Local Representatives

The Local Representatives help the Alumni Board develop local teams and groups that create and promote activities for our Community. In addition to this, they keep us up-to-date with the latest developments and happenings in the different locations, attend events and represent our Foundation in a number of occasions.

This network of "Local Reps" is something that we consider of vital importance for our Community. We want to create strong local groups in our cities, while keeping our characteristic pan-European identity. Our goal is to keep expanding our Community and, to achieve this, we want to give powers and responsibilities to those members who are enthusiastic to organize meetups and help take this to a further level.
Stay in the loop to get to know our Local Reps for 2018 below!

Do you feel like joining a local team or becoming a Local Representative? Then join our Slack Team, or contact us at alumni@eitdigital.eu or on any of our Social Media channels!

Jeroen Van Lent - #belgium

2017, Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA), KTH Stockholm & TU Berlin

 

What are you actually doing?
I'm currently the Web Project Administrator in the Board of the Erasmus Student Network in Brussels.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Not sure, but I think I would go for Tintin, always traveling the world looking for adventures.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
I don't really have a single person I take inspiration from, I generally try to learn a little bit from everyone I meet.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Teleportation would be amazing, if not that, flying could be a nice start.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
I have been involved in the EIT Digital Alumni for about 6 months now. I mainly wanted to continue meeting all the amazing people in the EIT ecosystem, but also give something back to the community.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
For me the biggest value lies in the great individuals that the community consists of. I really believe in knowledge sharing among the different KICs to continue expanding my knowledge and learn new things. Within the Spirit of "Life Long Learning", EIT Alumni always challenges me to question reality and innovate. Additionally I believe the EIT Digital Alumni can provide great connections for a future career.

 

David Farache - #spain

2015, Cloud Computing and Services (CCS), TU Berlin & University of Rennes 1

 

What are you actually doing?
I am an internal consultant at a data visualization company called Qlik based in Madrid.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
I would say Yogi Bear.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
My dad. He's pretty much THE BOSS while at the same time he's one of the best people I know.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
The power to turn water into wine would be pretty nice :)

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
July 2017. I saw a picture of the first Alumni meeting in Madrid and I thought that I had to be a part of that.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
The network is the greatest potential of the Alumni. At the present moment, even though we are not a lot of Alumni yet, it is really amazing to know that no matter where I go in Europe, there will be Alumni who most likely will be delighted to meet up with me. This fact is even more important when relocating to a new city, because then the network becomes one of the main sources of inside information about the city or job opportunities.

 

Johanna Mähönen - #uk

2017, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), KTH Stockholm & UCL London

 

What are you actually doing?
I am working as a service designer for Thomson Reuters product innovation lab in London.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Mouse from poorly drawn lines.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
It's a combination of friends and previous colleagues who have inspired me to become and be me.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
To break into atoms and back.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
For 2 years, since my gap year, for maintaining connection with the EIT ecosystem.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
You never know when you will need people with certain skills or in specific locations which is why it's extremely important to have this community of smart people you know and can trust.

 

Wilfried Bock - #finland

2017, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), KTH Stockholm & Aalto University Helsinki

 

What are you actually doing?
I am an Interaction Designer at Futurice (IT Consulting) in Helsinki.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Adult Simba.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
My dad. He's half-blind and has been running his own farm for over 20 years.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Predicting how long it takes to get things done.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
I have been involved in the community for 2 years. I saw an opportunity to connect the local Alumni KICs (Digital & Climate).

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
It would be really great to get a network of Alumni helping current master students with finding internships and jobs.

 

Michele Pittoni - #italy

2016, Internet Technology and Architecture (ITA), TU Berlin & UPMC Paris

 

What are you actually doing?
I am DevOps Engineer for SpazioDati, a former startup providing quality data about Italian companies. I also serve as the Secretary for Speck&Tech, a Trento-based community of students and professionals with a passion for technology and innovation.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Gyro Gearloose from Topolino.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
I don't have heroes, but I'm inspired by the collective achievements of humanity.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Omni-linguism.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
I've been actively involved since the website hackathon in April 2017. I've been convinced to join by another Alumnus.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
It's valuable to have international connections with like-minded people.

 

Darya Kamkalova - #germany

2016, Summer School in Urban Life and Mobility, Paris

 

What are you actually doing?
I am Senior Data Acquisition Lead at HERE Technologies and a podcast host & producer at WJ Pod in Berlin.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Daria.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
My mom. She’s amazing.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Teleportation.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Around 9 months.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
Bright people, interesting ideas, skills & experience exchange.

 

Judit Ildikó Stiber - #france

2016, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), Aalto University Helsinki & Université Paris-Sud

 

What are you actually doing?
I'm a User Experience Designer at Dassault Systèmes in Paris.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
I would say my best friend :) She never gives up, she always has a goal in mind and she will always find a way to get there.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Time travelling.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
About a year now, to build and keep connections even after my master at EIT Digital ended, to be able to help the new students who are just starting now and to follow up on the startup companies in Europe.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
It is a great platform for people who think similarly, to share and receive news about innovations that are happening around us.


Josip Vukoja - #germany

2016, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), University of Twente & TU Berlin

 

What are you actually doing?
I'm Concept developer at Mercedes Benz Innovation Lab.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Bart Simpson.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
Nikola Tesla, because of his innovations.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
X-Men, would be satisfied with any superpower.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
About a 2 years now because of the hackaton and other organized events.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
Business opportunities and networking.

