Strategic Advisory Board (SAB)

The Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) provides advice for strategic decision-making to the Quantum Flagship, with long-term impact across the whole initiative. The SAB will steer the preparation of the Quantum Flagship Strategic Research Agenda and monitor the Flagship’s progress towards both its research and innovation goals and its non-technical goals, such as education and outreach. For this, it will propose Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Flagship’s output and impact and regularly evaluate them. The SAB is officially announced by the EC. Please find the announced members below or on the website of the EC. The chair and deputy chair of the Science and Engineering Board (SEB) as well as of the Quantum Community Network (QCN) are invited to attend the meeting as observers.

Members of the SAB
  • Chair: Jürgen Mlynek (Humboldt University of Berlin)

    Jürgen Mlynek studied physics at the TU Hannover and the École Polytechnique in Paris. He became a professor in experimental physics at the University of Constance. After 10 years of researching and teaching in the field of experimental quantum optics, atomic physics and surface physics, he served as Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1996 to 2001. In September 2000 he became President of the Humboldt University Berlin, which he developed into one of Germany's leading universities. In 2005 he was elected as president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the umbrella organisation of the national laboratories in Germany, where he served until 2015. Mlynek has received numerous science and research prizes and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010.

  • Pascale Senellart-Mardon (University Paris-Saclay)

    Pr. Senellart is a CNRS research director at the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies ( CNRS – University Paris Saclay) and an associate professor at Ecole Polytechnique. She is an expert in optical quantum technologies. Her team studies quantum optics and cavity quantum electrodynamics in semiconductor systems and develops integrated devices for the generation and manipulation of quantum light. With these devices, they also develop small-scale quantum computing and explore quantum thermodynamics. Dr. Senellart has published over 140 papers and given more than 140 invited talks. She received the CNRS silver medal in 2014 and was elected OSA Fellow in 2018. In 2017, she cofounded Quandela, a company that specialized in single-photon sources and their applications.

  • Nikolay V Vitanov (Sofia University)

    Prof. Nikolay V. Vitanov is the group leader of the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information group. He received his PhD in physics in 1994 at Sofia University. He was postdoc at Imperial College London (1994-1995, with Peter L. Knight), Helsinki Institute of Physics (1995-2001, with Stig Stenholm), and Technical University of Kaiserslautern (2002-2003, with Klaas Bergmann). Associate Professor (since 2004) and Full Professor (since 2009) at the Department of Physics of Sofia University, Corresponding Member (since 2014) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has published about 200 articles in scientific journals, including three major reviews (the last one in Reviews of Modern Physics in 2017), with over 4000 citations. His main interests are in quantum, semiclassical and classical optics and quantum computation. He pioneered the theoretical development of new adiabatic and composite quantum control techniques, many of which have been experimentally demonstrated. Some of these methods have been successfully applied to polarization and nonlinear optics. His theoretical work is directed toward several physical platforms: trapped ions, trapped atoms, doped solids, classical optics.

  • Radu Ionicioiu (Nat. Inst. of Phys. and Nuc. Eng. - Horia Hulubei)

    Radu has 20+ years research experience in quantum information & quantum technologies. After a PhD in theoretical physics (Cambridge University, 1999), Radu has joined the brave new quantum world and worked worldwide (UK, Italy, Australia, Canada) in both academia and industry (Hewlett-Packard Labs). His interests include all things Q: quantum technologies, quantum information, quantum imaging, quantum communications, quantum computers. He is also the Romanian representative (Sherpa) in the EuroQCI Board.

    Radu has founded and coordinates RoQnet, Romanian Quantum Network, aiming to develop quantum technologies in Romania. Currently he is a Senior Researcher at IFIN-HH (Bucharest, Romania).

  • Massimo Inguscio (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)

    Massimo Inguscio received his PhD in Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) in 1976. He has been Professor of Optics and Physics of Matter at the Universities of Napoli and Firenze and, since 2019, at Campus Bio-medico University of Rome. He has been co-founder and director of the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), President of the Italian metrology institute (INRIM), President of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). His research activity spans from high-precision spectroscopy of atoms and molecules for fundamental tests of physics, to experiments with ultracold quantum gases for the development of atom-based and photon-based quantum technologies.

