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Despina Spanou

Despina Spanou

Director Digital Society Trust & Cybersecurity DG CONNECT, European Commission


Despina Spanou is the Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the Directorate-General Communications Network, Content and Technology. In this capacity she is responsible for cybersecurity policy and law, digital privacy, connected cities and mobility, digital health and e-government as well as electronic identification. She was previously Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (2013-2017) in charge of consumer policy, consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and product safety. In that role she oversaw the recent overhaul of consumer law and enforcement as well as the integration of consumer policy in the digital single market strategy. She has served as Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers where she 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 in 2003. She had previously practised European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. She is of Cypriot origin, a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Pilar  del Castillo

Pilar del Castillo

MEP, Rapporteur for the Telecoms Package, European Parliament


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Jean Schiltz

Jean Schiltz

Smart Mobility Expert, Ministry of the Economy, Luxembourg Government


Jean Schiltz works as a consultant for the Ministry of the Economy since April 2017. His current position involves the development of a smart mobility ecosystem in Luxembourg, as well as advice in all matters related to the use of innovative technological solutions in mobility and transport.
From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Schiltz has held various positions of responsibility at the headquarters of Volkswagen AG. His involvement has extended across the automotive development process ranging from the definition of the initial product mission, through concept development, up to the start of series production. Car models he has worked on are now starting to appear in different international markets.
Before that, Mr. Schiltz has worked as a Project Officer for Luxinnovation on the promotion of Design as a strategic tool for innovation and on the development of the Creative Industries sector in Luxembourg.
Passionate about all things moving, Mr. Schiltz has graduated with honours from the University of Birmingham (UK) in automotive mechanical engineering, before completing another Master’s Degree in industrial transportation design at the Institut Supérieur de Design Rubika (FR).

Thomas Becker

Thomas Becker

VP Governmental and External Affairs, BMW Group


Dr. Thomas Becker graduated in business economics from Cologne University in 1991. Three years later he received his doctorate. From 1995 to 2002 he worked for the Federal Association of the German Industry (BDI) in the field of environmental politics. From 2002 to 2006 he was head of the economics department at the Confederation of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in Frankfurt. There he was appointed vice chairman in 2006.

Since 2007 he is Vice President of the Department of Government and External Affairs at BMW Group in Munich, Germany.

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission


Andreas Geiss is currently Acting Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy in DG INFSO of the European Commission. His responsibilities include the implementation of the inventory in accordance with the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.

Andreas has been working for the European Commission since 2002. He started his professional career in 1991 at the German Regulatory Authority in the area of telecommunications. From 1994 until 2002 he worked for the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO), where he was project leader for many projects dealing with terrestrial and satellite mobile communications. He has been involved in the European preparations for World Radiocommunications Conferences since 1995. Andreas is a telecommunications engineer by profession and enjoys all sorts of sports in his spare time.

Mady Delvaux

Mady Delvaux

MEP, European Parliament


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Henna  Virkkunen

Henna Virkkunen

MEP, European Parliament


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Jozef  Svrcek

Jozef Svrcek

Director, Open Nettest


Jozef Svrcek is a director of Specure GmbH, based in Austria, Europe, with 5 years of spectrum auction consulting experience and over 16 years in the information technology and telecom industries, with a focus on project and infrastructure management.
Prior to joining Specure, Jozef worked for Deloitte as a senior consultant, specialising in the information technology related risks. Earlier in his career, he was an IT project manager for a global pharmaceutical company Bayer – Schering based in Berlin and Leverkusen, Germany.
Jozef has provided technology and consulting services for telecom auctions in the Slovak Republic in 2013, Czech Republic in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He was the team leader at the most recent auction in Podgorica, Montenegro (CCA frequency auction in 800 MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz).
Jozef holds a Master’s degree in Enterprise Systems Implementation from Cranfield University, UK and a Master’s degree in Musicology from Comenius University, Slovakia.

Claire Depré

Claire Depré

Head of Unit, Sustainable & Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission


After a few years as assistant to the Director General of Mobility and Transport, in 2013 Claire Depré was appointed as Head of Unit for Intelligent Transport Systems.
As from October 2016, she has been appointed as Head of unit for Sustainable & Intelligent Transport in charge of intelligent transport systems, low emission transport and urban mobility.
Before joining the Commission in 2001, she worked in the European Parliament with responsibilities encompassing industry, research and ICT.

Catrine Norrgård

Catrine Norrgård

Head of Office, Gothenburg European Office


Catrine studied law at Gothenburg University and at Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg. She then worked as a political adviser in the Gothenburg City Hall before joining the Cabinet of Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Catrine worked in the cabinet of Commissioner Malmström both in her role as commissioner for Home Affairs, as well as for Trade.
Since March 2018, Catrine is the Head of Office for City of Gothenburg European Office.

