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Speaker Biographies

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Discussants

Kerstin Jorna

Kerstin Jorna

Director - Intellectual Property Unit, European Commission

 

Kerstin Jorna is a German national. She joined the Commission in 1990 as a civil servant. During the last 20 years Kerstin held various positions in the internal market directorate, amongst others as assistant of the director general as well as in the secretariat general as member of the negotiating team for the Nice treaty. After a stint as commission spokeswoman for regional policy and institutional affairs, Kerstin joined successively the cabinets of Michel Barnier, Günther Verheugen and Jacques Barrot. Kerstin studied law in Bonn, Hamburg and Bruges. She is married and has four children.

Olav Stokkmo

Olav Stokkmo

CEO, IFRRO

 

Olav Stokkmo has been Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) since December 2004, a position he also held from 1998-2000.

Prior to joining IFRRO, Olav worked for 8 years as the Deputy Executive Director of Kopinor, the Norwegian reproductionrights organisation, and for 4 years as the Director of Operations at the Norwegian publishing house, Det Norske Samlaget.

From 1993-1998 he took an active role in IFRRO’s working groups and committees, serving both as a member and Chair. Currently involved in the European Commission’s (EC) i2010 Digital Libraries Initiative and on improving the access for Visually Impaired Persons’ (VIP) access to copyright works in accessible formats, Olav is an active representative of author and publisher rightsholders in related activities including the EC sponsored ARROW project, the WIPO VIP stakeholder platform and EC VIP dialogue.

Olav is a Norwegian citizen and has a Master’s degree in Modern History and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics. He is an author of management literature and articles on copyright and collective management.

Christian Engstrom

Christian Engstrom

Member, European Parliament

 

Christian Engström was elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) on 7 June 2009, in which the Swedish Pirate Party won 7.1 % of the votes and received one mandate. As the Pirate Party's top candidate Mr Engström received 43,808 votes (19 % of the Pirate Party's total votes). After negotiations it was announced on 25 June 2009 that the Pirate Party would join the green group (Greens-EFA).

Born in Stockholm, Christian Engström graduated from Stockholm University in 1983 with a degree in mathematics and computer science. During his studies, Mr Engström was a tutor at the university, teaching object-oriented programming in Simula. 1978 he took up a part-time job as a programmer at a small company specialising in phonetic similarity searches for trademark names. After his studies he started working full-time at the company. 1987 he became a partner and vice president 1991. 1997 the company was sold to the leading European trademark search house CompuMark. Mr Engström stayed on in a similar capacity until 2001, when he left the company to set up his own consultancy firm Glindra AB.

Mr Engström was active in the campaign against the EU software patent directive, which was rejected by the European Parliament in July 2005. He also co-founded the Swedish section of FFII and served as its deputy chairman during the first year.

In the late 1980s, Mr Engström became a member of the Swedish Liberal People's Party. He served as a lay assessor for the party in the Stockholm District Court between 1992 and 1998 and was active in local politics in Bromma, Stockholm. He left the Liberal People's Party on 1 January 2006, following the founding of the Pirate Party.

Helge Skaara

Helge Skaara

Deputy Secretary General, EFTA

 

The Deputy Secretary-General supports the Secretary-General in administering EFTA's work in Brussels in relation to the management of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Mr Skaara was Norway's Ambassador to Venezuela (2010-2012) and to Mexico (2002-2005). He spent five years in Brussels as Deputy Head of the Mission of Norway to the EU (2005-2010).

Moderator

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin Fitzgerald

Chief Executive, Copyright Licensing Agency

 

Kevin Fitzgerald is the Chief Executive of the UK’s Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). Kevin joined the CLA in 2007 as Chief Executive and since then annual collections for the benefit of authors, artists and publishers have increased from £47m to £75m. These payments act as a significant economic catalyst for the creative sector.

Kevin is Chair of IFRRO’s European Group, and a Director on IFFRO’s Board. He regularly speaks/mentors on publishing industry matters around the world.

Kevin joined the Thomas Cook Group in 1997. Amongst his various roles, he was one of the founders of thomascook.com, which grew to some £50m of turnover in just three years. In 2002 he joined Pearson PLC as Managing Director of Rough Guides where he increased global sales by 50% and gross margin from 45% to 65% in four years.

This year Kevin was awarded a CMG by The Queen, on the recommendation of the Foreign Secretary.

Kevin holds other public appointments/non-executive directorships.

Logistics

When

Wednesday 16 October, 2013
09.00 to 13.30

CET

 

Where

EFTA Building

Rue Joseph II 12-16
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium

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