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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

 

Jyrki Katainen is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

Prior to this term, he was European Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro from July to October 2014. Before that he served as Prime Minister of Finland (2011– 2014) and Minister of Finance (2007 – 2011). He was Member of Finnish Parliament (1999 – 2014) for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).

Jyrki Katainen is Vice-President of the European People's Party (2006-2011, 2015-) and he was Chairman of the National Coalition Party of Finland from 2004 to 2014.
He was Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003 - 2007, Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company 2003 - 2005, Member of the Finish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly 2004 - 2005 and the Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council 2001 -2003.

Jyrki Katainen has MSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland (1998) and he did an Erasmus exchange year at the University of Leicester, UK.

Nikos Pappas

Nikos Pappas

Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece

 

Nikos Pappas was born in 1976. He lived in the working class suburb of Kesariani. He joined the Youth Structures of Synaspismos (the left wing Coalition Political Party) in 1993 and he was elected afterwards Member of its Board.

He studied and worked in Scotland for several years.

He taught economics and worked as researcher in various projects at the Fraser of Allander Institute – University of Strathclyde.

He was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from Strathclyde University.

Nikos Pappas held the position of the director of Alexis Tsipras office from 2008 to 2015.

In the (January 2015) general elections he was elected as Member of the Parliament in the Athens B constituency. He was re-elected in the general election of September 2015.

He served as the Minister of State from January 2015 until November 2016.

He is currently the minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media and he is also member of the Political Council of Syriza

David J. Redl

David J. Redl

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S Department of Commerce

 

David J. Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.

Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role, he served as principal legal advisor to the chairman and members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the committee, Redl was director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a trade association that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry.

Redl earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in journalism and political science. Redl is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Amy, and their son, Benjamin.

Lucilla Sioli

Lucilla Sioli

Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen Europe's competiveness ensuring that any industry in any sector in Europe can make the best use of digital innovations to grow, compete on a global scale, and create jobs. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy. The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, embedded software, photonics, robotics and AI. It is responsible for the Public Private Partnerships in these fields including the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL and for the policy development in the area of artificial intelligence. Previously, she was Head of Unit for "Digital Economy and Skills" at DG Connect, responsible for the publication of the Digital Economy and Society Index and of the annual Europe's Digital Progress Report as well as for the management of digital skills policy through the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama

His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Government of the United Arab Emirates

 

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence following the Cabinet reshuffle in October 2017. His responsibilities include enhancing the government performance by investing in the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors.

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation and Deputy Managing Director of the Foundation. In November 2017, the UAE government announced selecting HE. Omar Al Olama as a member of the Future of Digital Economy and Society Council at the World Economic Forum.

During his work in the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, His Excellency participated in developing the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy that aims to position the UAE as the best country in the world. He also participated in developing the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy that aims to promote the UAE’s status as a global hub for the 4th Industrial Revolution and develop a national economy based on knowledge, innovation and future technologies. Prior to his appointment, His Excellency worked on developing the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, making it the first such strategy of its kind globally.

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama worked in several sectors including the banking sector, telecommunications, private enterprises and government. H.E. also worked on developing and executing strategies, risk analysis, change management and scenario planning.

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama holds a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Dubai.

Mabito Yoshida

Mabito Yoshida

Director-General of the Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Japan

 

Professional Experience
2018. 7 Director-General of the Global Strategy Bureau, MIC
2017. 7 Director-General for Policy Coordination, MIC
2015. 7 Deputy Director-General, Information and Communications Bureau, MIC
2014. 7 Director-General, Telecommunications Business Department,
Telecommunications Bureau, MIC
2013. 6 Counselor, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC
2012. 8 Director, General Affairs Division, Information and Communications Bureau, MIC
2011. 7 Director , Accounts Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MIC
2009. 7 Counselor, Cabinet Secretariat
2007. 3 Director, Broadcasting Policy Division, Information and Communications Policy Bureau, MIC

1985. 4 Joined to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
(former Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Academic Background
Bachelor of Law,
Faculty of Law, Kyoto University, Japan

Stéphane Negre

Stéphane Negre

President, Intel France

 

Stéphane Negre is the Président of Intel Corporation SAS (France).
In his capacity, Stéphane is responsible for all of the company's sales and marketing efforts in France.

