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SPEAKERS

Read the bios of the Masters of Digital 2020 speakers below

PHIL HOGAN

EU COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE

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MARIYA GABRIEL

EU COMMISSIONER FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, CULTURE & YOUTH

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Mariya Gabriel is serving her second mandate as a European Commissioner. Having served  with responsibility for Digital Economy and Society (2017-2019). Her current portfolio will guide all EU policies relating to the Horizon Europe programme, innovations and research, the Erasmus programme, education, culture and sport.

 

She has twice been elected to the European Parliament, in 2009 and 2014. She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity.

 

Mariya Gabriel has been honoured with numerous awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution in the protection of the interests of European artists. Mariya Gabriel has always focussed on the cause of women‘s rights.

 

PHIL HOGAN

EU COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE

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Phil Hogan served as Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government from March 2011 until July 2014, when he was nominated as Ireland's candidate for the next European Commission. Hogan is considered to be a political heavy hitter and close ally of Taoiseach (PM) Enda Kenny.

 

Hogan was first elected to the Dáil (Lower House of Parliament) in 1989 and regained his seat at each subsequent General Election. Between 1987 and 1989, he was a member of Seanad Éireann (Upper House of Parliament). He briefly served as Minister of State for the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works between December 1994 and February 1995.

 

He has held a number of spokesperson positions for his party, including on the Food Industry (1989-1991), Consumer Affairs (1991-1993), Regional Affairs & European Development (1993-1994), Enterprise, Trade & Employment (2002 onwards), Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2007-2011). He was Chairman of the Fine Gael (EPP) parliamentary party between 1995 and 2001. Hogan graduated from University College Cork (UCC). 

 

MARIYA GABRIEL

EU COMMISSIONER FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, CULTURE & YOUTH

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Mariya Gabriel is serving her second mandate as a European Commissioner. Having served  with responsibility for Digital Economy and Society (2017-2019). Her current portfolio will guide all EU policies relating to the Horizon Europe programme, innovations and research, the Erasmus programme, education, culture and sport.

 

She has twice been elected to the European Parliament, in 2009 and 2014. She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity.

 

Mariya Gabriel has been honoured with numerous awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution in the protection of the interests of European artists. Mariya Gabriel has always focussed on the cause of women‘s rights.

 

EVA KAILI

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

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She is the Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA), Member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and of the Budgets committee (BUDG). 

In her capacity, she has been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been the draftsperson of multiple pieces of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity, as well as the ITRE draftsperson on Juncker plan EFSI2 and more recently the Invest EU program.

She is the founder of the Future Forum, a network of influential politicians, officials and public figures promoting innovation. As a high ranking and influential MEP she is often invited to talk for her work in important conferences and academic institutions world widely.

She has also been the Chair of the Delegation to the NATO PA in the European Parliament, focusing on Defence and Security of Europe. Prior to that, she has been elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament 2007-2012, with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).

She also worked as a journalist and newscaster prior to her political career.

WERNER STENGG

SENIOR CABINET EXPERT IN THE CABINET OF EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT MARGRETHE VESTAGER

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Werner Stengg joined the European institutions in 1996 and is currently a senior cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters.

 

Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda. Prior to that, he was involved in mainstreaming policy evaluation across the Commission, in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral textile trade agreements, and in the negotiations on regulatory files in the areas of aviation and maritime transport.

 

He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

FRÉDÉRIC DONCK

REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT, EUROPE
THE INTERNET SOCIETY

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Frederic’s main responsibility is to work with policy- and decision-makers, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and influencers in Europe to ensure the Internet remains open, globally connected, and secure for the benefit of all people.  Frédéric has in-depth experience as a negotiator and advocate in the telecommunications and Internet industry. Much of his work has been to bridge the interests of the public and private sector to negotiate policy solutions to the benefit of all parties.

 

During ten years of international public policy work within the European Commission, in particular with Directorate-General for Information Society and the Directorate-General for Enterprise, Frédéric developed and advocated for numerous European policies and decisions in the convergent e-communications sector. In this position, he also contributed to the launching and management of European-wide projects in the advanced television broadcasting and information and communications technology sectors as well as projects intended to create international clusters of small and medium-size enterprises.

