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Sir Julian King

Sir Julian King

Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission


Sir Julian King was appointed Commissioner for Security Union on the 19th September 2016.

He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985. He has held various positions, including: UK Ambassador to France (2016); Director General Economic & Consular (2014); DG of the Northern Ireland Office London and Belfast (2011); UK Ambassador to Ireland (2009); EU Commission Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner for Trade (2008); UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee, (2004).

Sir Julian is a graduate of Oxford University. He was awarded the KCVO in 2014; CVO in 2011 and CMG in 2006.

Vivian Loonela

Vivian Loonela

Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Ansip, European Commission


Vivian Loonela is a member of the Cabinet of Andrus Ansip, European Commission's Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.

Previously, she was heading the sector for international data protection issues at DG Justice, focussing on the negotiations with the US on Privacy Shield/Safe Harbour and the Umbrella agreement.

Before that, she worked at the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, following economic governance and rule of law issues, and at DG Justice and Home Affairs, where she covered transatlantic relations and counter-terrorism.

From 1997 to 2005, Vivian worked at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a posting at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to NATO.

She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tartu.

Axel Voss

Axel Voss

Member, European Parliament


Axel Voss is a lawyer, held the position of a citizen advisor of the European Commission in the Representation of Germany and worked as a lecturer for European Affairs.

Being re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2014, Mr Voss became, among others, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs, substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and was confirmed as Vice-Chair in the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand.

Already during his first legislative term as MEP from 2009-2014, the European Data Protection Package has become a central element of his parliamentary work. He further focuses on the PNR dossiers, the NSA Inquiry Committee and European criminal law as well as EU relevant judiciary topics.

Jakub Boratynski

Jakub Boratynski

Head of Unit - Cyber Security and Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy' within the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology). Among others involved in the negotiations of recently adopted NIS directive, implementation of the EU cyber-security strategy's actions on resilience, industrial measures and Research and Innovation under H2020, and cooperation with the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

Previously Head of Unit 'Organised Crime and Relations with EMCDDA' at the European Commission (Directorate-General Home Affairs), which has the lead responsibility for the fight against cybercrime, corruption, sexual abuse of children and confiscation of criminal assets. In relation to cybercrime, involved in negotiation and drafting of two directives (on cyber-attacks and sexual exploitation of children), establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and drafting of the EU Cyber Security Strategy. Previously worked on EU relations with Russia (Directorate-General External Relations).

Before joining the European Commission, a Director at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and Policy Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Warsaw (international relations, law).

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar

Head of Cyber Policy Coordination Conflict Prevention and Security Policy, European External Action Service


Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar coordinates EU external cyber relations at the European External Action Service. Prior to this position, she was seconded as a Cyber Security Policy Advisor to NATO where she helped to develop the new NATO Cyber Defence Policy and its Action Plan. She has been working on cyber security issues since 2007 when she led an interdepartmental working group to develop the national Cyber Security Strategy after Estonian cyber attacks. In 2008-2010 she coordinated the implementation of Estonia’s Cyber Security Strategy and managed the National Cyber Security Council. She oversaw the development of Estonia’s Critical Information Infrastructure Protection system and facilitated public-private partnerships at national level. She also worked closely with European Union institutions for the launch of the EU Critical Information Infrastructure Protection policy, as well as with other international organisations.

She has served at various managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence between 1995 and 2005, including the Head of Security Policy Analysis Division, Head of NATO Division and the Head of International Organisations Department.

In 2005-2007, she established the Department of International Studies at the Tallinn University where she introduced the International Relations and Security Studies programmes at graduate level. She has contributed to several academic journals and books.

Steve Purser

Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations Department, ENISA


Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics respectively. He started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. He joined ENISA in December 2008 and is currently responsible for all operational activities of the Agency.

Steve is currently a member of several Steering Boards and Advisory Committees, including notably the Steering Board of the CERT EU and the Programme Board of the EU Cyber Crime Centre. In the area of standards, he is the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group. As Head of Core Operations, he regularly represents ENISA in international conferences on information security.

