DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURES for RESEARCH 2018 | Serving the user base


Franciska de Jong

Organisation: CLARIN ERIC
Role: Executive director

Franciska de Jong is Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC (

David Kelsey

David Kelsey

Organisation: Particle Physics Department STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Role: Head of particle physics computing

Dr David Kelsey is head of particle physics computing at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has been leading many Grid Security activities since 2001 including EU DataGrid, EGEE, EGI-InSPIRE, EGI-Engage, GridPP and WLCG. He has an equally long track record in federated identity management as the founder and leader of the EU Certificate Authority Coordination Group in 2000, a group that became EUGridPMA in 2004 and led to the formation of IGTF. Kelsey has been an active member of the FIM4R group collecting and documenting the research community requirements for federated identity management and has striven to establish trust between e-Infrastructure operational security teams, the identity federations and with IT infrastructures worldwide, as the founder and leader of the Security for Collaborating Infrastructures (SCI) activity. Kelsey is chair of the SCIV2 working group of WISE. Kelsey has a PhD in experimental particle physics. 

Sylvia Kuijpers

Sylvia Kuijpers

Organisation: SURFnet
Role: Community Manager

Sylvia Agnes Kuijpers is a community manager for research at SURFnet and the project lead of the Enlighten Your Research Program. At SURFnet, she is involved in research engagement for the Dutch research community in collaboration with SURF and the SURF organizations SURFsara and the Netherlands eScience Center. Previously she has worked at Utrecht University as a PhD Candidate on cancer research.

Damien Lecarpentier

Organisation: CSC-IT Centre for Science
Role: Project Director

Damien Lecarpentier has an MA in Political Science and PhD in Social Sciences from the Advanced School of Social Sciences in Paris. He joined CSC as coordinator for international activities in January 2009.

Simon Leinen

Organisation: SWITCH
Role: Cloud Architect

After fifteen years in SWITCH's backbone network team, Simon joined the new Peta Solutions team in 2011 to initiate activities in community cloud services.

Leslie McIntosh

Organisation: Center for Biomedical Informatics at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)
Role: Director

Leslie McIntosh, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor and serves as the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) and the Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core for the Siteman Cancer Center and the Institute for Cli

Roberta Piscitelli

Role: Strategy and Policy Officer

Roberta is responsible for supporting the execution of the EGI strategy and for developing relationships with SMEs/Industry. She has been involved in R&D projects in Big Data Analytics, Deep Learning covering both research and engagement with SMEs in the Big Data sector. She has a background in optimisation models for Design Space Exploration and security. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Amsterdam.

Tony Ross-Hellauer

Tony Ross-Hellauer

Organisation: Georg-August-University Göttingen
Role: Scientific Manager for the OpenAIRE2020 project

Tony Ross-Hellauer is Scientific Manager for the OpenAIRE2020 project at Georg-August-University Göttingen. He has a PhD in Information Studies (University of Glasgow, 2012), in addition to MA (Philosophy) and MSc (Information and Library Studies) degrees. He is an enthusiastic advocate of Open Access and Open Science whose research interests include repositories, metadata, and the philosophy/history of technology. 


Diego Scardaci

Organisation: INFN
Role: Technical Outreach Expert

Diego has been involved in several projects, related to Research Infrastructure and e-Infrastructure and co-funded by the European Commission in the context of FP6 and FP7, fulfilling several management roles since 2006, when he joined INFN.

Gergely Sipos

Gergely Sipos

Organisation: EGI Foundation
Role: Technical Outreach Manager

Gergely holds an MSc and a PhD in computer science and project management from the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He became involved in grid computing in 2002 and researched high-level user environments and collaborative design tools. Prior to EGI, Gergely worked in training, consultancy and user support for the EGEE project from his base in Budapest, where he promoted grid technology and distributed computing practices to scientific communities.