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Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT , European Commission
Khalil Rouhana is the Deputy Director-General in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology) since 1/12/2016. His responsibilities include the policies for digital economy and society and notably for research, innovation and industrial strategies, digital solution for societal challenges and governments as well as cybersecurity. Before that, he was Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT supporting the competitiveness of core digital sectors in Europe and the digitisation of all industrial sectors of the economy.
In his previous experiences in the Commission, he was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies.
Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France. He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" (Supelec, France).
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Amsterdam
Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.
Head of Unit Internet of Things, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Dr Mechthild Rohen is Head of Unit for 'Internet of Things' in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology in the European Commission.
She received her scientific education in Germany where she gained a masters degree in computer science (1984) and a PHD in the area of software and knowledge engineering.
Dr Rohen worked as a researcher and lecturer at the universities of Dortmund and Bonn. She's highly experienced in managing research and technology take-up activities within the European Commission's funding programmes, specifically in the fields of software technologies, micro-electronics, telecommunications and networking, ambient intelligence, embedded systems and digital public services (eGovernment).
Before joining the Commission in 1993, Dr Rohen was the managing director of a Research Association of about 12 universities and research institutes in North-Rhine Westfalia which focused on interdisciplinary research in the area of artificial intelligence.
Strategist and Chief Technologist EMEA, HPE
Henk is a Strategist within HPE’s EMEA Enterprise Group responsible for developing strategic business partnerships with HPE’s largest and most complex customers. Henk works with clients, HPE teams and partners across the EMEA region as a leader in all aspects of new and emerging technologies, e.g. IoT, to meet client objectives.
Within the Digital Solutions and Technology team, Henk has a specific focus on customer challenges in the Communications Media and Entertainment vertical, having over 25 years’ experience in this industry.
Henk’s strength in architecture, innovation and business development is particularly important for multinational customers with core businesses rooted in technology like cloud and communications service providers, manufacturers, and utilities.
He acts as a customer advocate internally within HPE to ensure client requirements are fully understood by research and development teams, so that HPE is well placed to meet industry and client future needs.
Prior to joining HPE, Henk held a diverse range of senior roles working at KPN, Capgemini, Ericsson, Nortel, a Microsoft Gold partner, and Accenture. He lives in the Amsterdam Airport area and holds a Master’s degree in Physics with an additional exam in Computer Science from the Free University of Amsterdam.
Acting Director, Future Networks, DG Connect, European Commission
Pearse O'Donohue was recently appointed Acting Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market from the angles of 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. As Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, he is also responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software.
Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance.
Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT.
He has also had posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation, before joining the European Commission.
Field Labs Smart Industry,, Netherlands
Egbert-Jan Sol (1956), CTO of TNO Industry, is director of the Dutch Smart Industry program, the Dutch Industry 4.0 program. He is also parttime professor at the science faculty of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. At European level he is vice-chairman of EFFRA, the Factory-of-Future PPP and member of the high level group of Manufuture.
Egbert-Jan Sol (MSc and Phd Mechanical Engineering) started his industrial career as robotics system architect, followed by a carrier from software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of a 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 1990-98 he was part time professor Technology Management at the TU Eindhoven.
“It is easy to make technology complex, it is very difficult to make technology simple. Yet in manufacturing only the simplest solution works. ”
Chief Technologist Public Sector EMEA, HPE
Wilfried Grommen serves as Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector in EMEA. In this capacity, he interacts extensively with senior regulators, information officers and top-ranking advisors within the European Institutions, the United Nations and national governments. He is a core member of HPE’s Public Sector team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and outlines HPE’s strategic vision on IT within the public sector. This includes the value of digital government, health and education, innovation strategy and some core IT breakthroughs like cloud adoption, big data, security, privacy protection and mobility.
Grommen has 25 years of experience in the IT industry. In his previous position, he served as Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, focusing primarily on technology policy (interoperability, innovation, security). As a member of the core Citizenship team, he also had strong EU involvement regarding Microsoft’s digital agenda. Grommen specialized on business innovation, research collaboration, and start-up ecosystem. He also held international management positions in technology development and strategy with a financial services and solutions provider (Capco – financial markets solutions), IBM global services (business – IT alignment consulting), as well as Motorola (networking).
Grommen is a domestic, regional and international speaker and lecturer on public fora, government roundtables and IT events. Recently, he lectured for the EU e-government agenda in Brussels, the Swedish e-government conference in Stockholm, the EU border management conference in London , Smart cities in Barcelona. His lectures focus on technology policy and transformation around the new style of IT.
