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Vera Jourová

Vera 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.

Claire Bury

Claire Bury

Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market.

She was previously Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.

An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Michael Lemberger

Michael Lemberger

Senior Vice President, Product Solutions Europe, VISA


Mike leads the European Product and Solutions Delivery group focused on developing and advancing new and existing products that support today’s payments and digital commerce ecosystem. He has 20 years of experience in product and database design, development and implementation, and has managed the integration of custom data solutions across multiple industries, including: travel, lodging, dining, retail, communications, and entertainment.

Prior to joining Visa, Lemberger was Vice President of Analytic Capabilities and Data Partnerships for American Express Business Insights. Lemberger spent five years at GE Capital leading the Decision Sciences Infrastructure group, deploying data and insights across GE’s global consumer lending business. He started his career at American Management Systems (now CGI) delivering system and strategy consulting to global communication companies, including: British Telecom, Telstra, AT&T, and Verizon.
Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and System Engineering from Rutgers University.

Mike is an avid football player and an all-around sports junkie. A New Yorker at heart he now lives in London with his wife and three children.

Alexander Weisz

Alexander Weisz

Associate Partner, Quantoz


Alexander Weisz is Associate Partner and member of the management team at Quantoz. He is naturally focused on building bridges between market needs and technology and has a track record in management of high tech enterprises.

He has always been driven by the desire to change things for the better. Over time, as he learned more about business and entrepreneurship, his mission became to use the power of enterprises, people and technology to improve and reinvent sectors and markets.

For over twenty years Alexander has worked in international management roles in automotive, telecom, media, IT and the financial sector. Often bringing new products and services to market, at companies like Nissan, Ericsson and ING. His focus now is on reinventing the banking and payments landscape with Quantoz, a revolutionary Blockchain platform for e-commerce and IoT (micro) payments.

Alexander holds a Master degree (MSc) from Delft University of Technology.

Martin Strba

Martin Strba

COO and Eshop Director,


Martin is recently responsible for Martinus’s e-shop logistics and operations across the whole company. Martinus is the largest Slovak internet bookshop with 9 brick-and-mortar stores and successfully growing e-shops in the Czech Republic. In its 16 year history Martinus became one of the most important and respected online retailers in Slovakia. Martinus’s strengths are exceptional customer care and personalisation.

Martin Strba is one of the most senior managers in Martinus. He started his working experience as an HR Trainee in the Slovak Telekom (the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary) and later became Project manager responsible for projects for students. Martin gained more marketing experience during his 2 years in the Motor-Car company; a car importer, where his team was responsible for establishing Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands on the Slovak market. Martin started to work for Martinus in 2008 as a marketing manager and became E-shop Director 2 years later. Martin’s role was to handle logistic processes in this fast growing company. Setting up innovations is an inevitable part of his work. Martin Strba is involved in strategic decision-making processes and represents Martinus in legal concerns.

David  Vuylsteke

David Vuylsteke

CEO, PiggyBee


Born entrepreneur, David has been running his sound and light equipment rental company for years. This job allowed him to tour the world as a sound engineer for music bands. In 2001, as a pioneer always ahead with disruptive ideas, he built an ecommerce from scratch and shipped stuff all across the planet shaking up the industry. In 2010, his wife and he adopted his son in South Africa. Back home in Brussels, he missed a product he had bought there which gave him the idea of collaborative transport. He launched PiggyBee, connecting the ones looking to get or ship something with the ones traveling, globally. The project brings together his entrepreneurial mindset, his experience in logistics and his passion for traveling as a globetrotter.

Jean-Paul Forceville

Jean-Paul Forceville

Chairman, PostEurop


Jean-Paul FORCEVILLE, graduated from Paris Business School in 1979 and then from the Ivy League College for Post Office and Telecommunications service in 1986.

He joined La Poste in 1979 and was in charge with various functions in the fields of sales, communications, and he also worked for the Financial Division. From 1990 to 1992 he was Adviser for Finance and Planning to the Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Space and continued with this office to the Minister for Public Service, State Reform and Decentralization from 1997 to 1998.

In 1992, he was appointed Director General of Sofipost, the holding company of La Poste subsidiaries. In 1995, he joined La Poste Strategic Division as Deputy Director and in 1998, he was Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO of La Poste Group.

In 2001, Jean-Paul Forceville became Director for External Relations and in addition, Director European and International Affairs, in 2004.

In May 2014, he was appointed Director, Regulatory Affairs and External Relations and in 2015, Director Regulatory, Institutional and European Affairs.

He is also a member of the supervisory board of La Banque Postale, board member of Asendia (co-enterprise between Swiss Post and La Poste) and chairman of the management board of Mediapost Vietnam (co-enterprise between Vietnam Post and La Poste).

Since 1st January 2011, he chairs the PostEurop Management Board, association which represents the interests of 53 European postal operators.

