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Dr Emmanuel Mallia

Dr Emmanuel Mallia

Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Republic of Malta


Minister Dr. Mallia's biography will appear here shortly

Khalil Rouhana

Khalil Rouhana

Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Khalil Rouhana is the Deputy Director-General in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology) since 1/12/2016. His responsibilities include the policies for digital economy and society and notably for research, innovation and industrial strategies, digital solution for societal challenges and governments as well as cybersecurity. Before that, he was Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT supporting the competitiveness of core digital sectors in Europe and the digitisation of all industrial sectors of the economy.
In his previous experiences in the Commission, he was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.
Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France. He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" (Supelec, France).

Ger Baron

Ger Baron

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Amsterdam


Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Mechthild Rohen

Mechthild Rohen

Head of Unit Internet of Things, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Dr Mechthild Rohen is Head of Unit for 'Internet of Things' in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology in the European Commission.

She received her scientific education in Germany where she gained a masters degree in computer science (1984) and a PHD in the area of software and knowledge engineering.

Dr Rohen worked as a researcher and lecturer at the universities of Dortmund and Bonn. She's highly experienced in managing research and technology take-up activities within the European Commission's funding programmes, specifically in the fields of software technologies, micro-electronics, telecommunications and networking, ambient intelligence, embedded systems and digital public services (eGovernment).

Before joining the Commission in 1993, Dr Rohen was the managing director of a Research Association of about 12 universities and research institutes in North-Rhine Westfalia which focused on interdisciplinary research in the area of artificial intelligence.

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

Director General, DIGITALEUROPE


Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl was appointed Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in April 2017. Formerly she has been Executive Board member of DIGITALEUROPE, where she also served as a member of the association’s high level Digital Advisory Council. Ms Bonefeld-Dahl has served as board member of the Danish Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of the Danish ICT association (ITB) where she has developed policy positions on Digitalisation of Business, ICT security, disruptive business models, telecoms and education.

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT industry. She previously held international positions for IBM and Oracle as well as with SMEs building business across Europe and China, and founded the cloud provider GlobeIT. She has deep insight into the digitalisation of Business and Society.

Henk Bruijns

Henk Bruijns

Strategist and Chief Technologist EMEA, HPE


Henk is a Strategist within HPE’s EMEA Enterprise Group responsible for developing strategic business partnerships with HPE’s largest and most complex customers. Henk works with clients, HPE teams and partners across the EMEA region as a leader in all aspects of new and emerging technologies, e.g. IoT, to meet client objectives.

Within the Digital Solutions and Technology team, Henk has a specific focus on customer challenges in the Communications Media and Entertainment vertical, having over 25 years’ experience in this industry.

Henk’s strength in architecture, innovation and business development is particularly important for multinational customers with core businesses rooted in technology like cloud and communications service providers, manufacturers, and utilities.

He acts as a customer advocate internally within HPE to ensure client requirements are fully understood by research and development teams, so that HPE is well placed to meet industry and client future needs.

Prior to joining HPE, Henk held a diverse range of senior roles working at KPN, Capgemini, Ericsson, Nortel, a Microsoft Gold partner, and Accenture. He lives in the Amsterdam Airport area and holds a Master’s degree in Physics with an additional exam in Computer Science from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Pearse  O'Donohue

Pearse O'Donohue

Acting Director, Future Networks, DG Connect, European Commission


Pearse O'Donohue was recently appointed Acting Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market from the angles of 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. As Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, he is also responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software.

Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance.
Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT.

He has also had posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation, before joining the European Commission.

Egbert-Jan Sol

Egbert-Jan Sol

Field Labs Smart Industry,, Netherlands


Egbert-Jan Sol (1956), CTO of TNO Industry, is director of the Dutch Smart Industry program, the Dutch Industry 4.0 program. He is also parttime professor at the science faculty of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. At European level he is vice-chairman of EFFRA, the Factory-of-Future PPP and member of the high level group of Manufuture.

Egbert-Jan Sol (MSc and Phd Mechanical Engineering) started his industrial career as robotics system architect, followed by a carrier from software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of a 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 1990-98 he was part time professor Technology Management at the TU Eindhoven.

“It is easy to make technology complex, it is very difficult to make technology simple. Yet in manufacturing only the simplest solution works. ”

Wilfried Grommen

Wilfried Grommen

Chief Technologist Public Sector EMEA, HPE


Wilfried Grommen serves as Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector in EMEA. In this capacity, he interacts extensively with senior regulators, information officers and top-ranking advisors within the European Institutions, the United Nations and national governments. He is a core member of HPE’s Public Sector team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and outlines HPE’s strategic vision on IT within the public sector. This includes the value of digital government, health and education, innovation strategy and some core IT breakthroughs like cloud adoption, big data, security, privacy protection and mobility.

