6 February 2020

Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels



Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome and opening statement

Opening statement from Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, DIGITALEUROPE Director-General


Keynote speech

By Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Trade


Panel I: An Industry fit for the digital age

The world is changing rapidly and the European digital sector is playing catch up with China and the US. A new EU industrial strategy is on the horizon. This discussion will focus on the role of digital transformation in achieving Europe’s goals and on how the digital sector can help achieve them. How can European industry succeed globally? And what social challenges need to be addressed as a priority?

  • Abraham Liu, Chief Representative
    to the EU Institutions, Huawei

  • Alain Dedieu, Senior Vice President Strategy, Industry Business,
    Schneider Electric

  • Dr. Norbert Lütke-Entrup, Head of Technology and Innovation Management, Corporate Technology, Siemens 

  • Werner Stengg, Senior Expert, 
    Cabinet of Commissioner Vestager

  • Axel Voss, MEP 


Networking lunch


The best of digital: innovation throughout Europe

Launch of a DIGITALEUROPE - BBC partnership:
Coding Class showcase (DK)


Panel II: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in the interest of the people

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already playing a large part in people’s lives. Behind every modern software application advanced algorithms and data analysis are at play. As the use of AI increases, so do the opportunities for European businesses and citizens. But it also creates challenges for our regulators. This discussion will focus on how to build trust and security without sacrificing European competitiveness.

  • Daniel Braun, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Vice-President Vera Jourová

  • Daniel Schoenberger, EMEA Counsel for Artificial Intelligence, Google 

  • Nicola Beer, MEP, Vice-President, European Parliament 

  • Peter Kofler, Chairman, Danish Entrepreneurs Association 

  • Laura Heinemann, Attaché for Digital & Telecommunication, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU 


Panel III: Digital solutions for the Green Deal 

Digital technologies have tremendous potential to help Europe to achieve its climate goals. With the right policies and enough investment, they could enable a 20% reduction in global CO2 emissions by 2030. In this panel we will discuss the specific role that digital technologies can play in achieving the transition to a carbon neutral circular economy.

  • Daniel Mes, Cabinet Member of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans for the Green Deal

  • Elisa Garcia Diaz, Head of R&T cooperation, Airbus 

  • Petra de Sutter, MEP, Chair, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

  • Setting the scene and moderation: Harald Kayser, Chairman, PwC Europe 

  • Hilary Mine, Vice President and Market Unit Leader, Nordics, Baltics & Benelux, Nokia 


Coffee break


Panel IV: Digital 2040 - the next 20 years of European digital innovation

A lot has changed in the last 20 years – much of it driven by new technologies. In this panel we turn our attention to the next two decades: what can we expect in terms of future innovation? How will it change our citizens’ lives? What are the ethical boundaries? Are we investing sufficiently in the right areas to make sure Europe is leading this transformation?

  • Astrid Elbe, Managing Director,
    Intel Labs Europe 

  • Eva Kaili, MEP

  • Frédéric Donck, ISOC’s Regional Vice-President for Europe

  • Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, AB Volvo 


Keynote speech

By Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation,
Research, Culture, Education and Youth


Award Ceremony and formal closing

Future Unicorn Award              

Closing remarks by Markus Borchert, President of DIGITALEUROPE 

and CEO of Nokia Shanghai and President of Nokia Greater China


Networking reception

with live music by The Almost Swinging Jazz Band

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