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Viviane Reding

Viviane Reding

Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission


Personal details
* Luxembourger
* born April 27, 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Political career
* 2004-2010: Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media
* 1999-2004: Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media, Sport
* 1989-1999: Member of the European Parliament
* 1995-1999: Vice-president, Parti Chrétien-Social, Luxembourg
* 1988-1993: National president of Christian-Social Women, Luxembourg
* 1981-1999: City councillor, city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
* 1979-1989: Member of the Parliament of Luxembourg

Professional career
* 1978-1999: Journalist, Luxemburger Wort
* 1986-1998: President, Luxembourg Union of Journalists

Other activities
* 2009 Member of the Global Council of the Women's Forum
* 2009 Member of the Board of Les Journées d'Echternach (association sans but lucratif)
* 2007 Member of the Board of Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (fondation d'utilité publique)

* 1977: Doctor of human sciences, Sorbonne, Paris

* Luxembourgish: mother tongue
* French: fluent
* German: fluent
* English: fluent
* Italian: good knowledge

Zoran Stančič

Zoran Stančič

Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Dr. Zoran Stancic is Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG CONNECT since 2009.

Trained as an engineer he started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana. In 1994 he was employed as the Head of the Spatial Information Centre of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Associate Professor at the Department of Geodesy. From 1990 till 2000 he was a research fellow or visiting professor at the University of Arkansas, the Delft University of Technology, the University of Reading, the Boston University, the University of Trieste and the University of Paris. Zoran Stancic has published seven scientific books and a number of scientific papers on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing.

During 1999 - 2000 he was Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

From the year 2000 to 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia.

In the period 2004 - 2009 he served as Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG Research.

William E. Kennard

William E. Kennard

US Ambassador to the EU, US Mission to the EU


William E. Kennard is the United States’ Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Kennard was a Global Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm with approximately $90 billion under management. Mr. Kennard joined The Carlyle Group in May 2001. At The Carlyle Group, Mr. Kennard specialized in investments in the telecommunications and media sectors.

Before joining The Carlyle Group, Mr. Kennard served as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from November 1997 to January 2001. He presided over the agency at an historic time. During his tenure, he shaped policies that created an explosion of new wireless phones, brought the Internet to a majority of American households, and resulted in billions of dollars of investment in new broadband technologies. At the same time, he implemented bold new policies to bridge the digital divide in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Kennard is well known for his advocacy for people at risk of being stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide. He implemented the FCC’s e-rate program, which brought the Internet to almost every school and library in the United States. Under Mr. Kennard’s leadership, the FCC dramatically expanded access to communications technologies for people with disabilities. The FCC also adopted policies to increase telephone service to rural areas, especially to Native Americans living on tribal lands. He reached out to create more ownership and employment opportunities for women and minorities.

As FCC chairman, Mr. Kennard promoted the benefits of technology worldwide. He pioneered an innovative FCC Development Initiative to assist countries in the developing world to participate more fully in the global growth of digital technology. Through this initiative, Mr. Kennard signed the first partnership agreements on behalf of the FCC with ten countries on four continents to share U.S. regulatory experience with emerging regulatory authorities.

U.S. News and World Report dubbed Kennard a “consumer champion for the digital age.” He has received many honors and awards for his accomplishments, including awards from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Easter Seals Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and honorary degrees from Howard University, Gallaudet University and Long Island University.

Mr. Kennard previously served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation (national US wireless carrier), Handspring, Inc. (manufacturer of the Treo and other wireless devices), eAccess Ltd. (national Japanese wireless carrier), as well as on the boards of several companies owned by The Carlyle Group.

Mr. Kennard also served on several nonprofit boards including the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, One Economy Corporation, Common Sense Media, Year-Up Inc., the Yale University Council, Gallaudet University and Media Access Project.

Before his appointment as FCC Chairman, Mr. Kennard served as the FCC’s general counsel from 1993 until 1997. He joined the FCC from the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now DLA Piper) where he was a partner and member of the firm’s board of directors.

