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Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years. Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001.
Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.
Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market.
She was previously Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.
An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Expert on innovation, platform disruption,
Haydn Shaughnessy is a recognized authoritypatterns of industry disruption, particularly those that stem from platform businesses. He is the author of Shift: A Leader's Guide to the Platform Economy, and Platform, Disruption, Wave, an exploration of how platforms are impacting the global economy. He is a founder of The Disruption House, a consulting firm specializing in change metrics, and an adviser to Cerebri AI.
Head of Business Development, Quantoz
Henri de Jong is responsible for business development. He has a track record of more than 25 years of bringing new technologies to the market, like the first route planning systems, digital road maps and electronic publications.
Henri started his career in 1987 at AND, a Dutch public listed company. He was one of the first employees and worked for more than 12 years on digital road maps and route planning systems.
In 2001, Henri founded his management consultancy company, Velleda Consulting, supporting Dutch companies to start operations in Germany. Besides, that he got interested in “self-organizing systems” which resulted in a number of projects in the energy, logistics (founder and owner of ASK Community Systems GmbH) and healthcare markets (co-founder of REGAS Deutschland GmbH).
Henri worked on several European healthcare initiatives and is co-author of "Technology-based innovations to foster personalized healthy life styles and wellbeing".
Early 2014, Henri was invited by his former AND colleagues to join Quantoz. Blockchain Technology brings together Henri’s interest in self organization and software algorithms. His focus now is on developing the Quantoz Digital Cash solution, a settlement system that can be used for IoT payments.
COO and Eshop Director, Martinus.sk
Martin is recently responsible for Martinus’s e-shop logistics and operations across the whole company. Martinus is the largest Slovak internet bookshop with 9 brick-and-mortar stores and successfully growing e-shops in the Czech Republic. In its 16 year history Martinus became one of the most important and respected online retailers in Slovakia. Martinus’s strengths are exceptional customer care and personalisation.
Martin Strba is one of the most senior managers in Martinus. He started his working experience as an HR Trainee in the Slovak Telekom (the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary) and later became Project manager responsible for projects for students. Martin gained more marketing experience during his 2 years in the Motor-Car company; a car importer, where his team was responsible for establishing Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands on the Slovak market. Martin started to work for Martinus in 2008 as a marketing manager and became E-shop Director 2 years later. Martin’s role was to handle logistic processes in this fast growing company. Setting up innovations is an inevitable part of his work. Martin Strba is involved in strategic decision-making processes and represents Martinus in legal concerns.
Market Research Manager, International Post Corporation
Luke Lloyd is a Market Research Manager at International Post Corporation (IPC), the postal industry’s partner company that is dedicated to improving service quality, promoting cooperation and interoperability, and providing informed intelligence about the postal and related markets.
In his role at IPC, Luke is responsible for the project management of IPC market research initiatives, researching the needs and experiences of consumers and e-retailers, in order to help the postal industry continually improve. Luke has 12 years of experience within market research, with significant agency-side experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. He has a particular focus on conducting multi-country social research projects – with previous clients including the European Commission, the US Department of State, the European Central Bank and the World Bank.
Head of Unit, E-commerce and Platforms, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Doctoral studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Professional experience within the European institutions:
09/2016 – today: Head of Unit in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, responsible for "E-Commerce and Platforms"
11/2014 – 08/2016: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, responsible for "Public Interest Services"
04/2011 – 11/2014: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Online and postal services"
02/2006 – 04/2011: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Better Regulation Cycle: Impact Assessment and Evaluation"
06/2002 – 01/2006: DG Budget, Evaluation unit
01/2001 – 05/2002: DG Enterprise, Assistant to the Deputy Director General
06/1998 – 01/2001: DG Enterprise, Textiles and clothing unit
04/1996 – 05/1998: General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Transport unit
Director Public Affairs Europe, L’Oréal
Cynthia joined L’Oréal in May 2015 to lead the Corporation public affairs function in Europe.
As leader of the function for Europe, she is charge of developing steering & implementing the public affairs strategy of L’Oréal in Europe, coordinating the network throughout the EU region and enhancing its PA capabilities.
French lawyer by training, Cynthia held Government relations positions for US blue chip corporations such as Dow Corning, the silicones manufacturer and 3M, the diversified technology company. As a recognized leader of the US industry in Brussels, Cynthia had the opportunity to take on leadership positions in Amcham EU and Tech America Europe.
Cynthia also gained experience at CLAN public affairs, a public affairs agency, the legal service of the economic and social committee, the NGO Lawyers without borders , & Maître Emmanuel Pierrat law firm.
Cynthia chairs the Consumer Committee of AIM – The European Brands Association.
Passionate about music, Cynthia is also a cellist by training.
Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission
Since March 2016, Ms Irmfried Schwimann has been Deputy Director General in the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is responsible for the Modernisation of the Single Market, the Single Market for Public Administration and the COSME Programme.
Since July 2015 Ms Schwimann is member of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) steering board.
Previously, Ms Schwimann was Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition; she was responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector.
Beforehand, Ms Schwimann was head of DG Competition's financial services antitrust unit (2006-2008) and head of DG Internal Market's Financial Services Policy unit (2003-2006). Ms Schwimann also worked on retail financial services and payment issues within DG Markt (1999-2002) and was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein's Cabinet (2002-2003).
