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Věra Jourová

Věra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

 

Czech nationality.

- European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
2014-present
- Minister for Regional Development
2014
- Trainee solicitor, Bezděk & Partners law firm
2012-13
- Managing Director, Primavera Consulting Ltd. – EU funds consultant
2006-13
- Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague
2012
- Consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to EU accession
2006-11
- Deputy Minister for Regional Development
2003-06
- Head of the Department of Regional Development of the Vysočina Region
2001-03
- Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office
1995-2000
- Master's degree (Mgr.) in theory of culture, Charles University, Prague
1991

Jekaterina Macuka

Jekaterina Macuka

Head of the Division of Policy Development and Religion Affairs, Sectoral Policy Department, Ministry of Justice, Latvia

 

Education
2006 - 2007 University of Latvia, Law faculty, Master’s degree in Law
2001 - 2006 University of Latvia, Law faculty, qualification of lawyer
1990 – 2001 Riga 88. Secondary School

Work experience
09.2012 – present Head of division of Policy development and religion affairs, Ministry of Justice
06.2011 – 08.2012 Head of Sectoral policy department, Ministry of Justice
07.2010 – 05.2011 acting director of Patent Office of Republic of Latvia
01.2009 - 06.2010 Head of the division of Public and religion affairs, Ministry of Justice
01.2008 - 01.2009 Head of the Board of Religion affairs
01.2007 - 01.2008 Head of the division of registration of religion organizations, Board of Religion affairs
04.2004 - 06.2006 senior assistant, Board of Religion affairs

Representative of Latvia at the Information Exchange and Data Protection working group.

Participations in conferences
AIPPI Baltic conference “Enforcement of IP rights and survival in new environment” (2011)
Latvian Patent office and WIPO Conference “Intellectual property rights management” (2012)
ERA Conference „Safeguarding the right to Data Protection in the EU” (2014)

Languages
Latvian, Russian: fluent;
English: very good;
French: basic knowledge

Jan Albrecht MEP

Jan Albrecht MEP

Rapporteur on General Data Protection Regulation, European Parliament

 

Jan Philipp Albrecht is a Member of the European Parliament from the German Greens. Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo in 2009 and was spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. Jan Philipp Albrecht is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy. In the European Parliament, he works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. He is the European Parliament's chief negotiator ("Rapporteur") for the General Data Protection Regulation. He is now also vice-chair of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

Kelly Welsh

Kelly Welsh

General Counsel, United States Department of Commerce

 

Kelly R. Welsh is General Counsel of the Department of Commerce. Mr. Welsh joined the Department of Commerce from Northern Trust Corporation where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2000 to 2014. Previously, Mr. Welsh served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Ameritech Corporation from 1996 to 1999, also serving as Vice President and Associate General Counsel from 1993 to 1996. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Welsh served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Welsh was a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown and an associate from 1979 to 1985. Mr. Welsh worked as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Luther M. Swygert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Welsh received an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from Sussex University, U.K. and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

Viviane Reding MEP

Viviane Reding MEP

Member, International Trade Committee, European Parliament

 

Viviane Reding is one of the most prominent personalities of Europe, completing 3 terms as member of the European Government, currently Head of the Luxemburgish Christian Democrats delegation within the European Parliament in charge of International Trade.

Viviane Reding was born in 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. After obtaining a PhD degree (University Sorbonne, Paris), she acted as professional journalist during 20 years. In 1999, having served 10 years in the Luxembourg Parliament and 10 years in the European Parliament, she became European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In her first term she pushed through the "Erasmus World" Programme, expanding the co-operation between universities and the exchange of students worldwide. She also strengthened the MEDIA programme for the promotion of European films.

In 2004, she became EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, winning a major battle against telecom companies by capping mobile roaming charges by 70%. She was instrumental in the reform of the European telecom sector, opening the internal market to competition. In that period, she also reformed the European research area, reinforcing the technological research platforms.

