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Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of speakers that participated in the year's event.



Jörgen Gren

Jörgen Gren

Member of Cabinet of Vice President Andrus Ansip, European Commission


Jörgen Gren is a member of the cabinet of M Ansip, Vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for the Digital Single Market.

His career in the Commission started in 1996 and he has held administrator posts in DG TREN and DG REGIO, and head of unit post in DG INFSO/CONNECT. Jörgen Gren served as head of the press/media unit for the 2009 Swedish presidency. Directly prior to the Swedish presidency, he was a member of the cabinet of Ms Hübner, Polish commissioner for regional policy.

He was educated in France (MA, institut d'études politiques) and in the UK at Queens' college, Cambridge (M.Phil, PhD).

Anthony L.  Gardner

Anthony L. Gardner

United States Ambassador to the European Union


Anthony L. Gardner was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union on February 18, 2014. He presented his credentials to European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso on March 18.

Prior to assuming his current position, Ambassador Gardner was Managing Director for six years at Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in London, that focuses on providing growth capital to fast growing businesses in a wide variety of service sectors throughout Western Europe. In that capacity he managed financing, legal and tax structuring issues related to the firm's acquisitions and divestitures.

Previously, Ambassador Gardner served as an Executive Director in the leveraged finance departments of Bank of America and GE Capital and as a Director in the international acquisitions group of GE International, all based in London. He has also worked as a Senior Associate at international law firms in London, Paris, New York, and Brussels.

Ambassador Gardner has dedicated more than twenty years of his career to U.S.-European affairs, as a government official, lawyer and investor. He served as Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council in 1994-95. During that period, he worked closely with the U.S. Mission to the European Union to launch the New Transatlantic Agenda, a joint commitment to promoting peace and stability, democracy, and development around the world; responding to global challenges; contributing to the expansion of world trade and closer economic relations; and building bridges across the Atlantic. Ambassador Gardner also participated in the launch of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, an advisory group bringing together executives from leading American and European companies to advocate for a barrier-free transatlantic market.

Prior to his government service, Ambassador Gardner worked with the Treuhandanstalt (German Privatization Ministry) in Berlin, with the Commission des Operations de Bourse in Paris, and as an intern at the Directorate General for Competition Policy at the European Commission in Brussels. He is the author of A New Era in U.S.-EU Relations?: The Clinton Administration and the New Transatlantic Agenda and numerous articles on EU affairs.

Ambassador Gardner holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as Trustee of the Guggenheim UK Charitable Trust, and a Board Member for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Ambassador Gardner is fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish, and also speaks German.

Michal Boni

Michal Boni

Member, European Parliament


A graduate of the University of Warsaw, where for many years he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture History. Involved in "Solidarity" underground movement since 1980, since 1987 its leader on University of Warsaw and from march 1983 till 1989 editor in chief of underground weekly newspaper "Wola". Since 1989 a member of the national authorities of "Solidarity", in 1990 – chairman of the "Mazowsze" Region Managing Board.

In 1991, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, from 1992 to 1993 he held the position of the Secretary of State in the same ministry, where he was responsible, inter alia, for labor market policy. Member of Parliament of the first tenure. From 1998 to 2001, the chief advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. Key expert cooperating in shaping of the National Development Plan and the National Action Plan for 2007-2013.

Since January 2008, the Secretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office. In 2009 appointed to the office of the Minister – a member of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. Since 2008 he was the Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister.

The Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland from 2011 till 2013. The host of the Congress of Freedom on the Internet, the organizer of the consultation on digital privacy and data protection, creator of the Governmental Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020.

Since 2014 the Member of the European Parliament active in LIBE and ITRE Committees. The member of Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. The co-founder of the Intergroup Digital Agenda for Europe.

Wassim Chourbaji

Wassim Chourbaji

Vice President and Head of Government Affairs EMENA, Qualcomm


Wassim Chourbaji is Vice President for Government Affairs Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Qualcomm. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy and government relations, focusing in particular on the European Union. In this role, he is responsible for the regional team that is in charge of innovation, technology, spectrum, regulatory, intellectual property, standardization, security, antitrust and data protection policy.

