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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Vĕra Jourová

Vĕra Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

 

Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years.

Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001.

Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

 

Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

She was the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017.

Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017. Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Group in 2008-2009.

She is part of project teams, such as Digital Single Market, Energy Union, Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs, Budget and Human Resources, and Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

As a member of the project teams, her responsibilities include launching ambitious proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market, supporting the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry, as well as other activities turning digital research into innovation success stories.

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek

Chair, European Data Protection Board

 

On January 1, 2014, Andrea Jelinek, who holds a doctor degree in law, took over the Austrian Data Protection Authority. While still a student, she worked as a consultant at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), then as a trainee lawyer and from 1991 as a legal officer at the General Secretariat of the Austrian Rectors' Conference.

Two years later she moved to the Ministry of the Interior, where she first worked as a legal officer and later as head of department in the legal and legislative department. One of her special fields - asylum and immigration law - should also determine her further career. From October 2010 to June 2011 she took over as head of the Vienna Foreign Police. Before that, in 2003, she was the first woman in Vienna to be appointed head of a police commissioner's office.

Since February 2018, she has also been the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party.

Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor

 

Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli (1957) has been European Data Protection Supervisor since December 2014. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014 for a term of five years. He previously served as Assistant EDPS, from January 2009 until December 2014.

Before joining the EDPS, he worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at international level.

Birgit Sippel

Birgit Sippel

Member, European Parliament

 

Biography to appear soon.

Mathias Cellarius

Mathias Cellarius

Global Data Protection Officer, Head of Data Protection & Privacy, SAP Global Security

 

Mathias Cellarius is SAP’s Global Data Protection Officer and the head of Data Protection and Privacy at SAP.
Mathias further heads ‘SAP Export Control’ as a second regulatory responsibility. His professional experience spans the company’s legal, public policy, research and intellectual property functions.

Mathias holds a law degree from the University of Freiburg and his bachelor law degree with the higher regional court of Karlsruhe. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Mannheim.

Linda Thielova

Linda Thielova

Data Privacy Counsel, OneTrust

 

Linda Thielová serves as Data Privacy Counsel at OneTrust, the largest and most widely used dedicated privacy management technology platform for compliance with global privacy laws. In her role, Linda provides guidance on GDPR-related privacy obligations to support product innovation and assist with compliance efforts for a wide spectrum of organistions from both private and public sectors. She also conducts training and workshops on the global privacy landscape and contributes to various publications and conferences on a regular basis.

With five years of professional experience in privacy from various roles and sectors, Linda's background combines judiciary review of administrative decisions and more hands-on experience of building internal company privacy programs from an in-house legal counsel position.

Linda is a Certified Information privacy Professional (CIPP/E, CIPM) and holds a master’s in law and Legal Science.

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 oversaw the work on the actions on Cybersecurity adopted in September 2017, including the Cybersecurity Act and Recommendation on large scale cybersecurity incidents. She is a member of the Management Board of ENISA and of the Steering Board of CERT-EU. She recently led the restructuring of the Directorate to expand on research technology and capacity building in cybersecurity.

She was previously Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (2013-2017). She has served as Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers where she was responsible for communication and strategic issues.

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.

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder

Acting Deputy Director-General, DG Justice, European Commission

 

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is Director of the Criminal Justice Directorate in Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission in Brussels. Her Directorate develops European Union policies and legislation to enhance co-operation in criminal matters and to fight against crime, concentrating particularly on the financing of terrorism and money-laundering and strongly co-operating with the Financial Action Task Force.

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is a graduate in law and, following initial assignments in the German federal government, started working for the European Commission in 1996, holding several positions in Directorates-General for competition, enterprise and industry policies. From 1998 to 2007 she served as an advisor to EU Commissioners. Since 2011 she has been working in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. She has been Director for Criminal Justice since March 2017.

Since September 2018, she is holding as well the position of acting Deputy Director-General of Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.

Joan Antokol

Joan Antokol

Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC

 

Joan is the managing partner of Park Legal LLC, a data protection and security law firm with offices in Indianapolis and New Jersey. Prior to starting her own law firm in 2010, Joan was a partner at a large law firm headquartered in Indianapolis for three years, and also chaired that firm’s data protection practice group. Before becoming an external counsel, Joan’s was a Vice President and Global Privacy Officer for Novartis for 7 years.

Since 2002, Joan has been a member of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), a group chaired by the Berlin data protection commissioner and comprised of the data protection regulators from across the E.U. as well as a growing number of other countries around the world. As such, Joan has longstanding professional relationships with the data protection regulators in many countries along with strong knowledge of the requirements and the regulator expectations.