During eight years, Frédéric has also been an adviser to corporate executives and boards in the telecommunications sector. He has, in particular, designed overall public and institutional policy as well as corporate reputation campaigns for major listed companies, including several of the world’s largest electronic communications companies. Frédéric also worked for five years as a Member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Telecom Operators (ETNO).


Frédéric holds a LLD (Law Degree) from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) as well as a Masters in European law (LLM) from the State University of Ghent (Gand).

DR. NORBERT LÜTKE-ENTRUP

HEAD OF THE CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY

AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, SIEMENS GROUP

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As head of the Corporate Technology and Innovation Management department of the Siemens Group, Norbert Lütke-Entrup is responsible for developing the corporate portfolio of technology and innovation fields, coordinating Siemens’ relationships with external research partners, driving the company’s activities in standardization, ensuring compliance with technical law, and engaging with policy makers in the research and innovation domain. The Corporate Technology and Innovation Management department has approx. 60 employees located in Germany, China and the USA. 

 

Amongst others, Norbert Lütke-Entrup is or has been active in the following committees: 

  • BusinessEurope Working Group Research & Innovation: Chairman (since 2019)

  • BDI Committee “Research, Innovation and Technology”: Member of the board (since 2015)

  • BDI Committee “Digital Economy, Telecommunications and Media”: Member (since 2015)

  • ZVEI Committee “Innovation Policy”: Chairman (since 2015)

  • Council (“Zukunftsrat”) of the Bavarian Industry: Member (since 2015)

 

Norbert Lütke-Entrup holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Bonn (1996) as well as a PhD in physics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (1999) resulting from his work on superconductivity at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In addition, he holds an MBA degree from the Collège des Ingénieurs Paris (2000). 

From 2009 to 2011, Norbert Lütke-Entrup worked as the Managing Vice President of the Beijing office of Siemens Management Consulting (SMC), where he was responsible for the definition and execution of strategy projects for Siemens in Asia. Prior to that he worked as consultant, project leader and Vice President in the SMC Head Office in Munich, executing and managing a wide range of strategy projects in all Siemens’ businesses and major regions (Asia, Europe, Middle East and the US).  

 
 
 
 
 

NICOLA BEER

MEMBER AND VICE-PRESIDENT

OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

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Panel: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence

in the interest of the people

Nicola Beer is the Vice-President and Member of the European Parliament. Furthermore, Ms Beer is a deputy federal chairperson of the FDP Party. From 2017 - 2019 she was Member of the Deutsche Bundestag (German Parliament) and General Secretary of her party from 2013 to 2019. 

Previously, Nicola Beer served as a member of the Hessian State Parliament (1999). From 2012 to 2014, Ms Beer was Hessian Minister for Education and Culture as well as State Secretary for European Affairs in the Hessian State Ministry of Justice (2009 and 2012). 

From 2003 to 2008 Ms Beer was Managing Director and Deputy Chair (2008-2009) of the FDP parliamentary group. Prior to joining the state legislature, Beer was City Councillor (1997-1999) and Deputy City Council Chairwoman in Frankfurt am Main (1999). Nicola Beer joined the FDP Party in 1991; her Constituency is Frankfurt am Main.

AXEL VOSS

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

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Panel: An industry fit for the digital age

Axel is the coordinator of the conservative European People’s Party group (EPP) for the Committee on Legal Affairs in the European Parliament. He is also a deputy member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Born in 1963, he studied law at the Universities of Trier, Freiburg and Munich. He then worked as a lawyer, civil advisor for the European Commission in Germany and as lecturer for European Affairs at the College of Koblenz.

 

He became a Member of the European Parliament in 2009, where he represents the Mittelrhein area, which includes the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen. In addition to European Law, his main area of expertise is digital policy, currently focusing in particular on specific aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He was the coordinating MEP for the EPP group on the new Copyright Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Passenger Name Record Directive as well as for the updated Eurojust Regulation.

