OUR LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE HEAD
The Secretary general of the FNR is the chief executive officer of the organisation. He heads the Executive Office, implements the strategy, oversees programme development and manages all running activities. He is appointed by the Board of the FNR, subject to approval from the government.
Marc Schiltz, PhD, MBA
Marc Schiltz was appointed Secretary General of the FNR in 2011. As of November 2017, he is also President of Science Europe, an association of major European research funding and research performing organisations. He holds a PhD in Physics and an executive MBA from INSEAD. He has been active in research and higher education for more than 20 years in several European countries and is a recognised scientist in his field of expertise. He has developed a thorough expertise in strategic research management and organisation. Under his leadership, the FNR has significantly contributed to strengthen the quality and impact of the Luxembourg research system and to build bridges with the private sector and the international scientific community.
BOARD OF THE FNR
Our Board supervises the organisation and approves the overall policies and strategic priorities of the FNR. It is appointed by the government and is composed of nine independent directors active in industry, business and the civil society. The members of the Board act in full autonomy.
Chair of the Board
Martine Reicherts began her career at the European Commission in February 1984 in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. After holding several positions in different Directorates-General and cabinets, she was appointed Head of Service at the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics – Luxembourg in 2003 and Head of the Publications Office of the European Union in 2007. In 2014, she succeeded Viviane Reding in the Barroso II Commission as Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. From September 2015, she was head of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture and retired from the European Commission at the end of January 2018. Martine Reicherts is a member of the Board of Directors of the Banque Centrale de Luxembourg.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Member of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of CERATIZIT (Luxembourg). Born in 1965, Thierry Wolter holds a Master of Science in Material Science Engineering from ETH Zürich and an MBA from HARVARD Graduate School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of CERATIZIT since 2002, after holding various production, marketing and manager positions with CERAMETAL group. He is co-author of the book “Europe de 2012: Globalisation et cohésion sociale? Les scenarios luxembourgeois” published by Economica, Paris in 1997.
The Government Commissioner
The Government Commissioner is a civil servant who is mandated by the Minister for Higher Education and Research to attend the meetings of the Board in an advisory function. He also checks that Board decisions are compliant with legal and contractual requirements and he has the right to inspect the management of the organisation.
For the major part of his professional career, Dr. Romain Martin has been Professor for Psychology and Empirical Educational Research. Besides holding a master’s degree and a PhD in differential and educational psychology from the University of Nancy II, Dr. Martin is also a certified primary school teacher and registered state psychologist in Luxembourg. His research interests include life-long learning, cognitive neuroscience in an educational context, large-scale and longitudinal educational studies and the development of new educational assessment and learning tools with a specific focus on technology-enhanced tools. A pioneer in computer-based testing, he initiated an open-source computer-based testing platform used in several large-scale international studies. This project has led to the creation of a spin-off company in 2013 of which Dr. Martin has been one of the co-founders.
SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL OF THE FNR
Our Scientific Council acts as an advisory body to the FNR. Appointed by the Government, it is composed of international experts. The current scientific council was appointed by ministerial decree in October 2020.
Chair of the Scientific Council
Nadine C. Martin MD
Nadine C. Martin is in charge of Innovation Management at sitem-insel AG since 2015. Her particular interests go to Open Innovation in the Life Science sector and how to foster interdisciplinary collaboration for the benefit of translating ideas and research results faster.
Vice Chair of the Scientific Council
Gabriele Dobenecker holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. She spent over 20 years in IT and high tech industries. Beginning of 2007 Gabriele Dobenecker started at Empa, the the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, heading their Marketing, Knowledge and Technology Transfer section. Since autumn 2018 she is responsible for the Empa Zukunftsfonds, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations.