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Speaker Biographies

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Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

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


Jyrki Katainen is currently Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. He joined the college in July 2014 as Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro.
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).
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.

Marc Tarabella

Marc Tarabella

Member, European Parliament


Marc Tarabella is Mayor of Anthisnes (Belgium) since 1994 and Member of the European Parliament since 2004, function interrupted in 2007 when appointed Minister of Formation, Education, Youth and Social Promotion.
In 2009, he was re-elected as MEP. He is full member of the Agriculture committee (AGRI) and substitute member of the Internal market and consumer protection committee (IMCO) and of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
He was rapporteur for the successful public procurement directive in 2011.
His major fights are, among others: Gender equality, consumer protection (food labelling, net neutrality, protection of personal data), the defence of farmer’s rights.
Since September 2014, he is also the co-President of the Sport Intergroup of the European Parliament in which issues like corruption, doping, attribution criteria of sport events are dealt with in the presence of major actors of the sport sector.

Marzena Rogalska

Marzena Rogalska

Acting Director, Single Market for Public Administrations in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission


Marzena Rogalska, European Commission, Acting Director – Single Market for Public Administration in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SMEs. Previously EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard University working on impact investing and competitiveness issues, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as the construction sector in the DG GROW. In 2010-2013 Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy. Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including Gdansk Governor's Office, Ministry of Finance and Chancellery of Prime Minister. She represented the Polish Government at the Council of Europe to the Bureau of anti-money laundering committee. Her experience in the private sector is within the manufacturing and telecom sectors, and with energy companies. Educated at Gdansk University and Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, she holds a master's agree in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in International Economic Relations. She holds an additional postgraduate diploma in banking and finance from the Ecole de Commerce de Rouen and Politechnika Gdanska.

Kestutis Sadauskas

Kestutis Sadauskas

Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth, European Commission


Kęstutis Sadauskas is a Lithuanian national.
He holds Master degrees from Vilnius University in Political Science/International Relations and Geography.
From 1993 until 2006 he worked at the Lithuanian Foreign Service on multilateral issues.
In September 2006 Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius.
From April 2010 until October 2014 he was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Audit, and Statistics.
From November 2014 Kęstutis Sadauskas has been the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth at the DG Environment of the European Commission.

Aongus Hegarty

Aongus Hegarty

President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dell


Aongus Hegarty serves as President of Dell EMC for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Responsible for business and strategy across the region, he leads a team of sales, solutions and services professionals serving customers across 120 countries. Aongus has established a strong and balanced multi-channel go-to-market across the region, including building out a substantial business in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Turkey & Africa.

Following a series of acquisitions by Dell, Aongus is directing the successful integration of numerous acquired businesses into Dell’s existing operational and organisational structure, including the combination with EMC, creating the largest privately controlled technology company.

As the leader for Dell EMC in EMEA, Aongus is an active industry spokesperson in many external business forums, and has on-going relationships with key analysts and media. He is also executive sponsor for Dell’s Global Giving Council in the region; directing the investment of important funding to not-for-profit organisations and a lead advocate for corporate social responsibility and sustainability.



Tuesday 27 November, 2018
09.00 to 17.00




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Rue du Commerce 9,
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