Wassim was elected chairman of the Communication Policy Council of TechUK, the policy arm of the UK digital industry, in February 2015. He was previously chairman of the spectrum group at DigitalEurope, the Brussels-based EU industry association, and chairman of the European spectrum group at the GSMA.

Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2006, Wassim was the head of spectrum for the France Telecom Group, overseeing the group’s fixed, mobile and satellite spectrum strategy across its operating companies. He was also designated by European administrations as lead coordinator on 4G spectrum for Europe at the ITU World Radio Conference. Previously, he served as regulatory manager for SkyBridge, the Alcatel Space global Internet satellite project. He started his career as a spectrum engineer at French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom.

Wassim is a graduate engineer from Supélec in France and holds a master’s degree in wireless communications and signal processing from Paris University.

Jesse Jijun   Luo

Jesse Jijun Luo

VP, Solution Management and Marketing Europe , Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.


Dr. Jesse Jijun Luo serves as the VP of Solution Management and Marketing Department located in Europe. In this role, he gets strategy alignment with key carrier & industrial customers, works cross all Huawei product lines, and develops End to End solution according to the demand from customer and market. His team also supports the other markets globally besides WEU.

Dr. Luo gets his Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University Germany. Along his past 17 years of professional life, he has been working in the field of research, R&D, product management, solution management and marketing. His contributions mainly cover his findings on technical-economical solution design, telecommunication system design, system architecture, radio resource management and signal processing technologies. He has published more than a hundred technical papers, co-authored five books and holds many patents.

Robert  MacDougall

Robert MacDougall

Head of Enterprise Regulation, Vodafone; and Chair, WG4, The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation


Robert MacDougall is Head of Enterprise Regulation at Vodafone Group, where he leads on all regulatory and policy matters relevant to Vodafone’s enterprise activity.

Robert has spent the majority of his career in electronic communications regulation, including eight years at the UK’s Communications Regulator Ofcom (and its predecessor Oftel) in a variety of roles involving policy development, dispute resolution and also competition enforcement. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was an Assistant Director at the UK’s Competition and Consumer Protection Authority. This included a secondment to the US Federal Trade Commission as an FTC International Fellow. Robert has a primary degree in Law and a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law. He is currently Chair of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Policy Working Group, an initiative which has been set up by the European Commission to support policy and dialogue within the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Rolf Riemenschneider

Rolf Riemenschneider

Head of Sector, IoT, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Rolf Riemenschneider, Ph.D., is Head of Sector Internet of Things at the European Commission, Directorate Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect). He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1990 focusing on microwave technologies and optical communications.

Before joining the Commission in 2002 he worked as an engineer for consulting and project management on behalf of the German government (Federal Ministry of Education and Science - BMBF) in the Microsystems programme. In the European Commission, he is involved in the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 where he manages research and innovation project and policies in the following areas: Advanced Computing, Cyber Physical Systems, Factories of the Future and Internet of Things.

From 2009-2015, he managed the ICT activities of the Public-Private Partnership Factories of the Future (PPP FOF). Since 2015, he coordinate the Focus Area of Internet of Things as part of the cross-cutting activities in Horizon 2020 inside CONNECT and with DG MOVE, DG AGRI, DG RTD, and contributes to the future strategy of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

Gilles Brégant

Gilles Brégant



Born in Chambéry (France) in 1963, Gilles Brégant graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1986) then from Telecom ParisTech (1988). Following a 7-year-career at France Telecom research center, Gilles Brégant led the transition project from “Minitel” electronic directory to its companion web site, He was then appointed technical adviser to the Minister in charge of Research (1996-1997). He had to coordinate international projects and themes in relation with information technology. He then worked for the department of trade and industry as deputy director in charge of Prospective. He was appointed secretary general of the ministerial task force “Digital Economy” (2001-2005). He was then appointed Technical Director of Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (the French Media Regulator) in 2005. Gilles Brégant is the CEO of ANFR since 2011.