  • Anna Sanpera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

    Anna Sanpera Trigueros is, since 2005, an ICREA Professor at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB), where she leads a research group working on the fields of quantum information theory, ultracold atomic gases, quantum optics and condensed matter. After completing her PhD in quantum optics at the UAB, she became Research Fellow at Oxford University (1992-1995), at Paris-Saclay-CEA (1996-1997) and assistant professor at the Leibnitz University of Hannover (1998-2005). Member of the editorial board of the journals Quantum, J. of Physics B and Physical Review A. She is the scientific director of the Quantum Engineering Postgraduate degree at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Plank Institute for the Science of Light.

  • Andreas Tuennermann (Fraunhofer)

    Andreas Tuennermann was born in Ahnsen, Germany, on June 10th, 1963. He received the diploma and PhD degree in physics from the University of Hannover in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He was head of the department of laser development at the Laser Zentrum Hannover from 1992 to 1997. In 1998 he joined the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany as a Professor and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics. In 2003 he became the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena. His research activities are focused on photonics and quantum technology. He is a member of the German Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and SPIE. His research activities have been awarded various awards, e.g. the Leibniz-Award and the ERC-Grand.

  • Bogdan Govoreanu (IMEC)

    Bogdan Govoreanu works in IMEC

  • Rogier Verberk (TNO)

    Dr Rogier Verberk holds a PhD In experimental physics from Leiden University (2005). At TNO he worked on EUV lithography with ASML and Carl Zeiss and became the principal project manager. From 2013 on he helped to set up the QuTech research centre for quantum technologies. Since 2016 he is Market Director at TNO responsible for Semiconductor Equipment, Quantum Technologies, lndustry4.0. and Medical Instrumentation. He is active as a core team member of the Dutch national roadmaps for Nanotechnology and Semiconductor Equipment, the Coordination and Support Action of the European Quantum Technologies Flagship and Supervisory Board member of QuantumDeltaNL.

  • Jaya Baloo (KPN)

    Jaya Baloo is Avast’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and joined Avast in October 2019. Previously, Ms. Baloo held the position of CISO at KPN, the largest telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she established and lead its security team whose best practices in strategy and policy are today recognized as world-leading. Prior to this, Ms. Baloo also held the position of Practice Lead Lawful Interception at Verizon, and worked at France Telecom as a Technical Security Specialist. Ms. Baloo is formally recognized within the list of top 100 CISOs globally and ranks among the top 100 security influencers worldwide. In 2019, she was also selected as one of the fifty most inspiring women in the Netherlands by Inspiring Fifty, a non-profit aiming to raise diversity in technology by making female role models in technology more visible.
    Ms. Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. She serves on the audit committee of TIIN capital, a cybersecurity fund, and is also a member of the IT Committee of Sociale Verzekeringsbank. Ms. Baloo is currently a member of EU Quantum having been a member of the EU High Level Steering Committee for the FET Quantum Flagship from 2016 - 2017. Ms. Baloo has spoken widely at high profile conferences such as RSA, TEDx and Codemotion on topics including Lawful Interception, VoIP & Mobile Security, Cryptography, and Quantum Communications Networks. Additionally, Ms. Baloo is a faculty member of the Singularity University since 2017, where she regularly lectures.

  • Carlos Kuchkowsky (AMETIC)

    Carlos Kuchkovsky began his career as a multiplayer mobile video game developer. After that Carlos has worked for BBVA in a number of senior positions, positioning BBVA as a leader in quantum computing, AI, blockchain, digital identity, new business, and digital platforms among other areas. Carlos has held different board positions on international associations at Hyperledger, INATBA, Alastria, and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Quantum Flagship, working on the evolution of blockchain, AI, quantum technologies, and Web 3.0. He has published scientific and tech papers and created and led over 30 patents. He also lectures in International MBAs in fintech, deep tech, and new business models. Currently, he is leading QCentroid, a mission-oriented Web 3.0 ecosystem, with the purpose of accelerating sustainable transformation through new ways of working, tech, science, and data.

