Speaker Biographies

Full details about speakers will be available very shortly, so please check back to the website for regular updates. In the meantime if you need more information, contact James Wilmott on +44 (0)2920 783 022 or james.wilmott@forum-europe.com.

Confirmed Speakers

John Dalli

John Dalli

EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, European Commission

 

John Dalli served as a Cabinet Minister in the Maltese Government since 1987 having been first elected to the House of Representatives of Malta on behalf of the Nationalist Party in 1987. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Industry (1987-1990), Minister of Economic Affairs (1990-92), Minister of Finance (1992-1996, 1998-2003) Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion (2004). Between March 2008 and February 2010, John Dalli served as Minister for Social Policy which includes the Health, housing, employment and industrial relations portfolio.

As a qualified accountant, Dalli has also worked in the private sector in Malta and abroad, both in industry and as an independent consultant.

In February 2010 John Dalli was appointed as European Commissioner responsible for Health and Consumer Policy.

John Dalli was born on 5th October 1948. He is married and has two daughters.

Minister Michal Boni

Minister Michal Boni

Member of the Council of Ministers, The Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Polish Republic, Government of Poland

 

Born on 10th June 1954 in Poznań.

Graduate of Polish Language Department of Warsaw University, specialisation in cultural sciences. In 1986 defended his Ph.D. thesis on sociology of culture. Specialist in human resources management.

Since 1980 activist of Solidarity trade union movement working in its underground structures and press. Member of Solidarity national authorities since 1989, in 1990 chairman of the “Mazowsze” Region Board.

In 1991 minister of labour and social policy in Jan Krzysztof Bielecki’s government. Deputy to the Sejm of the first term of office in the years 1991-1993 from the Liberal-Democratic Congress list. Deputy minister of labour and social policy responsible for labour market policy in Hanna Suchocka’s government. Since 1995 director of the Social Policy Reform Programme at Fundacja Batorego. From 1994 until 1996 councillor of the Centrum Commune of the municipal city of Warsaw. In 1996-1997 director and member of the Public Affairs Institute Team. Former consultant of the Third National Investment Fund and the Polish-American Enterprise Fund in the field of employee affairs.

In 1997-2001 head of political cabinet of Longin Komołowski’s ministry of labour and social policy in Jerzy Buzek’s government.

Collaborator of Polish and international foundations like CASE Socio-Economic Analyses Centre, International Relations Centre, Polish-American Freedom Foundation, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Representative of Polish employers in the Foundation for Improvement of Life Quality in Dublin. Adviser to the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan.

Member of the Scientific Committee for Supporting Community for the Assessment of the National Development Plans and Operational Programmes. Key expert cooperating in the elaboration of the National Development Plan for the years 2007-2013.

Jean-François Rochet

Jean-François Rochet

General Manager - Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe, PayPal

 

Jean-François Rochet joined PayPal in January 2009 to lead PayPal activities in Northern Central and Eastern Europe with a strong focus on the footprint expansion of PayPal services across new countries within the European Continent.

He has been working a total of more than 11 years in the internet industry occupying various leadership roles within eBay Inc.: leading eBay France marketing group, General Manager of eBay Auto, and Director of advertising and business development for the same company.

Before joining eBay he worked in consulting and holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a post graduate Business School degree from Edhec in Lille.

Antti Peltomäki

Antti Peltomäki

Deputy Director-General DG INFSO, European Commission

 

Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) since October 2007.

He is responsible for Coordination of issues related to the Digital Agenda for Europe and in particular of polices on electronic communication, Media and Internet. He represents the Commission in international summits related to information society policies.

Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.

A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Paraskevi Michou

Paraskevi Michou

Director, DG JUST, European Commission

 

Ms Michou joined the Commission in 1992.

Since January 2011 Ms Michou is Director of the Civil Justice Directorate in DG Justice. This Directorate deals with civil justice policy,

contract law, consumer and marketing law and all financial programs of DG Justice.

