Vice President, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
* born April 27, 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
* 2004-2010: Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media
* 1999-2004: Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media, Sport
* 1989-1999: Member of the European Parliament
* 1995-1999: Vice-president, Parti Chrétien-Social, Luxembourg
* 1988-1993: National president of Christian-Social Women, Luxembourg
* 1981-1999: City councillor, city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
* 1979-1989: Member of the Parliament of Luxembourg
* 1978-1999: Journalist, Luxemburger Wort
* 1986-1998: President, Luxembourg Union of Journalists
* 2009 Member of the Global Council of the Women's Forum
* 2009 Member of the Board of Les Journées d'Echternach (association sans but lucratif)
* 2007 Member of the Board of Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (fondation d'utilité publique)
* 1977: Doctor of human sciences, Sorbonne, Paris
* Luxembourgish: mother tongue
* French: fluent
* German: fluent
* English: fluent
* Italian: good knowledge
General Counsel, US Department of Commerce
As the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, Cameron Kerry is the principal legal advisor to Secretary Locke and third ranking secretarial officer. President Obama nominated him on April 20, 2009 and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 21, 2009.
He serves as chief legal officer of the Department and oversees the work of over 325 lawyers in 14 offices who provide legal advice to all components of the Department. Kerry is the Department’s chief ethics officer and serves as Chair of the Department of Commerce Privacy Council.
During his year as General Counsel, Kerry has been engaged in the wide range of issues facing the Department of Commerce as it seeks to lay a new foundation for economic growth. He has been a leader on work across the US government on patent reform and intellectual property issues, privacy and security, and efforts against transnational bribery. Kerry has travelled to the People’s Republic of China several times and serves as the co-lead in the Transparency Dialogue with China and the US-China Legal Exchange.
Previously, Kerry was a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, a national law firm. In over 30 years of practice, he has been a communications lawyer and litigator in a range of complex, developing areas such as telecommunications, environmental law, toxic torts, privacy, and insurance regulation. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Cameron was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and a law clerk for Judge Elbert Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Kerry has taught telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and written and presented on communications, evidence, and environmental issues in a variety of industry and academic settings. Cameron was a senior advisor and national surrogate for the 2004 Democratic presidential campaign, and has served on boards of nonprofits involved in civic and political engagement and sports.
Kerry received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College Law School where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review and winner of the school's moot court competition.
He and his wife, Kathy Weinman, have two daughters. Their home is in Massachusetts.
Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor
Mr. Hustinx (1945) has been European Data Protection Supervisor since January 2004 and was re-appointed by the European Parliament and the Council in January 2009 for a second term of five years. He has been closely involved in the development of data protection legislation from the start, both at national and at international level. Before entering his office, Mr. Hustinx was President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority since 1991. From 1996 until 2000 he was Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party. He received law degrees in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and in Ann Arbor, USA. Since 1986 he has been deputy judge in the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam.
Member, European Parliament
In 2009 Axel Voss was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the German Christian Democrats (CDU), representing the region around Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen in North Rhine-Westphalia. As a member of the EPP-Group his work in the LIBE-Committee is focussed on the area of data protection, especially on the revision of the data protection directive (95/46/EC), the PNR agreements and European criminal law. He is furthermore a member of the BUDGET and the PETI Committee.
Before being elected he worked as a lawyer and taught students in the field of European Studies as a university lecturer. After having completed his law studies, focussed on European and International law, he had worked as a legal adviser for citizens at the representation of the European Commission in Bonn.
He joined CDU in 1996 and chaired the CDU Bonn from 2004 to 2009.
