The Board

The UNITECH International Society Board consist of:

Board Members

  • Professor Robert J Allison

    Vice-Chancellor & President of Loughborough University

    Former posts include Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at Sussex University, Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of Geography at Durham University. He was awarded a PhD in Geography from King’s College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His contribution to organisations includes the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Honours and awards for research and teaching include the Cuthbert Peek Award, Royal Geographical Society, the Charles Lyell Award, British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Jan De Ploey Prize, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

  • David Kinsella

    Director of Research and Development, Member of the Board Digital Technologies Business Area, Buhler AG

    David joined the Buhler group 15 years ago, starting as a mechanical design engineer designing optical sorting machines in the Sortex business Unit. He worked as a design engineer, then as a project manager before taking board level responsibility for Research and Development. Today the R&D group consists of a diverse group of around one hundred engineers and scientists from around the world, developing high speed image processing systems for the food industry. The Digital Technologies Business Area aims to lead the digitalisation of the global agricultural industry, creating new technologies that address the food challenges that we face today.

    David has been a part of Buhler‘s engagement with UNITECH since 2015. He regularly joins the mid-term week and in 2017 he succeeded Ian Roberts as a member of the UNITECH Board.

    Dr. Wilhelm Otten

    Head of Business Line Process Technology and Engineering, Evonik Technology and Infrastructure GmbH

    Wilhelm Otten is head of Business Line Process Technology and Engineering with global responsibility.

    Within the Degussa Group, now Evonik Industries, he took over a number of positions. In 2010 he became head of the Business Line Technical Services in the new Business Unit Site Services. The Technical Service with about 2300 employees provides the full range of services from single maintenance and engineering tasks to full service with guaranteed availability of the customer’s plant and maintenance costs to internal and external customers in Europe and provides best practice processes and solutions in the US and ASIA. At the beginning of 2015 he took over the responsibility for Business Line Process Technology and Engineering with global responsibility.

    Wilhelm Otten is Member of a number of associations. He joined the board of NAMUR, an international association of users of process automation in 2004 and is chairman of the board since 2011.

  • Marie-Pierre Favre

    Marie-Pierre Favre Ph.D., VP for International Relations since 2009, is fully dedicated to the international strategy of French and European HE, and its implementation at INSA Lyon, one of the leading European HEIs and the largest French School of Engineering (6000 students).

    She experienced 5 years abroad (USA and Spain). A varied professional experience, both in private sector and in HE allows her to adapt consequently in international development. Several leading positions in international offices of different HEIs provide her a solid background to manage and promote successfully internationalization. International mobility and strategy are two major components within the framework of her current position.

    She actively participates in several Committees and expert group meetings at the national and international level.
    She’s member of the International Advisory Board of Tohoku University/Japan
    She’s member of the GE3 Executive Committee
    She’s the INSA Program Director within the European program of excellence UNITECH and is a Board member as Vice-President for Academic Partners She heads the European Project ERASMUS+ PhDs enhanced for Prospects (PEPUP) 
    She’s member of the European CESAER network/ Task Force “International Cooperation”

    Fluent in English and Spanish, she can also use her excellent proficiency of German and Italian.

    Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt

    Chair of Product Dev.& Eng. Design at ETH Zurich

    Mirko Meboldt was born in Mannheim, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) and launched his academic career at the Institute of Product Engineering Karlsruhe (IPEK), where he completed a doctorate in the field of product development. He embarked on his industrial career at Hilti AG in Liechtenstein, where he was globally responsible for CAD/PDM systems, standardisation and development methods. In his last position at Hilti, he was responsible for global technology and product development processes. In 2012 he was appointed as a full professor of product development and engineering design at ETH Zurich. His main research focuses on the development of new products in the field of mechanical engineering industries, biomedical applications and associated technologies. He regards the impact on the education of young engineers and its relevance for industry as a key motivation and benchmark for his research. He currently works in the field of engineering design and product development, specialising in user-oriented product innovations, new production technologies and challenging applications.

  • Dieter Sator

    Senior Vice President Human Resources Hilti Headquarters

    Dieter Sator holds a diploma in Physics from Würzburg University in Germany. He joined Procter Gamble in 1996 as process engineer and held in following 12 years with P&G various Manufacturing management position in Germany, Korea and Switzerland. A first job rotation into an HR broadening assignments uncovered his passion for HR.

    In 2008 he joined Hilti as Head of Supply of a Business Unit at Headquarter in Liechtenstein. The Hilti passion for people and culture engaged him afterwards in a HR career first as Head of HR in Switzerland and since 2013 back at headquarter as Head of HR for the Executive Board Area “ Electrical Tools and Accessories”. His passion for young talents engaged him into UNITECH and since 2016 as Treasurer in the Board. Dieter is married with 2 kids and is a former world champion in rowing in the German National Eight.

Advisory Board Members

  • Alexandra Schwarz

    Member of the Board of Management Evonik Resource Efficiency

    Alexandra started with an Apprenticeship for Industrial Business Management at Degussa, Frankfurt.From 1986 until 2014 she held various management positions within Human Resources, Communication, Organizational Development and Compliance within Evonik Industries and its predecessor companies. Today she is on the Board of Management of Evonik Resource Efficiency responsible for HR, Communications and ESHQ.

    Alexandra has been associated with UNITECH since 2001, as a Corporate Partner representative and as a Coach

  • Francesca Fogal

    International Projects Service at Politecnico di Milano

    Francesca has a MA in Modern Languages and Literature from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano. She has been working in the field of international education at Politecnico di Milano since 2001. She is currently working at the International Projects Service, as coordinator of the International Relations and EU Projects office. Francesca is UNITECH Local Coordinators Chairperson and is a member of the UNITECH Coaching Team

  • Enric Vinyes

    Business Development & Marketing Director at Schneider Electric

    Enric holds a MSc in Industrial/Electrical Engineering at UPC ETSEIB/Barcelona after finishing the UNITECH programme in 2004. Along with his professional experience, Enric enrolled in an executive part-time MBA at IESE Business School to further acquire and develop his managerial and leadership skills. Enric has had various professional experiences and has gained more than 10 years of experiences in business development, marketing and project management. He has mostly worked at Schneider Electric, a French multinational energy company, where he currently holds a managerial position inside Iberia operations in the area of marketing and business development of Energy Automation and Advanced Grid Solutions.

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