SPEAKERS

2019 SPEAKERS

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Jyrki Katainen

European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

Jyrki Katainen is the European Commission’s Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, a position he has held since 2014. He joined the Commission in July 2014 as Vice-President for economic and monetary affairs…

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Věra Jourová

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Věra Jourová is the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, a position she has held since 2014. Prior to joining the Commission, she was Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic.…

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Philippe De Backer

Minister of Administrative Simplification, Digital Agenda, Postal Services and Telecom, Belgium

Originating from Antwerp, Philippe De Backer obtained a doctor’s degree biotechnology at the University of Ghent and an MBA at Solvay Business School. Philippe started his career as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and…

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Aurore Belfrage

CEO, Oriens AI

Aurore Belfrage, CEO, Oriens AI Tech entrepreneur, political advisor and investor Aurore Belfrage spends her time in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and international affairs.  She’s an Industrial Advisor to Europe’s leading PE house EQT,…

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Björn Böhning

Permanent State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Germany

Since March 2018 Boehning has been Permanent State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, where he is responsible for employment and social policy. He is also in charge of…

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Jacques Bughin

Director, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company.

Jacques Bughin is director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company, and one of its three global leaders. He leads research on global economic and technology…

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Julian David

Chief Executive Officer, techUK

Julian David is the CEO of techUK. Previously, he was appointed as the Director General of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013. David leads techUK's 60 strong…

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Chris R. Dawe

Co-Founder & CEO, Effect.AI

Chris is a driven entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in business strategy, marketing, sales and project management. From early 2003- 2010 Chris lead the international efforts of European and North American energy…

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Mieke De Ketelaere

Customer Intelligence Director, SAS

Mieke De Ketelaere is Customer Intelligence Director at SAS for the West Europe region. She hold a master degree in civil and industrial engineering and specialised on robotics and artificial during her studies. Over…

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Marc-Antoine Dilhac

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal; Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics

Marc-Antoine Dilhac, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal; Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics After graduating with a degree in Philosophy (France, 2002), I completed a Research Masters on tolerance at Rawls (University of…

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Jim Dratwa

Head of the EGE Office and Secretary-General of the IDB, European Commission

Jim Dratwa’s research and publications address the interconnections between knowledge, values and action. He has served in several positions of great responsibility in that regard at the European Commission, as member of BEPA (the…

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Michèle Finck

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Research Fellow, Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

Michèle Finck’s research focuses on the regulation of the digital economy, in particular on data protection, artificial intelligence and blockchain. She recently authored the book ‘Blockchain Regulation and Governance in the EU’ and is…

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Tabitha Goldstaub

Co-Founder, CognitionX; Chair, UK AI Council

Tabitha is co-founder of CognitionX, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advice Platform which connects organizations with a global network of AI experts. She is also Director of CogX, the Festival of AIl Things AI, which…

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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…

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Juha Heikkilä

Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Juha Heikkilä, Head of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence unit, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology Juha Heikkilä joined the European Commission in 1998, and since 2014 he has been the Head of…

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Carla Hustedt

Project Manager "Ethics of Algorithms", Bertelsmann Stiftung

Carla Hustedt is a Project Manager in the Ethics of Algorithms project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, where she is taking a close look at the societal consequences of algorithmic decision-making, hoping to contribute to…

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Dame Wendy Hall

Director of the Web Sciences Institute, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

Dame Wendy Hall is Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and is Executive Director of the Web Science Institute.  Previously, she was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science…

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Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Founder, The Ethical Tech Society

Jaume-Palasí is founder and CEO of The Ethical Tech Society as well as co-founder of AlgorithmWatch and the IGF Academy. She researches the ethics of digitisation and automation and in this context also deals…

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Nathalie Laneret

Director of Privacy Policy, Centre for Information Policy (CIPL)

Nathalie is the Director of Privacy of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global privacy and security policy think tank located in Washington, DC and London. Nathalie brings…

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André Loesekrug-Pietri

Speaker for J.E.D.I., former special advisor to the French Minister of Defence, founder of ACAPITAL

André Loesekrug-Pietri, French-German nationalities, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture…

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NATASHA MCCARTHY

HEAD OF POLICY, DATA, THE ROYAL SOCIETY

Natasha McCarthy is a Head of Policy at the Royal Society, where she leads the Society’s work on data and digital technologies – including AI, security, governance of data use and data science skills.…

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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,…

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Jason Oxman

President and CEO, ITI

Jason Oxman brings more than 20 years of experience as a globally recognized leader in technology advocacy. Before joining ITI, Oxman served as CEO of ETA, the international trade association of the payments technology…

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Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General, BEUC

Ursula Pachl is the Deputy Director General of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, representing 43 independent national consumer associations from 32 European countries. Before this, she has held different positions at BEUC, starting as…

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Bertrand Pailhès

AI National Strategy Coordinator, Secreatry of State in charge of Digital

Bertrand Pailhès is the national coordinator of artificial intelligence strategy within the Interministerial Directorate for Digital and Information and Communication Systems (DINSIC). A graduate of Telecom ParisTech and Sciences Po Paris, he worked for…

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Caroline Pernelle

Lead on Organisation mondiale de l’intelligence artificielle (OMIA), Montréal International

Caroline Pernelle is a consultant for Montreal International to lead the creation of a World Organization of Artificial Intelligence, a trainer at the École des Dirigeants for the IA Fundamentals course signed by IVADO…

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Frédéric Pivetta

Founder and Managing Partner, Dalberg Data Insights

Frédéric Pivetta is the Founder and Managing Partner at Dalberg Data Insights (DDI). Frederic is active over the last 8 years in the context of data for development where he has collaborated with major…

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Inese Podgaiska

Secretary General, Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE)

Former Latvian diplomat with 17 years’ experience in stakeholder management, negotiation, advocacy and communication. Main areas of expertise are mobilising partners from countries, international organisations and business community in the cross-border cooperation, as well…

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Michael Schönstein

Head of Strategic Foresight and Analysis, Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society

Michael Schönstein is Head of Strategic Foresight and Analysis at the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society. He is in charge of co-ordinating the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs’ activities on…

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Michel Servoz

Special Adviser to European Commission’s President Juncker for Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labour

Servoz is the Special Adviser to President Juncker for Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labour. Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the European Commission, Servoz was…

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Maikki Sipinen

Specialist, Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economy and Employment of Finland

Maikki is part of a team driving Finland’s AI strategy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Exploring the impact of artificial intelligence to business and society, she analyzes ways of ensuring growth and well-being…

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Pekka Sivonen

Director Digital Transformation of Finnish Industries, Business Finland

Sivonen has raised the second to most private equity funding in Finland, 38 million euros in two rounds. 3+35 million. He has been selected as the Entrepreneur of The Year in Services in Finland…

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Martin Tisné

Managing Director, Luminate

As Managing Director, Martin is responsible for Luminate’s Data and Digital Rights impact area, work in Europe, and policy and advocacy. Martin brings over 15 years of investment and leadership experience to his role,…

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Thiébaut Weber

Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Thiébaut Weber is a trade unionist and former student activist in his native France. Born in Mulhouse,  he studied history at the University of Haute-Alsace. He is a member of the French trade union…

2019 MODERATORS

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Laurens Cerulus

Reporter, POLITICO

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Janosch Delcker

Artificial Intelligence Correspondent, POLITICO

Annabelle Dickson

Annabelle Dickson

Reporter, POLITICO

Mark-Scott

Mark Scott

Chief Technology Correspondent, POLITICO

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Nicholas Vinocur

Technology Editor, POLITICO