Since joining Intel in 1990, Stéphane has held a range of sales & marketing roles including Sales Engineer, CPU Marketing Manager, EMEA Consumer Platform Manager & France Entreprise Manager.
Prior to taking up the role of Country Manager in September 2008, Stéphane was Intel EMEA ISV’s Director.

Stéphane holds an engineering degree from ESIEE (Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electro-technique 1984) and a business degree from INSEAD (IEP 2010).
Stéphane is married with 2 children.

Ott Velsberg

Ott Velsberg

Chief Data Officer, Republic of Estonia

 

My current position is with the Estonian government, working as the Chief Data Officer. As a CDO, my mission is to promote and support the use of open data, data analytics and artificial intelligence in the public sector. I am currently also a Ph.D. researcher in the department of Informatics at Umeå University and Uppsala University. Much of my research during my Ph.D. has concentrated on the use of information systems in the public sector, with a special focus on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Jim Dratwa

Jim Dratwa

Head of EGE Office, European Commission

 

Jim Dratwa’s research and publications address the interconnections between knowledge, values and action. He heads the team tasked with Ethics in Science and New Technologies at the European Commission, he is the Secretary-General of the EC International Dialogue on Bioethics and the EC representative in the international organizations dealing with the ethical implications of science and new technologies. Jim Dratwa holds degrees in physics, philosophy, politics and the life sciences. He received the Fulbright Scholar Award, was Harvard Boas Fellow, Ramón y Cajal Scholar, and was pre- and post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and with the program on Science, Technology, and Society. He has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Harvard University, and the universities of Brussels, where he is currently based. He is Invited Professor and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.

Slawomir Tokarski

Slawomir Tokarski

Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW, European Commission

 

Slawomir Tokarski obtained his PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995.

He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator.

In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE.

In March 2012 he became Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise.

Since February 2016 Mr Tokarski became Director, Dir F "Innovation and Advanced manufacturing" (DG GROW).

Bénédicte Javelot

Bénédicte Javelot

Chief Strategic Officer, Orange

 

Bénédicte is Chief Strategy Officer of Orange Group. Since 2014, she has delivered the Strategic Plan for Orange Group, Essentials 2020 focused on Very High Broadband, return to growth and digital transformation.

She has been working for Orange since 2002, heading a wholesale business unit in the mobile domain, including business development, partnerships, domestic and international roaming. She led all the negotiations that concluded the roaming contract signed in 2011 with Free / Iliad. In her position she helped NFC technologies to develop in the French market both in transport and in payment.

Between 1999 and 2004 she held a technical roles in value added services over the 3G networks like multimedia payments and carrier billing and network position within Kertel (1999). Before joining Orange she cofounded a startup in Communication Services, Streamwide.

Mrs Bénédicte Javelot has a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications, and a MBA from the Sorbonne Business School.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director-General, Policy - EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance

 

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

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

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

Dirk Jendroska

Dirk Jendroska

Head of Machine Learning Strategy, SAP

 

Dr. Dirk Jendroska is Head of Strategy and Operations Machine Learning at SAP. He supports the vision of SAP Leonardo Machine Learning to enable the intelligent enterprise by making enterprise applications intelligent. He leads a team working on machine learning strategy and portfolio management. Previously, Dirk served in the COO HR and as a Business Transformation Consultant at SAP SE. Before joining SAP, Dirk was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Muenster.

Olivier Thereaux

Olivier Thereaux

Head of Technology, Open Data Institute (ODI)

 

Olivier Thereaux is the Head of Technology at the Open Data Institute (ODI), a global, independent, non-profit organisation based in London that aims to create a more open and trustworthy data ecosystem by connecting, equipping and inspiring people around the world to innovate with data.

A graduate of École Centrale Paris, Olivier has worked as a technologist in France, Japan, Canada and the UK for nearly 20 years, focusing on the various facets of open technology: open standards, open source, open data and open innovation.

