Our innovation coaches

The innovation coaches are your first contact point for DIH-HERO. Each Innovation Hub has an innovation coach that support FSTP applicants and awarded projects.

Austria and Germany


Dr. Birgit Graf (D) – Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart

Dr. Mare Mechelinck (D) – UT Aachen

Andrea Schwier (D) – Miro Innovation Lab

Armin Schäder (D) – Fraunhofer IPA Mannheim

Larger Scandinavian Area


Birgitte Sørensen (DK) – DTI

UK and Ireland


Dr. Ana Cruz Ruiz (UK) – Imperial College London

Prof. Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena (UK) – Imperial College London

Netherlands


Dr. Esther Rodijk (NL) – University of Twente

Wander Kente (NL) – University of Twente

Belgium and Luxemburg


Brecht Vermeulen (B) – IMEC

Erik Van der Hulst, (B) – IMEC

Switzerland and Liechtenstein


Miriam Daepp (SUI) – ETH Zürich

Dr. Michele Xiloyannis, (SUI) -ETH Zürich

Dr. Peter Wolf (SUI) – ETH Zürich

Italy, France and Malta


Laura Mazzola (I) – Polytechnio Milano

Selene Tognarelli (I) – Santa Anna

Andrea Pagni (I) – IIT

Paola Roberta Boscolo Chio Bisto (I) – IIT

Samuele Morale, (I) – IIT

Christophe Leroux (FR) – CEA

Spain, Portugal and Andorra


Michael Obach (Spain) – Technalia

Jordi Escuder (Spain) – Eurecat

North East Europe


Prof. Zbigniew Nawrat (PL) – FRK

Dariusz Krawczyk (PL) – FR

South East Europe


Kosta Jovanovic (Serbia) – ETF

Milica Jankovic (Serbia) – ETF