He was a co-founder of the 'Club de Securité des Systèmes Informatiques au Luxembourg' (CLUSSIL) and has frequently published articles in the specialised press. He is also the author of 'A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security' (Artech House, 2004).

Gregory  Mounier

Gregory Mounier

Head of Outreach, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)


Gregory joined the Office of the Director of Europol as a policy advisor in 2008 to deal with Europol’s external relations. In 2010 he joined the External and Strategic Affairs Unit as a Team Leader where he was in charge of devising and implementing Europol’s strategic relations with the US and the European Parliament. Over the last 5 years Gregory also advised the Director on cybercrime and terrorism policies. In 2015 he was appointed Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) Outreach and Support team. He is responsible for EC3’s strategic engagement with the private sector (Financial Sector, Internet Security, Telecommunication providers). Gregory also leads Europol’s policy engagement on Internet Governance, representing Europol at the ICANN GAC Public and Safety Working Group (PSWG). He is a 2016 IETF public policy fellow.

Gregory has a PhD in Politics and a MA in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe. He interned in the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission and in the office of the EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also worked as a consultant in European Affairs in Brussels, was a teaching assistant at the University of Reading UK, and a guest researcher at the SWP in Berlin.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member, European Parliament


Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was a Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the WEF.

Jan de Blauwe

Jan de Blauwe

Chief Information Security Officer, BNP Paribas Fortis


Jan De Blauwe is responsible for cyber security, business continuity, data protection and privacy, and (parts of) physical security within BNP Paribas Fortis. This role includes the definition and execution of strategy; management of the bank’s central security team; delivery of various security services and of its cyber risk management system; and reporting to governance and stakeholders.

Jan De Blauwe is chairman of Secursys, the Febelfin committee responsible for cyber security, and a Board Member of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2007, he was VP of corporate accounts at Ubizen (now part of Verizon Business).
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leuven, and an MBA from New York University.

Fabrice  Clement

Fabrice Clement

Director of Security Governance & Investigations, Proximus


Fabrice Clément is the Director of Security Governance and Investigations for the Proximus Group (formerly Belgacom). He is member of the Board of the Belgian Cyber Security Coalition. He is also a Board member of the European Telecommunications Association ETIS.

Fabrice Clément oversees all corporate information security matters at Proximus. The missions of his organization are to protect the information assets of the company, its business, its operations and reputation against internal and external threats, as well as to collaborate with the governmental and legal authorities in the fight against crime.

He joined the Belgacom Group in 1993, holding various positions in the development of the telecommunications network and in the IT domain.

He has a Civil Engineering degree in Electricity and Telecommunications from the University of Mons.

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Member, European Parliament


Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014.

In her capacity as the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been particularly active in the fields of m/eHealth, big data and cybersecurity.

Since her election she has also been very active in the field of taxation, where she has been the Rapporteur of the ECON committee's annual tax report. As a member of the ECON committee she has been focusing on EU's financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone.

Prior to her position in the European Parliament, she has been elected two times in the Greek Parliament (2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics. Currently, she is conducting her PhD in International Political Economy.

Wim Peeters

Wim Peeters

Cyber Diplomacy , Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium


Wim Peeters is a career diplomat with postings in Moscow, Kosovo and at NATO-HQ. In 2013-2014 he was appointed CISO at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Belgium) and coordinated the setup of classified systems and the hardening of the IT security of Foreign Affairs HQ and Embassies abroad. He is a graduate of the University of Leuven (Belgium) the University Charles de Gaulle (Lille, France) and the Geneva centre for Security Policy (Switzerland). Currently he is involved in coordinating the diplomatic aspects of cyber security and digitalisation.

Rutger Schenk

Rutger Schenk

Threat Detection and Response advisory lead, HPE


Rutger is lead of HPE's Threat Detection and Response Team in the EMEA North Cluster.

Prior to his current role, Rutger held technical and leadership roles in offensive and defensive security teams across various industries.

