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Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

 

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014.

Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation and innovation in transport.

A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.

Nigel  Upton

Nigel Upton

Senior Worldwide Director, IoT and Global Connectivity Platform, HPE

 

Nigel Upton is Worldwide Director & General Manager, IoT/GCP forCommunications & Media Solutions, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Communications & Media Solutions (CMS), part of the Communications Solutions Business (CSB) within Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), provides an innovative portfolio of telecom industry-specific software products, solutions and professional services for demanding Communications Service Providers (CSPs) globally. The CMS industry
portfolio offering is further differentiated and strengthened by our ability to combine the full power of HPE’s broad IT portfolio.

CMS industry-leading solution innovation focuses on areas critical for CSPs, including OSS, Subscriber Data Management, Mediation Policy & Charging, Telecom Analytics, Applications & Cloud Enablement, Media &
Entertainment assets for CSPs as well as rapidly-evolving sets of Internet of Things (IoT) and Global Connectivity Platform (GCP) assets.

Nigel’s responsibilities include architecture, development, implementation, marketing, sales and support of CMS IoT and GCP solutions. The platforms and vertical solutions target the needs of large Enterprise and Telco customers with global requirements for IoT solutions who seek a
single supplier for all connectivity. Nigel’s leadership spans management of the IoT partner ecosystem for the IoT platform and for the GCP connectivity relationships globally.

Nigel returned to HP after spending three years in software startups, developing big data analytical solutions for multiple industries with a focus on mobility and drones. Prior to this, Nigel led multiple businesses with HP,
in Telco, Unified Communications, Alliances and software development.

Nigel has held multiple advisory board and industry board positions. He received his Diploma in Business Studies and Marketing from Slough College in England.

Thorsten Robrecht

Thorsten Robrecht

Vice President, Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions, Nokia

 

With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Thorsten has established himself as a passionate leader, focused on generating growth by leveraging new technologies and market disruptions.

In his current role, he’s responsible for Nokia’s Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions business – a pivotal component of the company’s Mobile Networks Business Group. Previously, while leading the company’s Partner Business Unit and Mobile Broadband Portfolio & Product Management, he played a key role in several new business incubations, optimizing and growing Nokia’s global product portfolio, including through major mergers, divestments and acquisitions.

A key highlight of this period was Nokia’s entry into the nascent LTE market – in which the company has achieved a leading position. Thorsten was a co-founder of the LTE industry alliance: LSTI. Before joining Nokia, Thorsten worked in various leadership positions across a variety of technology-centric organizations.

Since 2010 Thorsten has been an official Nokia executive spokesperson and since 2015 member of the TD-Tech Board of Directors.

Christian Rousseau

Christian Rousseau

Director and Expert Lead, Mobility & Transport, Renault Groupe

 

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Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President & CEO, Centre 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.

Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani

Acting Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission

 

Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then worked as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes.

In 1994, he joined the European Commission and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of unit for research and policy in the field of Internet of Things systems.

He is currently Acting head of unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. He is responsible for the definition and implementation of the research strategy related to future networks under the 5G Public Private Partnership and to systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness. He is also responsible for the 5G/IoT standardisation and IPR related work.

Egon Schulz

Egon Schulz

Director of Wireless Innovation Center, Huawei

 

Dr. Schulz has more than 30 years of experience in Mobile Communication Services, Research & Innovation, Product and Solution Creation Processes: Terminal & Infrastructure, Spectrum, Standardization, Prototyping, National and International Collaboration and Product oriented Research (PoR). In 2009 Dr. Schulz joined the Huawei European Research Centre (ERC) as Director of Wireless Innovation. Dr. Schulz is committed to the Board of 5G Infrastructure Association. He is actively engaged (Board Member) in the strategic actions of the 5G IA.
His current working area is 5G and he is strong engaged in the European 5G PPP Research Projects. He is Huawei’s representative in the Networld2020 Board and was the representative on the 5G IA Board until the end of 2016.
Dr. Egon Schulz received his diploma in theoretical physics from the University of Siegen, Germany, in 1982 and his Doctorate from the Institute of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1988. From 1982 to 1988, he was employed as a research assistant for communication systems.
In 1988 he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens AG, Munich. He was a member of the ETSI standardization group for the GSM Half Rate Speech Codec. From 1992 to 1993 he was a professor of telecommunication at University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt, Germany. In 1993 Dr. Schulz was a director for System Engineering for radio in the local loop and for wireless private branch exchange systems based on DECT and WB-CDMA. From 1998 he was involved in the UMTS standardization.
Since 2000 he has been serving as director for future radio concepts. Dr. Schulz has published numerous conference papers, one of which earned him the Best Paper Award at the 2002 ICCCAS, Chengdu.
He was involved in numerous national BMBF and EU research projects for the designing of future mobile communication networks. He was the project leader of the Sino-German Project Joint Research B3G (JRB3G) between German and Chinese Research Institutes funded by Siemens AG. Dr. Schulz participated in the 863 (MOST) funded research projects FuTURE and FuTURE+.
In 2005, he was elected as vice chairman of the FuTURE Forum in China. He had a strong engagement in research and prototyping for Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-advanced (LTE-A) and was involved in the first real-time MIMO-OFDM 1 Gbit/s transmission, Multi-Hop field trial with 360 Mbit/s and LTE field trial.
His interest is 5G and he and his team is strongly engaged in the European 5G PPP Research Projects for Phase 1 and Phase 2 for designing, validation and verification of 5G system proposals.