In 2010, she became first Vice-President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. She put in place a truly EU Justice policy, launching a series of ground-breaking proposals in the field of civil, commercial, consumer and criminal law, creating thus the basis for a European area of justice. She initiated the chapter "Justice for growth", enabling both businesses and consumers to benefit fully from their rights in the European single market. This chapter includes proposals in the field of consumer rights, cross border recovery of debts and recognition of documents, women on boards, a common European sales law and the reform of the EU data protection rules.

Viviane Reding also created the basis for a "fundamental rights culture" across the European institutions and initiated a new EU framework to strengthen the rule of law. In order to reach out to the general public, she launched the Europe-wide "Citizen Dialogue" – series, ahead of the EU-Elections.

Viviane Reding was awarded numerous national, European and cultural awards as well as a number of "Honoris Causa" degrees by Universities. She published many articles, mainly on the reform of European Institutions, on the development of the European Union into a Federal Political Union as well as on economic and financial governance.

Rupert Schlegelmilch

Rupert Schlegelmilch

Director, Services and Investment, Intellectual Property and Public Procurement, DG Trade, European Commission

 

Rupert Schlegelmilch studied law and political science in Freiburg/Br. and Berlin, Germany.

After a few years with the German Foreign Ministry, Mr Schlegelmilch joined the Directorate General for External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels in 1993 as an OECD (investment), and later WTO negotiator. From 1998 to 2003 Mr Schlegelmilch worked on WTO matters in the EU Commission's office in Geneva. He then worked extensively on Trade and Sustainable Development, and managed DG Trade's relations with Civil Society in Brussels. Between 2002 and 2006 Mr Schlegelmilch was responsible for the EU’s bilateral trade relations with Greater China. This was followed by a period as Head of Unit responsible for Trade Relations with the Americas (2006 – 2009) before taking up his assignment as Head of the Unit for Trade Relations with South Asia, Korea and ASEAN. From 1 April to 31 December 2011, he was the Director for Directorate E, responsible for public procurement and intellectual property, and bilateral trade relations with CIS countries, the Balkans, the candidate states and the EFTA members. As of 1 January 2012 Mr Schlegelmilch is the Director for Directorate B, responsible for Services and Investment, Intellectual Property and Public Procurement.

Cameron Kerry

Cameron Kerry

Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP

 

Cameron Kerry, former General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, has played a leadership role in addressing many of the biggest challenges facing business today, including consumer privacy issues and international discussions regarding systems for data protection. His broad practice operates at the intersection of law and technology and is informed by his years of government service and over three decades in private practice. Cam joins his wealth of experience in the highest levels of government with the global and inter-disciplinary resources of Sidley’s highly regarded Privacy, Data Security and Information Law team. In addition, Cam works on complex matters involving international trade relations, intellectual property policy, litigation, government affairs and communications.

Cam’s practice involves strategic counseling, regulatory guidance and litigation, and includes:

- Providing general counsels, chief privacy officers and boards of directors with strategic advice on global privacy and data protection compliance programs and information governance protocols.
- Advising on corporate cybersecurity preparedness, including deployment of the NIST Framework developed at the Department of Commerce.
- Representing companies in litigation and government investigations concerning alleged unfair or deceptive business practices regarding privacy and other consumer protection issues.
- Assisting clients to advance their objectives to promote international digital trade, cross-border data transfers, cloud services and innovative Big Data and new technology applications.
- Advising and representing U.S. and multinational companies regarding new EU Data Protection Regulation, and global “binding corporate rules.”

Throughout his life, Cam has been deeply involved in politics. During the 2004 presidential campaign, he was a close advisor and national surrogate for his brother, Democratic nominee John Kerry. The period when Cam served as Acting Commerce Secretary while his brother served as Secretary of State marked the first time in U.S. history that two brothers served in the Cabinet at the same time.

