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Livestreamed sessions replay

Welcome by Matt Kaminski, Executive Editor, POLITICO
Remarks by host Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium

Keynote interview with Carlos Moedas, Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission
Moderator: Nicholas Vinocur, Technology Editor, POLITICO

Learning Session – The State of AI Today
Featuring: Jean-François Gagné, CEO, Element AI and Narendra Mulani, Chief Analytics Officer, Accenture
Moderator: Matt Kaminski, Executive Editor, POLITICO

Closing session – Leveraging the Potential of AI – Industry Recommendations to Government

Featuring Jo Deblaere, COO and Chief Executive Europe, Accenture and Walter Weigel, Vice-President, Huawei European Research Institute
Moderator: Ryan Heath, Political Editor, POLITICO

Global Government Leaders – Next Steps
Featuring: Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market; Ida Auken, Member of Danish Parliament; Yuko Harayama, Japanese Cabinet Office Council on Science, Technology and Innovation Executive Member
Moderator: Ryan Heath, Political Editor, POLITICO

2018 Speakers


Carlos Moedas

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Carlos Moedas is the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, a position he has held since 2014. Moedas was previously elected to Portugal’s National Parliament and served as Secretary of State to the…

Pilar Del Castillo Vera

Member on Industry, Research, and Energy Committee, European Parliament

Pilar del Castillo Vera is a Spanish Member of Parliament for the People’s Party, part of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group. Del Castillo Vera was elected to the European Parliament (EP) in 2004.…

Anchor Participants

Andrus Ansip

Vice President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission

Andrus Ansip is the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Single Market, a position he has held since November 2014. Previously, Ansip served as Prime Minister of Estonia for nearly ten…

Antonio Samaritani

Director General - Agency for Digital Italy

Antonio Samaritani is Director General of the Agency for Digital Italy, a position he has held since 2015. Samaritani is playing a crucial role leading the Italian digitization, with the involvement of both public…

Arisa Ema

Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Arisa Ema is Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project in Japan. She is a researcher in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and her primary interest is to…

Catelijne Muller

Member, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence

Catelijne Muller is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence. In May of this year, the EESC adopted an opinion on the impact of artificial intelligence…


global policy strategy lead for emerging technologies, Google

Charina Chou leads Google's global public policy strategy for emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and health. Prior to Google, she served as a White House Fellow appointed by President Obama in the…

Clara Neppel

Senior Director, European Office, IEEE

Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia,…

Cyrus Hodes

Vice-President and Director of the AI Initiative, The Future Society

Cyrus Hodes is Vice-President and Director of the AI Initiative, which he co-founded in 2015 within The Future Society at the Harvard Kenney School. The Future Society brings together a wide range of global…

Dean Garfield


Dean Garfield is the President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a position he has held since 2009. With ITI, Garfield has worked to foster a policy environment that embraces cutting-edge…

Gila Sacks

Director, Digital and Tech Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, United Kingdom

Gila Sacks has been Director for Digital and Tech Policy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since May 2017. She has worked in the civil service for eleven years, working in…

Ida Auken

Member of the Danish Parliament

Ida Auken has served as member of the Danish Parliament since 2007. She served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. As minister, she started the development of treating waste as a…

Irakli Beridze

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, UNICRI

Irakli Beridze is in charge of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). He has more than 18 years’ experience leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement…

Jared Dunnmon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University

Jared Dunnmon is a current Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, where his research focuses on combining heterogeneous data modalities, machine learning, and human domain expertise to inform and improve decision-making…

Jérémy Lamri

Founder and CEO - Monkey tie, Co-Founder - HR Lab

Jeremy Lamri is the founder and CEO of Monkey tie, the online French leader in career development. In addition, Lamri cofounded the HR Lab, an association gathering over 220 innovative startups in the HR…



Jo Deblaere is Accenture’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the company’s business operations globally, executing Accenture’s business strategy and ensuring operational excellence company-wide. Deblaere is also Group Chief Executive for Europe with leadership…

Kazé Onguene

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Braincities

Kazé Onguene is the founder and chief visionary officer of BRAINCITIES LAB. Founded in 2013, BRAINCITIES seeks to bridge the gap between humans and their ever-changing environments by making ecosystems like cities and companies…

