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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.

H.E Ambassador Kim Hyoung-Zhin

H.E Ambassador Kim Hyoung-Zhin

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to EU, Mission of the Republic of Korea to the EU


Ambassador Hyoung‐zhin KIM is Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to the EU. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (Seoul National University) and a Master in Public Affairs (Princeton University). Ambassador Kim also acted as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tokyo (Japan) in 2012.

He started his diplomatic career in 1984 and held consecutive posts at the Korean Embassies in the United States of America and Ghana, and later on in the People's Republic of China. Throughout his career Mr. Kim occupied various diplomatic posts, among which those of Minister‐Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in the United States of America; Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Director General for North American affairs; Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been serving in his current position since the end of January 2017. The Ambassador holds the title of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (UK).

Pearse O'Donohue

Pearse O'Donohue

Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Pearse O'Donohue is Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market as regards 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. Before becoming Director, Pearse was Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, dealing with the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software.
Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance.
Before that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Pearse held posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member, European Parliament


Bio to be added shorty.

Ursula Pachl

Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General , BEUC


Ms. Pachl has worked at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and presently as Deputy Director General.

Ms. Pachl leads BEUC’s work on the Digital Single Market, on consumer rights, redress and enforcement. She is also responsible for horizontal and strategic policy issues and represents BEUC in the European Commission’s REFIT platform and in the stakeholder group of EU’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). She also co-ordinates BEUC’s law enforcement activities.

BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all Community policies.

Jakub  Boratyński

Jakub Boratyński

Head of Cybersecurity and Digital Provacy Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy' within the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology). Among others involved in the negotiations of the recently adopted Network and Information Security (NIS) directive, the implementation of the EU cyber-security strategy's actions on resilience, industrial measures and Research and Innovation under H2020, and cooperation with the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He also directly contributed to the production of the new EU Cyber Security Strategy.

Previously Head of Unit 'Organised Crime and Relations with EMCDDA' at the European Commission (Directorate-General Home Affairs), which has the lead responsibility for the fight against cybercrime, corruption, sexual abuse of children and confiscation of criminal assets. In relation to cybercrime, involved in negotiation and drafting of two directives (on cyber-attacks and sexual exploitation of children), establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and drafting of the EU Cyber Security Strategy. Previously worked on EU relations with Russia (Directorate-General External Relations).

Before joining the European Commission, a Director at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and Policy Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Warsaw (international relations, law).

Mechthild Rohen

Mechthild Rohen

Head of Unit for Internet of Things, DG CONNECT, European Commmission


The unit is the centre of competence for IoT, responsible for policy, research, take up of IoT and new business models, ensuring the competitiveness of the European industry to lead. Aim is to advance strategic and policy issues around IoT in the context of the DSM, including IoT liability, a Trusted IoT label, IoT platforms, IoT standardisation. The unit fosters the development of IoT innovation ecosystems and promotes global cooperation; is also responsible for the industrial strategy on IoT, steering, exploiting and reinforcing the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI).

M. ROHEN received her scientific education in Germany (masters degree in computer science, a PHD in software and knowledge engineering). She worked as a researcher/ lecturer at the universities of Dortmund and Bonn and has a long experience in management of European projects in the fields of software technologies, micro-electronics, telecommunications and networking, ambient intelligence, embedded systems and digital public services (eGovernment).

Before she joined the Commission in 1993 she was the managing director of a Research Association of about 12
universities / research institutes in North-Rhine Westfalia focusing on interdisciplinary research in the area of artificial

Michal Boni

Michal Boni

Member, European Parliament


Member of the European Parliament since 2014, Vice-Chair of Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Member of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute Member to Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee.

Michal Boni holds a PhD from the University of Warsaw where he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture for many years. Involved in the ‘Solidarity’ underground movement since 1980 and a member of the national authorities of ‘Solidarity’ since 1989, he became Chairman of the Mazowsze Region Management Board in 1990.

He served as Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991 and from 1992 until 1993 as Secretary of State in the same ministry responsible for labour market policy. Between 1998 and 2001 he was the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. From 2008 he served as Minister- Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and from 2011 until 2013 as Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland.

In 2016 Michal Boni was awarded a MEP award in category research and innovation.