Prior to this, Ms Michou was the Head of Unit of the "Implementation of Regulatory Framework" Unit in DG Information Society and Media. In

this Unit Ms Michou was also responsible for the Roaming Regulation.

Before that, Ms Michou was heading the "Procedures related to national regulatory measures" in DG Information Society and Media.

In the Commission she previously worked in DG Enterprise and DG Internal Market.

Marisa Jimenez

Marisa Jimenez

European Privacy Policy Counsel, Google

 

Spanish lawyer by the University of Zaragoza, Marisa Jimenez is specialized in EU law by the Europa Institut of Saarbrucken, Germany. Marisa has 14 years of public policy experience in Brussels. She worked for the EU Commission at the beginning of her career and before joining Google, she was Public Policy Director at GS1 and held various positions at Time Warner and Deutsche Post World Net Brussels Corporate public policy offices, dealing with a variety of public policy matters focusing on Privacy and Data Protection, Internet and RFID policy related issues leading the completion of the EU Privacy Impact Assessment Framework for RFID Applications. Marisa joined Google in November 2010 as European Privacy Policy Counsel.

Markus Ferber

Markus Ferber

Member, European Parliament

 

After his degree in electrical engineering in 1990 and subsequent employments for Siemens AG (Munich) and Pfister GmbH (Augsburg), Markus Ferber, MEP became a Member of the European Parliament in 1994. He is a Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Substitute Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. In 1999 he became Chairman of the CSU delegation in the European Parliament. Since 2005, Markus Ferber is also Regional Chairman of the CSU Schwaben.

Kostas Rossoglou

Kostas Rossoglou

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC

 

Kostas Rossoglou is a Greek qualified lawyer, member of the BAR of the Thessalonica, in Greece.

Kostas holds the position of Senior Legal Officer at BEUC and is leading BEUC’ Digital Team. He has been working at BEUC’s Legal Department since January 2009 and his main areas of expertise are Intellectual Property Rights, e-commerce and data protection. He has been working on a number of EU policy issues, including enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, collective management of copyright, audiovisual content and copyright levies.. Kostas has been representing consumers in a number of expert groups of the European Commission on IPR related issues, such copyright levies, multi-territory licensing of content online and online counterfeiting. Kostas is also a member of the Team on consumer redress and consumer contracts.

BEUC is a Brussels-based organisation representing forty three reputed independent consumer associations from some thirty European countries (EU, EEA and applicant countries). BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on eight areas identified as priorities by our members: Energy & Sustainability, Financial Services, Food, Health, Safety, Consumer Contracts, Digital and Group Action.

Chris Sherwood

Chris Sherwood

Director Public Policy, Yahoo!

 

Chris Sherwood joined Yahoo! in 2009 as Director, Public Policy, based in Brussels. He covers all of Yahoo!’s public policy issues in Europe. Chris previously worked for the US Department of Commerce at the US Mission to the EU, where he worked on ICT sector-related issues, including privacy and environmental rules. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and an IT systems implementation consultant. He has Masters Degrees in German and European Studies. He speaks fluent English, French, German, and Polish. He has UK, French, and US nationalities.

Cecilia Wikström

Cecilia Wikström

Member, European Parliament

 

Cecilia Wikström, Sweden, is a member of the European Parliament and part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

She became a member of the European Parliament in 2009, and currently sits as a full member in the Committee on Legal Affairs. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. She is part of the delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia, the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

Jean Bergevin

Jean Bergevin

Head of Unit - Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy, European Commission

 

Jean Bergevin was born and educated in the UK. He graduated with a BA in Economics and French in 1981. His post-graduate qualifications consist of a MA in Economics and a PhD on the Economic Analysis of the industrial market for electricity in the UK.

In 1986 he was recruited to IEA Coal Research as an economist to study the international industrial market for coal.
In 1988 he was recruited as an economic adviser at the DTI (UK Department of Trade and Industry) where he worked in a Market Assessment Unit covering numerous heavy industries and notably the steel and chemicals sectors.