Luke Lloyd

Luke Lloyd

Market Research Manager, International Post Corporation


Luke Lloyd is a Market Research Manager at International Post Corporation (IPC), the postal industry’s partner company that is dedicated to improving service quality, promoting cooperation and interoperability, and providing informed intelligence about the postal and related markets.

In his role at IPC, Luke is responsible for the project management of IPC market research initiatives, researching the needs and experiences of consumers and e-retailers, in order to help the postal industry continually improve. Luke has 12 years of experience within market research, with significant agency-side experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. He has a particular focus on conducting multi-country social research projects – with previous clients including the European Commission, the US Department of State, the European Central Bank and the World Bank.

Werner  Stengg

Werner Stengg

Head of Unit, E-commerce and Platforms, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Doctoral studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Professional experience within the European institutions:

09/2016 – today: Head of Unit in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, responsible for "E-Commerce and Platforms"

11/2014 – 08/2016: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, responsible for "Public Interest Services"

04/2011 – 11/2014: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Online and postal services"

02/2006 – 04/2011: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Better Regulation Cycle: Impact Assessment and Evaluation"

06/2002 – 01/2006: DG Budget, Evaluation unit

01/2001 – 05/2002: DG Enterprise, Assistant to the Deputy Director General

06/1998 – 01/2001: DG Enterprise, Textiles and clothing unit

04/1996 – 05/1998: General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Transport unit

Cynthia Sanfilippo

Cynthia Sanfilippo

Director Public Affairs Europe, L’Oréal


Cynthia joined L’Oréal in May 2015 to lead the Corporation public affairs function in Europe.
As leader of the function for Europe, she is charge of developing steering & implementing the public affairs strategy of L’Oréal in Europe, coordinating the network throughout the EU region and enhancing its PA capabilities.
French lawyer by training, Cynthia held Government relations positions for US blue chip corporations such as Dow Corning, the silicones manufacturer and 3M, the diversified technology company. As a recognized leader of the US industry in Brussels, Cynthia had the opportunity to take on leadership positions in Amcham EU and Tech America Europe.

Cynthia also gained experience at CLAN public affairs, a public affairs agency, the legal service of the economic and social committee, the NGO Lawyers without borders , & Maître Emmanuel Pierrat law firm.

Cynthia chairs the Consumer Committee of AIM – The European Brands Association.

Passionate about music, Cynthia is also a cellist by training.

Irmfried Schwimann

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission


Since March 2016, Ms Irmfried Schwimann has been Deputy Director General in the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is responsible for the Modernisation of the Single Market, the Single Market for Public Administration and the COSME Programme.

Since July 2015 Ms Schwimann is member of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) steering board.

Previously, Ms Schwimann was Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition; she was responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector.

Beforehand, Ms Schwimann was head of DG Competition's financial services antitrust unit (2006-2008) and head of DG Internal Market's Financial Services Policy unit (2003-2006). Ms Schwimann also worked on retail financial services and payment issues within DG Markt (1999-2002) and was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein's Cabinet (2002-2003).

Ms Schwimann studied law at the University of Linz/Austria as well as political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Before joining the Commission, Ms Schwimann worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984-1989) as well as for an Austrian Insurance group (1989-1999).

Olivier Tsalpatouros

Olivier Tsalpatouros

VP European Affairs, DPDgroup


Olivier is VP European Affaires of DPDgroup, Director Aviation Security and Customs.
Since 2012, he supports and represents all business Units and subsidiaries of DPDGroup regarding Embargo, Customs, Regulation, Aviation Security and Trade issues.
Previously Olivier was Head of Customs and International Trade at La Poste Group.

In august 2008 he was elected for 4 years as Vice President of the Custom Group of the Universal Postal Union (UN body for postal sector) and Vice President of the Contact Committee between UPU and the World Custom Organization.

Olivier joined La Poste 17 years ago, where he led several positions coordinating large scope projects, especially for the network of post offices.

Olivier developed from time to time, consulting activities on international issues (Postal Law in Mexico, Regulatory Environment in Egypt, Training of the Slovenian Regulator, Development in Africa, etc), as well as teaching activities in international business (University of Delaware -USA, University SDA Bocconi School of Management-Italy, University La Sorbonne- France.

Lucy Anderson

Lucy Anderson

MEP, European Parliament


Lucy has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, representing London for the Labour Party in the United Kingdom and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). Lucy is a full Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and a substitute Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO); she is also a substitute Member of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.

Lucy is the shadow rapporteur for a number of dossiers, representing the S&D Group, such as the TRAN legislative proposal regarding Air Passengers Rights Regulations and the TRAN non-legislative proposal on bilateral agreement between the EU and Japan on civil aviation safety. In 2016 she was the shadow rapporteur for the S&D Group of the TRAN legislative proposal regarding the application of the Postal Services Directive. Recently she has been appointed as the main rapporteur for the TRAN cross-border parcel delivery services regulation proposal of the EP.

