SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

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CATHERINE MCKENNA

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE, CANADA

Catherine McKenna is the Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, a position she has held since 2015 after being elected as the first female member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre. She helped…

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Edna Molewa

Minister for Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Dr. Bomo Edith Edna Molewa is the Minister of Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, a position she has held since 2010. She is also a National Executive Committee Member of the…

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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…

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LAURA BOLDRINI

MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES, ITALY

Laura Boldrini is a Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Italy, where she serves as a Deputy for the Free and Equal party. Previously, she served as President of the…

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SIXTINE BOUYGUES

DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR COMMUNICATION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Sixtine Bouygues is the Deputy Director-General for Communication at the European Commission, a position she has held since 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Bouygues served as the Director for Strategy and Corporate Communication. From…

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Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte is a Partner in the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells Brussels Office, a position she has held since 2017. She has also held the status of…

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Pilar del Castillo Vera

Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Spain), Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

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.…

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JOANNA GOODEY

HEAD OF THE FREEDOMS AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, EUROPEAN UNION AGENCY FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Joanna Goodey is Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Her areas of expertise with respect to the Fundamental Rights Agency’s work include: victims of crime;…

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Clare Hutchinson

Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, NATO

Clare Hutchinson is the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security at the North Atlantic Treat Alliance (NATO), a position she has held since January 2018. Previously, Hutchinson worked as a Senior…

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VINCENT-IMMANUEL HERR

Founder, Herr & Speer, Catalyst “HeForShe”, UN Women Germany Committee

Vincent-Immanuel Herr is a founder of HERR & SPEER. Since its foundation in 2014, he has started political campaigns such as #FreeInterrail, and has written on European integration, youth empowerment, gender equality. Herr is…

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Andrés Ingi Jónsson

Member of Parliament, Left-Green Movement, Iceland

Andrés Ingi Jónsson is a Member of Parliament for the Left-Green Movement in the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi), a position he has held since 2016.  As a Member of Parliament, Jónsson has launched a discussion…

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Eva Kaili

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

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (ALDE, ESTONIA), PRESIDENT OF THE ESTONIAN REFORM PARTY

Kaja Kallas is a Member of the European Parliament representing the Estonian Reform Part as part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe. She was elected in 2014 and…

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LIRI KOPACI-DI MICHELE

HEAD OF EQUALITY DIVISION, COUNCIL OF EUROPE

Liri Kopaci-Di Michele is Head of the Gender Equality Division at the Council of Europe, where she is in charge of promoting and implementing Council of Europe standards and activities in the area of…

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Evelina Kurgonaite

Founder & Chair, W@

Evelina Kurgonaite is Founder & Chair of W@, a platform that connects and promotes women professionals. She is also the Head of Policy Strategy and Legal Counsel at Samsung Electronics. At Samsung, Kurgonaite supports…

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Iverna McGowan

Head of EU Institutions Office and Advocacy Director, Amnesty International

Iverna McGowan is the Head of Amnesty International’s (AI) European Institutions Office, heading up the organisation’s work towards the European Union and the Council of Europe.  She has been with the organisation for six…

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Mohammad Naciri

Regional Director of Arab States/North Africa, UN Women

Mohammad Naciri has served as UN Women’s Regional Director for the Arab States Region since 2015. Prior that, he served as the UN Women´s Deputy Regional Director for the Arab States. Naciri has extensive…

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LINDSEY NEFESH-CLARKE

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, W4 (WOMEN’S WORLDWIDE WEB)

Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke is the Founder of W4 (Women’s WorldWide Web), an international, non-profit organization and Europe’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world with a focus on promoting girls’…

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Inese Podgaiska

Secretary General, The Association of Nordic Engineers

Inese Podgaiska is the Secretary General of the Association of Nordic Engineers, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to that, Podgaiska held leadership positions at The European Environment Agency (EEA) from 2010…

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Jeanne Ponte

Accredited Assistant to MEP Edouard Martin, European Parliament

Jeanne Ponte is an Accredited Assistant to MEP Edouard Martin at the European Parliament, where she works for the Parliamentary Committees FEMM (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality), EMPL (Committee on Employment and Social Affairs),…

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Helga Schmid

Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Helga Schmid is Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), a position she has held since 2016. In her role, Schmid oversees the daily operations of the EEAS headquarters and diplomatic corps.…

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HELGA STEVENS

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (ECR, Belgium), COMMITTEE ON CIVIL LIBERTIES, JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS

Helga Stevens is a Member of the European Parliament representing the Flemist N-VA party of Belgium. She is the first female deaf Member of the European Parliament, and serves as Vice-President of the European…

ANCHOR-PARTICIPANTS

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Miranda Cole

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Miranda Cole is a partner in the EU Competition team based in Brussels and London. She practices all aspects of EU, international, and UK competition law and policy. Cole’s competition law expertise encompasses merger…

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DITA CHARANZOVÁ

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (ALDE, Czech Republic), COMMITTEE ON THE INTERNAL MARKET AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

Dita Charanzová is a Member of the European Parliament representing the ANO 2011 party of the Czech Republic as part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Charanzová is…

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LISE FUHR

DIRECTOR GENERAL, ETNO

Lise Fuhr is Director-General at the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO), a position she has held since 2016. She also serves at the Board and the Administrative Committee at the European Cyber Security…

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LIE JUNIUS

DIRECTOR EU PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, GOOGLE

Lie Junius is the Director for EU Public Policy and Government Relations at Google’s Office in Brussels, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to working at Google, Junius has served as the…

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Melina Kapeliou

Head of Investment Structures & Vehicles, European Investment Bank

Melina Kapeliou is the Head of the Investment Structures & Vehicles team within the Legal Service of the European Investment Fund (EIF). Prior to joining the EIF, Kapeliou worked in London as an associate…

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VICTORIA MAIN

DIRECTOR TECH & MEDIA, CAMBRE ASSOCIATES

Victoria Main is the Head of Tech and Media at Cambre Associates. From 2014 to 2016, Main was the Director of Media at Cambre. Previously, she has served as the Head of Global Media…

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Kateryna Rozhkova

FIRST DEPUTY GOVERNOR, NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE

Kateryna Rozhkova is a Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, a position she has held January 2016. Rozhkova has joined the National Bank of Ukraine in 2015, as part of the bank’s…

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Klaus Ukens

Country Director Germany, Caterpillar

Klaus Ukens is Country Manager for Germany as well as Global Product Manager and Managing Director at Caterpillar Global Mining HMS GmbH, a position he has held since 2012. From 1993 to 2012, he…

PARTNER REMARKS

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Martina L. Cheung

Head of Risk Services, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Martina L. Cheung is Head of Risk Services at S&P Global. She is responsible for monetizing and leveraging S&P Global’s significant risk intellectual property (research, content, models, data, analytics and solutions) cross-divisionally to serve…

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Cornelia Kutterer

Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Privacy and Digital Policies, Microsoft

Cornelia Kutterer is Senior Director of EU Government Affairs, Privacy and AI Policies, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft. In her role, Kutterer is responsible for privacy and AI policies in the EU…

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