In 1989 he joined the European Commission as a policy officer in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs where he was involved in the analysis of firms’ strategies in the Internal Market. He also acted as this Directorate General's contact point for Competition policy and worked closely with the team who established the Merger Task Force in DG Competition.

Since October 1991 he has been working in the Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services (DG MARKT). He was a member of policy Units dealing with media, commercial communication, e-commerce and services in the Internal Market between 1991 and 2004. He was involved with the preparation of the Commission Green Paper on commercial communications in the Internal Market in 1996, the 1998 Commission Communication on this same issue and the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Sales Promotion adopted in 2001.

In June 2004 he was appointed as the Head of Unit of DG MARKT E-2 (Retail and Information Services). This Unit was responsible for applying Internal Market law to distributive trade services, commercial communication services, media services, technical testing/accreditation services and gambling services. It was also responsible for the e-commerce and conditional access directives and for the evaluation of notifications of new national information society rules falling under directive 98/34. The Unit prepared the Commission's second implementation Report on the Conditional Access directive in 2008, the Commission's Retail Market Monitoring report in 2010 and the Commission Green paper on on-line gambling services in 2011.

In April, 2011 he was appointed to his current position as the Head of Unit of MARKT D3 (Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy). This Unit is responsible for the application of Directive 2004/98/EC on the enforcement of IPR and the review of that text foreseen in 2012. It is negotiating the proposed Regulation of the Commission to establish the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy within OHIM and is developing stakeholder dialogues seeking to establish agreements to improve IPR enforcement such as the MoU on the sale of counterfeit goods that was signed in Brussels in May 2011. The Unit is also involved in preparatory work on improving the enforcement of trade secrets and against lookalikes in the EU.

Hein Pretorius

Hein Pretorius

CEO, MIH Internet Europe

 

Mr. Pretorius has more than 16 years experience in the Internet, Technology and Telecommunications industries. He is widely recognized for his actions in furthering the MIH group’s investment activities in these industries, in particular investments in Mail.ru, Nimbuzz, Gadu-Gadu and the Tradus Group (Ricardo and Allegro). Mr. Pretorius currently holds the position of CEO of the Internet Division in Europe. He is a director of a number of companies in the MIH Group.

Mr. Pretorius joined the Naspers Group in 2000 as CEO of Kalahari.net. In 2002 he became CEO of N-Direct and in 2004 he relocated to China in the role of Internet Business Development Director, first to Shanghai and then to Beijing. In 2007 Mr. Pretorius was relocated to the Netherlands taking up the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Internet Division in Europe. In September 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Division.

Edith Appelmans

Edith Appelmans

Director, European Consumer Centre, Belgium

 

Ms Appelmans studied at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Master in Social Sciences – Communication Sciences (1988) and at High School for Media Planning & Media Marketing (1990).

Professional experience:
• Marketing and research for SBPP, Belgian editor of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Art & Décoration, Visa-Actuel (1989-1995);
• Project manager and editor in chief for Special Editions, editor of shopping guides for home furnishings (1997–2001);
• Director of the European Consumer Centre in Belgium (since 2001).

Walter Devenuto

Walter Devenuto

President, EMOTA

 

Walter Devenuto is the President of EMOTA (European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association), which represents the interests of more than 2.700 distance selling and e-commerce companies in 19 European countries, with its 20 member national associations.

He is also Managing Director Italy of Bakker, European leader in direct marketing of gardening products, since 2004.

He previously worked for 6 years for a primary American management consultancy, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he managed important strategy and reorganization projects in large multinational corporations, in Italy, UK, and USA.

He then acquired a significant managerial experience at Mediaset and Wind-Infostrada, with P&L responsibility for online media and broadband internet.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a Degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.

In addition to his native Italian, he is fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of French.

He has a dual citizenship, Italian and American.

