Day 1

Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen

Managing Partner of PwC Economics Europe, Leader PwC Technology Megatrends

Jan Willem Velthuijsen is 'chief economist' of PwC Netherlands. Managing partner of PwC Strategy & Economics in Amsterdam since 1999 – specialised in macroeconomics, finance, strategy & risk, market and demand analysis, competition & regulation economics, econometrics, modelling and complex valuations.  Professor of Economics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen – Director of the international Executive Masters Finance & Control for the Energy Industry, running modules in Groningen, Doha, Houston, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro.  Jan Willem is also leader of PwC Megatrends proposition, with a particular focus on state-of-the-art technology developments.

Michel Catinat

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

Michel Catinat is a civil servant with the Commission of the European Union, having joined in 1986. Since the 1st of October 2010, Michel CATINAT is Head of Unit “Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy”, Directorate General for Growth. Amongst other duties, he is currently in charge of the European policy on “Digital transformation of industries and enterprises” and on “Key Enabling Technologies”. Previously, Mr CATINAT was Head of Unit “Sustainable development, climate change and competitiveness” and has also been Head of Unit responsible for the Information Society and the Information Technologies. He has been involved in the definition and implementation of measures to support the emergence of the Information Society in Europe. He carried out the economic analysis of the European Single Market Policy. Before joining the Commission, Mr CATINAT held a number of posts as economist in the French administration services in the Economic Planning Office (Prime Minister) and in the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs).

Markku Markkula

President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Markku Markkula elected as the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), is member of the Espoo City Council since 1980, holding its Presidency in 1990-92 and 2010. He is also member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and the Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board. Mr Markkula works at Aalto University as the Advisor to Aalto Presidents, where his focus is on European Union research, innovation and education policy affairs.
A long-standing politician, Mr Markkula is a former member of the Finnish Parliament (1995-2003). During his time as an MP, he served as a member of two permanent parliamentary committees: the Committee for Science, Education and Culture, and the Committee for the Future. As an MP his international role included the Presidency of EPTA Council, European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network. As a tribute to his achievements in the field of education policy, he was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.
Markkula is a member of the National Coalition Party (EPP), with political chairmanships on different organisational levels along his career, from local and national Student Unions to the Espoo City and Uusimaa Region; as well as a long standing member of the Board of the Party.
He became member of the CoR in 2010 and has held a number of positions in the institution over the last five years including the 1st Vice-Chair of the EPP Group and Chair of EPP Group's Task Force on Europe 2020. He also authored a number of opinions including “A Digital Agenda for Europe”, “Horizon 2020”, and “Industrial Policy Package”. In February 2015 he was elected President of the CoR for a two and a half year mandate.

Bruno Lanvin

Executive Director Global Indices, INSEAD

Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD. He is a director on international boards, including those of IDA-Infocomm (Singapore) and ICANN. He is also a Founding Commissioner of the Broadband Commission. He has been member and then chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government. From 2000 to 2007, Dr Lanvin occupied senior positions at the World Bank, including Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues, Chairman of the Bank’s e‐Thematic Group and manager of the Bank’s Information for Development Program (infoDev). In 2000, Dr Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G-8’s DOT Force. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, and occupied various senior UN positions including Chief of Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New‐York.

Since 2002, he has been co‐authoring the Global Information Technology Report, (GITR, INSEAD‐World Economic Forum); he is currently the co-editor of the Global Innovation Index Report (GII, INSEAD-WIPO-Cornell University) and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI, INSEAD-Adecco-HCLI). He holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes (France), an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France. A frequent speaker in high‐level meetings, he advises a number of global companies and governments on ICT strategies, innovation and talent policies.

