SEZNEC Olivier Cisco (France)
| Chief Technology Officer, Cisco France
Olivier Seznec has worked at Cisco Systems since 1998. He intervened in the deployment of information technology and computer networks for large enterprises and service providers during the last twenty years. He was involved in the designs of multi-protocol networks on LAN and WAN infrastructures, in the evolution strategies and migration of these networks, particularly on the subject of MPLS, Communication over IP and convergence applications on multiservice infrastructures. He currently works on market transitions and innovation: Internet of Things, Energy Management Networks, Connected Real Estate, Video, Green IT, etc. He was named in 2010 by the newspaper 01 Informatiique one of the 100 personalities in the digital world in France.
Cisco designs, manufactures, and sell Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology (IT) industry and provide services associated with these products and their use. Cisco provides a broad line of products for transporting data, voice, and video within buildings, across campuses, and around the world. The Cisco products are designed to transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. The Cisco products are installed at enterprise businesses, public institutions, telecommunications companies and other service providers, commercial businesses, and personal residences worldwide.
BOWDEN Simon Aedas (UK)
| Design Director, London
Simon joined Aedas in December 2011 having previously worked as a partner at Make, Foster and Partners and as the lead designer for Sir Terence Conran on the design and construction of The Conran Shop and Orrery restaurant on Marylebone High Street.
Simon studied architecture at The Bartlett School and then completed his MA at the Royal College of Art. Whilst studying he worked at Conran Roche and also at Foster Associates, where he continued during his year out gaining experience working on Stansted Airport and the Kansai Airport competition.
After completing his Masters, Simon returned to Foster and Partners where he worked on an extensive range of projects within the studio including the new Headquarters building for Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt and a number of competitions including the Lycee Albert Camus school in France, Cardiff Opera House and The Reichstag competition.
Simon joined Make in 2005 where he led a number of the practice’s largest and most prestigious projects, including Noho Square, the Odeon Leicester Square and Portman Square in London. He also led the practice’s development of projects in the U.S and Asia, took an active role in the management of the practice and designed the new studio space in Whitfield Street. Whilst at Make Simon also lectured in London and New York on the topic of Art and Architecture and the work of the office.
Aedas is the world’s largest architecture practice with over 1500 staff based in 39 offices in 20 countries throughout the world. With a reputation for leading edge design, Aedas has a track record in delivering major mixed-use, commercial, transport, education, leisure and infrastructure projects..
Recent projects include: West Kowloon Terminus (Hong Kong); Thames Cable Car Crossing (London); Blackwall Reach (London); Lucasfilm HQ (Singapore); 32 railway stations in Dubai and major residential developments in Chinese cities such as Wuhan, Hainan, Chongqing, Dalian and Guangzhou.
Every Aedas project is approached with the aim of leaving behind not just superbly designed and sustainable buildings, but also a lasting legacy in the form of trained staff and a thriving local business which continues to make a valuable contribution on a local and global level.
MACD LINDEGREN Ebba Vinnova (Sweden)
| Programme manager
Director, Business Development, Saab AB, Security and Defense Corporation, Business Area Support and Services.
Manager, Packaging Industry and Research, Invest Sweden, State Investment Agency
MA Business Science and Economics. Uppsala University, MA Commercial Diplomacy, Monterey Institute, USA.
VINNOVA develops Sweden’s innovation capacity for sustainable growth.
VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, is Sweden’s innovation agency. Our aim is to increase the competitiveness of Swedish researchers and companies. Our task is to promote sustainable growth in Sweden by funding needs-driven research and the development of effective innovation systems. To this end, we have 220 million euro to invest in new and ongoing projects each year. VINNOVA generally requires co-financing of all projects, which doubles the annual investments to around 440 million euro.
Funding decisions are made following public calls for proposals under VINNOVA’s programmes. Decisions are based on expert assessments and the suggestions of programme councils skilled in research, business and the public sector.
More information: www.vinnova.se