Mr. Kennard is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. He resides in Brussels, Belgium with his wife, Deborah Kennedy Kennard, and their son, Robert.

Ambassador Kojiro Shiojiri

Ambassador Kojiro Shiojiri

Ambassador of Japan to the European Union, Mission of Japan to the EU


Education: University of Keio

Career in Outline:
1972 - Passed Higher Diplomatic Service Examination

1973 - Graduated from the Faculty of Economy, University of Keio
Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)

1982 - Second Secretary, Japanese Mission to the European Committee

1983 - First Secretary, Japanese Mission to the European Committee

1992 - Director, First International Economy Division, MOFA

1994 - Director, Overseas Establishments Division, MOFA

1996 - Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Korea

1997 - Minister, Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Korea

1998 - Director, Management and Coordination Division, MOFA

2000 - Deputy Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA

2002 - Deputy Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, MOFA

2003 - Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America

2005 - Deputy Vice-Minister, MOFA
(in charge of management, budget, personnel, Parliamentary
relations, etc.)

2008 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Indonesia

2011 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the European Union

Dale Strange

Dale Strange

Executive Director Global Cloud Computing, Dell


Dale Strange serves as Executive Director of Dell’s Global Cloud Computing Division. In this role, he has global responsibility for Cloud Services providing Private, Public, Hybrid and Community Cloud solutions across Industry Sectors. He is a passionate Cloud Computing advocate promoting the value of Cloud in allowing organizations to accelerate innovation, reduce cost and deliver a more agile IT environment.

Previously, Mr. Strange led Dell’s Public Sector and Corporate Accounts Services Division and served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. There, he built and managed a world-class organization providing Consulting, Deployment, Education, Support and Managed Services solutions to Enterprise customers globally. As a 22 year industry veteran, he is passionate about Services innovation and the role Services & Cloud Computing plays in reducing IT Complexity and enabling innovation.

Dale is a 1989 graduate of Georgia State University, where he earned his BBA in Marketing. He earned his MBA from Kennesaw State University in 1991 and resides in Austin, Texas.

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Pilar del Castillo Vera

Member, European Parliament


Pilar del Castillo is a Member of the European Parliament from Spain. Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004, Dr. del Castillo Vera was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004.

She is a member of the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.

She is the Coordinator of the EPP group in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), substitute for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of India, and substitute for the Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

From June 2009 she is the Chair of the European Internet Foundation. Member of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) and the European Energy Forum (EEE). Pilar del Castillo is also member of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) Forum and Chair of the permanent Working Group on Energy of the European Ideas Network.

Mario Campolargo

Mario Campolargo

Director, Net Futures, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Mário Campolargo is Director for "Net Futures" in DG CONNECT responsible for Research and Innovation on what lies beyond the current Internet architecture, software and services and the EU-Strategy for the Cloud. Previously he has been Director for "Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures" in DG INFSO in charge of Future and Emerging Technologies, ICT based infrastructures for science and ICT trust and security, experimental facilities and experimentally driven research for Future Internet. Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he worked for 12 years in the R&D Centre of Portugal Telecom as a researcher and manager. He has a Degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Coimbra), a Master of Science in Computing Science (Imperial College London), a Post graduate in Management (Solvay Business School Brussels) and a European Studies Diploma (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve).

Dalibor Baskovc

Dalibor Baskovc

Chairman, Eurocloud Slovenia


Dalibor is chairmain of the EuroCloud Slovenia chapter, a nonprofit organization in Slovenia, member of EuroCloud Europe.

He has also been recently appointed vice-president EuroCloud Europe, Responsible for Start Up &Innovation Encouragement Management.

Through this organization, he is also active on certification program development, involved in communication on European level towards other markets, such as China, and involved in local data protection guidelines creation He is also involved as coordinator of the biggest Slovene cloud r&d project, one of the biggest projects in Europe at this time (

Dalibor is also a member of Select Industry Group (SIG), run by the EU commission. He has been actively involved in preparation of EU cloud strategy.

