Advisory Board

The Byte advisory board consists of the following experts:

Freddy Lécué, Accenture Labs – Ireland

Freddy is a research manager and a scientist and has worked on Explainable AI Systems at Accenture Labs in Ireland since January 2016.  Before he worked at INRIA in France, since 2014 as a Research Associate and at IBM Research in Ireland since 2013.  His research interests are Artificial Intelligence, specifically knowledge and data representation, reasoning and inference as well as Data Science:  Information extraction and integration, signal processing, and knowledge discovery. Industry expertise arease are Transport, Finance, Life Science, Risk Management and Workforce. Freddy holds a PhD in Computer Science & Web Intelligence from The University of Nice in France since November 2015.


Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier, International Consultant, iRevolutions

Dr. Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader on humanitarian technology and robotics. His new book, “Digital Humanitarians” has been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others. Over the past 12+years, Patrick has worked in the Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Liberia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Haiti, Vanuatu and Northern Ireland on a wide range of innovative humanitarian projects with multiple international organizations including the UN and World Bank. In 2010, he was publicly praised by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts, which he continues to this day. His influential blog iRevolutions has received 1.7 million+ hits.

Patrick’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC News, UK Guardian, The Economist, Forbes & Times Magazines, New Yorker, NPR, Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American & elsewhere. In addition, Patrick is an internationally sought-out speaker, having given well over 200 talks in more than 20 countries across 6 continents. He has spoken at the White House, UN, Google, Twitter, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, Web Summit, PopTech, National Geographic, Thinking Digital, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and multiple TEDx’s.


Phil Beales

Phil Beales, University College London, United Kingdom

Phil Beales is head of Genetics and Genomic Medicine at ICH, Director of the Centre for Translational Genomics (GOSGENE) and head of the Cilia Disorders Laboratory (CDL). His research interests centre on rare diseases, especially the ciliopathies, a class of disorders caused by defects in the formation or function of the cilium.

This focus on ciliopathies stems from a long term interest in Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized primarily by retinal degeneration, obesity, polydactyly and renal malformations. Following his medical training at King’s College and UCL, Phil was drawn to research, initially into the genetics of diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity. He became interested in BBS with the idea that understanding the pathomechanism of this rare disease may give broader insights into more common disease etiology. In 2003 the CDL was instrumental in establishing primary cilia dysfunction as causative in BBS, a finding that was at the spearhead of the now thriving field of ciliopathy research.

A wide array of disorders characterized by a diverse yet overlapping range of phenotypes have now been shown to stem from ciliary dysfunction. As a result the research interests of the CDL have broadened beyond just BBS and our research now encompasses how and why ciliary dysfunction leads to the range of phenotypes observed across the ciliopathy spectrum. The emphasis of the lab has recently shifted towards translational science and we are now actively engaged in ciliotherapeutics to define targets that could be exploited for treatment of these debilitating conditions.

The Institute of Child Health (ICH) which, together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), forms the largest concentration of children’s health research in Europe.

The inspirational mission of the UCL Institute of Child Health is to:”improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement”.


Maurits Butter

Maurits Butter, TNO, Netherlands

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO; English: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is a nonprofit company in the Netherlands that focuses on applied science.

TNO is a knowledge organization for companies, government bodies and public organizations. The approximately 3,800 employees work to develop and apply knowledge which makes it the largest research institute in the Netherlands. The organization also conducts contract research, offers specialist consulting services, and grants licences for patents and specialist software. TNO tests and certifies products and services, and issues an independent evaluation of quality. Moreover, TNO sets up new companies to market innovations.


Victor-Jan Vos

Victor-Jan Vos, The European Library

Victor-Jan Vos is Head of Programmes, Policy & Research at The European Library. Having studied Media Studies in Amsterdam, Victor-Jan is now facilitating, coaching and managing the team responsible for Project Coordination, R&D, IPR and Knowledge Management, as well as creating proposals under European funding frameworks to run projects that push the boundaries on multilingualism, interoperability, re-use of digital objects and access to cultural heritage across borders.

At Europeana, we are on a mission to transform the world with culture. We want to build on Europe’s rich heritage and make it easier for people to use, whether for work, for learning or just for fun. In the future, we hope everyone will have the access they need to the shared heritage that belongs to us all. Europeana provides a platform that allows you to explore great achievements from the past to achieve great things in the future. We bring together the organisations that have heritage to share with the people and sectors who want to view, share and build with that heritage.

The BYTE project will give us insight into how the cultural sector compares to other sectors. In the project, we see how we are sometimes at the forefront of big data and sometimes left behind….

Knut Sebastian Tungland


Knut Sebastian Tungland, Statoil, Norway

Knut Sebastian Tungland used to be a programmer within geophysics, and continued doing software consulting within oil companies. He has been working for Statoil for the last 15 years with responsibilities within IT and software architecture. Currently he holds the position of Chief Engineer for IT, responsible for technology strategies and professional practices.

Statoil is a Norwegian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Stavanger, Norway. It is a fully integrated petroleum company with operations in thirty-six countries. By revenue, Statoil is ranked by Forbes Magazine (2013) as the world’s eleventh largest oil and gas company and the twenty-sixth largest company, regardless of industry, by profit in the world. The company has about 23,000 employees.


Susan Reilly

Susan Reilly, LIBER

Ms Reilly joined LIBER in 2011 as EU Projects Officer. Since that time, she has been EU Projects Manager, Advocacy and Project Manager and — most recently — LIBER Interim Executive Director with effect from 1 October 2014.

