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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Roberto Viola holds a Doctor degree in Electronic Engineering (Dr. Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is Director General of DG CONNECT, in the European Commission.

From 2005 to 2012, he was the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator). He was Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, and Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010.

He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators). He was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007.

He served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004, in charge of inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services.

From 1985-1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular, he has been Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services.

Karol Okoński

Karol Okoński

Secretary of State, Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs, Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity

 

Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs since July 10th 2018, in 2016-2018 Undersecretary of State. Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity since 2018. He supervises the work of the Department of National Systems, Department of Development of Digital Services and the Cybersecurity Department. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Digital Committee of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the IT Architecture Council. Member of the Joint Committee of the Central and Local Government, where he is also Vice-Chair of the Information Society team. Chairing Steering Boards for a number of key governmental programmes, among others, e-ID, Central Registry of Vehicles and Drivers, National State Registries, eID NODE and Open Data. Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Ministry of Digital Affairs.

Graduate in Management and Economics at Gdańsk University of Technology (2001) with a master of science and engineer degree. Program and Project Manager holding executive positions in consulting services as well as banking and postal services. In 2001-2012 was involved in numerous IT projects on behalf of the international consulting company Accenture Sp. o.o., and then worked as IT Director at Polish Post Office Digital Services and FM PBP Bank. Holder of the PMP, Prince 2 Practitioner and ITIL certificates as well as participant of numerous trainings regarding IT systems implementation and IT governance. Specialized in complex integration projects as well as in change management and development cycle processes. Privately - a passionate of Latin-American literature, watchmaking, photography and sport. Married, two children.

Jakub Boratyński

Jakub Boratyński

Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy', European Commission

 

Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy' within the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology). Among others involved in the negotiations of the recently adopted Network and Information Security (NIS) directive, the implementation of the EU cyber-security strategy's actions on resilience, industrial measures and Research and Innovation under H2020, and cooperation with the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He also directly contributed to the production of the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

Previously Head of Unit 'Organised Crime and Relations with EMCDDA' at the European Commission (Directorate-General Home Affairs), which has the lead responsibility for the fight against cybercrime, corruption, sexual abuse of children and confiscation of criminal assets. In relation to cybercrime, involved in negotiation and drafting of two directives (on cyber-attacks and sexual exploitation of children), establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and drafting of the EU Cyber Security Strategy. Previously worked on EU relations with Russia (Directorate-General External Relations).

Before joining the European Commission, a Director at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and Policy Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Warsaw (international relations, law).

Miguel González-Sancho

Miguel González-Sancho

Head of Unit 'Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building', European Commission

 

Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2018 Head of the Unit "Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building" at the European Commission, where he has worked for over 20 years, particularly on policy files, as well research and innovation programmes, focusing on the social and economic impact of digital technologies. His previous responsibilities include Head of Unit for eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing; Head of Unit for Administration and Finance; Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination; Deputy Head of the Unit for Technologies and Social Inclusion, and member of cabinet of a European Commission Vice-President. Miguel holds degrees in law, business administration, international relations and European policies.

Rasmus Andresen

Rasmus Andresen

Member, European Parliament

 

Born in 1986, Rasmus Andresen grew up in Flensburg, where he went to a Danish school before studying Communication Sciences in Denmark. He has been involved in green
politics since the age of 14. Rasmus was first elected into the regional parliament (Landtag) of Schleswig-Holstein in 2009, where he was in charge of budgetary affairs and digital policy. During the last term, he also held the office of the
Vice-President of the Landtag. In addition, he was elected member of the city council of Flensburg in 2018, being responsible for Culture, Tourism, Gender equality and Social Affairs.

Since 1 July 2019, Rasmus Andresen is Member of the European Parliament and coordinator for the Greens/EFA in the Budget Committee. Furthermore, he is Substitute Member in the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy, where he recently took on the role of the rapporteur for the Cybersecurity Competence Centre File on behalf of the parliament.

Rory Domm

Rory Domm

Deputy Head of the Security and Defence Policy Division, EEAS

 

Rory Domm is Deputy Head of the Security and Defence Policy Division in the EEAS. Rory joined the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in 2007. He was subsequently assigned to EEAS, serving in the EU delegation to North Macedonia, followed by the EU Delegation to the USA. Rory holds a PhD. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Marina Kaljurand

Marina Kaljurand

Member, European Parliament

 

Marina Kaljurand was elected in March 2019 to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDE). In this context, she announced during the GCSC meeting in Kobe, Japan, that she has handed over the chairmanship of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Previously, Marina served as Estonian Foreign Minister from 2015 July – 2016 October. She has also been appointed as Ambassador of Estonia to several countries, including the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the State of Israel, Mexico, and Canada.