Dalibor Baskovc has a long and successful career in Technical, Security (CISM), Sales, Business development and Managerial positions. Dalibor has worked in various industries covering IT-development, IT-system integrators companies, Compulsory health insurance company, Central Securities Clearing Corporation, Telecom and Sales. Dalibor has a profound understanding of using cross-industry partnerships to leverage the strength of multiple industry players giving each player a strong foothold in the market place.

Dalibor is CEO of privately owned company Zeleno d.o.o., consulting in the area of cloud computing, where he is responsible for developing the cloud consultancy program, helping vendors, research&development entities, ISV’s, getting value out of cloud industry. A strong footprint of responsibility is also knowledge transfer from research institutions to the industry through the competence center he is running within Slovene Chamber of Commerce.

Dervish Tayyip

Dervish Tayyip

Legal Director EMEA, Microsoft


Dervish Tayyip is Legal Director for Microsoft Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Dervish is a UK qualified Solicitor (admitted in 1991) and before joining Microsoft, he practised law at the City of London firm of Adlers (later DLA Solicitors) and subsequently became Partner at the London West End firm of Reid Minty (later McGrigors LLP).
He writes and speaks regularly on a wide range of topics relating to IT & the law. Dervish is also Chair of the In-House Group of the UK Society for Computers & Law.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Law (with honours) from Queen Mary College, University of London. He also holds post-graduate qualifications in Law from University College London, De Montfort University, Leicester and the University of Strathclyde.
Notable professional milestones include being an advisor to the Committee of Experts who advised the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights (“CIPR”) in 2001-2.

Joan Antokol

Joan Antokol

Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC


Joan Antokol is internationally recognized for her work in privacy and data protection. She is the managing partner of Park Legal LLC, a new Indianapolis-based boutique law firm that focuses its practice in the areas of data privacy, information security and records management. Ms. Antokol also owns an online training company and a software company. She assists organizations with many aspects of privacy and security, including healthcare and clinical research, security breaches, international data transfers, enterprise management, and privacy auditing. Joan is a frequent presenter at privacy conferences and has a number of published articles and has written twenty booklets on various aspects of privacy and security. She is the 2011 Chair of the Indiana Security and Privacy Network (InSPN), an organization comprised of about 75 privacy and security professionals, and is also a member of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), let by Dr. Alexander Dix, the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner.

Prior to launching Park Legal LLC in May 2010, Joan spent three years as a partner at a large Indianapolis law firm and chaired that firm’s privacy and records management practice group. Before that, Joan spent seven years working for Novartis in New Jersey and Switzerland, and served as Vice President and Global Head of Privacy for the Novartis Group companies. Previously, she worked for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in New Jersey, and eventually served as the head of product liability litigation for that company, handling litigation matters in the U.S. and other countries. At Roche and Novartis, Joan also handled certain international drug safety and regulatory matters. Joan spent the first four years of her career as a trial attorney at a large New Jersey based law firm (Shanley & Fisher, PC., which is now Drinker Biddle) and simultaneously served as an acting municipal prosecutor in New Jersey for two years.

Joan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark, NJ), where she was the Business Editor of the Computer & Technology Law Journal.

Tomas Jakimavičius

Tomas Jakimavičius

Counsellor for Telecommunications, Information Society and Postal Services, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU


Tomas JAKIMAVIČIUS is Telecommunications Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union (2010- present). He is responsible for the Digital Agenda issues, which include the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors. Prior to that he held a position at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania as the chief specialist of the ICT department (2009-2010). Before joining the public service he worked as an enterprise information systems developer (2005-2008)

Currently Tomas is deeply involved in the preparations of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council, since he will be chairing the Council working groups in the fields of Telecommunications, Information Society and Postal Services.

Mr. Tomas Jakimavičius holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Boston University, a Master of Science in Enterprise Information Systems from the University of Westminster and a Bachelor of Science in Informatics from the Kaunas University of Technology.