Joanna  Szychowska

Joanna Szychowska

Head of Unit, Automotive and Mobility Industries, DG GROW, European Comission


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Max Lomuscio

Max Lomuscio

Head of Growth, DOVU


Max Lomuscio joined DOVU in 2018 to drive the growth of the company towards mainstream adoption via the engagement of its stakeholders.
Prior to that, he worked at General Motors holding a number of positions across the World in the financial area, IT and marketing.
Max holds a Master Degree in International Business. He is an enthusiast of blockchain technology as a way to better serve society and its mobility needs

Evangelos  Ouzounis

Evangelos Ouzounis

Head of Secure Infrastructures and Services Unit, ENISA


Dr. Evangelos OUZOUNIS is the head of ENISA’s Secure Infrastructure and Services Unit.
His unit manages ENISA’s contribution to the NIS Directive implementation and over the years has developed good practices for several Critical Information Infrastructures (e.g. telecoms, energy, aviation, health, finance and ICS SCADA).
Dr Ouzounis manages within ENISA the area of IoT security and Smart Infrastructures. In that context, his team developed baseline security requirements for IoT and numerous good practices for smart cars, smart airports, and smart health.
Finally, Dr. Ouzounis has developed, together with all EU Telecom Regulators (NRAs), the first ever pan European incident reporting mechanism for the telecom sector (article 13 a). Since then his unit has published several annual reports on root causes of reported incidents affecting the telecom sector.
His unit now develops a similar mechanism for the trust service providers in the context of eIDAS Regulation (article 19). Prior to his position at ENISA, Dr. Ouzounis worked several years at the European Commission (DG Connect) and co-founded Electronic Commerce Centre of Competence (ECCO) at Fraunhofer FOKUS
(Berlin, Germany). In that context he has managed more than 15 international R&D projects (e.g. 3G, intelligent networks), served for the EU Commission as evaluator of EU funded projects and chaired numerous international recognised academic conferences.
Dr. Ouzounis holds a Ph.D from the Technical University of Berlin on the Resilience and Security of Distributed systems and a Master in Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Patras, Greece.

Abayomi Otubushin

Abayomi Otubushin

Corporate and Governmental Affairs, BMW Group


Abayomi started his career as a researcher at the Loughborough Accident Research Unit where he helped to develop a standardised methodology for car accident reconstruction and performed analyses for vehicle manufacturers and government bodies.

He joined the BMW Group in 1997 starting with the development of passive safety concepts. 2000-2014 he specialised in concept development for pedestrian protection systems and represented the European Industry at international level for the development of legislative and consumer pedestrian testing procedures.

In March 2014 he moved to the BMW EU Representative Office where he is responsible for all technical dossiers being worked on by the EU Institutions.

Dimitri  Vergne

Dimitri Vergne

Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, BEUC


Dimitri Vergne is Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). He is well-versed in EU political affairs, after studies in France, Germany and at the College of Europe in Bruges. After complementing these studies with internships at the German Bundestag and European Commission, Dimitri moved into the field of EU road transport. Here, he represented the interests of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for four years. Dimitri now works on behalf of Europe’s consumers, advocating for EU legislation that will spur the transformation towards a future of clean mobility.

Johanna Tzanidaki

Johanna Tzanidaki

Innovation & Deployment Director, Eritco


Johanna Tzanidaki has a PhD in EU Law from the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, in the UK and has professional qualifications in Project Management (PRINCE2) and CSR. Specialised in EU Affairs and Policy, previously she was the Director of Public Affairs at TomTom where she was responsible for liaising with other ITS stakeholders on policy recommendations at national and EU level. She was also TomTom spokeswoman within the industry and public authorities associations (ERTICO, TISA, iMobility and C-ITS Platform). Johanna was a member of ERTICO Supervisory Board representing TomTom and the Service Providers sector (2012-2017). She has launched and co-Chaired the ERTICO Innovation Platform TM 2.0 on Interactive Traffic Management since 2014.

She joined the ERTICO team in July 2017. In addition to her native Greek, she is fluent in English and Italian


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.

Alea Fairchild

Alea Fairchild

Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute


Dr. Alea Fairchild is a Research Fellow at The Constantia Institute, which is a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank, focusing on innovation and technological advances and their impact on industry and society. As a technology commentator she has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile and social spaces and she helps global enterprises understand the competitive marketplace and to profit from digital process redesign.

Alea is passionate about commercial marketing and innovation, and as an entrepreneur, has started several companies of her own. She loves working with start-ups and actively supports VCs in due diligence work. She also assists governmental institutions on technology policy issues.



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