OUR TEAM

Meet Our Amazing Team
Project Director, IDI

KONRAD NIERUBIEC

Prince 2 Certified Project Director;
Extensive experience in managing and supervising of multi-million EU funded projects in Developing Countries;
In-depth knowledge and experience of EU programmes, Project Cycle Management, PRAG and General Conditions’ rules and procedures;
In charge of IDI’s EU funded project in Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘Capacity Building in European Research and Technology Development Programmes and Initiatives’ (2013–2014);
Implemented also two large EU funded projects in the Balkans: €3.4m “Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion in Serbia” and €2.1m “Supporting SMEs to become more competitive in the EU market in Albania”.

Team Leader

DR ALEKSANDER BAKOWSKI

Over 25 years of practical experience in the EU Research & Technology Development Programmes, Technology Transfer and Innovation Policy;
Over 13 years of hands-on working experience as a National Contact Point in Poland for the EU RTD Programmes and acted as a FP 5, 6 and 7 Coordinator for Thematic Priorities within the NCP Poland;
Designed and delivered multiple workshops and awareness raising events to large number of participants from various research organisations and SMEs;
Team Leader of €3.5m EU funded project in Ukraine ‘Joint Support Office for Ukraine’s integration into the European Research Area’;
Extended knowledge of EU procedures, manuals, guidelines and Project Cycle Management.

IPR, Legal & Financial Expert

ODYSSEAS SPYROGLOU

Over 12 years of experience in designing, tendering, implementing and monitoring projects related to Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI): FP7, INTERREG, MED, LIFE+, CIP ICT PSP and Structural Funds);
Extensive experience in implementation of financial and administrative rules as a Financial & Administrative Officer in a number of projects under the FP7 & Horizon 2020;
15 years of experience in design and delivery of training, mentoring and coaching support to researchers on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial & Legal Issues of FP7/H2020 projects;
Proven track in building international consortia & preparing successful proposals in consortia led by partners from Associated Countries Experience in entrepreneurship and SME management;
Setting up new companies in Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, UK. Preparation of legal documents, mentoring shareholders, drafting agreements, business & financial plans.

SME Expert

PHILIP SOWDEN

More than 35 years of experience in manufacturing consultancy, R&D and SME innovation programmes;
This involved establishing the need for and designing SME innovation programmes in conjunction with public bodies, managing programmes and later stage evaluation of economic impacts;
Managed 14 major national and international SME innovation support programmes for clients which include national governments, United Nations, World Bank and the European Commission;
EC innovation consultancy projects in the region include developing a national industrial modernisation programme for Egypt, a support programme for innovative SMEs in the automotive sector in Jordan, and innovation programmes in Kuwait and Cyprus; Was also a key expert and deputy Team Leader in the preceding ‘Turkey in FP7’ programme, so is well used to working with innovative businesses and organisations in Turkey;
Closely involved in the various SME innovation programmes and projects in Frameworks 4, 5, 6 and 7, along with the current Horizon 2020; Developed a mentoring support programme for the EC to assist SMEs with commercialisation aspects of their Horizon 2020 projects.

Communication and Visibility Manager, IDI

ŞELALE DAĞALP

Certified Project Management Professional-PMP® by PMI® (Project Management Institute);

Expertise in writing effective communication strategies for EU-funded technical assistance projects;
Direct working experience in EU-funded TA projects;
Experience in backstopping support for various EU-funded projects in terms of administrative, logistics and event management issues;
Having strong expertise in organizing training, study visits, seminars, conferences, workshops and all similar group organizations for EU-funded projects;
Experience in working with high-level officials with the international environment.

Project Officer, IDI

TUĞÇE ERYILMAZ

More than 3 years in general experience;
Vastly experienced with organizing training, online workshops, webinars for EU-funded projects;
Proven record on event management in various areas;
Has worked for international organizations with multi-tasked duties;
Great background in working with officials in the United States and Turkey.

Project Administrator, IDI

UYGAR BALTACI

Three years of project management and implementation experience on international and EU-funded projects;
Experience in project coordination through communication with local and international stakeholders;
Knowledge of organizing project events, especially seminars, workshops, study visits, and other related activities in Technical Assistance projects;
Expertise in planning financial related issues in EU-funded projects and performing financial processes;
Competence in realizing various administrative works during the projet management cycle.