Evangelos Ouzounis

Evangelos Ouzounis

Head of Secure Infrastructures and Services Unit , ENISA


Dr. Evangelos OUZOUNIS is the head of ENISA’s Secure Infrastructure and Services Unit.
His unit manages ENISA’s contribution to the NIS Directive implementation and over the years has developed good practices for several Critical Information Infrastructures (e.g. telecoms, energy, aviation, health, finance and ICS SCADA).
Dr Ouzounis manages within ENISA the area of IoT security and Smart Infrastructures. In that context, his team developed baseline security requirements for IoT and numerous good practices for smart cars, smart airports, and smart health.
Finally, Dr. Ouzounis has developed, together with all EU Telecom Regulators (NRAs), the first ever pan European incident reporting mechanism for the telecom sector (article 13 a). Since then his unit has published several annual reports on root causes of reported incidents affecting the telecom sector.
His unit now develops a similar mechanism for the trust service providers in the context of eIDAS Regulation (article 19). Prior to his position at ENISA, Dr. Ouzounis worked several years at the European Commission (DG Connect) and co-founded Electronic Commerce Centre of Competence (ECCO) at Fraunhofer FOKUS
(Berlin, Germany). In that context he has managed more than 15 international R&D projects (e.g. 3G, intelligent networks), served for the EU Commission as evaluator of EU funded projects and chaired numerous international recognised academic conferences.
Dr. Ouzounis holds a Ph.D from the Technical University of Berlin on the Resilience and Security of Distributed systems and a Master in Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Patras, Greece.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft


Jeremy Rollison is Director of EU Government Affairs within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. Based in Brussels, his work focuses on policy related to the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), with a particular emphasis on data issues and corresponding public policy covering privacy, cybersecurity, cloud policy, and the cross-border provision of online services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked in the Government Relations team at Nokia in the company’s EU representative office, and was previously Director of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels. He has over a decade of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, focusing and engaging with EU stakeholders on issues related to the development and delivery of online services in the Internal Market and corresponding EU regulatory policy.

Kirsi  Ekroth-Manssila

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila

Head of Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission


Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila is the Head of the "KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability” Unit in the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. In this function, she is responsible for promoting technological innovation through key enabling technologies, digital transformation, ICT standardisation and skills. She was previously the Head
of the Clusters and Emerging Industries Unit in the same Directorate-General where she was also dealing with the Green Action Plan for SMEs. Before that she was the Acting Head of the Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction
Unit where she was dealing with the Ecodesign and Energy labelling Directives, the Construction Products Regulation and competitiveness aspects of environment, energy and climate policies.
Since joining the Commission in 1996, Kirsi has worked for several years on SME policy. Her work experience before the Commission includes the banking sector and the paper industry. Kirsi holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

Nicholas Hodac

Nicholas Hodac

Chair, Working Group 4 - Policy Issues , Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation


Nicholas Hodac is Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive for IBM Europe. In his role for IBM Europe, Mr. Hodac is the European lead for Trade Policy, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, and is also responsible for Government Affairs with the Belgian Governments. Mr. Hodac is Chair of the Policy Group, the Transatlantic TF and Member of the Board at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, chairs the Policy WG at the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation and is Vice-Chair of the Policy Committee of the European Services Forum

Prior to joining IBM Europe, Mr. Hodac worked for Ford of Europe as Head of the Brussels EU Affairs Office. In his role for Ford, Mr. Hodac was responsible for all relations with the European Institutions. In addition, Mr. Hodac also had lead responsibility for Trade, Industrial Policy, Vehicle Safety and Environment.

Before joining Ford, Mr. Hodac worked for General Motors Europe (GME) as Manager EU Affairs in its Governmental Affairs office located in Brussels, Belgium. In his role for GME, Mr. Hodac was responsible for Environment, Energy and Vehicle Safety. During his time at GME, Mr. Hodac has also worked in General Motors’ Governmental Affairs office in Washington D.C., USA.

Before joining GME, Mr. Hodac worked in the European Parliament as an assistant advisor to the EPP-ED Group in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee. He was responsible for writing reports on the state of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in Central Eastern Europe, and providing advice on legislative dossiers going through the IMCO Committee.

Mr. Hodac holds a Masters in European Foreign Policy from the Institute of European Studies at the University of Brussels, Belgium. Prior to that he graduated from the University of New York in Prague, Czech Republic, with a Bachelor in European and International Economics; and from the University of Brussels, Belgium, with a Bachelor in Law.

Karolina  Mojzesowicz

Karolina Mojzesowicz

Deputy Head of Data Protection Unit , DG Justice and Consumers, European Commmission


Karolina Mojzesowicz studied law in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD in Germany in 2001. After an internship at the European Court of Justice, she joined the European Commission's Legal Service. Her main areas of competence are Competition Law and Data Protection Law. She has represented the Commission in numerous cases before the European Courts and before the WTO panels and Appellate Bodies in Geneva. Since December 2014 she is acting as Head of Data Protection Reform sector within DG Justice at the European Commission.

Max Lemke

Max Lemke

Head of Unit for Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Bio to appear here shortly.