Grommen got appointed as independent board member at NXTport Antwerp, a digital platform company, offering data and services to all the logistics players in Antwerp harbor.
Grommen also recently co-authored Business Ethics, a Guide to surviving storms, challenges and ethical risks, with Prof. Adriana Sanford, published by the Institute of Supply Management.
Grommen holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering and Electronics from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is an EU citizen and fluent in English, Dutch, French, and German. He is choir director, and organ player.
Vice President Public Affairs, ARM
Stephen is responsible for ARM’s Public Affairs, including contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security.
Stephen also oversees ARM’s Corporate Responsibility Programme.
Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues.
He also worked for James Dyson as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets.
He was once a British Diplomat, and worked at the British Embassy in Washington, and on UN issues in London, New York and Geneva.
Stephen has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate from Oxford. In 2003-4 he spent a year at Harvard as Fellow in International Affairs at the Weatherhead Center.
Deputy Head of Unit, Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Kyriakos Baxevanidis is the Deputy Head of the Unit Smart mobility and Living of DG CONNECT, European Commission (EC).
The Unit develops & implements policies that unlock the potential of ICT to address mobility, climate & energy challenges of local, national, European and global communities; it is building also on the role of ICT as a vector for change to contribute to our societal transformation towards sustainability. He previously worked in the areas of Research Infrastructures, Services Engineering, Communications Management and Security of ICT under various EU research framework programmes led by the European Commission.
Among his missions has been the coordination of the establishment of a pan-European shared computing infrastructure (from pooling of national infrastructures) available to all research and education communities in Europe. He also held the position of vice-chair of the international standardisation organisation for distributed computing Open Grid Forum (www.ogf.org).
Founder and CEO , The Fashion innovation Alliance
Kenya Wiley is Founder and CEO of the Fashion Innovation Alliance (FIA), working with leaders in fashion and technology on public policy, education, and innovation for fashion tech. Since FIA’s launch in 2016, the Alliance has brought together visionaries in fashion, technology, government, and academia through numerous initiatives. These include FIA’s 2016 Fashion Tech Showcase on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a forum on innovation and immigration following the November 2016 U.S. Presidential election, as well as several roundtable discussions.
Kenya previously worked for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), where she led MPAA’s inaugural academic outreach program and provided legal and strategic advice on intellectual property and technology issues.
Prior to working in the private sector, Kenya served as Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In this role, Kenya provided legal and policy analysis on key legislative issues, including cybersecurity, information technology, postal delivery and logistics, and labor and employment.
Kenya currently chairs the ASTM International Task Group on Data Security for Smart Textiles, and she is an active member of Fashion Group International and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). Kenya is also the recipient of the Howard University School of Law 2012 Intelligent Design Award for her outstanding contributions to fashion law and policy. Kenya received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kenya is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois State Bar.
Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
Jeremy Rollison is Director of EU Government Affairs within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. Based in Brussels, his work focuses on policy related to the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), with a particular emphasis on data issues and corresponding public policy covering privacy, cybersecurity, cloud policy, and the cross-border provision of online services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked in the Government Relations team at Nokia in the company’s EU representative office, and was previously Director of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels. He has over a decade of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, focusing and engaging with EU stakeholders on issues related to the development and delivery of online services in the Internal Market and corresponding EU regulatory policy.
Confederal Secretary responsible for Digitisation, European Trade Union Confederation
Thiébaut Weber was elected as ETUC Confederal Secretary at the Paris Congress in 2015. He is a young trade unionist and former student activist in his native France. He is a member of the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail, and in 2007 started work with the CFDT as a youth delegate, then in 2014 as political advisor on issues including international and European affairs. Between 2011 and 2013 he was President of the ETUC Youth Committee.
Chair, Working Group 4 - Policy Issues, Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation
Robert MacDougall is Head of Enterprise Regulation at Vodafone Group, where he leads on all regulatory and policy matters relevant to Vodafone’s enterprise activity.
Robert has spent the majority of his career in electronic communications regulation, including eight years at the UK’s Communications Regulator Ofcom (and its predecessor Oftel) in a variety of roles involving policy development, dispute resolution and also competition enforcement. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was an Assistant Director at the UK’s Competition and Consumer Protection Authority. This included a secondment to the US Federal Trade Commission as an FTC International Fellow. Robert has a primary degree in Law and a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law. He is currently Chair of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Policy Working Group, an initiative which has been set up by the European Commission to support policy and dialogue within the Internet of Things ecosystem.
