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Andrus Ansip

Andrus Ansip

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission


Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in November 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years in Tallinn spent as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister, when Ansip worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments. During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party. Ansip first entered national politics in September 2004 when he became Minister of the Economy. Up to this point, his career was spent in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu where he was born in 1956.Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business. A chemistry graduate from the city's university, Andrus Ansip is married with three children.

Sir Julian King

Sir Julian King

Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission


Sir Julian King was appointed Commissioner for Security Union on the 19th September 2016.

He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1985. He has held various positions, including: UK Ambassador to France (2016); Director General Economic & Consular (2014); DG of the Northern Ireland Office London and Belfast (2011); UK Ambassador to Ireland (2009); EU Commission Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner for Trade (2008); UK Representative on EU Political and Security Committee, (2004).

Sir Julian is a graduate of Oxford University. He was awarded the KCVO in 2014; CVO in 2011 and CMG in 2006.

Taimar Peterkop

Taimar Peterkop

Director General, Information System Authority, Republic of Estonia


Taimar Peterkop is Director General of the Information System Authority, where he is responsible for coordinating Estonia’s national cyber security and developing Estonia’s e-government platform.

Previously, Mr. Peterkop has worked as the Undersecretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs in Estonian Ministry of Defence, where he managed and coordinated the work of Legal Department, Finance Department,
Administration Department and IT Department.

Mr. Peterkop was born on 20th January 1977 in Tallinn. He has graduated from the University of Tartu Faculty of Law and holds a Master`s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is also a reserve officer.

During 2000–2001 Taimar Peterkop worked as a lawyer in the Government Office. Between 2001 and 2005, he worked in the Ministry of Defence as the Director of International Law Office and 2005–2008 as the Director of
Operations and Crisis Management Department. From 2008 until July 2010 he worked as a Defence Counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in Washington.

Taimar Peterkop has also worked as a national defence teacher in several high schools and as an international law lecturer at Estonian Business School.

The Information System Authority is responsible for coordinating national cyber security, developing public IT solutions, including Estonia's e-government infrastructure and administering IT-related public funds.

Thomas Tschersich

Thomas Tschersich

Senior Vice President Internal Security and Cyber Defense, T-Systems


Thomas Tschersich began his career with Deutsche Telekom in 1989 as a telecommunications technician. He then went on to complete his degree in Electrical Power Technology at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Thomas then continued to fulfill various roles within Deutsche Telekom before becoming Assistant VP of IT Security and Information Protection for Group Security in 2000, between 2001 and 2007 he was VP of Security Strategy and Policy for Group Security. Thomas then furthered his career when he was promoted to VP of Technical Security Services for Group Business Security, a role he fulfilled between 2007 and 2009. Afterwards he took the role as the SVP of Group IT Security Service followed by the role as SVP of Group Security Services. In his current position, Thomas is the SVP of Internal Security & Cyber Defense at Telekom Security, a role he has been in since January 2017.

Despina Spanou

Despina Spanou

Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Despina Spanou was recently appointed Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the Directorate-General Communications Network, Content and Technology. From 2013 to 2017 she was Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers in charge of consumer policy, consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and product safety. In that role she oversaw the overhaul of consumer law and enforcement as well as the integration of consumer policy in the digital single market strategy. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and was responsible for communication and also led the work on strategies on managing chronic diseases including the EU's contribution to the UN General Assembly on Health.

She was the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and for the Commissioner for Health, and later Education & Culture, Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010).

Despina Spanou started her career at the European Commission at the Directorate General for Competition. She had previously practised European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is a qualified lawyer, a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

Head of EC3, European Cybercrime Centre


Steven Wilson was appointed Head of Europol (EC3) in 2016. He is responsible for the central collation of criminal intelligence on cyber crime across the EU, supporting member state investigations into online child sexual exploitation and cyber attacks on payment systems, critical infrastructure and information systems. He is also responsible for the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT), a team of specialist cyber investigators seconded to EC3 from many countries, providing digital and document forensic support in complex cases across the EU, strategic analysis of threats and trends and liaison with industry, academia and on-law enforcement partners. During his 30-year career as a police officer he has held a variety of senior detective roles and was responsible for Scottish national units delivering witness protection, covert technical policing, fugitives, undercover policing, assisting offender programme and all forms of cyber crime. He has served with Strathclyde Police, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and, from 2013 to 2015, with the reorganisation of policing in Scotland into a national force. Mr Wilson was also the Scottish representative on UK cyber governmental and policing groups and led on industry and academic partnership groups on cyber resilience in Scotland. He has worked in covert policing, major investigations, sex offender management, counter terrorism investigations and represented the UK on international policing matters.

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO


Ambassador Sorin Ducaru took over the post of Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges in September 2013. He is responsible for providing support to the North-Atlantic Council and for advising the Secretary General on the evolution of emerging security challenges and their potential impact on NATO’s security.

Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
Prior to his appointment as ASG, Ambassador Ducaru served as Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, from September 2006 to September 2013. From November 2011, Ambassador Ducaru was the Dean of the North Atlantic Council.