Chris Sherwood

Chris Sherwood

Head of Public Policy, Allegro Group

 

Chris Sherwood joined the Allegro Group in 2013 as Head of Public Policy. He is the first permanent Brussels public policy professional to be employed by a European Internet company. He has responsibility for all of the Allegro Group’s public policy issues. Chris previously worked for Yahoo! as Director for Public Policy, and at the US Department of Commerce at the US Mission to the EU, where he worked on ICT sector-related issues, including privacy and environmental rules. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and an IT systems implementation consultant. He has Masters Degrees in German and European Studies. He speaks fluent English, French, German, and Polish. He has UK, French, and US nationalities.

The Allegro Group is the leading Central and East European e-commerce company, with consumer-focused businesses in 16 countries spanning e-marketplaces, e-retail, online classified ads, and e-payments. Its headquarters are in Poznań.

Ted Dean

Ted Dean

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, United States Department of Commerce

 

Mr. Dean directs the Department of Commerce’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries, which account for approximately 80% of the private sector economy of the United States. In that capacity he leads his division’s efforts to develop trade policies, initiatives and programs aimed at ensuring the long term competitiveness of the U.S. services industry. He also directs the analysis of trends affecting U.S. businesses across the full services spectrum ranging from digital to finance, logistics supply chain and professional services. Additionally, Mr. Dean works to ensure that U.S. businesses have competitive access to export finance through the Department of Commerce’s representation on the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the World Bank.

Mr. Dean has extensive international business experience, having run a consulting firm based in China for over a decade and done business across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining the Commerce Department in November 2013, Mr. Dean was the President and Managing Director of BDA, a consulting firm based in Beijing, China, where he advised companies and investors on their businesses in Asia. Mr. Dean was also a founder of Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a former Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and a former board member of the 100,000 Strong Foundation.

Mr. Dean received his BA from Yale College and his MBA from the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Washington, DC, he currently resides in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and two daughters.

Kostas Rossoglou

Kostas Rossoglou

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC

 

Kostas Rossoglou is a Senior Legal Officer and is leading BEUC’s Digital Team. He joined BEUC in 2009 and is an expert on data protection and digital issues, including online content and competition. Mr Rossoglou is a Greek qualified lawyer and acquired experience in Greece, Malta and Brussels. BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for its members. BEUC’s main task is to represent its members at European stage and defend the interests of all Europe’s consumers. BEUC has 40 well respected, independent national consumer organisations from 31 European countries (EU, EEA and applicant countries). BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on eight areas identified as priorities by our members: Financial Services, Food, Digital Rights, Consumer Rights, Sustainability, Safety, Health and Energy.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance

 

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.

Boué holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

Luca De Matteis

Luca De Matteis

Justice Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU

 

Luca De Matteis (b. Italy, 1973)

• Practising lawyer (civil, commercial law) – 1995-1997
• Judge (criminal law), First instance court in Como (Italy) – 1999-2009
• Seconded national expert, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, DG D, Unit 2B – Fundamental Rights and Criminal Justice, Brussels (2009-2013)
• Seconded judge, Ministry of Justice, Office for International Relations, Directorate General for Criminal Justice, Rome (Italy) – 2013-2014
• Justice Counsellor (Criminal Justice and Data protection), Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, Brussels (2014- )

Marie-Charlotte Roques Bonnet

Marie-Charlotte Roques Bonnet

Director for EMEA Privacy Policy, Microsoft

 

Marie-Charlotte Roques Bonnet's role at Microsoft:

- Developing and helping promote Microsoft’s future-oriented privacy vision;
- Identifying and implementing privacy-by-design solutions regarding Microsoft services and devices ;
- Creating with EMEA Microsoft teams a pool of expertise on privacy policy.

