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Carl-Christian Buhr

Carl-Christian Buhr

Member of Vice-President Kroes cabinet, Responsible for Cloud Computing Strategy, European Commission


Dr. Buhr, an economist and computer scientist by training, is a member of the cabinet of Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. Among others, he advises her on the developing European Cloud Computing Strategy, Data protection, Standardisation and interoperability policies as well as ICT research policy. He previously dealt with antitrust and merger control investigations by the Commission, such as the Microsoft antitrust case and the Oracle/Sun Microsystems merger.

William E.  Kennard

William E. Kennard

US Ambassador to the EU, US Mission to the EU


William E. Kennard is the United States’ Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Kennard was a Global Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm with approximately $90 billion under management. Mr. Kennard joined The Carlyle Group in May 2001. At The Carlyle Group, Mr. Kennard specialized in investments in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Before joining The Carlyle Group, Mr. Kennard served as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from November 1997 to January 2001. He presided over the agency at an historic time. During his tenure, he shaped policies that created an explosion of new wireless phones, brought the Internet to a majority of American households, and resulted in billions of dollars of investment in new broadband technologies. At the same time, he implemented bold new policies to bridge the digital divide in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Kennard is well known for his advocacy for people at risk of being stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide. He implemented the FCC’s e-rate program, which brought the Internet to almost every school and library in the United States. Under Mr. Kennard’s leadership, the FCC dramatically expanded access to communications technologies for people with disabilities. The FCC also adopted policies to increase telephone service to rural areas, especially to Native Americans living on tribal lands. He reached out to create more ownership and employment opportunities for women and minorities.

As FCC chairman, Mr. Kennard promoted the benefits of technology worldwide. He pioneered an innovative FCC Development Initiative to assist countries in the developing world to participate more fully in the global growth of digital technology. Through this initiative, Mr. Kennard signed the first partnership agreements on behalf of the FCC with ten countries on four continents to share U.S. regulatory experience with emerging regulatory authorities.

U.S. News and World Report dubbed Kennard a “consumer champion for the digital age.” He has received many honors and awards for his accomplishments, including awards from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Easter Seals Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and honorary degrees from Howard University, Gallaudet University and Long Island University.

Mr. Kennard previously served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation (national US wireless carrier), Handspring, Inc. (manufacturer of the Treo and other wireless devices), eAccess Ltd. (national Japanese wireless carrier), as well as on the boards of several companies owned by The Carlyle Group.

Mr. Kennard also served on several nonprofit boards including the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, One Economy Corporation, Common Sense Media, Year-Up Inc., the Yale University Council, Gallaudet University and Media Access Project.

Before his appointment as FCC Chairman, Mr. Kennard served as the FCC’s general counsel from 1993 until 1997. He joined the FCC from the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now DLA Piper) where he was a partner and member of the firm’s board of directors.

Mr. Kennard is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. He resides in Brussels, Belgium with his wife, Deborah Kennedy Kennard, and their son, Robert.

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Member, European Parliament


Pilar del Castillo is a Member of the European Parliament from Spain. Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004, Dr. del Castillo Vera was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004.

She is a member of the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.

She is the Coordinator of the EPP group in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), substitute for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of India, and substitute for the Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

From June 2009 she is the Chair of the European Internet Foundation. Member of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) and the European Energy Forum (EEE). Pilar del Castillo is also member of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) Forum and Chair of the permanent Working Group on Energy of the European Ideas Network.

Ricky Santos

Ricky Santos

Vice-President Global Cloud Solutions, Dell


Ricky Santos is the Vice President of Dell Global Cloud Solutions. He is responsible for defining and driving Dell’s cloud strategy by bringing together the best of Dell hardware, software and services. Ricky brings a deep expertise in service integration, service management/governance, risk and compliance with a focus on enabling secure enterprise-class hybrid cloud.

Ricky joined Dell in August 2011. Previous to his current role, he served as the Senior Executive and Global Product Development Lead at Accenture and prior to that as the Chief Architect of Unisys Global Infrastructure Services. Santos spent most of his 24+ year career in Information Technology. His early years were spent designing systems for financial services before taking on the role as CIO for a Philadelphia Health Care Network.


Ivailo Kalfin

Ivailo Kalfin

Member, European Parliament


Ivailo Kalfin is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria (2005-2009). From 2009, he is a Member of the European Parliament, being Vice-Chair of the committee on Budgets a substitute member of the Industry, Research and Energy committee. His main fields of interest on ICT are the EU Digital Agenda flagship, Cloud computing, cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, IPv6, among others.

