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DAY 1: Key Enabling Technologies Skills for Industrial Competitiveness of Europe

Master of Ceremony: Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen, Managing Partner of PwC Economics Europe, Leader PwC Technology Megatrends

09:30 - 10:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:30 - 10:50 Welcome Address
Introduction to the Conference
  • Importance of digital and KETs skills for Europe

  • Conference objectives

  • DAY 1: key features of the day

Markku Markkula, President of the EU Committee of the Regions

Michel Catinat, Head of Unit Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy,
DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

10:50 - 11:30 Keynote Speech

The War for Talent - The World’s Most Talent Ready Countries
Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD Executive Director for Global Indices
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What Europe can do to foster the development of KETs skills:
Recommendations of High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies

Prof. Roger De Keersmaecker, IMEC, Co-chair of Working Group on KETs skills and education
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11:30 - 13:00 Skills that employers need from KETs workers
Outcome of KETs Skills Initiative:
  • Key skill requirements for KETs

  • Key areas of mismatch

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda, Senior Manager, PwC Innovation Research Centre
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Insights from Micro-/Nanoelectronics

Prof. Rudy Lauwereins, Vice-president, IMEC

Insights from Advanced Manufacturing

Rob Hartman, Director Strategic Technology Program, ASML Download PDF [2.8 MB]

Insights from Industrial Biotechnology

Carlos Freixas, Director of Marketing, Roche Diagnostics

Insights from a non-manufacturing world of KETs

Prof. Ian Phillips, Principal Staff Engineer, ARM
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13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20 Demand and supply of KETs skills and forecasts till 2025

Outcome of KETs Skills Initiative:

  • Estimating demand for KETs skills

  • Matching supply and demand of KETs skills

  • Forecasts till 2025

Mark Lengton, Quantitative Analysis Expert, PwC Innovation Research Centre
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14:20 - 15:15

Panel Discussion
Is there really a shortage of KETs graduates and workers in Europe? Statements and experiences from stakeholders

Chairman: Prof. Roger De Keersmaecker, IMEC, Co-chair of Working Group on KETs skills and education

15:15 - 16:15 Good practices from Europe and other parts of the world
Outcome of KETs Skills Initiative:
  • How KETs skills-related challenges are currently being tackled worldwide

  • Mechanisms to make these good practices a widespread reality throughout Europe

Diederik Verzijl, Senior Expert, PwC Innovation Research Centre
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GIANT alliance

Dr. Francine Papillon, Coordinator Minatec
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1st Sustainable Nanotechnology School

Antonio Marcomini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
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Danail Hristozov, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Europeans@Siemens: Work-based education models, the digital transformation, and employability

Dr. Juergen Siebel, Human Resources, Siemens AG
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16:15 - 17:15

Tackling KETs skills challenges together: the way forward
Outcome of KETs Skills Initiative:
  • Key proposed measures, timelines and responsible stakeholder groups

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda, Senior Manager, PwC Innovation Research Centre
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Panel Discussion
Plans and statements from different Member States


  • Representative of France: Dr. Francine Papillon, Coordinator, Minatec

  • Representative of Germany: Frank Bösenberg, Cluster Manager, Silicon Saxony

  • Representative of the United Kingdom: Derek Boyd, Chief Executive, NMI

17:15 - 17:30

Summary and conclusions from DAY 1

Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen, Managing Partner of PwC Economics Europe, Leader PwC Technology Megatrends

17:30 - 19:00

Cocktail reception

DAY 2: e-Leadership for the Digital Transformation of the European Economy

Chairperson: Jan Muehlfeit, Global Strategist | Coach | Mentor

08:30 - 09:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 - 09:50 Welcome and Introduction
Introduction by the chairperson

Jan Muehlfeit, Global Strategist |Coach |Mentor
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European Commission Policies and Initiatives on e-leadership

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, Head of the "KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability” Unit in the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
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09:50 - 10:20
Keynote Speeches
e-Leadership: Views from a Demand Perspective

Charlotte Holloway, Head of Policy, techUK

Agile Leadership: Five Imperatives for Navigating Digital

Philippe Trichet, Digital Expert Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Paris
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10:20 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:50
e-Leadership in Practice
Skills and e-leadership skills required to run a global business

Veerle Lozie, Global IT and Operations Manager at Melexis, CIO of the Year in Belgium 2014
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The secondary ticket market platform Ticketbis – an entrepreneurship success story

Ander Michelena, CEO Ticketbis 2014
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The skills needed by individuals to become a digital entrepreneur / start-up – the view of a Venture Capitalist

Daniel Jarjoura, Managing Director, Startup42
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11:50 - 12:40

e-Leadership: Workforce Demand and Supply Forecasts and Policies
e-Leadership: Workforce Demand and Supply Forecasts (2015-2020)
  • E-skills demand and supply developments and forecasts

  • E-leadership workforce

  • E-Leadership scoreboard for all EU28 Member States

Tobias H&;uuml;sing, Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH
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e-Leadership education and training, policies and initiatives in the EU28 countries
  • E-leadership training in Europe

  • National policies and initiatives relating to e-leadership and digital entrepreneurship

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH
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e-Leadership demand and supply challenges in Europe and lessons from a global perspective. The perspective of a global IT and Services company

Gary Kildare, Chief HR Officer, IBM Corporation Europe, Madrid

12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40 Panel Discussion
e-Leadership Coalition of European Regions – Scaling up Efforts and Joining Forces for the Future
14:40 - 16:00 Good Practice from e-Leadership Training Programmes
Strategies for Leadership in Digital and IT - A Henley high performance SME programme

Prof. Kecheng Liu; Dr Maksim Belitski, Henley Business School, University of Reading (United Kingdom)
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e-Leadership Programme Portfolio of IE Business School for Executives, SMEs and start-ups

Silvia Leal, Academic Director, IE Business School (Spain)
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The Practice of High Growth Entrepreneurship

Peter Kelly, Aalto University, Helsinki
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Experiences and successes from intenetAcademi e-leadership and employement courses, programmes and certifications

Rodrigo Miranda Beltrán, ISDI and internetAcademi General Manager
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Academy Cube – European job and eLearning platform for talent generation

Bernd Böckenhoff, CEO Academy Cube
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16:00 - 17:10

Panel Discussion
Towards an e-Leadership Ecosystem

17:10 - 17:15

Summary, Conclusions, Next Steps

Jan Muehlfeit, Chairperson
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Please register your interest at the following website:

This event is targeted at innovative employers, current and aspiring e-leaders, professional associations, universities and business schools as well as policy-makers interested in promoting digital innovation.
Due to the need to balance the stakeholder groups, final acceptance of participation is by personal invitation. Acceptance will be confirmed within two weeks of registration. There is no charge to attend the event. Anyone expressing an interest will be sent a link to the outputs of this event.

Further Information

e-Leadership Flyer

You can obtain background research on the e-leadership topic by accessing a flyer at the following web site:

Event Secretariat

Mira Zöller: mira.zoeller(at)empirica(dot)com
Inna Bludova: inna.bludova(at)empirica(dot)com
Tobias Hüsing: tobias.huesing(at)empirica(dot)com
Werner B. Korte: werner.korte(at)empirica(dot)com

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Event language
The conference language will be English.

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Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75
1040 Brussels

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The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)

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