James Waterworth

James Waterworth

President, EDiMA

 

James Waterworth is a Director of Nokia's EU Representative Office with responsibility for internet and telecommunications matters. Prior to his move to Brussels James worked for Nokia in Finland and for Telefonica and Cable & Wireless in London, also in the area of government affairs. James was elected President of the European Digital Media Association in July 2009.

Pablo Arias Echeverría

Pablo Arias Echeverría

Member, European Parliament

 

Since June 2009, Pablo Arias Echeverría serves as a Member of the European Parliament (Spanish EPP Delegation). Mr Arias is a member of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection as well as a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. Currently, he is the Rapporteur of the Own Initiative Report on "Completing the Internal Market for e-commerce".

Before serving as Assistant to the former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar López between 2002 to 2004 and as his Executive Adviser since 2004, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Brussels-based CDI (Centrist Democrat International) from 2000 to 2002.

Mr. Arias Echevarría holds a Diploma in Marketing, a Master's degree in Business Administration and Management and a Public Management Leadership Program (PLGP) from the IESE Business School (Madrid, 2008-2009).

Katarzyna Lasota Heller

Katarzyna Lasota Heller

EU Public Relations, MIH Group

 

Dr. Katarzyna Lasota Heller, Attorney at law, admitted to practice in Poland and in Switzerland, Vice-President of EdiMA. For over 11 years she has been working on legal problems related to the Internet. As a scholar at the Max Plack Institute in Munich, she has written and defended her doctoral thesis on consumer rights in the Internet. Katarzyna completed post-graduate LL.M. studies in the United States. She has worked for many international law firms in Germany, Austria and Poland.

Currently, she holds position of Group Legal Compliance Officer and is responsible for regulatory legal issues at the European Union level in the MIH/Naspers Group. She lectures International Intellectual Property Rights at the Kozminski University in Warsaw.

Sebastian Bohr

Sebastian Bohr

Deputy Head of Unit - Financial Services and Redress, European Commission

 

Sebastian Bohr is Austrian.

He has a legal background (University of Vienna, Austria) and started working at the European Commission in 1995.

In DG MARKT, Mr. Bohr had various functions. In September 2008 he joined DG SANCO, unit Financial Service and Redress where he is a Deputy Head of unit since October 2010.

Werner Stengg

Werner Stengg

Head of Unit - On-line services, European Commission

 

Born 1968 in Friesach, Austria.

Studies at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (master's degree 1992, PhD 1995).

Professional experience:
• Assistant Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (1992-1996);
• Administrator at the General Secretariat of the European Council of Ministers, Brussels; air and maritime transport (1996-1998);
• Administrator at the European Commission, DG Enterprise, in charge of negotiating bilateral textile agreements between the EU and third countries (1998-2001);
• Assistant to the Deputy Director General of DG Enterprise (2001-2002);
• Administrator at DG Budget, in charge of evaluation (2002-2006);
• Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, in charge of "Impact Assessment, Evaluation and Economic Analysis" (2006-April 2011);
• Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, in charge of "Online and Postal Services" (April 2011-present).

Alex von Schirmeister

Alex von Schirmeister

Vice President, Marketing, Operations and Advertising, eBay Europe

 

Alex joined eBay in 2004 in Paris, as Marketing Director, before becoming Managing Director for eBay France in 2007. In 2010, Alex moved to his current role as VP of Marketing, Operations and Advertising, responsible for eBay’s overall marketing strategy across Europe.

After studying for a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Georgetown University, and an MBA from INSEAD, Alex began his career as a Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble in Mexico before working as a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton in London. Prior to joining eBay, Alex lived in Madrid where he worked with Telefonica Moviles.

Ron Gainsford

Ron Gainsford

Chief Executive, UK Trading Standards Institute

 

Ron joined the Institute as its chief executive in February 2002. He grasped the opportunity to help lead trading standards and the Institute into further successful times after spending the immediately preceding years with LACORS as its assistant director leading on trading standards affairs.

