Speakers

Jean-Paul Schuler

Managing Director – Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research

Jean-Paul Schuler started his professional career at ARBED Dudelange before joining Galvalange Sàrl where he was COO from 1989 to 1996. He then joined TradeARBED as General Manager of Flat Products Sales in Export Markets. From 2000 to 2006, he held several different senior management positions at Arcelor in Europe and Asia. In 2007, he was appointed Vice President and Head of the Operational Excellence Department at ArcelorMittal, before moving on to become COO at Valin Steel in Hunan, China. Jean-Paul Schuler has been the Managing Director of Luxinnovation since September 2013.

   

Marc Hansen

Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research

Marc Hansen was born on 10 April 1971 in Luxembourg City. He attended secondary school at the Lycée de garçons de Luxembourg and the Athénée de Luxembourg from 1983 to 1991. Marc Hansen was appointed Secretary of State of Education, Children and Youth, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research on 28 March 2014 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”). He replaced André Bauler following his resignation from the government for health reasons. A member of the DP since 2008, Marc Hansen was an alderman for the municipality of Useldange from 2005 to 2014. From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of the intercommunal syndicate De Réidener Kanton. At national level, Marc Hansen was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2013 while standing for the DP in the constituency of the North. In Parliament, he served as chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee as well as vice-chairman of the Committee for Labour, Employment and Social Security from 2013 to 2014, when he was appointed to the government. Marc Hansen started his professional career with DNR (Den Neie Radio). He worked at RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg and RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg from 1995 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a parliamentary attaché. From 2011 to 2014, Marc Hansen was the chief executive officer and managing director of Éditions Lëtzebuerger Journal. He is also the cofounder of several innovative start-ups in the information technology sector.

   

Prof. Dr Gabriel Crean

CEO Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Chairman Sherpa Group – Key Enabling Technologies (KET) High-Level Expert Group