Peter  Boras

Peter Boras

CEO & Founder, Roboticsx


Bio to appear here shortly

Horst  Krämer

Horst Krämer

Programme Officer EU Policies, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Horst Krämer is Programme Officer EU Policies at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). His portfolio includes the digital innovation in health and care, the Silver Economy, Age-Friendly Smart Living Environments, eHealth and mHealth as well as research and innovation projects and topic coordination in the Horizon 2020 framework programme. He is the Commission's correspondent for the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives" and for Action Group on Age-friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Before joining the Commission, Mr Krämer worked as an editor, project manager and account manager in the field of public affairs, digital communication and e-Government. He holds Masters Degrees from the Universities of Bath (Contemporary European Studies) and the University of Frankfurt (Cultural Anthropology, Business and Linguistics).

Juha Heikkila

Juha Heikkila

Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Dr Juha Heikkilä joined the European Commission in 1998 and currently works in its Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect). Since 2014 he has been the Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit, which is in charge of the Commission activities in these technologies in their various aspects.
The Commission has been funding a multidisciplinary research programme on Cognitive Systems, Robotics and AI for about 13 years, focusing on smarter and more flexible robots and artificial systems. In recent years, the annual budget has been between €70 million and €80 million. At the beginning of the current EU seven-year funding programme, Horizon 2020, a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics was set up, which brings together all the key stakeholders in the area. In this partnership the European Commission will invest up to €700 million via Horizon 2020 in roadmap-based research and innovation in these areas over a seven-year period. Previously, Dr Heikkilä was involved in computational and corpus linguistic research at the University of Helsinki, and he did a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge

Rob  Van Kranenburg

Rob Van Kranenburg

Founder, Council


Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He worked as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and currently as Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board. He chairs AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. He is a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP)

Philippe J. Lefebvre

Philippe J. Lefebvre

Head of Sector for 5G Deployment Strategy, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Philippe Lefebvre is Head of Sector for 5G deployment strategy in the European Commission's DG CONNECT (Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology), responsible for policy and economic aspects of the future deployment of 5G services, and the "5G Action Plan for Europe".
Before his current position, Mr. Lefebvre worked in the EU spectrum policy unit and several other Commission's departments including electronic commerce and financial technologies. Prior to joining the European Commission, Philippe Lefebvre held middle management positions in the Belgian’s Generale Bank (1983-1986), MasterCard Europe - (1987-1991), and with Visa International in the US (1992-1995).
Philippe Lefebvre is graduated in electrical & mechanical engineering (MS) from the Brussels University and in economics (MBA) from the same university.

Stephen  Pattinson

Stephen Pattinson

VP Public Affairs, ARM


Stephen is responsible for ARM’s Public Affairs, including contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security. Stephen also oversees ARM’s Corporate Responsibility Programme.

Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues. He also worked for James Dyson as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets. He was once a British Diplomat, and worked at the British Embassy in Washington, and on UN issues in London, New York and Geneva.

Stephen has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate from Oxford. In 2003-4 he spent a year at Harvard as Fellow in International Affairs at the Weatherhead Center.

Michela Palladino

Michela Palladino

Director, European Policy and Government Relations, Developers Alliance


Michela Palladino is the Director, European Policy and Government Relations, at the Developers Alliance, the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Michela runs the Alliance’s Brussels office and is responsible for bringing the voice of the developers’ community to the EU Institutions in order to support the industry’s continued growth, and promote innovation.
An Italian native, Michela has worked in EU Public Policy for almost 10 years. Before joining the Alliance in May 2017, Michela worked for six years at the GSMA, the trade association that represents the worldwide mobile communications industry. Prior to that she worked for the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament.
Michela holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Frédéric Donck

Frédéric Donck

Director, Internet Society European Regional Bureau


Frédéric Donck is the Director of the Internet Society’s European Regional Bureau, which has been created in January 2010. The European Regional Bureau promotes ISOC strategy and mission at European level and is the focal point for ISOC activities, strategic initiatives and programmes in the region related to education and capacity building, membership, public policy and standards and technology.
Frédéric has in-depth experience as a negotiator and advocate in the telecommunications and Internet industry, in both the public and private sectors.
During 10 years within the European Commission (DG INFSO and DG Enterprise), Frédéric developed and advocated for numerous European policies and decisions in the convergent e-communications sector.
Prior to joining ISOC, Frédéric was an adviser to corporate executives and boards in the telecommunications sector. He has designed overall public and institutional policy as well as corporate reputation campaigns for major listed companies, including several of the world’s largest electronic communications companies. A former Head of European regulatory affairs for Belgacom Group, Frédéric also worked for five years as a Member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Telecom Operators (ETNO).
Frédéric holds a LLD (Law Degree), from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) as well as a Masters in European Law (LLM) from the State University of Ghent (Gand), in Belgium.