EVA KAILI

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

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

She is the Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA), Member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and of the Budgets committee (BUDG). 

In her capacity, she has been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been the draftsperson of multiple pieces of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity, as well as the ITRE draftsperson on Juncker plan EFSI2 and more recently the Invest EU program.

She is the founder of the Future Forum, a network of influential politicians, officials and public figures promoting innovation. As a high ranking and influential MEP she is often invited to talk for her work in important conferences and academic institutions world widely.

She has also been the Chair of the Delegation to the NATO PA in the European Parliament, focusing on Defence and Security of Europe. Prior to that, she has been elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament 2007-2012, with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).

She also worked as a journalist and newscaster prior to her political career.

WERNER STENGG

SENIOR CABINET EXPERT IN THE CABINET OF EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT MARGRETHE VESTAGER

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Werner Stengg joined the European institutions in 1996 and is currently a senior cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters.

 

Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda. Prior to that, he was involved in mainstreaming policy evaluation across the Commission, in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral textile trade agreements, and in the negotiations on regulatory files in the areas of aviation and maritime transport.

 

He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

FRÉDÉRIC DONCK

REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT, EUROPE
THE INTERNET SOCIETY

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Frederic’s main responsibility is to work with policy- and decision-makers, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and influencers in Europe to ensure the Internet remains open, globally connected, and secure for the benefit of all people.  Frédéric has in-depth experience as a negotiator and advocate in the telecommunications and Internet industry. Much of his work has been to bridge the interests of the public and private sector to negotiate policy solutions to the benefit of all parties.

 

During ten years of international public policy work within the European Commission, in particular with Directorate-General for Information Society and the Directorate-General for Enterprise, Frédéric developed and advocated for numerous European policies and decisions in the convergent e-communications sector. In this position, he also contributed to the launching and management of European-wide projects in the advanced television broadcasting and information and communications technology sectors as well as projects intended to create international clusters of small and medium-size enterprises.

During eight years, Frédéric has also been an adviser to corporate executives and boards in the telecommunications sector. He has, in particular, designed overall public and institutional policy as well as corporate reputation campaigns for major listed companies, including several of the world’s largest electronic communications companies. Frédéric also worked for five years as a Member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Telecom Operators (ETNO).


Frédéric holds a LLD (Law Degree) from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) as well as a Masters in European law (LLM) from the State University of Ghent (Gand).

PETER KOFLER

CHAIRMAN,

DANISH ENTREPRENEURS ASSOCIATION

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Being a tech entrepreneur for +20 years, Peter has obtained an insight in the struggles and obstacles of establishing and scaling businesses. For the past three years he has been the Chairman of the Danish Association for Entrepreneurs with a key focus of making Europe’s startup environment globally competitive.

 

Recently Peter has gathered a coalition of 30 startup organisations across Europe around five simple recommendations to push for a positive and flexible regulation around AI. 

HARALD KAYSER

CHAIRMAN, PWC EUROPE

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Panel: Digital Solutions for the Green Deal

Harald Kayser has more than 28 years of professional experience with PwC. Currently he is Chairman of PwC Europe and a member of the PwC Network Leadership Team. He is working closely with his team in six territories of continental Europe, as well as in the wider PwC Network to live up to PwC’s purpose to build trust in society and solve important problems. Harald is excited about the opportunities that digital transformation brings to society, business and people.

 

Driving change to be fit for the future is the focus of his strategic agenda. Previously Harald has taken on various global board positions as a member of the Global Assurance leadership team and of the Network Operations leadership team.

 

In his home country he was a member of the executive board of PwC Germany, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Digital Officer. In his long-standing career with PwC, Harald has worked with some of Germany’s iconic automotive brands as audit Partner. He has a special focus on the Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive sector.

Harald is a Public Auditor and Tax Advisor and is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW – Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V.) and a member of the Advisory Committee of ‘Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e. V.’. 