Grommen has 25 years of experience in the IT industry. In his previous position, he served as Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, focusing primarily on technology policy (interoperability, innovation, security). As a member of the core Citizenship team, he also had strong EU involvement regarding Microsoft’s digital agenda. Grommen specialized on business innovation, research collaboration, and start-up ecosystem. He also held international management positions in technology development and strategy with a financial services and solutions provider (Capco – financial markets solutions), IBM global services (business – IT alignment consulting), as well as Motorola (networking).
Grommen is a domestic, regional and international speaker and lecturer on public fora, government roundtables and IT events. Recently, he lectured for the EU e-government agenda in Brussels, the Swedish e-government conference in Stockholm, the EU border management conference in London , Smart cities in Barcelona. His lectures focus on technology policy and transformation around the new style of IT.

Grommen got appointed as independent board member at NXTport Antwerp, a digital platform company, offering data and services to all the logistics players in Antwerp harbor.
Grommen also recently co-authored Business Ethics, a Guide to surviving storms, challenges and ethical risks, with Prof. Adriana Sanford, published by the Institute of Supply Management.

Grommen holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering and Electronics from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is an EU citizen and fluent in English, Dutch, French, and German. He is choir director, and organ player.

Stephen Pattison

Stephen Pattison

Vice President Public Affairs, ARM Holdings


Stephen is responsible for ARM’s Public Affairs, including contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His 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.

Stephen also oversees ARM’s Corporate Responsibility Programme.

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.

He also worked for James Dyson 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, and worked at the British Embassy in Washington, and on UN issues in London, New York and Geneva.

Stephen has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate from Oxford. In 2003-4 he spent a year at Harvard as Fellow in International Affairs at the Weatherhead Center.

Kyriakos Baxevanidis

Kyriakos Baxevanidis

Deputy Head of Unit, Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Kyriakos Baxevanidis is the Deputy Head of the Unit Smart mobility and Living of DG CONNECT, European Commission (EC).
The Unit develops & implements policies that unlock the potential of ICT to address mobility, climate & energy challenges of local, national, European and global communities; it is building also on the role of ICT as a vector for change to contribute to our societal transformation towards sustainability. He previously worked in the areas of Research Infrastructures, Services Engineering, Communications Management and Security of ICT under various EU research framework programmes led by the European Commission.

Among his missions has been the coordination of the establishment of a pan-European shared computing infrastructure (from pooling of national infrastructures) available to all research and education communities in Europe. He also held the position of vice-chair of the international standardisation organisation for distributed computing Open Grid Forum (

Kenya Wiley

Kenya Wiley

Founder and CEO , The Fashion innovation Alliance


Kenya Wiley is Founder and CEO of the Fashion Innovation Alliance (FIA), working with leaders in fashion and technology on public policy, education, and innovation for fashion tech. Since FIA’s launch in 2016, the Alliance has brought together visionaries in fashion, technology, government, and academia through numerous initiatives. These include FIA’s 2016 Fashion Tech Showcase on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a forum on innovation and immigration following the November 2016 U.S. Presidential election, as well as several roundtable discussions.

Kenya previously worked for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), where she led MPAA’s inaugural academic outreach program and provided legal and strategic advice on intellectual property and technology issues.

Prior to working in the private sector, Kenya served as Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In this role, Kenya provided legal and policy analysis on key legislative issues, including cybersecurity, information technology, postal delivery and logistics, and labor and employment.

Kenya currently chairs the ASTM International Task Group on Data Security for Smart Textiles, and she is an active member of Fashion Group International and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). Kenya is also the recipient of the Howard University School of Law 2012 Intelligent Design Award for her outstanding contributions to fashion law and policy. Kenya received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kenya is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois State Bar.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft


Jeremy Rollison is Director of EU Government Affairs within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. Based in Brussels, his work focuses on policy related to the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), with a particular emphasis on data issues and corresponding public policy covering privacy, cybersecurity, cloud policy, and the cross-border provision of online services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked in the Government Relations team at Nokia in the company’s EU representative office, and was previously Director of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels. He has over a decade of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, focusing and engaging with EU stakeholders on issues related to the development and delivery of online services in the Internal Market and corresponding EU regulatory policy.