Member, European Parliament
Born on the 13th September 1963 (Vollenhove, The Netherlands)
Member of European Parliament since July 2004 (ALDE)
Post in the European Parliament
- Substitute Member of the Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs
- Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs
- Member of the EP Committee on Women's Rights and Genderequality (FEMM)
- Vice-president of the Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights
- Chair of the EP Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV/AIDS and Polulation (EPWG)
- Chair and founder of the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics
- Chair and founder of the European Parliament Privacy Platform
Former professional activities
96 - 04 Secretary General ELDR Group Committee of the Regions
94 - 96 Political assistant to former MEP Johanna Boogerd-Quaak
93 - 94 Trainee Political advisor in local authority
90 - 93 Translator
- M.A. in History
- Post-graduate course Management and Public Administration
- A-standard level (VWO Montessori Lyceum, The Hague)
Former political activities
- Chairman D66 Belgium
- Secretary D66 Delft
- Substitute local councillor Delft
English, French, German, Italian, Greek, Dutch: fluent
Finnish, Swedish: basics
Chairman, Article 29 Data Protection Working Party
Before his appointment as Chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority in 2004, Jacob Kohnstamm was active in Dutch politics as member of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, as State Secretary for Internal Affairs and as member of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament (between 1981 and 2004). Before that, he worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam. Since February 2010, Jacob Kohnstamm is Chairman of the Art. 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Authorities.
Head of Unit - Data Protection, European Commission
Marie-Hélène Boulanger started her career working 6 years in the field of data protection with Professor Poullet at the University of Namur. She then joined the Belgian Data Protection Authority where she spent more than 5 years, for 2 years of which she was the secretary of this authority. She subsequently joined Directorate-General Internal Market of the European Commission as a national expert with the data protection unit. Following that, she tranferred to the unit responsible for large scale IT systems, where she has been responsible for the legal team of the unit and also specialised in the policy aspects of the Schengen Information System. Since September 2009 she is the Head of Unit of the data protection unit.
Advisor to the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, European Council
Dr. Christiane Höhn is an adviser to the European Union Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, covering a broad range of counter-terrorism issues.
She joined the Council of the European Union in 2004. In her previous assignment, she worked on non-proliferation and disarmament. From 2004 to 2009, she was an Administrator Transatlantic Relations, working on EU-US and EU-Canada relations as well as on issues relating to counter-terrorism and international human rights and humanitarian law.
She holds the German State Examinations in law, an LL.M. (Harvard Law School) and a Ph.D. in international law (Heidelberg University). Ms Hoehn also studied at the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva and Passau University.
Prior to joining the EU in 2004, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg and an Affiliate at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, where she worked on leadership development. She also worked at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and interned at various UN departments. She also worked as a ski instructor.
She has published a book ("Between Human Rights and Conflict Prevention: Protection of National Minorities in the OSCE") and several articles in the field of international law and international affairs.
Director of Policy for EMEA, Facebook
Richard Allan joined Facebook in June 2009 to lead the company’s public policy work in Europe.
Richard works on a broad portfolio of issues including privacy, online child safety, freedom of expression, e-commerce regulation and public sector uses of social media. He appears regularly in the media as a spokesman for Facebook.
Prior to joining Facebook, Richard was European Government Affairs Director for Cisco from September 2005 and has been an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute.
From 2008 to 2009 Richard was Chair of the UK Cabinet Office’s Power of Information Task Force working on improving the use of government data.
Richard was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam from 1997 to 2005 where he specialized in technology policy issues. In July 2010, Richard was appointed to the House of Lords in the UK Parliament.
In the early part of his career Richard was an archaelogist, an NHS IT professional and a locally elected Councillor.
Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
Michael Donohue is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where he has worked since 2001. He currently heads the Unit on Information Security and Privacy. Prior responsibilities include OECD work on consumer policy. Before joining the OECD, he served as an attorney at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and in private practice. Michael’s educational background is in law and philosophy.
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, SAS
John Boswell is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of SAS Institute Inc. in North Carolina, USA. SAS is the largest privately held software company in the world. At SAS, John has worldwide responsibility for legal services, contract administration, risk and corporate compliance. John is a frequent continuing legal education (CLE) instructor and is an active participant in the discussions regarding new privacy regulations in both the EU and the US.
