SPEAKERS

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,…

Global leading partner remarks

Wassim Chourbaji

Senior vice president for government affairs Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Qualcomm

Wassim Chourbaji is Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy, regulatory strategy and senior government relations across the region. Chourbaji…

2020 SPEAKERS

Norberto Andrade

Global Policy Lead for Digital and AI Ethics, Facebook

Norberto Andrade is Facebook’s Global Policy Lead for Digital and AI Ethics. He is also Professor at IE Law School, and an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford Law School - Center for Internet & Society…

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…

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…

Hon. Clayton Bartolo

Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy, Government of Malta

Clayton Bartolo was born and raised in Mellieħa, the hometown he now represents as a Member of Parliament. Bartolo has recently been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy, which includes within…

Damian Boeselager

Member of the European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany)

Damian Boeselager is the co-founder of the pan-European movement Volt Europa and its first representative in the European Parliament. In the ITRE committee, Boeselager is the shadow rapporteur for the Digital Europe Programme and…

Courtney Bowman

director of privacy and civil liberties engineering, Palantir Technologies

Bowman is Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering at Palantir Technologies. His work addresses complex issues at the intersection of policy, law, technology, ethics, and social norms. As lead for Palantir Technologies’ in-house…

Joanna Bryson

Professor of ethics and technology, Hertie School of Governance

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…

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.…

CHARINA CHOU

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…

Lord Clement-Jones

CBE, Former Chair, House of Lords Select Committee on AI & Co-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, U.K. House of Lords

Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of global law firm DLA Piper. Former positions within DLA include London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations…

Oliver Dowden

secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Government of the U.K.

Oliver Dowden CBE was appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport on 13 February 2020. He was previously paymaster general and minister for the Cabinet Office from 24 July 2019 to…

Sabine Everaet

chief information officer EMEA, The Coca-Cola Company

Sabine Everaet joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1995 after 4 years of consulting at KPMG and PriceWaterhouse. At Coca-Cola, she held various IT Management roles with increasing functional and geographic responsibilities. In 2007, Sabine…

Alessandro Fusacchia

Member of the Italian Parliament, chairman of the interparliamentary group on AI

Alessandro Fusacchia is an Italian member of Parliament, secretary of Movimenta, a new Italian political organization and, a novelist. He is currently serving in the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the permanent…

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…

Alexandra Geese

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

Alexandra Geese is a Member of the European Parliament with the Greens/EFA group. She has been elected in 2019 and now serves as a full member of the Committees for Internal Market and Consumer…

Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Government of 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.…

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.…

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament (S&D, Greece); CHAIR, CENTER FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – C4AI

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, part of the Hellenic S&D Delegation since 2014. She is the Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA),…

Dr. Kamran Khan

founder and chief executive officer, BlueDot; professor of medicine and public health, University of Toronto

Dr. Kamran Khan is the Founder and CEO of BlueDot, a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a practicing infectious disease physician. Dr. Khan founded BlueDot in 2013,…

Mona Keijzer

State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Government of the Netherlands

Mona Keijzer began her career in January 1991 as a legal policy officer serving the municipality of Waterland. From 1993 to 1994 she was a management trainee at Leiden University. She then held legal…

Jan Kleijssen

Director for information and action against crime, Council of Europe

Jan Kleijssen was born in 1958 in Almelo, The Netherlands. He studied International Law at Utrecht State University (LLM in 1981) and International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University,…

Michael Kratsios

Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House

Michael Kratsios advises President Donald J. Trump on a broad range of technology policy issues and drives United States technology priorities and strategic initiatives. Kratsios has had an integral role in the development and…

Prof. dr. Mark Levels

Program director at the research centre for education and the labor market, Maastricht University; consortium leader, Technequality

Mark Levels (1977) is a Dutch sociologist. He is professor at Maastricht University, program director at the Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA) of Maastricht University, and fellow at the Berlin…

Emanuel Levi

boardmember, France Digitale; managing partner, 360 capital partners

Emanuele Levi started in the Venture Capital Industry in January 2000 in Milan and has since made over 25 investments in Italy and France, mostly in the hi-tech and digital industry. Since 2007 he…

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…

Abraham Liu

Vice-President European Region, Huawei

Abraham Liu was appointed Vice-President for the European Region at Huawei in July 2018. Liu is no newcomer to Huawei, having joined the company in 2001 as a Wireless Product Manager. Over the years,…

NATASHA MCCARTHY

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…

Pierre Pozzi

Founder and CEO, Worldstone Ventures

Didier Reynders

European commissioner for Justice

A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège…

Meriem Riadi

Chief Digital Officer, Suez

Meriem Riadi started her career in strategy consulting at Roland Berger in 2006, in the media telecom and financial services competence centers. She joined in 2015 Groupama, a European insurance leader, in in the…

Elettra Ronchi

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

Elettra Ronchi, PhD, MPP, is Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD. Since 2015 she has been Head of Unit in the Division for Digital Economy Policy, where she coordinates work on privacy, risk management…

Sasha Rubel

PROGRAMME SPECIALIST, DIGITAL INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION, UNESCO

Sasha Rubel is programme specialist in the Digital Innovation and Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO. In this framework, she coordinates the Organization's work on artificial intelligence, digital transformation, and…

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…

Reinier Schlatmann

chief executive officer central and eastern Europe, Philips

Reinier Schlatmann has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of management, marketing, sales and finance - both in mature and emerging markets. Since November 2016 he is the CEO of Philips…

Lucilla Sioli

Director in charge of AI and Industrial Strategy, DG CNECT, European Commission

Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. The mission of the Directorate is to strengthen Europe's competiveness ensuring that any industry in any…

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…

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.…

Erik Stadigh

Investor, Crane Venture Partners

Erik Stadigh is an investor at Crane, a London-based venture capital fund focused on investing in early stage AI-first enterprise software and deep tech companies across Europe. Crane has invested in hyper growth companies…

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

human rights activist, lawyer and president of the Panoptykon Foundation

Expert in human rights and technology, lawyer and activist, Katarzyna Szymielewicz is the co-founder and president of the Panoptykon Foundation – Polish NGO defending human rights in surveillance society. Since 2012 she is vice…

Margrethe Vestager

executive vice-president for a Europe fit for the digital age, European Commission

Margrethe Vestager is the European Commission executive vice-president for a Europe fit for the digital age. She previously held the position of European commissioner for competition since November 2014. A Danish national, Vestager was…

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,…

Max Welling

research chair in machine learning, University of Amsterdam; senior fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR); vice president technologies, Qualcomm

Professor Dr. Max Welling is a research chair in Machine Learning at the University of Amsterdam and a VP Technologies at Qualcomm Technologies Netherlands B.V. He has a secondary appointment as a senior fellow…

2020 MODERATORS

Laurens Cerulus

Senior policy reporter

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…

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.…

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,…

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…