DR. NORBERT LÜTKE-ENTRUP

HEAD OF THE CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY

AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, SIEMENS GROUP

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Panel: An industry fit for the digital age

As head of the Corporate Technology and Innovation Management department of the Siemens Group, Norbert Lütke-Entrup is responsible for developing the corporate portfolio of technology and innovation fields, coordinating Siemens’ relationships with external research partners, driving the company’s activities in standardization, ensuring compliance with technical law, and engaging with policy makers in the research and innovation domain. The Corporate Technology and Innovation Management department has approx. 60 employees located in Germany, China and the USA. 

 

Amongst others, Norbert Lütke-Entrup is or has been active in the following committees: 

  • BusinessEurope Working Group Research & Innovation: Chairman (since 2019)

  • BDI Committee “Research, Innovation and Technology”: Member of the board (since 2015)

  • BDI Committee “Digital Economy, Telecommunications and Media”: Member (since 2015)

  • ZVEI Committee “Innovation Policy”: Chairman (since 2015)

  • Council (“Zukunftsrat”) of the Bavarian Industry: Member (since 2015)

 

Norbert Lütke-Entrup holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Bonn (1996) as well as a PhD in physics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (1999) resulting from his work on superconductivity at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In addition, he holds an MBA degree from the Collège des Ingénieurs Paris (2000). 

From 2009 to 2011, Norbert Lütke-Entrup worked as the Managing Vice President of the Beijing office of Siemens Management Consulting (SMC), where he was responsible for the definition and execution of strategy projects for Siemens in Asia. Prior to that he worked as consultant, project leader and Vice President in the SMC Head Office in Munich, executing and managing a wide range of strategy projects in all Siemens’ businesses and major regions (Asia, Europe, Middle East and the US).  

LARS STENQVIST

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
GROUP TRUCKS TECHNOLOGY

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Werner Stengg joined the European institutions in 1996 and is currently a senior cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters.

 

Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda. Prior to that, he was involved in mainstreaming policy evaluation across the Commission, in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral textile trade agreements, and in the negotiations on regulatory files in the areas of aviation and maritime transport.

 

He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

ASTRID ELBE

MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTEL LABS EUROPE

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Panel: Digital2040: the next 20 years of European digital innovation

Astrid Elbe is Managing Director of Intel Labs Europe headquartered at the Intel Germany Campus in Neubiberg, with additional offices in Karlsruhe, Germany. She is responsible for leading Intel's research efforts in Europe and serves as the top Intel technical leader and spokesperson in the region. Intel Labs Europe is focused on Dependable Autonomous Systems research with a particular emphasis on Automated Driving. 

 

Prior to taking her present role in 2016, Astrid held a number of R&D and Engineering Management roles within Intel’s Wireless Communication Devices Group and was responsible for Intel’s first LTE Modem Software & System Projects. She studied Mathematics and Physics and has a Dr. rer. nat. in Surface Physics.  Prior to Intel Astrid spent more than ten years at Infineon Technologies  leading different R&D groups and projects covering innovation and IP management as well as system engineering for security & wireless products like electronic passports, trusted platform modules, credits cards etc. Astrid holds many patents in areas including security, cryptography and microarchitecture.

She is married and has 3 boys (10, 12 and 15 years old).

DANIEL BRAUN

DEPUTY HEAD OF CABINET
OF MS VERA JOUROVÁ

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Daniel Braun is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Ms Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commision for Values and Transparency. His current portfolio covers the topics of disinformation, human centric and ethical approach to AI, as well as economic and monetary affairs. In continuous effort to tackle racism, xenophobia and illegal hate speech Mr Braun was instrumental in initiating and conducting deliberations of the European Commission and major IT platforms, which resulted in the announcement of the Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech in May 2016.

Previously, Mr Braun served as the First Deputy Minister of Regional Development in charge of the EU policy. He led the team preparing the strategy for European Funds in the new 2014-2020 programming period in the Czech Republic. Simultaneously he was the head of the Czech negotiation team with the European Commission. His tenure culminated when the Czech Partnership Agreement was adopted by the European Commission in August 2014. Daniel Braun is a graduate of the University of Economics in Prague and the Central European University in Budapest.

