Dr. Effie Amanatidou is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research / University of Manchester (UK). She studied Maths at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and she holds an MSc in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy and a PhD in Foresight Evaluation from the University of Manchester / Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK). Effie has over 20 years of experience in research and innovation policy analysis including in particular evaluation / impact assessment of research and innovation policies and programmes, international research collaboration, foresight, and social innovation. Effie has published several times in academic journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Science and Public Policy, Foresight and Futures. Since 2015, Effie is the leading analyst in ERA-LEARN (era-learn.eu) about monitoring and evaluation of public partnerships (P2Ps) in research and innovation.

Mr. Nikos Zacharis is the Director of South East European Research Center (SEERC). He has more than 25 years’ experience as a consultant and manager working for industrial as well as public sector organizations on issues ranging from management of innovation to environmental management, economic and regional development in Greece and in a series of eastern European countries. His research interests lie with science, research and innovation policy, regional development and entrepreneurship. He is currently involved in a series of projects promoting Responsible Research and Innovation and Open Science at the level of the individual organization as well as at the level of regional research and innovation planning:
· FIT4RRI: Fostering Improved Training Tools for Responsible Research and Innovation
· GRACE: Grounding RRI Actions to Achieve Institutional Changes in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations
· TeRRItoria: Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Through the involvement of local R&I Actors

Ms. Nhien Nguyen is an Associate Professor at NTNU, Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management. She is also a senior researcher at Nordland Research Institute, Bodø, Norway, and Associate Editor of The Learning Organization journal (Emerald). She holds a PhD in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from NTNU, funded by the Norwegian Research School in Innovation’s Program of Innovation Management and Strategy (NORSI-PIMS). She was a visiting fellow at Stanford University in her PhD program (SCANCOR), a visiting fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management in her MBA program in which she also cross-registered at Harvard Business School. Nhien Nguyen has been leading and coordinating several research projects focusing on innovation strategies, both at the organizational level and the national/regional policy level.

Ms. Francesca Rizzo is Full Professor in Interaction Design and users studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design. She has been a visiting professor at Aalto University’s School of Design, and Shanghai Tongji University Center for Design and Innovation. Professor Rizzo is also lecturing at the Politecnico Ph.D. School Design Thinking and User Centred Innovation. Since 2020 professor Rizzo is the deputy of the Director of the Design department for the research strategy. She has been involved from 2010 to 2020 in more than 10 EU projects mainly under the 7th research program and H2020. She has been responsible and a member of research teams in the fields of Service Design, Co-design, and cocreation and Social Innovation working mainly as consultant for diverse public organisations as the municipalities of Milano, Turin, Bologna, and the Emilia Romagna region. In the domain of public sector innovation at the intersection of digital and interaction design and design thinking, she has authored many research articles in journals and international conferences. She is the Editor of the book published by Springer (2016) on Human Smart Cities.