High-level Conference on
the digital transformation of European industry and enterprises

a forum to foster industry-policy makers dialogue


16th February 2016

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Digital transformation matters: Focus on business opportunities, societal impacts and institutional challenges
Digital Transformation for a sustainable and energy-efficient European economy
How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services - AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services - HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICALS
How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF MANUFACTURING: FROM PRODUCTS TO SERVICES
How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services - SMART CITIES AS LAUNCH PADS FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Business and policy round table

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8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee
9.00 - 9.30 Welcome and opening
9.30 - 10.45 Digital transformation matters: Focus on business opportunities, societal impacts and institutional challenges
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 - 12.20 Digital Transformation for a sustainable and energy-efficient European economy
12.20 - 12.30 Keynote speaker
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 - 14.30 How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services
14.30 - 15.30 How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.15 Business and policy round table
17.15- 17.30 Concluding remarks
17.30 - 18.30 Networking Cocktail

9.00 – 9.30

Welcome and opening addresses - Auditorium

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9.30 – 10.45

“Digital transformation matters: Focus on business opportunities, societal impacts and institutional challenges”

Opening plenary session - Auditorium

Digital transformation is and will continue to radically impact on the ways we work, do business and live. This session intends to review its disruptive nature, assess the extent of this ongoing revolution from different perspectives, and understand the lessons to be learnt from different industries.

Keynote speaker: "Digital makes business opportunities"

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11.15 – 12.20

“Digital Transformation for a sustainable and energy-efficient European economy”

1st plenary session - Auditorium

European companies need to adapt to reach the ambitious objectives set by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which puts a high priority on energy sustainability and the circular economy. Forward-thinking leaders have already integrated digital transformation, as a mean to green growth. This session will look into the synergies to be created between digital transformation and sustainability.

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13.30 – 14.30

“How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services”

1st and 2nd Parallel Sessions on new opportunities, barriers and policy issues

Digital transformation presents disruptive challenges and new opportunities for businesses and their management. Each company is different, yet many aspects of the transformation are shared across sectors. These sessions will provide concrete examples of how different sectors are responding to the new opportunities, how they overcome barriers and what are the key policy issues.


1. Healthcare and pharmaceuticals - Aquarium

Digital technologies have the potential to fully redesign healthcare and pharmaceuticals from personalised health monitoring to performance-based drug production. This represents a paradigm shift providing a wealth of opportunities to innovative players and it challenges the current policy framework.

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2. Automotive industry - Auditorium

Europe has traditionally been a leading powerhouse in the automotive industry. Digital transformation can challenge that status and could be a key factor for ensuring a sustainable and competitiveness industry in the EU.

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14.30 – 15.30

“How digitalisation transforms business models across industries and services”

3rd and 4th Parallel Sessions on new opportunities, barriers and policy issues


3. Digital transformation of manufacturing: from products to services - Auditorium

The widespread adoption of digital technologies in manufacturing and services has changed the value proposition of many actors and blurred the boundaries between the physical, the service and the software world. Their offerings have shifted from a product-based to a service-based approach.

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4. Smart cities as launchpads for digital transformation - Aquarium

The role of cities and regions in creating a favourable environment for the modernisation of their businesses is crucial. They bring together local resources and facilitate collaboration between academia, entrepreneurs, industry and policy makers, fostering digitalisation. Cities and regions can therefore be considered as ‘launch pads’ for digital transformation and the creation of new business opportunities.

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16.00 – 17.15

Business and policy round table - Auditorium

Digital transformation represents a global challenge, which needs a European answer. This policy round table will bring together commissioners and business representatives to discuss how the EU can play a catalyst role in driving the change.

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16.30 – 17.00

Concluding remarks - Auditorium

12.20 – 12.30

Keynote Speaker (video message) - Auditorium

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Mrs Bieńkowska has been Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since 2014. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development in Poland between 2013 and 2014, and was Minister of Regional Development between 2007 and 2013. Mrs Bieńkowska holds a Master's degree in oriental philology from Jagiellonian University and a Post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration.

