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Kamila Kloc

Kamila Kloc

Deputy Head of Cabinet, Vice-President Ansip, European Commission

 

Kamila Kloc joined the European Commission in December 2004, first as a national expert, and since 2008 as an established official. In November 2014 she took the post of Deputy Head of Cabinet for Vice President Ansip. Prior to joining the Cabinet, she worked at Directorate General for Energy. Before that she was seconded from the Commission to work for the Polish Presidency. During that time she worked as an Adviser to the President of Polish Energy Regulatory Office. Earlier, she worked for 5 years at the Directorate General for Competition on merger and antitrust cases. Prior to joining the Commission she worked at the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection in Poland as Adviser to the President.

Kamila Kloc started her professional career in academia and taught at Warsaw School of Economics as Assistant Professor. Her professional interest concentrates on the role of regulation and competition policy in the network industries. She has written her PhD on the role of competition policy in the public utilities sector with a special emphasis on telecommunications. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California in Berkeley and a Chevening fellow at Oxford University.

Anneleen Van Bossuyt

Anneleen Van Bossuyt

MEP and Chair of the IMCO Committee, European Parliament

 

Anneleen Van Bossuyt was elected to become a Member of the European Parliament in the beginning of 2015, but she has long been engaged with and involved in European politics and policy. As a member of the European Parliament, she uses her expertise to help realise the necessary changes in the European Union.

Anneleen grew up in Ghent, Belgium. After finishing secondary school, she studied law at the University of Ghent (2003) and European law at the University of Rennes in France (2004). Following her studies in France, she began work as an assistant at the European Institute of the Faculty of Law at Ghent University. In 2010, she moved to the N-VA’s research department, where she was responsible for European affairs. In this role Anneleen was very closely involved in the federal government negotiations in 2014.

Since her election to the European Parliament, Anneleen has served as a member of the committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the committee for Industry, Research and Energy. Anneleen’s focus has been on better regulation, encouraging entrepreneurship, the digital single market, supporting innovation and energy policy. Earlier this year, an analysis conducted by VoteWatch (an independent non-profit organisation), showed that Anneleen is the most influential Belgian MEP as regards European digital and telecoms policy. In June 2017, Anneleen was elected as chair of the IMCO-committee.

Cécile Barayre

Cécile Barayre

Economic Affairs Officer, ICT Policy Section, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics , UNCTAD

 

Cécile Barayre is an Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland.

Since 1997, she has been carrying out research and implementing technical cooperation programmes in the area of information and communications technologies for development.

She is heading the UNCTAD’s E-commerce and Law Reform Programme created in 2002. The programme aims to help policymakers of developing countries master the complexities of ICT law and prepare cyberlaws harmonized with regional/international frameworks. Over sixty countries have benefitted from the Programme.

Since 2016, she has been leading the work on eTrade Readiness Assessments aiming at helping beneficiaries to take stock of their ICT-related and e-commerce development along seven key policy areas of eTrade for all (etradeforall.org). The objective of this project is to increase the capacity of developing countries to participate effectively in e-commerce by assessing critical readiness gaps and addressing those through collaborative public and private partnerships.

She holds an MSc in International Law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas as well as a diploma in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Toulouse).

Frederik Palm

Frederik Palm

Board Member, EMOTA

 

Experienced Management Professional with advanced knowledge in general management disciplines based on international standards; more than twenty five years´ experience in direct marketing, the publishing industry and eCommerce; proven ability to combine strategy with organizational change and people; strong record of increasing profitability and improving operational efficiencies.

