Meet the judges

The judging panel is comprised of industry leaders and experts in technology, design, healthcare and ageing from across Europe. They will select the semi-finalists, finalists and winners of the Smart Ageing Prize.

Birgit Morlion

Birgit Morlion

European Commission

Birgit Morlion is an engineer with a mission to make digital health come true. Over the last 15 years she has been actively involved in eHealth research and facilitating the adoption of digital innovation in health care in Belgium. She was part of the start-up team of the Flemish digital research and innovation institute iMinds; helping to bridge the gap between research and exploitation of results. She also occupied strategic advisory roles for the Flemish and the Belgian Ministers of health in the domain of medical data-exchange and patient access to his electronic medical records. In May 2017 she joined the eHealth, well-being and ageing unit of the European commission (DG Connect) where she works on the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market more specifically with a focus on mobile health (mHealth), integrated care and active and assisted living.

Henk Bakkerode

Henk Bakkerode

Eurocarers

Henk Bakkerode studied political sciences and public administration in Amsterdam, Netherlands, during the sixties. He was a public servant for more than 40 years (1967 – 2008) in different Ministries in The Hague (Home Office, Culture, Health & Human Services). He was Director Policy for the Elderly (1991-1999), and Chief Inspector Youth Care (2001-2003). Retired since November 2008, he is active as a volunteer in the domains of older persons, persons with disabilities, family care, social research and journalism. He has several advisory positions on city (Amsterdam), national and European level. He was Vice-President of Eurocarers, the European Association for Informal and Family Care and Research. He is still active as an advisor and ambassador for this association. Henk is a carer himself and is interested in improving quality of life of older and/or disabled persons by means of new technologies. 

Ilse Kryspin-Exner

Ilse Kryspin-Exner

University of Vienna

Ilse Kryspin-Exner Ph.D. is a professor emerita for Clinical & Health Psychology (active in this position 1998-2013) at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna. She is a charted Psychotherapist (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and was a member of the Advisory Board of AAL-Europe from 2009 to 2017 covering social, behavioural and ethical aspects. In this agenda she is also leading the working group “ethics” within AAL-Austria. Furthermore she acts as chairwoman of ÖPIA (Austrian Interdisciplinary Platform on Ageing). She has a substantial publication list on various topics concerning the neuropsychological aspects of mental disorders. During the last few years, the main emphasis of her research and publications was accessibility, acceptance, application and use of new technologies especially among the elderly. 

Goncalo Andrade

Gonçalo Rebelo de Andrade

Hovione Capital

Gonçalo Rebelo de Andrade is the General Manager of Hovione Capital, leading the identification of new investment opportunities and managing the invested companies. He joined the Hovione group in 2013 as a business development manager. With over 15 years experience in the life sciences space, ranging from in vitro diagnostics, drug discovery and pre-clinical and clinical drug development, coupled to patent drafting, sales and business development activities, Gonçalo has led the setup of a corporate venture capital fund exclusively dedicated to investing in seed and early stage medical technology, medical device and digital health projects across Europe. As a mentor in accelerator programs across Europe, Startupbootcamp, FAsterCapital, Cohitec, StartupBraga and Building Global Innovators, Gonçalo adds value in IP, strategy and venture building. Gonçalo operates also as an angel investor, investing in digital marketing and digital health projects in the UK and US.

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus

Jackie Marshall-Cyrus and Associates Ltd.

Jackie is Director at Jackie Marshall-Cyrus & Associates Ltd, a boutique consultancy providing ageing expertise to corporates, SMEs and entrepreneurs in the development of inclusive innovative products, services and systems. Jackie has been a Registered Nurse for over 34 years and holds a first-class BSc Hons degree in Nursing Older Adults, and a Masters’ degree in Education. Jackie specialises in Independent Living and ageing-related healthcare innovation. Until recently she worked as Lead Specialist on the Independent Living Innovation Platform at Innovate UK where she led several high profile national innovation challenges, most notably The Long Term Care Revolution National Challenge. She continues to work supporting organisations in development of healthcare innovation strategies, and SMEs to develop cutting edge products and services. She has earned an international reputation for being a visionary, thought-leader and strategist who shapes change in the sector through collaboration across professions, organisations, and sectors.

Shabs Rajasekharan

Shabs Rajasekharan

Smarter Futures EESV

Dr. Shabs Rajasekharan is a consultant who supports entrepreneurial teams in creating new markets. He believes that these teams, that include the citizen, government, education and industry, can create value and will ultimately bring systemic change to our public systems. This is a hypothesis that he is currently proving through a “learning by doing” approach within European ecosystems. Over the years he has built experience in strategic advise, health needs assessment, technology roadmapping and due diligence for SMEs and healthcare organisations but usually has to learn from scratch when he steps outside the building. He began his career applying artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for cancer research and mobile robotics but after a 10 year hiatus he’s learning to code again online. He spends most of his time living in the 80s, airport lounges and Spain. In that order.

Norma Zanetti

Norma Zanetti

Hyperborea Srl

Eng. Norma Zanetti has been involved in European Commission projects since 1995 as project manager and technical coordinator. She is currently head of the R&D Department of Hyperborea Srl (SME based in the Scientific and Technological Pole of Navacchio, Pisa) and a member of Management and Steering Committees of several international and national projects in ICT and computer science domains, namely: Ambient Assisted Living, IoT and Big Data. She is the co-author of scientific papers in different research areas. She also acts as an ICT projects expert evaluator and reviewer at EU, national and regional level. She holds an MSc. in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico of Milan. 

Roland Pouillie

Roland Pouillie

Flemish Agency for Care & Health

Roland Pouillie is currently a consultant for the Flemish Agency for Care & Health and for the Flemish Minister for Welfare, Public Health and Family. He has experience in public administration and health and social policies. He is an expert for both the European Commission and the Active and Assisted Living Programme. Roland has management, marketing and business expertise in the procurement and distribution of medical, telecare, orthopaedic devices, assistive technology, ICT applications for people with special needs and in the field of active and healthy ageing.

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