Our Tech Day leitmotiv: think outside the box and bring your ambitions to life!

*Join us on 22 September 2021 for a journey to the heart of innovation and discover our latest technological advances for high-impact solutions building tomorrow’s society.

Tech Day is about passion for impact.

So, let's tackle the challenges of our society, environment, and economy together. Our three pillars: resilience, digitalisation, and sustainability.

We continuously push the frontiers of research to draw for and with you, cutting-edge technologies that unlock the potential of your strategies and bring you to the forefront of the international scene.

As a trusted partner for business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors, and early adopters from all over Europe, we aim to become an accelerator of international change.

But basically, what can you expect from our Tech Day?

  • A Tech Summit with inspirational speeches from renowned innovation players worldwide, creating synergies between the fields of information and communication technologies, environmental technologies, and advanced materials.
  • A Tech Village that will showcase demonstrations of some eight flagship technologies developed at LIST, (presented by the researchers involved.)

Learn more about the 8 flagship technologies 


Keynotes speakers

Thomas Kallstenius

Sustainability by design, not as an afterthought

Chief Executive Officer

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)












Dr. Thomas KALLSTENIUS has been Chief Executive Officer at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology since 1 February 2019.

Prior to this, he was program director for the Belgian research institute imec’s research & innovation program related to security and privacy. He was also in charge of imec’s strategic orientation of distributed artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. This strategy was preceded by imec’s vertical market strategy, which Thomas was also in charge of.

Before joining imec, Thomas was vice president for research and innovation at iMinds, the research institute that merged with imec in 2016. His responsibilities in this role included iMinds’ strategic and applied research programs with academic and industrial partners.
Thomas has more than 15 years of experience with industrial research and strategic marketing. He worked as a director at Bell Labs on video communication related topics, and prior to this, he was strategic marketing director at Alcatel-Lucent, responsible for its fixed access portfolio. He has also been a researcher on broadband access within Ericsson Research, and on reliability of semiconductor components within Ericsson Microelectronics.

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), a PhD in semiconductor materials science from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) and an MBA from Vlerick Management School (Leuven, Belgium). He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe, and as vice-chair of the Working Group on Wearables in the European Commission’s Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

Marcus Weldon

"Solving the future value equation for a new age of human prosperity"

Former President of Bell Labs, Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Nokia


Marcus is currently working on his “next big thing” and helping a number of small, medium and large companies and institutes formulate their technical and innovation strategies for the next industrial revolution.

Marcus is considered one of the luminaries in the ICT industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision.  Until March 2021, Marcus Weldon was the Corporate Chief Technology Officer for Nokia and was responsible for coordinating the technical strategy and driving technological and architectural innovations into Nokia’s end-to-end networking systems and software portfolio.  In addition, as President of Bell Labs, Marcus was responsible for defining and creating the next disruptive innovations and the pioneering research that will form the foundation of the future ICT industry. 

Marcus has won numerous technical, scientific and engineering society awards for his work and technical vision and leadership throughout his career, but is arguably best known for his ability to distill complex, multi-dimensional problems into the essential ‘simple’ answer or solution that should be pursued.  For this reason, he is highly sought after as an advisor to governmental agencies and departments in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and around the world, as well as to industrial and enterprise CxOs, to venture capitalists and private equity funds, and the larger investment community.

Marcus holds a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a Bachelor of Science joint honors degree from King’s College in London, UK.

Marc Serres  

Chief Executive Officer 

Luxembourg Space Agency | Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg

Marc Serres is the Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg Space Agency. He heads the Luxembourg Delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) and represents Luxembourg in the Council of ESA. He has been the vice-chairman of the ESA Council until June 2020. He is Government Commissioner at SES and Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

He has been Director of Space Affairs at the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg since January 2014. Before joining the Ministry of the Economy, Marc Serres managed Luxembourg’s relations with ESA at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as an industrial policy officer for 8 years. Prior to becoming a civil servant, he spent 5 years in the satellite communications antenna manufacturing industry within the company HITEC Luxembourg S.A., first as a Project Engineer and finally as Chief Engineer for satcom products development.

Marc Serres holds a PhD in optoelectronics and a Master in electrical engineering with specialty in microwave frequencies, both from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium

Luc Tapella

Digital Innovation for Smart Regulation

Chief Executive Officer

Institut Luxembourgeois de Regulation (ILR)


Luc Tapella started his career as auditor at PwC and at the Luxemburgish bank BCEE (Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat), after graduating with an MSc in Economics from the University of Aix-en-Provence (France).