Global Strategy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Hunton Williams
Richard Thomas is Global Strategy Adviser with the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, the think tank associated with Hunton & Williams, the leading international privacy law firm.
He was the Information Commissioner for the United Kingdom from November 2002 until his retirement at the end of June 2009. He was appointed by HM Queen and held independent status, reporting directly to Parliament, with a range of responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and related laws. The functions of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) include promoting good practice, ruling on complaints and taking enforcement action.
He is also Chairman of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council which reviews the accessibility, fairness and efficiency of the arrangements for resolving disputes between government and individuals.
His other posts are:
• Deputy Chairman of the Consumers Association (publishers of Which? magazine);
• Trustee of the Whitehall and Industry Group; and
• Board Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
In 2008 he was awarded “Privacy Leader of the Year” by IAPP and was voted 3rd in Silicon.com’s global “IT Agenda Setters” poll. In July 2009, he was included in the “Law 100” - the London Times list of the 100 most influential British lawyers.
Richard has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Southampton and is a visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria.
He was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for public service in June 2009.
Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC
Joan Antokol is internationally recognized for her work in privacy and data protection. She is the managing partner of Park Legal LLC, a new Indianapolis-based boutique law firm that focuses its practice in the areas of data privacy, information security and records management. Ms. Antokol also owns an online training company and a software company. She assists organizations with many aspects of privacy and security, including healthcare and clinical research, security breaches, international data transfers, enterprise management, and privacy auditing. Joan is a frequent presenter at privacy conferences and has a number of published articles and has written twenty booklets on various aspects of privacy and security. She is the 2011 Chair of the Indiana Security and Privacy Network (InSPN), an organization comprised of about 75 privacy and security professionals, and is also a member of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), let by Dr. Alexander Dix, the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner.
Prior to launching Park Legal LLC in May 2010, Joan spent three years as a partner at a large Indianapolis law firm and chaired that firm’s privacy and records management practice group. Before that, Joan spent seven years working for Novartis in New Jersey and Switzerland, and served as Vice President and Global Head of Privacy for the Novartis Group companies. Previously, she worked for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in New Jersey, and eventually served as the head of product liability litigation for that company, handling litigation matters in the U.S. and other countries. At Roche and Novartis, Joan also handled certain international drug safety and regulatory matters. Joan spent the first four years of her career as a trial attorney at a large New Jersey based law firm (Shanley & Fisher, PC., which is now Drinker Biddle) and simultaneously served as an acting municipal prosecutor in New Jersey for two years.
Joan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark, NJ), where she was the Business Editor of the Computer & Technology Law Journal.
Founder and CEO, Privowny
Hervé Le Jouan is an early High-Tech Entrepreneur and Senior Executive having been involved in key Digital Measurement companies in the last 13 years.
After 8 years in the Software industry where he co-founded his first company, and then his tenure at Netscape Europe, he co-founded Netvalue in 1998, an Internet measurement company who was listed on the Paris stock Exchange, and eventually has been sold to Nielsen//NetRatings in 2002 where Herve spent 2 years. After he hold a Senior position at Mediametrie in France. He started then m:metrics Europe in 2005, the first mobile media measurement company who was sold to comScore in 2008 where Hervé became Managing Director Europe. Alongside, Hervé has been Chairman EMEA and global vice-chairman of the Mobile marketing Association in 2010 and still sits on the Global and EMEA Boards.
Head of Legal Privacy, Security & Content Standards, Vodafone
With over 13 years in the mobile industry, Stephen has worked on many the emerging privacy issues for the sector including geo-location, mobile advertising, identity management and human rights, and spoken at many industry, privacy and security conferences in Europe and the US.
Direcor of Privacy, GSMA
Pat is responsible for the GSMA’s work on privacy. Pat is currently working with GSMA members and other key stakeholders to establish dialogue and explore ways to shape—collaboratively and collectively—the way privacy is advanced, managed and protected across the mobile ecosystem.