- Microsoft : Director of EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) Privacy Policy (2014-...);
- CNIL (French DPA): Legal Counsel specialised in IT regulation (2010-2014);
- European Commission Data Protection Expert on Cloud computing contracts' member (2013-2014);
- Ph.D. in Digital Law on "The Constitution and the Internet" (2008) rewarded by the CNIL;
- "Le droit peut-il ignorer la révolution numérique?" general public publication based on Phd (2010);
- Double degree in international marketing (Marseille Business school -graduated first) and in public and digital law.

Thomas Zerdick

Thomas Zerdick

Deputy Head of Unit, Data Protection, DG Justice, European Commission

 

Thomas Zerdick, LL.M., a German national, is EU official and currently Deputy Head of Unit in the unit “data protection” at the European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) Justice. Previously, he held positions in Directorate-General Internal Market and Directorate-General Enlargement, including as an EU legal expert to the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.

Mr Zerdick studied Law in Passau, Germany and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He was a Rechtsreferendar of the State of Berlin, a Rechtsanwalt (German Attorney) in Berlin and Brussels, and Director of the Brussels office of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein). He is specialised in European Union law, IT law and personal data protection law, and has published books and articles on European Union law.

Daniel Pradelles

Daniel Pradelles

EMEA Privacy Officer, HP

 

Daniel Pradelles manages the Region Privacy office, and ensures, with his team, that goals, objectives and strategies of HP Corporate Privacy Office are carried out within region. Working with local lawyers the Privacy office stays aware of current privacy regulations and identifies main trends and developments affecting HP businesses. It also works closely with a broad network of local managers in businesses and other organizations and countries to provide efficient business operation support and privacy policy implementation in the region.

Daniel’s responsibilities include maintaining relationships with Government /European Union privacy regulators, identifying and participating in consortia, standards and other bodies that are of strategic importance. Main objectives to heighten HP’s Privacy Program; actively collaborate with key stakeholders, be aware of new privacy regulations; new technologies and practices and keep abreast of privacy developments within the region. Daniel is member of the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP --- USA), the European Privacy Officer Forum (EPOF – Belgium), and the European Privacy Officers Network (EPON – UK). He also speaks at major conferences and associations’ meetings.

Daniel has been with HP for 33 years. Prior to current assignment, Daniel was Customer privacy manager for EMEA; he also held several management positions in HP at local and international levels, in Customer Support, Product Marketing, International project management, and EMEA Information System Manager. Prior to joining HP he worked in R&D and served as a university professor in Canada. A native of France, Daniel holds a Telecommunications Engineer degree from ENSEA (France), an MScA in Electrical Engineering from Sherbrooke University (Canada), an MBA from UQUAM University (Canada) and holds CIPP certification from IAPP.

Jens Jeppesen

Jens Jeppesen

Director, European Affairs, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)

 

For the past 15 years, Jens has been engaged in European and international public policy, focusing on digital economy and technology policy. He is based in Brussels.

Jens began his European affairs career as a trainee at the US Desk of the European Commission’s Directorate General for trade and external affairs. He also worked for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, managing staff support to the Telecommunications Subcommittee and to the European-American Industrial Council. He later headed the Technology, Media and Telecoms Practice of a leading European Public Affairs consultancy, Adamson BSMG Worldwide. In that role, he managed a team of consultants advising clients such as IBM, Vodafone, Orange and Tele2 on telecommunications and information society policy.

Before joining Dell in 2007, Jens managed Intel’s EU Affairs team. He and his team drove Intel’s corporate and technology policy agenda, including data protection, cybersecurity, telecommunications and spectrum regulation, copyright and digital rights management, patents and standards policy and regulation. Jens personally led Intel’s European policy work on digital content, copyright and DRM. He managed several engagements between Intel executives, and European Commissioners and Member State governments.

Jens established Dell’s European Government Affairs practice and set up its Brussels office. In his role as “Director, Government Affairs, EMEA,” Jens was responsible for managing Dell’s engagement with policy makers in the region, building support programs for Dell’s Public Sector businesses in major European markets, and advising management on state aid and antitrust issues relating to Dell’s operations in the European region.