Robert Holleyman

Robert Holleyman

President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance


As President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance, Robert Holleyman is the chief advocate for the global software industry. From BSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and its 13 foreign offices, he leads public policy initiatives and intellectual property protection programs that break down trade barriers and open markets for innovators in PC and server software, mobile technologies, and cloud computing services. President Barack Obama also appointed Holleyman to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory committee for the US government on trade matters.

Heading BSA since 1990, Holleyman has focused on expanding business opportunities for BSA member companies in emerging markets. In the process, he also has built the most successful anti-piracy program in the history of any industry, driving down software piracy rates around the world. This has helped create the conditions for commercial software revenues to grow more than fivefold in the same period — to $335 billion, globally, in 2011.

Named one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world, Holleyman was instrumental in putting into place the global policy framework that protects software under copyright law. Now, with cloud computing emerging as an important growth area, he is leading industry efforts to establish a policy framework that will allow a cohesive global marketplace for cloud services to flourish.

Verena Weber

Verena Weber

Economist and Policy Analyst, Information, Communications and Consumer Policy Division, OECD


Verena Weber is Economist/Policy Analyst at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. She is working on topics relating to the Internet Economy. Her recent work focuses on market trends in the Internet economy, including cloud computing, developments in communications infrastructure, sensor technology and ICTs for development. Before joining the OECD, Verena worked at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). Verena holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and an MBA from ESSEC Business School (France).

Margot Dor

Margot Dor

Strategy Development, ETSI


ETSI is an ICT standards organization whose mission is to enable the emergence of global open standards for networks and services. The 750+ members (60% European based) design the work programme with their input and participation to technical committees. ETSI is located in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Margot worked in the IT and bank industry prior to joining ETSI to launch a market intelligence unit. She is today in charge of strategy development.

Born and raised in Marseille, Margot graduated in Political Science and International Public Law (Aix-Marseille III) and holds a post-graduate degree in Strategic Marketing (HEC Paris).

Axel Haentjens

Axel Haentjens

Vice-President Cloud Computing, Orange Business Services


Axel Haentjens is Vice President Cloud Computing at Orange Business Services.

His mission is to define and maintain the strategic vision of Orange Business Services for the Cloud Computing, arbitrate the key technological decisions and the selection of the partners and assure the consistency of the Cloud product roadmap. He will support the growth of the revenue, make sure that our industrial capabilities match the growth of the customer base, ensure that customer journey is well organized and carry the Orange Business Services’ Cloud message outside and inside the company.

Prior to this position, Axel Haentjens served as Head of Marketing, Brand & External Communications for Orange Business Services as well as Head of Strategy and Business Development for Equant. Before the merger between Equant and Global One, Axel Haentjens served as Head of Marketing for Global One, a post he held from July 2000 until June 2001. Prior to this, Axel Haentjens served as Vice President of France Telecom Data Networks and Services, from February 1999 until July 2000.

In 1996, Axel Haentjens created the Strategy and Product Development departments within France Telecom Transpac. Axel Haentjens joined France Telecom Transpac in 1995 as a Country Delegate in charge of supervision and control of European affiliates.

Before joining France Telecom, Axel Haentjens held positions as Vice President for Strategy, Marketing and International at SG2, a software affiliate of the French bank; CEO of an affiliated start-up; and marketing manager and business unit director at SEGIN, a software company. He began his career as a strategic consultant with the SEMA Group.

A native of France, Axel Haentjens is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Manharsinh Yadav

Manharsinh Yadav

Second Secretary, Embassy of India to the EU


Mr Manharsin's biography will be available shortly

Ton van Rhijn

Ton van Rhijn

Director ICT & IPM at CZ, The Netherlands and Representative, EuroCIO


Ton van Rhijn worked for the first half of his professional career in Information management and application architectures, mostly in the telecoms industry. The second half he was responsible for large outsourcing contracts working for Atos.

