The NGI AWARDS jury comprises experts from all over Europe.

Roderick Bloem


Graz University of Technology

Roderick Bloem received an MS in computer science from Leiden University in the Netherlands (1996) and a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001). Histhesis work, under the supervision of Fabio Somenzi, was on formal verication using Linear Temporal Logic.Since 2002, he has been an assistant professor at Graz University of Technology anda full profesor since 2008. His research interests are in formal methods for the design and verication of digital systems, including hardware, software, and combinations such as embedded systems. He studies applications of game theory to the automatic synthesis of systems from their specications, connections between temporal logics and omega-automata, model checking, and automatic fault localization and repair.

Anja Bechmann


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University

Assoc. Professor media studies, research director at DATALAB – Center for Digital Social Research & research fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Council for Digital Security, Council for Digital Sages & the EU Commission HLEG on Disinformation.

Manon den Dunnen


Netherlands Dutch Police,

Manon den Dunnen is working at the Dutch National Police as a strategicspecialist on digital transformation. IoT, AI (algorithm bias), Smart Society, Blockchain and Biotech are her key areas of interest.She collaborates with various (semi)public organizations in DI020, a program that’s building a safe (privacy, security), transparent, resilient & accessible digital infrastructure, including independent trust frameworks and a transparent IoT-Register.In addition, she is involved as organizer and community builder with IoT-Sensemakers Amsterdam and the Permanent Future Lab movement. Both communities focus on the sharing of knowledge, new technology, hands-on experience and human networks.

Karin Grasenick


Graz University of Technology
and Convelop

Karin is founder and CEO of www.convelop.at. Karin’s work focuses on culture and innova-tion, interdisciplinary collaboration and diversity. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineer-ing. Karin lectures at several universities, e.g. at the Technical University Graz she teaches diversity management for technical professions.

Elisabeth Hödl


Styria Media Group AG

I am a lawyer (public law, data protection, information technology), specialist for future questions in the network society and author of literary texts. My specialization is the analysis and linking of legal, social and scientic trends. A particular focus is on the question of how digitalization and technical innovations aect law, society and the economy. In addition, I deal with gender and justice issues in complex network society. Through my work, I am involved in a comprehensive network of lawyers, strategy consultants and scientists in the eld of nance and tax law as well as technology law.

Sanyu Karani


Circular Economy .Sanyu

Sanyu Karani is the CEO of FundingBox, Europe s largest equity free funding platform currently distributing 60 million euros for tech startups in Next Generation Internet, Robotics, Industry 4.0, ConnectedCar and Circular Economy .Sanyu has been engaged in the EC initiatives around NGI since 2014 supporting in the acceleration of close to 200 startups.From Indian Origin and born in Spain, Sanyu is now based in Denmark after supporting startups in Brooklyn, Paris, Chennai and Madrid.

Johannes Klinglmayr


Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

Johannes Klinglmayr, PhD, is H2020 project coordinator and in business and strategy development at Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH. He also worked as evaluator to the European Commission. Johannes addresses emerging dynamics that the interplay of new technological and social developments bring and its vision framing. In his interdisciplinary work, Johannes focuses on complexity reduction and self-organization with a strong emphasis on knowledge engines.

Srdjan Krco


DunaVNET doo

Srdjan Krco, PhD E.E.is a co-founder and CEO of DunavNET, a company designingturnkey IOT solutions for smart cities, agriculture and manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience, working with large multinational companies and international collaborative research and innovation projects. Currently, he is coordinatingaresearch and innovation H2020 project TagItSmart, creatingIoTenablersfacilitating improvement and transparency in the food supply chain and more general in the FMCG domain. Srdjan is one of the founding members of the International IoT Forum and is actively participating in IoT-EPI (IoT European Platforms Initiative) and AIOTI (Alliance for IoT Innovation) activities. In 2007, Srdjan won the Innovation Engineer of the Year award in Ireland. He has published over 15 patents and more than 70 papers at international conferences and journals. Srdjan holds Associate Professor position at FEFA (Faculty for Economy and Financial Administration) where he works with students on business aspects of IoT and digital transformation. Heis a frequent speaker at international events addressing IoT and its applications. Srdjan is a Senior IEEE member.Recently, he was awarded MVP (most valuable professional) status for IoT activities by Microsoft.

Uta Meier-Hahn


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Uta Meier-Hahn is associate researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin. She is currently completing a PhD about internet interconnection at the School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin. Her research takes on an interdisciplinary lense, focusing on the interplay between digital architectures and social provisioning processes of common resources.

Uta was a RIPE NCC fellow in 2017. She has served as a chair, speaker and moderator at several United Nations Internet Governance Fora, addressing issues such as interconnection regulation and IoT security.

Uta is a former academic editor of Internet Policy Review – a peer-reviewed open access journal on internet regulation. Before entering academia, Uta worked as an online journalist at the public broadcaster NDR in Hamburg. She holds a Master’s in cultural studies from the University of Lüneburg, during which she spent a full semester at Marmara University in Istanbul.

Alessandro Trifiletti


Department DIET, Sapienza University

Associate Professor in Electronics

Rafael Pous Andrés


Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Associate Professor Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions In 1988 he double-majored in Telecommunications and Computer Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He obtained a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1989) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (1992), supported by a Fulbright and a Schlumberger fellowship. He was an Associate Professor at UPC (1993 – 2008), and then joined UPF in 2008. His current research area is pervasive and ubiquitous systems based on radiofrequency, more specically the combination of Radio Frequency Identication (RFID) and Cognitive Systems to create smart objects and spaces. His research has given birth to several startup companies, in three of which he has been a co-founder: The Information Highway Group, AIDA Centre, and Keonn Technologies.

Jennifer Veldman



Jennifer Veldman is initiator and coordinator of the DataWatchers project. With a background in Anthropology and New Media and Digital Culture Jennifer has been involved as a producer in projects such as Design and the City and Crypto Design Awards and worked with organizations ranging from Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Amsterdam municipality and Dyne.org in the DECODE project. As a volunteer of Bits Of Freedom she has taken it upon her to coordinate and host Dutch privacy awareness workshops: Privacy Cafe’s.

Konrad Wrona


Military University
of Technology

Konrad Wrona currently holds a Visiting Professor position at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. He is also a Principal Scientist at the NATO Communications and Information Agency in The Hague, The Netherlands. Konrad Wrona has over 20 years of work experience in an industrial (Ericsson Research and SAP Research) and in an academic (RWTH Aachen University, Media Lab Europe, and Rutgers University) research and development environment. He has received his M.Eng. in Telecommunications from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2005. He is an author and a co-author of over sixty publications, as well as a co-inventor of several patents. The areas of his professional interests include broad range of security issues – in communication networks, wireless and mobile applications, distributed systems, and Internet of Things. Konrad Wrona is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Senior Member of the ACM and a member of IACR.