IRI Team IRI Team

Team Leader: Alexander Tübke

Alexander Tübke

Alexander Tübke was appointed Team Leader of the Industrial Research and Innovation team in December 2016. He studied Industrial Engineering at the Universities of Karlsruhe (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Seville (Spain) and holds a European Doctorate of Industrial Engineering of the University of Seville (Spain).

Alexander has working experience in several multinational companies in the fields of marketing and audit. He joined the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in 1999. Since then, he was engaged in research projects in the area of Innovation & Competitiveness, Technology Assessment, Enlargement, and Strategic Policy Intelligence.

Senior Team Member and Coordinator of The EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard: Héctor Hernández

Héctor Hernández

Engineer and Ph.D. degree in analysis of industrial processes and chemical engineering from the University of Compiègne (France).

Senior research-analyst at Directorate B of Growth and Innovation, currently dealing with prospective techno-economic studies concerning industrial, research and innovation policies.

Senior Expert: Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello

Senior Expert (Adviser equivalent level; Job family: Management and Advisory Staff) in Economics and Policy of Industrial Research and Innovation, Leader of Technology and Innovation Challenges Strategy 2030 (TIC 2030 Strategy) activity, and Co-ordinator of the biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation (CONCORDi) the at the European Commission (EC), Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate for Growth and Innovation.

He is an agricultural engineer - mayor on 'techno-economics' – from the University of Catania, Italy, holds a Master of Science Degree in Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT- Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering - USA), and a PhD in Science of Economics and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).

His research interests include economics of corporate R&D and innovation, firm dynamics and industrial transformation, employment and competitiveness; management of technological change, and research & innovation policy.

Team Member: Sara Amoroso

Sara Amoroso

Sara Amoroso obtained a Ph.D. in Econometrics from Tilburg University and started as post-doctoral researcher at the Territorial Development Unit in 2013.

She is currently focusing on delineating the technological profile of the European top R&D investors to understand their prospects of global competition in a set of key strategic high R&D sectors.

Her research interests are in R&D and innovation, empirical industrial organization, Bayesian micro-econometrics.

Team Member: Mafini Dosso

Mafini Dosso

Mafini Dosso joined the Territorial Development Unit in October 2013, as a post-doctoral researcher working on Industrial Research and Innovation. She has obtained her PhD in Economics of Innovation and Institutions (University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, France).

Her main research interests are (national) innovation systems and policies, technological specializations, industrial dynamics and technological and non-technological innovations. Her main contribution consists in mapping the technological activities of large R&D companies in order to assess their effects on innovation and economic performances.

Team Member: Petros Gkotsis

Petros Gkotsis holds a first degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. After the PhD award from Cranfield University at Cranfield UK he joined the Electrical Engineering department at Universite Catholique de Louvain at Belgium where he continued his research on functional materials and new technologies based on thin films.

His current research focuses on the impact of new technologies on economic growth and social prosperity. His interests also include the monitoring and analysis of industry competitiveness focused on the economic, innovation and technological performance of companies.

Team Member: Nicola Grassano

Nicola Grassano

Nicola holds a PhD in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy) and is a visiting fellow at SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research of the University of Sussex (UK). He joined the Territorial Development Unit in November 2013 as post-doc researcher working on Industrial Research and Innovation (IRI) team.

He contributes to the implementation of the Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring and Analysis (IRIMA) project. His main tasks includes company data management and analysis for the preparation of main project deliverables (Industrial R&D Scoreboard, Survey, Working papers and policy briefs).

His research interests are in economics of innovation, innovation and productivity in the service sector, innovation indicators and measurements problems, R&D and non-R&D based innovations

Team Member: Lesley Potters

Antonio Vezzani

Lesley Potters is currently obtaining his PhD in Economics at the Utrecht School of Economics and has a MSc in Business Administration of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Since 2005 he has been working mainly on the micro-economic impact of R&D and innovation on firm performance and has worked with the Dutch Ministry of Finance as a senior policy advisor. Current interests are Global Value Chains, R&D internationalisation and R&D location decisions.

Team Member: Emanuele Pugliese

Emanuele Pugliese joined the Territorial Development Unit in November 2017. After undergraduate and Master studies in Physics, in 2013 he obtained a PhD in Economics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy). His research interests include innovation and development, with a focus on the role of complexity in the economic systems. He has been consultant for the World Bank Group and researcher for the Italian National Council for Research.


Team Member: Zoltán Csèfalvay

Zoltán Csèfalvay

Dr. Zoltán Cséfalvay has been Grantholder40 at JRC Seville since mid-December 2018 working on the territorial dimensions of digitalisation in Europe. Previously, he served as ambassador of Hungary to the OECD in Paris (2014-2018) and as Minister of State for Economic Strategy in Hungary (2010-2014). He has worked as a research fellow in Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Heidelberg and Cardiff. Recently he has published his latest book - TECHtonic Shifts - on the current industrial revolution.

Administrative and Organisational Support: Marta Domínguez

Zoltán Csèfalvay

With more than 10 years of experience in the fields of administrative and secretarial support, Marta joined Directorate B: Growth and Innovation in 2015. She is currently in charge of giving project management support (deliverables, financial follow-up and planning) to the IRIMA project as well as other projects in the Territorial Development Unit. Other functions she usually performs are the following ones: administrator of the IRI website, financial and contractual management support (sharepoint, tender documents, payments), among others..