The Change Forum - “Nanotechnology: An enabler for the New Economy” with renowned speakers and specialists that will discuss the changes of our times related to Climate ChangeMobility and Quantum Era in a four panel sessions format, the INL Worldwide Network & Partners Annual Conference including but not limited to data security and integrity issues.



Since Sept 1st, 2014, Lars Montelius is the Director-General of INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Braga, Portugal.

He is a full professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden and he was Dean of the Physics Department, Science and Engineering Faculties, Lund University, during 2003-2009.

From 2009-2011, he was the director for Öresund University & Öresund Science Region, being a cross-border cooperation between eleven universities, three regional authorities, two countries in the Öresund Region.

Between 2007 and 2014, he was chair of the Swedish Technical Standardization Committee on Nanotechnology and he is the founder of several Swedish companies working with nanotechnology.

Currently, he is also the President of IUVSTA - The International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications with more than 150000 members from 32 countries and he is a member of the EC Executive High Level Group (HLG) at DG NMPB, the board member and Working Group Chair of the two European Technology Platforms NANOFutures and EuMat.



Manuel Heitor is Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education. 

Manuel Heitor is a full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the University of Lisbon and was founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, as well as director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. 

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998.

Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC. He was a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.



Paulo Ferrão is President of the Board of Directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). He has also been the director of the MIT-Portugal programme since 2006.

He is Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Universidade de Lisboa, where he leads the IST Energy Initiative, the PhD Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems and the IN+ research centre, for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Policy Research.

With a widely acknowledged international career, Paulo Ferrão is a member of the U.S. National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he also sits on the Committees on Pathways to Urban Sustainability and on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government.

He is a member of the Environmental Advisory Board to Rolls Royce, an MIT Research Affiliate, associate and past board member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He is co-author of the book “Sustainable Urban metabolism”, published by MIT-Press in 2013, and of “Urban metabolism of six Asian cities”, published by the Asian Development Bank, in 2014.



Ricardo Rio is, since 2013, the Mayor of Braga. He currently chairs the cross-border association of municipalities designated as “Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular”, he is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Cavado’s Inter-municipal Community and presides over the Board of Directors of the following Municipal Companies: “Theatro Circo” and “AGERE”. 

He was the General Secretary of the Portuguese Association of Financial Analysts and Director of the Capital Markets Institute of Euronext Lisbon. At the same time, he worked for several years as a public and business consultant, including in multiple Programmes of Porto Business School.

Throughout his career, he collaborated with various entities such as the the CCDRN, AEP, Training Institute for Trade, Fernando Pessoa University, Institute for Management of Social Security Capitalisation Funds; Foundation for Science and Development of the Municipality of Porto and also provided advisory services to the Board of Directors of Porto’s House of Music and to the City of Guimarães Foundation.

Ricardo Rio was also a University Professor, having lectured at the following institutions: Fernando Pessoa University, ISAG, Lusíada University and IESF.



Rui  Vieira Castro is the Professor and Rector of Universidade do Minho since 2017. 

He was the President of the Portuguese Association of Linguistics, member of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Didactics of Languages nd Literatures between 2004-2006 and also coordinated panels of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships from the FCT in the field of Educational Sciences.

He collaborated with the Portuguese Ministry of Education in the context of curricular reforms, teacher training and educational evaluation. And between 2003-2008 he was the Director of the Department of Education Methodologies of the Institute of Education, the President of the Adult Education Unit, between 2004-2011, the President of the Confucius Institute, between 2009-2017 and Vice President of the Academic Council of the University of Minho, between 2006-2008.
In 2008 he joined the Statutory Assembly of the University of Minho, having been elected to the General Council of the University the following year. Vice-Rector of the University of Minho, between 2009-2013, with teaching and research. Between 2013-2017 he held the same position as Vice-Rector, in charge of Education and was then elected to the General Council of the University.



Dava J. Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Harvard-MIT Health, Science, and Technology full Professor, has served as director for MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and led the MIT Portugal Program, an alliance between Portuguese public and private organisations.

Most recently she served as NASA's Deputy Administrator, helping oversee the agency’s legislative, intergovernmental, all International Partnerships, and implemented and Innovation Framework for NASA’s Journey to Mars.

She also developed 4 new space suits, is the author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering textbook, and has published more than 300 papers in journals and refereed conferences.