Jykri Katainen

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

Mr. Katainen has been the Vice-President for Jobs Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission since 2014. He started his career as Vice-President of the Youth of the European People’s party and made the decision to follow that way and work for the Finnish Parliament before joining the Finland Parliament and finally the European Commission.

Carlos Moedas

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Mr Moedas has been Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation since 2014. Carlos Moedas holds a degree in civil engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has worked for Goldman Sachs and Eurohypo Investment Bank. Elected a Member of Parliament in 2011, he was appointed Secretary of State working directly under the Prime Minister. In this capacity, he was Portugal's chief interlocutor with the Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Maya R. Said

Senior Vice-President, Novartis

Maya R. Said is Global Head of Oncology Policy and Market Access at Novartis. In this role, she drives the overall strategy for Global Oncology on pricing, market access, stakeholder engagement and other areas related to patients’ access to Novartis Oncology products including the creation of payer-relevant clinical, Real World Evidence and economic evidence. Novartis Oncology is a global leader in providing a broad range of innovative therapies to help improve the lives of cancer patients.

Markus Beyrer

Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BUSINESSEUROPE since late 2012. Prior to this he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Before this Mr Beyrer served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel.

Lowri Evans

Directors-General, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)

Lowri Evans was appointed Director-General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs on 1 September 2015. She has been Director-General in DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, she has worked in several policy areas in the European Commission notably Competition and Employment. She started her professional career in audit and accountancy with Deloitte.

Harriet Green

VP & GM, Internet of Things & Education, IBM

Harriet Green, formerly CEO and executive director of the Thomas Cook Group, has been appointed in 2015 Vice President and General Manager for two new business units that will apply IBM’s portfolio in Big Data, analytics and cognitive computing to the Internet of Things and Educations markets, respectively. She is responsible for driving growth in IBM’s high priority and key growth initiatives.

Luc Rémont

President, Schneider Electric France SAS

Mr. Luc Remont has been President at Schneider Electric France SAS since July 15, 2014. Mr. Remont is responsible for ensuring the global strategic positioning of Schneider Electric in France and the operational development of its businesses. He also represents Schneider Electric Group in its dealings with public authorities, as well as different private or public organizations and social partners. Over the past few years, he used to serve as a manager in different financial companies.

Tomas Hedenborg

CEO, Fastems & President, Orgalime

Tomas Hedenborg is Group CEO of FASTEMS, a supplier of flexible manufacturing systems and robotics-based automation with a strong emphasis on software. Mr Hedenborg previously held the position of President and CEO of both Finn-Power Oy (machine tools) and HBPO (front end modules for the automotive industry). He has a strong background in mechanical engineering, specifically in the automotive and machine tool sector.

John Higgins

President of the European Commission's Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe

John Higgins is a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick and chair of its audit committee. John’s other recent committee chair roles include the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He is a board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions, first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

Hans Hofstraat

Vice-President, Philips Research

Dr Hans Hofstraat is Vice President in Philips Research. He is Innovation Manager and member of the Healthcare Program Board. He has worldwide responsibility for Healthcare Strategic Partnerships, actively driving the Open Innovation approach to Philips' Healthcare research program. Formerly, he was part-time professor in the Institute of Molecular Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. Next to his work at Philips he holds several positions in (inter)national advisory bodies, such as the Steering Committee of the Dutch Topsector Life Sciences and Health, the European Scientific Panel for Health, and the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) Health.

Candace Johnson

President, EBAN (The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players)

Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and serial entrepreneur. She is the co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network, and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network.

Erik Kruse

Head of Networked Society Lab & Networked Society Evangelist, Ericsson GF Marketing & Communication

Erik Kruse drives the Ericsson Networked Society vision and develops insights in the Networked Society Lab. He also works as a Networked Society Evangelist with around 150 presentations annually both externally and internally towards mainly C-suite across different market segments. Erik works with Ericsson strategic marketing with focus on future opportunities, emerging business models, future consumer behavior, transformation of networked industries, and future societal needs. He does as well strategic advice and consulting to customers in the area of IoT, industry verticals, customer segmentation and future strategies for telecom, TV and networked industries.