Laurianne Krid

Laurianne Krid

Interim Director General, FIA

 

At the FIA Region I office since 2009, Laurianne Krid is the Interim Director General. Her role is to represent FIA Region I and liaise between the 111 member Clubs representing 38 million mobile consumers. Laurianne holds a Masters’ degree in political sciences specialised in EU policies and a Master II in interregional cooperation. Previously she worked at the Assembly of European Regions, in charge of animating a network of 260 European members.

Carsten Bermig

Carsten Bermig

Member of Cabinet of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commission

 

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Christian Muller- Bagehl

Christian Muller- Bagehl

Executive Vice President, IAV Automotive Engineering

 

Christian Müller-Bagehl, mechatronics engineer, is working for IAV since 27 years. IAV is one of the leading engineering partners to the automotive industry. As Executive Vice President of Cockpit Electronics & Telematics he is responsible for User Experience & HMI Software, Functions & System Integration and Telematics & Products at IAV.

Frank Schlehuber

Frank Schlehuber

Chief Operations Officer, CLEPA

 

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Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme

Smart Mobility Director, ACEA

 

Joost Vantomme has over 25 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs.

He served telecommunications and postal incumbent operators as legal and regulatory/public affairs director, combined with leading policy making roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA and at UN level (UPU).

He was also member of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economy and Director at the EU consultancy firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. As frequent speaker at conferences and academic audiences, he engages with stakeholders on European policy issues in the digital agenda context. Joost is author of a large number of papers on regulatory policy topics in network industries, transport and (e-) commerce.

He became director at Febiac (Belgian automotive federation) in November 2014.

Since 1 Sept 2016, he holds the position of smart mobility director at ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association where he combines his telecoms and regulatory experience with the challenges of connected and automated mobility.

Neil Pattemore

Neil Pattemore

Technical Director, FIGIEFA & EGEA

 

Neil Pattemore has worked for over 40 years in the Automotive Aftermarket, for parts distributors, parts manufacturers and vehicle test equipment manufacturers at a senior level, both in the UK and internationally.

Neil is now the Technical Director to both FIGIEFA (Association of European parts distributors) and the EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association), working in Brussels with various European institutions in the rapidly evolving environment of the connected and autonomous vehicle to support the rights of their members to be able to continue to provide competitive choices of vehicle related services to motoring consumers throughout Europe.

Abayomi Otbushin

Abayomi Otbushin

Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group

 

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Monika Kuschewsky

Monika Kuschewsky

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

 

Monika Kuschewsky is a partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ global Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She is a German Rechtsanwältin and qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Betrieblicher Datenschutzbeauftragter (company data protection officer) (GDDcert.). Having practiced in Brussels for more than fifteen years, Monika has broad experience in a wide range of data protection matters, with a particular focus on international data transfers (Binding Corporate Rules, EU standard contractual clauses, Privacy Shield), outsourcing, HR and direct marketing. She advises on the data protection implications of the use of new technologies and practices, such as the Internet of Things (including connected vehicles and wearables), BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), mobile apps, cloud computing, geolocation services, cookies and other tracking technologies. Monika helps companies prepare for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and other developments in the area of data protection.

Monika has managed numerous data protection projects, including multijurisdictional audits and compliance programs, at a pan-European level and beyond and represents clients before data protection authorities. She is the general editor of “Data Protection and Privacy” a multi-jurisdictional reference guide for companies, legal professionals and data protection officers covering 45 major jurisdictions worldwide, now in its third edition.

Marko Häckel

Marko Häckel

Chair, Working Group 9, AIOTI

 

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Antony Lagrange

Antony Lagrange

Legislative Officer, Automotive and Mobility Industries, DG Grow, European Commission

 

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Gilles Carabin

Gilles Carabin

Policy Officer, Intelligent Transport Systems, DG MOVE, European Commission

 

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Andrew  Faiola

Andrew Faiola

Global Network and Services Policy, ESOA

 

Andrew leads Intelsat's Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe and is also Co-chair of the Networks & Services Working Group at ESOA. 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.

Moderators

Nigel  Cameron

Nigel Cameron

President & 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.

Paul  Adamson

Paul Adamson

Founder & Editor. Chairman, E!Sharp and Forum Europe

 

Chairman, Forum Global

Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.

Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.

In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher 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 & Burling.

Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.

Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.

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.

Maxime Flament

Maxime Flament

Head of Department: Connected & Automated Mobility & Project Manager, Ertico-ITS & European Automotive- Telecom Alliance

 

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Thursday 11 May, 2017
09.30 to 17.30

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