Vanguard Inititive asbl Board 2021

Aitor Mintegui Echalecu, Basque Country
Email:  aitor-mintegui [at] 

 T: +32 2285 45 30

Alison McSheaffrey, Scotland
Email: alison.mcsheaffrey [at] 

T: +32 2282 83 53 

Carlos Gómez Ascaso, Aragón 
Email: cgomez.ccaa.aragon [at]

T: +32 2509 87 96
Drasko Veselinovic, Slovenia 
Email: drasko.veselinovic [at] 
 T: +32 2645 1914

Eleanor Vaughan, Welsh Governement EU office
Email: eleanor.Vaughan [at]

 T: + 32 2506 4478

Liesbet Schruers, Flanders
Email: liesbet.schruers [at] 

 T: +32 02 553 42 81 

Maria Vittoria Frau, Lombardy
Email: maria_vittoria_frau [at]

 T: + 32 25187632

Vera Leonhart, East Netherlands 
Email: leonhart [at]

 T: +31 62112 3510


Farha Brahmi, Vanguard Initiative
Network Manager 

Email: farha.brahmi [at]

T: +32 484 48 18 42

Eleonora Nadin, Vanguard Initiative
Information Officer

Email: eleonora.nadin [at]




Carlos Gómez Ascaso, Aragón 
Email: cgomez.ccaa.aragon [at]
 T: +32 2509 87 96

Vanguard Initiative Brussels Network Task Groups Leads

Policy Influencing Task Group (PITG)

Florence Hennart, Wallonia
Email: florence.hennart [at]


T: +32 8 133 39 51

Vanguard Pilot Monitoring Task Group (VPM)

Wim De Kinderen, Brainport/South Netherlands
Email: w.dekinderen [at]


T: +31 6 119 03 228

Communication Task Group (COM TG)


Ingrid Jansson, Region Värmland 
Email: ingrid.jansson [at]

T: +32 491 48 55 92

Co-funding and financing Task Group (CoFTG) 


José Carlos Caldeira, INESCTEC, Norte, Portugal
Email: jose.caldeira [at]

T: +351 222 094 030

Future of Vanguard Initiative Task Group 


Drasko Veselinovic, Slovenia 
Email: drasko.veselinovic [at]

T: +32 2645 1914

Pilot Project Lead Regions

High Performance Production through 3D-Printing


Pedro Rocha, ProduTech (Norte)
Email: pedro.rocha [at]


Vincent Duchene, IDEA Consult
Email: vincent.duchene [at]


Jean-François Romainville, IDEA Consult
Email: Jean-Francois.Romainville [at]


Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing (ESM)


Giacomo Copani, AFIL (Lombardy)
Email: giacomo.copani [at]


Roberta Curiazzi, AFIL (Lombardy)
Email: roberta.curiazzi [at]


Joan Guasch
Email: joan.guasch [at]


Jordi Romero Mora, Technology Centre of Catalonia 
Email: jordi.romero [at]


Bio-Economy – Interregional cooperation on innovative use of non-food Biomass


Ilaria Re
Email: [at]


New nano-enabled Products


Michael Johnsson, Skåne European Office
Email: michael.johnsson [at]


Ana Paula Nascimento, Region Skåne
Email: ana.nascimento [at]


Advanced Manufacturing for Energy-Related Applications in Harsh Environments


Valentine Willmann, Scotland
Email: valentine.willmann [at]

Aitor Mintegui Echalecu, Basque Country
Email: aitor-mintegui [at]



Smart Health


Kathleen D'Hondt, Flanders
Email: Kathleen.dhondt [at] 

Karolien de Bruine, East Netherlands
Email: Karolien.deBruine [at]   

Dirk Plees, cluster Economy and Innovation for Limburg Email: d.plees [at] 


Artificial Intelligence


Stefano Sbarbati, Baden-Württemberg
Email: stefano.sbarbati [at] 

Alexandra Fezer, Baden-Württemberg
Email: alexandra.fezer [at] 

Domenico Guida, ART-ER (Emilia Romagna)
Email: domenico.guida [at] 

Francesco Paolo Ausiello, ART-ER (Emilia Romagna)
Email: francescopaolo.ausiello [at] 




Click here for the contact details of the regional representatives of the partner regions