Programme managers

Through EIC Programme Managers, the EIC is adopting innovative ways to manage funding

About EIC programme managers

EIC Programme Managers are responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs, the active management of portfolios of EIC supported projects to support these visions, and bringing together stakeholders to put these visions into reality.
Programme Managers are appointed full-time for a period of up to four years within the EIC and must have deep expertise in their field, experience managing multidisciplinary teams and programmes, and strong abilities to communicate and influence. Programme managers come from varied backgrounds, including companies, universities, national laboratories, nonprofit and federally funded research centers.

The current programme managers are:

Iordanis Arzimanoglou

Area of expertise: Biomedicine and biotechnology
Iordanis Arzimanoglou has vast experience in innovation in the areas of genetics, cancer research, biotechnology, and AI-based medicine from both research and management sides. He directed cancer genetic research groups at Cornell University and Lennox Hill Hospital, NY. Also, he was the CEO of the Aarhus biocluster and the Thessaloniki Innovation Zone managing companies. He has numerous publications in the fields of medical genetics as well as innovation strategy and management.

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Start date: June 2020

Enric Claverol-Tinturé

Area of expertise: Medical Technologies and medical devices
After engineering studies at the Technical University of Catalonia, Enric obtained a PhD in engineering and neuroscience from the University of Southampton. He became a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of technology, returning to Europe as a Ramon y Cajal fellow, becoming a tenured academic at the Barcelona-based Bioengineering Research Centre. He then left academic life to run his spin-off company, Aleria Biodevices, after which he became the director general of the Catalonia Foundation for R&I (FCRi), coordinating funding to support ground-breaking technologies. He also founded Afferent Technologies, a medical technology start-up.

Start date: 1 August 2020

Dr. Francesco Matteucci

Area of expertise: materials for energy and environmental sustainability, innovation management
Francesco is an innovation manager with 20 years of experience spent as a researcher in materials science, as a Corporate R&D Manager within the field of technologies for renewable energy production and storage, and as an intermediary of knowledge trying to exploit the research results within the field of energy and environment. As R&D Corporate manager, he also cofounded and directed several start-ups and joint-labs managing public-private partnerships. As a facilitator of knowledge exploitation (IoK), he co-managed publicly funded projects, as well as Emilia Romagna Climate-KIC Innovation Centre, Dhitech Living Lab on Nanotechnologies, Emilia-Romagna Greentech Clust-ER. Francesco acted as scientific expert within the Vanguard Initiative ADMA Pilot, reviewer of research projects, co-authored over 30 scientific papers, 5 patents, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara as well as speakers in many conferences and workshops.

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Start date: October 2020

Dr. Antonio Marco Pantaleo

Area of expertise: clean energy technologies, energy systems integration and biosystems engineering
Antonio has 20 years of experience in multidisciplinary research projects in renewable and clean energy technologies, energy systems integration, biosystems engineering and techno-economic assessment of energy investments. He holds a first degree in electric engineering and a PhD in process systems engineering from Imperial College London where he is affiliated as research fellow to the Department of Chemical Engineering. Antonio is also associate professor of clean energy technologies at the Department of agro-environmental sciences of the University of Bari. He co-founded an energy service company and worked as scientific expert and consultant for a number of public and private organisations. Antonio authored over 70 scientific papers and delivered speeches to several scientific conferences and workshops.

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Start date: October 2020

Expert group on proactive management of the EIC

The Commission created an Expert Group to provide advice and assistance on the development of pro-active programme management in the EIC pilot phase (2018-2020), and for the launch of the fully-fledged EIC in Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027). Read more about the expert group