Ambassador Ducaru was born on 22 June 1964, in Baia-Mare, Romania. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1988 and the Romanian National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in 1992. He holds a MPhil Degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (1993) and a PhD degree in International Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest (2005).

He joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, assuming various posts such as member of the Policy Planning team, counsellor to the Minister, spokesman of the MFA and Director for NATO and Strategic Issues. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Romania’s Ambassador to the United States of America. In 2000–2001, Ambassador Ducaru served as Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, in New York.

In the year 2000 Ambassador Ducaru was awarded by the President of Romania the National Order of “Faithful Service” in rank of Commander, followed by, in 2006 the Order for “Diplomatic Merit” and in 2008 the rank of Knight of the National Order “The Star of Romania”. He received the title of “Ambassador of the Year” in 2003 and 2012, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

He is married to Carmen Ducaru (a graduate of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and of the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration) and has two children: Maria-Teodora and Matei-Nicolae. Ambassador Ducaru speaks German, English and French, and enjoys playing the guitar, skiing, tennis, photography and cinema.

Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas

Member, European Parliament


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.

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 substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Delegation for Relations with the United States. She was a rapporteur for the 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.

Stina Ehrensvärd

Stina Ehrensvärd

CEO and Founder, Yubico


CEO and Founder of Yubico, and co-inventor of the YubiKey - a small device that makes strong two-factor authentication easy and affordable for everyone. She is a visionary IT entrepreneur with proven track records of creating and bringing new technology innovations to global markets.

Stine is regularly featured in leading international tech media and an accomplished speaker on Internet identity, security and entrepreneurship. She was named as one of Inc.'s "Woman to Watch in Tech".

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.

Pedro Serrano

Pedro Serrano

Deputy Secretary General for the Common Security and Defence Policy and Crisis Response, EEAS


November 2015 – onwards: Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) and Crisis Response, EEAS, European External Action Service

- September–October 2015: Principal Adviser for "Crisis Response and Operational Coordination" to the Secretary General, EEAS, European External Action Service

- December 2014 – September 2015:
Managing Director a.i., Crisis Response and Operational Coordination, EEAS, European External Action Service

- July 2012 – November 2014:
Principal Adviser on External Affairs, Cabinet of the President of the European Council

- January 2012 - June 2012:
Director for South and South-East Asia, EEAS European External Action Service, Brussels

- January 2010 - October 2011:
Ambassador, Acting Head of the EU Delegation to UN, New York

- August 2007 – December 2009:
Ambassador, Head of the Liaison Office of the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to UN, New York

- April 2005 – July 2007:
Director for Civilian Crisis Management, General Secretariat the Council of the European Union, Brussels

- September 2003 – March 2005:
Deputy Head of Cabinet High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Brussels

- August 2000- August 2003:
Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union, Brussels

- December 1998 – July 2000:
Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain in Cuba
September 1996 – November 1998:
Deputy Director General for UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Madrid

- September 1993 – August 1996:
Consul of Spain in Frankfurt (Germany)

- September 1989 – August 1993:
Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Spain to the UN, New York

- August 1987 – August 1989:
First Secretary, Embassy of Spain in United Republic of Tanzania

- November 1985 – July 1987:
Second Secretary, Eastern European and CSCE Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Madrid

- September 1985 – October 1985 Joined the Spanish Diplomatic career

He has a degree in law from Universidad Complutense Madrid

He is a Spanish national, EU Official and Spanish Career Diplomat.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director General, Policy — EMEA, BSA l The Software Alliance


Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.
Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.
Boué holds a Master of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

Michal Boni

Michal Boni

MEP, European Parliament


A graduate of the University of Warsaw, where for many years he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture History. Involved in "Solidarity" underground movement since 1980, since 1987 its leader on University of Warsaw and from march 1983 till 1989 editor in chief of underground weekly newspaper "Wola". Since 1989 a member of the national authorities of "Solidarity", in 1990 – chairman of the "Mazowsze" Region Managing Board.

In 1991, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, from 1992 to 1993 he held the position of the Secretary of State in the same ministry, where he was responsible, inter alia, for labor market policy. Member of Parliament of the first tenure. From 1998 to 2001, the chief advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. Key expert cooperating in shaping of the National Development Plan and the National Action Plan for 2007-2013.

Since January 2008, the Secretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office. In 2009 appointed to the office of the Minister – a member of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. Since 2008 he was the Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister.

The Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland from 2011 till 2013. The host of the Congress of Freedom on the Internet, the organizer of the consultation on digital privacy and data protection, creator of the Governmental Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020.

Since 2014 the Member of the European Parliament active in LIBE and ITRE Committees. The member of Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. The co-founder of the Intergroup Digital Agenda for Europe.

Alex  Momot

Alex Momot

Founder & CEO, REMME


Boasting an IT-experience of over ten years, Alex has been working in blockchain space since 2013. Currently he is leading the REMME company that builds distributed Access Management solution eliminating passwords. In 2014 Alex ran BitX, a start up that allowed people to pay for telecom and other everyday usage services in bitcoins. He is the Board Member of the Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine for the last three years and has also been in Bitcoin mining since 2015.

