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Krum Garkov

Krum Garkov

Executive Director, eu-LISA


Mr Krum Garkov is the Executive Director of eu-LISA since 1 November 2012.

He has more than 15 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors, complemented by two Master degrees in the area of information technology, a MBA and project management certification.

Mr Garkov is a goal-oriented, innovative technology strategist driving large-scale global operations to optimize IT portfolio management and operational efficiency.

From 2007 until taking up the ED post in eu-LISA Mr Garkov was Operations Director for the Experian Group ltd., a leading global information provider serving the finance industry. He commanded all delivery centre operations and ensured the alignment of technology solutions with business objectives across Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Prior to that, Mr Garkov worked as a Program Manager at Hewlett Packard, a major technology company, where he was responsible for key program initiatives, including a large-scale data centre consolidation and application portfolio consolidation and integration.

From 2003 to 2006 he served the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency as a CIO, where he delivered several successful initiatives, including country-wide implementation of a new core revenue management system and infrastructure. He also led the agency to receive recognition as the first-class ICT organization.

In 1996 Mr Krum joined the Centre for Mass Privatization (Bulgaria), the specialized government agency overseeing privatization of public assets in Bulgaria. In the Centre Mr Krum shared various responsibilities. Initially he was appointed National Coordination Senior Expert to manage information technology strategy and operations. Within two years he was named Deputy Director of ICT.

Krum Garkov holds a M.Sc. in Computer Technologies from Technical University (Varna, Bulgaria) and an MBA in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey, United States).

He received executive education from London School of Business & Finance (London, United Kingdom) with a Master of Business Administration in Management Consulting.

Isabella Chiodi

Isabella Chiodi

Vice President of EU Unit, IBM


Isabella Chiodi is IBM Vice President of EU Unit, in charge of Business relationships with central EU Institutions and coordination of EU related projects across the Member States.

She joined IBM in 1981, and since then she has had several and diversified responsibilities:

Director of Financial Services Sector,

Director of Southern Europe Application Management Services,

Director of Southern Europe Strategic Outsourcing,

CEO of Global Value , the FIAT – IBM JV,

Managing Director of IBM Global Accounts.

She is member of the Board of Confindustria Innovation Services in Italy, and Member of the Board of VenetoNanotech.

She is a member of AIDDA, FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales), and honorary member of PWA.

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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

EU Correspondent, IDG News Service


Jennifer is IDG News Service's Brussels correspondent and Senior Presenter on She covers all aspects of E.U. legislation relating to IT and the digital agenda, from trade agreements for tech products to antitrust cases and internet privacy issues. She also writes a weekly opinion column on the digital world for New Europe.

Born in Ireland, Jennifer has been a journalist in print, radio and television for more than 12 years. She has worked across a wide range of sectors, from editing a national daily paper in Malta, to television reporting to the Middle East on E.U. affairs. She has a wealth of experience in writing about business, management and IT matters and specializes in identifying the link between the tech industry and EU policy. She studied in both Northern Ireland and France and lived in the UK and Malta for many years.

Jennifer founded Figure8media Ltd, a communications business in the UK in 2005. Figure8media's achievements include The Strategic Path magazine being awarded the Australian 2008 iAwards; winning the contract to edit HAE’s membership magazine Hire Standard; and successfully launching Ecoideas before selling it on to new owners. She moved to Brussels to work as an EU correspondent in February 2009.

She presents a weekly video on European Affairs from the European Parliament at

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