Prof. Roger De Keersmaecker

IMEC, Co-chair of Working Group on KETs skills and education

Roger De Keersmaecker obtained the MSEE and PhD degrees from KU Leuven in Belgium. After performing post-doctoral research at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (1977-1979), he was appointed as research director of the Belgian National Science Foundation. From 1984 onwards he was a member of the team that started IMEC and headed a group developing silicon process steps. From 1989 he was a project manager for a contract with the European Space Agency and from 1992 for a suite of EC R&D projects. In 1991 he obtained an MBA degree through the Executive Program of KU Leuven. After a temporary assignment to Flanders’ Foreign Investments Office he rejoined the IMEC management team in January 2000. In 2008 he established IMEC Taiwan where he was consecutively CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board. After retiring from IMEC as Senior Vice President for Strategic Relations in January 2014, he started his own consultancy and represents IMEC in various boards and committees.  He is an Emeritus Professor of the KU Leuven where he taught a course on VLSI technology until September 2013.

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda

Senior Manager, PwC Innovation Research Centre

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda specialises in policy research in the field of Key Enabling Technologies, Knowledge Transfer and commercialisation, with a particular focus on skills, knowledge and competences of people working in the abovementioned fields. Kristina leads PwC Innovation Research Centre (IRC) in the Netherlands. Kristina has been and is involved in various prestigious research assignments for the EU Institutions in a role of Project Manager and/or Senior Expert. Kristina has built a successful track record in managing large-scale international research assignments involving multiple countries and diverse stakeholder groups, as well as sensitive political contexts. For example, Kristina is currently leading a large-scale initiative on “Vision and Sectoral Pilot for Skills in Key Enabling Technologies” for DG GROWTH. Kristina has led “Enabling Technologies and Open Innovation” project for DG RTD, as well as the study on the “Comparison of European and non-European regional clusters in KETs: The case of semiconductors” for DG CONNECT. Kristina was also responsible for the coordination of the activities within WP2 of the European Cluster Observatory (DG GROWTH) and multiple other research assignments. Kristina is a frequent speaker at the national and international innovation conferences.

Prof. Rudy Lauwereins

Vice-president, IMEC

Rudy Lauwereins is vice president of imec, which performs world-leading research and delivers industry-relevant technology solutions through global partnerships in nano-electronics, ICT, healthcare and energy. He is director of imec’s Smart Systems Technology Office, guiding the strategic research decisions in vision and telecommunication systems, and in (bio)medical and lifestyle electronics,. He also leads the imec Academy, coordinating all external and internal training curricula. He is a part-time Full Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches Computer Architectures in the Master of Science in Elektrotechnical Engineering program.
Before joining imec in 2001, he held a tenure Professorship in the Faculty of Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven since 1993. He had obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1989.
Professor Lauwereins has authored and co-authored more than 400 publications in international journals, books and conference proceedings. He is a fellow of the IEEE.

Rob Hartman

Director Strategic Technology Program, ASML

After obtaining his degree in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology Rob Hartman got his Ph.D. at Clemson University in South Carolina under the Fullbright Fellowship Program on subject of solar cell reliability. Joined Solenergy Corporation in Boston as Director of Research and Development in 1980, Standard Oil Corporation as Program Manager in 1983 and in 1986 Philips Electronics AMLCD program as head of Product Development. Joined ASML as Marketing Manager in 1998 responsible for technology program and since 2004 as Director Strategic Technology Program.

Prof. Carlos Freixas

Director of Marketing, Roche Diagnostics

Biochemist and Master in Marketing from University of Barcelona (Spain).For the time being Marketing Director at Roche Diagnostics Spain. Long record of experience in Medical devices and Biotech industry in Iberia and Latin America both in commercial activities and innovation. EMEA representative in the Digital Excellence Board at Roche Diagnostics (Rotkreuz, Switzerland). Professor in the Master of Farmacogenetics and Farmacogenomics at University of Barcelona-IL3 (Spain). Member of the Patronate of Instituto Roche Foundation for personalized medicine (Madrid, Spain). Member of ESADE Creapolis Open Innovation Community. Barcelona (Spain). Steering Committee Member of Vision and Sectorial Pilot for KET Skills.  KETs Skills Framework. European Commission. Enterprise & Industry Directorate General. Brussels

