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Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger

European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, European Commission


Günther H. Oettinger is European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since 1st November 2014. On 10 February 2010 he became European Commissioner for Energy and from 1st July – 31st October 2014, he was Vice-president of the European Commission. From 2005-2010, he was Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and, since 1984, a member of the regional Parliament ("Landtag"). He was the leader of the CDU Landtag group from January 1991 to April 2005.

A lawyer by training, Günther H. Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence. He is a member of the Federal Executive Committee and of the Steering Committee of the CDU Deutschlands.

Tanja Rueckert

Tanja Rueckert

Executive Vice President LoB Digital Assets and IoT, SAP


Dr. Tanja Rueckert leads a newly formed Customer Innovation unit which, working in close collaboration with customers and partners, focuses on developing innovative software solutions particularly in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. She reports to Bernd Leukert, SAP Executive Board, Head of Products and Innovation.

Co-innovating with customers and partners to accelerate their digital transformation by bringing individualized, but scalable business solutions to market is at the core of Tanja’s organizational charter. Expanding the market reach of SAP’s innovation pipeline through globalization services complement her responsibilities.

Tanja joined SAP in 1997, and has worked on many different customer implementation projects, held leadership roles in quality and program management and was the COO of HR and Products & Innovation board areas. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wuerzburg and the University of Regensburg, Tanja splits her time between Silicon Valley and SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf Germany, and is a mother of two children.

Edith Lemieux

Edith Lemieux

University and HR Transformation Projects, Air Liquide


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Benjamin  Gallezot

Benjamin Gallezot

Deputy Director General, Ministère de L’Économie de l’Industrie et du Numérique


Robert MacDougall

Robert MacDougall

Head of Enterprise Regulation, Vodafone; and Chair WG4, The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation


Robert MacDougall is Head of Enterprise Regulation at Vodafone Group, where he leads on all regulatory and policy matters relevant to Vodafone’s enterprise activity. 

Robert has spent the majority of his career in electronic communications regulation, including eight years at the UK’s Communications Regulator Ofcom (and its predecessor Oftel) in a variety of roles involving policy development, dispute resolution and also competition enforcement. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was an Assistant Director at the UK’s Competition and Consumer Protection Authority. This included a secondment to the US Federal Trade Commission as an FTC International Fellow. Robert has a primary degree in Law and a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law. He is currently Chair of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Policy Working Group, an initiative which has been set up by the European Commission to support policy and dialogue within the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Corinna Schulze

Corinna Schulze

Director, EU Government Relations, SAP


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Rob van Kranenburg

Rob van Kranenburg

Chair of AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society, European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things


Rob van Kranenburg is an innovation and media theorist involved with negociability strategies of new technologies and artistic practice, predominantly ubicomp and RFID, the relationship between the formal and informal in cultural and economic policy, and the requirements for a sustainable cultural economy. He has been teaching at various schools in the Netherlands (UvA, EMMA Interaction Design, Industrial Design) and has worked at several Dutch cultural institutions; de Balie, Doors of Perception and Virtual Platform. Until April 1 2009 he was Head of Public Domain at Waag Society. Currently he teaches at Frank Mohr and Fontys Ambient Intelligence. He lives in Ghent, Belgium. With friends he has set up Council, a consultancy/thinktank on the Internet of Things for governments, cities and citizens.

Hans-Jörg  Stotz

Hans-Jörg Stotz

Senior Vice President, SAP


Dr. Hans-Jörg Stotz is Senior Vice President for IoT Strategy & Innovation within the IoT development organisation of the SAP Products & Innovation board area.

His unit is responsible for IoT Strategy, Standards & Open Source, Customer Co-Innovation and IoT Research. He coordinates SAP’s political engagements in the areas of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things. He is Sherpa for Bernd Leukert, Board Member of SAP, and represents SAP in the Steering Committee of the Plattform Industrie 4.0 of the German Government and of the Allianz Industrie 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg.

He joined SAP in 2005 and since held positions in Corporate Strategy, Product Management, Innovation Management and Development Operations.

Max  Lemke

Max Lemke

Head of Unit - Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry, European Commission


Dr. Max Lemke has a leading role in developing and coordinating the strategy for Digitising European Industry under Commissioner Oettinger, in the European Commission's Research and Innovation Programme HORIZON 2020.

Max is responsible for the areas embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing. Max is co-responsible in CONNECT for the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the Public Private Partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context he also has launched the I4MS initiative (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs).

Max has worked in various areas in the European Commission Research and Innovation Programmes since 1995, including the future internet, security, high performance and grid computing, and security. Before joining the Commission, Max has worked in research and industry in Germany, the US, and the UK. With a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, he has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, parallel computing, and software engineering.

