About the Organisers and Partners
Forum Europe www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe is the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider. Founded in 1989 and with offices at the heart of the European Union in Brussels, Forum Europe specialises in EU focussed political and economic conferences and debates. We work successfully with businesses, institutions, NGOs and governments alike while organising our own portfolio of sector leading events.
The Forum Europe team consists of multilingual EU policy and events specialists and our strategic services can maintain and develop your networks at EU level while delivering forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
You can find out more about us by going to www.forum-europe.com
Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 37 countries. Building on more than 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Stavanger, Norway with approximately 22,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.
GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.
Europe is a dynamic region for GE. We have over 100,000 employees, across 1,000 locations including 145 manufacturing facilities and 50+ industry research centres across the region. From Europe we export over €10 billion of great technologies, products and services to markets across the globe.
IBM is one of the worldwide leaders in the area of IT Services and Consultancy. More than 400,000 IBMers worldwide are involved with inventing and integrating hardware, software and services to enable advanced companies, institutions and people to be successful. Computing power is no longer reserved for computers in the traditional way we think of it. There are chips in our cars, our domestic devices and our cameras. Even our highways have started to become intelligent, as has medicine and food. Furthermore, everything is connected and we have powerful new systems and advanced analyzing possibilities to transfer piles of data into knowledge, insight and useful information. This is how IBM can help make the world smarter.
Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Since the company was founded in 1975, we have worked to achieve this mission by creating technology that transforms the way people work, play, and communicate. We develop and market software, services, hardware, and solutions that deliver new opportunities, greater productivity, and enhanced value to people’s lives. Microsoft lights up digital work and digital life experiences in the most personal, intelligent, open and empowering ways. We do business throughout the world and have offices in more than 100 countries, including each of the EU28 countries.
MSD, known as Merck & Co in the USA and Canada, is a global healthcare company with a 125-year history of working to make a difference in the lives of people through innovative medicines, vaccines and animal health products. We are committed to being the premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for today and the future.
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2016, Vodafone had 470 million mobile customers and 14 million fixed broadband customers.
BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO. The fee income of the member firms in the BDO network, including the members of their exclusive alliances, was US$7.6 billion in 2016. These firms have representation in 158 territories, with 67,300 people working out of over 1,400 offices worldwide.
RAND Europe www.rand.org/randeurope
RAND Europe is a not-for-profit research organisation whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. We are the European affiliate of the RAND Corporation. We conduct empirical, objective and policy-relevant research, which is widely disseminated to benefit the public interest.
RAND Europe’s work has steadily expanded to cover a kaleidoscope of policy-relevant topics from defence and security, innovation and technology policy, and criminal justice through to health and social issues. Cutting across topical areas are the methods-focused groups, including evaluation and impact measurement, and choice modelling and valuation. The mix of subject expertise, contextual understanding and innovative methodologies creates insightful yet robust analysis.