Kristen Silverberg

Managing Director, Institute of International Finance

Ambassador Kristen Silverberg is a Managing Director at the Institute of International Finance. She served in the U.S. State Department from 2005-2008 as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and as an Assistant Secretary…

Marek Havrda

AI Policy & Social Impact Director, GoodAI

Marek Havrda is Strategy Advisor at GoodAI, a private R&D company focusing on the development of Artificial General Intelligence and AI applications. An economist and sociologist by training, Havrda is on a long-term personal…

Matt Fenech

AI Research & Advocacy, Future Advocacy

Matthew Fenech worked as a hospital doctor in the UK National Health Service (NHS) and a clinical academic for 10 years. His experience on the front line of the NHS helped him understand the…


Chief Analytics Officer and Applied Intelligence Lead, Accenture Digital

Narendra Mulani is Lead for Accenture Applied Intelligence, a practice that combines Artificial Intelligence with deep industry and analytics expertise to help clients address their most complex challenges. A connector at the core, Mulani…

Nicolas Demassieux

Senior Vice President Research, Orange Labs

Nicolas Demassieux is Senior Vice President Research at Orange Labs, defining the research strategy and coordinating major research initiatives that involve over 700 engineers and Ph.D. students in multiple countries, and impose an active…

Nicolas Miailhe

Co-founder & President, The Future Society

Nicolas Miailhe co-founded The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School in 2014 which focuses on questions of impact and governance of emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence through its AI Initiative. Miailhe is also the…

Peter Wallqvist

Vice President of Strategy for RAVN, iManage

Peter Wallqvist is Vice President of Strategy for Ravn. In 2010, Wallqvist co-founded RAVN Systems, a company devoted to increasing efficiency in professional services with software, together with equally experienced scientists and engineers to…

Ryan Triplette

Founder, Canary Global Strategic

Ryan Triplette is the founder of Canary Global Strategic, a strategic consulting firm focused on the evolving landscape of international policy and its impact on the investment culture and innovative industries. She has spent…

Sanjay Mohan

President & CEO of healthio inc.

Sanjay Mohan is president and CEO of a preventive health-tech startup, Healthio Inc. Healthio is a consumer-facing preventive health platform that aggregates user-generated sensor and non-sensor data to understand changes in an individual’s physiology…

Stephen Cave

Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, and Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge. Previously,…

Virginia Dignum

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology

Virginia Dignum is Associate Professor on Social Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). She is Executive Director of the Delft Design for Values…

Walter Weigel

Vice-President and CSO, Huawei European Research Institute (ERI)

Walter Weigel has been Vice President of the European Research Institute of Huawei, based in Munich Germany, since April 2015. Previously he was the Director General of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute ETSI from…

Yuko Harayama


Yuko Harayama is an Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office of Japan. She is the former Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation…

2018 Partners

Founding partner


Accenture Applied Intelligence, part of Accenture Digital, applies artificial intelligence and human ingenuity at the core of business to help clients solve their most complex business problems. By deploying AI responsibly and combining it with our deep industry and analytics expertise, we enable the digital transformation of organizations, extend human capabilities, and make intelligent products and services a reality.

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Presenting Partner


Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Huawei’s 180 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population.

Huawei currently has over 10 000 staff based in Europe, of whom 1 600 are working in R&D. We run 18 R&D organisations located in eight European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners.
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Networking Partner

Burson Marsteller

Burson-Marsteller is a leading global public relations and communications firm. Having a deep understanding of digital sector and the EU, we provide strategic thinking and integrated campaigns across a full range of services, including public affairs, positioning, crisis management, advertising, digital and trainings, with a particular focus on areas such as online platforms, taxation, competition, data, and cybersecurity.



EEMA is an independent association and established EU Project Partner. EEMA collaborates with EU & Global Partners, has an established and growing network throughout Europe and provides the ideal platform to disseminate information and share expertise through high-profile and significant EU projects. EEMA works to educate and inform members of latest developments, technologies and innovations in an independent environment. As a European thought leader with varied technical work streams covering major digital topics. EEMA works to educate and inform members of latest developments, technologies and innovations in an independent environment. EEMA liaises with governments, policy makers, influencers and research organisations though out Europe.

The Future Society

Incubated at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, The Future Society is a non-profit which aims at addressing the profound consequences of the current technological explosion. Their mission is to help build a future that preserves humanity while harnessing the upsides of technology. The Future Society focuses on policy research, executive education, convening and incubation.