Steve Purser

Steve Purser

Head of Core Operations Department, ENISA


Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics respectively. He started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. He joined ENISA in December 2008 and is currently responsible for all operational activities of the Agency.

Steve is currently a member of several Steering Boards and Advisory Committees, including notably the Steering Board of the CERT EU and the Programme Board of the EU Cyber Crime Centre. In the area of standards, he is the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group. As Head of Core Operations, he regularly represents ENISA in international conferences on information security.

He was a co-founder of the 'Club de Securité des Systèmes Informatiques au Luxembourg' (CLUSSIL) and has frequently published articles in the specialised press. He is also the author of 'A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security' (Artech House, 2004).

Ben Cade

Ben Cade

CEO, Trustonic


Ben has a proven track record in establishing and scaling businesses. Prior to Trustonic, Ben founded Linaro, the Open Source Software venture backed by IBM, Samsung, ARM and other key industry stakeholders. During his tenure at ARM he established and led the Security Division, helped scale the Infrastructure Business Unit from zero revenue to eight figures in under 18 months and helped establish the ARM M&A and Corporate Venture Capital function. Over his career, Ben has worked in major Asian and European blue chip companies as well as at the front line in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating globally. His passion lies in taking bold ideas and great people and turning them into businesses. He holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School and a Masters in Engineering from Southampton University.

Anton  Shingarev

Anton Shingarev

Vice President for Public Affairs , Kaspersky Lab


Mr Shingarev's bio will appear here shortly

Åshild Hanne Larsens

Åshild Hanne Larsens

CIO, Statoil


Ms Larsens's details will appear here shortly

David Francis

David Francis

Director, Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre


David Francis was appointed Managing Director of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre in December 2016, having previously been Huawei’s European Cyber Security Officer. David joined Huawei in 2013 as the UK&I CSO.

David started his career with British Telecom and has worked his way up to hold senior positions in the IT sector in the UK and the US. Just prior to joining Huawei, David was a Chief Operating Officer with an eCommerce platform. David has management experience of both large corporations and startups on both sides of the Atlantic. He worked for MessageLabs/Symantec for over 9 years, of which the last 5 as Vice President of Operations, responsible for the global SaaS / cloud operations unit. Working closely with government and local authority customers, he has a vast experience with cyber security challenges and requirements for both the public and the private sector.

Ulrich Seldeslachts

Ulrich Seldeslachts

Executive Director,


Ulrich Seldeslachts is executive director of, a not for profit industry association focused on Cyber Security and Data Protection in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC is a cyber security catalyst, bringing together enterprise and government users, with industrial ICT Security expertise and academic experts and researchers. As a spinoff of KU Leuven university, LSEC is a thought leader on Cyber Security since 2002. Next to GDPR and data protection, LSEC has been active in domains of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Insider Threats, and Cyber Security Market Analysis. Prior to LSEC, Ulrich was responsible for the corporate development of a US-European Broadband wireless operator (Sprint-Clearwire), held operational ICT security positions at Orange and ran Cybersecurity investments at a Corporate Venture Capital. LSEC runs, a transformation platform to digitize manufacturing with IoT and Industrial Internet, and is within the European Connected Factory responsible for the Cyber Security and Privacy challenges for advanced manufacturing platforms. LSEC participates with its expertise in the support on targeting Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks from a Cyber Crime perspective. Ulrich holds a BA in Communications, postgraduates in CS and an MBA from LBS. Within LSEC, Ulrich supports a team of 13 experts paving the way for a more secure industrial internet. Ulrich is Board Member of the Privacysalon, the organiser of the, the leading European conference on privacy and data protection.

Erik  van Zuuren

Erik van Zuuren

Founder, CEO, and Vice-Chairman,


Erik has years of experience/expertize in amongst others: Governance/Risk/Compliance, eGovernment/eBusiness/eBanking, Trust Services and Trusted/Trustworthy (eco-)systems, Enterprise (Security) Architectures, Service Oriented Architectures and Cloud Platforms, Information & CyberSecurity (Management),…

Erik's engagements include activities in public sector (Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal ICT Department (Fedict), the eGov & ICT agency of the Flemish Gov, DG Connect, DG Employment, DG RTD, EC-ISA, etc.) as well as activities in a diverse spectrum of private sector organizations (incl. NBB, ING, KBC, Electrabel Suez, Infrabel, DeLijn, BPost, Euroclear, ...).

Erik's achievements include being one of the fathers/authors of the blueprint for the Belgian Personal Identity Card Project (BelPIC) and being one of the fathers of key egov-supporting services at the Flemish government (wide range of (trust-)services wrt e-identification / e-authentication / authorisation / e-signing / stamping /... ).

Approx 1.5 years ago Erik left a big4 to start up TrustCore.EU and is currently amongst others active as: vice-chair of EEMA.ORG, Topic-leader at Solvay Brussels School, Enterprise Information Security Architect at BNP Paribas Fortis’ Global Security office, ProjectManager for an ENISA-study in context of Trust Services, …

Currently Erik is focusing on Enterprise (Security) Architecture, on the effects/implementation of the eIDAS-Trust Regulation and on the upcoming Payment Services Directive 2.



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