 

Kevin Allain - #uk

2015, Digital Media Technology (DMT), Royal Institute of Technology & Delft University of Technology

 

What are you actually doing?
PhD student at City University London, about trajectories taking into account the context.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Vegeta.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
Probably Jimi Hendrix for his inspirational message about freedom, peace, and insanely good music.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Teleportation sounds like a really sweet superpower.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
I’ve been involved in the Alumni community for a year in a half, right when I arrived in London. I believe it is crucial to keep expanding our very unique group, and I rarely say no to a beer ;)

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
I think this network gives us a high potential for mobility and contacts, and thus allows to start projects even for domains where we don’t have starting points.



Diana Lipcanu - #spain

2016, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), KTH Stockholm & Université Paris-Sud

 

What are you actually doing?
I'm a UX Designer in a mid-level startup called Packlink.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Welma.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
Mulan, because she saved China and honour onto her family.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Omni-lingual.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Almost one year. There was nothing going on in Madrid, even the Alumni community was about to flourish, with the new CLC here.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
It allows us to keep momentum after we have all gone our own ways, to keep in touch even if we're living in different countries. By continuing to meet we can be there when the opportunity for innovation knocks.



Borce Stojkovski - #luxembourg

2015, Human Computer Interaction and Design (HCID), Université Paris-Sud & University of Twente

 

What are you actually doing?
I'm a PhD candidate at the SnT, University of Luxembourg.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Batman.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
Gilles Peterson. His eclectic musical selection brings nothing but the cutting-edge, forward-thinking music, past and present, and for me this “harmony of difference” as a concept transcends music, it applies to all aspects of life.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Speak all the languages in the world.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Since 2015, first as a participant at EIT Alumni Connect. Initial interest to meet and learn from students and alumni from the different KICs and stakeholders from the ecosystem.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
For me the exchange of knowledge and experiences in formal and informal settings with fellow alumni is both inspiring and educational. We have the opportunity to create and shape a platform that not only helps us expand our horizons, but moreover becomes an invaluable asset on a professional level.



Roman Chirikov - #sweden

2016, Doctoral School - Wireless Communication, Trento

 

What are you actually doing?
I am a researcher at Ericsson Research.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Squidward Tentacles I’m afraid.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
My grandfather. He overcame many difficulties in his life.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Becoming invisible.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
For 1.5 years. I was invited to join and become a representative in Stockholm.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
Opportunity to join a startup at an early stage.



Ruud Visser - #us

2015, Digital Media Technology (DMT), Delft University of Technology & Aalto University

 

What are you actually doing?
Working at Facebook.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
I don't really have a "most" inspirational person, however, I always have a lot of respect for Elon Musk, he really shows that sky is the limit and he never thinks small.
Another person I really like is Pascal Finette, a less know entrepreneur with an unbelievable vision. He has a great newsletter with small daily/weekly topics on everything around leadership/startups/management etc.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Flying -> ultimate freedom.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Just getting started! :D I feel it is always good to give back and pay it forward.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
I think the network can be expanded in the Bay Area, not so many of us are here yet, but that will grow. Also, I will probably move back to Europe at some point, so it is always good to keep some contacts there. I think I can learn a lot from what is going on in Europe, but can also bring a lot of knowledge on US business.


Natalia Díaz Rodríguez - #france

2017, Doctoral School - Health and Wellbeing, Finland

 

What are you actually doing?
I am Researcher and lecturer at ENSTA ParisTech at the Robotics and Autonomous systems lab, working on deep and reinforcement learning for robotics at the RobotsThatDream project.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Pippy Lansgrump.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
Riva Melissa Tez and Nando de Freitas, both refugees in the past, and both leaders in AI today, and wonderful persons down to Earth, always willing to help.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Go back in time.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Started the Doctoral School in 2013 and decided to stay because of the network and the people!

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
Because helping mind-alike people is the most powerful arm and keeping in touch is always beneficial for us all and society.



Ahsan Sadeque - #netherlands

2015, Software and Service Architectures (SSA), TU Eindhoven & Aalto University

 

What are you actually doing?
Former Software Architect / Product Owner at Eit Digital Fit2Perform. Currently in process of a new position.

Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
Sinbad.

Who is the most inspirational person of your life? Why?
The Companions of Muhammad (PBUH). They stood for their belief against all adversaries.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Time.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Been involved in the Alumini since graduation. I believe a strong alumni community is rudimentary for attracting new exceptional minds to the EIT ecosystem.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
I believe this network links together people and opportunities in different domains. This becomes the striving force of innovation.



Tibor Beke - #netherlands

2016, Embedded Systems (ES), TU Berlin & TU Eindhoven

 

What are you actually doing?
I am working at a software service company.

If you could be a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?
Time-travel.

How long have you been involved in the Alumni community? Why you did it?
Beginning of 2016.

Why is this network so important? Which opportunities and potential do you see in it?
To further develop my skills, to engage in an entrepreneurial community and activities related to those.

 

Do you feel like joining a local team or becoming a Local Representative? Then join our Slack Team, or contact us at alumni@eitdigital.eu or on any of our Social Media channels!