  • Thomas Strohm (QUIC)

    Dr. Thomas Strohm received his PhD in 1999 at the MPI for Solid State Research in Stuttgart where he did theoretical work on high-temperature superconductors.
    Thomas then joined the Corporate Research division of Robert Bosch GmbH and worked for more than 10 years in software engineering research and as a system and software architect.
    In 2013, he started building up the research activities on quantum technologies at Bosch. Currently, Thomas is Chief Expert for Quantum Technologies at Bosch. Bosch has R&D activities in quantum computing applications and in quantum sensing. Thomas until recently contributed to two EU-funded projects, the Quantum Flagship's Coordination and Support Action QFlag and QRANGE, a project for quantum random number generators. In 2020, he was a key person in establishing the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC), where he acts as a vice president and work group leader. Thomas is also part of the steering committee of the German Quantum Technology and Applications Consortium (QUTAC) and, with colleagues researches quantum machine learning algorithms.

  • Fabio Cavaliere (Ericsson)

    Fabio Cavaliere is an Expert in Photonic Systems and Technologies at Ericsson, where he also leads the standardization strategy in optical communications. Fabio is the author of about 130 filed patent applications, 90 publications on optical networks and the book “Photonics applications for radio systems and Networks (Artech House, Boston, USA). In 23 years of professional experience, his research activity encompassed radio access networks, fibre access, high-speed optical transmission and integrated photonics. Fabio is in the technical program committees of international conferences on optical communications, guest editor of the Applied Science Special Issue on Optical Networks, and editor of the ITU-T Recommendation G.698.4. He is in the Board of Stakeholders of Photonics 21 and in the Expert Advisory Board of Networld2020. In the Quantum Flagship, he was first in the High Level Steering Committee and, currently, in the Strategic Advisory Board.

  • Stephan Schächer (Infineon)

    Stephan Schächer is bridging the technical and the business world: He started his career in finance at Ford Motor and is now responsible for new applications and innovations in Infineon’s Power Management business. Here, he has the opportunity to develop new topics for Infineon like Battery Management, Wireless Power and Quantum Computing. Before that, he started a new product line of cost-effective accessory authentication ICs and grew it into a sizeable business. He also worked as a project manager for M&A projects conducting large acquisitions, JVs, as well as divestitures and spinouts. He spent 4 years of his professional life in the automotive industry and more than 20 in semiconductors. He was educated in mechanical engineering and also holds an MBA with a concentration in finance.

  • Johanna Sepúlveda (Airbus Defence and Space)

    Johanna Sepúlveda received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering–Microelectronics by the University of São Paulo. She was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Integrated Systems group of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), Embedded Security group of the University of South Brittany (France), Heterogeneous Systems group of the University of Lyon-INRIA (France) and the Security group of the Technical University of Munich (Germany). Since 2019, she works at Airbus as an Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies. She has more than 15 years of experience in research and development in the area of security and new technologies. She has a relevant research and teaching role in the European academic and industrial environment in the area of quantum technology.

  • Adam Piotrowsky (VIGO)

    Adam Piotrowsky graduated of Warsaw University of Technology in 2002 with a master's degree in electronics engineering. He has a PhD degree in technical sciences engineer at the Military University of Technology in 2008. He works at VIGO System S.A. since 2002. He was introducing novel semiconductor production technologies to the company and managing the production. Since January 2015 is a President of the Board of VIGO System S.A. and as a president of the Employer Association Polish Technological Platform on Photonics. Since 2017 he is a member of the Board of Stakeholders of Partnership Photonics21 taking active participation in providing the vision for European technological development. He is the author of many publications on methods of manufacture and applications of infrared detectors. He is responsible for application developments of novel sensor systems especially laser-based, affordable gas detectors and analyzers. He was taking part in multiple national, European and pure industrial projects.