In 2011 he switched back to the other side of the table as director of ICT and Information management for CZ. CZ is the third largest health care insurer in the Netherlands (€7 billion, 3.4 million customers).

Maria Martin-Prat

Maria Martin-Prat

Head of Unit Copyright, DG MARKT, European Commission


Ms. Martin-Prat is Head of the Copyright Unit in the Commission Internal Market Directorate-General. Her Unit is responsible for the development and enforcement of the EU "acquis" in the area of copyright and related rights as well as for international negotiations in bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Before joining the Copyright Unit, Ms Martin-Prat was already a Head of Unit in DG MARKT, responsible for free movement of services and freedom of establishment issues, notably the 2006 Services Directive. Prior experience in the Commission
includes being a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and other posts in DG MARKT (dealing notably with copyright and with e-commerce).

Ms. Martin-Prat is admitted as a solicitor in Spain and has two postgraduate degrees on European Law (Licence Spéciale en Droit Européen, Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels; Diploma on European Integration, European Institute of the University of Amsterdam).

Patrice Chazerand

Patrice Chazerand



Patrice Chazerand is Director in charge of Digital Economy and Trade Groups at DIGITALEUROPE.

Prior to joining DIGITALEUROPE, Patrice Chazerand was the Secretary-General of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), the trade body of PC and videogames publishers operating in Europe between 2002 and 2009. In this capacity he has established PEGI, the only pan-European system of harmonised rating of digital content dealing with various topics such as internet content, protection of minors, privacy, freedom of expression and intellectual property; competition law as applied to interactive and user-generated content; Net neutrality, etc.

In 1999, Patrice Chazerand set up the Brussels office of Viacom which he ran as Vice President, European Affairs until 2002. During this tenure with Viacom he dealt with audiovisual content creation and distribution on all platforms, anti-piracy, EU audiovisual issues.

From 1989 to 1995, Patrice Chazerand was Director, Public Affairs, at AT&T France, and subsequently Managing Director from 1995 to 1999. He has extensive knowledge of telecom services and networks: regulation, interconnection, universal service, broadband deployment, next gen networks, etc.

Patrice Chazerand spent the first fifteen years of his career with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, seven of which were at the Embassy of France in Washington.

Burak Özgen

Burak Özgen

Senior Legal Advisor, The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC)


Burak Özgen is Senior Legal Advisor at GESAC (The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers) where he deals with legal and policy aspects of collective management, content licensing and protection of copyright. Before joining GESAC he was a partner at Eurokent Consultancy in Brussels, and worked with private companies, NGOs and governmental organisations, mostly on copyright related matters. Prior to that, Burak worked at the Audiovisual and Media Policies Unit of the European Commission, EMI Music Publishing and TurquoiseArt Entertainment as legal counsel. He also took part in international projects such as “Fair Music Business Model” and “Music Rights in Southern Africa” as legal advisor and project coordinator.

He holds an LL.M degree in European and International Law from the Ghent University, Belgium, where he is still a PhD researcher and stayed as a visiting fellow at the Columbia Law School for a short term where he gave a seminar course on 'Current issues in music licensing'.

Ken Ducatel

Ken Ducatel

Head of Unit, Software and Services, Cloud Computing, DG Connect, European Commission


Ken Ducatel, British, aged 55, holds a PhD in economic geography from Bristol University and an MSc in transport policy from Cranfield University in the UK. He has worked on information society policy for twenty years. He was a member of the Faculty of University of Manchester for 14 years. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, where he led the Institute's flagship "Futures Project." From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of Commissioner Reding's Cabinet responsible for Lisbon Strategy & Policies for the Information Society . In January 2009 he became Head of Unit for the "Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination" in DG Information Society. From July 2012 he will lead the "Software and Service, Cloud Computing Unit" in the newly formed DG CONNECT.

Michel Catinat

Michel Catinat

Head of Unit ICT for Competitiveness and Industrial Innovation, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission


Michel CATINAT is a civil servant with the Commission of the European Union, having joined in 1986. Since the 1st of October 2010, Michel CATINAT is Head of Unit "ICT for Competitiveness and Industrial Innovation", Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. Amongst other duties, he is currently in charge of the European policy on “Key Enabling Technologies”.