Within the ITRE Committee, has worked on the reports on Digital Agenda, Broadband, on the mandate of the European Network Information Security Agency, and the opinion on the attacks on information systems. On February 2012, he officially presented his report Critical Information Infrastructure Protection - Achievements and next steps: towards global
cybersecurity. The draft report is expected to be voted
in June 2012.

André Richier

André Richier

Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission


André Richier is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry (ICT for Competitiveness and Industrial Innovation Unit). He is responsible for policy issues relating to the competitiveness of the ICT industry and human capital, in particular the follow up of the Communication on "e-Skills for the 21st Century". He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow attached to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He played a leading role in the preparation of the “eLearning: Designing Tomorrow’s Education” Initiative and Action Plan in 2001 within the Multimedia Unit of the Directorate General Education and Culture. In the 1990s, he was in charge of research projects in the field of multimedia within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT) of the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 1994, he held sales and marketing positions in the ICT industry. He started his career at IBM in 1985.

Nigel Hickson

Nigel Hickson

Head of EU and International ICT Policy, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills


Nigel Hickson was educated in Hertfordshire in England before going to the City University to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He joined the Department of Trade and Industry in 1982. He was seconded to the CBI in June 2000 to head up their newly formed E-business Group and in July 2001 joined the Government of Bermuda as the E Business Adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications and E Commerce.

Returning to BIS in 2004 he headed up a team working on global ICT policy and regulatory issues; recently working on the ITU Plenipotentiary and the EU Communications and Spectrum Framework. He also represents HMG at the Internet discussions at the G8.

The Team has now moved to work in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following a Machinery of Government change.

He is a keen cycler, walker and scouter.

Joe Baguley

Joe Baguley

Chief Cloud Technologist EMEA, VMware


Joe Baguley is VMware’s Chief Cloud Technologist in EMEA, taking up the newly-created position in July 2011. He helps develop and communicate VMware’s strategy with customers and partners, using his wealth of experience to help organisations reduce costs and better support users and business needs. As part of VMware’s Office of the CTO, Joe assists VMware’s customers in understanding how to use cloud technologies to deliver real business impact as well as working with them to inform VMware’s R&D processes.

Joe is a recognised leader within the European cloud community and a renowned conference speaker. He has played a key role in Cloud Camp and other events, communicating how cloud technology fits into the broader IT landscape. Joe previously spent ten years at Quest Software where he was CTO of EMEA, shaping its direction and strategy.

In addition, Joe is also on the Industry Expert Group at SIENA and is a founding committee member of the Data Centre Specialist Group at the British Computer Society which helped shape the European Code Of Conduct for Data Centres.

Joe is based in the UK but his remit is across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

For more information, contact: VMware UK team - Brands2Life
Tel: 020 7592 1200 - Email:

Mark Lange

Mark Lange

Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft


Mark is Senior Policy Counsel in the Microsoft Law and Corporate Affairs department in Europe. He has been based in Microsoft’s Paris office since 1998. Mark works on legislative and government policy issues relating to cloud computing, interoperability, and intellectual property across Europe.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark worked for the law firm of Covington & Burling in its Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices from 1989 to 1998. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981, and from Northwestern University Law School in 1989. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Mark has been a long term resident of Europe and recently became a French citizen.

Mark’s current work on cloud computing focuses on the policy framework that will enable Europe to capture the economic benefits of this technology evolution.

Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli

Assistant Supervisor, European Data Protection Supervisor


Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli (1957) has been Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor since January 2009. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 January 2009 for a term of five years.

Before entering his office, he was Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority since 1997. Member of the Italian judiciary, he has attended to many committees on data protection and related issues at international level.

In 1984 he obtained (ʺcum laudeʺ) his Degree in Law at the University of Rome ʺLa Sapienzaʺ. He previously served from 1976 at the Municipality of Frascati mainly as Head of two registry offices.

From 1984 to 1990 he collaborated with the Chair of Criminal Procedure at Rome University.

He has been a member of the Italian judiciary from 1986.

From 1986 to 1990 he served at the Courts of Rome and Avezzano (here, as monocratic judge “pretore”).

From 1990 to 1997 he worked at the Legislation Department of the Italian Ministry of Justice where he contributed to drafting ad following up many regulatory provisions, in particular concerning criminal law, criminal procedure and data protection. He was a member of several inter Ministerial committees also concerning immigration, racial discrimination, Community fraud, de‐criminalisation, reformation of tax, computer crime laws, access to confidential records and digitalisation of public administrative agencies.