Pat has more than 13 years of experience in data privacy and regulatory policy in the fixed, mobile and internet sectors. He has represented industry on a number of privacy matters with various regulatory and international public interest groups.
Pat has a degree in Social Anthropology and Development and holds privacy and information security qualifications. He has served on the International Standard Organisation's Privacy Steering Committee and is a member of the British Computer Society.
Member, European Parliament
Jan Philipp Albrecht is a Member of the European Parliament from the German Greens. Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo in 2009 and was spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. Jan Philipp Albrecht is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy. In the European Parliament, he works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. He is the European Parliament's chief negotiator ("rapporteur") for the transatlantic data protection framework agreement in the fields of justice and police cooperation.
Senior Legal Officer, BEUC
Kostas Rossoglou is a Greek qualified lawyer, member of the BAR of the Thessalonica, in Greece.
Kostas holds the position of Senior Legal Officer at BEUC and is leading BEUC’ Digital Team. He has been working at BEUC’s Legal Department since January 2009 and his main areas of expertise are Intellectual Property Rights, e-commerce and data protection. He has been working on a number of EU policy issues, including enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, collective management of copyright, audiovisual content and copyright levies.. Kostas has been representing consumers in a number of expert groups of the European Commission on IPR related issues, such copyright levies, multi-territory licensing of content online and online counterfeiting. Kostas is also a member of the Team on consumer redress and consumer contracts.
BEUC is a Brussels-based organisation representing forty three reputed independent consumer associations from some thirty European countries (EU, EEA and applicant countries). BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on eight areas identified as priorities by our members: Energy & Sustainability, Financial Services, Food, Health, Safety, Consumer Contracts, Digital and Group Action.
Global Privacy Counsel, Google
Peter works as Google’s Global Privacy Counsel. His job is to help ensure that Google protects its users’ privacy, meets all privacy legal obligations, and helps to raise the bar in terms of privacy protection on the Internet. Peter is particularly committed to engaging with privacy stakeholders, advocates and regulators to ensure that Google is responsive to their privacy expectations. He works closely with public policy makers around the world to help update data protection concepts for the Information Age.
Peter has 15 years’ experience in the field of data protection, including his prior position as Microsoft’s privacy lead for Europe and Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Peter was educated in the US (Harvard College and Harvard Law School) and in Germany (LMU- Munich), and has worked for the last decade in Paris. He doesn’t put a lot of personal stuff in a public bio.
Vice President EU Affairs, Microsoft
John Vassallo is Microsoft Vice President EU Affairs as well as Associate General Counsel for the company. He leads Microsoft’s EU Corporate Affairs and Regulatory team. His position was created to help advance the company’s dialogue with the EU policy and regulatory community. Vassallo is also Chair of AmCham EU, the organization in Brussels that represents 140 companies of US parentage at the European Institutions and EU governments
From 1993 to 1997 Vassallo was Ambassador of Malta to the European Union, NATO’s Partnership for Peace and Belgium, where he negotiated the timing of his country’s accession to the EU and NATO Partnership for Peace. He then became General Electric’s Senior Counsel & Director of the European Affairs Office, based in Brussels, a post he held until he joined Microsoft in 2008.
Vassallo attended the University of Malta and graduated with a B.A. degree in English, Italian and Maltese in 1968. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Laws from the same university in 1973. He undertook his postgraduate studies in European Law and Economics at Amsterdam University and in Swedish Law at Stockholm University. After one year at his family law firm in Malta, he joined the Euroc Corporation of Malmo, Sweden, in 1975. During his 15 years at Euroc, he moved from Audit Staff to Group Controller at the Siporex Division. In 1984 he became Manager of Siporex France for a major reconstruction of the company and moved to Vice President and Director Finance and Administration of Dynapac, another division of the group, in 1986.
In 1987 he became President of Dynapac Concrete. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a lobbyist and Director of Cembureau, the European Cement Association in Brussels.
Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, UK ICO
David Smith, as one of two Deputy Commissioners, is primarily responsible for the Data Protection functions of the Information Commissioner’s Office based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. He takes the lead in ensuring that the Commissioner’s policies and Data Protection activities fulfill the strategic ambition of “strengthening public confidence in Data Protection by taking a practical, down-to-earth approach - simplifying and making it easier for the majority of organisations who seek to handle personal information well, and tougher for the minority who do not”.
As well as providing Data Protection leadership across the Information Commissioner’s Office, David has direct responsibility for oversight of its Strategic Liaison Division which develops and manages the ICO’s relations with its key stakeholders. He is a member of both the Commissioner’s Management Board and Executive Team.
The international aspects of David’s work involve him in representing the UK on the Article 29 Working Party of European Supervisory Authorities set up under the Data Protection Directive. He was Chairman of the data protection supervisory body for Europol from October 2006 to October 2009. One other special area of interest is Data Protection in the employment field where David led the project leading to publication of the Commissioner’s Employment Practices Data Protection Code.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner in November 2005, David undertook a wide range of responsibilities as an Assistant Commissioner. These covered the setting up of a new Regulatory Action Division, leadership of a Strategic Policy Group and management of groups responsible for ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act across different areas of the public and private sectors. David first joined what was then the Office of the Data Protection Registrar in 1990. Previously he worked as a District Officer for the public sector trade union NALGO.
Vice-President, EU Affairs, Nokia
Kaisa Olkkonen, Vice President, EU Representative Office, Nokia Corporation, is responsible for Nokia´s regulatory work in Europe. She is also globally responsible for Nokia´s approach to privacy and data protection policy work.
Before joining the Corporate Relationsand Responsibility team headed by Esko Aho, she worked in several leadership positions in Nokia´s Legal and IP Organization, most recently as the head of the team responsible for providing legal support to Nokia´s Internet Services businesses.
Kaisa Olkkonen has more than a twenty year long professional background of working in various positions in international business enterprises. Her tasks have covered a broad range of legal matters, including technology law and contracting, various forms of co-operation agreements, intellectual property matters, consumer protection and marketing law, product safety and liability, mergers and acquisitions and associated integration. For the past years she has been especially focusing on the broad range of topics around Internet law and content licensing.
She has lead various multinational teams of lawyers located around the world, and has besides working at the Nokia headquarters in Finland also spent a period in Asia, Singapore, heading the regional legal team there. She has also been part of the management team renewing the operational mode of Nokia´s Legal & IP team, from a traditional line organization to Internet way of working model based on coaching and communities.
During her Nokia career she has also participated in the business management team work in several Nokia Corporation units.
As part of her leadership roles in Nokia Kaisa Olkkonen has been actively involved in Nokia Corporation´s regulatory strategy building and the regulatory work and lobbying efforts globally, her current priority responsibility area.
Group Data Protection Officer, Deutsche Telekom
Dr. Claus D. Ulmer studied law in Germany, with a period of practical studies in Haifa, Israel.
From 1993 to1999 he worked for a law firm in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1999 to 2002 Dr. Ulmer was a legal adviser with international responsibilities at debis Systemhaus GmbH, a Daimler subsidiary, before he took over the function of Data Protection Officer for the whole debis Systemhaus Group.
Dr. Ulmer has published several articles in trade journals and published the "Telecommunications Data Protection Manual". He has also addressed several national and international conventions. Dr. Ulmer is a lecturer at the Data Protection and IT Security Academy in Ulm, Germany, which is a training Institute for data protection and privacy officers.
Managing Director, IP and O&T Law Group, Citi
Vivienne Artz is a Managing Director and Head of International for the IP and O&T Law Group in the General Counsel’s Office in London.
The International team, with lawyers in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, is responsible for all legal aspects of intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, general commercial/procurement, data privacy and data security, electronic trading and order routing, and market data legal issues, across all business areas in the EMEA and APAC regions.
Prior to joining Citigroup in 2000, Vivienne worked in Private Practice in London.