PETRA DE SUTTER

MEP, CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNAL MARKET AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

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Panel: Digital Solutions for Green Growth

A healthy environment, safe products and a socially just society: that is what Petra De Sutter is committed to every day. As a gynaecologist and fertility expert, she has been confronted with the harmful effects of various substances on our health.

 

Her indignation about this brought her into politics in 2014. Five years later, she represents the Flemish Greens in the European Parliament and is the first green chairwoman of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs. As such, De Sutter wants to put the interests of the consumer - ultimately, the citizen - at the heart of policy making, whether it regards the safety, equal quality or longer lifetime of products, the transparency of digital services or the trust in new technologies. In doing so, sustainability should always be the common denominator around which consumers', (small) businesses' and environmental interests are aligned.

Since 30 years Petra De Sutter has been pointing out the health risks of endocrine disruptors. She defends the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women, and engages in bio-ethical discussions such as surrogacy and commercial egg donation. In addition, she is committed to a more social Europe and the protection of refugees and LGBTI people. In 2019 she moved from the Belgian Senate and the Council of Europe to the European Parliament. Her authentic style and extensive knowledge make that she is respected and trusted across different political parties.

HILARY MINE

VICE PRESIDENT AND MARKET UNIT LEADER, NORDICS, BALTICS & BENELUX, NOKIA

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Based in Netherlands, Ms Mine leads Customer Operations for Nokia in eleven countries across Nordics, Baltics, and Benelux.  She and her teams lead sales, business management, delivery and operations across the region.

 

Prior to her current role, Ms Mine was based in Silicon Valley, and ran Nokia’s Global Network Transformation practice.  She has also run Alcatel-Lucent’s global Consulting Services business, and the full regional business of Alcatel-Lucent in North Asia and Australasia/Oceania which included sales and delivery of large transformation and managed services projects, and well as being Managing Director of both Australia and New Zealand.  

 

Before joining Alcatel, Ms Mine was a much cited analyst and consultant working across the IT and telecom industries. She has worked in the communications and IT field for more than 25 years, during which time she has held senior executive roles with Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Technicolor and Probe Research, and has lived and worked extensively in Asia Pacific and Europe, as well as North America.  

 

Ms Mine holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and a BA in Economics from Reed College.  She has one daughter, and enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and travel.

ABRAHAM LIU

CHIEF REPRESENTATIVE TO THE EU INSTITUTIONS, HUAWEI

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Panel: An Industry fit for the digital age

Abraham Liu was appointed Vice-President for the European Region at Huawei in July 2018. At the same time, he is the Chief Representative of the company to the EU Institutions in Brussels. Abraham joined the Brussels Public Affairs and Communication team as Vice-President earlier this year and was appointed in May 2018 as the Chief Representative to the EU Institutions.

 

Mr Liu is no newcomer to Huawei, having joined the company in 2001 as a Wireless Product Manager. Over the years, he has worked in different roles across the globe, including as Country Manager of DR Congo, Vice-President of Huawei’s regional office in East Southern Africa, and Vice-President of Huawei’s Southern Pacific Region. Before moving to Brussels, he served as CEO of Huawei Malaysia. Mr Liu graduated from Central South University of China in 2001 after earning a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Technology. He is married and a father of two.

ALAIN DEDIEU

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,

STRATEGY INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION BUSINESS,

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

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Panel: An Industry fit for the digital age

Alain Dedieu is Senior Vice President of Strategy, within Industrial Automation Business. He develops and leads the strategic growth vision of Intuitive Industry based on the deployment of EcoStruxure platform for Industry.

 

Alain has a rich experience in automation and digitization integration in manufacturing industry driving business and technology adoption globally.

 

Formerly, he was Senior Vice President of Industrial Control and Drives domain with responsibility for building and deploying worldwide strategy, offer roadmap for HMI and Variable speed drives technology based in Shanghai where he was responsible also responsible of the Automation China, a program relative to Industry and “smart factory “development. 

 

He began his career as Automation and Drives sales. Then he joined the drives activity and held various positions in marketing and offer management and was nominated Drives Activity VP. Alain joined the management team of the Industrial Control Business unit to held various operational positions before joining the North America management team and held the position of Automation & Control Marketing Vice President, based in Chicago Illinois. 