OpenTRV is here to tackle climate change. Initially with a simple cheap smart thermostatic
radiator valve to as much as halve waste in UK domestic space heating, knock GBP5bn/y off
our collective home gas bills (10% off the UK's entire footprint, 8% EU-wide) for GBP100 per house.
Beyond that OpenTRVs cheap robust open Internet of Things (IoT) technology is being directed at
other areas with significant chance of helping avert climate change and improve the environment
such as public transport, air quality and other monitoring, smart grid and so on.
OpenTRV's business model is to make measuring and controlling things cheap and secure and open
to make more resource management, and thus efficiency savings, possible.
Enterprise Chief Security & Privacy Officer, Huawei
Pierre is the Enterprise Chief Security & Privacy Officer at Huawei, the Fortune 200 Information and Communication Technology Company.
Pierre has over 30 years of international experience on Information Security and Enterprise Risk Management.
He designed and built complete CyberSecurity and Enterprise Risk Management environments for Governments, Finance, Transport and large conglomerate industries over the World.
• Pierre is a member of the board of advisors of Airbus Group
• Pierre also sits on the board of the Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association (PARIMA) and
• Board of the executive council of the Cloud Security Association (CSA)
• Asia Chief Security Officer, Microsoft
• Worldwide Executive at IBM with responsibility for the IBM Security portfolio
• CEO Arial Group International, offering Enterprise Risk Management to Fortune 1000
• CEO TruSecure / ICSA Corp
• Client lead partner at KPMG, Greater China territory, in charge of Enterprise Risk Management, Board Advisory, Corporate Risk & Governance.
• Director PLATINUM Technologies Asia Pacific
• Advisor to many governments and Fortune 1000 organizations in Asia, Europe and Americas
Lecturer and visiting professor with various universities in the World.
Pierre studied Computer Science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation, WEU Solutions Management, Huawei
Mr. Krikorian has 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in E2E telecom technology, strategy and service consultancy. He has many years of experience working for some of the industry’s leading operators. As a Head of WEU IoT & Industry 4.0 Solution Innovation for Huawei based in Dusseldorf Germany, he is actively involved in developing and implementing IoT and Industry 4.0 solution strategies based on NFV ,SDN and Cloud technologies.
Mr. Krikorian has spent most of his early career in E2E design within the Core Networks, VAS and IN, support and engineering management with Ericsson where he spent 5 years. He was deeply involved in the initial implementations of GSM and 3G in Europe. Since 2005 he has worked extensively and worldwide as a lead technical consultant with Nokia, BT and France Telecom Advise for Communications and other consultancy firms. He has worked across all major sectors of telecommunications solution design, engineering, technology strategy and implementation. He holds a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering with emphasis on Telecommunications.
Co-founder and Chairman, The Providence Group
Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter for the European Commission's Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan represented the United States revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
Co-founder, The Providence Group
Jonathan Litchman is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice.
President and CEO , Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies
Nigel Cameron is president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a nonpartisan Washington, DC, think tank on innovation, policy and the future. He has written widely at the interface of technology, business, policy, and values. and publications include Nanoscale (John Wiley, 2007) and Innovation President (Kindle ebook, 2012). His next book is focused on the problem of managing exponential change within organizations; working title: New Normal: The Fallacy that Fails the Future.
A native of the UK, he is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School. He has held university appointments, most recently as a research professor and associate dean in the Illinois Institute of Technology. He combines a policy focus in Washington with corporate advisement. He writes regularly on the business impact of social media, and is a columnist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on technology and corporate social responsibility. Long resident in the United States, he maintains British and European connections; he is a director of the London think tank 2020Health, and in 2012 moderated the European Identity and Cloud conference in Munich.
He has also represented the United States at meetings of the United Nations, and is currently a commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and chair of its Social and Human Sciences Committee
Head of Unit Spectrum Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Andreas Geiss is Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy in DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is the Chair of the Radio Spectrum Committee. He has been working for the European Commission since 2002 in various positions. His responsibilities included mobile communications, the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme and negotiations with the Member States in different settings. Before joining the European Commission he worked for the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO), where he was project leader for projects dealing with terrestrial and satellite communications. He has been involved in the European preparations for World Radiocommunications Conferences since 1995. Andreas has a master's degree in electrical engineering and started his professional career in 1991 at the German Regulatory Authority in the area of telecommunications.
Rob van Kranenburg (1964) wrote The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. He is co-founder of bricolabs and the founder of Council. Together with Christian Nold he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He worked as Community Manager at the EU Project Sociotal, and currently as Ecosystem Manager of the Horizon 2020 Project TagItSmart. Rob is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board. He chairs AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. He is a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP).