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Speaker Biographies

Speakers

Claire Bury

Claire Bury

Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market.

She was previously Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein.

An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Anneleen  Van Bossuyt

Anneleen Van Bossuyt

MEP and Chair, IMCO Committee, European Parliament

 

Anneleen Van Bossuyt was elected to become a Member of the European Parliament in the beginning of 2015, but she has long been engaged with and involved in European politics and policy. As a member of the European Parliament, she uses her expertise to help realise the necessary changes in the European Union.

Anneleen grew up in Ghent, Belgium. After finishing secondary school, she studied law at the University of Ghent (2003) and European law at the University of Rennes in France (2004). Following her studies in France, she began work as an assistant at the European Institute of the Faculty of Law at Ghent University. In 2010, she moved to the N-VA’s research department, where she was responsible for European affairs. In this role Anneleen was very closely involved in the federal government negotiations in 2014.

Since her election to the European Parliament, Anneleen has served as a member of the committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the committee for Industry, Research and Energy. Anneleen’s focus has been on better regulation, encouraging entrepreneurship, the digital single market, supporting innovation and energy policy. Earlier this year, an analysis conducted by VoteWatch (an independent non-profit organisation), showed that Anneleen is the most influential Belgian MEP as regards European digital and telecoms policy. In June 2017, Anneleen was elected as chair of the IMCO-committee.

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

Sustainability Matrix Manager, IKEA

 

Richard is the Retail Sustainability Manager for Central Europe, with thirteen years sustainability and environmental management experience. His role is to help guide those countries to deliver the home furnishing retailer’s objectives to become a more sustainable company and retailer.

IKEA has been committed to sustainability for many years and through its ‘People and Planet Positive’ strategy using sustainability to drive innovation, transform its business and shape its investments. At the centre of the strategy is the goal to inspire and enable millions of people to live a more sustainable and healthier life at home, become resource and energy independent and create a better life for the many people and communities across the IKEA business.

Richard has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Mapping Science.

Markus Tkotz

Markus Tkotz

Managing Director, MARKANT

 

Markus Tkotz was born in 1966 in Munich. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Augsburg and a BA/MA in Economics from The Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Markus started his career at Procter & Gamble in Customer Business Development and later joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a Senior Project Manager: Consumer Goods&Retail Competence Center.

Markus joined MARKANT Handels und Service GmbH in 2002 as their Managing Director, Central Settlement, Personal, Logistics. Since 2011, Markus is the Managing Director of MARKANT Handels und Industriewaren Vermittlungs AG.

Frans  Muller

Frans Muller

President, European Retail Round Table

 

Frans Muller has served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Integration Officer of Ahold Delhaize since July 2016. Since October 2016, Delhaize America, including the Food Lion and Hannaford brands, have reported to him on an ad interim basis. Prior to the merger between Ahold and Delhaize, he served as President and CEO of Delhaize Group from 2013.

Prior to joining Delhaize Group, Frans had been with the German retailer Metro AG for more than 15 years. From 2006 until 2013 he was a member of the Metro AG Management Board and in 2008 he was appointed as CEO of Metro Cash & Carry, where he served until 2013. He first joined Metro AG in 1997 as operations director, and then as managing director of its Dutch subsidiary, Makro. In 2002, Frans served as a board member of Metro Cash & Carry International and was appointed regional director for Eastern Europe and Russia. From 2004 to 2005, he served as president for Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine. In 2005, Frans was appointed CEO of Metro Group Buying.

Frans joined KLM Cargo in 1988 where he served in various management and executive positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and Singapore.

Frans is the President of the European Retail Round Table (ERRT and serves on the board of directors at the Food Marketing Institute Inc.

