European Conference

Speaker Biographies

Confirmed speakers

Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

Congressman, Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives


Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.

As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.

At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.

As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.

Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.

In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.

Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.

Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.

Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force. She was also Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997.

Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.

Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from George Mason University School of Law in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984.

Ohlhausen was on the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law, where she taught privacy law and unfair trade practices. She served as a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Competition and Public Policy. She has authored a variety of articles on competition law, privacy, and technology matters.

Ohlhausen lives in Virginia with her husband, Peter Ohlhausen, and their four children.

João Vale de Almeida

João Vale de Almeida

EU Ambassador to the United States of America, Delegation of the European Union to the United States


Ambassador João Vale de Almeida is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Obama on August 10, 2010.

Prior to his appointment in Washington as the European Union’s Ambassador, he served as the Director General for External Relations at the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President Baroness Ashton, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon.

From 2004 to 2009 Amb. Vale de Almeida was the Head of Cabinet (Chief of staff and main adviser) for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He accompanied President Barroso in all European Council (EU Summit) meetings and ensured coordination with the private offices of Heads of State and Governments in all 28 Member States of the EU. Amb. Vale de Almeida was also the President’s Personal Representative for the negotiations on the Treaty of Lisbon.

He also acted as the EU “Sherpa” for G8 and G20 Summits. In this capacity he attended annual G8 Summits in Gleneagles, UK; St Petersburg, RU; Heiligendamm, DE; Toyako-Hokkaido, JP; L’Aquila, IT; and Muskoka, CA between 2005 and 2010. He accompanied President Barroso in the launching of G20 Summits in late 2008 in Washington and in subsequent meetings in London, Pittsburgh and Toronto in 2009 and 2010. He also attended Summit meetings with EU’s strategic partners around the world.

Earlier in his career in the European institutions, Amb. Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee and worked closely in different capacities with and under the authority of former Commission Presidents Jacques Delors, Jacques Santer and Romano Prodi.

Immediately before joining President Barroso’s team in 2004, Amb. Vale de Almeida held a senior position in the Directorate General for Education and Culture after serving as Deputy Chief Spokesman of the European Commission.

Amb. Vale de Almeida joined the European Commission in 1982 at its Delegation in Lisbon, after spending seven years as a journalist. He holds a degree in History from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Amb. Vale de Almeida was decorated by the President of the Republic of Portugal with the ‘Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique’ (Grand Cross of the Order of the Infante D. Henrique) in 2011.

Amb. Vale de Almeida is Portuguese, born in Lisbon in 1957. He is married and has two children.

Cameron Kerry

Cameron Kerry

Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies and Center for Technology & Innovation , The Brookings Institution


Cameron Kerry joined Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings as the first Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow in December 2013. He is also a visiting scholar with the MIT Media Lab. Kerry served as General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where he was a leader on a wide of range of issues laying a new foundation for U.S. economic growth in a global marketplace. He continues to speak and write on these issues, particularly privacy and data security, intellectual property, and international trade.

While Acting Secretary, Cameron Kerry served as chief executive of this Cabinet agency and its 43,000 employees around the world, as well as an adviser to the President. His tenure marked the first time in U.S. history two siblings have served in the President's Cabinet at the same time.

As General Counsel, he was the principal legal adviser to the several Secretaries of Commerce and Commerce agency heads, and oversaw the work of more than 400 lawyers across these agencies. He was a leader in the Obama Administration’s successful effort to pass the America Invents Act, the most significant overhaul of the patent system in more 150 years. As co-chair of the National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy, he spearheaded development of the White House blueprint on consumer privacy, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World. He then led the Administration's implementation of the blueprint, drafting privacy legislation and engaging on privacy issues with international partners, including the European Union. He helped establish and lead the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force, which brings together agencies with expertise in the 21st Century digital economy.

He also played a significant role on intellectual property policy and litigation, cybersecurity, international bribery, trade relations and rule of law development in China, the Gulf Oil spill litigation, and many other challenges facing a large, diverse federal agency. He travelled to the People's Republic of China on numerous occasions to co-lead the Transparency Dialogue with China as well as the U.S./ China Legal Exchange and exchanges on anti-corruption.

