Senior Legal Officer in BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. He leads the Digital Team coordinating BEUC’s policies in the area of copyright, data protection, telecommunications and competition.
Professor at Oxford University on Big Data and Telecoms and at City Sciences (Technical University of Madrid) on Big Data Algorithms for future Cities / Internet of Things. In 2009, he was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of the Internet’ council. In 2011, he was nominated to the World Smart Capital program (Amsterdam)
Alberto D'argenzio is a Brussels-based freelance reporter collaborating in with Italian and foreign newspapers, TV and Radio, such as Espresso, ANSA, Radio Capodistria. He also runs Surrender Media Solutions, an audiosivual production company and communication company.
Former advisor to the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria Lopez and Digital Champion in Spain where she drafted the Agenda Digital para España (2012-2014)
Senior fellow at the think tank Istituto Bruno Leoni and adjunct professor in Public Finance and Mobility Management at University Milano Bicocca. He is also analyst for several newspapers and TV networks (Bloomberg, WSJ, Reuters, Xinhua, FT) in the TLC and transport sector.
Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). In 2006, he is also the Coordinator of the European Network for Better Regulation, a Coordination Action on regulatory impact assessment funded by the European Commission. In 2010, he is also founder and manager of the CEPS Digital Forum.
President International for Mastercard, responsible for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside North America.
Director General at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs is responsible for health systems and coordination, amongst others with the European Union. He started his political career in the early 1990s as a Head of the political department of the Austrian conservative party.
Economist, with significant experience in the content and media market strategy and regulation. Founder and CEO of ITMedia Consulting, for more than 20 years he has been working as a consultant for international Companies and Institutions. He is a member of Board of Directors and President to the Italian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications
A public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science.
Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai for Wireless, International, and Public Safety
Founder and Managing Director of N-square Consulting, a Brussels-based lobbying firm. She works extensively on many digital issues, including copyright as Coordinator of the Copyright4Creativity Coalition. Prior to that, she was Director of Regulatory Operation and Policy for the COLT Telecom Group and Director of EU Affairs at Cable & Wireless. She is the author of ‘iLobby.eu: Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the Use of Social Media’.
He is Head of Public Policy of Allegro Group, leading Central and East European e-commerce company, since 2013. He previously worked for Yahoo! as Director for Public Policy, and at the US Department of Commerce at the US Mission to the EU, where he worked on ICT sector-related issues. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and an IT systems implementation consultant
Director at Hanover Communications where she provides with high-level strategic advice on EU digital and competition policies. Prior to joining Hanover Claudia held senior positions in different Brussels based public affairs consultancies, in-house in Sky Italia and worked at the European Commission.
Appointed as Commissioner of the Italian Agency for tourism - ENIT by the Italian Government in June 2014 and member of TDLAB- Digital Tourism Lab of Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Member of the Executive Board of DigitalEurope, the Association representing ICT at EU level.
Acting CEO at iMinds, research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate digital innovation. He was leading Bell Labs in the Benelux, the Research and Venturing organization of Alcatel-Lucent. He holds a PhD in Science and a Master’s degree in Physics at KU Leuven, and is the author of more than 50 publications. He also holds a Master in Business and Marketing Management.
Chief Technology Officer for ICANN. Highlights of his career include leading the team that developed one of the first TCP/IP packages for the original IBM PC, helping to start one of the first commercial Internet Service Providers in Japan, establishing and becoming the first Director General of APNIC, founding and being the CTO and co-VP of Engineering of Nominum, Inc., being the “Internet Janitor” at CloudFlare, Inc., and performing a number of roles at ICANN, including General Manager of the IANA, Vice President of IT and currently, CTO.
Elected at the European Parliament in 2014 for a second mandate, he is the first Vice-Chair of the transport and tourism committee and a member of the industry, research and energy committee.
The European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) is an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe.
an executive board member of EuroCloud Europe. EuroCloud Europe is the European umbrella organization of more than 20 national EuroCloud associations throughout Europe
Account Manager at Acumen Public Affairs. She joined the Acumen team after working for the European Commission and Toy Industries of Europe, the trade association for the European toy industry, acquiring knowledge in safety, intellectual property rights and consumer protection.
Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads CDT’s work in advancing speech-protective policies, which include legislative advocacy and amicus activity in the U.S. aimed at ensuring that online expression receives the highest level of protection under the First Amendment.
Senior Economist at ECIPE. His areas of expertise are in services trade and political economy of services trade policy, Russia’s trading patterns, plus total factor productivity (TFP) and regulation including trade policy in developing countries. Prior he was lecturing at the London School of Economics. In the past, Erik also gained various professional experiences as a consultant at the European Commission (DG Internal Market) OECD, APEC and as visiting researcher the World Bank.
She is currently Director at ECTA, the trade association representing over 100 competitive operators across Europe. Prior to joining ECTA in February 2008 she was Head of Regulatory Affairs at Telenor Hungary in Budapest. She started her career as Assistant Professor in the Department of European Law and Private International Law at the University of Miskolc in Hungary.
ICT Policy Adviser in Government Office of Estonia. His role is to coordinate ICT policy planning and execution across the government, plus advise Prime Minister on e-governance matters and oversee strategic initiatives in the area
Eva Paunova is one of the youngest Members of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She is a founding member of the Digital Agenda intergroup in the European Parliament and has been awarded best MEP of 2014 in the category Best Newcomer. Eva is the EPP Group's shadow rapporteur on the EP's own-initiative Copyright report in the Internal Market Committee (IMCO).
Lawyer by background, Federico has worked on EU Digital and Telecom policy for more than a decade. He held senior positions in the EU Commission, in private consultancies and with the European Competitive Telecommunications association. Since 2014 Federico advises and represents Fastweb in Brussels.
Worked in the Italian Air Force, ENAV, EUROCONTROL, the European Commission and EASA until Jan 2015, where he was a rule-making officer, developing rules on ATM, aerodromes, flight operations, flight crew licensing and initial airworthiness. Having left EASA in January 2015, is now a Technical Director of the Italian branch of EuroUSC. He also supports the Estonian participation to JARUS and, in ICAO, Finland in the Space “Learning Group”.
Partner and Executive Director at Found.ation, a technology innovation platform based in Athens. Found.ation focuses on the intersection of startups and corporations helping both sides tackle the digital transformation era.
Secretary General of CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and an active member of the European e-Skills community for several years in various capacities. Fiona has led CEPIS’s work in the development of a pan-European framework on ICT professionalism, as well as the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark - an online tool for ICT professionals powered by the European e-Competence Framework.
Freelance journalist. Formerly Wall Street Jorunal staff. She writes for the Wall Street Journal Europe and New Statesman.
Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She is the Principle Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe. 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).
Managing Partner with Serentschy Advisory Services GmbH, advising in the telecom, media and technology sectors on strategy, policies, regulatory issues and communication.He was CEO at the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunication (RTR) Telecom and Postal Section
Digital Champion of Bulgaria since 2012. She is also the founder and president of PanEuropa Bulgaria. Prior to this, she served as an EU Minister of Bulgaria between 2007 and 2009, and deputy foreign minister (2004-2007). She launched an initiative leading to guaranteed pan-European free access to Wi-Fi Internet.
Global Development Lead with the CoderDojo Foundation. She has a breadth & depth of responsibilities to enable the continuing success of the organisation & delivers the ongoing scaling of the movement. Holds a Msc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) a MA in International Politics & Human Rights and a BA in History and Political Science.
Managing Director of Telecentre-Europe, the EU network of digital learning & empowerment centres, and Partner and Associate Researcher at D-O-T (Barcelona). Formerly, he was Senior Researcher at JRC-IPTS, a EC scientific centre, and Senior Consultant for United Nations agencies.
Transatlantic fellow at German Marshall Fund based out of Brussels, where he works on political economy, economic security and the transatlantic economy. His expertise includes issues related to geoeconomics, the digital economy, innovation, trade and investment policy, global and national security.
