Ana Garcia Robles - Secretary General
Ana joined BDVA as Secretary General in September 2016. She holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an International Executive MBA. Ana has a strong ICT industrial background in the Telecommunications sector, with over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and configuration of large-scale telecom networks and services, and, in the research and techno-economical assessment of new technologies and solutions for large-scale implementation. Ana has specialised in Innovation management and ecosystems, and she has an extensive experience at both local/regional and international level in Open innovation ecosystems, Living Labs, and socio-economic impacts of technology with over 5 years’ experience managing international associations and projects in this area. Ana has participated in multiple research and innovation collaborative projects and programmes in the areas of Smart cities and urban innovation, Open and Big Data, IoT, Open Platforms, Digital social innovation, e-Health, Digital cultural Heritage, ICT for Education, ICT for food, and Intelligent mobility. She is speaker in conferences, inventor, and contributor to different research papers and publications in the field of Smart Cities and innovation ecosystems. Ana speaks fluent English and French on top of her native Spanish.
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Sinna Rissanen - Secretariat Officer
Sinna is responsible for membership and financial administration and she supports communication activities and organisation of meetings and events. She also assists the Secretary General with all other administrative matters. Before joining the BDVA team, Sinna worked nearly 12 years at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU and the high moment during those years was the Finnish EU Presidency 2019 project, for which she contributed as the Presidency Coordinator. Earlier in her life, Sinna worked in private sector for two years with import&export and accountancy related questions and in art museum for three years. Sinna speaks English, French, Russian, Swedish and Finnish (mother tongue) and she has also studied Slovenian, Spanish and Dutch.
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Mattia Trino - Operations Manager
With more than 5 years experience in Brussels, Mattia is Operations Manager at BDVA/DAIRO and is responsible for managing the different activities of the association. With a MA in European Studies (Maastricht University) and a MSc in New Media (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Mattia has a solid background in European affairs with a special focus on ICT, research and innovation. Before joining BDVA/DAIRO, Mattia has worked at the European Commission (DG Connect) and in the private sector in the context of European funds for research & innovation. Mattia is a passionate investigator of the socio-economic changes and challenges brought by ICT and is highly motivated to work at the interface of technology, society, and government. He speaks English, French and German on top of his native Italian.
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Jaakko Karhu - Communications Manager
Having a background in media and technology, Jaakko is on top of the communication operations of the BDVA/DAIRO. He started his career in broadcast journalism, working four years as a radio and TV host for the Finnish national broadcaster, Yle. During the years in media, he pioneered social TV in the country, bringing real-time social media comments to live debates. Following his passion for technology, Jaakko later moved to work as a web developer, first as a freelancer and later as a part of international start-up teams in Spain, France, Germany and Belgium. As a programmer, he specialised in modern frontend frameworks and content management systems. Drawing experience from two fields, Jaakko wants to bring his communicational and technical skills for the use of BDVA/DAIRO members and projects. Jaakko holds an MSc in new media and European affairs from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He speaks English and Finnish.
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