In addition to the combination of liberal arts with technical courses she found at Notre Dame, she was a member of the women’s varsity basketball team and coached high school girls’ basketball at a local school during her last two years at the University. During her sailing circumnavigation (sailing around the world), she taught K-12 students as a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an honor she received as part of the Galatea Odyssey Mission, an international outreach educational effort.




James Gimzewski is a distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Nano/Pico Characterization Lab Director of the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2001, he was a group leader at IBM's corporate research laboratory in Zürich, Switzerland for 19 years. Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM.
His accomplishments include the first probe tip fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics.

Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.



Mr. De Bourbon is an executive with more than 28 plus years of significant international management, sales, marketing, consulting, strategy, business development, digital transformation, IoT, Nano IoT, Security, AI, blockchain, cognitive and neural networking, contextual learning, finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions background gained at several blue chip, companies in the IT /Telecom industry, such as Verizon, CA, IBM, HP, Lucent, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard.

He joins Tele2 from Verizon where he drove the multi-billion Euro Northern European P&L, towards their enterprise clients. Throughout his career, Gerard and team championed substantial increases in sales, year on year. 

While at Verizon he helped his MT and entire team on the reversal of a declining business into one which outgrew all competitors (+36%), increased market share each year, and returned the business unit from -50% operating loss to +10% operating profit over 12 quarters while successfully integrating eight acquisitions.

De Bourbon is a Math and Physics Graduate. He completed and MBA at the Stockholm School of Economics, plus also attended INSEAD / France, Darden University & Harvard University / USA, where he completed non-degreed corporate sponsored executive programs.

Mr. De Bourbon has taking companies public and exited a successful venture pioneering M2M connectivity and mobility functionality in the healthcare sector.



Luis Miguel Girão founder of Artshare, the NATO Art Expert, is a researcher generating support for EU and Transatlantic policy making in the field of the crossings of art, science and technology.

He is a transdisciplinary artist developing applications of technology as tools for artistic expression focusing at the moment on bioelectromagnetism. He is a member of the Planetary Collegium and of the Centre for Sociology and Music Studies of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2007, he was awarded the Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa prize, Lisbon-NYC. He collaborated with several artists and scientists and his work has been presented worldwide. He was coordinator of ICT ART CONNECT 2013 and of ICTARTCONECT. study for the European Commission. These activities gave origin to the DG CONNECT's initiative STARTS - Science, Technology and the Arts in which he is extremely involved in.

He and his colleagues at Artshare are actively contributing to the VERTIGO, CREATE-IoT and BRAINHACK EC funded projects.



Edmund Lee is the Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre, a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising Hong Kong’s profile as a design hub of creativity and innovation, driving value creation through design and innovation.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Dr Lee currently serves as Board of Director of PMQ and is a member of a number of councils and committees, including the Design Council of The Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, Advisory Committee on Design, Licensing and Marketing of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, International Advisory Committee of The Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, Arts and Culture Advisory Committee of Hong Kong International Airport, and Art Advisory Panel of MTR.
Dr Lee received his PhD in biotechnology from King’s College London and MBA from Warwick Business School. He has also completed advanced training in non-profit management at Harvard Business School on HBS Club Scholarship.



Mikael Egard is one of the co-founders of sensor technology startup Acconeer AB in Sweden and has worked together with his colleague Mats Ärlelid in the company since it was founded in 2011. 

The company was created from research at Lund University where Mikael received the PhD degree in physics in 2012. During Acconeer’s journey from 2 employees and an idea, to a company launching an innovative and disruptive 3D sensor on the market, Mikael has contributed in all aspects of the entrepreneurial journey and today holds the position of COO. 

Mikael is a specialist in semiconductor and radar technology and is a co-inventor on multiple patent application



David Ben-Bassat, founder and VP R&D of Oryx vision, a company based in Israel that is developing LIDAR technologies for automotive systems, utilising a unique 10um sensor technology.

Between 2004-2009 he was the VP of the Corporate R&D company - Vishay, one of the largest manufactures of discrete components in the world, and managed all R&D activities of the 16 divisions in Vishay. 

He was also the founder & CEO of RFWaves, a fabless IC company focusing on short range low power wireless communication, and developed short range wireless communication modules for consumer applications (mouse, keyboard, speakers, remote controls etc.).