 

Alain is graduated from Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics de Paris – France - Master degree in electronics and electric engineering.

ELISA GARCIA DIAZ

HEAD OF R&T COOPERATION, AIRBUS

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Panel: Digital solutions for the Green Deal

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DANIEL SCHÖNBERGER

HEAD OF R&T COOPERATION, AIRBUS

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Panel: Digital solutions for the Green Deal

Daniel Schönberger, lic. iur., Attorney at Law, LLM in Medical Law and Ethics

(Edinburgh), Head of Legal, Google Switzerland & Austria, EMEA Legal PoC for AI

Daniel Schönberger is a Swiss technology lawyer with 17 years of experience in the IT and internet industries. He has been leading the Google Legal Department for Switzerland and Austria since 2008 and is responsible for the entire portfolio. He is based in Zurich. His core focus is on copyright and data protection law as well as on outsourcing and cloud projects. 

 

Additionally he supports the Google Government Affairs and Public Policy teams on legal questions around artificial intelligence. Daniel Schönberger holds an LLM from the University of Edinburgh in Medical Law and Ethics and also conducts academic work around ethical and legal questions relating to emerging technologies.

 

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Marie Curie – European Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Science, and Technology – RIoE (Rights of Internet of Everything), a member of the Executive Board of the Research Center for Information Law (FIR) of the University of St.Gallen and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA).

Daniel also conducts peer reviews for various international journals, e.g. International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford Journals), Information, Communication & Society (Taylor&Francis Online) and Journal of Medical Ethics (British Medical Journal).

 

Daniel was awarded the 2018 McLagan Prize of the University of Edinburgh.

LAURA HEINEMANN

PERMANENT REPRESENTATION OF GERMANY TO THE EU, ATTACHE FOR DIGITAL & TELECOMMUNICATION

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Panel: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in the interest of the people

Laura studied law at the Georg-August University in Göttingen and at the Eötvös-Loránd University in Budapest with a focus on European and international law. She completed her legal traineeship (“Referendariat”) at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin with placements  at international law firms in Brussels and Berlin. Laura gained more international experience in the United States and South Africa, where she participated in projects for international understanding and cultural exchange.

 

She has worked for over a year as a lawyer in public matters before she started her position as a legal and policy officer for the European Single Market at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy. Since September last year she is Attache for Digital and Telecommunication at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU. Laura is especially responsible for AI and platform economy. 

DANIEL MES

CABINET MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT FRANS TIMMERMANNS F0R GREEN DEAL

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Panel: Digital Solutions for the Green Deal

A lawyer by training, Daniel started his career at the European Commission in its competition department. There he worked on digital technology files. During the last Commission term, he managed relations with the European Parliament and the Council, also in the digital area, and was a speechwriter to Margrethe Vestager. Since 1 December, he works in the Cabinet of Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans on digital aspects of the European Green Deal.

FRANCESCA TAGLIANI

DIRECTOR, MARKETING AND SALES OPERATIONS EMEA, ROCKWELL AUTOMATION

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Panel: An Industry fit for the digital age

Francesca Tagliani is responsible for the growth and evolution of Rockwell Automation sales operations and marketing organizations in the EMEA region. She is passionate about technology and innovation, and dedicated to helping deliver Rockwell Automation’s strategy of bringing the Connected Enterprise to life.

In addition to driving digital transformation as an offering to Rockwell Automation clients, she is a champion of improving her company’s internal processes while adapting and evolving the sales organization and its go to market strategy. 

A strategic leader with a unique perspective on technology, Francesca started her career in manufacturing continuous improvement and then progressed in various roles in finance, sales operations and marketing. Throughout her career, she has always kept a sharp focus on identifying ways technology and digitalization can constantly improve processes and outcomes. 

A true believer in the power and potential of people, Francesca is on a mission to promote diversity and inclusion in the industry. And as the mother of two children, Alessandro and Bianca, Francesca is an inspired STEM education evangelist and dedicated to making technology careers a priority for future generations.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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