For the Promotion of International Technological Cooperation ...

The PITCH Honorary Committee

The Members of the PITCH Honorary Committee are well-known scientists, businessmen, and policy makers who have been actively involved in the promotion of technological cooperation World-wide.


Angelo Airaghi is a Vice-President of Finmeccanica, in Italy, and the Chairman of Ansaldo. He is an active participant in two major international technological initiatives: Eureka and the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), and the Chair or member of several European advisory groups on the Information Society, energy, or nuclear fusion. He is leading numerous efforts to promote activities in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Richard R. Ernst is a Nobel Prize winner, Professor of Physical Chemistry at ETH Zurich. He made key contributions to the development of the methodology of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. He has represented Switzerland in several international organizations, including in the COST Committee. He lectures around the world on the responsibility of science and scientists in the society.

Ilya Prigogine was a Nobel Prize winner, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Director of the International Solvay Institutes. He was one of the founding fathers of the science of complexity. He was engaged in extensive cooperation between Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the United States of America. He passed away on May 28, 2003, at the age of 86.

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Fernando Aldana is a Professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and the Director of the Office of Innovation and Technology for the Enterprise. He has been a Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Research and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC). He initiated technological cooperation and political dialogue between Europe and the Mediterranean countries, as well as between Europe and Latin America.

Lawrence B. Evans is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Technology, Inc., an adjunct professor at MIT, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. The principal of its eight founders, he made this company grow up to now employing over fifteen hundreds, located on all continents. He is focused on defining strategies to best provide large multinational companies with the technologies that support their development.

Brian Randell is Emeritus Professor of Computing Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has, for many years, led an extensive series of European research projects in system dependability and fault tolerance. He is recipient of 2002 IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award for this work, and a member of the Conseil Scientifique of the French CNRS. He is a long-time promoter of transatlantic scientific cooperation, and of the integration of the Central European research community with the Western World.

Ioannis Antoniou is a  Professor at the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, and he was the Deputy Director of the International Solvay Institutes. He managed the very first research project between the European Union and the Former Soviet Union supported by the European Commission. He is the coordinator of an international research program on complexity and applications involving several teams from Europe, Russia and other countries.

Florin Filip is a Vice-President of the Romanian Academy. He has been working since the early '90s towards the integration of the Eastern and Central European scientific and technological communities with Western Europe. He is now focused on establishing his country in the global information society and on organizing technological cooperation schemes in the Balkans.

Paul Spirakis is a Professor of computer science and engineering at the University , and the Director of the Computer Technology Institute in Patras, Greece. He is actively involved in pan-European and transatlantic research.

Ioannis Averoff has been a Member of the European Parliament, and he presides over the endeavors of the Egnatia Foundation in Greece. He is a pioneer  of cooperation in the field of information technologies in the Euro-Mediterranean region and in the Balkans. The initiatives that he launched in Metsovo in Greece aim at limiting the digital divide between cities and rural areas, and are being taken up as best practices in the developing world.

Kozo Iizuka is a Senior Adviser with Kubuta Corporation, in Japan. He has been the President of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization, an international funding program in the fields of knowledge and life sciences. He was the Director General of the Japanese Agency of Industrial Science, and an Executive Managing Director with Kubota Corporation. He is an expert in Japan-USA relations, and an active promoter of scientific and technological cooperation across Asia.

Peter Tancig is the Secretary General of the Researcher's Association of Slovenia. He was the first Slovenian Minister for Science and Technology following the independence of his country, and a pioneer of the association of the research community of the former Republic of Yugoslavia with the European Union. He is now leading the effort of his Association towards linking the research community of his country with the society at large, and promoting international scientific cooperation.

Hans Danielmeyer is the former Vice President for Research of Siemens in Germany. He is a leading figure and a founder of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program between Europe, America, and the Asia-Pacific region. He continues to serve Euro-Asia cooperation and chairs the advisory board of the Asia IT&C program.

Walter Massey is President of Morehouse College. He is a former Director of the United States' National Science Foundation, and a long-time promoter of transatlantic and international cooperation. He initiated the first Esprit-NSF cooperation schemes established between Europe and the United States of America in the field of information technologies.

Pierre Vimont is the French Ambassador to the United States of America. He has been the French Trustee on the Board of the Human Frontier Science Program for several years, and a key contributor to the growth of this global program imagined by Japan and launched by the G7.

Jose Antonio Diaz Salanova is the Chairman of Blue Tanit-Shareholders S.L.  Until recently he was the Chairman of CCS, a Spanish company actively involved in cooperative projects in the field of information technologies and within the Mediterranean basin, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He holds several steering positions in industrial associations and Universities. His background is in economics, business and management.

Youssef Nusseir is the Chief of the Information and Communication Technology Division of UN-ESCWA. A former Director of the Jordanian National Informatics Center, he led the efforts of the Jordanian government to establish the information society in the country, and he promotes the participation of technologists from the Middle-East in international programs.

Romualdas Krukaukas is an early promoter of the information society in the Baltic countries, and a former Minister in Lithuania.


Faruk Eczacibasi is a co-President of the Eczacibasi Holding of Turkey, and the President of the Turkish Informatics Foundation. He is one of the leading industrial figures in the establishment of technological cooperation schemes in the Balkans, the Euro-Mediterranean region, and in Central Asia.

Jan Peers is the President of the National Council of Hospitals of Belgium, a Professor at the University of Leuven, and the President and Founder of the Confederation for Employers in Social Profit Organizations. He was the first CEO of the University Hospitals of Leuven. He is active in promoting transatlantic cooperation in the fields of medicine and of public health.

Yuan-Tseh Lee was University Professor at Berkeley University Laboratory, before he became President of Academia Sinica in 1994. Dr. Lee has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is a fellow of the American National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and Academia Sinica; a foreign member of many national Academies of Sciences, and of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

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