From his experience in dealing with major security incidents and leading offensive/red team exercises, Rutger and his team guide organizations in their 'cyber' security journey from strategy to implementation.

Cathrin Bauer-Burst

Cathrin Bauer-Burst

Deputy Head of Unit, Cybercrime, DG Home, European Commission


Cathrin Bauer-Bulst is deputy head of unit for cybercrime and child sexual abuse in DG Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. Her unit develops policy, coordinates EU efforts and oversees project financing to more effectively fight cybercrime and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Cathrin has a background in law and IT; prior to her career at the Commission, she worked for an international law firm in Brussels on competition and state aid cases, and for an IT consultancy in New York.

She is a fully qualified lawyer trained in Germany and France and holds a degree in history and literature from Harvard College.

Jan Neutze

Jan Neutze

Director of Cybersecurity Policy, EMEA, Microsoft


Jan Neutze is Director of Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft responsible for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). In this role Jan works with policy and technical stakeholders on a range of cybersecurity issues, including security strategy and policy, cloud security, risk management, information assurance and critical infrastructure protection. In 2015, Jan was appointed to the ENISA Permanent Stakeholders' Group (PSG) for the 2015-2017 term.

Before taking on Microsoft's EMEA cybersecurity portfolio in 2013, Jan worked in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TwC) group at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA focusing on cybersecurity public policy, cloud security and cybersecurity norms, as well as engaging with partners from government, international organizations, and academia.

Jan came to Microsoft from the United Nations Headquarters where he served for three years in the policy planning staff of the UN Secretary-General and the Department of Political Affairs, leading a range of cybersecurity and counterterrorism projects. Prior to his work at the UN, Jan led a range of transatlantic security policy projects at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Jan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and holds a J.D. from the University of Muenster, Germany as well as an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Antony  Jowett

Antony Jowett

UK Cyber Security Officer, Huawei Technologies Belgium N.V.


Dr Antony Jowett is the UK Cyber Security Officer for Huawei Technologies. He has worked across all major sectors as a Cyber Professional covering operations, change delivery and consulting roles. He is currently responsible for all internal and external Cyber activities across Huawei’s 1500 strong UK population.

Michel van Leeuwen

Michel van Leeuwen

Head of Cyber Security Policy Division, Ministry of Security and Justice - Netherlands


Michel van Leeuwen is the head of the NCTV’s Cyber Security Policy Division, which is part of the Cyber Security Department within the Ministry of Security and Justice. In this position he is in charge of coordinating the implementation of the Netherlands National Cyber Security strategy, its awareness campaigns and 3 million euro innovation budget for cybersecurity small business innovation research. He is chair of the policy steering group of the Netherlands cyber research and education platform, DCYPHER, and member of the advisory committee of the Netherlands Cyber Security Academy. He also headed the cybersecurity program team for the Netherlands EU presidency

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 covers Qualcomm’s work within the various trade associations and 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 studied law and political sciences, is an alumni of the Florence School of Regulation and the Understanding China program. He is a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher (RYT200) and RYA Skipper.

Christoph Raab

Christoph Raab

Cybersecurity Ambassador, Airbus DS - Cybersecurity


Christoph Raab is Cyber Ambassador at Airbus Cyber Security. He is responsible for market and technology development analysis and has a particular interest in technology fore sighting.

Previously, from 2009 to 2016, he was founder and Chairman of the European Security Round Table, a political communication platform, which inspired and adviced EU and NATO security policy-makers especially in the area of defence and cyber security.

He was also managing Director of COPURA, a security consulting company, which established among other a comprehensive European security policy web portal. Before that, he was working in the European Parliament as policy advisor and parliamentary assistant and as a journalist for media projects in Poland.

Christoph Raab holds a degree in economics from the University of Trier, a Masters degree from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a MPhil in international relations from the University of Kent (Brussels).

Ilias Chantzos

Ilias Chantzos

Senior Director EMEA and APJ Global CIP and Privacy Advisor Government Affairs, Symantec Corporation


Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Relations and Public Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Pacific and Japan regions, as well as advisor on critical infrastructure protection and privacy matters globally. Accordingly, Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and data risk management and availability.