Thiebaut Weber

Thiebaut Weber

Confederal Secretary responsible for Digitisation, European Trade Union Confederation


Thiébaut Weber was elected as ETUC Confederal Secretary at the Paris Congress in 2015. He is a young trade unionist and former student activist in his native France. He is a member of the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail, and in 2007 started work with the CFDT as a youth delegate, then in 2014 as political advisor on issues including international and European affairs. Between 2011 and 2013 he was President of the ETUC Youth Committee.

Francesca  Bria

Francesca Bria

Chief Technology & Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City Council


Francesca is the Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer of the City of Barcelona. She is a Senior expert and advisor on digital strategy, technology and innovation policy.

Francesca was a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She was also a Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College Business School in the Innovation Studies Centre- Digital Economy Lab. She has a background in Innovation Economics and social sciences with a PhD from Imperial College, and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC). She has been advising a variety of organisations and public institutions on Innovation policy, open technology, the Internet of things and smart cities. She is also active in various grassroots movements advocating for open access, digital sovereignty and digital rights.

Robert MacDougall

Robert MacDougall

Chair, Working Group 4 - Policy Issues, Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)


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.

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP; & CTO, ETSI, ETSI


Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

He played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

Damon Hart-Davis

Damon Hart-Davis



OpenTRV is here to tackle climate change. Initially with a simple cheap smart thermostatic
radiator valve to as much as halve waste in UK domestic space heating, knock GBP5bn/y off
our collective home gas bills (10% off the UK's entire footprint, 8% EU-wide) for GBP100 per house.
Beyond that OpenTRVs cheap robust open Internet of Things (IoT) technology is being directed at
other areas with significant chance of helping avert climate change and improve the environment
such as public transport, air quality and other monitoring, smart grid and so on.
OpenTRV's business model is to make measuring and controlling things cheap and secure and open
to make more resource management, and thus efficiency savings, possible.

Mikkel Christian   Sørensen

Mikkel Christian Sørensen

CEO, Omnio


Mikkel Christian Sørensen has pioneered the industrial IoT since 2007 when he started connecting tens of thousands of containers for Maersk Line. He saw first hand the complexities in getting started with I-IoT, and found that with the benefits where tremendous, it needs to be easier to obtain them. Since then, it has been his mission to make it fast and easy for companies to get started reaping the benefits of I-IoT. In 2016 he founded Omnio ( making all industrial devices plug’n’play, to do just that. Mikkel holds a degree in International Business and Politics, is an avid programmer and lives in Denmark with his wife.

Duncan Botting

Duncan Botting

Director, European Utility and Telecom Council


Prof. Duncan Botting BA, FEI, FRSA, FEMA, MIET, MIEEE
Duncan currently holds the posts of Director European Utilities Telecoms Council and Managing Director Global Smart Transformation Limited. In these roles he works closely with customers, academia, industry, utilities, government and regulators to deliver innovative technical, commercial, environmentally balanced and culturally acceptable solutions to market challenges. He also provides mentoring and business acceleration services to numerous SMEs to help them achieve their strategic aims. Some of his previous roles include: Business Innovation and Growth Director at Parsons Brinckerhoff (part of Balfour Beatty Group), Executive Chairman of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre, Managing Director ITI Energy (a research institute), Head of Technology & Business Development for ABB, Departmental Head of Schneider Power Projects, a Mathematician and Radar Modelling Engineer with Thorn-EMI Electronics. He has over 40 years’ experience covering the complete spectrum of technical and commercial roles from apprentice to boardroom. He is engaged across the energy domain from market design to end user delivery and is invited on many influential panels, advisory boards and committees at a National, European and International level. He gained his degree from the Open University in Mathematics and Physics. He is a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and previously was a visiting professor at Imperial College London.
He is an active member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly the IEE). He is chair of the IET Energy Sector Executive, a member of the IET Energy Policy Panel and Power Network Joint Vision group, founding member of the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum and a work stream chair and is serving on the DECC/IET/Catapult Board for the Future Power System Architect Role. Duncan is a current member of the EU Smart Grids Taskforce and Expert Groups and a member of the ETP Smart Cities and Communities working groups. He was voted one of the top 40 influencers in Europe on Smart Grids by his peers in 2014 (Metering and Smart Energy International). He is an international research assessor/advisor for competitive research programmes in various countries.
He is a former UK Energy Research Council Advisory Board member, a former member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, former member of Birmingham’s Smart City Commission, former Vice-Chair of the European Technology Platform (ETP) for “SmartGrids” and co-author of the Strategic Research Agenda to 2035, he was also a founding member and served on the shadow board of the National Skills Academy for Power in the UK.
In the area of energy, telecommunications and climate security Duncan has been a thought leader for over 20 years and has been contributing to national critical infrastructure working groups (DoE, UK, Asia), global corporate R&D and scenario building to inform and challenge board level decisions. He is helping to shape future thinking and deployment across the energy, telecommunications, technology and future cities sectors by challenging traditional approaches and using his experience to, hopefully, benefit societal outcomes.