During the EU Italian Presidency period (1996), he chaired the European Union Council Working Group which drew up Directive no. 97/66/EC on the protection of privacy in the telecommunications sector.

In 1997, after the entry into force of the first Italian Data Protection Act, which he had contributed to drafting, he was appointed as Secretary General of the Italian Garante. He played an active role as a member of the Committee that drew up the 2003 Personal Data Protection Code..

In the 2002 to 2003 period he was the President of the Joint Supervisory Authority set up in pursuance of the Schengen Agreemen, after being its Vice‐President in 2000‐2001.

The experience on data protection includes the participation in many bodies at European Union level (including Art. 29 Working Party, Art. 31 Committee of Directive n. 95/46/EC and Taiex programs), and at the Council of Europe (in particular, also as a consultant, T‐PD; CJ‐PD, DH‐S‐Ac, Venice Commission), as well as the contribution to many hearings, meetings and workshops held also by Parliaments and to specialized book journals and papers.

He currently teaches on privacy at the Lumsa University, Rome.

Nicolas Dubois

Nicolas Dubois

Policy Officer , Data Protection Unit, DG Justice, European Commission


Nicolas Dubois currently works as a policy officer in the Data Protection unit at the European Commission. He joined the European Commission in 2007 as a Security officer for the Schengen and Visa IT systems. Nicolas also worked as a researcher and project manager at Orange in Paris, mainly active in IP networks architecture and security. Nicolas received engineering degrees from Suplec (FR) and from the University of Darmstadt (DE).

Joseph Alhadeff

Joseph Alhadeff

Vice President of Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle


Joseph Alhadeff is the Vice President for Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer for Oracle Corporation. Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in the data center. Mr. Alhadeff is responsible for coordinating and managing Oracle's global privacy and public policy issues.

In addition to his role at Oracle, Mr. Alhadeff serves a prominent role in several influential international organizations dedicated to Internet policy, security and privacy. Mr. Alhadeff serves as the BIAC Chair to the OECD ICCP Committee, head of industry delegation to the OECD Security Steering Group, and a Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Electronic Business and Information Technology Committee. In the US, Mr. Alhadeff chairs the US-Malaysia Business Council, the Information Technology Committee for the US India Business Council and Government Affairs Committee for the Software and Information Industry Association, is Vice Chair of the USCIB’s E-Business Committee, Co-chairs the IT Committee of the US-ASEAN Business Council and is an ABAC Board member.

Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Alhadeff was General Counsel and Vice President for Electronic Commerce for the US Council for International Business (USCIB) in New York. Alhadeff holds and M.B.A. in management and information systems from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Craig Silliman

Craig Silliman

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Verizon Communications


Craig Silliman is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Verizon with responsibility for antitrust, national security, privacy and strategic product support.

Prior to this appointment, Silliman served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups. In this role, Silliman was responsible for all legal and regulatory support for Verizon’s wireline business unit globally, managing a team of more than 260 legal and regulatory experts located in twenty countries. Silliman has been with the company since 1997 and has played numerous key roles in the company’s legal and regulatory efforts.

Silliman is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Commercial and Contract Managers and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association.

Prior to joining Verizon, Silliman was an attorney in the international trade practice at Kelly, Drye & Warren in Washington, DC. He has also taught International Telecommunications Regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, DC.

Silliman earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of North Carolina and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

He is based at the company’s headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Joan Antokol

Joan Antokol

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.

Rainer Zimmermann

Rainer Zimmermann

Head of Unit for Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures, Directorate General for Information Society and Media, European Commission


Rainer graduated in Engineering from the Technical University (TU) of Berlin in 1977 and obtained his Dr-Ing in 1985 from the same University.
He worked from1977 to 1985 as a researcher for the TU Berlin and the Fraunhofer Society. He then joined the Commission as a Project Officer for projects in the fields of Production Engineering, High Performance Computing (1990) and Software (1992). In 1995 he became Head of Unit for Telematics between Administrations the IDA programme. After heading the Software and Systems unit (1999), the Unit for Nanoelectronics and Photonics (2005) and the Unit for Future Networks (2010) he is currently Head of Unit for Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures of the Directorate General for Information Society and Media.