Peter Leys

Executive Chairman of the Board, Materialise

Peter Leys has served as a Director and Executive Chairman since 2013. Previously, from 1990 to 2013, Mr. Leys was at the Brussels office of Baker & McKenzie CVBA, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. Mr. Leys became an International Partner of Baker & McKenzie CVBA in 1998 and was appointed Co-head of its Brussels office’s corporate finance practice group in 2009. As an attorney, Mr. Leys has advised Materialise since 1997 and has assisted the company on most of its milestone corporate and commercial transactions.

Thierry Mallet

Executive VP, Suez Environment

Thierry Mallet began his career working for the French Ministry of Transport between 1987 and 1989, and then moved to the Générale des Eaux Group, where he held various positions, primarily as Head of the water activities in Spain between 1995 and 1997, and in North America between 1997 and 1999. Thierry joined Degrémont as Executive Vice- President in 2002, working closely with Jean-Louis Chaussade, who was the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at that time, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in June 2004, a position that he held until October 2009, when he became Chairman. On 1 October 2009, Thierry Mallet was appointed as Executive Vice President in charge of International Operations. Since 15 April 2013, Thierry Mallet is Executive Vice President of Innovation and Business Performance for SUEZ.

Michael Olsson

Chairman of Technology Nexus AB

Michael Olsson is Chairman of neXus and holds a M.Sc. in Economics and BA from SSE and McGill. He is serving on the board of a number of larger Swedish companies as well as his family’s investment company Novargus. Previous roles include founder and CEO of Tradimus (a very fast growing Nordic BPO tech company) and Senior VP Electrolux Europe. Michael is also senior advisor to the Swedish Think Tank Global Utmaning.

Nexus is a leading and fast-growing international provider of IT security solutions headquartered in Stockholm. neXus believes trustworthy identities and rights’ management are the foundation of the digitalization of society – all connected objects that are part of our information exchange need an identity, associated rights and a managed access. neXus thus offer solutions, products and services for securing and using identities, rights and managing access of persons, objects or transactions - even combining digital and physical applications. Leading American IT analysts have pitched neXus technology as top three in the world. Today, neXus has offices in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Luxembourg, the UK, and the US.”

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Rapporteur of the Committee on the Environment, European Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Member of the European Parliament since 2008, and re-elected in 2009. She is rapporteur of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Sirpa is a former Member of Finnish Parliament and former Minister for the Environment (1991-1995). Mrs Pietikäinen was the Chair of Finnish United Nations Association between 1996 and 2007.

Bruno Roche

Chief Economist, Catalyst Managing Director, Mars Inc.

Bruno Roche is the Chief Economist of Mars Inc. – a large multinational privately held food company. In that role, he leads Catalyst – a global and pluri-disciplinary think tank that reports straight into the CEO. Bruno’s research interests are currently focused on developing new business model metrics that can help corporations transition from a profit maximization to a holistic value optimization model across the paradigm of People / Planet / Profit.

David Brown

Managing Director of Alchemy Biomedical Consulting

Dr David Brown has 40 years experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry both in research and in senior executive roles. He served with 4 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies: Zeneca, Pfizer, GlaxoWellcome, and Hoffman La-Roche; and also as President and Chief Executive of Cellzome AG, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. While at Roche in Switzerland, he was a Director of the company and, as Global Head of Drug Discovery, he had responsibility for productivity of over 2000 scientists at Roche’s five research sites in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Nicolas Buck

Serial entrepreneur, founder of NYUKO

Nicolas Buck is a serial Entrepreneur with a strong track record in creating new business ventures and developing this as commercially successful organisations. He acquired experience in building startups in Western Europe, Central Europe and Asia, and spent most of his career building organisations servicing the Investment Management Industry.