Vivienne chairs the AFME Data Protection Working Group and is an active participant on the E-Commerce Group and the Data Protection Groups at the BBA and CBI, as well as a Committee member for the Technology Discussion Group. Vivienne is also co-chair of the Citi Women Network in the UK, and leads the Legal Diversity Committee for EMEA.
Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
Monika Kuschewsky is a partner at Van Bael & Bellis, a leading independent law firm headquartered in Brussels.
Monika heads the firm’s European data protection law practice and is supported by an international team of lawyers from more than 15 different countries. She is qualified as a company data protection officer (Betrieblicher Datenschutzbeauftragter (GDDcert.)) and has extensive experience managing pan-European data protection law projects and audits for multinationals and small and medium-sized companies established in Europe, Asia and the USA. Monika develops and implements tailor-made compliance programmes and regularly provides data protection law training to clients. She also represents clients before the national data protection authorities in Europe and oversees multi-jurisdictional filings.
Monika advises on all questions of data protection law with a particular focus on international data transfers, outsourcing and HR as well as on data security and other data protection issues, which are relevant to global companies, such as outsourcing and cloud computing. She constantly provides hands-on practical advice regarding the data protection divide between the EU and the US, be it in the field of whistleblowing, e-discovery or others, as well as dealing with the challenges for data protection compliance raised by new technologies and practices, such as social networks, RFID, biometrics and behavioural advertising.
Monika has published articles on data protection law and regularly speaks at conferences. She is a member of the editorial board of PDP’s Privacy & Data Protection Journal as well as of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD e.V.) and the French Association of Data Protection Correspondents (AFCDP). Monika is also a member of the CEN/ISSS WS-DPP “Data protection and privacy workshop”.
Monika obtained her law degree from the Free University of Berlin in Germany and an LL.M. in Legal Studies from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Bar of Berlin, Germany.
Chief Policy Analyst & Head of Technical Studies, Security Europe
Brooks Tigner is editor and chief policy analyst of SECURITY EUROPE – the only publication devoted exclusively to EU civil security policy, technology and business – and founder of Brussels-based SecEUR sprl, the business information service on EU civil security.
He also covers a wide swath of EU and NATO security and defence issues for Jane’s Defence Weekly.
Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has analysed and reported on security and defence technology and policy issues across Europe for more than two decades – from the post-Cold War’s impact on the NATO and its subsequent expansion, to the EU’s growing role in security and defence.
Formerly Defense News’ Bureau Chief in Brussels, he reported extensively across East and Central Europe throughout the1990s, followed by three years in Washington DC where he was the newspaper's International Editor.
Brooks returned to the Belgian capital in 2001 as the paper's EU/NATO affairs correspondent - a position he held until creating SECURITY EUROPE in January 2007 to coincide with the launch of the EU’s new Security Research programme. A native English-speaker, Brooks is fluent in French, has a passing knowledge of Spanish and holds dual Belgian-US nationality.
Deputy Director of Legal Affairs, EMEA, Intel
Jonathan Weeks is Intel’s Deputy Director of Legal Affairs for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. He has worked for Intel for over 11 years. Jonathan manages a team of lawyers within Intel’s EMEA Legal Department. His team provides legal support on a range of subjects, including competition law, and EU collaborative R&D funded research. The team also provides legal support for Intel’s manufacturing operations in EMEA. In addition to managing his team, Jonathan provides legal advice on a range of matters, but his main area of focus is data protection. Jonathan also chairs Intel Legal’s Commercial Law Practice Group and participates in a number of other cross-geo teams.
Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1986. He started his career with the UK firm, Eversheds. Prior to joining Intel, Jonathan held a number of positions at in-house legal departments (including GKN plc, Alliance & Leicester plc and Lucas Industries plc).
