May I ask you to introduce yourself briefly (name, nationality, Marie Curie Action, Project, international experience…)?
I am Zoran Andjelic, with German citizenship, originally from Croatia. In the past I have coordinated several international projects with international agencies like NSF-USA, KFA-DE, including three MC projects in FP3, FP5 and FP7. I spent the first part of my professional carrier working in the academic environment (professor of electrical engineering at the University of Sarajevo) and the last 20 years as a research Fellow in industrial enterprises like ABB. I am currently CEO at POLOPT Technology (www.polopt.com).
Why did you apply for the Ordinary Board Member position within the MCAA?
My intention is to try to pass on some of my experience in working in Marie Curie projects.
As an Ordinary Board Member within the MCAA, what do you plan to do first? – or what is the first item you plan to put on the agenda?
I intend to focus on networking between MCAA Members with the aim of following in particular – and extensively – future activities related to Horizon 2020.
What do you think the MCAA’s priorities should be?
The MCAA’s priorities should be linked mainly to networking activities and to Horizon 2020.
How do you plan to organise your work within the MCAA and especially your collaboration with the other Members of the Board?
I plan to:
- Establish closer relations with interested Members.
- Check if there is a potential for synergy between the MCAA Members (common research area, common ideas for the future projects, etc.)
- Contribute with the ideas related to the new calls.
- Distribute information on the actual initiatives launched by MC and other programmes.
How will your work within the association help build a “community spirit” among the Marie Curie Alumni?
I hope that the points mentioned above will help build this spirit.
Do you plan to meet Alumni? When?
I don’t know yet! I intend to meet some of them, probably at the beginning of the next year.
What would you say to the Alumni, especially to those who elected you?