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Claire Yuqi Chen

Claire Yuqi Chen, is the Director for Global Initiatives at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), where she served as the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Legal and Financial Affairs for the U.S. She specializes in technology and innovation policy, project management, creative workshop facilitation, and cross-cultural communications. In her current role, she supports the advancement of research administration and management globally to facilitate international scientific cooperation between the U.S. and other countries. She has participated in multiple Horizon 2020 funded projects, including the BILAT USA 4.0 and ENRICH in the USA. In the past, she has consulted and facilitated on projects with the Arab League, Eurasia Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and other programs in the Washington D.C. science & technology community. She received her master’s degree in International Communication from American University, her Bachelor’s degree in Culture Studies from Humboldt State University, and a second Bachelor’s degree in English from Xi’an International Studies University in China. 

Moderator: Day 1 & Day 2 Afternoon Sessions


Andrea Degen

Founder & President of the Board

EUrelations AG

Bio to be added

Moderator: Day 2 Morning Session


Odette Paramor

Head of School of Geographical Sciences 

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Dr Odette Paramor is Head of School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. She has worked in China almost continuously since 2009 and has been involved with several EU-China projects supporting research and innovation (DragonSTAR, DragonSTAR Plus, URBAN-EU-CHINA and ENRICH in China).  

Prior to moving in China, Odette was based in the UK where she coordinated several EU-funded research projects to support the development of ecosystem approaches to management in marine systems. Whilst most of her research has focused on fisheries management, her other research interests include anti-fouling technologies, wetland habitat restoration, coastal defence and developing methodologies to assess ecosystem functioning. 

Moderator: Day 1 Morning Session


Eli Stepanovic

Senior Project Manager


Elli B. Tzatzanis-Stepanovic received her MSc of Commerce from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She has been Project Manager at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the Division of European and International Programmes (EIP) since 2004.

As certified Senior Project Manager and certified Scrum Master for Agile Project Management she is currently working in two H2020 projects, i.e. ENRICH in China, managing services to strengthen Sino-European STI collaboration, and FutureProof, utilising foresight and scenario planning methodologies to co-develop novel innovation services for SMEs.

Moderator: Day 3