Professional Experience
Executive Board member, VNR Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG, Bonn, Germany
Leading specialized information publisher (2016 to present)
Executive Partner, Schubert & Co., Cologne, Germany
Private equity firm specializing in retail and eCommerce (2014 to 2016)
CEO, Rhenania Verlagsgesellschaft, Koblenz, Germany (part of Ganske Group, Hamburg)
One of Germany’s major companies in the trade of media, books and mail orders (1998 to 2014)
Executive Vice President, Verlag Norman Rentrop, Bonn, Germany
Privately owned specialized information publisher (1989 to 1998)

Other Experience
Member of the Board, Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (bevh)
German eCommerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (2016 to present)
Chairman, Bundesverband der Deutschen Versandbuchhändler e.V.
German mail-order and online Bookseller`s Association (2009 to 2016)

David Josephs

David Josephs

Head of Europe Merchant and Acquirer Product Delivery, Visa

 

David joined Visa in 2015, bringing over 15 years of experience in financial services, card processing and payment networks. David leads Visa’s efforts to deliver products and services to the merchant and acquirer community in Europe. Prior to his current role, David led Visa’s North America Debit and Prepaid Product organizations, overseeing the largest product sets within Visa. He helped expand Visa usage into eCommerce as well as under-penetrated segments, converting cash and checks to electronic payments.

His experience before joining Visa includes leading prepaid businesses at JPMorgan Chase as well as extensive experience in both issuing and acquiring. David spent nearly a decade as a management consultant as well as serving for five years as a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Member of Congress and U.S. Senator. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Head of Markets, IPC

 

Mark Harrison joined IPC in 2002 and is the Head of Markets.

The analysis and insights of the IPC Markets team are focused on global e-Commerce, data driven marketing, the global postal industry performance and postal sector sustainability. The team provides essential knowledge on trends affecting the strategic direction of the postal industry, while assisting postal operators to achieve profitable growth through innovation. Being an independent research body at the heart of the postal industry means that findings are objective, non-partisan and cost-effective.

Mark’s team is responsible for conducting research and analysis on market needs for cross-border e-Commerce and for translating these into postal service specifications to provide online retailers and SMEs the possibility to expand their business to global customers. As such Mark works regularly with senior executives from global platforms including Alibaba, Amazon, eBay, Google and Rakuten, as well as with academics and consultants specialising in the global supply chain.

Mark was responsible for launching the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System in 2009. The EMMS programme measures participant's carbon management proficiency, carbon performance indicators and emissions. Since its launch, emissions for the postal sector have been reduced by 10.2 million tonnes, saving €1.3bn of costs and achieving the 20% emissions reduction target six years ahead of schedule. The programme has been extended to include postal operators in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and South America.

Mark set up the IPC Cross-Border E-Commerce Shopper Survey and in 2016 over 24,000 consumers across 26 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North-America and Asia were researched to determine their preferences and experiences in order to help postal operators improve their delivery performance.

Mark is a regular speaker at global conferences on e-commerce logistics and in May 2017, moderated the IPC Annual Conference on Optimising The Postal Network for E-Commerce.

Prior to IPC, Mark worked for Royal Mail for 14 years in both the International and Electronic Service business units where he undertook a variety of marketing and operational roles.

Mark has a degree in Chemistry from the City University in London, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MBA from Westminster University, London.

Alexandra Ben Samoun

Alexandra Ben Samoun

Deputy Director of European and Trade Affairs, DPD Group

 

After a couple of years in management consulting, Alexandra joined GeoPost / DPDgroup in 2012 in Marketing.
Last year, she moved to the European and Trade Affairs team.

Mirjana  Perkovic

Mirjana Perkovic

Founder and CEO, LookStyler

 

Mirjana Perkovic holds a master’s degree in social sciences and an executive diploma in digital leadership. She works for the European Union and is also the founder of the global styling platform called LookStyler, which is a fashion 'uber' for booking stylists, currently present in 40 countries. Mirjana is passionate about digital services and innovation and has won One to Watch Digital Award in London in December 2016.

Michael Langguth

Michael Langguth

Co-founder and COO, Poq

 

Michael Langguth is Co-founder and COO of Poq, the app commerce company. Michael has experience with large retailers having grown up working in the family wine business. He also has a strong background in tech entrepreneurship, having founded a start-up whilst studying. Michael is passionate about the ever changing retail landscape and working alongside retailers to ensure their mobile channel is as engaging as possible.