Prior to joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he managed a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences.

Chantzos holds a law degree from the University of Thessaloniki, a Masters degree in Computers and Communication Law from the University of London, an MBA of Solvay Business School, and he is a member of the Athens Bar. He is an appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) for a third consecutive term, and sits on the Industry Advisory Board of EUROPOL. Chantzos chaired for two consecutive terms the executive policy council of the BSA The Software Alliance, Europe. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German and is a member of the Oostakker Kickboxing Club and the Greek Circle, a thought leadership club in Brussels.

Rik  Ernst

Rik Ernst

Security Officer / Privacy Officer, HagaZiekenhuis and Maastro Clinic


After 35 years in several military and civilian functions in the Dutch Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defense, Defense Intelligence and Security Services and TNO, the Dutch Institution for Applied Research, Rik started work in the healthcare sector in 2012.

As Security Officer he participates actively in the Dutch national security initiative of hospitals and the Healthcare Information Sharing and Analysis Centre. He also contributed to the new version of the NEN7512-2015, framework for secure exchange of information between healthcare institutions. Rik is security auditor, co-initiator of and trainer for the healthcare security mystery visitor initiative.

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor 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.

He is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors, sits on the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank, is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society and of the Brussels chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).
Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

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.

Erik  van Zuuren

Erik van Zuuren

Founder, and Vice-Chairman,


Erik has years of experience/expertize in amongst others: Governance/Risk/Compliance, eGovernment/eBusiness/eBanking, Trust Services and Trusted/Trustworthy (eco-)systems, Enterprise (Security) Architectures, Service Oriented Architectures and Cloud Platforms, Information & CyberSecurity (Management),…

Erik's engagements include activities in public sector (Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal ICT Department (Fedict), the eGov & ICT agency of the Flemish Gov, DG Connect, DG Employment, DG RTD, EC-ISA, etc.) as well as activities in a diverse spectrum of private sector organizations (incl. NBB, ING, KBC, Electrabel Suez, Infrabel, DeLijn, BPost, Euroclear, ...).

Erik's achievements include being one of the fathers/authors of the blueprint for the Belgian Personal Identity Card Project (BelPIC) and being one of the fathers of key egov-supporting services at the Flemish government (wide range of (trust-)services wrt e-identification / e-authentication / authorisation / e-signing / stamping /... ).

Approx 1.5 years ago Erik left a big4 to start up TrustCore.EU and is currently amongst others active as: vice-chair of EEMA.ORG, Topic-leader at Solvay Brussels School, Enterprise Information Security Architect at BNP Paribas Fortis’ Global Security office, ProjectManager for an ENISA-study in context of Trust Services, …

Currently Erik is focusing on Enterprise (Security) Architecture, on the effects/implementation of the eIDAS-Trust Regulation and on the upcoming Payment Services Directive 2.

Giacomo Persi-Paoli

Giacomo Persi-Paoli

Research Leader, RAND Europe's Defence


Dr Giacomo Persi Paoli is a Research Leader in RAND Europe's Defence, Security and Infrastructure Group where he leads the National Security and Resilience research portfolio. Since joining RAND Europe, Giacomo contributed to several research projects for high profile clients such as the United Nations, NATO, the European Commission, the European Defence Agency, the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders, the UK Army, the UK MOD and the Australian Navy.

His areas of expertise span the defence and security domain, with recent work covering counter-terrorism, maritime security, border security, risk analysis, arms control and defence market analysis.

Prior to joining RAND Europe, Giacomo served 14 years as warfare officer of the Italian Navy with operational experience in maritime interdiction operations, including counter-piracy in the Horn of Africa and immigration surveillance and rescue in the South Mediterranean.

Finally, he also conducted research and analysis work on illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons and related counter-measures for the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (New York, USA), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (Geneva, Switzerland), and Small Arms Survey (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland).

Giacomo received his Ph.D. in economic theory and institutions from the University of Roma Tor Vergata (Italy).



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