Ms. Kaljurand has been appointed twice to serve as the Estonian National Expert at the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security.

She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and had since held several leadership positions, including Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs (Legal Adviser), Undersecretary for Trade and Development Cooperation, Undersecretary for Political Affairs. She has played an important role as expert and negotiator in the process of Russian troop withdrawal and in negotiations on land and maritime boundaries agreements between Estonia and the Russian Federation, as well as in the accession negotiations of Estonia to the European Union and to the OECD.

Marina Kaljurand graduated with cum laude from Tartu University (M.A. in Law), she also has a professional diploma from Estonian School of Diplomacy and an M.A. degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Additionally, she has undergone professional training at the Universities of Lapland, Pittsburgh and Durham and at the Civil Service College in London. She is a founding member of the Estonian branch of the International Law Association and of WIIS-EST (Estonian branch of Women in International Security). She has been awarded the Order of White Star, III class, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms, III class, by the President of Estonia. She is fluent in Estonian, English and Russian.

Xavier Nuñez

Xavier Nuñez

Innovation Business Unit 5G, i2CAT Foundation

 

Innovation and entrepreneurship professional. Passionate about 5G, Smart Cities and the new industrial revolution. Also for the new social paradigm that they can represent.

Certified Project Manager (PMI) and ITIL Foundation Certificate, specialist in the ICT field. Business developer and connoisseur of the technologies involved in the different business areas, with a focus on client and project, as well as to create "Taylor made" services in each case.

Disseminator and lecturer in different fairs and conferences in different fields, as well as participant in different standardization, standardization and regulation tables of the electronics and telecommunications sector.

Very involved in the associative world, I believe in associations as engines of change and support for the professional and the entrepreneur. My development in this field has allowed me to meet and enjoy a large number of professionals in the sector and establish friendly relationships with many of them, which I am most proud of.

Rosa Kariger

Rosa Kariger

Chief Information Security Officer, Ibedrola

 

As the Global CISO of Iberdrola, one of the largest European Utilities, Rosa Kariger is responsible for cybersecurity governance, intelligence and oversight for the IT and OT environments in all countries where the Group operates (Iberia & Continental Europe, UK, US, Mexico and Brazil). With a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and more than 20 years of experience in the electricity sector she participates in several international expert groups for cybersecurity in the electric industry and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum “Systems of Cyber Resilience: Electricity working group”.

Volkmar Lotz

Volkmar Lotz

Senior Research Manager and Research Strategy Lead, SAP

 

Volkmar Lotz is Senior Manager and Research Strategist at SAP. He has 30 years’ experience in industrial research on Security and Software Engineering. He is Strategy Lead for SAP Security Research, specializing on Security Certification, Software Security, and IoT security. He defines and executes SAP's security research agenda in alignment with SAP's business strategy and global research trends. Volkmar holds a diploma in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern.

Thomas Myrup Kristensen

Thomas Myrup Kristensen

Managing Director for EU Affairs and Head of Brussels Office, Facebook

 

As Managing Director for EU Affairs and Head of Facebook's Brussels office, Thomas Myrup Kristensen is responsible for Facebook's representation towards the European Institutions. Before returning to Brussels, Thomas spent the last few years representing Facebook in a number of member states as well as countries outside the EU as Director Public Policy, Nordics, Central & Eastern Europe and Russia. Before coming to Facebook in 2011, Thomas spent several years in Brussels working for Microsoft and before that he was a special adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Thomas' career in tech stems from a life-long passion for how tech can both improve human interactions and shape society. A bit of a techie himself, he also owns a growing collection of outdated gadgets.

Vesela Gladicheva

Vesela Gladicheva

Senior Correspondent, Technology, Media & Telecoms, MLex

 

Vesela reports on topics including telecom regulation, privacy, cybersecurity and copyright, focusing on EU regulatory and legal risk in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors. She holds a Master's degree in journalism from City University London, and works in English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

Member, European Parliament

 

Biography to follow soon.

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When

Thursday 14 November, 2019
09.00 to 17.10

CET

 

Where

Stanhope Hotel

Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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