NYUKO is a unique place created to promote and support entrepreneurship and creation in Luxembourg. NYUKO is open to all entrepreneurs who wish to be accompanied, acquire skills and new business contacts. It offers support programmes which allow to structure business projects, and training and events which help improving business skills.

Nicholas Davis

Senior Director, Centre for the Global Agenda, WEF

Nick Davis is an Australian strategy professional focused on the links between the private sector, non-profits and public policy in economic development, stakeholder management, organizational performance and risk management. As Head of Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum, he oversees the Forum's Civil Society communities and related initiatives that explore how society, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation co-evolve and support one another.

Jarmo Eskelinen

Vice Chair, Connected Smart Cities Network, and CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki

Jarmo Eskelinen is currently the CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki innovation lab of the City of Helsinki and is an expert in smart cities, user driven design and open data. He is the vice-chair of the fast growing international Open & Agile Smart Cities network - cities devoted to building a harmonised smart city solutions market through open linked data, open APIs and experimentation culture. He is also a council member and former president of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). In April 2016, Jarmo will join the Future Cities Catapult in the UK as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer.

Michael Faulbacher

Head of IT Infotainment and Entertainment functions, Audi AG

Michael Faulbacher, head of Car IT at Audi, started an apprenticeship as a radio and TV technician after leaving school. He then studied electronics with a focus on radio- and telecommunication engineering, at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. From 1990 to 1997 he started his career at the department of application and measurement technology development within the chassis test drive at BMW. In 1997 he was put in charge of the team lead for diagnosis within the department of vehicle architecture.

In 2000, Michael Faulbacher joined AUDI AG, Ingolstadt. He initially took over the department of vehicle diagnosis. In 2004 he assumed responsibility for IT electrics/electronics. From 2010 to 2012 he was head of IT product process, until he became head of Car IT in 2013.

Per Fenger

CEO & President, Liftra

Liftra is a Danish engineering and production company founded in 2003. Liftra is specialized in developing and producing lifting- and transportation equipment for the wind turbine industry. With experience from more than 500 projects, Liftra embrace the full cycle of the wind turbine, and supply for the major players in the wind turbine- and offshore industry. Liftra is an InnoFin beneficiary.

Alberto Garcia-Mogollon

Emerging Technologies and Disruptive Innovation, BSI Group

Alberto Garcia-Mogollon is Programme Leader - Emerging Technologies and Innovation at BSI Group. Alberto is passionate about the interplay of government, industry and academia as catalysers of innovation and technological change for the benefit of society. His research at the University of Cambridge focused on the impacts of the interplay between regulation and technology on innovation outcomes in the context of smart grids deployment.

Thomas Hahn

Head of Technology Field - Chief Expert Software, Siemens AG

Thomas Hahn, born in 1960, is since 2011 Chief Expert Software at Siemens AG. After studying computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen he joined in 1986 the company and worked as a product developer in the field of industrial networks in Erlangen. 1993 moved Thomas to Nuremberg, where he worked in product management for SIMATIC and as a project manager responsible for the development of SIMATIC STEP7. From 1997 he worked for two years as Head of Development in Traffic Control Systems in Munich. In 1999 he returned back to Nuremberg, where he took over the management of software product development for Industrial Automation Systems, which he held until 2011. In addition to his function as Chief Expert software he took from 2011 to August 2013, the responsibility as head of the technology field Business Analytics and Monitoring. Thomas is also a member or board member on various committees, including the OPC Foundation, Big Data Value Association, Openlab CERN and Platform Industrie 4.0.

Nigel Hughes

Director Integrative Healthcare Informatics, Janssen

A former UK NHS healthcare & voluntary sector professional working in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry with a 360° experience in the blood borne virus market based on a professional heritage in the viral hepatitis, liver disease & HIV fields spanning thirty years, inclusive of ten years in the voluntary sector and being a Dept. of Health advisor. Formerly working for Roche, Gilead, Novartis, and now Janssen, he has focused latterly on strategic marketing for new diagnostic solutions for personalized medicine via bio-informatic tools, health information technologies and biomarkers in infectious or chronic diseases, with a particular emphasis on real world data.

