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Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for Transport, European Commission


Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014.

Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation and innovation in transport.

A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.

Nigel  Upton

Nigel Upton

Senior Worldwide Director, IoT and Global Connectivity Platform, HPE


Nigel Upton is Worldwide Director & General Manager, IoT/GCP forCommunications & Media Solutions, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Communications & Media Solutions (CMS), part of the Communications Solutions Business (CSB) within Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), provides an innovative portfolio of telecom industry-specific software products, solutions and professional services for demanding Communications Service Providers (CSPs) globally. The CMS industry
portfolio offering is further differentiated and strengthened by our ability to combine the full power of HPE’s broad IT portfolio.

CMS industry-leading solution innovation focuses on areas critical for CSPs, including OSS, Subscriber Data Management, Mediation Policy & Charging, Telecom Analytics, Applications & Cloud Enablement, Media &
Entertainment assets for CSPs as well as rapidly-evolving sets of Internet of Things (IoT) and Global Connectivity Platform (GCP) assets.

Nigel’s responsibilities include architecture, development, implementation, marketing, sales and support of CMS IoT and GCP solutions. The platforms and vertical solutions target the needs of large Enterprise and Telco customers with global requirements for IoT solutions who seek a
single supplier for all connectivity. Nigel’s leadership spans management of the IoT partner ecosystem for the IoT platform and for the GCP connectivity relationships globally.

Nigel returned to HP after spending three years in software startups, developing big data analytical solutions for multiple industries with a focus on mobility and drones. Prior to this, Nigel led multiple businesses with HP,
in Telco, Unified Communications, Alliances and software development.

Nigel has held multiple advisory board and industry board positions. He received his Diploma in Business Studies and Marketing from Slough College in England.

Thorsten Robrecht

Thorsten Robrecht

Vice President, Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions, Nokia


With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Thorsten has established himself as a passionate leader, focused on generating growth by leveraging new technologies and market disruptions.

In his current role, he’s responsible for Nokia’s Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions business – a pivotal component of the company’s Mobile Networks Business Group. Previously, while leading the company’s Partner Business Unit and Mobile Broadband Portfolio & Product Management, he played a key role in several new business incubations, optimizing and growing Nokia’s global product portfolio, including through major mergers, divestments and acquisitions.

A key highlight of this period was Nokia’s entry into the nascent LTE market – in which the company has achieved a leading position. Thorsten was a co-founder of the LTE industry alliance: LSTI. Before joining Nokia, Thorsten worked in various leadership positions across a variety of technology-centric organizations.

Since 2010 Thorsten has been an official Nokia executive spokesperson and since 2015 member of the TD-Tech Board of Directors.

Christian Muller- Bagehl

Christian Muller- Bagehl

Executive Vice President, IAV Automotive Engineering


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Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani

Acting Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission


Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then worked as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes.

In 1994, he joined the European Commission and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of unit for research and policy in the field of Internet of Things systems.

He is currently Acting head of unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. He is responsible for the definition and implementation of the research strategy related to future networks under the 5G Public Private Partnership and to systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness. He is also responsible for the 5G/IoT standardisation and IPR related work.

Abayomi Otbushin

Abayomi Otbushin

Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group


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Antony Lagrange

Antony Lagrange

Legislative Officer, Automotive and Mobility Industries, DG Grow, European Commission


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Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme

Smart Mobility Director, ACEA


Joost Vantomme has over 25 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs.

He served telecommunications and postal incumbent operators as legal and regulatory/public affairs director, combined with leading policy making roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA and at UN level (UPU).

He was also member of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economy and Director at the EU consultancy firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. As frequent speaker at conferences and academic audiences, he engages with stakeholders on European policy issues in the digital agenda context. Joost is author of a large number of papers on regulatory policy topics in network industries, transport and (e-) commerce.

He became director at Febiac (Belgian automotive federation) in November 2014.

Since 1 Sept 2016, he holds the position of smart mobility director at ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association where he combines his telecoms and regulatory experience with the challenges of connected and automated mobility.

Andrew  Faiola

Andrew Faiola

Global Network and Services Policy, ESOA


Andrew leads Intelsat's Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe and is also Co-chair of the Networks & Services Working Group at ESOA. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President & CEO, Centre for Policy on Emerging Technologies


Nigel Cameron is president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a nonpartisan Washington, DC, think tank on innovation, policy and the future. He has written widely at the interface of technology, business, policy, and values. and publications include Nanoscale (John Wiley, 2007) and Innovation President (Kindle ebook, 2012). His next book is focused on the problem of managing exponential change within organizations; working title: New Normal: The Fallacy that Fails the Future.

A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. He has held university appointments, most recently as a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He combines a policy focus in Washington with corporate advisement. He writes regularly on the business impact of social media, and is a columnist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on technology and corporate social responsibility. Long resident in the United States, he maintains British and European connections; he is a director of the London think tank 2020Health, and in 2012 moderated the European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich.

He has also represented the United States at meetings of the United Nations, and is currently a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee.


Paul  Adamson

Paul Adamson

Founder & Editor. Chairman, E!Sharp and Forum Europe


Chairman, Forum Global

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.



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