Mark  Spelman

Mark Spelman

Co-Head, Future of the Internet Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva


Mark Spelman is an international business leader who worked at Accenture for 26 years. His Accenture roles included being global head of strategy, global managing director for thought leadership and executive director for the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His current roles include working for the World Economic Forum (WEF) to lead their initiative on the future of the digital economy and society. He is also chair of an EU-China expert group studying the future of the digital economy. His work involves engaging leading thinkers and decision makers from government, business and civil society on digital disruption, access and internet governance. Mark was chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Council in Brussels and a non-executive director at Sport England; his current non-executive roles include The Future Cities Catapult in the UK, Harlequins RFUC and chairman of Leap a charity specializing in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of conflict. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a MBA from INSEAD, France.

Egbert-Jan Sol

Egbert-Jan Sol

Field Labs Smart Industry, Netherlands


Egbert-Jan Sol (1956), CTO of TNO Industry, is director of the Dutch Smart Industry program, the Dutch Industry 4.0 program. He is also parttime professor at the science faculty of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. At European level he is vice-chairman of EFFRA, the Factory-of-Future PPP and member of the high level group of Manufuture.

Egbert-Jan Sol (MSc and Phd Mechanical Engineering) started his industrial career as robotics system architect, followed by a carrier from software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of a 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 1990-98 he was part time professor Technology Management at the TU Eindhoven.

“It is easy to make technology complex, it is very difficult to make technology simple. Yet in manufacturing only the simplest solution works. ”

Emmanuel Routier

Emmanuel Routier

VP Verticals, IoT & Analytics, Orange Mobile Enterprise


During his more than 25 years of experience, Emmanuel has developed a strong experience in B2B markets from French large accounts to international wholesale business in different roles, different countries and continents.

He settled in 1999 in Belgium, where he developed and drove for Orange Belgium the interconnection, roaming, wholesales and the M2M business.

In 2013, he took over the role of VP Global M2M at Orange Business Services (the B2B arm of Orange Group) driving Orange global M2M connectivity business.

In November 2016, Emmanuel was appointed VP Verticals, IoT & Analytics, he is now leading the development and deployment of the Orange’s verticalized business development strategy.

Markus Heß

Markus Heß

Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy


Since August 2016, Markus Heß is Deputy Director General at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

From 2011 to 2016 he was Director of the Internal Market Unit in the European Policy Department of the BMWi. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Head of the BMW AG Representation in Brussels.

Mr. Heß was Head of Unit in the BMWi’s European Policy Division from 2003 to 2009, coordinating the relations of the BMWi with the European Parliament.

Paweł Świeboda

Paweł Świeboda

Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre


Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), an in-house think tank of the European Commission reporting directly to President Juncker, as Deputy Head, Paweł ŚWIEBODA was President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, an EU policy think tank based in Warsaw, from 2006 to 2015. Earlier, he was Director of the EU Department at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2001-2006 and EU Advisor to the President of Poland from 1996 to 2000.

A graduate of the London School of Economics (BSs in Economics), and the University of London (MA in International Relations), he is a member of a number of advisory boards of European think tanks as well as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. In 2013/2014, he was Rapporteur of the Review of European Innovation Partnerships.

Pedro Martinez Cid

Pedro Martinez Cid

Deputy Innovation Director, Iberdrola


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Oliver Röthig

Oliver Röthig

Regional Secretary, UNI Europa


Since May 2011, Oliver Roethig is the Regional Secretary of UNI Europa, the European service workers union with 7 million members. UNI Europa is the European Regional Organisation of the 20-million member UNI Global Union.
He is member of the ETUC Executive Committee and ETUI Management Committee.

He was Vice-President of Finance Watch from 2012 to 2014 (and before a board member since 2011) and member of the European Commission’s high-level working group on business services (2013-2014).

From 2003 to April 2011, Oliver Roethig was Head of UNI Finance, the global union for the banking and insurance industry, driving UNI Europa’s work on the financial crisis, EU financial regulation and supervision, and involved in extensive work with the European institutions, building the social dialogue and European works councils.

From 1998 to 2002, he was policy officer for the European regional organisation of the global union FIET (now part of UNI Global Union), with particular responsibility for European Companies (SEs), for world youth and professional and managerial staff issues; he was executive officer of Eurocadres from 1998-2001.

Born in Essen/Germany, Oliver Roethig studied political science, industrial relations, history and law at the London School of Economics (Master in European Studies) and before at the universities of Bonn and Aberdeen.

Frederik Santens

Frederik Santens

Chairman and President, IoTBE – Internet of Things Belgium


Frederik Santens is Founder and Chairman of Internet of Things Belgium VZW or IoTBE, a non-profit and independent cluster of high-tech IoT stakeholders with the aim to simulate IoT adoption and innovation through open innovation and co-creation. He is a frequent speaker and management consultant on corporate digital and IoT transformation strategies.



Tuesday 29 November, 2016
15.00 to 19.00




Representation of the State of Baden-W├╝rttemberg to the European Union

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