Laure Le Bars

Research Project Director at SAP Research & Innovation

Laure Le Bars is a Research Project Director at SAP Research & Innovation, Innovation Centre Network, working on several projects like Big Data Value Association, Smart Data Innovation Lab, EIT Digital or Academy Cube. Before that, she was the Managing Director of SAP Labs Hungary between 2005 and 2007. She was also the Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada since its inception in January 1998 until 2008. She joined SAP Canada as a development consultant in 1995 and was responsible for establishing the Montreal Labs. Laure Le Bars holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l'Industrie et l'Entreprise, Groupe Centrale, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, in France. Her thesis dealt with Operation Research at GERAD (Groupe d'études et de recherche en analyse des décisions) in Montreal.

Dirk Pilat

Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co—operation and Development (OECD)

Mr. Dirk Pilat, a Dutch national, is Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. As Deputy Director, he supports the Director of STI in pursuing the Directorate’s programme of work and contributing to the achievement of the strategic goals of the Organisation as defined by the OECD Secretary-General.

He joined the OECD in February 1994 and has worked on many policy issues since then, including the OECD Innovation Strategy and OECD Green Growth Strategy, how to draw greater benefits from information technology for economic growth, how to strengthen growth performance in OECD economies (the OECD Growth Project), how to strengthen the performance of the services sector, as well as work on climate change, labour markets, product market regulation, productivity and entrepreneurship. He was Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division from 2006 to January 2009, with responsibility for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy, and Head of the Structural Policy Division, with responsibility for the OECD’s Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from February 2009 to December 2012.

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Pilat was a researcher at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where he also earned his PhD in Economics. He has published extensively in a range of economics journals, with a strong focus on international comparisons of growth and productivity performance.

Kurt-Christian Scheel

Vice President, Head of the Department Governmental and Political Relations, Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Kurt-Christian Scheel is since 2011 Head of Department Governmental and Political Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH.

After completing his law studies, he joined the Federation of German Industries in 1996. There he was, inter alia, Head of Legal, Insurance and Consumer Policy (2004-2008), Chief of Staff Strategy and Coordination (2008-2009) and most recently Head of Climate and Sustainable Development (2009-2011).

Peter Scherrer

Deputy General Secretary, ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation)

Peter Scherrer was elected as ETUC Deputy Secretary General at the Paris Congress in 2015 having, previously worked for the German Metalworkers’ Trade Union (IG Metall) in Frankfurt, where he held the post of European Industrial Policy officer.

From 1990 onwards, Peter held a number of trade union and NGO positions in Germany and the Balkans. From 1998-2002 he was Editor-in-Chief of the South-East Europe Review for Labour and Social Affairs (SEER).

Wim Mijs

Chief Executive, European Banking Federation

Wim Mijs started as Chief Executive of European Banking Federation in September 2014. He started his career teaching at the faculty of Law of the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) until 1990 and worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague until 1993.

He then joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam before moving to Brussels to head the ABN AMRO EU Liaison Office. Mr Mijs moved back to The Hague in 2003 where he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO. From 2001 to 2007 he was Chair of the Financial Markets Committee of the European Banking Federation, and was appointed Chief Executive of the Dutch Banking Association in 2007. He holds a Law degree from the University of Leiden.

Jeremy Fleming-Jones

Editor and Bureau Chief at Policy & Regulatory Report

With a decade of experience covering Brussels legal and political scene, Jeremy is a journalist with roots working as a solicitor in the City of London. Previous experience Jeremy returned to legal sector journalism at PaRR from EurActiv, where he covered finance, trade and tech regulatory issues at the multilingual on-line news site. In 2005, he set up European Lawyer magazine’s Brussels bureau, and has covered regulatory and political issues affecting trade and competition freelance for Europolitics, the UK Press Association, Financial Times and Strategic Risk magazine.