Poq is a Software-as-a-Service platform that empowers retailers to create highly effective and fully customised native apps in record time. New code is rolled out every week and major releases delivered every quarter. Clients include retailers such as Missguided, Simply Be and MADE.com.

Ségolène Martin

Ségolène Martin

Founder and CEO, Kantify

 

Ségolène Martin is the CEO of Kantify, a startup that helps other companies increase their sales and revenue thanks to artificial intelligence applications and data science. Kantify’s team is composed of business and artificial intelligence experts who identify untapped sources of growth and develop custom software to generate revenue from – for instance – pricing and individualized marketing solutions. Its clients include major retail, wholesale, chemical and insurance companies.

Before founding Kantify, Ségolène held various management positions in the public sector and industry where she helped companies and research organizations create research & innovation ventures and networks.

Werner Stengg

Werner Stengg

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

Bea Warner

Bea Warner

CEO, Exaactly

 

Bea Warner is CEO and Co-Founder of Exaactly, a tech startup that aims to ensure delivery success at the first attempt.

Exaactly is building an intelligent addressing solution that allows consumers and drivers to enrich addresses with more granular and pertinent information about locations and personal delivery preferences. This empowers consumers to take control of their delivery experience and gives them reassurance that their orders will arrive as planned, fosters customer loyalty for retailers and drives efficiency for carriers.

Bea's background is in sales and marketing in the FMCG industry. Before co-founding Exaactly, she worked for L’Oreal, P&G and Perrigo/Omega Pharma and with clients including Sainsbury's, AS Watsons, and Waitrose. She independently led and designed the sales training programme across the European countries of Omega Pharma, and has always had a deep interest in retail.

Koen Verstrepen

Koen Verstrepen

CEO and Co-Founder, Froomle

 

Koen Verstrepen is CEO and Co-Founder of Froomle, the leading provider of self-learning conversion boosting solutions in the Benelux.

He is an expert in how traditional companies can apply machine learning technology to boost their marketing conversion. In this capacity he has succesfully advised the strongest brands such as such as Telenet, Het Nieuwsblad, JBC, Colruyt and VTM on how to use machine learning to boost the conversion of their consumer experiences.

Additionally he also has a firm technological background which he obtained during his PhD in Computer Science (2015) based on joint research with Netflix on how to deploy machine learning to personalise consumer experiences. Because of his collaboration with Netflix he also has a privileged insight into how Silicon Valley companies apply machine learning in their user experiences.

Alastair Johnson

Alastair Johnson

Founder & CEO, Nuggets

 

Founder and CEO of Nuggets – a consumer blockchain platform giving users a single biometric tool for login, payment and identity verification, without sharing or storing private data. Not even with Nuggets itself.

An entrepreneur and innovator with over 25 years’ experience, Alastair as spent over two decades in digital innovation, taking big ideas and design through to delivery. With deep knowledge across technical, production and commercial areas, he has led global integrated product development and product marketing for world-class brands like Microsoft, Skype, Office, Xbox, Hololens, Disney, TED and the BB

Vaida Alisauskaite

Vaida Alisauskaite

Founder & CEO, Webmobix and Reactive Bills

 

Vaida Alisauskaite has been an Entrepreneur since 2010. Recently she has graduated from a FinTech acceleration program, where she was developing a solution for sending and paying bills with rewarding experiences in place, mainly targeting Small and Medium Enterprises and their customers. Beside this venture, Vaida is also running a digital agency for web and mobile development. She has been working in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, California.

Before starting her Founder’s journey, Vaida had been working as a Developer, Quality Assurance Engineer, Consultant and System Architect. She holds Master’s degree in Information System Engineering.

