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Věra Jourová

Věra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission


Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years. Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001. Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.

Felix Braz

Felix Braz

Minister of Justice, Luxembourg Government


Félix Braz was born on 16 March 1966 in Differdange.

- Education and qualifications

Following classical secondary school studies, Félix Braz studied law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, discontinuing his studies after a first successful year.

- Governmental posts

Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Félix Braz joined the government as Minister of Justice on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”).

- Other political posts

Involved in politics since 1991 as parliamentary secretary of the Green Party, Félix Braz was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2004 at the age of 38 while standing for the Green Party in the constituency of the South. He was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. In Parliament, he assumed among others the roles of vice-chairman of the Committee for Transport from 2004 to 2009. He served as chairman of the Green Party parliamentary group following the elections of 20 October 2013.

As a member of Parliament, he has represented Parliament at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council, the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) and the Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

At local level, Félix Braz initially served as a municipal councillor in Esch-sur-Alzette from 1995 to 2000, then as an alderman from 2000 to 2011.

- Professional activities

In 1990, Félix Braz was the chief editor and presenter of a daily news broadcast in Portuguese on RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg.

From 1991 to 2001, he assumed the role of parliamentary secretary of the Green Party. In 1994, he added the role of assistant at the European Parliament to his duties.

In 2013, he set up a company as a partner, withdrawing from it upon his appointment to the government.

Julie Brill

Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US Government


Julie Brill was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 6, 2010. Since joining the Commission, Ms. Brill has been working actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.

Commissioner Brill has been named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues”, a “key player in U.S. and global regulations (link is external)”, “one of the top minds in online privacy (link is external)”, one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate (link is external)”, “one of the top 50 influencers on big data (link is external)”, and a “game-changer (link is external)”. In 2014, she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award (link is external) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Commissioner Brill is an advocate of protecting consumers’ privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information. In her speeches, publications and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, Commissioner Brill calls on industry and policymakers to improve privacy by developing practical solutions rooted in both consumer protection and competition principles.

Commissioner Brill has been named “one of the 50 most powerful people in health care (link is external)”. She advocates for effective antitrust enforcement in the health care and high-tech sectors. She wrote the Commission’s unanimous decision in ProMedica, dissolving the merger of two hospitals in Toledo, Ohio. Commissioner Brill’s ProMedica decision was recently upheld on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Commissioner Brill focuses on the need to improve consumer protection in the financial services arena. She advocates improving regulations and enforcement involving credit reporting, debt collection and in other financial areas. She is particularly interested in combatting frauds targeting consumers caught up in the economic downturn. She strongly supports increased cooperation among the FTC, the CFPB, and the States as they implement the provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Commissioner Brill has received numerous national awards for her work. In addition to the 2014 Privacy Professionals Privacy Leader of the Year Award (link is external), she also received the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award (link is external), was named one of eight " Government Stars” among the “2015 Attorneys Who Matter" (link is external), and was recently elected to the American Law Institute (link is external).

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Ms. Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Commissioner Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Commissioner Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Prior to coming to the Vermont Attorney General’s office, Commissioner Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. Commissioner Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Director, Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, DG Justice, European Commission


Paul F. NEMITZ is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. The free movement of people in Europe, data protection, fight against hate speech and racism and rights of the child are key responsibilities of his Directorate.

Before joining the Directorate-General for Justice, Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

Nemitz has extensive experience as litigator of the European Commission before the European Court of Justice and has published widely on EU law.

He is visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the Judiciary and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University.

He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law.

Paul Timmers

Paul Timmers

Director, Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Paul Timmers is Director of the Digital Society, Trust & Security Directorate in the European Commission Communications Networks, Content and Technologies Directorate General (DG CONNECT) dealing with policy and R&I in ICT and health, ageing, public services, smart cities and cyber-security. Previously he headed the ICT for Inclusion and the eGovernment units. He was also member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society.

Before joining the European Commission, he was a manager in product marketing and software development in a large IT company. He also co-founded a software start-up. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and a MBA from Warwick Business School, UK. He has widely published in the field of technology and policy, including a book on electronic commerce strategies and business models. He was a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities and business schools across the world including an EU Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina in USA.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS


Wojciech Wiewiórowski has been Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor since December 2014. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014 for a term of five years.
Before his appointment, he served as Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority, a position which he had held since 2010. He was also Vice Chairman of the Working Party Article 29 Group.

