Advisory Board

Taira-Julia Lammi
Country Managing Director, ABB Hungary
She has been working with ABB since 1997, having held a number of roles in quality and operations development, supply chain and project management as well as management positions.
Working as Quality Manager, she gained a great insight to all major departments of a business unit at ABB, so she had a chance to know the products and processes, customers and suppliers.
Then, becoming a Project Manager and supervisor, running a team of people in R&D was an important technical experience for her as engineer to get a real hands-on experience of ABB products.
She took on her previous role as Center Head of the Internal Consulting Group for ABB in Finland and the Czech Republic in 2009 for seven years. Primary responsibilities in this role included leading people through various changes, keeping up the competences and bring in new ones and making sure people are motivated in their work and deliver results.
Taira-Julia Lammi comes from Finland. She holds a Master Sciences in Industrial Engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland. She completed a leadership training at Levon Institute and a Senior Leadership Development Program at IMD Lausanne in 2014.
She speaks Finnish, English, Spanish, Swedish and German.
In her spare time, she likes skiing, attending concerts, theater plays, playing golf, attending gym classes and travelling. She is married, and has two children.


Peter Szalay
Chief Operating Officer, IBM Hungary

Peter has been working for IBM since 1994. He started his career as a Financial Analyst, then became the Deputy CFO at IBM Hungary. In 1996 at HTCC Consulting he fulfilled the Controller and chief Accountant position, and in 1999 he became the CFO of IBM Hungary. Before becoming the COO, he has been leading the EMEA Accounting Tower. Business and industry insight consultative advisor.

Education: JPTE Pécs, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Laurent Roux

Laurent Roux joined the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT),, (2.3Bln EUR as part of Horizon 2020 for the 2014-2020 period) as Entrepreneurship Officer in September 2013, and became Impact Officer – Entrepreneurship and Business Creation in Nov 2017.

He is mainly responsible for the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) Entrepreneurship and Business Creation activities for innovative European start-ups and scale-ups across EU-28 (50M EUR/year in acceleration and support services), including synergies with other EU and National Business Creation programs.

His work also includes the EIT Monitoring of the EIT KICs activities, through Key Performance Indicators, Scoreboards, including Horizon 2020 indicators, and on site in-depth broader strategic Evaluations and Reviews focusing on Results, Impact and Financial Sustainability.

Laurent Roux leads the EIT Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship activities at European level,

Laurent Roux represents EIT on the board of the EIT Alumni association (7000+ members),, and leads the EIT Alumni community development across Europe. Laurent Roux is a member of the organizing team of EIT annual Innovation festival INNOVEIT,, and leads the organization of the annual EIT Awards and Innovation Tour.

Laurent Roux holds an INSEAD MBA, and a MScEE from INSA Lyon, France.