Lucy has a professional background as a lawyer, and her areas of expertise are mainly transport, employment rights and equality law. She has also been a Trade Union Activist and a School Governor in London. During her time as a local Councillor, she held positions as Chair of Licensing and Executive Member for Schools. In recent years, Lucy was employed as a senior manager for the National Union of Teachers, and before that as a Business Manager at the Greater London Authority. Lucy also worked from 1997 to 2006 for the Trades Union Congress as a policy and legal expert, where her work including campaigning for effective implementation of European Union directives.

Karine Themejian

Karine Themejian

Principal market infrastructure expert, Market Integration Division, DG Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank


Karine Themejian is a principal market infrastructure expert in the Market Integration Division of the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments of the ECB.

Since end-2015, she coordinated the secretariat of the Euro Retail Payments Board which contributes to and facilitates the further development of an integrated, innovative and competitive market for euro retail payments in the EU.

Besides this, she takes part in the definition of the Eurosystem catalyst position on the relevant topics. Before that, she was the secretary of the Eurosystem/ESCB Payment and Settlement Systems Committee.

Jörgen Bödmar

Jörgen Bödmar

President, EMOTA


Mr Jörgen Bödmar is the President of EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association.

He is the founder and CEO for Scandinavian Design Center, Sweden. He has his background in Executive Search and Recruitment as well as working with HR in Scandinavian Airlines.

The company was founded 2002 based on a vision to make it possible to buy Scandinavian Design home interior products globally using the Internet. Today, customers from seventy countries buy design products and get them delivered within a week.

Ziv  Baida

Ziv Baida

BeNeLux Leader: Government, Trade and Emerging Technologies, Dun & Bradstreet


Ziv Baida is Dun & Bradstreet’s BeNeLux Leader for three key sectors in the eCommerce ecosystem: Government (the regulator), Trade (logistics companies) and Emerging Technologies (including eCommerce companies, e-payment service providers, FinTech, mobile/IoT).

Dun & Bradstreet is the world’s leading provider of business information.

Mr. Baida focuses on designing and realizing data-driven solutions to make informed decisions in business processes across all areas of operation, including risk management (credit risk, reputational risk, supply chain risk), sales & marketing (lead generation), compliance (AML/KYC), policy making (strategy-level data analysis), law enforcement (business facilitation, government control and the balance between the two) and Master Data Management as an underlying foundational capability. He is an experienced executive advisor, with a strong focus on how data and emerging technologies best support organizations in realizing their strategies and in designing their own future.

Mr. Baida holds a PhD degree in information management from the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and an MSc degree – cum laude – in computer science. He has a track record of thought leadership since 2002, with numerous publications in commercial and academic conferences and journals as well as book chapters. Two of his publications were awarded with an outstanding paper award.

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chiarman, 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 a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board, Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. He is a member of the board of advisors of the European Institute in Washington DC, the advisory board of the Washington European Society and the advisory committee of the EU 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. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Alea Fairchild

Alea Fairchild

Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute


Dr. Alea Fairchild is a Research Fellow at The Constantia Institute, which is a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank, focusing on innovation and technological advances and their impact on industry and society. As a technology commentator she has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile and social spaces and she helps global enterprises understand the competitive marketplace and to profit from digital process redesign.

Alea is passionate about commercial marketing and innovation, and as an entrepreneur, has started several companies of her own. She loves working with start-ups and actively supports VCs in due diligence work. She also assists governmental institutions on technology policy issues.

Maurits Bruggink

Maurits Bruggink

Secretary General, EMOTA


In April 2015, Maurits Bruggink was appointed Secretary General of EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association. His main task is representing the interests of the sector to policymakers at a European level and in Member States.

Maurits has been involved in international advocacy, government affairs and trade association management for 25 years in different positions. Maurits started as lawyer at the European Union Office of Arthur Andersen & C°, followed by a long spell as Managing Director at Brussels’s based lobby firm Grayling.

Maurits has great experience in managing European and international trade associations. He has been secretary general of several trade associations, covering sectors as diverse as spirit drinks, toys, metals, gambling and sports.

For the last five years, Maurits has been Executive Director of the European Direct Selling Association, where he dealt with a number of similar issues as faced by the online sector, such as consumer protection, marketing practices, digital agenda, a.o.

Maurits holds a Master in International Trade Law from the University of Leiden, Holland. Maurits is 52 years old and is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish.

Scott Marcus

Scott Marcus

Independent consultant – Author, Bruegel


Scott Marcus is an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory issues related to electronic communications. He is best known as an economist, but his academic training is as a political scientist (with a specialty in public administration) and as an engineer. He is based in Brussels, Belgium, and in Bonn, Germany.

Current and past private consulting clients have included the European Parliament; the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF); the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); national regulatory authorities of Bahrain, Jamaica, and Namibia; and various market players.

From July 2005 to August 2015, Scott Marcus served as a Director of WIK-Consult GmbH in Bad Honnef, Germany. In this role, he led many widely acclaimed projects for the European Parliament, European Commission, and various national governments and regulatory authorities.

Scott Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York, and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.




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