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Bror Salmelin

Graduated from Helsinki University of Technology with majors in Control and Systems Engineering, Electronics and Measurement Technology, 1978.

Assistant at Helsinki University of Technology 1979-1984.
Worked at TEKES (a Finnish agency co-ordinating industrial RTD) 1984 with management positions e.g. in Manufacturing, Industrial Automation and Electronics. 1994 onwards the Deputy of the Information Technology Section. Finnish representative at Information Technology Committee of the IST programme. One of creators of the global IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems) initiative from 1990, and during the Feasibility Study phase chaired the EFTA delegation.

Technology Attaché/ Vice Consul for TEKES in Los Angeles 1997-1998 establishing research and business contacts in ICT. Works in European Commission; since 1998 as Head of Unit in various units (Integration in Manufacturing, Electronic Commerce and New Working Environments). In this context developed concept of European Network of Living Labs, which is grown through EU presidencies to 150+ sites innovation network for ICT intense services.

Currently Advisor for Innovation Systems at the European Commission DG CONNECT (Communications, Networks, Content and Technology). Responsible for innovation and take-up and real world settings fostering innovation, Living Labs. Runs a senior industrial group "Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group" with leading industries.

Member of New Club of Paris. Member of the Advisory Board for Innovation Value Institute, Ireland.

Expertise in intangible economy and value creation, related to policies like innovation policy, productivity and creativity. Focus now on new service innovation.