Vice Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. He is the leader of the Swedish delegation to the EPP Group and active in the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee of Industry, Energy and Research. He was the Parliament's rapporteur on the Radio Spectrum Policy Program.
Executive Chair of the independent music companies association (IMPALA) based in Brussels. She manages the secretariat and helps thousands of independent companies make their collective voice heard through initiatives like the recently published IMPALA Digital Action Plan.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet, ensuring the network's stable and secure operation.
Ph.D. Teached and practised law in Spain, before starting a 20 years public service career in politics and government, including the Spanish and the European Parliament. He currently works in Brussels at K&L Gates as a lawyer in public policy matters with a focus in the Digital Agenda, and as an adviser and project promoter in the area of creative industries and media.
Director of the Public Libraries 2020 Programme, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the Reading & Writing Foundation. She manages the Brussels team, their Advisory group and other strategic relationships within the Programme and is responsible for strategic guidance and management.
Vice-President of the Computer and Communications Industry Association for EUrope (CCIA) advising on intellectual property, international trade and internet regulation. He worked in government affairs posts for Nokia, Cable and Wireless and Telefonica in Brussels and London. Between 2009-2012 he was President of the European Digital Media Association.
Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe. He is also a Board member of the University of Warwick and e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council. His other roles include the chair of several industry committees with CBI and the World IT Services Association, WITSA.
Professor at UPC Barcelona Tech and Research Manager at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.He has worked and works in a number of EU and industrial research and development projects. Writer and consultant in new ICT technologies as #CloudComputing, #BigData, #Supercomputing or #CognitiveComputing.
Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris. His research focuses on the interactions between foreign policy and global internet governance. He is also a Russia specialist.
Member of the European Parliament elected from Estonia and belongs to the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. She has previously worked as an attorney-at-law and been a Member of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu). She is also a Vice-Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party.
CDT’s European Affairs Associate, working to advance digital rights in the European Union. Previously, she worked in the Global Government Affairs practice of a leading law firm. As an EU regulatory and policy advisor, she advised foreign governments, companies, industry associations, and NGOs on raising their profile with EU policy-makers, as well as on engaging in EU regulatory and decision-making processes.
Director of European Affairs, joined Allied for Startups in 2015. Since then he built up and led the organisations’ public policy activities in Europe. He’s passionate about policy and spends much of his time discussing tech and the Digital Single Market. Prior to that he advised a Spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs in the European Parliament, mainly on data-related policies like privacy and data flows. He studied political science and European studies in Germany and Belgium. In 2001 he co-founded a platform for music journalism and user-generated content.
Coming from a policy-making background, Louis has been working at the interface of technology, innovation and funding for over 7 years. He has worked with a wide range of clients and organisations as a senior grant consultant, including non-profits, research groups and top European universities. Today, Louis is heading the team and office at the European Young Innovators Forum in Brussels.
Maria Georgiadou is a M.A. student of European Public Affairs at Maastricht University, with a demonstrated interest in digital and energy policy areas. Her educational background is on international relations and political economy
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
Elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office. Since joining the CoR in 2010 he has held several influential positions such as the first Vice-Chair of the CoR's EPP Group and Chair of the CoR's EPP Task Force on Europe 2020.
She is the president and co-founder of Waag Society, a research Institute for creative technologies and social innovation, and the founder of De Digitale Stad (The Digital City) in 1994, the first virtual community introducing free public access to the internet. She was one of the speakers at ‘Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe’ in February in Brussels.
MEP of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and member of the 'Transport and Tourism' and 'Industry, research and Energy' committees.
He is a Research Fellow at Istituto Bruno Leoni. His policy work focuses on telecoms and the digital economy
Director of Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Professor at UPC Barcelona Tech. Professor Valero has co-authored over 600 publications in the area of computer architecture. He received the Eckert-Mauchly award in 2007, and he has been awarded honorary doctorates by different universities around the world.