Pierre Noel

Pierre Noel

Enterprise Chief Security & Privacy Officer, Huawei


Pierre is the Enterprise Chief Security & Privacy Officer at Huawei, the Fortune 200 Information and Communication Technology Company.

Pierre has over 30 years of international experience on Information Security and Enterprise Risk Management.

He designed and built complete CyberSecurity and Enterprise Risk Management environments for Governments, Finance, Transport and large conglomerate industries over the World.

• Pierre is a member of the board of advisors of Airbus Group
• Pierre also sits on the board of the Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association (PARIMA) and
• Board of the executive council of the Cloud Security Association (CSA)

Prior responsibilities:

• Asia Chief Security Officer, Microsoft
• Worldwide Executive at IBM with responsibility for the IBM Security portfolio
• CEO Arial Group International, offering Enterprise Risk Management to Fortune 1000
• CEO TruSecure / ICSA Corp
• Client lead partner at KPMG, Greater China territory, in charge of Enterprise Risk Management, Board Advisory, Corporate Risk & Governance.
• Director PLATINUM Technologies Asia Pacific
• Advisor to many governments and Fortune 1000 organizations in Asia, Europe and Americas

Lecturer and visiting professor with various universities in the World.

Pierre studied Computer Science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Karabet Krikorian

Karabet Krikorian

Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation, WEU Solutions Management, Huawei


Mr. Krikorian has 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in E2E telecom technology, strategy and service consultancy. He has many years of experience working for some of the industry’s leading operators. As a Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation for Huawei based in Dusseldorf Germany, he is actively involved in developing and implementing IoT and Industry 4.0 solution strategies based on NFV ,SDN and Cloud technologies.
Mr. Krikorian has spent most of his early career in E2E design within the Core Networks, VAS and IN, support and engineering management with Ericsson where he spent 5 years. He was deeply involved in the initial implementations of GSM and 3G in Europe. Since 2005 he has worked extensively and worldwide as a lead technical consultant with Nokia, BT and France Telecom Advise for Communications and other consultancy firms. He has worked across all major sectors of telecommunications solution design, engineering, technology strategy and implementation. He holds a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunications.

Jan  Neutze

Jan Neutze

Cyber Director, 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.

Mike  Glenn

Mike Glenn

Vice President-Global Cybersecurity, CableLabs


Michael leads the cybersecurity program at CableLabs, an innovation and R&D consortium for the global cable industry. Michael and his team work in a variety of ecosystems and technologies to ensure strong security principals are incorporated into the design and specification of products and services. Areas of focus include broadband (DOCSIS), wireless, PKI, IoT, SDN/NFV, DDoS, medical, and next generation services such as blockchain and the impact of quantum computing.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Michael spent nearly 15 years at Qwest/CenturyLink in a variety of security and engineering positions including backbone and enterprise security, access network architecture and certification, backbone services and data center certification. Michael was the CISO for Qwest and lead the development of the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) and Einstein 3 Accelerated (E3A) services in cooperation with the US intelligence community which protect private and civilian government critical infrastructures. In 2005, Michael and his team developed the first tier 1 ISP botnet notification and remediation system which continues to provide tens of thousands of notifications to infected residential customers each year.

As part of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) IV, Michael co-chaired working group 5 on server based DDoS attacks and was a member of CSRIC III working group 7 which published a US ISP code of conduct around residential malware notification and remediation. Michael has contributed to several National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s (NSTAC) reports on cloud computing, the Internet of Things and ICT Mobilization.

Prior to joining Qwest in 2000, he worked at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in a variety of engineering and management roles. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado, and holds CISM and CISSP security certifications.

Steve Purser

Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations, 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).