John Higgins

John Higgins

Director General, DIGITALEUROPE


John Higgins CBE was appointed Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect.

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Intellect’s predecessors.

John is a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick and recent chair of its audit committee. John is President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and was recently elected to the Board of the European Internet Foundation. John’s other recent committee chair roles include the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

Luukas Ilves

Luukas Ilves

Counsellor for Digital Affairs , Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU


Luukas is Counsellor for Digital Affairs at Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU, where he makes Europe a more connected and innovative continent by bringing Estonia's outcome-oriented experience in digital markets and government to bear on Brussels. He is responsible for preparing Estonia’s ICT agenda for its EU Presidency in 2018.

Luukas has previously served as Head of International relations for RIA (Estonia’s central agency for e-government and cybersecurity), where he lead Estonia’s push to integrate its e-government systems with neighbouring countries and the EU. He previously worked as a policy planner in the Estonian Ministry of Defence and as a national expert at the European Commission (in the Cabinet of VP Neelie Kroes). Luukas is a graduate of Stanford University and a reserve officer in the Estonian Defence Forces.

Stephen Pattison

Stephen Pattison

VP Public Affairs, ARM


ARM is a UK based company, with global interests. ARM designs microprocessors, used in many products, including the majority of mobile phones.

Stephen is responsible for ARM’s involvement with and contribution to policy and government thinking across the world. His main focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security.

Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues.

Before that he worked for James Dyson (Vacuum cleaners etc) as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets.

He was once a British Diplomat, working at the British Embassy in Washington, and as Director, International Security at the Foreign Office in London.

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Stephen also spent 2003-4 at Harvard as a Fellow in International Affairs.

Gilad  Rosner

Gilad Rosner

Founder, Internet of Things Privacy Forum


Dr. Gilad L. Rosner is a privacy and information policy researcher and the founder of the non-profit Internet of Things Privacy Forum, a crossroads for industry, regulators, academics, government and privacy advocates to discuss the privacy challenges of the IoT. The Forum focuses on the billions of connected devices that speak autonomously to each other and to host systems, and the privacy issues that result from their collection of personal data. This means connected cars, wearables, smart homes and cities, TVs that listen to your conversations, autonomous drones and everything in between. The Forum's mission is to produce guidance, analysis and best practices to enable industry and government to reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly.

Dr. Rosner’s broader work focuses on the IoT, identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. His consultancy and academic research addresses social, technical and economic facets of authentication, trust services, personal data privacy and data use ethics. His research has been used by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on the Responsible Use of Data and he is a featured expert on O’Reilly and the BBC. Dr. Rosner has a 20-year career in IT, having worked with identity management technologies, digital media, automation and telecommunications. Prior to becoming a researcher, he helped design, prototype and manufacture the world's only robotic video migration system, known as SAMMA, which won an Emmy award for technical and engineering excellence in 2011.

Dr. Rosner is a member of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent analysis and guidance on Government digital initiatives, and also sits on the British Computer Society Identity Assurance Working Group, focused on internet identity governance. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, a member of the Policy Stakeholder Committee for .uk, and has consulted on trust issues for the UK government's identity assurance programme, Dr. Rosner is a policy advisor to Wisconsin State Representative Melissa Sargent, and has contributed directly to legislation on law enforcement access to location data, access to digital assets upon death, and the collection of student biometrics.

Vera Hazelwood

Vera Hazelwood

Innovation Programme Manager, Smith Institute


Dr Vera Hazelwood is Innovation Programme Manager and Business Development Manager at the Smith Institute, a mathematical consultancy working with industry, government and academia to help solve problems using system-level approaches and mathematical thinking.