His professional background is in trading standards and local government with broad experience working in a variety of local authorities and in national and international regulatory consumer affairs.

He is well-versed in European and international collaboration and has represented UK interests on several European enforcement and influencing groups involving consumer protection counterparts and other professionals from member states, EU institutions and other overseas agencies. He has also been an adviser to a number of overseas governments on public protection and market surveillance issues.

Ron was made a fellow of the Institute in 1999 for his services to trading standards and awarded the OBE in 2010 for services to consumers and to business. Married to Roseanne, Ron has four children and a passion for sport, particularly all things football.

Susanne Czech

Susanne Czech

Secretary General, EMOTA

 

Susanne Czech is a Doctor of Laws from the University of Graz, Austria. In 1994, she entered the Austrian Insurance Association, responsible for International Affairs, a position which she held for over 8 years.

She then moved, in 2002, to the European Insurance Federation in Brussels, representing the common interests of the whole European insurance sector as Head of European Single Market Affairs and, later, also International Affairs.

Currently Susanne Czech is the secretary general of EMOTA, THE EUROPEAN MULTI-CHANNEL AND ONLINE TRADE ASSOCIATION.

David Dean

David Dean

Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

 

David is a senior partner in The Boston Consulting Group’s Munich office. For several years he was the global leader of BCG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice.
For more than 25 years David Dean has worked with many leading high-tech and telecommunications companies around the world on issues of strategy and corporate development, globalization, organization and performance improvement. His client work has led to some of BCG's most innovative thinking in areas such as cloud computing, Web 2.0, knowledge-based competition, m-commerce, high-tech services and the attacker-defender model for competition in telecommunications.

Some of his publications include "Cloud Computing in Large Enterprises: Questions for the CSuite", "Capturing the Value of Cloud Computing: How Enterprises Can Chart Their Course to the Next Level", "Ringing in the Next Billion Mobile Consumers", "Mobile Commerce: Winning the On-Air Consumer", "The Promise of Mobile Telecom", "Value Creation Through Services", and "Economic and Political Opportunities of the Information Society", "Swimming Against the Tide: How Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Companies Can Prosper in the New Economic Reality", and "Turning Over a New Tablet".

Prior to joining BCG, David held research assistantships at the University of Giessen in Germany and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received an undergraduate
degree (first class) in physics and a D.Phil. in nuclear physics from Oxford University.

Razvan Antemir

Razvan Antemir

Legal Affairs Advisor, EMOTA

 

Razvan Antemir started working for EMOTA (the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association) as Legal Affairs Adviser in February 2011 and is responsible for the coordination of the EMOTA Legal Affairs Committee. He previously worked for the Brussels based Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA, 2008-2011), after completing his education in European Public Affairs, in Maastricht (NL) in 2008. Razvan has gained experience in areas such as sales and promotion law, privacy, postal and environment.

Thibaut Kleiner

Thibaut Kleiner

Member of Cabinet Commissioner Kroes, European Commission

 

• Digital content and cognitive systems (Directorate E)
• Network and Information Security (Units A.3 and F.5, ENISA)
• Unit R.4
• Public data

Outside portfolio:
• Justice, fundamental rights and citizenship
• Education, culture, multilingualism and youth
• Home affairs

• Assisting Head of Cabinet on Cabinet financial management

Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme

Director, Regulatory Affairs, bpost

 

Joost is a lawyer with additional specialisation in regulatory law and economics. He currently holds the position of regulatory affairs director at bpost. He is also chairman of the European Affairs Committee of PostEurop dealing with regulatory, legal and political aspects affecting the European postal operators.

Before his current regulatory function, he served bpost as deputy general counsel and senior counsel in competition law.

From 1993 to 2001, Joost has been a legal director of Belgacom, the Belgian incumbent telecommunications company. He has been in charge of legal and regulatory review of various pricing and product related matters in the retail and wholesale units, as well as the setting-up of subsidiaries in the field of internet and mobile communications. Joost’s experience in the area of liberalisation of the electronic communications market is instrumental for his current function.