For two years, Mr CATINAT has been adviser and published a report on critical raw materials in the European Union.

Previously, Mr CATINAT was Head of Unit “Sustainable development, climate change and competitiveness”. His unit’s mission was to ensure the implementation of Sustainable Development Strategy and that the most cost-effective solutions for environmental, energy and transport objectives were adopted.

Mr CATINAT has also been Head of Unit responsible for the Information Society and the Information Technologies. He has been involved in the definition and implementation of measures to support the emergence of the Information Society in Europe. From 1986 to 1989, he has been appointed as Economic Adviser in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission. He carried out the economic analysis of the European Single Market Policy.

Before joining the Commission, Mr CATINAT held a number of posts as economist in the French administration services in the Economic Planning Office (Prime Minister) and in the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs).

Mr CATINAT attended the “Ecole Polytechnique” in Paris where he graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering. He is also graduated with a Master in Economics. He is former Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University (USA) and was professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, teaching “Information and Communication Technologies: Impact and Structure”.

Isabelle Flory

Isabelle Flory

Enterprise Solutions Director, Intel Western Europe


Isabelle Flory is the Enterprise Solutions Director at Intel in Western Europe.

In this role, she works with large enterprises, the Governments and the Academia across France, Belgium and Switzerland to create business value and business transformation thru ICT adoption, innovation and strategic partnerships.
Cloud computing, high performance simulation, and Big Data analytics, alongside their associated interoperability, privacy, data protection and consumerization of IT security challenges are the core priorities of her customers today.

Before this role, Isabelle has served as Director of Government relationships and Strategic Initiatives in France, supporting Intel’s broad investment in French innovation ecosystems, from R&D labs to world class industrial partnerships or venture capital / acquisition agreements.
Isabelle is playing an instrumental role in France in supporting the French government Digital agenda and education, aging citizen and SMB programs.

Isabelle is 58, is married and has an 18 years old son.
She is graduated in Mathematics, and has held European marketing and management roles in telecommunications or consumer electronics companies before joining Intel in 1999 where she held a number of positions, in distribution and retail.

Kate Craig-Wood

Kate Craig-Wood

Managing Director, Memset


Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur, owner-manager of Memset, a nationally leading managed hosting and cloud IaaS provider, and a renowned expert-advocate of green ICT and cloud computing.
Since inception Memset has been a leader in the field of virtualisation and openly shares their experiences and methodologies. In 2010 Kate co-led the technical strand of phase two of the Cabinet Office's G-Cloud project and Memset has recently been awarded a framework agreement for the delivery of G-Cloud services. Memset are proud to have won the 2012 Datacentre Solutions Public Cloud award and been runner up for Private Cloud.

Billy Linville

Billy Linville

Vice-President Public Affairs, AT&T


Billy Linville oversees all public affairs activities at AT&T for the Eastern half of the United States and International. He directs legislative and regulatory strategy in collaboration with external affairs; media relations and messaging for public policy matters; and leveraging the citizenship and reputation of the company in states.
Previously, Mr. Linville was president of Linville & Associates, a public affairs and political consulting firm, whose clients included AT&T, Delta Airlines, Oracle, Cisco, Shaw Group, and Earthlink. Mr. Linville also served as a campaign manager for candidates across the country and a political strategist for the firms: Strother, Duffy, Strother and Strategy.Gov. His political clients included Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, US Senator Mary Landrieu, and US Senator Zell Miller.
Additionally, Mr. Linville was a legislative aide and campaign manager for former US Congressman Phil Sharp (Indiana). He currently serves on the board of the Otis Bowen Institute on Political Participation at Ball State University.

Mr. Linville earned a degree in Political Science from Ball State University and is a graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School. He and his wife, Sherry, reside in Washington, DC.