Holger  Kunze

Holger Kunze

Director , VDMA, Europe



University of Hannover, Germany, 1989-1995, Degree of Law

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1991-1992, Degree in European Law (Magister Legum Europae, MLE)

Clerkship at the Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1995-1997

King’s College, London, UK, 1998-1999, Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law

Professional Positions:

Associate, Heuking Kühn Lüer Heussen Wojtek, Brussels and Düsseldorf Office
(1998 – 2000)

Legal Adviser, VDMA European, Office (2000 - 2005)

Present Position:

Director VDMA European Office (since 2005)

Szabolcs  Szekacs

Szabolcs Szekacs

Policy Officer, DG Grow, European Commission


Szabolcs Szekacs is a Hungarian economist, specialised in information management. He started his career in the private sector in various financial and IT development projects, before becoming a European Commission official in 2008. His first projects included the establishment of the Open Source Observatory and Repository, an OSS initiative by the European Commission, which later merged into the platform. Later, he became involved with the overall management of the ISA and ISA² Programmes (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens), which aim at facilitating the efficient and effective electronic cross-border and cross-sector interaction between European public administrations, businesses and citizens. In this context, he also led the development of the European Sharing and Reuse of IT solutions Framework and helped kick-off the Sharing and Reuse Awards contest. Since January 2017, he has been involved with ICT standardisation and eSkills initiatives at the European Commission.

Anil Kaushal

Anil Kaushal

Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India


Mr. Anil Kaushal is a Full Time Member of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which regulates the telecom and broadcasting sectors in India. In this capacity, he is instrumental in shaping up the regulatory environment of the telecom and broadcasting sectors in India.

Mr. Kaushal carries an experience of about 4 decades in the field of telecommunications. His career in telecommunication sector cuts across all the aspects of technology and management. He has been a part of the liberalization process of telecom in India.

Prior to taking up the assignment in TRAI, he was the Member of the Telecom Commission of India, which is the apex body of telecommunications in India. In his capacity as Member, he was responsible for giving policy and technology directions to the sector, besides granting licenses for the telecom operations.

He is an expert in the field of telecommunications transmission and specializes in the field of satellite communications. He has drawn very rich experience in telecom planning and operations while working with the largest telecom operator in India.

He holds a “Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics” and Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Dominik Schiener

Dominik Schiener

Co-Founder, IOTA


Dominik is a young entrepreneur and Blockchain expert from Italy. He has been in the Blockchain space for more than 4 years now, has had Blockchain startups in Switzerland and the UK, and for the past 2 years now has been focused on realizing the "Machine Economy" with IOTA. In IOTA he leads the non-profit foundation and oversees global partnerships and the overall realization of the project's vision.

Apart from his work in IoT he has done extensive work on how Blockchain can be applied to trade finance, self-sovereign digital identity, new Blockchain-based voting protocols and completely new governance models for decentralized autonomous communities. With his work he has won prizes from the likes of Deloitte, Wanxiang, GTEC and Emirates NBD.

Ilias  Chantzos

Ilias Chantzos

Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Symantec


Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). He is also the Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and privacy.

Before 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 worked on 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 Aristotle University, an Erasmus degree from the University of Limburg, a Master degree in Computers and Communication Law from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Master in Business Administration from Solvay Business School. He has also completed executive education at the JFK School of Government in Harvard. Chantzos is member of the Athens Bar Association. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of TechAmerica Europe. He also served for four terms as Chairman of the European Policy Council of Business Software Alliance (BSA). He is appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and at Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) Advisory Board. He also represents Symantec at the NATO Industry Cooperation Platform. Chantzos is a member of the Young Global Leaders 2014 class of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German.

Luigi Rebuffi

Luigi Rebuffi

Secretary General, European Cyber Security Organisation


Luigi Rebuffi is the Secretary General of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation) and the CEO and founder of EOS (European Organisation for Security). After having graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, he worked on the development of high power microwave systems for the next thermonuclear fusion reactor (ITER). He continued his carrier at Thomson CSF / Thales where he took on increasing responsibilities for European Affairs (R&D) in different sectors: telecom, industrial, medical, scientific, and becoming in 2003 Director for European Affairs for the civilian activities of the Group. In 2007, he suggested the creation of EOS and coordinated its establishment while he was still Deputy Director for Security at ASD.
He is also the President of the Steering Board of the French ANR for security research.

Bruno  Mommens

Bruno Mommens

IOT & M2M Solution Lead, Deleware Consulting


Bruno obtained his academic master degree in Engineering, Automation in 1996. He started his career implementing MES & SPC systems in manufacturing plants worldwide, focusing mainly on the automotive, pharmaceutical, textile and plastics industries; expertise which he later extended with aerospace and defense.