In 2012 she was appointed chair of the Institute of Physics’ (IoP) Computational Physics Group Committee and became Director of the PURE (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) Knowledge Exchange Network, which aims to increase the impact of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) research and to take a national leadership role in changing the way uncertainty and risk are assessed and quantified across the natural hazards community.

With 10+ years’ experience of real-world industrial mathematics, helping people and organisations solve complex, multi-faceted, big data problems using the mathematical sciences, a PhD in Engineering from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kiev State Shevchenko University, Vera has expertise in the mathematical modelling of complex fast-moving systems and an in-depth understanding of the benefits and challenges surrounding data sharing.

David Martin

David Martin

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation


David Martin is a Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. BEUC represents 41 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries.

David is part of BEUC’s Digital Team, where he focuses on privacy, data protection and competition. He has been working on digital and ICT issues since 2006. Prior to joining BEUC in May 2015, David worked at the Public Affairs consultancy Burson-Marsteller and the EU Regional Office of Murcia in Brussels.

A Spanish national, David studied Law at the University of Murcia (Spain) and holds Master’s Degree in European Law from the University of Luxembourg, as well as a Postgraduate Degree on Economic and Legal EU Studies from the Collège Miguel Servet / Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Swen Postels

Swen Postels

Chief Technologist Automotive EMEA, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Swen Postels is strategist and chief technologist at Hewlett-Packard for the European Automotive industry. He is focusing on the identification of business and technology challenges of the automotive industry and the development of solutions and business cases using HP’s IT technologies in direct cooperation with the R&D labs and the business units. Mesh cloud, the required analytics and its contribution to the automotive industry is one of Swen’s actual focus areas. Swen Postels completed several economic studies and started his career with GE CompuNet in building their managed service business. He was cofounder of sitgate AG which was merged into Adesso AG where Swen was consulting IT-Management for the financial services industries. Before joining HP he also worked at KUKA robotics AG and in global IT Service-Management at BMW AG.

Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas

Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft


Paul Nicholas leads Microsoft’s Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team, which focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance infrastructure security and resiliency. His team addresses global challenges related to risk management, incident response, emergency communications, and information sharing. Paul recently served as subject matter expert for the East West Institute’s 2011 publications, including the first U.S. Russia taxonomy for cyber collaboration and a review of the applicability of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on cyberspace. In 2007, he helped to establish the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), a multi-company effort to advance industry best practices for software security and integrity.

Prior to joining the Microsoft, Paul spent over eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats to economic and national security. From 2002-2004, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In that role, he coordinated the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and Homeland Security Presidential Decision Directive 7. Paul also served in the legislative branch, working as a senior policy advisor for U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett and as a staff member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. He has also served as an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Sharon Richardson

Sharon Richardson

Founder , Joining Dots


Sharon Richardson combines over 20 years practical experience in the ICT industry with academic interests spanning behavioural, computer and data sciences. Sharon is currently conducting doctoral research at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. Her research is looking into the potential for using the 'internet of things' and real-time data to enhance situation awareness and spatial cognition.

Mark McFadden

Mark McFadden

Principal Consultant (Internet Infrastructure and Governance), InterConnect Communications


Mark McFadden is the Principal Consultant on Internet Infrastructure and Governance for InterConnect Communications. With more than 20 years of operational and policy experience with IP addressing, he has extensive experience in large-scale internetworking. Mark is a member of the UK Delegation to ITU Study Group 20 on the Internet of Things and is a contributor in the European Commission’s Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation.

His interests include standardisation for the IoT and has actively contributed work in the area of IoT security standardisation. Since 2012, Mark has also been a member of the UK delegation to the ITU's Study Group on Security and has been the UK lead on Cloud Computing Security. Mark provides expertise in DNS infrastructure including registry and registrar operations and protocol development for the DNS. In particular, he has conducted research for UNESCO on the usability of Internationalised Domain Names. Since joining InterConnect in 2010, Mark has led major projects and studies for BIS / DCMS, Ofcom and ICANN including major studies on IPv6 Deployment, CGN Technologies, DNSSEC and new gTLDs. Mark has also been instrumental in developing InterConnect’s range of training courses on key Internet topics including Governance, Privacy / Security and the new Internet of Things course which debuts in June.

