Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes (2021-2027) will be defined and implemented.
Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She proposed the new Digital Europe programme, worked on EU Strategy on AI, disinformation online, cybersecurity and launched the EuroHPC strategy. She has extensively engaged with external EU partners to enhance digital cooperation, in particular with the Western Balkans and Africa. She was elected as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is First Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP), and, since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women.
Commissioner Gabriel is a board member of the United Nations youth programme Generation Unlimited (GenU). She has been ranked among the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity by the leading European cybersecurity magazine SC Media UK (2019).
Commissioner Gabriel is also known for her involvement in the fight for gender equality. Among others, she received the prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women. At the European Parliament, she was awarded twice “MEP of the year” – in 2016 for the Development category, and in 2013 for the Gender Equality category.
In November 2020, Commissioner Gabriel received the Annual Award of the Vienna Economic Forum “Partner of the Year 2020” for contribution to the economic development, rewarding Ms Gabriel’s vision of a European knowledge strategy comprising the European Education Area, the European Research Area and the new Digital Education Action Plan.
She holds a Master’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the Institute of Political Studies (Bordeaux, FR) and a Bachelor’s degree in Bulgarian and French Languages from “Paisii Hilendarski” University (Plovdiv, BG).
Dr. Igor Papič is a professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. From 2011 to 2013 he was the vice-dean for pedagogical work, the mandate after he became the Dean of the Faculty, while in the last for years he was the Rector of the University of Ljubljana.
He holds a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
In the 1990s, he completed his training at Siemens' Electricity Transmission and Distribution Division in Erlangen, Germany. In 2001, he was a visiting professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.
He is in additionally the holder of numerous domestic and international research and development projects. In 2009, together with his partners, he founded one of the first spin-off companies at the University of Ljubljana.
From 2006 to 2017, he was the Chairman of the Program Board of the Smart Grids European Technology Platform. He was one of the initiators and the first president of the Rectors' Forum of the Universities of South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, and in 2020 he was the first President of the European University Association EUTOPIA.
He advocates for a knowledge-based society and the accelerated transfer of knowledge from the academic environment to everyday life, which is a basic condition for the successful development of Slovenia in the coming decades.
Emil Boc - Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania, in terms of size and economic development. Member of the A Soul for Europe Advisory Board. EPP CoR Member, Rapporteur on Brain Drain in the EU and also on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025 and 'European Strategy for Universities'. PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from Michigan State University in East Lansing, U.S. Former Prime Minister of Romania during 2008-2012, former President of the Democratic Liberal Party during 2005-2012.
He studied law at the University of Salamanca, where he would obtain his doctorate, obtaining the Extraordinary Prize after carrying out research stays at the University of Freiburg. Later he would make stays as a visiting professor or researcher at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and at the Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer. He has been a professor of Administrative Law since 1993. He has also been a visiting professor and researcher at numerous universities in Latin America. Doctor honoris causa by the universities of Córdoba, Mackenzie, Panama, Technological University of Santiago de los Caballeros, Mayor de San Marcos and San Agustín de Arequipa.
He has recently been appointed member of the General Codification Commission, a superior collegiate body that advises the Minister of Justice. He is the author of 38 books and more than one hundred research papers, which can be consulted in the Dialnet database. His total scientific production includes almost 200 publications. His specialties are economic administrative law, regulation, the local regime and innovation applied to administrative institutions. Likewise, he has directed nearly 40 doctoral theses, has participated in numerous teaching innovation projects and in 25 research projects with competitive calls from administrations and public and private entities.
Professor Müller has served as Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since 2014.
A civil engineer himself, Professor Müller holds a doctoral degree and post-doctoral teaching qualification in Technical Mechanics from TUM. After 12 years in industry he returned back to academia in 2004. Since 2007, he has been chairman of the education committee in the Bavarian Chamber of Engineers, since 2017, member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI, and, since 2019, chairman of the advisory board for engineering education in the Association of German engineers VDI.
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Asst. Prof. Lidija Tepeš Golubić, Ph.D. is Vice Dean for Research and Development, Projects and International Cooperation at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences.
She graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she also obtained a doctorate in the social field of science, information and communication sciences.
As a junior researcher, since 1998 she has been participating in the implementation of the project Croatian-German Language Similarities of the Ministry of Science at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She is teaching at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences and holds lectures at the University North.
She is a member of the Professional Council of Zagreb University of Applied Sciences and the Council of the Postgraduate Doctoral Study of Media and Communication of the University North. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Karlovac University of Applied Sciences by the decision of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Polytechnic & Design, published by Zagreb University of Applied Sciences.
She has published a number of professional and scientific papers, several of which in collaboration with students, and participated in numerous international professional and scientific conferences in the country and abroad. She is certified court interpreter for the German and Spanish language.