Joost is also active on a more academical field where he is a frequent guestspeaker at university audiences as well as at policy conferences, complemented by the writing of articles on regulation.

Jules Stuyck

Jules Stuyck

Faculty of Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

 

Qualifications
Law degree K.U. Leuven 1970 ; ph d K.U. Leuven 1975
Admitted at the Brussels Bar 1984


Present Functions
Academic

• Professor of European law and consumer law at K.U. Leuven
• Professor of European law at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
• Visiting professor of European Competition law at the Central European University, Budapest (since 2000)
• Visiting professor in European Consumer law at the Université Pantéon-Assas Paris 2 (since 2008)
• Author of more than 350 publications; co-editor in chief of Droit de la Consommation/Consumentenrecht; member of the editorial board of Journal of Consumer Policy, Revue européenne de droit de la consummation/European Consumer Law Journal and of Revue de droit commercial belge; member of the advisory board of European Review of Contract Law and of Revue des affaires européennes.

Professional
Partner with Liedekerke.Wolters.Waelbroeck.Kirkpatrick, Brussels; head of the department of European law and Competition law area’s: European competition law, sate aid law, internal market, public procurement, consumer law, regulatory law Belgian competition law and unfair competition and trade practices law.

Cornelia Kutterer, LL.M.

Cornelia Kutterer, LL.M.

Director of Regulatory Policy, Microsoft Corporate Affairs Europe

 

Cornelia Kutterer is Director of Regulatory Policy for Microsoft EMEA, responsible for security and data access governance issues, as well as child safety and consumer policies. She has long standing experience in Information Society regulatory policies at EU level and represents Microsoft at various trade organisations. Cornelia Kutterer is a qualified German lawyer, and holds a master’s degree in information technology and communication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau, Porto (Portugal), Hamburg and Strathclyde (UK).

Thomas Carroux

Thomas Carroux

General Manager, Bon Prix

 

• Born March 1961 in Hamburg
• German Nationality
• University degree in economics
• Start to work for the OTTO Group in 1987
• Start to work for bonprix (100% subsidiary of OTTO) in 1991
• Managing director bonprix France since 1998
• Managing director bonprix Turkey since 2011
• Department manager bonprix International in Hamburg since 1998
• Hobbies: long distance running, skiing, mountain-hiking

Patrick Kessler

Patrick Kessler

CFO, RBC Solutions

 

Current acitivities:

* President VSV - Verband des Schweizerischen Versandhandels (Swiss Mail Order and Online Shopping Association)
* Board member of various Mail Order and Online Shopping companies (Switzerland and Germany based)
* CFO rbc Solutions

Previous functions:

* CEO/CFO Quelle Versand AG Switzerland
* responsible for various start ups of daughter companies in Switzerland out of the former Primondo Group

Felix Braun

Felix Braun

Lawyer, Zentrum für Europäischen Verbraucherschutz e.V.

 

Felix Braun has been working for the Zentrum für Europäischen Verbraucherschutz e.V. (Former name of the organisation: Euro-Info-Verbraucher e.V.) since 2006 and took over the E-commerce Contact Point Germany (eCommerce-Verbindungsstelle Deutschland, located at the Zentrum für Europäischen Verbraucherschutz e.V. in Kehl) in 2007.

The German lawyer was born in Bonn and grew up both in Paris and Bonn. He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Aix-en-Provence (France), specializing in European Union law.

Following his second state law examination, he constantly gained practical expertise in the fields of consumer law, European Union law, alternative / online dispute resolution and especially e-commerce.

Felix Braun was also involved as a short-term expert in EU-Twinning Projects in new Member States of the European Union in a variety of legal aspects concerning e-commerce and international private law.