Educated in Ireland, Ms Reilly has a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies and Art History from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales, and an MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield.

Before taking up her first post with LIBER in 2011, Ms Reilly was Head Librarian of the Irish Management Institute in Dublin. She has also worked in other libraries in Ireland.

LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. Founded in 1971, the association (a Foundation or Stichting under Dutch law from 2009) has grown steadily to include more than 400 national, university and other libraries from over 40 countries.


Roland Schwaiger

Roland Schwaiger, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Roland Schwaiger is Senior Project Field Manager at Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom AG is a German telecommunications company headquartered in Bonn. Deutsche Telekom was formed in 1996 as the former state-owned monopoly Deutsche Bundespost was privatized.


Osamu Ochia

Osamu Ochia, GEOSS

Established in 2005, GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisions “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.” GEO Member governments include 96 nations and the European Commission, and 87 Participating Organizations comprised of international bodies with a mandate in Earth observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources world-wide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas – agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water and weather – and make those resources available for better informed decision-making.


Anne Fleur van Veenstra

Anne Fleur van Veenstra, TNO, Netherlands

Dr. Anne Fleur van Veenstra is Research Scientist of ICT Policy at TNO’s Strategy & Policy department and Programme Manager of TNO’s ICT research. Her research focuses on digital-era governance, data-driven innovation, smart cities, and open data. She recently led a study into the use of ubiquitous services in the digital single market for the European Parliament. Anne Fleur is a visiting researcher at the Department of Management and Engineering of Linköping University, Sweden. In 2012 she completed her PhD on ‘IT-induced public sector transformation’ at the department of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. She has widely published on e-government, open data and public value management.

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO; English: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is a nonprofit company in the Netherlands that focuses on applied science.

TNO is a knowledge organization for companies, government bodies and public organizations. The approximately 3,800 employees work to develop and apply knowledge which makes it the largest research institute in the Netherlands. The organization also conducts contract research, offers specialist consulting services, and grants licences for patents and specialist software. TNO tests and certifies products and services, and issues an independent evaluation of quality. Moreover, TNO sets up new companies to market innovations.


Vincent Muller

Vincent C. Müller, Anatolia College/ACT, United Kingdom

Vincent C. Müller’s research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He is professor of philosophy at Anatolia College/ACT, University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds, President of the European Association for Cognitive Systems and chair of the euRobotics topics group on ‘ethical, legal and socio-economic issues’. He has generated 3.6mil.€ research income for his institution. Müller organizes a conference series on the ‘Theory and Philosophy of AI’ ( and is principal investigator of a EC-funded research project on the ethics of “Digital DIY” ( Müller has published ca. 40 academic papers and twelve edited volumes in the philosophy of computing, the philosophy of AI and cognitive science, the philosophy of language, applied ethics, and related areas. He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and given ca. 100 presentations. Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. He was Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.


Espen Kon

Espen Kon, EKON Modeling Software Systems Ltd.

Mr. Espen KON, Espen Kon (BSc, MBA, MA Philosophy) (male), CEO at EKON Modeling Software Systems Limited. Mr. Kon graduated in software engineering in 1990, MBA (finance) in 2001 and MA Philosophy (of Science), Information & Digital Culture at Tel Aviv University in 2006. Over the previous two decades, he has been working on software developments of Command and Control (C4I) systems, development of Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and project management in large scale security and safety projects such as Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Airport security towards World Cup Football 2010 in South Africa, Rails Stations Security and more. He was a co-founder in establishing a software company as VP R&D, where he managed the development of generic protocol interface mediations and generic enterprise asset management system.

Within the iNTeg-Risk FP7 project, he was mainly responsible for the development of DKM (Dynamic Knowledge Management) application and constructs a common knowledge model presentation. In TASS FP7 project, he led the security integration work package.

In January 2008 he established EKON, a software development and consulting company located in Israel.


Dr. Aggelos Liapis

Dr. Aggelos Liapis, Athens University of Economics and Business

Dr. Liapis is a senior R&D manager, active researcher and ICT specialist with experience in implementing and managing EC funded ICT projects. His areas of interest and expertise include: Creativity and Innovation, CSCW, Semantics, Web 2.0, eGovernment, eLearning, eHealth, Crisis Management, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Interoperability. He has strong skills in project and quality management activities, business process analysis, preparation and maintenance of project quality plans, quality reporting, responsibility of the deliverables, preparation of project reports and coordination of consortia. He has excellent knowledge of project management methodologies and tools.

Since 2004, he has worked in several relevant posts in both academia and industry, and in 2009 he was honoured with the position of Associate Professor / senior research fellow from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Liapis – was a Marie Currie PostDoc on the three dimensional anatomical human research and training network, holds a PhD in Computer Mediated Collaborative Design Environments from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, two Masters Degrees from the Universities of Sunderland and Hull in Network Systems and Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments, respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree in Software Development from Lincoln University in Hull. Beyond his academic and industrial duties Dr. Liapis has authored several papers, journals and books in the areas of CSCW, Collaborative Platforms, Semantics, etc

Chris Jones, Statewatch, United Kingdom

Chris Jones is a researcher for Statewatch, where he has worked since 2010. His work examines policing, migration, military and security issues in the UK and EU.

Statewatch is a non-profit-making voluntary group founded in 1991. It is comprised of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. Its European network of contributors is drawn from 18 countries. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness.


Samuel Schauss, SNCF, France