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Silicon Luxembourg - - COVER STORY - Diego De Biasio

“I'M RE­ALLY LUCKY AND GRATE­FUL TO HAVE A GREAT, DED­I­CATED AND MUL­TI­CUL­TURAL TEAM TO HELP ME AT TECHNOPORT. IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE IS CER­TAINLY IM­POR­TANT, BUT, THANK­FULLY, IT IS STILL UL­TI­MATELY ABOUT PEO­PLE.”

CATHER­INE DELEVOYE (FRANCE)

I'm a se­nior busi­ness ad­vi­sor with a back­ground in eco­nom­ics and law. At Technoport, I pro­vide cus­tom­ized ad­vice and hands-on sup­port for the busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of in­cu­bated com­pa­nies in the ar­eas of mar­ket strat­egy and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of deals and col­lab­o­ra­tions with in­vestors, clients and tech­nol­ogy part­ners. I'm con­tribut­ing to ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­grams with cor­po­rates – es­tab­lish­ing con­tacts be­tween in­no­va­tive ven­tures and com­pa­nies, such as SES Tech­com Ser­vices and Enovos. I'm also very much in­volved in in­no­va­tion-re­lated projects at the in­ter­na­tional level (through my role as coach, men­tor, part­ner or re­viewer of Euro­pean net­works and sup­port schemes). Be­fore join­ing Technoport in 2005, I worked as a se­nior con­sul­tant for 12 years for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion's ven­ture cap­i­tal-re­lated pro­grams (DG Fi­nance and DG En­ter­prise), as well as in the busi­ness ad­vi­sory ser­vices of Arthur An­der­sen and Ernst & Young.

OLIVIER ZEPHIR (MAU­RI­TIUS)

As a busi­ness ad­vi­sor, I sup­port star­tups in the as­sess­ment of their value propo­si­tions and in quick prod­uct pro­to­typ­ing in or­der to achieve a proof of con­cept and trig­ger early busi­ness-model val­i­da­tion and cor­po­rate col­lab­o­ra­tion. My pre­vi­ous pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ences in the aero­nau­ti­cal sec­tor with Emi­rates air­lines and in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor with Peu­geot forged my skills in con­nect­ing cor­po­rate strate­gic needs to in­no­va­tive startup so­lu­tions. I also man­age the Dx-stu­dio, and I'm in­ter­ested in the dig­i­tal cre­ative in­dus­try, where I sup­port star­tups in re­vamp­ing their dig­i­tal con­tent value chain through tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions in cre­ation, pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. I joined Technoport four years ago and have a PHD in In­dus­trial Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing and Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­age­ment.

MANON HEMPEL (LUX­EM­BOURG)

I'm the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at Technoport and started my ca­reer in 2000 work­ing for Lux­air in the flight op­er­a­tions cen­ter. Af­ter a few years, I left the air­line and re­lo­cated to Ire­land, where I joined an Ir­ish gas sup­ply com­pany, BOC, and be­came the team leader of the cus­tomer ser­vice cen­ter. Af­ter six years with BOC, I de­cided to change ca­reers and moved to the Google head­quar­ters in Dublin. I was out­sourced to Ar­vato as a qual­ity an­a­lyst for Google's An­droid mar­ket. In the sum­mer of 2012, I de­cided it was time to come back home to Lux­em­bourg, so I joined Technoport. As well as be­ing Diego's as­sis­tant, I look af­ter all the ad­min­is­tra­tion and event book­ings and make sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly for our co­work­ers and startup com­pa­nies within our dif­fer­ent build­ings.

RODOLFO BAÏZ (VENEZUELA)

Born and raised in Cara­cas, I stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban plan­ning at the Univer­si­dad Cen­tral de Venezuela. Af­ter many years of gath­er­ing in­valu­able knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences in this field, I de­cided to ex­plore new ways of build­ing struc­tures with rapid pro­to­typ­ing tools. In 2009, I grad­u­ated with a Mas­ter in Ad­vanced Ar­chi­tec­ture from the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Ar­chi­tec­ture of Cat­alo­nia, where Fablab Barcelona is lo­cated. The us­age of dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion along my pro­fes­sional tra­jec­tory, and a multi-scalar ap­proach to de­sign char­ac­ter­izes my work. All this mo­ti­vated me to launch the first fab­ri­ca­tion lab­o­ra­tory in Lux­em­bourg. This amaz­ing ad­ven­ture of­fi­cially started in Jan­uary 2013 with a po­si­tion as a Fablab man­ager at Technoport and a small lab­o­ra­tory in Bel­val. To­day, the Fablab is one of the largest open dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries of the greater re­gion.

DIOGO LANÇA (POR­TU­GAL)

The de­sign process al­ways fas­ci­nated me. Af­ter fin­ish­ing my me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing bach­e­lor's de­gree in Por­tu­gal, I came to Lux­em­bourg in search of new chal­lenges. At this point, I wasn't yet sure how this tech­ni­cal de­gree would work with my in­trin­sic pas­sion for be­ing cre­ative. While con­clud­ing my Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Sus­tain­able Prod­uct Cre­ation at the Uni­ver­sity of Lux­em­bourg, I found Technoport's Fablab and an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing in a cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment. I joined the team in July of 2016, and my work at the Fablab al­lowed me to ex­pe­ri­ence the dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion world and its in­ter­play with the mar­ket. To­day, I help our users trans­late their projects into a dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion for­mat, de­sign tools and pro­cesses to im­prove our ac­tiv­ity, and teach oth­ers how to use the avail­able ma­chines.

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