Jonathan is based at Intel’s EMEA Headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President Market Governance & Data Strategy Nielsen Online, Nielsen
René Lamsfuss has been Vice President Market Governance & Data Strategy of Nielsen Online – leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and buy - since March 2008. In addition to being in charge of Nielsen’s syndicated digital product set in Europe, Mr Lamsfuss ensures strong working relationships with industry bodies, joint industry bodies and key clients in order to deliver excellent products that fully comply to privacy and data protection guidelines on both, national and regional level.
Mr Lamsfuss joined Nielsen Online from United Internet Media, the leading German Online Sales House, where he was responsible for market research and media consulting as well as for managing all relations with industry bodies and joint industry committtes. In his position at United Internet Media, he was also the Architect of a number of innovative fusion and product development opportunities, such as Targeting.
In 2008 and 2009, Mr Lamsfuss was appointed board member of IAB Europe. He furthermore served as Chairman of AGOF, the German industry body for Online Media Research, where he managed – amongst others - all activities related to privacy and data protection regulation.
In September 2011, Mr Lamsfuss was appointed as Chairman of the IAB Europe Online Research Committee, which works together with IAB Europe and local IABs as well as members such as Google, Adobe or ComScore on market governance for online research, especially vis-à-vis decision-makers in Europe
René Lamsfuss holds a MA degree in Geography, Political and Social Science from Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf.
DOJ Counselor, U.S. Mission to the EU
In October of 2011, Stewart Robinson was designated by the United States Department of Justice to be its Senior Counsel for the European Union and International Law Enforcement Matters at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Prior that time, Mr. Robinson served as the Principal Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of International Affairs. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the point of contact for all U.S. interaction with countries around the world in matters relating to the extradition of international fugitives, and acts as the Central Authority for the United States for requests to obtain information and evidence in criminal investigations and prosecutions pursuant to all U.S. mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs). He is Director of the International Coordinators’ Program of the Department of Justice, providing direct liaison and with each of the 93 United States Attorneys’ Offices around the country on international issues, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining operational posts abroad through placement of Department of Justice Attaches at U.S. Embassies around the world. Mr. Robinson has represented the Department of Justice on numerous U.S. delegations negotiating bilateral extradition treaties and mutual legal assistance treaties, and has served on international expert groups in matters relating to law enforcement for the United Nations and other fora. Mr. Robinson is a career prosecutor having served in Federal and State criminal justice systems, and has been engaged in the private practice of law representing individuals accused of crimes. He has handled and supervised thousands of criminal matters, and has presented over 300 criminal cases to juries.
Throughout his career, Mr. Robinson has been involved in teaching and training attorneys and law enforcement personnel. From 1997 to 1998, he was the Assistant Director for the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Education, responsible for criminal programming. Since 2004, Mr. Robinson has served as an adjunct professor or law on the faculties of: Washington College of Law, American University; Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America; Georgetown University Law Center; and The George Washington University Law School.
Mr. Robinson received his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM, was previously an analyst and reporter on Mobile Communications Europe and Telecom Markets. He provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Magnus studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.
President, Forum Europe
Giles Merritt founded Forum Europe in 1989. He was named one of the 30 most influential “Eurostars” by the Financial Times, together with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to name but a few. Merritt’s background is as a journalist and commentator. From 1968-83, he was a staff correspondent of the Financial Times and reported successively from London, Paris, Belfast/Dublin and Brussels. From 1984 to the present day he has contributed columns on EU matters to the Op-Ed pages of the International Herald Tribune, and his articles range widely over political and economic issues.
Merritt is also the founder and Secretary General of Friends of Europe, the most focused of the three main think tanks in Brussels on reaching public opinion across Europe.
Merritt launched Europe’s World, the only Europe-wide policy journal in Autumn 2005 as a European counterpart to the US periodical Foreign Affairs. Europe’s World has no institutional, national or party political bias and is published in English and French in partnership with a coalition of over 100 think tanks and universities worldwide, and now has over 100, 000 readers in 171 countries.
In addition, Merritt is the co-founder and Director of the Security and Defence Agenda (the SDA), the only think tank in Brussels that concentrates solely on security and defence issues.