President of the Association @ Top 500 Innovators
Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk – since 2015 President of the Association of the Top 500 Innovators, alumnus of the Top 500 Innovators Programme at Stanford Univeristy, Palo Alto, California. Deputy Director in the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. She holds a post of the Coordinator of the NCP_WIDE.NET project (financed under Horizon 2020). Katarzyna is a member of the Programme Committee for SMEs and Access 2 Risk Finance and Strategic Committee at the European Commission. On a daily basis Katarzyna supports Centres of Excellence, research institutions, innovative SMEs, start-ups and large companies in obtaining funds for the development of innovation projects. Her fields of specialization are innovation, cooperation industry-academia, synergies between EU financial sources and international cooperation. She has a long-lasting experience in management and implementation of the European projects financed under Framework Programmes (7 th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020), Structural Funds and Norway Funds.