Before his appointment to the Obama Administration in 2009, Cameron Kerry practiced law at the Mintz Levin firm in Boston and Washington. His practice covered a range of complex commercial litigation and regulation of telecommunications. He tried cases involving significant environmental and scientific evidence issues and taught telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, he was an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and a law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Cameron Kerry was a close adviser and national surrogate for Democratic nominee John Kerry. He has been deeply involved in electoral politics throughout his adult life. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School (1978), where he was winner of the school's moot court competition and a law review editor. and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1972).

The Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellows in Governance Studies are individuals of particularly noteworthy distinction. The fellowship is designed to bring distinguished visitors from government, business, journalism, and academia to Brookings to write about challenges facing the country. Kerry is the first to be named to this prestigious fellowship.

David Robinson

David Robinson

Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, SAP Public Services


David Robinson has more than 19 years’ experience identifying challenges, developing strategies, and implementing best practices to build high-performing, high-growth organizations.

As Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for SAP Public Services, he is responsible for defining and executing the innovation roadmap for SAP’s Federal Civilian, Defense, Higher Education, State and Local and Aerospace and Defense markets. During his 10-year tenure with SAP, he has managed various new product developments and launched teams as Director Global Trade Services with SAP Labs, LLC and Director, Composites Portfolio with SAP Retail, Inc.

Prior to SAP, David held various leadership positions with multiple technology startups including NextLinx Corp and ClearCross, Inc where he was Director of Asia Pacific and Vice President of Global Solution Engineering. With a bias towards entrepreneurship, his current focus is on fostering a culture of design think and innovation within the large enterprise technology market. He seeks out opportunities to challenge the status quo and believes that large enterprise technology providers can and must achieve sustainable relevance through a culture of innovation.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Melvin Greer

Melvin Greer

Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Lockheed Martin


Melvin Greer is Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Lockheed Martin. With over 29 years of systems and software engineering experience, he is a recognized expert in Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing and Predictive Analytics. He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies, including Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Gamification. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is a Certified Enterprise Architect, the Chair of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Cloud Computing Working Group and an Advisory Council member of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Mr. Greer has been awarded the BEYA 2012 Technologist of the Year Award, which recognizes his outstanding technical contribution and technical products that have a broad impact and high value to society as a whole. Melvin has been recognized for his outstanding technical contributions to cloud computing and service-oriented architecture.

In addition to his professional and investment roles, he is Founder and Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on research and deployment of a 21st Century Leadership Model. Mr. Greer is Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at the FEAC Institute and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, College of Engineering. He is also a member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee where he explores how deployment of enabling technologies relates to private sector development, commercial opportunities, global financial stability and social responsibility. Mr. Greer is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and is an accomplished author; his fourth book “21st Century Leadership” is his most recently published book.

As a popular educator and board member at a number of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (Alabama State University College of Engineering, and Bowie State University), Greer is leading science, technology, mathematical and engineering (STEM) research initiatives, directly trying to shape a more diverse generation of up-and-coming technical talent.

Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology and his Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash. D.C. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School.

Stan Kaczmarczyk

Stan Kaczmarczyk

Director of the Technology Optimization, Cloud Computing Services, Integrated Technology Services (ITS) GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)


• Center for GWAC Programs
• Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services

Mr. Kaczmarczyk is part of a highly skilled workforce that manages Alliant, STARS, and VETS contracts as well as cloud contracts, SmartBUY, USAccess, and other strategic solution areas for government IT transformation.

Mr. Kaczmarczyk has over 20 years experience with GSA. Previously, he was in the Office of Governmentwide Policy. Mr. Kaczmarczyk guided its policymaking authority over personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology (IT), fleet management, regulatory information, and the use of federal advisory committees.

Mr. Kaczmarczyk began his GSA career in the Public Buildings Service. He has authored numerous publications on innovative and alternative workplace strategies and holds an MBA in economics from Baruch College.

Michail Bletsas

Michail Bletsas

Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab


Michail Bletsas is a Research Scientist and the Director of Computing at MIT's Media Lab. He was a member of the core technical and design team for the “One Laptop Per Child” initiative which created OLPC's pioneering, award-winning "XO" laptop.

