Elaine is part of the innovation team at Business Durham. She primarily works with science, technology and engineering businesses to help build useful connections, facilitate business solutions and bring ideas to commercial exploitation. To do this, she works with a wide network of businesses, support organisations, investors, funders and academic institutions. She has been involved in a many different areas of economic development and regeneration in the last 15 years: to name a few, these include digital, new and renewable energy, electric vehicles, tourism, housing, food and drink sectors. Elaine has also been a marketing and communication specialist, leading on various projects over the years. Currently, Elaine also manages the Interreg project, STEPHANIE (Space and photonics technology for market and societal challenges) in the UK, along with other project partners in Spain, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Czech Republic. This project aims to develop policy improvements that will best position businesses to benefit from R&D investments within these areas.
Sylvia is a highly experienced business support officer. Her work with the Centre of Excellence has a key focus on managing project finance and uses expertise in systems and process development to ensure smooth financial management of projects. With a strong knowledge of procurement processes, Sylvia brings a number of skills to the team including time management, event management and overall customer first approach to providing client support.
James is hosted at RTC North and is the Enterprise Europe Network & Internationalisation Advisor. He founded Northern Orbit, which is focused on brokering international opportunities for SMEs working across Space, Satellite, Aerospace & Defence and works alongside the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence to encourage the international networking and collaboration of these sectors. Northern Orbit has the sole purpose of supporting SMEs to find international partnering opportunities and developing the northern supply chain for global opportunities within the sector.
Kavitha has more than a decade of experience within the Space sector, from conceptualisation to delivery of innovative applications using space technologies and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). She has a PhD in expert systems and fuzzy neural network techniques for landslide mapping using Earth Observation (EO) and machine learning. She has a diverse range of work experience including the roles of Space Innovation Facilitator, Programme/Project Manager, Technical Lead on EO applications and bid manager. She also has a track record in organising and delivering end user workshops; contributing to the development of commercialisation roadmaps; and building stakeholder engagements with SMEs, Industry, Academics and Government departments to promote uptake of EO data and services/solutions.
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