He is also an active contributor to work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and ICANN, and he is involved in the development of global internet addressing standards and policies. He is also a regular contributor to the work of the Regional Internet Registries, including serving as the Chair of the Address Supporting Organisation. Before joining InterConnect, Mark was a Consulting Resource Manager for Addressing, Naming and Protocol Issues at the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority and prior to working for IANA, Mark was the Senior Strategist for IP Addressing and Naming at BT.

Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Chairman, Electronic Communications Committee , CEPT


Graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC) in 1991, Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management. In his position, he is directly responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of allocation and for the coordination of French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was Chairman of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12) and, as French representative in RSPG, has chaired several RSPG working groups dealing with EU interests in international meetings and cross-border issues.

Rüdiger Martin

Rüdiger Martin

Policy Officer, Radio Spectrum Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission


After his studies of computer science and mathematics in Germany and the US, Ruediger Martin worked for several years as a researcher in the area of performance analysis of network technologies, an area in which he also received his PhD. In 2008 he joined the European Commission, Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) to work as a scientific programme officer on research funding and research policy in his area of expertise. Since beginning of 2015 he continues his professional path in spectrum policy where is working on shared use of spectrum, RLANs, and IoT.

Alin Stanescu

Alin Stanescu

Senior Manager, Government Affairs Europe, Qualcomm


Alin has been working with Qualcomm Government Affairs Europe, based in Brussels since November 2008. He designs and implements strategic campaigns related to the development of ICT industry and the Internet of Everything, EU and national regulatory and technology frameworks, trade, IP and market access. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the AMCHAM EU Policy and Trade Policy Groups and Chair of the Digitaleurope China Group. He covers Qualcomm’s work within the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee.

Alin’s experience includes working in the cabinet of the European Trade Commissioner, Pascal Lamy; as a coordinator for CSR Europe; and as a founding associate with the Brussels based think-do tank The Centre. Alin holds a M.A. in International Economic Law from the Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne University, a LL.M. in Business Law from the Cologne University and a M.A. Political Sciences and European Public Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges. Alin is an alumni of the Understanding China Program. A French and Romanian national, he is fluent in English, German, Romanian, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Alin is a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher (RYT200) and RYA Skipper.

Jussi Kähtävä

Jussi Kähtävä

Managing Director, Allied Spectrum Associates


Jussi Kähtävä is the Managing Director of Allied Spectrum Associates, where his main area of interest is spectrum sharing and its policy implications. His particular focus area is Licensed Shared Access. He is also involved in developing cellular IoT solutions for mobile networks.

Prior to setting up his own company in 2012 he was responsible for Nokia’s global technology policy on future radio systems, with particular focus on the regulatory aspects of new technologies such as cognitive radio. He has developed an extensive insight into strategic issues related to spectrum use.

His experience in telecommunication standards goes back to 1999 when he started in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and afterwards, in IMT-Advanced process and development in ITU Radio Communications Sector (ITU-R).

Fulvio Sansone

Fulvio Sansone

Senior Advisor, ESOA


Fulvio Sansone has more than twenty years experience in the information and communications technologies, satellite communications, positioning, and location-based services.

Fulvio is one of the owners and Chief Technology Officer at SatADSL, offering satellite broadband services in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also serves as Senior Advisor for ESOA. In the past Fulvio worked at Oracle Corporation, SAIT-RadioHolland and served as the first Secretary General of ESOA.

Fulvio got his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Naples and a MBA from CUOA. He speaks fluent Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Cédric Lévy - Bencheton

Cédric Lévy - Bencheton

Expert in Network and Information Security, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)


Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON is an expert in cyber security at ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (

His interests focus on the protection of smart infrastructures and critical systems using the Internet of Things. He promotes security for safety, resilience and multi-stakeholders coordination. He is currently involved in several projects on these topics (Smart Cars, Intelligent Transports, Smart Cities).

Previously, Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON has designed critical networks for public transports. He was also a researcher in telecommunications.

Dr. Cédric LÉVY-BENCHETON has obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University Lyon in 2011.

Dhiren Patel

Dhiren Patel

Head, Computer Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Surat, India


Dr. Dhiren Patel is currently a Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department at NIT Surat, Gujarat, India. He leads Cloud and Security research group at NIT Surat.

NIT Surat is a premier institute of national importance imparting higher technology education at Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral levels. Prof. Patel has academic and research associations with IIT Gandhinagar (Visiting Professor/Adjunct Professor – during 2009-11), with City University London and British Telecom UK (Visiting Researcher – Cloud Security and Trust Management – short visits during 2009-14), with University of Denver USA (Visiting Professor - Cyber Security – during Summer and Fall 2014) and with C-DAC Mumbai (Research Advisor – Critical Infrastructure Protection – since 2009).

He has authored a book on Information Security (published by Prentice Hall in 2008) and numerous research papers.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft


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Olivier  Burgersdijk

Olivier Burgersdijk

Head of Strategy, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Europol


Head of Business Demand and Products, Europol

Academic staff member in the serious and organized crime department of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond police force (1998-2001),
• Conducting various evaluations on major criminal investigations into serious and organised crime;
• Contribution to the development and implementation of a regional model for intelligence led policing;
• Participating in several regional and national task forces regarding the restructuring of criminal intelligence and investigation processes;
• Strategic analysis.

Independent consultant to regional police forces and prosecution services in The Netherlands (2001-2006),
• Supporting regional, interregional and national police and prosecution services in the Netherlands in restructuring their investigation processes and improving their performance;
• Participating in the development and implementation of a national computerized quality and evaluation model for criminal investigation and prosecution;
• Consulting regional police forces on information management and on restructuring their intelligence organisations.

First Officer Information Management at Europol (2006-2008)
• Supervision of information exchange with non-EU States and other cooperation partners;
• Drafting and implementation of various strategies in the area of information management;
• Project management of key initiatives in the area of information management.

Head of Unit of the Information Management Coordination Unit at Europol (2009)
• Programme management and supervision of various projects in the area of information management;
• Project manager of the first phase of SIENA (Secure information exchange network application);
• Management of the implementation of EU policies in the area of information management, including the Swedish Initiative and the Principle of Availability.

Head of the Business Demand & Products Unit at Europol (2010-present)
• Management of the entire portfolio of Europol information management products and services;
• Programme management and supervision of projects in the area of information management.

Asaf Ashkenazi

Asaf Ashkenazi

Senior Director, Product Marketing, IoT and Automotive Security, Rambus , Cryptography Research


Asaf Ashkenazi is senior director of product marketing at Rambus Cryptography Research. In this role, Asaf is responsible for the product definition, strategy and marketing of security solutions aimed at building and delivering innovative solutions for the IoT and automotive markets.

Asaf brings more than 15 years of security experience to the organization, spanning product management, business development and various engineering roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Rambus, Asaf oversaw product management for all of the security products at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Asaf began his career at Motorola Semiconductor where he developed hardware security modules. Previously, Asaf served as Chief Security Architect at Freescale Semiconductor (now NXP), and has served as board member of the FIDO alliance.

Asaf holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and has been granted 10 U.S. patents for security architectures and solutions.

Shane Rooney

Shane Rooney

Executive Director , GSMA


Shane Rooney is an Executive Director at the GSMA on the Connected Living Programme. Bringing together strategies and synergies across the M2M verticals and the wider IoT ecosystems, he has a wealth of experience in Mobile Communications particularly in Enterprise Solutions and M2M having global experience in a number of operators including Etisalat , Vodafone and Hutchison. In addition he worked at Ford Motor Company innovating and pioneering Telematic Solutions and developing new revenue opportunities. He also been involved in some new innovative M2M companies working on prestigious projects with Motorola, Zumtobel and Aston Martin. He holds a PhD in Communications Engineering from Lancaster University and Business Marketing from IMD Switzerland.