Over the years, he has advised governments around technology policy issues and provided expert opinion in technical matters to top-level officials. He has cofounded two companies, has been a director and consulted for many others in a variety of capacities.

He has implemented broadband access networks using cutting-edge technologies including one of the earliest ADSL testbeds and various wireless technologies. Mr. Bletsas has been a frequent keynote speaker in international conferences and has been engaged in many civic activities. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Chris Hopfensperger

Chris Hopfensperger

Director, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance


Chris Hopfensperger works with the BSA | The Software Alliance’s members to develop the BSA’s technology policy positions and articulate these positions to US and international policy makers. He advises members in such critical areas such as innovation, copyright protection, privacy, e-commerce, and cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Hopfensperger served as a technology and trade policy associate with K&L Gates, where he advised companies and industry associations on pursuing legislation and representing their issues before Congress and the federal agencies and in the courts. Previously, Hopfensperger worked as a newspaper journalist. He edited and wrote for several metropolitan dailies, including The Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, and the St. Petersburg Times.

Hopfensperger holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

Susie Adams

Susie Adams

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal Government


Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Federal Government business and brings with her over 28 years of IT experience. Susie joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston Virginia Technology Center and most recently the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the Government Consulting arena in a variety of management and leadership roles as a systems analyst and software developer. Susie was named as a Fed100 award winner in 2011, is a frequent speaker at industry events on Cloud computing and Big Data and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Susie is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a BS in Information Systems.

Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O'Connor

President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology


Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet can be instruments of global free expression and individual freedom, and is committed to finding policy solutions that affect real people. She serves on numerous nonprofit boards, and is the recipient of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Vanguard Award, the Executive Women’s Forum’s Woman of Influence award, and was named to the Federal 100, and “Geek of the Week” by the Minority Media & Telecom Council in May 2013. She also served as the Chairman of the Board of IAPP.
Nuala’s time in the technology sector began at DoubleClick, where she was part of a team of professionals brought in to address public outcry over the advertising giant’s proposal to merge on- and offline data sets. She managed numerous class actions, a multistate settlement with state attorneys general, and an FTC investigation before going on to help found the privacy compliance department, which served as an influential model for companies in the technology sector and beyond.

Later, Nuala served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, Chief Privacy Officer and as the Chief Counsel for Technology at the US Department of Commerce, where she worked on global technology policy including Internet governance and industry best practices. She became the first statutorily appointed Chief Privacy Officer in federal service when she was named as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. At DHS she was responsible for groundbreaking policy creation and implementation regarding the use of personal information in national security and law enforcement. Under her leadership, the DHS Privacy Office issued a seminal report criticizing the use of private-sector data in national security efforts.

Nuala has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was the Global Privacy Leader at General Electric (GE), where she was responsible for privacy policy and practices across GE’s numerous divisions. Prior to joining CDT, she worked at as Vice President of Compliance & Consumer Trust and Associate General Counsel for Data & Privacy Protection.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nuala grew up in and around New York City. She holds an AB from Princeton, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her three school-aged children.

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.

Ron Ross

Ron Ross

Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current focus areas include information security and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical information infrastructure. His recent publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199 (security categorization standard), FIPS Publication 200 (security requirements standard), NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (risk management guideline), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls guideline), SP 800-53A (security assessment guideline), SP 800-37 (security authorization guideline), SP 800-30 (risk assessment guideline), and SP 800-160 (systems security engineering guideline). Dr. Ross is the principal architect of the Risk Management Framework (RMF), a multi-tiered approach that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide security program. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director National Intelligence, and the Committee on National Security Systems that developed the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government.