Jurry de la Mar

Jurry de la Mar

Head of International Sales - Public Sector, T-Systems International


Since 2004 Jurry de la Mar (50) has started and lead various strategic projects with European Institutions for T-Systems in Europe. In 2008 he took over the sales and account management responsibility for European Institutions in Germany as well as the Galileo and Earth Observation programmes within T Systems’ Public Sector. In 2011 he was one of the initiators to create Cloud Computing services for European Science which has now led to Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud consortium, in which T-Systems actively participates. And he is Member of the Supervisory Board of cesah GmbH, the Centre for Satellite Navigation in the State of Hesse, Germany.

In his previous role Jurry de la Mar was located from 2000 till 2003 to Singapore and was Head of T-Systems and Deutsche Telekom’s sales and operations in the region South East Asia and India where he joined the major accounts division in Frankfurt. Before that he led the international sales support division for corporate customers in Germany. He began his career with Deutsche Telekom group in 1994.

He began his career with Siemens where he held various international positions in the medical and high-tech industry in Germany, Netherlands and Sweden spanning from product management to sales and operations.
Jurry de la Mar holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and a Master in Informatics, both from Free University in Amsterdam.

Personnal views on business life: "Energy and persistence conquer all things."
(Benjamin Franklin).

Christian Morales

Christian Morales

Vice President General Manager EMEA, Intel Corporation


Christian Morales is corporate vice president and general manager of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is responsible for Intel product sales and marketing in the EMEA region.

Morales has held senior international management roles in sales, channel operations and general management. He brings extensive experience in marketing and building brand awareness for new product segments, as well as a strong background in expanding and driving Intel's business into new and emerging markets.

Prior to this role, Morales was Intel's vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and co-general manager of Asia Pacific responsible for implementing Intel's strategies in Asia. He was also responsible for championing Intel's worldwide emerging markets strategy.

Camilla Grynnerup Fisker

Camilla Grynnerup Fisker

Project Manager for the Danish Cloud Computing Initiatives in the Digitisation Agency, Danish Ministry of Finance


Camilla Grynnerup Fisker is Head of Section at the Agency for Digitisation within the Danish Ministry of Finance. Ms. Fisker specialises in Cloud Computing and holds a Master of Science within the field of technology and innovation management.

As project manager for the Danish Cloud Computing initiatives Ms. Fisker are facilitating the cloud computing debate in the Danish public sector. As a part of these initiatives, Agency for Digitisation has published several reports and guides on how to utilise cloud computing and are continually working on breaking down the barriers hindering the use of cloud computing within the public sector, read more at

Bernd Becker

Bernd Becker

Vice President, Eurocloud Europe


Dipl. Ing. Bernd Becker, Chairman of EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e.V. and Vice President EuroCloud Europe has a long track record in the ITC industry. He started his career at Nixdorf Computers and was in different Managing Positions at various Siemens Business Units.

Among others, he was heading the Microsoft Competence Centre at Siemens, where he founded the ASP Technology Forum as a cooperation between Siemens, Microsoft and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

In his latest responsibility at Siemens AG, he was acting as Business Manager for Software as a Services and Webbased Services on a global basis. Since 2010, he runs his own business with Scout2Cloud by providing Cloud Consulting Services for providers and cloud customers.

Between 2003 and 2010 he was Board Member of eco, the Association of the Internet Economy in Germany. Since 2010, he acts for eco in different roles and responsibilities


Andrea Renda

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


Dr. Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), where he started and currently manages the Regulatory Policy Unit and the CEPS Digital Forum. He is Professor of Economic Analysis of Law, Antitrust and EU policymaking at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, as well as Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. Andrea sits in the Scientific Board of the International Telecommunications Society and of the European Communications Policy research (EuroCPR), as well as in the Editorial Board of "Telecommunications Policy". He is the author of several publications and expert reports in the field of telecommunications and Internet policy.

Silvia-Adriana Ticau

Silvia-Adriana Ticau

Member, European Parliament


Silvia-Adriana Ticău is a Romanian Member of the European Parliament, from 1st January 2007. She is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament, a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a member of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA). Prior to becoming an MEP, she was Member of the Romanian Senate (Nov 2004-Dec 2006), Minister of Communications and Information Technology (July-Nov 2004) and Secretary of State for Information Technology (Sept 2001- July 2004). She also served as a General-Director for Information Technology and Information Society Development Strategy at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Jan-July 2001). Before 2001, Mrs. Ticău was Director of Operations, Director of Information Technology Department, Software Director, and analyst-programmer in the private sector.
Silvia-Adriana Ticau is the EP´s raporteur for "A competitive digital single market - eGovernment as a spearhead".

Magnus Franklin

Magnus Franklin

Journalist, MLex


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.

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