Jean-Marc Noël

Jean-Marc Noël

Founder and Managing Director, Trusted Shops

 

Jean-Marc is founder and managing director at Trusted Shops GmbH, the leading European e-commerce Trustmark scheme for online-shops.

A graduate of Ecole Centrale in France, Jean-Marc Noël worked from 1989 to 1994 for Companie Bancaire (now BNP Paribas) in Paris and Cologne. He then worked two years as a management consultant before becoming a managing partner of a consulting company in 1997. He co-founded Trusted Shops GmbH in 1999. In 2000, the German economic magazine, Die Wirtschaftswoche, named Jean-Marc as one of the 100 most influential managers in the new economy in Germany.

Trusted Shops is European leader when it comes to boosting consumer confidence in online shopping. Over 8,500 successful e-commerce sites rely today on the services of Trusted Shops, including well-known brand shops and many small and medium-sized enterprises.

Trusted Shops offers a comprehensive service for the benefit of both the online merchant and the consumer, which encompasses accreditation, seal of approval, money-back guarantee and customer service. Thanks to its comprehensive consumer protection, Trusted Shops membership nurtures a climate of confidence and security that boosts consumers’ willingness to buy. The result: fewer aborted sales and higher turnover.

Okke Delfos Visser

Okke Delfos Visser

Deputy General Counsel, Europe, Motion Picture Association

 

Biography to appear here shortly...

Isabelle Chatelier

Isabelle Chatelier

Legal Officer, EDPS

 

Isabelle Chatelier is legal adviser in the Policy and Consultation Unit of the European Data Protection Supervisor, an independent authority in charge of supervising personal data processed by Community institutions, advising these institutions on legislative and administrative proposals dealing with data protection, and cooperating with other supervisory authorities in this field.

After graduating in law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, she specialized in European law, and qualified as a lawyer at the Paris Bar.

Before her appointment at the EDPS, Ms Chatelier worked in the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Brussels where she was advising multinational companies from diverse sectors of activity on data protection and information technologies law.

At the EDPS, Ms Chatelier advises on data protection law in the areas of electronic communications, e-Commerce, intellectual property, technology, and transport. She regularly contributes to seminars and conferences in the area of data protection law.

Yves Lalieu

Yves Lalieu

Business Leader Europe, MasterCard

 

Yves Lalieu is Business Leader product development and product management for Debit products in Europe. In this role he is responsible for the development of new products and functionality for debit products including Debit MasterCard® as well as the Maestro® brands.

Yves has a dual role in supporting the France and Benelux region on their debit product development needs but he is also in charge of the Maestro product management. In charge of Maestro e-commerce he has introduced innovative solutions like the “Maestro Advance Registration Program”. Working on the MasterCard world Beyond Cash project” Yves has recently introduced new solution to improve the acceptance of Debit Cards in environment like Automated Fuel Dispenser, Tollways and Parking.

Yves has been with MasterCard for 18 years in different positions including customer implementation and Transactions Processing marketing.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director, EDiMA

 

Jeremy has been Director of EDiMA since 2007, specialising in EU policy issues surrounding the distribution of online content and Internet services, e-Commerce, and online consumer policy. He is responsible for the management and coordination of the association’s engagement activities at EU level and within the Brussels stakeholder community, advocating on behalf of the association on the development of EU policy affecting the online environment. A graduate from the University of Richmond (US), University of Bath (UK) and l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP-Sciences-Po, France), he is Head of Practice at Policy Action, responsible for the management and development of the firm’s ICT practice and client portfolio.

Forum Europe Twitter

Logistics

When

Tuesday November 22, 2011
08.30 to 20.00

CET

 

Where

Stanhope Hotel

Rue du Commerce 9
B-1000 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 506 91 11

Fax: +32 2 512 1708

info@stanhope.be

www.stanhope.be

Google location map

 

Downloads

Post-conference Report

Post event press release

E-commerce conference sponsorship brochure

 

 

The European E-Commerce Conference 2011