In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also served as a guest lecturer at universities and colleges including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a three-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards. Dr. Ross has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame and given its highest honor of ISSA Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Ross has also received many private sector information security awards and recognition including the Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) Distinguished Practitioner Award, the Vanguard Chairman’s Award, the Symantec Cyber 7 Award, InformationWeek’s Government CIO 50 Award, Best of GTRA Award, ISACA National Capital Area Conyers Award, SC Magazine’s Cyber Security Luminaries, (ISC)2 Inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award, 1105 Media Gov30 Award, and the Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security. During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Scott Miller is a senior adviser and holds the William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS. From 1997 to 2012, Mr. Miller was director for global trade policy at Procter & Gamble, a leading consumer products company. In that position, he was responsible for the full range of international trade, investment, and business facilitation issues for the company. Mr. Miller has led many campaigns supporting U.S. free trade agreements, and as a member of numerous business associations, he has been a key contributor to international trade and investment policy. He advised the U.S. government as liaison to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, as well as the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Mr. Miller was the founding chairman of the Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) Investment Working Group. Earlier in his career, he was a manufacturing, marketing, and government relations executive for Procter & Gamble in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Miller was appointed to the Scholl Chair in August 2012. He holds a B.A. from Ohio Northern University and an M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Janis Kestenbaum

Janis Kestenbaum

Senior Legal Advisor, Federal Trade Commission


Janis Kestenbaum is a senior legal advisor to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, whom she advises on the full range of domestic and international privacy and data security enforcement and policy matters to come before the Commission. Janis has served on U.S. delegations to the APEC Data Privacy Subgroup, the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, and the Asia-Pacific Privacy Protection Authorities forum. Before joining the FTC, Janis was counsel at Wilmer, Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, where she litigated telecommunications and technology matters. She received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. from Duke University.

Paulo Neves

Paulo Neves

President, Portuguese Agency for the Administrative Modernization (AMA)


Paulo Neves is the President of the Board of AMA – Agency for the Administrative Modernization. AMA is the public body tutored by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and responsible for coordinating the Portuguese strategy on e-Government.

Paulo has a graduation in Electrical Engineering, specialty in Electronics and Telecommunications, at Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the ISTP/IE (Madrid) in 1998.

Previously to AMA, Paulo Neves was the Head of Business Development, Competition and Regulation in ONI SGPS for 13 years, where he held various leadership positions in areas related to Management, Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Legal Affairs, among others.

He began his professional career in the energy company EDP, then worked in the national telco company Portugal Telecom and was nine years at Ericsson, where he lead the Technical Support Office, the Marketing, Sales and Management Office and the Strategic Development Office. He was also responsible for Business Development at E3G, before joining Oniweb in 1999.

Paulo Neves also held several responsibilities in corporate or civil society associations on the ICT field, such as member of the Board of the Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications (APDC), Member of the Advisory Board of the telcos public body ICP-ANACOM, Vice-President of the Association of Telecommunications Operators (Apritel) and of the Confederation of Services Portugal.

Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Director, Data Innovation Center


Daniel Castro is the Director of the Center for Data Innovation, a non-profit think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and public policy. He is also a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.”

Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools.

He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Morris Panner

Morris Panner



Morris Panner is the CEO of DICOM Grid, a health IT company focused on developing disruptive cloud-based medical imaging solutions. In 2014, Panner has been nominated for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) software division. Before joining DICOM Grid, Panner was CEO of OpenAir, a SaaS innovator, which was purchased by NetSuite (NYSE:N). A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law, Panner speaks and writes widely on technology and policy and has been featured in Forbes, Washington Post, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.


Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President & CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies


Nigel Cameron is president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a nonpartisan Washington, DC, think tank on innovation, policy and the future. He has written widely at the interface of technology, business, policy, and values. and publications include Nanoscale (John Wiley, 2007) and Innovation President (Kindle ebook, 2012). His next book is focused on the problem of managing exponential change within organizations; working title: New Normal: The Fallacy that Fails the Future.

A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. He has held university appointments, most recently as a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He combines a policy focus in Washington with corporate advisement. He writes regularly on the business impact of social media, and is a columnist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on technology and corporate social responsibility. Long resident in the United States, he maintains British and European connections; he is a director of the London think tank 2020Health, and in 2012 moderated the European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich.

He has also represented the United States at meetings of the United Nations, and is currently a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee.

Gregory Francis

Gregory Francis

Managing Director, Access Partnership


Greg supports some of the world’s largest governments and ICT companies in developing and executing public affairs strategies. Active in policy fora worldwide, he has assembled an internationally-recognised team capable of managing outcomes of national and multilateral policy processes on five continents.

