Board of Directors
Dr. Philippe Lachapelle
Director of Technological and Strategic Partnerships – AWEX Brussels, Belgium
Since July 2004, Philippe LACHAPELLE is Director of Business Development and Partnerships in the Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX) and works directly under the supervision of the Administrator General of the Agency.
He is in charge of expanding the global network of innovation of AWEX in order to attract a new flux of High-Tech Companies in Wallonia and make Wallonia innovative companies grow abroad through the network.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources management and a specialized degree in European Affairs from the Catholic University of Louvain as well as a Master in International Trade of George Mason University and a PhD in European Law from the University of Lyon in France. He is President of TiE Brussels and on the board of several other public institutions supporting innovation.
Dr. Hongxin TAN
President – Coway International TechTrans, Ltd
TAN Hongxin achieved his Bachelor, Master and Doctor degrees in Department of Mechanical Engineering of Tsinghua University. He is also a qualified senior economist. He has been acting as the President of Coway International TechTrans Co., Ltd. since 2002 while taking the position of Deputy Director of National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC), Tsinghua University.
Dr. Tan has long years’ experience in international technology. Under his leadership, Coway has been recognized as one of the first National Technology Transfer Demonstration Organizations and International Science & Technology Cooperation Supporting Organizations, and accredited by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as one of the National Science and Technology Cooperation Bases.
Dr. Tan has won such prizes as Beijing Technology Market Gold Bridge First Prize, Top 10 Technology Management Talent Stars in honor of his achievements in technology transfer field.
Mr. Brett Cornwell
Executive Director, Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
Brett Cornwell is the Executive Director for Texas A&M Technology Commercialization. He leads the Licensing and IP Management and New Ventures division activities. In addition to managing a 20 person technology transfer team at Texas A&M Technology Commercialization, he teaches courses about technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in the Mays Business School (Texas A&M University), is a Faculty member at the IC2 Institute (University of Texas) and an Adjunct Lecturer in the McCombs School (University of Texas).
Brett Cornwell was a program coordinator for the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC) for ten years and served as the deputy director for three.
He has 20+ years experience in technology transfer and small companies as sales and marketing manager. He was recognized as the Outstanding Technology Transfer Intermediary in Arkansas (1997), received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium (2001), designed major portions of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Technology Assessment process for the RIB-IT program and has been published in R&D Enterprise, Asia Pacific. He is a co-author of Marketing Scientific Results published in October 2004.
Cornwell holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BBA in marketing from Baylor University.
Mr. Javier Jativa
Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner (Acting) – North America (Market Coverage USA, Canada, Mexico)
Javier is an economist with extensive experience in international business. Prior to TIQ, Javier worked for the Greater Houston Partnership in Texas and with the US Commercial Service as part of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master of Science from Colorado School of Mines.
Javier has been Deputy Commissioner in TIQ’s North American office since 2014, and is currently acting in the role of commissioner while a new permanent commissioner is recruited.
Executive Director of OWIN – Open Worldwide Innovation Network
As a Director of OWIN, she handles the day-to-day management of the organization and its relationship with its members; facilitates international opportunities for companies in OWIN’s markets; manages the relationship between companies and technology licensing entities; and facilitates international trade missions to members’ countries. Amaëlle directly reports to OWIN’s Board of Directors.
Amaëlle has previous experience in international consulting, marketing, new technology and business incubation working with big and smaller companies.
She received his Master of International Affairs from ICHEC Brussels Management School. She also studied economics at the Corvnius University in Budapest and receives a scholarship to finish her second Master in the US, in marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles. She also followed an MBA class, “Technology Commercialization” and work with the MBA students to better understand the US market.
Corporate Secretary for OWIN and Program Manager for Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
Linda Ravey, program manager for Texas A&M Technology Commercialization, assists the TTC to develop spin out A&M technology based new ventures; manages variious compliance related areas; coordinates marketing and communications for the TTC; serves as a liaison connection between international industry, academia, and other representatives and the appropriate contacts with the A&M System; and serves as corporate secretary for OWIN and Taktik USA. In 2014, she was the lead for the A&M System to produce the Texas Aggies go to War Exhibit housed in Bastogne, Belgium.
Linda has worked for the A&M System for 20+ years. The first two years were in support of the Vice President for Student affairs development office and the next ten years working at the Texas A&M University Research Park office in various positions. The last few years of her tenure with the Park, Linda played an integral role in establishing the Technology Commercialization Center which was combined in 2004 with the Technology Licensing Office to form the current Texas A&M Technology Commercialization Office.
Linda received the 2014 Outstanding Employee Service Award from the Texas A&M University System December 2014.
Business Development Manager – AWEX
Ines JURISIC started her carrier as a Relations Officer in the United Nations during the conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia that took place from 1992 to 1996. She moved to Canada and to France in order to earn her Master degree in International Economics and Trade that she did in 2003 in Paris. The second part of her career was related to the work in the economy and business fields in several European companies (Vivarte Group, France Cartes Group, UPM-Kymmene Corporation) as an International Business Developer.
Ines JURISIC conducted the consulting work for Berlitz in the field of cultural and geopolitical issues related to the Eastern Europe and decided to use her serial entrepreneurship skills to create her own business in finance and investments in 2007.
She joined Brussels’ headquarters of AWEX in 2012 as a Business Developer Manager in the Technological and Strategic Partnerships’ unit as her full time job. She also joined TiE Brussels Chapter, as an Executive Director on a part time basis.
Ines JURISIC has been granted an award of the Executive Director of the Year 2013-2014.
Executive Assistant to President, Director of Business Development at Coway International TechTrans Co., Ltd.