In the 2000s he was part of Tim Berners-Lee’s W3C team which stewarded the creation of the standards that enabled the explosion of the internet. He later headed the BBC’s innovation efforts on content discovery, and led the adoption of AI and machine learning for content analysis and recommendations. He is now in charge of the ODI’s research on open data and emerging technology.

Edmondo Orlotti

Edmondo Orlotti

Business Development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 

Edmondo Orlotti runs Business Development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Southern Europe. He has been addressing advanced analytics and visualization needs of industrial and academic environments in order to close the gap between numerical simulation and data interpretation. Prior to HPE, he’s been covering several roles in sales and marketing for the Professional Division of NVIDIA. He’s also a professional journalist since 2001.

Max Craglia

Max Craglia

Lead Scientist, European Commission Joint Research Centre

 

Dr. Max Craglia is a Lead Scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). He coordinates an exploratory research project on the future governance of digitally transformed societies, and is main editor of a JRC Flagship Report on Artificial Intelligence to be published by the end of 2018.

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead , Access Now

 

Estelle Masse is Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead at Access Now. Her work focuses on data protection, privacy, surveillance and telecoms policies. In particular, Estelle leads the work of the organisation on data protection in the EU and around the world. She is a member of the Multistakeholder Expert Group of the European Commission to support the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She graduated with a Master in European Law from the University of Granada, Spain.

Kumardev Chatterjee

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder and CEO, Unmanned Life

 

Kumardev Chatterjee, 38, is a multi-awarded Innovation Luminary, Tech Founder, European Commission appointed expert on Innovation and expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. He has been published by the New York Times and Politico, amongst others. He is one of the 50 experts who co-wrote the book ‘Digital Minds for a New Europe’, alongside Google’s Eric Schmidt. Kumardev is Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s first AI-driven IoT platform that uses patent pending technology to deliver Autonomous Drone-as-a-Service (A-DaaS) for Commercial purposes, using both aerial and ground drones, indoors and outdoors, disrupting human-intensive industries like logistics, surveillance and infrastructure. Kumardev also leads the European Young Innovators Forum’s board community of young innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs and led Europe’s first-ever delegation of Young Innovators on a joint US State Department-EYIF program, the InnotourUSA. Kumardev in his role as a European Commission appointed independent expert has evaluated more than €86 Million EUR of grant proposals since 2013. He has evaluated across multiple topics and calls for both FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. He is also a Eurostars Technical Expert. He holds a MSc in Computer Science, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.

Marco Pistore

Marco Pistore

Project Coordinator, SIMPATICO Project

 

Marco Pistore is senior researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, where he directs the Smart Cities and Community research line, a multidisciplinary group of 80 researchers and technologists working in different areas related to sustainability and quality of life in cities and rural areas. His expertise is in the fields of artificial intelligence, software technologies, e-government, open government, smart cities. He is the coordinator of EU H2020 project SIMPATICO on open government, is responsible of the ICT theme in H2020 Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse project STARDUST, and has been scientific coordinator of FP7 project STREETLIFE and EIT Digital project SMALL on sustainable mobility.

Moderators

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 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.

Dan Michaels

Dan Michaels

Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

 

Daniel Michaels is the European Aerospace and Aviation Editor of The Wall Street Journal, based in Brussels. He writes about and oversees coverage of airlines, aviation and aerospace industries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has been covering these industries since 1999. He also frequently writes aheds, about almost any subject.

From 1993 to 1999, Daniel covered Central & Eastern Europe for the WSJ, based in Warsaw, focusing on business, politics and society. He previously worked as a management consultant on privatization in Poland and Russia. Before that, he was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in New York City, working across a range of industries in the U.S. and Canada.

Daniel is a graduate of Princeton University, where he studied China and East Asia. He speaks French, Polish and rusty Mandarin Chinese.

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When

Thursday 18 October, 2018
09.00 to 18.00

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Where

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Chaussée de Louvain 24,
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode,
B1210 Bruxelles

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