Before becoming Managing Director of Access Partnership, Greg spent time both in government service and in the commercial arena, where he held responsibilities for leading campaigns to lower trade barriers. Prior to that, Greg worked as a ghost writer of publications covering international affairs and economics.

Michael Locatis

Michael Locatis

Managing Partner - Nexusist; Former Assistant Secretary - Department of Homeland Security (Obama Administration); Former CIO - Department of Energy (Obama Administration),


Michael Locatis is Managing Partner of Nexusist, a consulting and venture development company with global reach through extensive partner networks. Nexusist builds and cultivates high-growth start-up ventures in sectors critical to the global economy, with focus on food and agriculture, communications, information technology, energy, and cyber security. Locatis has extensive experience in the development and growth stage of successful start-ups in food technology and communications.

Locatis recently served the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary Department of Homeland Security for Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), an office created by the U.S. Congress to carry out the CS&C mission through its five divisions: The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Federal Network Resilience, Network Security Deployment, Stakeholder Engagement and Critical Infrastructure Resilience and The Office of Emergency Communications.

Prior Locatis served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where Locatis served as the senior IT and cybersecurity official for the DOE and the principal information management advisor to the Secretary of Energy.

Locatis also has extensive state and local government experience having served Gov. Schwarzenegger as California Deputy CIO and transition advisor, Gov. Ritter as Colorado CIO and Mayor Hickenlooper as Denver CIO. In the private sector, Locatis held various executive positions with private sector technology companies ranging from several successful venture backed start-ups to Fortune 200.

Robert Holleyman

Robert Holleyman

Founder and CEO, Cloud4Growth


Robert Holleyman is Founder and CEO of Cloud4Growth. He previously served as President & CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance. He has been a leader on global innovation, technology and software issues for over two decades. From BSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and establishing its thirteen international offices, he led public policy initiatives and programs that broke down trade barriers and opened new markets for innovators in PC and server software, mobile technologies, and cloud computing services. President Barack Obama appointed Holleyman to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory committee for the US government on trade matters.

Heading BSA from 1990 to 2013, Holleyman focused on expanding business opportunities for the software industry in emerging markets. In the process, he established anti-piracy programs that drove down software piracy rates around the world. This helped create the conditions for commercial software revenues to grow more than fivefold in the same period—to $350 billion, globally. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world.

Holleyman established Cloud4Growth to advance opportunities around cloud computing and mobility as game-changing Third Cycle technology architecture. He has worked on efforts to establish a policy framework that will allow a cohesive global marketplace for cloud services to flourish. While at BSA, Holleyman oversaw a first-of-its-kind study of cloud-related policies around the world. He also was an early proponent for policies that promote widespread deployment of security technologies to build public trust and confidence in cyberspace.

Holleyman testifies frequently before the United States Congress, the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and other governing bodies on technology, trade, and economic matters. He speaks often at technology events and conferences and created a highly regarded series of forums for technology industry executives. Regularly interviewed by print, broadcast, and online news outlets around the world, Holleyman has contributed op-eds and been quoted in publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Guardian, European Voice, The Hill, The Huffington Post, and CNet, among others. Holleyman has long been involved in volunteer and professional efforts related to the built environment and physical infrastructure.

As a former officer and trustee of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, he is deeply committed to educating the public about the built environment and the use of technology as a tool to construct and manage the world around us. In the preservation world, he served as a board officer of the Stephen Decatur House Museum, an historic site in Washington, DC owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the White House Historical Association. As counsel in the US Senate, Holleyman served as senior counsel for the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In that role he advised the committee and Senate on surface transportation issues. As Legislative Director and Assistant to former US Senator Russell B. Long, he provided counsel on telecommunications, banking, judiciary, transportation and public infrastructure issues.

Before heading BSA and serving as Senate counsel, Holleyman was an attorney in private practice and a judicial clerk in US District Court. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2012, and a J.D. from Louisiana State University. He completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Wednesday 11 June, 2014
08.30 to 18.00

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W Washington DC Hotel

515 15th St NW,
Washington, DC 20004,
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Commissioner Ohlhausen's speech

Paulo Neves's presentation

Sponsorship document



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