness, the National Paying Agency and the State Food and Veterinary Service. He is a member of the Council of Agriculture Science; the Chairman of the Club of the Ministers of Agriculture since 2014; a Board Member of the Forest Owners Association of Lithuania (FOAL); the Chairman of ASU Council; the Vicechairman of the Lithuanian Union of Agronomists. Edvardas Makelis received his PhD in Biomedicine Sciences in 1993.


Linas Sargautis

Linas Sargautis
Chief Marketing Officer, NanoAvionics

Linas Sargautis is a a Chief Marketing Officer in Lithuanian organization Innovative Engineering Projects and co-founded an aerospace technologies start-up company NanoAvionics. He is responsible for business development, fundraising, marketing and sales plan implementation. Linas has a B. Sc. degree in Management and Business Administration at Vilnius University.


Karol Jospeh Bobko

Assiciate Fellow, Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Karol Joseph “Bo” Bobko is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and has served as President of the Association of Space Explorers – USA. Karol Bobko was SAIC Program Manager for NASA Ames Research Center Simulation Laboratories.

Starting his career as an Air Force fighter pilot and after test pilot school, he became the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to be selected as an astronaut. At NASA, Bo participated in numerous leading- edge technical development activities and logged more than 386 hours in space while flying on three Space Shuttle missions. He is the only astronaut to have flown on the first flight of two Space Shuttles.


Saulius Jovaisas

Business manager, entrepreneur

Saulius Jovaisas is a business management consultant and executive coach. He is a partner in radio broadcasting station M-1. He has been involved in management of publishing and recruitment industries as well as business consultations. He is the representative of talent management platform in Lithuania.


Gary Martin

Mr. Gary L. Martin is the Director of the Partnerships Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. In this position, he oversees public-private partnerships, new business opportunities, and NASA’s SBIR/STTR program for the Center.

Mr. Martin has been a civil servant at NASA for 25 years and has worked at Langley Research Center, NASA Headquarters, and Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to Ames. He has worked primarily in the science mission and human spaceflight areas, usually in program management for advanced technology and strategic planning. In 2002, he was named as NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategies planning for NASA and providing analysis that was used to develop NASA’s Vision for Exploration. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2005. From 2005-2007, and again in 2012-2013, Mr. Martin was on a NASA Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment as the Director of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Mr. Martin holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, dual Bachelors degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University.

Algis Karpavičius

System integrator, Litsat 1

Algis Karpavičius made a part of the team to launch the first Lithuanian CubeSat Litsat-1. In this project he was responsible for system integration. Beside that, during the study period in Switzerland, he was working in Distributed Intelligence Systems (DIS) laboratory on algorithms implementation and merging tasks followed by additional practice in artificial intelligence fields. Algis Karpavičius received a Bachelor degree in Mechatronics and Masters degree in Electronics engineering at Kaunas University of Technology.

Egle Radzeviciene

Director of Intelectual property division, Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics

Egle Radzeviciene presently serves as Director, Intellectual Property, at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Biosciences Division (Molecular Biology) where her responsibilities cover direction and control of Molecular Biology business intellectual property (assets) management and IP strategy alignment to the corporate business strategy. Egle Radzeviciene holds a PhD. in molecular genetics/biotechnology from Moscow Lomonosov University and MBA from Vilnius University International School of Business (business & law).