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Master’s School KICK OFF 2017

Welcome to the 4th edition of the annual Master’s School KICK OFF!

In December, our seven programmes – more than 300 students –  will join together in Barcelona for two engaging and intense days of co-creation, learning and fun!

This event truly showcase the impact of the InnoEnergy ecosystem by bringing together all stakeholders of the knowledge triangle – students, companies and start-ups. Together they will work on challenges to our energy future, discuss the technical, social and financial impact of innovation and build their professional network.

Engineers of today. Innovators of tomorrow. Connected by purpose.

Find out more on the event page here.

Thursday 30 November

– Arrival and welcome

– Speaker: Frank Gielen

– CommUnity & Career Centre introduction

Friday 1 December

– Welcome and orientation

– Speaker: Diego Pavia

– Speaker: Elena Bou

– Industrial marketplace

– Co-creation session with start-ups

– Using the InnoEnergy Knowledge Triangle in practice

– Dinner and party

Saturday 2 December

– Students depart

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Diego Pavia, Chief Executive Officer

Diego Pavía graduated as electrical engineer, specialising in electronics and automation from the Polytechnical University of Madrid. His first professional experience, in 1988, was as co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Knowledge Engineering, dealing with industrial controls systems using artificial intelligence and neural networks. Three years later he joined Sema Group, and started a long career with private companies.

Since 2010, Diego has been CEO of InnoEnergy.

Elena Bou, Innovation Director

Elena Bou, Innovation Director

Elena has developed her professional career in the field of management consulting in both private and public companies, in Spain and internationally, which gave her the opportunity to manage and develop a number of European multinational projects involving a high degree of complexity and stakeholders, and the creation of two spin-offs.
Elena holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE-URL (Doctor Europeus) and has an MBA from ESADE Business School.

Prof.Dr.ir. Frank Gielen, Education Director

Prof.Dr.ir. Frank Gielen, Education director

Frank has extensive experience with R&D in the telecommunication and software technology sector as well as in raising venture capital, university-industry collaborative research and spin-off creation.

Today, he is a professor of software technology entrepreneurship at the University of Ghent.

External speakers TBA

As the world’s biggest electricity generator, the EDF Group covers every sector of expertise, from generation to trading and transmission grids. EDF builds on the expertise of its people, its R&D and engineering skills, its experience as a leading industry operator and the attentive support of its customers to deliver competitive solutions that successfully reconcile economic growth with climate protection.



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Sweco plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. The results of our work are sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to clean water. With 14,500 employees in Northern Europe, we offer our customers the right expertise for every project. We carry out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. Sweco is Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 16.5 billion (EUR 1.7 billion).



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We want to build a better working world through our own actions and by engaging with like-minded organizations and individuals. This is our purpose — and why we exist as an organization. Running through our organization is a strong sense of obligation to serve a number of different stakeholders who count on us to deliver quality and excellence in everything we do. We want to use our global reach and scale to convene the conversation about the challenges facing economies and the capital markets. When business works better, the world works better.


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The GC Index® empowers organisations to drive performance and achieve innovation goals by transforming their approach to talent management. Our scientific framework allows individuals to understand how they can make an impact and helps organisations develop teams to drive success. We are working with hundreds of accredited GCologists, who share our vision and focus on building a world-class movement committed to fostering the Game Changer concept in businesses around the globe.


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McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help our clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, we’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to this task.


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More guests to be confirmed.

For invited InnoEnergy students and staff

Would your company like to participate in the KICK OFF?

Send your inquire to Marloes Wichink Kruit, Human Capital Manager