João Ricardo  Vasconcelos

João Ricardo Vasconcelos

Responsible for Innovation and Knowledge Management Unit, Presidency of the Council of Ministers’ Agency for the Public Services Reform, Portugal (AMA)


João Ricardo Vasconcelos is graduated and holds a master degree in Political Science and is now developing a PhD in Social Sciences, in the variant of Political Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He is currently responsible for the Innovation and Knowledge
Management unit in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers’ Agency for the Public Services Reform (AMA), managing projects like the UN awarded Common Knowledge Network and the Portuguese Open Data Project. His professional experience in the areas of policy for the Information Society results from several years of project management in public areas as diverse as e-government, digital inclusion and skills for the knowledge society.


Andrea Renda

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Regulatory Affairs Programme, CEPS


Dr. Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), where he started and currently manages the Regulatory Policy Unit and the CEPS Digital Forum. He is Professor of Economic Analysis of Law, Antitrust and EU policymaking at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, as well as Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. Andrea sits in the Scientific Board of the International Telecommunications Society and of the European Communications Policy research (EuroCPR), as well as in the Editorial Board of "Telecommunications Policy". He is the author of several publications and expert reports in the field of telecommunications and Internet policy.

Brooks Tigner

Brooks Tigner

Chief Policy Analyst & Head of Technical Studies, Security Europe


Brooks Tigner is editor and chief policy analyst of SECURITY EUROPE – the only publication devoted exclusively to EU civil security policy, technology and business – and founder of Brussels-based SecEUR sprl, the business information service on EU civil security.

He also covers a wide swath of EU and NATO security and defence issues for Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has analysed and reported on security and defence technology and policy issues across Europe for more than two decades – from the post-Cold War’s impact on the NATO and its subsequent expansion, to the EU’s growing role in security and defence.

Formerly Defense News’ Bureau Chief in Brussels, he reported extensively across East and Central Europe throughout the1990s, followed by three years in Washington DC where he was the newspaper's International Editor.

Brooks returned to the Belgian capital in 2001 as the paper's EU/NATO affairs correspondent - a position he held until creating SECURITY EUROPE in January 2007 to coincide with the launch of the EU’s new Security Research programme. A native English-speaker, Brooks is fluent in French, has a passing knowledge of Spanish and holds dual Belgian-US nationality.

Magnus Franklin

Magnus Franklin

Journalist, MLex


Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM, was previously an analyst and reporter on Mobile Communications Europe and Telecom Markets. He provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Magnus studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.

Martin Porter

Martin Porter

Chair, Edelman EMEA Public Affairs & Managing Director,, Edelman | The Centre


Martin Porter is Managing Director of Edelman | The Centre and was a co-founder of The Centre, Brussels’ first think-do tank, before it joined the Edelman network in March 2010. Since April 2012, he has also taken on the role of overseeing Edelman’s EMEA Public Affairs practice.

He is closely involved and highly active in consulting activities, where he specialises in strategic advice and high-level Public Engagement support especially in areas related to the low carbon economy, sustainability and risk management issues.

His track record during his 15 years of EU public affairs activity in Brussels includes advocacy and communications campaign design and support to companies, associations, coalitions, NGOs and governments involved in the above areas to created shared value outcomes that deliver public goods as well as private enterprise benefits.

With a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Bath and a first class joint honours degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from the same university, he is also a visiting fellow of the School of Public Policy at UCL, a Board Member of UCL’s European Institute, and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

A British national, he speaks English and French fluently, with conversational Italian and German. Married to another graduate of Bath University, Nikki Pattison (who is half British, half Austrian), with whom he has three children, he is a constructively critical, pro-European Liberal Democrat who lives by the motto ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ – combining a love of many sports (he notably plays and coaches hockey and runs marathons) and ‘the great outdoors’ with a passion for learning, reading, teaching and enjoying others’ company, especially where fine food and drink are involved.



Thursday 7 March, 2013
08.30 to 16.35




Renaissance Hotel

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