Geoff Meade

Managing Director, Meade Davis Communication

Geoff Meade has been covering EU affairs from Brussels for the Press Association, the UK and Ireland's national news agency since 1979, and is a European correspondent for Deutsche Welle Television. Geoff is a highly engaging and entertaining public speaker and can provide light-hearted comedy suitable for after-dinner entertainment at corporate events. He is also an experienced moderator of conferences and seminars on EU affairs, and provider of media training courses.

Daniela Florea

Entrepreneur, Founder Geo Strategies

Daniela has pioneered and promoted the digital knowledge economy in Central & Eastern Europe since 1993 when she set-up the first British-Romanian spin-out of the 'Cambridge Phenomenon'. She has led both her international and local teams into the most significant developments for location-based intelligence, Big Data analytics, data quality management and cross-channel marketing.

She works with inter-disciplinary teams in Cambridge academia and multi-national enterprises who wish to think more strategically and add further value to their own competitive advantage in an increasingly data-driven economy. She has been an active contributor to the definition of EU Strategic Policy on Digital Entrepreneurship and is a keen advocate for the provision of relevant skills at all levels in public and private sectors.

Daniela Vincenti

Editor-in-chief, EurActiv

Daniela Vincenti is editor-in-chief at EurActiv.com. She joined EurActiv in 2008 as parliamentary editor, leading the coverage of the European elections and managing 33 professionals across Europe. She worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Italy, the United States and Germany, where she was the financial correspondent for Italian daily Il Messaggero. Upon her arrival in Brussels in 2002, she developed the communication activities of the Platform of European social NGOs (Social Platform) and in 2007 joined Paris-based think-tank Notre Europe to promote the first pan-European deliberative poll (Tomorrow’s Europe).

Åsa Pettersson

Head of Public and Sustainability Affairs, Scania

Since September 2014, Åsa Pettersson is the Head of Public & Sustainability Affairs at SCANIA CV AB. As such, she is following the road transport debate on an international and European level closely with a particular focus on sustainability and connectivity issues. Scania is a leader in the digitalization of heavy-duty vehicles with already 175,000 fully connected Scania trucks on the road. Åsa began working on sustainability and public affairs for the Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB fourteen years ago, at which she occupied various leading positions, including Head of Group Public Affairs and last two years, Head of Group Sustainability.

Kaja Kallas

MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Rapporteur "Towards a Digital Single Market Act"

Kaja Kallas is an Estonian politician. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament elected from Estonia and belongs to the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). She has previously worked as an attorney-at-law and been a Member of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu), where she chaired the Economic Affairs Committee. She is also Vice-Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party. As an attorney, she specialised in European and Estonian competition law as well as on the digital single market and energy.

In the European Parliament Kaja Kallas serves on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU–Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. She is also a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Delegation for Relations with the United States. The European Parliament recently voted on her jointly drafted strategic report "Towards a Digital Single Market Act" that calls for ambitious action to remove barriers in the digital world as well as to avoid hindering the technological revolution by overregulating the sector.

Nicolas Schmit

Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxembourg

In 1979, he started his political and diplomatic career as an attaché in the Prime Minister's office in Luxembourg, followed by the Foreign Ministry. From 1989 to 1990, he was Secretary to the LSAP parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies. From 1991 to 2004, he was a member of the Council of State.

He has been a member of the government since 2004. Nicolas Schmit joined the government as Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration on 31 July 2004. He was then appointed Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration on July 2009. Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Nicolas Schmit was appointed Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy on 4 December 2013.

Stefan Krawczyk

Associate General Counsel & Head Government Relations International, eBay

Stefan Krawczyk, a French national born in the Netherlands, is a civil, media and copyright law graduate from Leiden and Amsterdam Universities. In June 2009, Stefan Krawczyk, a seasoned government relations specialist, joined Internet marketplace eBay. He heads eBay Inc's International Government Relations team, covering all of the company's interests in areas such as e-commerce, mobile commerce, distribution and sales, intellectual property, competition, consumer rights as well as parcel delivery and postal services in EMEA and APAC. Stefan currently also serves as President of Europe's digital media association EDiMA and Vice Chair of the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Before joining eBay, Stefan worked for over five years as intellectual property litigator and for almost 15 years as senior lobbyist for the international recording industry.