Sharyn Dodson

Sharyn Dodson

VP, Managing Assistant General Counsel and EMEA Privacy Officer, CA Technologies


Sharyn is CA Technologies EMEA Privacy Officer and Head of Legal for UK/Ireland, Nordics and Benelux, with matrix reporting to the Global Privacy Officer. As part of the privacy task force at CA Technologies, she has strong links with key business groups. In addition to providing day to day advice on all aspects of data protection laws, Sharyn leads the implementation process for CA’s recently acquired Binding Corporate Rules and the preparation for the implementation of the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation. Sharyn joined CA Technologies in 2002 from a niche IP/IT law firm. She was admitted to the roll as a Solicitor in March 2002. She has a degree in law and works out of the CA Technologies UK/Ireland headquarters in Slough.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance


Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.

Boué holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

Helen Woollett

Helen Woollett

Global Head of Privacy - Group Compliance, Barclays


Anne-Lise Thieblemont

Anne-Lise Thieblemont

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm


Anne-Lise Thieblemont, is Senior Director of Global Technology Policy and Industry Relations at in the Government Affairs Department at Qualcomm Incorporated.

In this role, Ms. Thieblemont, engineer by training, is responsible internationally for policy and regulatory affairs related to new technology and market access strategies, at the intersection between public policy, business strategy, mobile internet ecosystems.

Ms. Thieblemont is instrumental in assisting the regulatory practices globally that ensure sustained investment in quality and secure mobile internet services in the consumer and the enterprise markets (healthcare, education, telematics, energy, etc.).Ms Thieblemont also overlooks technology policy related to innovation in the wireless ecosystems and platforms. Finally, Ms Thieblemont interfaces with Government economic, trade and/or investment branch and Qualcomm business activities. In particular, Ms Thieblemont leads Qualcomm activities within the industry voice (BIAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD).

Ms. Thieblemont played an influential role in global organizations, such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), among others.

Ms. Thieblemont holds an engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech in France, with a focus on networks and signal and image processing in new digital media as well as on telecommunications economics. She also holds a Master of Science in Fundamental Physics from the Paris XI University.

David Martin

David Martin

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC


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.

Mark Lange

Mark Lange

Director EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft


Mark Lange is Director of EU Institutional Relations. He joined Microsoft in 1998 and currently works on policy issues relating to cloud computing, privacy, security and data governance in the European Union, as well as interoperability and intellectual property across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He previously worked for law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, from 1989 to 1998. His practice included general litigation, international trade, and intellectual property. Mark Lange graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981 and from Northwestern University Law School in 1989.

David Francis

David Francis

Chief Security Officer, Huawei Europe


David Francis is Huawei’s Cyber Security Officer in Europe. David started his career with British Telecom as an engineer and has held several positions in the IT sector in the UK and the US since.

Prior to joining Huawei, David was a Chief Operating Officer with an eCommerce platform. Also, he has worked for Symantec for over 9 years, of which the last 5 as Vice President of Operations. At Symantec, David was responsible for the SaaS / cloud operations unit, consisting of over 300 staff globally.

Working closely with government and local authority customers, he has a vast experience with cyber security challenges and requirements for both the public and the private sector.

Judith Arrieta Munguia

Judith Arrieta Munguia

Minister - Chief of Cabinet, Mission of Mexico to the European Union


Judith Arrieta Munguia has a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico, a Master in Diplomatic Studies from the Instituto Matías Romero of Mexico, a Master in International Trade from the Solvay Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, a Master in International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Spain, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires.

She is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service with the rank of Minister and Chief of Cabinet at the Mission of Mexico to the European Union since 2014. She completed a one year training as a non-European country official at the Directorate for Latin America and Asia, DG1, at the European Commission. She participated in the negotiations of the Framework Cooperation Agreement Mexico-European Community in 1991. As advisor to the Vice Minister for Bilateral Affairs she supported the negotiations of the Global Agreement with the European Union in 2000. She was later advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs office in charge of the relations with Civil Society and parliaments.