Six years later, in 1999, Luc joined one of Europe’s most important private satellite operator, SES ASTRA. Within a space of three years, he progressed from Marketing Project Coordinator in the Marketing and Commercial Department to Assistant of the director in the Marketing Department. In 2002, he moved to SATLYNX, an SES subsidiary, where he gained experience as a Senior Finance and Administration Manager and as a member of the executive committee.

Luc Tapella continued his career at ILR (Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation) in 2005 and worked as the head of the Department of Economic Studies, and Department of Accounting and Administration. Over these years, he was also responsible of the postal sector.

After, Luc Tapella joined as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Wagner Management, the lead company for the Wagner Group and was also appointed member of the executive committee, until he became in May 2015, Director of the ILR.

Ahmet Dogan

"Mobility of the 21st century" - Vision and challenges related to materials based technologies

Technical Head of Innovation & Technology Management, Research & Development

Toyota Motor Europe

Graduated Istanbul Technical University – Mechanical Engineering, Ahmet Dogan joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey in 1996 in Engineering Management

Transferred for 1 year assignment in Toyota Motor Corporation Japan in Overseas Homologation Department in 1998

In 2003 transferred permanently to Toyota Motor Europe Material Engineering Division in 2003, and worked in the field of coatings, corrosion, organic materials and finally lightweight.

Beginning of 2021 got the new role as Technical Head of Innovation Technical Management, responsible for future technologies for mobility originated from Europe.

Roland Bastian

Keynote on Energy Transition

Chief Executice Director, Belval Plant & Country Head Luxembourg

Arcelor Mittal Luxembourg

Since April 2013 Mr. Roland Bastian has been the CEO of the ArcelorMittal Belval site and keeps these responsibilities as such.

Mr. Bastian (53) has the Luxemburgish nationality and joined the group in 1988 as production engineer at the rolling mills of the ArcelorMittal Belval plant.

After several functions in different departments within the plant and at the Research & Development center of Esch-sur-Alzette, Mr. Bastian became CEO of ArcelorMittal Rodange and Schifflange in 2012

Sasha Baillie  

Chief Executive Officer,










Sasha Baillie heads the Luxembourg national innovation agency and is a member of the Ministry of Economy’s coordination committee.

She provides strategic or ientation to the innovation agency in line with the Government’s sustainable economic development objectives and ensures that companies are encouraged and supported in their innovation endeavours. 
As a former Luxembourg diplomat, she was seconded to the Ministry of Economy in 2014 as deputy chief of staff and diplomatic adviser to the Minister. She coordinated ministerial departments and provided advice in areas relating to economic development and promotion as well as defense i ndustry. 
She led the  reform of Luxembourg’s economic promotion structures which led to the crea tion of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Board. She was the chairperson  of its Trade and Investment Steering Committee (2016-2018). 
Sasha Bail lie served as Chair of the Board of the company LuxGovSat S.A., a joint-ventur e between the Government and SES, which she helped to create. 
Sasha Bail lie initiated and chaired Luxembourg’s nation branding committee, an inter-ministerial and inter-institutional group set up by the Government in 2014 to d evelop and promote the image of the country around the world. 

Sasha Bail lie joined the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry in 1997 and has served on foreign  diplomatic postings in Moscow as deputy head of mission of the Luxembour g Embassy and in Brussels as deputy head of mission of the Luxembour g Representation to the EU Political and Security committee, which involved c hairing EU meetings during the Luxembourg EU Presidency in 2005.  

She was no n-resident Luxembourg Ambassador to Serbia (2012-2016). 
Graduate d from St. Andrews University, Scotland, with a Masters degree in internation al relations and mediaeval history in 1994, she went on to pursue doctoral st udies at the European University Institute in Florence before joining the Luxemb ourg diplomatic service in 1997. 

Marc Schiltz Closing remarks

Chief Executive Officer,

Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, (FNR)

Marc Schiltz is the CEO of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). He brings a strong dedication to building a world-class research system that will generate long-term societal and economic impact for the country.

Over the past ten years, he has significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of the Luxembourg research system and to build bridges with the private sector, as well as with the international research community.

