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Speaker Biographies

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Confirmed Speakers

Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission


Günther H. Oettinger is European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since 1st November 2014. On 10 February 2010 he became European Commissioner for Energy and from 1st July – 31st October 2014, he was Vice-president of the European Commission. From 2005-2010, he was Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and, since 1984, a member of the regional Parliament ("Landtag"). He was the leader of the CDU Landtag group from January 1991 to April 2005.

A lawyer by training, Günther H. Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence. He is a member of the Federal Executive Committee and of the Steering Committee of the CDU Deutschlands.

Henrik Hololei

Henrik Hololei

Director-General for Transport and Mobility, European Commission


Henrik held various positions in the Estonian Government Office between 1995 and 2004. He was responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Government and Prime Minister.

In 2001-2002 he was Minister of Economy.

In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. Mr. Kallas' first mandate 2004-2010 dealt with Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud and his second mandate 2010-2014 he was responsible for Transport.

From November 2013 he was Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission.

On October 1, 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport.

André van Lammeren

André van Lammeren

Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, Rijkswaterstaat/WVL, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment


André van Lammeren is a manager at the interface of applied research and politics. In his career he has been active in the areas of mobility, transport, infrastructure, aviation and climate change.

At present André is director of Mobility and Infrastructure at the institute for Water, Transport and Environment (WVL), the knowledge institute of the Netherlands National Road and Water(ways) Administration, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS). André is responsible for knowledge development and for giving advice to the ministry on new legislation and regulations, as well as the implementation of these regulations. His department covers the areas of traffic management, ITS, inland shipping, transport, infrastructural projects and the impact of mobility/infrastructure on the environment (noise, air pollution, etc.).

Before his present position he was deputy director at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, responsible for the Dutch investment program for infrastructure and transport (MIRT), including the investment projects for the Dutch waterways.

André started his career as a scientist in climate research at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

In his career André started several times with a new team of professionals and renewed existing teams. He enjoys working with professionals and puts a strong emphasis on quality, personal responsibility, results, accountability, transparency and collegiality.

André van Lammeren holds a PhD in physics.

Colette Maloney

Colette Maloney

Head of Unit, Smart Cities and Sustainability, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Colette Maloney is Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

The unit is charged with developing policy around ICT contributions to smart cities, and to delivering triple-bottom-line sustainability in response to societal challenges in resource efficiency, climate, transport and energy. It is also responsible for R&D activities on ICT and sustainability including energy-efficient buildings and cities, smart electricity grids, low-carbon transport and mobility, and efficient water management.

From 2004-2008, she was Head of Unit Cognitive Systems and Robotics and was responsible for building up a substantial R&D initiative in this domain.
Prior to this she held various assignments in the Commission in the field of ICT, from microelectronics, to telecommunications and digital content.

Before joining the Commission in 1994, she held research positions in Ciba, Switzerland and Dartmouth College, USA.
She has a BSc in Mathematics and Physics (summa cum laude) and a PhD in Physics (1982 and 1986 respectively) from Trinity College Dublin. She was born in Ireland in 1962.

Joanna  Szychowska

Joanna Szychowska

Head of Unit, Automotive and Mobility Industries, DG GROW, European Commission


Joanna Szychowska was appointed Head of Unit C4, Automotive and Mobility Industries, at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission, in June 2015.

Her responsibilities focus on strengthening the competitiveness of the European automotive industry by implementing an effective internal market regulatory framework and international harmonization of technical requirements, as well as enhancing co-ordination of policy areas affecting the sector.

Before joining the Automotive Unit she was Head of Unit in charge of EU public procurement policy making and enforcement of the legislation in selected EU Member States.

She was previously a member of the Cabinet of Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, where she was dealing with regulatory policy linked to the Internal Market, standardisation, selected industries, competition policy, State aids, infringements and home affairs. Between 2004 and 2007, she was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Danuta Hübner, responsible for Regional Policy.

Ms. Szychowska started her career at a private law firm in Warsaw. In 1996, she joined the Office of the Committee for European Integration in Warsaw, where she was involved in the harmonisation of Polish law with EC law and the preparation of accession negotiations, from 2001 as Director of the Department of European Law.

Ms. Szychowska studied Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the University of Utrecht and accomplished European Studies at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. In 1999, she passed her final judge's examination at the Warsaw Court of Appeal.

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.

Claire Depré

Claire Depré

Head of Unit, Intelligent Transport Systems, DG MOVE, European Commission


After some years as assistant of the Director General of Mobility and Transport, Claire Depré has been appointed Head of Unit in charge of Intelligent Transport Systems in DG MOVE in 2013.

Before joining the Commission in 2001, she worked in the European Parliament with responsibilities encompassing industry, research and ICT.

Erik Jonnaert

Erik Jonnaert

Secretary General, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)


Erik Jonnaert is the Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), a position he has held since July 2013. ACEA brings together all major manufacturers of passenger cars, vans, trucks and buses with production in the EU, including BMW AG, Daimler AG, DAF Trucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen AG, Volvo Car Corporation and AB Volvo.

Prior to his ACEA appointment, Mr Jonnaert was Procter & Gamble's (P&G) Vice President for External Relations in Europe and Asia. Mr Jonnaert began his career at Linklaters law firm, before moving on to gain over 25 years of public and regulatory affairs, communications, and stakeholder relations experience in various leadership roles at P&G.

In addition to his ACEA posting, Mr Jonnaert is currently Vice Chairman of the iMobility Forum. He is also is on the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, which focuses on the future of Automotive & Personal Transportation.

A Belgian national, Mr Jonnaert holds masters in law from the University of Gent, and also attended Harvard Law School.

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.

Dang Wenshuan

Dang Wenshuan

Chief Network Architect, Huawei


Currently responsible for Corporate strategy of ICT converged architecture, Internet of Things, and 5G.

Mr Dang joined Huawei in 1997 and has since served as R&D engineer, project manager, product management and director. He has been in his current position since 2014.

In 1997 he became an RF engineer and was then Project Manager responsible for the development of RF sub systems for DECT, GSM CDMA WCDMA R&D since 1997. 4 years later, he started his marketing experience and was responsible for innovative wireless solution market analysis since 2001. In 2005, he took the position of Director of Wireless E2E solution management department and responsible for product management of solution of WCDMA, LTE, TD-SCDMA, WiMax, Femto Cell etc. In 2010 he moved to the technology strategy department and worked on the research of ICT converged architecture, Internet of Things, 5G wireless etc. and started his current position in 2014.

Enrico Salvatori

Enrico Salvatori

President, Qualcomm Europe/MEA


Enrico Salvatori is senior vice president & president of Qualcomm Europe. In this role Enrico is responsible for Qualcomm’s European strategy for ensuring that OEMs and operators drive 3G and 4G adoption throughout all of Europe, in both developed and emerging markets. Enrico also provides strategic direction and oversight for all Qualcomm business development and operational activities throughout the region.

Enrico joined Qualcomm in February 2002 as a senior director for technical marketing in Europe for QCT where he was responsible for operator relationships in Southern Europe.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Enrico was the chief technology officer at TELIT, an Italian GSM/GPRS handset manufacturer, from 1999 to 2002. He previously worked as a Technical Director at Elsacom/Finmeccanica, a satellite service provision company distributing the Globalstar communication service.

Enrico has a master’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome.

Swen Postels

Swen Postels

CTO 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.

Burkhard Milke

Burkhard Milke

Director GME Electrical Systems & Infotainment, General Motors


Dr. Burkhard Milke earned a doctorate in electric engineering at the university of Siegen. 2011 he was appointed director of electric systems, infotainment and electrification for the Adam Opel AG. As director Milke is in charge of Opel’s and General Motors Europe’s (GME) projects concerning developments in the field of electrics/electronics. From 2007 to 2011 Milke was a member of GME’s global organization for the development of IT-systems and took managerial responsibility in the field of process development and system technology. Since 1997, when Milke started his career with Opel, he has been employed in different managerial positions in the field of electrics/electronics and has been leading several global development projects.

Jacob Bangsgaard

Jacob Bangsgaard

Director General, FIA Region I


Jacob Bangsgaard is responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He supports the Automobile Clubs from the Region I headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 23 years’ experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues.

He previously worked as Director of International Relations in FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies.

Prior to that, he worked for ERTICO - ITS Europe where he was responsible for the international deployment support for intelligent transport systems on markets like China, India, Russia, and Brazil.

He has also represented intelligent transport systems and service interests for a regional authority, a transport consultancy, and he worked for two years in the European Commission in the Transport Directorate.

Maxime Flament

Maxime Flament

Head of Department for Connectivity & Automation, ERTICO - ITS Europe


Dr. Maxime Flament joined ERTICO-ITS Europe in 2003. He is Head of Department for Connectivity and Automation and leading contributor to many European activities on Road Safety, Connected Vehicles, Automated Driving, large scale Field Operational Tests, and Digital Mapping.

He is European Chair of the Trilateral EU-US-Japan WG on Automation in Road Transport. He is also Sherpa expert for the European commission GEAR2030, member of the DG MOVE C-ITS platform, co-chair of the iMobility Forum Working Group on Probe Data and member of the ERTRAC WG on Connected and Automated Driving.

Maxime holds a Ph.D. E.E. (2002) and M.Sc. E.E. (1997) from Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He also holds an “Ingénieur Civil” degree from the Free university of Brussels (1997). In 2001, he was visiting researcher at Stanford University, CA, USA.

Maik Böres

Maik Böres

Head of Future Mobility, BMW Group


Since 2015 - Head of Future Mobility
The Future Mobility Team is responsible with the political issues around Car- & Ride- Sharing/ Electric Mobility and Connectivity and Automated Driving

2008 to 2015 - Manager of corporation strategy, mobility and environment.
Responsible for BMW Group worldwide CO2 emissions and legislative processes.

2005 to 2008 - Doctor Thesis
Hybridization of road vehicles and technologies to improve fuel consumption (Lugano).

2004 to 2008 - Specialist in engineering department
Validation and application of comprehensive components for evaporative emissions.

1999 to 2004 - Study mechanical engineering specialized on road vehicles.
Munich University of Applied Sciences

1997 to 1999 - Military service, first lieutenant of the reserve

12.11.1977 Born in Bad Mergentheim, Baden- Württemberg Southern Germany

Matt Key

Matt Key

Commercial Director, Vodafone IoT, Vodafone Group Enterprise


Matt joined IoT in October 2014 from the UK Large Enterprise Business. This comprised of both Corporate and Public Sector clients, within Vodafone UK where he led the £1bn unit. In this role he successfully integrated the Cable & Wireless Worldwide Enterprise business into both Vodafone Global Enterprise and Vodafone UK.

As Commercial Director for IoT, Matt has overall responsibility for driving Vodafone’s M2M growth and commercial strategy at a global level. ‘I am delighted to be part of a market leading team. The opportunity ahead for Vodafone IoT is huge and we have strong foundations in place to continue our success’ he says.

Before joining Vodafone, Matt led the UK Enterprise division in Cable & Wireless Worldwide, where his main priority was to drive sales growth whilst evolving the operating model. He successfully transformed the go-to-market approach and enabled the creation of repeatable and sophisticated service and solution propositions whist bringing in many new clients.

Prior to Cable & Wireless Worldwide Matt was responsible for a number of market sectors for North West Europe in outsourcer and systems integrator, Siemens IT Solutions and Services. He spent five years at the business process outsource specialist Capita with responsibility for expanding current solutions into new markets and developing new services. Prior to this Matt worked with Barclays for 12 years in a range of businesses.

Matt has a BSc in Business Studies, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Andrew Faiola

Andrew Faiola

Global Network & Services Policy, ESOA


Andrew leads the newly created Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit

Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor

Senior Policy Advisor, Connectivity and Infrastructure, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles


Ella Taylor is the policy Connectivity and Infrastructure lead in the UK's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, a joint government unit which pulls together the UK's activities and policies on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

Ella joined the team last year, after working as the Private Secretary to the Director General for International, Security and Environment. She joined the department in 2012 as a government statistician.

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.


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.

Ignasi Guardans

Ignasi Guardans

Attorney, Partner, K&L Gates


Dr. Ignasi Guardans (Barcelona, 1964), Ph D, started his career as an academic in the field of private international law. He later joined a large Spanish Firm as Senior Associate.

In 1996 he started a political career, serving successive elected mandates: at Spanish Parliament (1996-2004) and later at the European Parliament (2004-2009). He was also Member of the Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe (1997-2004).

During all this period (among other tasks & duties) he was actively implied in the fields of intellectual property in the digital environment and other issues related to the legal framework of internet.

In 2009 he was appointed Director of Spain’s Film Agency. In 2011 he moved to Geneva, as the first Director for Public Affairs at Eurovision (EBU-UER). He later returned to Brussels: after a period as independent consultant in EU affairs, he joined K&L Gates, a global Law Firm as resident Partner in its Brussels Office. He is responsible of the practice of EU Public Policy & Law, with a strong dedication to matters related to the Digital Single Market. He is a member of some advisory groups and panels for the European Commission, such as the Strategic Forum in Digital Entrepreneurship.

Ignasi has been decorated by the Spanish and French Government. He is a regular social media contributor .

Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President and CEO, The Center for Policy and Emerging Technologies


Nigel Cameron is President and CEO 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. His next book addresses the tangled question of whether robots will take our jobs.

Before founding C-PET he was a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology, and currently holds a Fulbright research chair in the University of Ottawa. Recent activities include serving as Chair of the GITEX 2015 conference in Dubai; speaking at conferences of The Economist in Hong Kong (on employment and robotics), and in Madrid (on the economic impact of the digital revolution); and the recent conference of the Champalimaud Foundation on the world in 100 years' time.

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 Committee on Social and Human Sciences. A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School.

He is currently also Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa.

Fay Dunkerley

Fay Dunkerley

Analyst, RAND Europe


Dr. Fay Dunkerley has a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the KU Leuven in Belgium. She has worked in both academic and consultancy environments. Her academic research has predominantly focused on the transport sector, with research projects ranging from the funding of transport infrastructure at the EU level to explaining public transport fares from a political economy perspective. Her recent experience at RAND includes a study of future of travel in Britain in 2035 in which a scenario based approach was used to examine the influence of technology, such as autonomous vehicles and next generation ICT connectivity, on travel and to consider the policy implications. She was also involved in a study exploring public perceptions and trade-offs around privacy and security in transport, health and internet communications, using data from across the then EU27 member states.



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