Jens has been an active and longstanding member of leading industry organizations, such as BSA – the Software Alliance, Digital Europe and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, where he has chaired committees and working groups.

Yuki Yokomori

Yuki Yokomori

Deputy Director, International Policy Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

 

April, 2005 - Joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Official, Telecommunications Consumer Policy Division, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC
August, 2007 - Unit-Chief, Posts and Telecommunications Unit, Specialized Agencies Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
June, 2013 - Deputy Director, International Policy Division, Global ICT Strategy Bureau
Aug, 2014 - (Current Position)

Karen Thomson

Karen Thomson

Head of Strategic Information Governance, NHS England

 

My team provides strategic information governance advice to NHS England, publishing guidance and providing leadership across the NHS.

We work with other foundation members of the Information Governance Alliance: the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) that have statutory responsibilities for information governance alongside NHS England; and with Public Health England.

I represent NHS England at the Information Governance Forum (previously the Informatics Services Advisory Group (ISCG) IG sub-group). I am also a representative member of CQC’s National Information Governance Committee.

Previous roles:
• Information Governance Lead for the Caldicott Review
• Information Governance Lead for the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care
• Information Governance Domain Lead for the ISB
• Head of Office and Policy Manager for the Patient Information Advisory Group (PIAG)
• Founding member of the Patient Information Advisory Group

Qualifications include: MA in Medical Law and Ethics and ISEB in Data Protection

Isabelle Vereecken

Isabelle Vereecken

Legal Advisor, Commission de la Protection de la Vie Privée, Belgium

 

Isabelle Vereecken is a legal advisor at the Belgian Data Protection Authority since 2006. She works on various legal aspects of data protection, in particular international data transfers and the future European framework.

She actively participates in the work of the Article 29 Working Party, coordinating the work of the European data protection authorities on BCRs and international flows issues and participating in the reflection on the ongoing data protection reform.

She started her career as a researcher and worked at the Computer and Law Research Centre – University of Namur for four years on data protection, intellectual property rights and e-commerce issues.

She has a master’s degree in law from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and a postgraduate degree in ICT law from the University of Namur.

Moderators

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe

 

Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.

Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.

In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. He is also a Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling.

Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.

Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Terry McQuay

Terry McQuay

President, Nymity

 

Terry McQuay is President and Founder of Nymity Inc. Terry is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Manager (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/C, CIPP/G, and CIPM) and the Managing Editor of the current edition of the IAPP Certification Foundations textbook entitled, "Foundations of Information Privacy and Data Protection”, as well as the author of the “The Privacy Office Guide to Demonstrating Accountability”. Terry is a Fellow for the Ponemon Institute, on the Advisory Council for The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), and is a leadership member of the Information Accountability Foundation. Terry is also a member of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), Privacy by Design (PbD) Ambassador, and is also involved with the USCIB, BIAC, ICC, and attends OECD and APEC privacy meetings. Before founding Nymity, Terry was the Partner at a security solutions firm and spent a number of years at Hewlett-Packard. Terry holds an Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Guelph.

Frances Robinson

Frances Robinson

EU Correspondent, Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones

 

Frances Robinson covers the EU with a focus on technology and telecoms for Wall Street Journal, a role which involves everything from interviewing Prime Ministers and CEOs to taking part in a beer-pouring competition at Belgium’s biggest brewery. On the technology side she has written about cybersecurity, disputes over internet domain names for famous vineyards, and the EU’s head of digital policy’s Internet habits. After spending the first phase of the crisis in Frankfurt, covering the European Central Bank for Bloomberg, she took a career break to travel in Europe and Canada. Frances has appeared on Sky News, BBC News Channel, RTL, RTBF and Europe 1.

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When

Tuesday 9 December, 2014
08.30 to 18.00

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Management Centre Europe

Rue de l'Aqueduc 118
Brussels 1050
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