The UNITECH International Society Board consist of:
President & Provost: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Patrick Prendergast was elected by academic staff and student representatives as the 44th Provost of Trinity College Dublin, coming into office on August 1st, 2011. The Provost is the Chief Officer of the university responsible to the Board and ultimately to the State for the performance of the university. A change to the Statutes in 2012 confirmed the title of the office as "President & Provost" in matters of external affairs. Previous leadership roles were as Vice-Provost /Chief Academic Officer (2008-2011) and Dean of Graduate Studies (2004-2007). He served on the board of several companies, and on the board of Tallaght Hospital, a large academic hospital in Dublin. He was appointed by the European Commission to the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2012. He participated in the Glion Colloquium, an independent think tank committed to the future of research universities at which he spoke on Global Research Questions and Institutional Research Strategies in 2015, and on The Public-to-Private Shift in Universities: Consequences for Leadership in 2017.
Since coming into office as Provost, Dr Prendergast has strengthened Trinity's reputation as a university of global consequence, known for realizing student potential and for research and scholarship that benefits Ireland and the world. Under his Provostship so far, Trinity has developed a Global Relations Strategy which has doubled international student enrolments and student mobility, has engaged with industry through a new Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategy, and has restructured the university's administration into three divisions, including a significant focus on commercial revenue generation through the Commercial Revenue Unit (CRU). Projects under development include the new Trinity School of Business co-located with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, as well as the development of E3: the Engineering, Energy, and the Environment Institute. These developments culminated in the launch of a new Strategic Plan for Trinity in November 2014, and were reviewed in Dr Prendergast’s Mid-Term address to Students and Faculty in October 2016.
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.
Founded in 1949 by Philipp Kreis to make gas lights in electricity deprived Munich, Truma has gone on to become one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of leisure products for caravans and motorhomes.
Alexander took over as CEO of the Truma Group as well as the Technical CEO of Truma Gerätetechnik GmbH & Co. KG in 2018, which marks a cold start as a senior manager in his career. He works with his global teams to provide quality experience to campers and leads his family's company through the challenges of digital transformation.
He heads Supply Chain Management, Research and Development, Marketing and the digital units. He also serves at several Advisory and Supervisory Boards.
Alessandro Brun holds a Master Degree with distinction in Management Engineering and a PhD on the same subject. Teacher of Quality Management at the MSc in Management Engineering, and Director of Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management (MGLuxM) and at MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Management. Along with teaching and research duties, he is actively participating in a set of other activities. He is Past President of the ALIG association (Alumni Association of Management Engineers graduated at Politecnico di Milano), founder of the International Workshop in Luxury Retail, Operations and Supply Chain Management, member of the organising committee of several international conferences, referee for International Journals in the fields of Operations and Quality Management. He is founder of the “Circolo Six Sigma”, a think-tank of professionals and companies embracing the Six Sigma improvement programme, and of the “Sustainable Luxury Academy”, a cultural initiative involving companies active on the challenges of Sustainability in the High-End and Luxury sector.
Lena Peterson is a senior lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology. She received a MSc Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a Technical Doctorate in Applied Electronics from Lund University. Before joining Chalmers in 1998 she was a researcher at California Institute of Technology and the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California. She enjoys teaching electronics to an international cohort of students in the Master’s programme Embedded Electronic Systems Design. One special focus area of hers within that programme is intercultural communication and group work. She has been a head of programme (2000-2007) and dean of education (2008-2016). She has acted as an external peer evaluator for education nationally and internationally. Within UNITECH she has represented Chalmers since 2012 and cherishes the spirit and energy of the UNITECH students and network.
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
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
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 - International Relations and EU Projects office. Francesca is UNITECH Local Coordinators Chairperson and is a member of the UNITECH Coaching Team
UNITECH 2006, Delft University of Technology
During my Unitech years, I met some of the most talented, bright and kind people in my network whom I still keep in touch with, cherish and call my dear friends. Even after 13 years since I finished the program. To me, Unitech is a big global family, where you are embraced for your unique talents, background and culture, and where you are challenged to bring out the best version of you. They say that your network is your net worth (not just financially, but in all senses of the word) and I cannot agree more.
After organising the GA in 2013 as an AP and later contributing as a speaker at various Symposiums in the past years, I'm delighted that I can now give back to our community in the role of UAA President. Our vision is to connect and provide value to alumni from all generations, so we truly engineer a network of professional possibilities. Let's get it on and bring it to the next level!"