About speakers
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About speakers

If you are interested to know more about our speakers invited for the conference, find below a short biography about them and their qualifications. 

José Antonio Dieste 

Dr. José Antonio Dieste is the Head of the Mechatronic Dept. at AITIIP and Senior Mechanical Engineer. As science researcher and technical Responsible of the robotics area at AITIIP, José Antonio Dieste is an expert in machining, polishing and robot operation applied to the manufacturing of plastics. Dr. Dieste was the Scientific Coordinator of the MEGAROB project and is currently coordinating the H2020-FoF-KRAKEN project. 

José Antonio Dieste has experience in controlling robots, developing new materials and analysing their behaviour across the different manufacturing stages and processes. He is an associate professor at the University of Zaragoza in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He collaborates with CECIMO and with the Vanguard initiative in 3D printing, contributing to scientific and technical studies about new technologies and applications for 3D printing for the European Union.


Marc Saunders 

Marc Saunders has over 25 years’ experience in high tech manufacturing and precision engineering. In his previous positions at Renishaw, a world leading company in technologies, he played a key role in developing the company’s award-winning RAMTIC automated machining platform and has also delivered turnkey metrology solutions to customers in the aerospace sector.

Marc has also worked extensively in the space sector, having led e2v Technologies’ Space Imaging division which developed cameras for space science missions such as NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Rosetta and New Horizons missions.

In his current role as Director – Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw plc, Marc Saunders is establishing a global network of Solutions Centres for metal additive manufacturing (AM), enabling customers who are considering deploying AM as a production process to gain hands-on experience with the technology. 


Güngör Kara

Güngör Kara is a highly skilled expert in the field of industrial 3D Printing, innovation and operational excellence. In his role as Director of Global Application and Consulting he heads the global activities of the application and consulting department at EOS, the worldwide technology and quality leader for powder-based, industrial 3D Printing.

He has deep insights into current developments of Additive Manufacturing in multi-national enterprises and innovative start-ups and supports them to the degree they need it.

Mr. Kara has started his career at Philipp Morris as a Project Engineer and moved to Management and Operations Consulting where he had add more than 17 years of professional experience as an executive consultant – mostly at A.T. Kearney – in the field of operational excellence, innovation and business development.


Coen de Graaf

As project leader for the Vanguard Initiative and Manunet III, Coen de Graaf is working together with 30 European regions on building and connecting (new) demonstration platforms across the regions. Goal is to speed up innovations and intensify international collaboration. 

After his study “Commercial Economy” Coen has been responsible for several international companies as a commercial director. In 2007 he started his own consultancy firm, “Humanagement, Opportunities in Change”, focusing on advising and training technical companies in their transitions from strategy to operations. Since then he coached over 300 engineers and managers, more then 40 companies not only on building a strategy, but also on developing the skills to execute that strategy.

Since 2015, Coen de Graaf is also active for the cluster organization High Tech NL. One of is tasks is to improve the collaboration between the companies and knowledge institutes within the High Tech community. 

As from 2016, Mr de Graaf is involved in several international projects through an assignment of the Province of Noord-Brabant (South-NL). 


Steve Youngs 

Steve Youngs is the Development Director for Vero Software, the world leader in CAD/CAM software. Steve directs the ongoing technical development of all Vero Software’s CAD/CAM brands. Together these brands aid the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries. 

Mr Youngs uses his lifelong interest in engineering and his passion for technology, to lead a team of more than 150 development staff. Located in eight offices, across three continents, these staff develop world-leading brands. Working closely with Vero’s Strategic Product Director and Brand Managers, Steve Youngs analyses feedback from customers, sales channels and applications engineers, to provide features to maximize customer productivity. His role also involves considering market trends, new technological innovation and areas where Vero can provide a better solution for manufacturers. 

Steve has a 1st class honors degree in software engineering, from The University of Birmingham. With over 25 years in the industry Steve’s achievements include development of one of the first 64-bit multi-threaded CAM applications, helping academic partners gain PhDs. Steve has also played a significant role in the transformation of Vero Software into a world leading company. 


Daniel Lichtenstein 

Daniel Lichtenstein is Head of Market Development at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing, Germany. He is focused on actively developing the AM market in aerospace, medical, tooling and automotive with his team of industry and technology experts.

Mr Lichtenstein has extensive experience in building up organizations and taking technology products to market. Daniel is one of the founding members of the TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing business unit and is now dedicated to establish AM as an industrial production technology.

Prior to TRUMPF, he was working for Oerlikon in Switzerland. Daniel holds an MBA from Portland State University and a Diploma in International Business from ESB Reutlingen.


Christian-Friedrich Lindemann (Moderator) 

Christian Lindemann has studied industrial engineering at the University of Paderborn with a focus on strategic production and innovation management. Afterwards he joined the chair for "Computer Application and Integration in Design and Planning" as scientific staff from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Koch.

Since 2010 he is strongly involved in the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn. One of his main research topics is the cost structure of Additive Manufacturing during the product lifecycle with the aim to increase the number of part candidates for the AM technology. Furthermore he investigates existing methods for product design and the applicability for the Additive Manufacturing technologies. During his research he has participated in industry and EU-FP7 Framework projects as well as in projects of the European Space Agency (ESA). He is active in many AM networks and AM standardization activities.

Following his time as scientific statt at the DMRC, he was Research & Exploitation Manager before becoming the Managing Director of the DMRC in 2017.