Frederik Santens

Frederik Santens

Chairman, IoTBE vzw


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Luis Lucatero

Luis Lucatero

Strategic Advisor, FinPro Finland


Luis Lucatero is a strategic advisor to "Connectivity from Finland", an initiative by Finland that focuses on root-cause induction of connectivity growth. Luis Lucatero is the former chief of regulatory policy of the Federal Institute of Communications in Mexico. Luis is one of the designers of the Mexican Telecommunications Reform that has transformed the Mexican telecommunications market. Prior to his work in Public Policy, Luis worked in telecommunications infrastructure marketing, business development and international negotiations within Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, France. Luis is a semiconductor physicist educated in Japan and France.

Stephen Rouatt

Stephen Rouatt

Head of Strategy & Market Intelligence, Philips Lighting


Stephen is the Head of Strategy & Market Intelligence for Philips Lighting, the world leader in lighting, connected lighting and lighting for the Internet of Things. He is responsible for group-level IoT strategy, including the assessment of industry and competitor trends.

Stephen has more than 17 years of industry and consulting experience across retail, telco and financial services - frequently with a focus on technology and innovation. Prior to joining Philips, Stephen worked with ING Group as a Managing Principal in their corporate strategy team, and as a Senior Manager with McKinsey & Company and Accenture. He was previously a member of the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, an independent think tank.

Stephen holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto. Originally from Canada, he has worked in numerous countries spanning North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is currently based in Amsterdam.

Frederic  Lhostte

Frederic Lhostte

Head of Advanced Telco Services, Proximus


Frédéric Lhostte is Head of Advanced Telco Services at Proximus in charge of the definition and the execution of the “internet of things” and “Big data” strategies. Frédéric started at Proximus in 1997 and has strong experience in telecommunication. He is passionate about new customer experience, trends and innovations to live better and work smarter. Active in innovation files since 2007, he founded the Proximus IoT competence center in 2011 and has also gained experience in mobile payment and mobile digital identity domains. Frédéric is graduated in Applied Economic Sciences in 1996 from the UCL Mons

Svetlana Grant

Svetlana Grant

Project Director, Future IoT Networks, Connected Living Program, GSMA


Svetlana has over 15 years of experience in mobile industry. She has been a part of the GSMA’s Connected Living Program since 2009, working on the development of the Embedded Mobile Guidelines. Thereafter she has managed the Smart Energy and Smart Cities market development projects. Since March 2014, Svetlana has been leading the Future IoT Networks project, working with the industry to identify emerging IoT service requirements, with a focus on security and low power wide area technologies.


Nigel  Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President and 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.

Megan Richards

Megan Richards

Principal Adviser, DG Connect, European Commission


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Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio

Co-Founder, The Providence Group


Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter for the European Commission's Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan represented the United States revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.

Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.

In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. He is also a Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling.

Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.

Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Amit Nagpal

Amit Nagpal

Partner, Aetha Consulting


Amit Nagpal is a Partner at, and one of the co-founders of, Aetha Consulting. Amit has over 20 years of experience on spectrum management issues having started his career with the Radiocommunications Agency (now part of Ofcom) in the UK. Amit advises regulators/government bodies, fixed and mobile operators, broadcasters, financial institutions and industry associations on a wide range of issues including spectrum policy development and spectrum valuation and auction support. Amit’s experience includes leading studies for the European Commission on the introduction of spectrum trading and a harmonised approach to the digital dividend. Amit has undertaken projects for clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America and is therefore able to bring a global perspective to his work.

Jonathan Litchman

Jonathan Litchman

Co-founder, The Providence Group


Jonathan Litchman is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice.

Twitter: @jdlitchman



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