OpenMaker has now appointed its Advisory Board in preparation for the launch of the call for submissions to the Pilot Support Scheme (PSS). Composed of a mixture of experts across the sectors interested in Industry 4.0, from investors and academics to makers and manufacturers themselves, the board will take an active role in awarding commissions to PSS applicants, as well as advising the project board on strategic matter and ensuring the widest outreach of the project.

The full list of board members includes:

  1. Anastasia Andrianova, Investor
  2. Carlos Barandiaran, Manufacturer & Investor
  3. Silvio Sferruzza, Manufacturer
  4. Giulia Piu, Maker
  5. Alessandro Ranellucci, Maker & Academic
  6. Massimo Menichinelli, Maker & Academic
  7. Kliment Pavlov Yanev, Maker & Academic
  8. Dariusz Jemielniak, Academic

OpenMaker anticipates a future where the manufacturing supply chain is unrecognizable, where innovation and revolution is the norm, where manufacturing companies partner with brilliant innovators of all ages, and where a strong social impact is a priority. Our board is composed of individuals who share that vision and will help us turn it into a reality.

– Luisa De Amicis, COO, PlusValue

Brief bios of the board members can be found below.

Anastasia Andrianova is an experienced private equity professional, having transacted over $3.5bn and advised on over $300mn in deal value. She is Co-Founder, CEO/CIO/COO at Apiro Capital, www.apirocap.com, a data and technology-driven £150mn AuM Private Equity Industrial Real Estate Fund. She is also Founder of Sirin Capital, www.sirincapital.com, a private equity/venture capital advisory and digital innovation agency. 

Carlos Barandiaran began his career as consultant at Fagor Group in 1989. In 1996, he joined LKS – MONDRAGON, leading projects in several fields such as innovation and new business models, strategy design and deployment, operations and supply chain. In 2012, he became Director of Consulting Business at LK, S. Coop – MONDRAGON, www.lks.es/I.aspx. He has been an expert (2007 – 2011) for the Basque Government in the design and implementation of the Euskadi + Innova Program. He has also worked (2012 – 2016) on the design and deployment of MONDRAGON Innovation Corporative Model – M4 FUTURE, http://innovative-thinking.mondragon-corporation.com/en/index. 

Silvio Sferruzza is the R&D Excellence Leader and Fast/Works Program Manager for General Electric - GE Oil & Gas business unit in Italy. He has over 25 years of working experience in Engineering, Commercial and Product Development activities, spanning over multiple product lines and technologies. He has gained extensive experience in the executive management of innovation strategies for products and services development, business ecosystems, value-driven and social innovation. 

Giulia Piu is an entrepreneur and design thinker with a passion for human-centred design and innovation practices. After working for over a decade as digital design consultant for blue-chips and start-up companies, she founded Buddybounce, a social network for music fans. Launched in 2013, it attracted over 70,000 registered users as well as the attention of artists, labels and brands. The company raised over £350K in seed investment and was sold to Crowdmix in 2016. In 2010, Giulia created BusinessDesignTools.com, a platform where entrepreneurs and SMEs can find tools and resources to design customer-centric businesses. She is also Mentor at Google Launchpad Accelerator.

Alessandro Ranellucci is the author and lead developer of Slic3r, world-famous open source software for 3D printing. He is the general content curator of the Maker Faire Rome event, the largest event about innovation in Europe, with more than 110,000 attendees and 6,000 makers every year. He is also the content curator of the European Maker Week initiative promoted by the European Commission. He is the founder of the Pintle-Bit Builders software house. In 2012, he founded the Unterwelt laboratory and makerspace, located in Rome, Italy. He is co-curator and instructor of the “FabLab – Instructions” workshop hold in multiple cities for training future FabLab managers. Alessandro was recently appointed professor and course coordinator of the Bachelor of Interaction Design at Quasar Design University.

Massimo Menichinelli has published several books and scientific articles about Fab Labs, the Maker movement, Open Design and collaborative design processes. He has lectured on Digital Fabrication and Open Design at Aalto University (Helsinki), SUPSI (Lugano) and at the Fab Academy edition at WeMake and Opendot (Milan). He has worked on the development of several Fab Labs including the Aalto Fab Lab (Helsinki), the MUSE Fab Lab (Trento) and Opendot (Milan). He has been Director at Make In Italy Italian Fablab & Makers CDB Foundation. He is currently Project Manager of the H2020 funded MAKE-IT at IAAC | Fab City Research Lab / Fab Lab Barcelona

Kliment Pavlov Yanev is an electronics, robotics, and embedded software developer. Since 2012, he is Founder and lead electronics developer at Future Bits OpenTech UG, which provides a full service going from idea to prototype to small-run production. Kliment wrote and maintained a popular 3D printing host software (Printrun) and firmware (Sprinter), contributed to Slic3r, wrote the first assembly documentation for the Prusa Mendel 3D printer, and designed and contributed to a number of electronics controllers and accessories for 3D printing applications. Kliment was Research Assistant/Programmer at Helsinki School of Economics (2006 – 2008) and University of Cologne (2007 – 2012). 

Dariusz Jemielniak is Full Professor at Kozminski University, Poland. He leads the NeRDS group, http://nerds.kozminski.edu.pl/. He is also Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and member of the Board of Trustees at Wikimedia Foundation. His book “Common Knowledge?” won several awards such as the 2016 Scholarly Excellence Award from the Chair of Polish Academy of Sciences. He founded 3 start-ups: ocen.pl sold to Media Point Group S.A. in 2009, langoland.com sold to British School in 2014, and ling.pl sold to LangMedia. He is a Co-Founder of Insta.Ling, a start-up aimed at vocabulary learning at schools.

For more information please contact Luisa De Amicis (luisa [dot] deamicis [at] plusvalue [dot] org).

The Press Release is available here.