2020 co-host

Philippe De Backer

Belgium Minister of Digital Agenda

In May 2016, Philippe De Backer (40) joined the Belgian government as Secretary of State for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea. Since December 2018 he is Minister of Digital Agenda,…


Didier Reynders

European commissioner for Justice

Mona Keijzer

State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Government of the Netherlands

Siim Sikkut

Chief Information Officer, Government of Estonia

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications since March 2017. His role is to set the…

Dr. Ami Appelbaum

Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board, Israel Innovation Authority, Ministry of Economy, Government of Israel

Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority. Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years’ experience in research, development and senior level management in the…

Joanna Bryson

Reader, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath

Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation…

Christine Hennion

Member of the French Parliament; Member of the French-German joint AI working group

Holding a PHD in solid physics, Christine Hennion led an international career in the telecom industry. Her digital career made her question our current use of data and their potential harms to individual liberties.…

Alexandra Geese

Member of the European Parliament (GREENS/EUROPEAN FREE ALLIANCE, GERMANY)

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament (S&D, Greece)

Hon. Silvio Schembri

Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Malta

Silvio Schembri is a Maltese politician, academic and economist by profession currently serving as the Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. Hon.…

Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Manuel Heitor was born in Lisbon, in 1958. He holds a PhD from Imperial College of London in Mechanical Engineering, in 1985, and a post doctorate in California University, in San Diego, in 1986.…

Nicolas Brien

Chief Executive Officer, France Digitale

Eline Chivot

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

Eline Chivot is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. Based in Brussels, Chivot focuses on European technology policy issues and on how policymakers can promote digital innovation in the EU.…

Malte Lohan

Director General, Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries

Malte Lohan is the Director General of Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries, speaking for innovative companies spanning the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics, and metal technology branches. Together they represent the EU’s largest manufacturing…


Head of Policy, Data, The Royal Society

Natasha McCarthy leads the Royal Society’s Data theme, within the Science Policy Section. The Society’s Data Theme carries out a range of policy activities to promote the development and use of data and digital…

Nicolas Miailhe

Co-founder & President, The Future Society, AI INITIATIVE

Miailhe co-founded The Future Society in 2014 and incubated it at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also co-founded the AI Initiative (2015), the CitX Initiative (2016), and the Science, Law and Society…

Cédric Archambeau

Principal Applied Scientist, Machine Learning, Amazon

Cédric Archambeau is leading the science underpinning several Machine Learning & AI services offered in Amazon Web Services, with R&D teams in Berlin, Palo Alto, New York, and Seattle. These services put machine intelligence…

Dr. Katleen Gabriels

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University

Dr. Katleen Gabriels is a moral philosopher, specialized in computer ethics. She is an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. She researches the relations and co-shapings between morality and computer technologies. Previously Katleen was an…

Elettra Ronchi

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

Teemu Roos

Leader of the AI Education program, Finnish Center for AI; Professor, University of Helsinki

Teemu Roos is the lead instructor of the Elements of AI online course that has a pivotal role in Finland's unique, inclusive AI strategy. The course has over 330 000 participants to date. Roos…

Prof. Philipp Slusallek

Head, Research Department Agents and Simulated Reality, DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)

Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek is Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he heads the research area on Agents and Simulated Reality. At Saarland University he has been a…

Tankred Schipanski

Member of the German Bundestag

Tankred Schipanski, Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was born on 30 December 1976. He studied law at the universities of Bayreuth and Vienna, has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2009. He is…

Bing Song

Vice President, Director, Berggruen Institute China Center

Bing Song is Vice President of the Berggruen Institute and Director of the Institute’s Beijing based China Center. She overseas research programs, institutional development of the China Center as well as China-based fellowship programs.…

Ali Shah

Head of Technology, U.K.’s Information Commissioner's Office

As Head of Technology Policy Shah is responsible for ensuring the ICO can respond to complex societal challenges presented by emerging technology developments. His expertise in AI, data and emerging technology is combined with…

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary General, OECD; Former Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2019. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology & Innovation, Trade & Agriculture as well as Entrepreneurship,…

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission*

*Pending final confirmation

Yi Zeng

Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Member of the National Governance Committee on New Generation AI, People's Republic of China

Yi Zeng is a Professor and Deputy Director at Research Center for Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence, and Director of the China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance, both at the Institute of Automation, Chinese…


Laurens Cerulus

Reporter, POLITICO

Laurens Cerulus covers European cybersecurity, data and telecom policy. Cerulus has a passion for geo-politics and technology. He started at POLITICO as a Web Producer in April 2015 to work on our multimedia coverage…

Janosch Delcker

Artificial Intelligence Correspondent, POLITICO

Janosch Delcker is POLITICO’s Artificial Intelligence Correspondent based in Berlin, covering how the ascent of big data, machine learning and automation is changing politics and policy-making. He joined POLITICO in 2015 as a political…

Mark Scott

Chief Technology Correspondent, POLITICO

Mark Scott is Chief Technology Correspondent at POLITICO, writing about the global collision of technology and politics. Prior to joining POLITICO, Scott was the European Technology Correspondent for the New York Times where he…

Nicholas Vinocur

Technology Editor, POLITICO

Nick Vinocur is a Technology Editor for POLITICO in Europe. Before joining POLITICO, Vinocur spent seven years as a general assignment reporter for Reuters news in Paris, Stockholm and London. In Paris, where he…

Laura Kayali

Technology reporter, POLITICO

Laura Kayali is a technology reporter for POLITICO, based in Brussels. Prior to joining POLITICO, she covered EU tech legislation for Contexte. She wrote about the copyright reform, transatlantic data flows and platform regulation,…

Melissa Heikkilä

technology reporter, POLITICO

Melissa Heikkilä is a technology reporter for POLITICO, based in Brussels. Prior to joining POLITICO, she worked at The Economist in London for two years, where she wrote about European politics, culture and finance.…



Head of Policy, Data, The Royal Society

Natasha McCarthy leads the Royal Society’s Data theme, within the Science Policy Section. The Society’s Data Theme carries out a range of policy activities to promote the development and use of data and digital…

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…

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.…

Philippe De Backer

Belgium Minister of Digital Agenda

In May 2016, Philippe De Backer (40) joined the Belgian government as Secretary of State for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea. Since December 2018 he is Minister of Digital Agenda,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

*Pending final confirmation