BDVA Leadership Team

Laure Le Bars
BDVA President
Research Project Director at SAP Research & Innovation
Supporting Organisation
SAP www.sap.com 
Contact p...@core.bdva.eu
Responsibilities President of BDVA General Assembly and Board of Directors represents the Association vis-à-vis political institutions and other stakeholders at high level and on important occasions and important matters. President chairs every General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings.
Profile Laure Le Bars is a Research Project Director at SAP Research & Innovation, working on several projects like Big Data Value Association www.bdva.eu (Board of Directors and President), Smart Data Innovation Lab (www.sdil.de deputy coordinator 2014-2016), EIT Digital (principal of staff, office of the CEO 2010-2013; & SAP project coordinator) or Academy Cube. She is also involved in the French-German cooperation on Digital Economy.

Before that, she set up SAP Labs Canada and was the Managing Director of the lab since its inception in 1997 until 2008 (450 persons). In parallel, she conducted an analysis for a lab in Central & East Europe in 2004, established the lab in Budapest and was the Managing Director of SAP Labs Hungary until 2007 (250 persons). She won in 2007 the Stevie Award for Women in Business in category “Best executive–non-services-under 2500 employees”; and was nominated in category “Best Canadian Executive”.
She was sitting on the Industrial Advisory Board of SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge www.swebok.org), a joint initiative of IEEE Computer Society and UQAM to achieve international consensus on the body of knowledge in software engineering.

Laure Le Bars holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l’Industrie et l'Entreprise, Groupe Centrale, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, in France. Her thesis dealt with Operation Research for Artificial Intelligence at GERAD (Groupe d'études et de recherche en analyse des décisions) in Montréal.

