Profiles of the current TCI Board members and candidates for the partial election of the Board during the General Assembly meeting to be held in Bogota, Colombia, on 7 November 2017.


Candidates: The following 4 candidates to the Board of Directors will be presented to the General Assembly for a vote:


Christian Ketels, Candidate to President, 2017-2019.

Dr. Christian Ketels has been on the Board of Directors of the TCI Network since October 2007, becoming its Secretary in October 2009 and President in December 2011. Dr. Ketels is Chief Economist of The Boston Consulting Group at the BCG Henderson Institute. He is an Honorary Professor at the EBS Business School, Germany, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. He holds a PhD (Econ) from the London School of Economics and further degrees from the Kiel Institute for World Economics and University of Cologne. Dr. Ketels has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many parts of the world. He is member of economic advisory groups in Europe and the Americas, has written widely on economic policy issues, is the co-editor of the Competitiveness Review, and has been a frequent speaker on competitiveness and strategy in Europe, North America and Asia.


pic_Dr.cho_2.jpgJames Wilson, Candidate to Secretary, 2017-2018.

James is member of the Board of Directors of TCI Network since 2015. He is a Senior Researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness and faculty at Deusto Business School, where he teaches doctoral, masters, undergraduate and executive courses. His research interests are in policy-relevant analysis of territorial competitiveness and socio-economic development processes, including issues related to governance, policy evaluation and learning, innovation, networks/clusters, and the roles that universities play in society. He has published more than 50 conceptual and applied papers related to these issues in peer-reviewed journals and academic books, and has edited several books and journal special issues. James has been invited as an expert speaker/advisor by the European Commission and Inter-American Development Bank among others.


Danka Milojkovic, Candidate to Director 2017-2020.

Danka is member of the Board of Directors of TCI Network since 2014. She is director of the Cluster House in Nis, Serbia, president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Clusters Council and founder, director and co-chairman of the Balkan & Black Sea Conference “Days of Clusters“ in Serbia (2010-2012), Bulgaria (2013) and Turkey (2014). She holds a Master's Degree in strategic management from Faculty of Organizational Sciences Belgrade. Specialized in the field of local economic development at ITC/ILO Torino, Italy and sustainable cluster development in countries in transition at LEDIB Serbia/Denmark. Through a long-time cooperation with SME development programs in the Balkans supported by international organizations, she is the initiator and coordinator of the Balkan Clusters Network and one of the creator of The Cluster House Model for Economic Development in the Balkans.



Geunwoo Ryu, Candidate to Director, 2017-2020.

Geunwoo Ryu is professor of Economics and International Trade at Keimyung University, in Korea, since 1983. He holds a PhD in Economics from Yeungnam University (Korea). Prior to starting his career as a professor in Keimyung University, he was Dean of Social Science at the same university for more than 7 years. He has won several honors and prizes, like a Minister’s Citation for the contribution to e-Business of Korea, a President’s Citation for the contribution to Trade Promotion of Korea and the Minister of Education Award for the contribution to Academic Lessons. From 2007 to 2008 he was a member of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning in Korea, as well as the Leader of Industry Cluster Promotion TFT in Daegu. He has also written Partial Refereed Papers in several Journals and Books.



Board members who continue:


Alberto Pezzi, Treasurer, 2015-2018.

Alberto is member of the Board of Directors of TCI Network since 2003 serving first as Secretary, President (2009-2011) and currently as Treasurer. As main professional activity Alberto is Director of competitive strategy and cluster division at the Directorate General for Industry within the Catalan Government. Alberto has close to 20 years of experience in cluster, competitiveness reinforcement projects and regional development initiatives acquired working both for private consultancy firms and for the public sector. He is the author of different publications on cluster policy and practice and in 2010 he co-authored the book Cluster and Competitiveness: the case of Catalonia (1993-2010). He is also regularly invited as key note speaker in international fora. He is member of the Faculty of the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and he has collaborated as guest speaker with leading business schools and universities like IESE (Barcelona), l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration – ENA, as well as with international organizations like UNIDO and the World Bank.


Vincent Dugré.pngVincent Dugré, Director, 2015-2018.

With near 20 years of international trade experience, industry representation and collaborative projects development, Vincent was Vice President of Operations at the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster until January 2017, when he left this position to allow more time to his private firm, PROLOGIC, focused on Clusters management, smart specialization and cross-sectorial innovation project. He still collaborates with the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster and various other Quebec Clusters and the Quebec and Canadian governments for Cluster development and innovation strategy development. He passed twice the evaluation benchmarking process of the European Secretary for cluster analysis (ESCA) entitling the bronze certification label for Cluster Management Excellence. With a multidisciplinary training after biochemistry studies conducted at UQTR followed by technical training in international trade and administration, Vincent is able to put forward various solutions addressing complex problems and collaborative issues.


Frédéric Miribel, Director, 2015-2018.     

Since October 2012, Frédéric Miribel is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. He is the Global Markets Director at Invest in Lyon Agency (ADERLY). Frédéric holds a PhD in Economics by the University of Delaware, USA, and has 10 years of work experience in local development organizations, such as chamber of commerce and economic development agencies. Since 2005, he has been working in close connection with all the cleantech clusters in Lyon/ Rhone-Alpes (three "pôles de compétitivité" and five clusters). He has been involved in the globalization of local clusters, as well as in the enrolment of foreign companies that he has attracted to territory of Lyon. Frédéric, under the authority of Pierre Bonnet and Yves Guyon, was the manager of the 9th TCI Annual Global Conference, held in Lyon in 2006.


Manuel Montoya, Director, 2015-2018.

Since October 2012, Manuel Montoya is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. Manuel Montoya is General Manager of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was responsible for organizing the 7CLAC - 7th TCI Latin American Cluster Conference as well as the 17th TCI Global Conference in Monterrey. He has a long career in business and has participated as board member of many regional development-oriented organizations such as Fomento Cultural y Deportivo, A.C., Promotora de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, A.C., Inmobiliaria Seival, A.C., Impulso Educativo y Social, A.C., and Centro de Competitividad de Monterrey, A.C. He has worked as consultant in strategic planning, business plan development, and cluster development. Manuel holds a Master in Business Administration by the IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and a degree in Chemical Engineering by the ITESM Monterrey.


 Werner Pamminger, Director, 2015-2018.  

Since October 2012, Werner Pamminger is member of the Board of Directors of TCI. He is an experienced executive and an international expert in cluster management for a number of years. After a couple of years in industry as an development- and service engineer, Werner established the Austrian Plastics Cluster in 1999 (a plastic industrial network of about 400 contributing companies). He currently is the CEO of Business Upper Austria. Between 2006 and mid-2014 Werner was the managing director of Clusterland Upper Austria Ltd. the Upper Austrian regional development agency for cluster and network management, responsible for 40 employees. Various international publications, presentations and project experiences as well as jury- and committee memberships on cluster management complete his profile.


Tracy Scott-Rimington, Director, 2015-2018.  

Tracy Scott-Rimington has worked in regional economic development since the 1980's. Her early work was with the South Australian government and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she worked on leadership development, public private sector partnerships, the state's economic development strategy and the development of early clusters. During the 1990's to late 2000's she worked with the Cairns Region Economic Development Corporation as an Economic Developer, Cluster Project Manager and Manager. Tracy initiated and coordinated an extensive cluster based program for economic development in the region. Recently she has joined the Regional Development Australia Brisbane office to foster partnerships and collaboration for significant projects across the greater Brisbane region.


Klaus Haasis, Director, 2016-2019.  

Since October 2007, Klaus Haasis is Director of the Board of Directors of TCI and Secretary since the TCI Global Conference in Auckland, 2011. Klaus Haasis is a certified Coach and Counsellor with degrees in media engineering and journalism. He is committed in supporting and coaching entrepreneurs, executives, clusters and teams in innovation management and creative thinking, and he is a business angel through his company Combine Innovation GmbH. Klaus Haasis was for 18 years founding CEO of MFG Public Innovation Agency Baden- Württemberg, one of the leading innovation agencies in Europe fostering Creative Industries, Media and ICT. Klaus Haasis has for more than 30 years successfully built companies and agencies, cluster initiatives and networks like Baden-Württemberg: Connected and the Open Source Business Alliance. He is since 2013 founding board member of the German Initiative on  Future Leadership. He lives in Stuttgart and Rome.


Marco Llinás, Director, 2016-2019.  

Marco A. Llinás is the Vice President for Competitiveness and Shared Value at the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, where he leads a cluster-based development agenda for Bogota that currently includes 13 cluster initiatives, articulated with a Regional Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy. Formerly, as Vice President at the Colombian Private Council on Competitiveness, he has been one of the leading voices behind the definition and implementation of Colombia’s National Competitiveness Agenda, which included, among others, the following areas: modern industrial policy; science, technology, and innovation policy; and cluster-based development agendas. Mr. Llinás also led the Colombian Cluster Network (Red Cluster Colombia), which aims at articulating the more than 80 cluster initiatives around the country, in order to exchange best practices as well as create synergies between them. He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a Master in Economics and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University.


Merete Daniel Nielsen, Director, 2016-2019.  

Merete is director at Cluster Excellence Denmark supporting all major Danish clusters on competence development, professionalisation and internationalisation. She is an expert on education, innovation, regional development and clusters having 20 years of experience within the field at an analytical, strategic and policy level both nationally and internationally. She has worked in the Ministry of Education, two branch organizations and been a driving force behind the Danish think tank REG LAB for ten years. Her international experience includes close collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network on cluster internationalisation for the last seven years. Further she has been the organizing force behind one of the largest conference for clusters in Europe since 2013 - the Cluster Matchmaking Conferences - with the aim of supporting cluster internationalisation within the Baltic Sea in close collaboration with Nordic Council of Ministers. Further she is a certified ESCA benchmark expert having benchmarked at least 30 bronze clusters, 5 silver and 8 gold clusters both in Denmark and abroad. 


Madeline Smith, Director, 2016-2019.  

Madeline Smith is member of the Board of Directors of TCI since 2013. She is Head of Strategy in the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) at the Glasgow School of Art, specialising in strategy and evaluation, for clusters, innovation and complex collaborations. She has a strong interest in innovation, the role that collaboration can play, and how evaluation needs to evolve to capture the wider value of innovation approaches and behavioural change. She has been involved in the development and delivery of a broad portfolio of programmes bringing design approaches to build the innovative capacity of businesses, public sector organisations and communities. She is leading the TCI Evaluation Working Group on sharing and developing new approaches to evaluation. She also runs a small consultancy specialising in innovation and industry cluster development. A chartered engineer, Madeline brings previous experience from management positions in the public and private sectors with a focus on innovation. She has led strategic policy on innovation for regional development in Scottish Enterprise, as well as large scale improvement programmes in private sector manufacturing environments.


Board members who step down:


Hyeyoung Cho, Director, 2016-2019. Steps down.

Hyeyoung Cho has been a director general of Industrial Location Research Institute at Korea Industrial Complex Corporation(KICOX) since January of 2016. She holds a PhD of Economic Geography from Seoul National University. Prior to joining KICOX in 1997, she worked as a researcher at Korea Research Institute of Human Settlement (KRIHS). She has been doing research on industrial location policy and regional economy for more than 20 years and has participated in more than a hundred research projects. She has been an active advisor to numerous local governments and national organizations to conduct consultancy / advisory duties for policy-making and regional innovations. She is also having exchanges with advanced overseas clusters as a full membership of International Association of Science Parks (IASP), and through the collaborate researches with international organizations including UNIDO, World Bank, and ADB, She has continuously disseminated Korea’s experience of industrial parks and cluster development to the developing countries.