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Speaker Biographies

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Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission


Jyrki Katainen is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

Prior to this term, he was European Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro from July to October 2014. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland (2011– 2014) and Minister of Finance (2007 – 2011). He was Member of Finnish Parliament (1999 – 2014) for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).

Jyrki Katainen is Vice-President of the European People's Party (2006-2011, 2015-) and he was Chairman of the National Coalition Party of Finland from 2004 to 2014.
He was Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003 - 2007, Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company 2003 - 2005, Member of the Finish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly 2004 - 2005 and the Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council 2001 -2003.

Jyrki Katainen has MSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland (1998) and he did an Erasmus exchange year at the University of Leicester, UK.

Lucilla Sioli

Lucilla Sioli

Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen Europe's competiveness ensuring that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to grow, compete on a global scale, and create jobs. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy. The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, embedded software, photonics, robotics and AI. It is responsible for the Public Private Partnerships in these fields including the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL and for the policy development in the area of artificial intelligence. Previously, she was Head of Unit for "Digital Economy and Skills" at DG Connect, responsible for the publication of the Digital Economy and Society Index and of the annual Europe's Digital Progress Report as well as for the management of digital skills policy through the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

Jim Dratwa

Jim Dratwa

Head of EGE Office, European Commission


Jim Dratwa’s research and publications address the interconnections between knowledge, values and action. He heads the team tasked with Ethics in Science and New Technologies at the European Commission, he is the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Bioethics and the EC representative in the international organizations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies. Jim Dratwa holds degrees in physics, philosophy, politics and the life sciences. He received the Fulbright Scholar Award, was Harvard Boas Fellow, Ramón y Cajal Scholar, and was pre- and post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and with the program on Science, Technology, and Society. He has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Harvard University, and the universities of Brussels, where he is currently based. He is Invited Professor and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.

Slawomir Tokarski

Slawomir Tokarski

Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW, European Commission


Slawomir Tokarski obtained his PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995.

He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator.

In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE.

In March 2012 he became Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise.

Since February 2016 Mr Tokarski became Director, Dir F "Innovation and Advanced manufacturing" (DG GROW).

Kumardev Chatterjee

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder and CEO, Unmanned Life


Kumardev Chatterjee, 38, is a multi-awarded Innovation Luminary, Tech Founder, European Commission appointed expert on Innovation and expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. He has been published by the New York Times and Politico, amongst others. He is one of the 50 experts who co-wrote the book ‘Digital Minds for a New Europe’, alongside Google’s Eric Schmidt. Kumardev is Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s first AI-driven IoT platform that uses patent pending technology to deliver Autonomous Drone-as-a-Service (A-DaaS) for Commercial purposes, using both aerial and ground drones, indoors and outdoors, disrupting human-intensive industries like logistics, surveillance and infrastructure. Kumardev also leads the European Young Innovators Forum’s board community of young innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs and led Europe’s first-ever delegation of Young Innovators on a joint US State Department-EYIF program, the InnotourUSA. Kumardev in his role as a European Commission appointed independent expert has evaluated more than €86 Million EUR of grant proposals since 2013. He has evaluated across multiple topics and calls for both FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. He is also a Eurostars Technical Expert. He holds a MSc in Computer Science, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.



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