Under his  leadership, the FNR has successfully developed programme lines to attract scientific talent to the country and to link the business ecosystem to research innovation. Since 2017, Marc Schiltz is also president of Science Europe, the Brussels-based association of all major European public research funding and research performing organisations, representing a combined annual investment in research of nearly 20 bn EUR in 27 countries.

In this role, he has been setting the European agenda to foster Open Science and is currently chairing cOAlition-S, an international consortium of major research funders that have agreed to implement open access policies in a coordinated way.

He also sits on the Governing Board of the Global Research Council, which comprises the heads of research funding agencies from around the world.



Time Details Speaker
13:00 Welcome desk & Tech Village Opening  
13:15 Tech Village inauguration 
in presence of Claude Meisch, Minister of Higher Education and Research
& Virtual Platform Opening
14:00 Opening session Lisa Burke,
14:05 Welcome word Minister Claude Meisch,
Minister of Higher Education and Research



Keynote: Sustainability by design, not as an afterthought

Thomas Kallstenius,
Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

14:35 Keynote: Solving the future value equation for a new age of human prosperity

Marcus Weldon, Former Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Nokia, Former President of Bell Labs

14:55 Keynote: LSA and LIST, partners in space research

Marc Serres, Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA)

15:05 Coffee and Networking Break   
15:20 Keynote: Digital Innovation for Smart Regulation Luc Tapella,
Chief Executive Officer, Institut Luxembourgeois de Régulation (ILR), 
15:35 Partner pitch with Polygone:
Smart Waste Management made in Luxembourg
Pascal Jacquet,
Directeur Géneral, Polygone
Djamel Khadraoui,
Head of Trusted Service Systems unit, LIST
15:50 Live Streamed Technology Demonstration
Empower your business with LIST’s Solution for Data Analytics & AI
Raynald Jadoul, Lead Engineer, IT for innovatives Services department, LIST


Partner pitch with Goodyear:
The Impact of Data Analytics on the Tire Development Process

Percy Lemaire
Director, Global Tire & Performance Science, Goodyear
Benoît Otjacques
Head of Data Science & Analytics unit, IT for innovatives Services department, LIST

16:15 Coffee and Networking Break   
  GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FOR THE 21st Century Transportation  
16:30 Keynote: Mobility of the 21st century - Vision and challenges related to materials based technologies


Ahmet Dogan,
Technical Head of Innovation & Technology Management - Research & Development,Toyota Motor Europe
16:45 Partner pitch with Gradel SA :
Ultra-lightweight composite structures for low carbon  mobility applications
Claude Maack,
Chief Executive Director, Gradel SA
Dr Thierry Girot,
Techno Line Management, LIST
17:00 Live Streamed Technology Demonstration
Communicating transparent antennas for smart building,
smart vehicles and Space applications
Jérôme Polesel, Lead R&D Associate, Materials Research and Technologie department, LIST
17:07 Partner pitch with ST Microelectronics SRL, Analog & MEMS Group: Advanced sensors for automotive Dr Ernesto Lasalandra,
Vice President, R&D General Manager, ST Microelectronics SRL, Analog & MEMS Group
Dr Damien Lenoble,
Director of Materials Research and Technology department, LIST
17:22 Coffee and Networking Break   


Keynote: Steel for the future 

Roland Bastian, CEO Belval Plant & Country Head Luxembourg, Arcelor Mittal

Partner pitch with CREOS Luxembourg: 

Smart grids in the face of the energy transition

Nicolas Back,
Project Manager Smart Grid / Flexibility, CREOS
Alex Michels,
Head Of Asset Management, CREOS
Pedro Rodriguez,
Head of Intelligent Clean Energy Systems unit, LIST
18:07 Live Streamed Technology Demonstration
Digital Twin
Calin Boje, Junior R&D Associate, Environnement Research and Innovation department, LIST
18:15 Partner pitch with Electris
A combined forecasting approach for the enhanced integration of photovoltaic electricity into grids and markets
Richard-Sebastian Lütteke
Head of Energy Data Management
Head of Energy Services Communication, Electris

Daniel Koster
LIST, Environment  Department, Lead Engineer
18:30 Connecting the dots: Making innovation happen Sasha Baillie,
Chief Executive Officer, Luxinnovation


Closing remarks

Marc Schiltz, Chief Executive Officer,

Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, (FNR)

19:00 End of the live streaming  
19:00 Social event cocktail and networking  

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22 September 2021

Participate in Tech Day 2021 either virtually from any location or *physically at the Maison des arts et des étudiants in Belval, Luxembourg.


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