He is a Polish politician. Former Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991. He was the Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister Donald Tusk from 2008 and Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland from 2011 till 2013. MEP since 2014, and founders of the Intergroup on the Digital Agenda at European Parliament
Co-Founder & Vice-President, European & Legal Affairs of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF), leading Foundation for Youth Innovation reaching over 500,000 young people across Europe
VP, Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement. He joined ICANN after working for the UK government, where he served in a number of capacities, for just fewer than 30 years. Latterly, he had been responsible for a team dealing with international ICT issues; including Internet Governance.
Senior researcher at the Internet research group of Telefonica Research in Barcelona. He was a postdoc fellow at Harvard University and a Marie Curie postdoc fellow at Boston University. Latest works focus on the economics of ISP inter-connection
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and Vice Chairman of the Committee overseeing all the European Union Policies within the Chamber. In addition, he is also a member of the Italian Commission “Internet Bill of Rights”. An electronic engineer by training, he is also member of the Presidency’s office of NCD (Centre-right party currently in Government)
Chairman of Forum Europe and editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp. Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling. Member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors, advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge. In 2012, he 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.
He joined the games industry in 1996. He was partner at Swedish indie developer Monsterland before moving on to Nordic publisher PAN Vision as head of publishing. Since 2005 he is managing director of Spelplan – Association of Swedish Game Developers and the spokesperson of Swedish Games Industry. Editor of the web magazine Netopia - Forum for the Digital Society
Media consultant and political analyst with over 25 years of experience in broadcast media and over 15 years of experience in the delivery of public communications training and services to national and international public, corporate and civic organizations in over 35 countries in the EU, South Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa.
runs iMinds Living Lab research and is director of iMinds - iLab.o. He is also head of the Media, Market and Innovation research group at iMinds - SMIT - VUB
Dutch Internet pioneer since 1995, living in a small Swedish town. Founder of the not-for-profit The Green Web Foundation, that develops tools & databases to speed up Internet's transition towards the use of renewable energy by hosting providers and datacenters.
Director Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Head of Service of Neurology (UNIL & CHUV) University Hospital of Lausanne, Chair of the Scientific Committee for Medical Sciences of Science Europe
Robbie Schingler is co-founder and chief strategy officer of Planet US and managing director of Planet EU. Agnieszka Łukaszczyk is director of EU policy at Planet.
Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) which represents 28 media companies active in 34 European countries. The ACT is consulted on a regular basis by the Community Institutions on all questions impacting on the future of the Audio-visual sector in Europe, in particular with regard to digital TV and the EU Directive ‘’Television without Frontiers’’
Author, speechwriter and social commentator living in Europe. Since 2008 Ryan has worked as speechwriter to President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and as Spokesperson or the Digital Agenda and Vice President Neelie Kroes
Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement for Europe of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He leads ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, civil society and user groups throughout the region.
Scott Cleland served as Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy in the George H. W. Bush Administration. He is President of Precursor LLC, an emergent enterprise risk consultancy for Fortune 500 companies, some of which are Google competitors, and Chairman of NetCompetition, a pro-competition e-forum supported by broadband interests.
European Policy and Government Affairs Director at the Application Developers Alliance. She has more than 10 years experience in European public affairs and public relations, working on policy related activities at EU and member state level including: copyright, e-commerce, data protection, consumer and child protection, and mHealth
She joined the Unit Health and Wellbeing in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology in 2011. Her main responsibilities are related to the coordination of the implementation of the eHealth Action Plan 2012 -2020 as well as the overall coordination of the policy group in the Unit. In 2014 she was the EU Fellow in the University of Southern California, USA, where her research focus was on the obstacles which hinder the introduction eHealth in healthcare systems.
The Digital Post is a non-profit, non-partisan media platform providing thought-provoking analysis on digital affairs in Europe – and beyond – in order to promote an inclusive debate on public policies, market developments as well as social and legal implications.
PhD student at KTH, Stockholm, working with distributed data processing, systems optimization and large-scale graph analysis. She is also a committer and PMC member of Apache Flink, mainly working on Flink's graph processing API, Gelly.
A professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He holds degrees in engineering and computer science. Formerly he was Minister in Slovenian Government and Secretary General of the Group on the Future of Europe.