She has published articles on topics of international issues, including EU-Mexico relations and EU/LA dialogue, the new global actors and México’s cooperation policy.

From 2001 to 2008, she served as Consul at the Mexican Embassy in Argentina, and was also in charge of the external affairs and bilateral agreements. In 2008 she joined the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the International Organizations in Geneva where she coordinated the economic and cooperation affairs, was in charge of the G20 and WEF issues, and served as Chief of Cabinet and Chargé D’ Affaires in several occasions.

She is currently Chief of Cabinet at the Mission of Mexico to the European Union, and coordinates the Economic and Cooperation affairs with the EU.

Elaine McKinney

Elaine McKinney

Compliance and Privacy Director, AVG Technologies


Elaine joined AVG Technologies in 2012 and is responsible for compliance and privacy related matters within the Legal and Business Practices Department.

Elaine has built the company’s’ privacy framework and designs privacy into everything AVG does - across all products and channels. Elaine chairs the Data Governance Council, the Ethics and the Policy Committees at AVG.

Previously Elaine spent six years at Logica (now CGI) in the UK and left as the Information Security and Data Protection Officer, responsible for providing information security and general data protection advice in the UK to the Chief Operating Officer.

Other roles in Logica included working as a senior business consultant in the Security Practice delivering privacy advice to customers such as undertaking privacy impact assessments for various government bodies.

Prior to joining Logica, Elaine worked in central and local government, featuring four years in Scottish Government as Programme Manager working across three ministerial portfolios delivering the national infrastructure for a multi-agency information sharing programme.

Elaine has worked in cooperation with various academic institutes in the UK on research into practical approaches to privacy compliance, including being joint author of a paper with the University College London on the potential application of dynamic real time privacy impact analysis in a multi-agency information sharing setting.

In 2010 Elaine obtained an ISEB in Data Protection.

Elaine has a MA Honors degree from the University of Edinburgh as well as two post graduate diplomas

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, an 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.

Abraham George

Abraham George

Consultant in Public Health, Kent County Council


Abraham has been working in Kent since 2010, undertaking a challenging portfolio focused around commissioning support for urgent care (including a unique countywide hospital bed utilization review), end of life care and older people’s health including multiple morbidities. He is also the public health lead on Individual Funding Requests, Clinical Effectiveness and Kent County lead on the JSNA and Public Health Intelligence.

He has provided valuable strategic and tactical support to the Kent Integration Pioneer programme, particularly in terms of health intelligence and helping to establish an evidence base for the local and national Health and Social Care Integration agenda. He is currently the public health lead for the Kent LTC Year of Care Commissioning Model programme and, alongside this, has been promoting the importance and use of whole population person level linked datasets, enabling whole system integrated intelligence to support integrated commissioning.

Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson

Brussels Correspondent, Financial Times


Duncan Robinson is the FT's Brussels correspondent, covering internet and telecommunications regulation, justice, employment and migration as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. He joined the FT from the New Statesman in 2011

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 is a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

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.

Frances Robinson

Frances Robinson

Freelance Journalist,


Frances Robinson is a freelance journalist who previously spent four years covering EU technology and telecoms regulation for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in Brussels. This involved everything from testing waterproof phones at Mobile World Congress to Europe's cybersecurity strategy. She has interviewed Prime Ministers, CEOs and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. She now writes about tech and telecoms, expat living and food and wine. Her radio and TV appearances include Sky News, RTBF, CNBC, BBC News Channel and BBC World Service. She also has a fortnightly column on disruptive online competition for the DisCo project. She now lives in London and is a regular contributor to the Evening Standard's Londoner's Diary.

Nikolaos Laoutaris

Nikolaos Laoutaris

Senior Researcher - Internet Scientific Group, Telefónica


Nikolaos Laoutaris is a senior researcher at the Internet Scientific Group of Telefonica Research in Barcelona. Prior to joining the Barcelona lab he was a postdoc fellow at Harvard University and a Marie Curie postdoc fellow at Boston University. He got his PhD in computer science from the University of Athens in 2004.



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