Edward Curry
BDVA Vice President
Insight Research Leader
"Big data is no longer a buzzword; it is becoming a ubiquitous practice necessary for survival. The BDV PPP foster the development and wide adoption of big data technologies, value driven use cases, and sustainable business models through a Big Data Ecosystem"
Supporting Organisation
Insight Centre for
Data Analytics www.insight-centre.org
Contact e...@insight-centre.org
Responsibilities Vice President will represent the President in his/her absence, chairing the General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings and representing the Association in front of political institutions and other stakeholders at high level.
Profile Edward is a Research Leader the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Edward has worked extensively with industry and government advising on the adoption patterns, practicalities, and benefits of new technologies. Edward has published over 100 scientific articles in journal, books, and international conferences. He presented at numerous conferences/events and has given invited talks at Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT. In 2010 he was a guest speaker at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to an audience of 600+ CIOs and senior IT executives. His research projects include studies of sustainable IT, energy intelligence, semantic information management, event based systems, and collaborative data management. He was a member of the primary contributor team for both the BDV cPPP proposal and the BDV SRIA 1.0 He is a member of the scientific leadership committee of Insight, and was a member of the group to devise the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020. He has a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway.
Thomas Hahn
BDVA Vice President
Chief Software Expert SIEMENS AG
Supporting Organisation
SIEMENS AG www.siemens.com
Contact h...@siemens.com
Responsibilities Vice President will represent the President in his/her absence, chairing the General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings and representing the Association in front of political institutions and other stakeholders at high level.
Profile Thomas Hahn, born in 1960, has been Chief Software Expert at Siemens AG since 2011. After studying computer science at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen he joined the company in 1986 and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. In 1993 he moved to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for development of SIMATIC STEP 7. From 1997 he worked as Head of Development at Traffic Control Systems in Munich for two years. In 1999 he returned to Nuremberg, where he was Head of Software Development for Industrial Automation Systems. He held this post until 2011. In addition to his function as Chief Software Expert, he was Head of the Business Analytics and Monitoring technology field from 2011 to August 2013. Beyond his activities at Siemens, Thomas Hahn is a member or board member of various bodies, including the OPC Foundation, Big Data Value Association, Openlab CERN and Platform Industrie 4.0.
Prof. Dr. Milan Petković
BDVA Vice President
"Innovative digital propositions powered by (big) data technologies have great potential to make real breakthrough in many Industrial sectors. Philips applies them to transform healthcare and achieve the triple aim: increased quality, cost efficiency and wide access to healthcare"
Supporting Organisation
Philips www.philips.com
Contact m...@philips.com
Responsibilities Vice President will represent the President in his/her absence, chairing the General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings and representing the Association in front of political institutions and other stakeholders at high level.
Profile Prof. Dr. Milan Petković heads the Data Science department which conducts innovation projects for Philips in the domain of machine learning and big data analytics. He is also a part-time full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, at the department of Computer Science, but contributing to the Data Science Center too. His interests are in data science, big data, artificial intelligence and information security and privacy. Next to being the Vice President of the Big Data Value Association, Prof. Petković served in boards of directors of several alliances (such as Trust in Digital Life) and participated in many Advisory Groups (such as EC advisory groups for FP7 and H2020, ENISA, etc). Next to Philips internal projects, Prof. Petković is also active in the EU and Dutch national collaborative projects. He has led several big FP7 and Dutch national projects (e.g. AU2EU collaboration with Australia) and participated in many. He has published many papers as well as several books.
Ana García Robles
BDVA Secretary General
"Big data is revolutionizing everything in our lives: from industry and businesses, to healthcare, agriculture, policymaking and entertainment. BDVA has developed a European data community of technology providers, researchers, academia and users, that closely collaborates with the European Commission in fostering European big data technology leadership for job creation and prosperity. I believe BDVA is playing a fundamental role in Europe to realize business and societal value, overcoming existing barriers to unlock the full potential of a data-driven economy"
Contact s...@core.bdva.eu
Responsibilities Day to day operational management of the Big Data Value Association.
Profile Ana Garcia Robles holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Polytechnic University of Madrid, UPM) and an International Executive MBA (EOI Madrid in collaboration with Manchester Business School). Ana has an extensive experience working in large ICT companies, technology and innovation centres, and also in research and innovation international associations. She has worked for over 15 years in international and multicultural environments, developing international collaborative projects and as team manager of both engineers and multidisciplinary teams. Ana has a strong ICT industry background with over 10 years experience in the design, implementation and configuration of large-scale ICT networks and services, and, in the research and techno-economical assessment of new technologies and solutions for large-scale implementation (Vodafone, different countries and positions). Ana has gained extensive experience in innovation management in different contexts (from the private/large ICT company level and to the open innovation and user-driven innovation ecosystems). In the last few years, driven by her passion for the societal and economical impact and value of new technologies, she has been working in the domain of Living Labs where she has developed innovation management methodologies and projects (open, collaborative and user-centric innovation), and as part of the ENoLL association, work in project acquisition, development of strategic alliances, Marketing and Communications, network and community management, operational management, management of boards and European innovation policies. She has experience in the areas of Smart cities and urban innovation, e-Health, Open data, ICT for culture and creative industries, Digital social innovation, ICT for Education, ICT for food, IoT, Urban innovation and Intelligent mobility. Ana has participated in more than 15 European Research and Innovation projects in the last 5 years. Ana joined BDVA as appointed Secretary General in September 2016 being currently an iMinds-SMIT employee.
Nuria de Lama
BDVA Vice-Secretary General
ICT Program Manager, Atos research & Innovation
"The Big Data Value Association has been created with the ambition of increasing the competitiveness of EU companies. For this we will focus on two axes: helping providers of Big Data solutions to create better products and accelerating the adoption and take up of Big Data in different industrial domains. The successful alignment of both should lead us to create new markets. This is challenging but definitely worthy"
Supporting Organisation
Atos www.atos.net
Contact n...@atos.net
Responsibilities The BDVA Deputy Secretary General supports the Secretary General in the organization of the day-day management of the Association. This includes support on public relations and communications, promotion, organisation of meetings and events, liaisons, membership management and finance. In Particular Nuria has a special focus on the relationships between the association and other initiatives, including Member States as well as dissemination and awareness of BDVA activities. She contributes to the definition of the big data program and especially the activities that target the wide adoption of Big Data in EU industrial sectors (the so called lighthouse projects).
Profile Nuria de Lama studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has been working for more than 15 years in Research & Development in different IT environments. After several years managing the department of International projects in an SME specialized in wireless and mobile technologies, she joined Atos in 2005, where she first led a Research Unit on Rural and Industrial development. In 2006 she was appointed Head of the Research unit on Semantics, Software and Service Engineering and since 2010 she is Representative of Atos Research and Innovation to the European Commission. In that position she is responsible for the ICT program, contributing to the R&D strategy, partnerships and business development. She is formal representative of Atos in the European Technology Platform on Software and Services (NESSI), the CELTIC Plus Eureka program, member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) and Vice-Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association. She is an active member of the Future Internet community as Collaboration Officer of FIWARE (http://www.fi-ware.org/) and member of the Future Internet Steering Board. She has worked as independent expert for the European Commission in many occasions as proposal evaluator, project reviewer and rapporteur, and as a long track record of participation as speaker in international conferences and events.
Dr. Andreas Metzger
BDVA Deputy Secretary General
"The BDVA will boost European big data research, development and innovation to deliver value from data"
Supporting Organisation
Paluno (The Ruhr Institute
for Software Technology),
University of Duisburg-Essen
www.paluno.eu
Contact i...@core.bdva.eu
Responsibilities Deputy Secretary General will support the Secretary General in the organization of the day-day management of the Association. This includes support on public relations and communications, promotion, organisation of meetings and events, liaisons, membership management and finance.
Profile Andreas is senior academic councillor at Paluno, where he manages the research activities on big data software engineering, including predictive analytics and adaptation of data-intensive cloud systems. He is BDVA Deputy Secretary General and NESSI ETP Steering Committee vice chair.