Vaida Alisauskaite has been an Entrepreneur since 2010. Recently she has graduated from a FinTech acceleration program, where she was developing a solution for sending and paying bills with rewarding experiences in place, mainly targeting Small and Medium Enterprises and their customers. Beside this venture, Vaida is also running a digital agency for web and mobile development. She has been working in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, California.

Before starting her Founder’s journey, Vaida had been working as a Developer, Quality Assurance Engineer, Consultant and System Architect. She holds Master’s degree in Information System Engineering.

Pierre Halleux

Pierre Halleux

E-Commerce Manager, Nestlé

 

Pierre developed an interest in entrepreneurship and digital at an early age. In 2001, at 16 years old, he created his first automated web portal.

After his Master in Computer Sciences, he concentrated on the development of his website. As a result, its yearly traffic had grown to more than 1 million people, competing with the traffic of the most well-known website competitors.

He learned about Business and goal modelling in Sweden (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm | KTH) , and continued to think about big data, CRM and marketing consulting. In 2009, he started his professional career at Bisnode Belgium, and became database advisor for clients such as P&G, Pernod-Ricard and UNICEF. In parallel, he created his own company to launch and experiment with digital projects like www.eatLocal.io.

Pierre does not hesitate to roll up his sleeves to reach objectives and consumer satisfaction. He jointed Nestlé Belgium in 2016 as eCommerce Manager and is now combining his passions: food, entrepreneurship and digital”.

He is advising 70+ Nestlé brands on how to outperform in food industry sector during this digital evolution. Adhering to a test & learn approach and drawing inspiration from more advanced eCommerce markets, Pierre takes initiatives in order not to miss any opportunities here in Belgium.

Roland Grassberger

Roland Grassberger

CEO, Grassfish Marketing Technologies

 

Roland Grassberger is CEO and head of strategy, innovation and product management at Grassfish Marketing Technologies, a leading European developer of smart store and digital signage solutions for the physical retail space.

Roland has a track record as a successful entrepreneur; in 1998, he sold his company SoftWork, a provider of software for dentists and for patient medical records, to GWI AG (now Agfa Healthcare), the German market leader for hospital software. He took the role of head of development and product management at GWI for several years and subsequently became CEO of medical net AG, a medical data transmission provider and subsidiary of Agfa Healthcare.

In 2001, Roland founded Telion, a provider of voice-based news and notification systems, before establishing Grassfish Marketing Technologies in 2005.

Roland, who is married with 5 children, studied Computer Sciences at the Technical University Vienna and enjoys active leisure pursuits including skiing, cycling and tennis.

Jack Hamande

Jack Hamande

Chairman, ERGP

 

Today, Mr Hamande is Chairman of ERGP (European Regulators Group for Postal services) and Board Member of BIPT and UPU. He worked previously for the Walt Disney Group, AT&T, Verizon Business, Cisco and Proximus. His managerial responsibilities increased and broadened over the years, especially as regards strategy, regulation, engineering and business development. He joined the Belgian federal public sector as Director General for Organization and Personnel Development. There he initiated several program applying to the whole of the federal public service in areas such as efficiency, leadership development, and performance management. He joined BIPT in 2013.

The European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) was established on 10 August 2010. The group serves as a body for reflection, discussion and the provision of advice to the European Commission on postal services. It also aims to facilitate consultation, coordination and cooperation between EU countries and the Commission.

Etienne  Goosse

Etienne Goosse

Director General, European Payments Council

 

Etienne Goosse is the Director General of European Payments Council. He has extensive professional experience across different sectors of the payments industry. He started his career with the Belgian central bank. He held executive positions at eurocheque International, Europay International and MasterCard Europe. In his previous assignments, Mr Goosse’s responsibilities included franchise management, legal and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management as well as finance and administration. He also has an extensive track record in managing governance as well as European and public affairs.