Greta  Kreuzer

Greta Kreuzer

CEO, Cosinuss


Greta studied innovation management and operations at the Technical University of Munich. She worked for companies like BOSCH, Yahoo! Deutschland and Schneider. Greta founded her first startup, cosinuss°, in 2011 and co-founded another one a year later. Today, she is still CEO of cosinuss° , a technology company based in Munich, that develops first-in-class mobile monitoring solutions for home use

Alexandru But

Alexandru But

Co-Founder, BrainyAnt


Alexandru But is an engineer and entrepreneur from Romania. Together with Andrei Brumboiu he started BrainyAnt in 2017, a company that deals with the development of consumer targeted telerobotics systems. This is the area of robotics concerned with the control of semi-autonomous robots from a distance, in this case from any secure internet connection.

Before starting this project Alexandru has work in the embedded industry for 5 years, covering a large set of technologies, with a big focus on deterministic systems and networking. In his spare time, he is working as a trainer, teaches robotics for children and does life coaching for young students.

Lisa Lang

Lisa Lang

Founder and CEO, The PowerHouse


Lisa Lang is a digital information technology and new media game changer. She has worked for big international technology organizations like Campus Party, Smashing Magazine ,SitePoint and Twilio (a Silicon Valley unicorn), and has extensive experience as a team and business leader.
Lisa has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in wearable tech worldwide, 25 leaders in fashion and technology worldwide, 50 most important women for innovation & startups in the EU.
Lisa was raised in a German craftsman family, studied Arts, New Media, Software Engineering as well as International Business Management and Innovation. Having lived and worked around the world, she developed a superpower: Lisa brings people together to create new, innovative, and beautiful products.
Since 2012, Lisa has volunteered for the Berlin Geekettes (Women in Technology) as evangelista, managing events (Europes biggest female hackathon sponsored by Coca Cola) and mentoring young women in technology in business leadership (Google mentorship program). She continues to mentor at programs like Techstars and Startupbootcamp, and has developed education concept for FashionTech for Fablabs, Esmod Fashion university and Goethe Institute.
In 2016, she was appointed as the expert mentor for FashionTech for the German Fashion Council Scholarship Program for H&M.
Lisa Lang is a seasoned business developer, having founded six different FashionTech companies in the last four years and turned them into thriving businesses. She’s dedicated to establish a European fashion tech network to support innovation but also manufacture and scale sustainable products. She’s a part of the Fraunhofer Institute and DIN house network where she’s working on standardising processes for FashionTech manufacturing.

Isabelle Buscke

Isabelle Buscke

Head of the EU Liason Office , Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. (Federation of German Consumer Organisations)


Since October 2012, Ms Buscke is Head of the EU liaison office in Brussels of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv - and coordinates the organisation’s EU work. This ranges from consumer rights, financial services, energy all the way through to food and mobility – but with a strong focus on the digital economy. Ms Buscke sits on the board of BEUC (the European Consumer Organisation) and is the German member of the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) with the European Commission. In addition, she is a 2018 fellow of the Transatlantic Digital Debates programme.

A German, French and Belgian national, Ms Buscke holds a Master's degree in Political Science and French philology from the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Before joining vzbv in 2012, Ms Buscke worked for different Public Affairs consultancies focussing on energy and digital policy and led cross-border activities in the construction and energy performance contracting business.


Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio

Co-Founder, The Providence Group


Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter for the European Commission's Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan represented the United States revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Paul  Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, 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.

Rob Van Kranenburg

Rob Van Kranenburg

Founder , Council


Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He worked as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and currently as Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board. He chairs AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. He is a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP)

Tobias  Gantner

Tobias Gantner

Founder and CEO, The HealthCare Futurists


Tobias is a restless resident of different worlds: A medical doctor by training, a health economist and jurist by education, a philosophy aficionado by academic passion and curious by default. He has worked in a number of leading positions in hospital patient care and major industry companies such as Siemens (Consulting), Novartis (Strategy and Health Economy/Health Policy), Bayer Healthcare (Head Market Access) and Johnson&Johnson (Director Market Access and Health Economics). Subsequently he followed his bliss and founded the ‘HealthCare Futurists’. The HealthCare Futurists (HCFs) are an international and independent network, think-tank, make-tank, incubator, catalyst and consulting hub for innovation in healthcare, life sciences and medicine. Their mission is to collaboratively challenge the status quo and passionately push the limits of current thinking and practice in healthcare. We are renowned experts and thriving professionals of diverse disciplines, all related with healthcare. We share a persistent passion for patient-centric, client-centric and customer-centric innovation and consider ourselves to be Change Agents of Innovation and healthcare’s custom shop.

Tobias holds a number of academic appointments e.g. at the Universities of Cologne and Duisburg and is a sought after speaker in topics related to the future of healthcare, medicine and life-sciences.

He is strategic advisor to the European Connected Health Alliance and to the European Institute of Technlogy (EIT) Health and is part of SCIANA, the Health Leaders Network funded by the Robert-Bosch and Careum Foundation.

He is the director of the European Center for Patient Centric Innovation and Medical Entrepreneurship located at the WHO University at Maastricht and affiliated with the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel.



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