Thomas KALLSTENIUS has been Chief Executive Officer at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology since 1 February 2019.

Prior to this, he was program director for the Belgian research institute imec’s research & innovation program related to security and privacy. He was also in charge of imec’s strategic orientation of distributed artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. This strategy was preceded by imec’s vertical market strategy, which Thomas was also in charge of. 

Before joining imec, Thomas was vice president for research and innovation at iMinds, the research institute that merged with imec in 2016. His responsibilities in this role included iMinds’ strategic and applied research programs with academic and industrial partners. 

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience with industrial research and strategic marketing. He worked as a director at Bell Labs on video communication related topics, and prior to this, he was strategic marketing director at Alcatel-Lucent, responsible for its fixed access portfolio. He has also been a researcher on broadband access within Ericsson Research, and on reliability of semiconductor components within Ericsson Microelectronics. 

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), a PhD in semiconductor materials science from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) and an MBA from Vlerick Management School (Leuven, Belgium). He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe, and as vice-chair of the Working Group on Wearables in the European Commission’s Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

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