Bruno became an independent high-tech entrepreneur and after successfully leading a counseling company, he accepted a new challenge as global Internet-of-Things (IoT) lead for delaware in 2013. He is now global IoT & M2M lead and has been working intensively on various innovative programs regarding IoT, Artifical Intelligence, drones, robots, beacons, LP-Wan, cognitive services, AR/VR, …
His interests include global innovation and more specifically conceptual models, tools and methods for the IoT and big data analytics.

Twitter: @BMommens

Fernando Llobregat

Fernando Llobregat

Director Sigfox Operator Community, Sigfox


Fernando animates and coordinates the relations with Sigfox Operators worldwide.
He obtained his master degree in telecommunications in 1998 and started his career in the semiconductor industry. Since then spent 17 years in the telecom and IT industry, mostly in sales and product management positions.
Before Sigfox he has worked in the carrier business, mobile services in Spain, France and Belgium.

Rajesh  Suseelan

Rajesh Suseelan

Global Network and Services Policy, ESOA


Rajesh Suseelan leads IoT Portfolio Development at Inmarsat and is responsible for innovation and commercialisation of services, platforms and managed solutions for the Internet of Things. He has more than 18 years’ experience in technology and telecommunications companies around M2M/IoT solutions, mobile service monetisation, telco-OTT strategies and telecom service assurance. His current focus is around the use of satellite IoT technologies to support solutions for the transportation agriculture, mining and energy sectors.

Prior to joining Inmarsat, Rajesh has held product management positions at Deutsche Telekom and IBM. Rajesh holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School in France, and a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Mangalore University in India.

Hans Similon

Hans Similon

Head of Digital Northern Europe, Adecco Group


As a social worker, Hans Similon has always sympathized with people, as individuals. His first work experiences in sales and telecom did little to change that, on the contrary. After a decent ten years of working in telecom & HR, starting at Mobile Vikings was like coming home: here he could fully extend his customer focus. Moreover, he found the freedom to really develop his entrepeneurship: a saturated market, ruled by three powers that be.
The virtual operator Mobile Vikings has developed into the world’s first community-driven operator. Hans succesfully injected the entire company with his vision, resulting in every member of the Viking crew having true Viking DNA running through their veins. The only way to tip the balance of oligopoly and to continue to make a difference. They captured more than 2 % of the market without big marketing budgets, sales persons or a retail network by focusing on Customer Experience and online. Mobile Viking was acquired by Medialaan in 2016 and Hans rejoined Adecco ( he was active as Business Development @ Adecco Be in 2008 & 2009 ) in 2017 as Head Digital Northern Europe.

Achim Klabunde

Achim Klabunde

Head of Sector IT Policy, European Data Protection Supervisor


Achim Klabunde is the head of the IT Policy Sector at the secretariat of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Before joining the EDPS, he was a policy officer at the European Commission, in the data protection unit of the Directorate General for Justice and before that in DG Information Society and Media where he led the team in charge of privacy and trust policy for electronic communications for the 2009 Telecom Reform process. Before joining the EU administration, he had worked in the private sector for 15 years. Achim Klabunde has a master's degree in Computer Science and Communications Research from Bonn University. He has worked in data management, network planning, data protection and IT security.


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.

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

Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

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

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Unit Spectrum Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Andreas Geiss is Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy in DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is the Chair of the Radio Spectrum Committee. He has been working for the European Commission since 2002 in various positions. His responsibilities included mobile communications, the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme and negotiations with the Member States in different settings. Before joining the European Commission he worked for the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO), where he was project leader for projects dealing with terrestrial and satellite communications. He has been involved in the European preparations for World Radiocommunications Conferences since 1995. Andreas has a master's degree in electrical engineering and started his professional career in 1991 at the German Regulatory Authority in the area of telecommunications.

Rob Van Kranenburg

Rob Van Kranenburg

Founder, Council


Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He worked as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and currently as Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board. He chairs AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. He is a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP).

Nikolaos Kontinakis

Nikolaos Kontinakis

Senior Projects Coordinator, Eurocities


Nikolaos Kontinakis works as a project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels. He coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative (, EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project (, the promotion of green ICT via the project ( and the EU-China innovation platform on sustainable urbanisation (URBAN-EU-CHINA project). He also represents EUROCITIES in the SF-SSCC of CEN/CENELEC and the WG1 of U4SSC.

For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT, energy policy and the smart and sustainable development of local authorities.



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