Paul  Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe

 

Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

He is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board, Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. He is a member of the board of advisors of the European Institute in Washington DC, the advisory board of the Washington European Society and the advisory committee of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Ian Jindal

Ian Jindal

Founder and Editor in Chief, Internet Retailing

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Kenneth Bengtsson

Kenneth Bengtsson

President, EuroCommerce

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Massimo Bongiovanni

Massimo Bongiovanni

President, EuroCoop

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Kerstin Lindvall

Kerstin Lindvall

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, ICA Gruppen

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Jérôme Bédier

Jérôme Bédier

Deputy CEO, General Secretary, Carrefour

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Ralf Gerking

Ralf Gerking

President, Independent Retail Europe

 

Ralf Gerking is the Executive Chairman (Vorstand) of EDEKA Verband e.V. He has been in this position since 2009. In May 2013, he was elected as the President of Independent Retail Europe (then UGAL).


He first came to the Edeka Verband e.V in 1998 as Advisor to the Managing Board (Vorstandsreferent). From 2004 to 2006, he was the Head of the Tax Department at the EDEKA Verband e.V. and was appointed in 2006 as the General Manager (Geschäftsführer) of the EDEKA foundation (Stiftung). From 2007 to 2009, he was the Divisional Head (Taxation and Duties) of the EDEKA Verband e.V.


Ralf Gerking is a qualified lawyer, accountant and auditor.

Hans Carpels

Hans Carpels

President, Euronics International

 

A biography will appear here shortly.

Irmfried Schwimann

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

 

Since March 2016, Ms Irmfried Schwimann has been Deputy Director General in the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is responsible for the Modernisation of the Single Market, the Single Market for Public Administration and the COSME Programme.

Since July 2015 Ms Schwimann is member of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) steering board.

Previously, Ms Schwimann was Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition; she was responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector.

Beforehand, Ms Schwimann was head of DG Competition's financial services antitrust unit (2006-2008) and head of DG Internal Market's Financial Services Policy unit (2003- 2006). Ms Schwimann also worked on retail financial services and payment issues within DG Markt (1999-2002) and was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein's Cabinet (2002- 2003).

Ms Schwimann studied law at the University of Linz/Austria as well as political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Before joining the Commission, Ms Schwimann worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984-1989) as well as for an Austrian Insurance group (1989-1999).

Ms Schwimann is married and has 3 children.

Kestutis Sadauskas

Kestutis Sadauskas

Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

 

Kęstutis Sadauskas was born in 1969 in Lithuania. In 1994 he graduated from Vilnius University with a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Institute of Political Science and International Relations, and a Master’s Degree in Geography from the Faculty of Natural Science.

He started his professional career in September 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius, in the sector of Government's foreign relations, dealing with Lithuanian policies on the Council of Europe, Human Rights, UN, OSCE, NATO. In 1996, Kęstutis Sadauskas joined the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations, New York, as Deputy Permanent Representative-Counselor responsible for general political affairs, UN Security Council activities and reform, and international security.

In 2000, he went back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania as the Head of Unit of the EU Department, and later as a Director, responsible for Lithuanian policy towards the EU, EU accession negotiations of Lithuania, and Convention of Future of EU.

In August 2002, he joined the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU, Brussels, as Minister-counsellor responsible for the coordination of EU accession negotiations of Lithuania, general coordination of activities in the COREPER, and negotiations of Financial Perspectives 2007-2013.

In September 2006, Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius, Lithuania. In February 2010, he joined the European Commission as a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Šemeta and in April of the same year he became the Head of the Cabinet. 

From 1st November 2014 he assumed his role as the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth.

Moderators

Malcolm Harbour, CBE

Malcolm Harbour, CBE

Senior Adviser, Cabinet DN

 

Malcolm Harbour was elected as Conservative MEP for the UK West Midlands in 1999, and served 3 mandates. In 2009 he became Chairman of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. He was a key player in shaping policies and legislation for the single market, manufacturing industry, the digital economy, research and consumer protection. He did not seek re-election in 2014, and is now a Council Member at the University of Birmingham, Director of the Digital Policy Alliance, Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre and to the EU policy consultants Cabinet DN. From 1967 to 1999, after graduating in Engineering from Cambridge, Malcolm worked in the motor industry, holding senior roles in new model development, marketing and sales, before launching his own research consultancy.

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Logistics

When

Thursday 30 November, 2017
09.30 to 18.30

CET

 

Where

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi, 75
1040 Brussels, Belgium

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