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15 September 2021 - No Comments!

New EIT Alumni President Appointed

Anca del Rio is set to become the EIT Alumni’s next President! She will represent over 14 000 alumni from all the Alumni Communities and lead the Alumni Board.

Anca del Rio was selected from a large pool of highly accomplished candidates and following a rigorous selection and evaluation process. Following lengthy applications, motivational videos, letters of support from respective Alumni Communities, interviews, and a final decision by the EIT’s Director, the EIT Health Alumni was appointed as the new President.

Martin Kern, the EIT Director, welcomed Anca by saying;

''A warm welcome to Anca del Rio, the new EIT Alumni President! As an experienced entrepreneur and health innovator herself, she is the ideal representative for the network of fellow entrepreneurs. The EIT highly values this very network and alumni community because it allows students and start-ups to stay connected long term and benefit from the EIT offer while strengthening the EIT community as a whole. I am convinced her leadership and systemic change management will help steer EIT Alumni towards our common vision of a greener, more sustainable Europe. I look forward to working together and see the EIT Alumni community grow under her leadership.''

Anca del Rio is a passionate and experienced professional in healthcare governance and public health strategy, and a leading innovator with an entrepreneurial drive for digital transformation, growth, and innovative approaches.

She holds an international Masters of Science in Public Health and is pursuing a PhD in the same field. As a Fellow Graduate of the EIT Health Mentor and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she is a specialist in systemic change management and digital capacity building, clinical governance, quality systems, and patient safety.

In March 202, Anca founded The Digital Aid Project, a global COVID-19 Resilience and Response initiative. This social initiative aims to bring digital health solutions to the most vulnerable to #LeaveNoOneBehind. Its network provides capacity-building support on strategic initiatives for the identification, adoption, and integration of digital health solutions in mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes, during and beyond public health crises.

Alongside her diverse executive, advisory and technical roles in healthcare strategy and planning, Anca is involved with several international organizations holding honorary positions. She is the Country Representative at EIT Health Alumni Network, the Regional Network Chair at Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Young Forum Gastein Alumna, Member of the Quality Commission at SPIZE-Hospitals and Clinics of Central Switzerland. Anca is also engaged in several activities to advance effective innovations towards Sustainable Development Goals.

Her passion for societal change is evident through her involvement in events and programmes like the World Health Innovation Summit, MIT COVID-19 Challenge, EU vs. VIRUS, and EIT Health Summer Schools.

The EIT Alumni Community would like to thank the outgoing EIT Alumni President, Miguel Amador, for his committed and thorough work steering the ‘Network of Networks’ through an especially challenging period for the Community and the world at large. He will continue to lead the representation of EIT Health Alumni.

We warmly welcome Anca’s appointment and greatly look forward to her stewardship!

You can follow Anca del Rio on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

11 May 2021 - No Comments!

Year in Review: Read the EIT Alumni Impact Report 2020

A Year of Resilience and Growth for the EIT Alumni Community!

The EIT Alumni Impact Report 2020 presents the activities, results, and impact of the EIT Alumni Community over the course of a year. Even amidst the global pandemic, this year saw the community broaden its outreach, impact and swiftly respond to societal challenges.

In terms of governance, the board welcomed new representatives from EIT RawMaterials Alumni, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni, CommUnity by EIT InnoEnergy and EIT.

A few milestones from Impact Report 2020

The full report is available here.

17 December 2020 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni CONNECT 2020 – first time online!

Over 120 EIT Alumni came together on 28 and 29 November to connect, build partnerships, co-create projects, and work together to develop the EIT Alumni Community.

EIT Alumni CONNECT  is the annual big event and opportunity for EIT Alumni members to meet, discuss and debate on social, environmental and technological challenges.

The theme of the 2020 EIT Alumni CONNECT was 'Responsible Consumption and Production' and how EIT Alumni could address it. It was about how to do more and better with less, about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency, and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Alongside interactive networking session, a series of workshops allowed our members to get unique insights from external organisations, and from members of the EIT Alumni Communities: EIT Climate-KIC Alumni, EIT Digital Alumni, CommUnity by EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Health Alumni, EIT RawMaterials Alumni and representatives from EIT Food Alumni.

The first day started off with a welcoming speech by EIT Director Mr. Martin Kern who emphasized the role of the Alumni members to lead the change to a greener, sustainable and more digitalized Europe, before giving the floor to the EIT Alumni Communities representatives to introduce the main activities and plans for the current and upcoming year.

Wrap up video EIT Alumni CONNECT 2020. 

Panel discussions

Throughout the two days, two panel discussions took place on the theme of the event ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’, one focusing on the ‘Industry Perspective’ with Selah Li, ELLURE AB, Harrison Wavell, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Antoni Pijoan, EIT Manufacturing. The second panel discussion focused the ‘Consumer Perspective’ with Giulia Marzetti, EIT Climate-KIC Alumna, Mara De Pater, CollAction and Alessandra Schmidt, Fab Lab Barcelona IAAC.

Both panels touched upon the themes with very valuable insights including:

  • Idea of developing mass personalisation instead of mass consumption;
  • Importance of the distribution of infrastructure (idea of localism – localised production);
  • Emphasis on the need of documentation of product production;
  • Idea of prosumer (a person who both produces and consumes a particular commodity);
  • Importance of reusing, reducing and recycling;
  • The need for Doughnut economics ('economy exceeds within the boundaries of society');
  • Advocating for degrowth movement ('a really good believe system for both consumers and producers').
Workshops

On top of that, a series of parallel workshops ran on the first day of the event with different topics and hosted by a group of industry experts:

  • 'Gender Databias in applied AI', led by Women@EIT;
  • 'Better life for farm animals', led by Matus Gasparik, EIT Food Alumni;
  • 'Towards sustainable food systems': Awareness and Action, led by Silvia Fernandez Gonzalez from EIT Climate-KIC Alumni, representing DESOS Opció Solidària;
  • 'Climate impact forecast', led by Bram van der Grinten and Gabi Brunazzo;
  • 'How to ExPlane your organisation', led by Symke Nieboer, Isabel Seeger and Peter Paul Vossepoel.
Networking and virtual party time

The second and last day of the event was more interactive, with an online networking session for the participants. They had the opportunity to connect, talk and overcome the space and virtual barrier.

The event ended with a virtual party time where participants enjoyed games, a quiz and other activities. For next year, we hope to see everyone again, in a better and more sustainable world.

Watch the welcome by EIT Director Martin Kern, the two panel discussion and presentations of the different EIT Alumni Communities.