Ms Schwimann studied law at the University of Linz/Austria as well as political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Before joining the Commission, Ms Schwimann worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984-1989) as well as for an Austrian Insurance group (1989-1999).
VP European Affairs, DPDgroup
Olivier is VP European Affaires of DPDgroup, Director Aviation Security and Customs.
Since 2012, he supports and represents all business Units and subsidiaries of DPDGroup regarding Embargo, Customs, Regulation, Aviation Security and Trade issues.
Previously Olivier was Head of Customs and International Trade at La Poste Group.
In august 2008 he was elected for 4 years as Vice President of the Custom Group of the Universal Postal Union (UN body for postal sector) and Vice President of the Contact Committee between UPU and the World Custom Organization.
Olivier joined La Poste 17 years ago, where he led several positions coordinating large scope projects, especially for the network of post offices.
Olivier developed from time to time, consulting activities on international issues (Postal Law in Mexico, Regulatory Environment in Egypt, Training of the Slovenian Regulator, Development in Africa, etc), as well as teaching activities in international business (University of Delaware -USA, University SDA Bocconi School of Management-Italy, University La Sorbonne- France.
MEP, European Parliament
Lucy has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, representing London for the Labour Party in the United Kingdom and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). Lucy is a full Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and a substitute Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO); she is also a substitute Member of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.
Lucy is the shadow rapporteur for a number of dossiers, representing the S&D Group, such as the TRAN legislative proposal regarding Air Passengers Rights Regulations and the TRAN non-legislative proposal on bilateral agreement between the EU and Japan on civil aviation safety. In 2016 she was the shadow rapporteur for the S&D Group of the TRAN legislative proposal regarding the application of the Postal Services Directive. Recently she has been appointed as the main rapporteur for the TRAN cross-border parcel delivery services regulation proposal of the EP.
Lucy has a professional background as a lawyer, and her areas of expertise are mainly transport, employment rights and equality law. She has also been a Trade Union Activist and a School Governor in London. During her time as a local Councillor, she held positions as Chair of Licensing and Executive Member for Schools. In recent years, Lucy was employed as a senior manager for the National Union of Teachers, and before that as a Business Manager at the Greater London Authority. Lucy also worked from 1997 to 2006 for the Trades Union Congress as a policy and legal expert, where her work including campaigning for effective implementation of European Union directives.
Principal market infrastructure expert, Market Integration Division, DG Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank
Karine Themejian is a principal market infrastructure expert in the Market Integration Division of the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the ECB.
Since end-2015, she coordinated the secretariat of the Euro Retail Payments Board which contributes to and facilitates the further development of an integrated, innovative and competitive market for euro retail payments in the EU.
Besides this, she takes part in the definition of the Eurosystem catalyst position on the relevant topics. Before that, she was the secretary of the Eurosystem/ESCB Payment and Settlement Systems Committee.
Mr Jörgen Bödmar is the President of EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association.
He is the founder and CEO for Scandinavian Design Center, Sweden. He has his background in Executive Search and Recruitment as well as working with HR in Scandinavian Airlines.
The company was founded 2002 based on a vision to make it possible to buy Scandinavian Design home interior products globally using the Internet. Today, customers from seventy countries buy design products and get them delivered within a week.
Senior Vice President, Product Solutions Europe, VISA
Mike leads the European Product and Solutions Delivery group focused on developing and advancing new and existing products that support today’s payments and digital commerce ecosystem. He has 20 years of experience in product and database design, development and implementation, and has managed the integration of custom data solutions across multiple industries, including: travel, lodging, dining, retail, communications, and entertainment.
Prior to joining Visa, Lemberger was Vice President of Analytic Capabilities and Data Partnerships for American Express Business Insights. Lemberger spent five years at GE Capital leading the Decision Sciences Infrastructure group, deploying data and insights across GE’s global consumer lending business. He started his career at American Management Systems (now CGI) delivering system and strategy consulting to global communication companies, including: British Telecom, Telstra, AT&T, and Verizon.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and System Engineering from Rutgers University.
Mike is an avid football player and an all-around sports junkie. A New Yorker at heart he now lives in London with his wife and three children.
Born entrepreneur, David has been running his sound and light equipment rental company for years. This job allowed him to tour the world as a sound engineer for music bands. In 2001, as a pioneer always ahead with disruptive ideas, he built an ecommerce from scratch and shipped stuff all across the planet shaking up the industry. In 2010, his wife and he adopted his son in South Africa. Back home in Brussels, he missed a product he had bought there which gave him the idea of collaborative transport. He launched PiggyBee, connecting the ones looking to get or ship something with the ones traveling, globally. The project brings together his entrepreneurial mindset, his experience in logistics and his passion for traveling as a globetrotter.
Chiarman, Forum Europe
Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.
He is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board, Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. He is a member of the board of advisors of the European Institute in Washington DC, the advisory board of the Washington European Society and the advisory committee of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).
Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
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. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.
Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute
Dr. Alea Fairchild is a Research Fellow at The Constantia Institute, which is a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank, focusing on innovation and technological advances and their impact on industry and society. As a technology commentator she has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile and social spaces and she helps global enterprises understand the competitive marketplace and to profit from digital process redesign.
Alea is passionate about commercial marketing and innovation, and as an entrepreneur, has started several companies of her own. She loves working with start-ups and actively supports VCs in due diligence work. She also assists governmental institutions on technology policy issues.