Joan is also a Privacy by Design Ambassador (appointed by the former Ontario, Canada Privacy Commissioner), based on her assistance in developing and implementing global privacy frameworks for multinational companies, and is the author of a number of data protection articles. She received her undergraduate decree from Cornell University and her law degree from Rutgers University.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft Europe

 

Jeremy Rollison is Director of EU Government Affairs within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. Based in Brussels, his work focuses on policy related to the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), with a particular emphasis on data issues and corresponding public policy covering privacy, cybersecurity, cloud policy, and the cross-border provision of online services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked in the Government Relations team at Nokia in the company’s EU representative office, and was previously Director of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels. He has over a decade of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, focusing and engaging with EU stakeholders on issues related to the development and delivery of online services in the Internal Market and corresponding EU regulatory policy.

Bruno Gencarelli

Bruno Gencarelli

Head of Unit, International data flows and protection, DG JUSTICE, European Commission

 

Biography to appear shortly

Jan Ellermann

Jan Ellermann

Senior Specialist Data Protection Function, Europol

 

Jan Ellermann works as Senior Specialist in Europol's Data Protection Function and provides operational data protection related guidance across the organisation. This includes advising the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) as well as the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in the continuous development of new and innovative initiatives.

Jan has joined Europol in late 2007 after starting his professional career as a research assistant and lawyer in Germany, later serving his country as a Public Prosecutor. He holds a doctoral degree in law connected to Europol and the FBI and has published various articles on data protection and information security related topics.

Jan is a certified data protection auditor and is holding a Master of Science in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation at the University College in Dublin (UCD). He is regularly invited to share his professional experience at national and international level.

Jan is passionate about data protection and one of the initiators of the Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN), i.e. an online collaboration platform which has been developed with the aim to involve stakeholders from various backgrounds in order to strike the right balance between freedom and security. EDEN includes law enforcement as well as representatives of relevant private parties, academia, NGOs etc. It can be used as a channel to present projects, best practises and events linked to data protection in a law enforcement context.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director General, Policy - EMEA, BSA l The Sofware Alliance

 

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.

Boué holds a Master of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

Ilias Chantzos

Ilias Chantzos

Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Symantec

 

Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). He is also the Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and privacy.

Before joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he worked on a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences.

Chantzos holds a law degree from the Aristotle University, an Erasmus degree from the University of Limburg, a Master degree in Computers and Communication Law from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Master in Business Administration from Solvay Business School. He has also completed executive education at the JFK School of Government in Harvard. Chantzos is member of the Athens Bar Association. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of TechAmerica Europe. He also served for four terms as Chairman of the European Policy Council of Business Software Alliance (BSA). He is appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and at Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) Advisory Board. He also represents Symantec at the NATO Industry Cooperation Platform. Chantzos is a member of the Young Global Leaders 2014 class of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German.

Paolo Cesarini

Paolo Cesarini

Head of Unit, Media Convergence and Social Media, European Commission

 

Paolo Cesarini is Head of the Unit responsible for media convergence and social media within DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission.

He previously held other management positions in the Commission, namely in DG Competition where he was responsible for antitrust enforcement and legislation (in the media, consumer goods, basic industries, agricultural and manufacturing sectors) from 2001 until 2010, and for State aid policy (in the areas of R&D&I, risk finance and environment) from 2011 until 2016.

Previous assignments include work as a legal officer at the Legal Service of the International Labour Organization in Geneva (Switzerland) and as a researcher at the Institute for Public and International Law of Siena University. He obtained a master degree in international law at the University of Siena (Italy) and an LLM in EU law at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).

During the last ten years, he has also been teaching EU competition law as visiting professor at Siena University, and as lecturer at the universities of Turin and Montpellier.

Zsuzsanna Belenyessy

Zsuzsanna Belenyessy

Head of Sector, Digital Privacy, DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Biography to appear shortly

Ursula Pachl

Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General, BEUC

 

Ms. Pachl has been with BEUC since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and presently as Deputy Director General.

BEUC represents 41 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all Community policies. Apart from deputising for the Director General, Ms. Pachl is leading BEUC’s work on the consumer legislation acquis and is responsible for horizontal and strategic policy issues.

Prior to working for BEUC, Ms. Pachl worked at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection in Vienna and at the Austrian Consumer Information Association as a member of the Consumer Advisory Board.

Ms. Pachl is the author of several articles in consumer policy and law journals.

Estelle Massé

Estelle Massé

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead , Access Now

 

Estelle Masse is Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead at Access Now. Her work focuses on data protection, privacy, surveillance and telecoms policies. In particular, Estelle leads the work of the organisation on data protection in the EU and around the world. She is a member of the Multistakeholder Expert Group of the European Commission to support the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She graduated with a Master in European Law from the University of Granada, Spain.

Moderators

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 also a Senior Adviser at Flint Global.

Paul is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe's Council of Advisors. He is also 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.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union” and in 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

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