Jocelyn Blériot

Head of Editorial and European Affairs, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Jocelyn Blériot, co-creator and executive officer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has an academic background drawing focus on literature, philosophy and sociology. Having spent most of his career in the media industry as a journalist and editor, he joined Ellen MacArthur in 2007. He notably develops written and video content, coordinates academic and professional reports and edits educational resources produced by the Foundation. He represented the Foundation on the European Resource Efficiency Platform (European Commission) and manages the relationship with EU institutions.

Günther Oettinger

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Günther Oettinger studied law at the University of Tübingen. He was the leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg from 1991 to 2005 and then Minister-President of Baden- Württemberg from 2005 to 2010. He was Commissioner for Energy from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, he was appointed Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Tuula Antola

Director for Economic and Business Development, Mayor's Office, Espoo

In her present job as Business and Economic Development Director at City of Espoo, Tuula Antola focuses on developing enablers of growth for companies. During her earlier career, she was a headhunter, a marketing director, an environmental management consultant and an entrepreneur. She is the author of the book "Management for Innovativeness" and also the writer of several articles related to Creativity and Innovativeness.

Xabier Ochandiano

City Councillor for Economic promotion, commerce and employment, Bilbao

Xabier Ochandiano holds a Degree in Administration and Business Management, has a remarkable career in local public service, initially serving in the Municipal Employment Agency for 10 years, later this Agency became Bilbao Ekintza unifying Employment, Trade & Business Promotion, Tourism and International initiatives and Xabier headed International Initiatives Department until 2013 year that he was called to serve as Director of Employment Planning and Innovation in the Employment and Social Policies Department in the Basque Government; Xabier became in May 2015 elected member of the City Administration with Partido Nacionalista Vasco-Basque National Party and assigned for the Economic development, Employment and Trade department.

Bruce Weinelt

Head of Digital Transformation, World Economic Forum

In 2015, Bruce Weinelt was appointed Head of the Digital Transformation at the World Economic Forum. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Head of Telecommunication Industry for three years. Fifteen years after a strategy consulting MBA, Bruce Weinelt has a blue chip industry expertise and pursues an international career, working across most major markets in Asia, Europe and Africa. He has an expert knowledge on the telecom industry and the digital transformation.

Dirk Wittkopp

Vice President R&D, IBM & Board member of Germany's Industrie 4.0 Platform

Dirk Wittkopp was appointed to his present position in November 2009. Previously, he was Director of Portal and Workflow Development in the IBM Software Group. Before that, he held a number of leadership positions in software development at IBM, including Senior Manager WebSphere Portal Development, Senior Manager Pervasive Computing Development EMEA, Global Business Development High Value Payment Systems, Manager Smart Card Solutions Development, and Manager Banking Software Development. He joined IBM in 1986 as a software quality assurance engineer.

Today, he oversees the German section of the IBM global product development organization. His team delivers a wide range of products and technology components for IBM's systems and software portfolio, including System z mainframes, operating systems, systems management and operations software, database and analytics software, enterprise portal and business process management software, security solutions, and cloud services.

Matthew Owens

Global Head Legal- Strategic Partnership & Digital Medicine, Novartis Pharma

Matthew Owens has been the Global Head Legal for Strategic Partnerships and Digital Medicine at Novartis Pharma since 2014. He joined Novartis Pharma in 2010 as a Senior Legal Counsel and was appointed Head Legal for GBS & Strategy in 2011. Before working for Novartis Pharma, Matthew Owens worked as Corporate Counsel at Mettler Toledo from 2003 to 2006 and Senior Counsel at Solvay Pharmaceuticals from 2006 to 2010. Matthew was named "Most Innovative European Inhouse Lawyer 2015" by Financial Times.