Sebastian Steinhauser

Sebastian Steinhauser

CEO and Founder, Parcelly

 

Sebastian Steinhauser is the CEO and Founder of Parcelly, London’s first omnichannel logistics tech start-up converting redundant space in local businesses and private homes into carrier agnostic storage capacities. With an ever-growing nationwide network of more than 1,500 Pick-up-and-Drop-off locations in more than 50 cities across the UK, the multi-award winning, smartphone based solution puts customers in full control of their parcels by allowing them to choose where and when to collect and return their deliveries.

The innovative technology platform has also expanded its value proposition over the past years to cater for a wide range of demands within the E-commerce, Retail, Logistics, Urban logistics and Corporate space, by launching complementary services known as Leave-safe Service, Parcelly Agent, Key-Exchange Service, Corporate Mailroom Services and Mini-warehousing.

Before starting his entrepreneurial career, Sebastian spent 7+ years in London’s City with some of Europe’s leading financial institutions. Prior to that, Sebastian gained experience in different strategic positions in Germany and France and obtained a triple accreditation in International Management from ESCP Europe.

Spearheading innovation, CSR, sustainability and thought leadership for the delivery logistics industry, he was voted ‘Great British Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year 2016’ and continues to disrupt the current industry status quo.

Jean-François Chianetta

Jean-François Chianetta

Co-Founder and CEO, Augment

 

Jean-Francois Chianetta is a futurist and thoughts leader in emerging trends in augmented reality. He is a self-proclaimed computer nerd and is passionate about emerging technologies. With a background in mechanical engineering, he founded Augment in 2011 with the vision of merging the digital and physical worlds through augmented reality. Since 2011, he has built one of the leading enterprises augmented reality companies. Backed by Salesforce Ventures, Augment has over 200 clients worldwide including Coca-Cola, Leroy Merlin, Siemens, and Accor Hotels. Jean-Francois has spoken at numerous events across the globe, sharing his insights on AR, including at the Innovation Lab at the National Retail Federation Big Show (NRF), Shoptalk, Salesforce Worldtour, and the Augmented World Expo.

Lorenzo Calcagni

Lorenzo Calcagni

COO, FLOWERBX

 

Graduated in Italy with a Master in Marketing at King's College London, started his career at Google and then Amazon before moving to the startup world. Previously country manager for the Italian branch of MADE.COM now is COO at Flowerbx.com, a flower-delivery website that is revolutionizing the way to buy flowers

Andrian Galkin

Andrian Galkin

CCO and Co-Founder, Storiqa

 

Andrian Galkin is a PhD candidate in Political Science, have been studying and interning at Stanford University and also Institute for the US and Canadian Studies. Andrian is a Co-founder of marketplace based on blockchain Storiqa - www.storiqa.com

Alea Fairchild

Alea Fairchild

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.

Wouter Baljon

Wouter Baljon

Director - Head of Digital and Technology, Kreab

 

Wouter currently heads Kreab’s Digital and Technology practice and leads on a variety of client projects, covering issues such as payments reform, cyber security, platform regulation, ePrivacy and e-commerce. He coordinates the advisory work within this space with Kreab’s offices across the globe. Prior to joining Kreab, Wouter was Head of EU Affairs for SWIFT and worked for a public affairs consultancy and the Government Affairs team of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has led various advocacy campaigns on behalf of clients related to digital technology aimed at EU institutions and Member States. Wouter holds a Master’s Degree in EU Policy Studies (Honours Program) from the University of Amsterdam and a BA Degree in European Studies (University of Maastricht).

Bassel El Koussa

Bassel El Koussa

Co-Founder and CEO, Quiqup

 

Biography to appear here shortly

Henry Harris-Burland

Henry Harris-Burland

VP of Marketing, Starship Technologies

 

Henry joined Starship in 2016 and now leads the Marketing and Communications team. Henry has a mixed entrepreneurial and corporate background after founding and then selling an events company in the UK, and then moving to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for over three years in Global Product Communications. His passion for anything on wheels has now led him to the rapidly changing world of robotics and delivery robots.

Logistics

When

Thursday 8 March, 2018
08.30 to 17.00

CET

 

Where

The Hotel

Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

 

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