Prof. Ian Phillips

Principal Staff Engineer at ARM

Prof. Ian Phillips, FIET, FIMA, SMIEE, CEng. is Principal Staff Engineer at ARM Ltd of Cambridge in the UK, where his role is to nurture strategic technology and opportunities until their business value can be quantified. He left school at 15 without formal qualifications, was apprenticed in electronics from 1965-69, and graduated with a 1st from University of Wales - Swansea, in 1975. He then joined Pye-TMC as an electronic design engineer; continuing as a designer and design manager through Philips, Plessey, GEC and Mitel through the exhilarating years of this technology's evolution. He joined ARM in 1998; a company at the forefront of technology and where his breadth experience is regularly challenged.  Reporting directly to the CTO, his role has a very outward face and he is involved with many European Research Universities, Institutions and Government Bodies, as both advisor and technology scout. He is a frequent presenter on European stages; an advocate of improved University/Industry relationships; a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Liverpool and Plymouth; and the winner of the 2008 NMI award for his personal Contribution to Industry.

Mark Lengton

Quantitative Analysis Expert, PwC Innovation Research Centre

Mark Lengton is involved in research and evaluation of projects in the fields of innovation policy, knowledge-based clusters and high-tech industry. Prior to his employment at PwC, Mark was employed by the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMA), where he conducted in-depth econometric studies in various fields. Currently, Mark is involved in several prestigious assignments for a number of EU organisations.

Mark is also a member of the Core Team of the “Vision and Sectoral Pilot for Skills on Key Enabling Technologies”, for DG GROWTH. In particular, he is coordinating the activities related to the quantitative analysis of KETs skills (analysis of supply & demand, forecasting till 2025).

Bernd Dworschak

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO), Stuttgart, Germany

Bernd Dworschak is senior researcher in the Competence Team “Competence Management” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied sociology and English literature at the universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Leicester (UK). Activities include the coordination of the network FreQueNz „Network for early identification of skill needs“ funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This network is also member of Skillsnet – the European network on early identification of skills needs by Cedefop. Apart from the early identification of skill needs his research interests include HRM concepts for ageing workforces as well as competence development in integrated industry industry and advanced manufacturing. On these issues he carried out several projects and published diverse publications and articles.

Carlos Lee

EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

Carlos Lee is director general at EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium. As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through several management positions held at the international association SEMI. He has been responsible in Europe for the SEMI International Standards program, managed technical and executive programs, and together with the advisory board advocated for a more competitive semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry.

Carlos has a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Leadership & Change Management from United Business Institutes.

Filip Geerts

Director General of CECIMO

Filip Geerts, Director General of CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. Filip Geerts is a professional in international, EU and national public and regulatory affairs.
He is specialised in the management of corporate and governmental affairs departments of companies, national and EU trade associations and non-profit organizations. He was deputy-director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM EMEA and secretary general for numerous European trade associations in the ICT, the electro-medical, lighting and environmental sector. He has degrees from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College of Europe, The Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Catholic University of Leuven.

Dr. Laurent Zibell


Dr. Laurent Zibell, PhD, is the Policy Adviser at industriAll European Trade Union in charge of the investment goods sector (ICT and mechanical engineering), of innovation & technology and of the textile, clothing, leather & footwear sector.
He started his career as an R&D engineer in a large electronics firm. He then pursued in the field of high-tech innovation, as an early stage venture capital investor, a consultant in innovation strategy, and the manager of a think-tank dedicated to applied research and industrial innovation. In parallel to his professional activities, he was actively engaged in associations dealing with European culture and public policies in Germany, and is member of the CFDT trade union in France. He holds MScs in Engineering from École Polytechnique and from Mines Paristech (France), a Masters in Industrial Economics from Unversité Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne (France) and a PhD in innovation economics from Cranfield University (United Kingdom).

Dr. Oana Radu

Programme Officer – EU policies, European Commission

Oana Radu received the MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Wales (UK) and Memorial University (Canada). After her post-doctoral research at the University of East Anglia (UK), she started her career with the European Commission. For the past three years, Dr Oana Radu has been developing policies in areas spanning research, nano-technologies, nano-electronics, ICT, and public health.

Željko Pazin

Executive Director of the European Factories of the Future Research Associations (EFFRA)

Željko Pazin is the Executive Director of the European Factories of the Future Research Associations (EFFRA) and Manager at the European Engineering Industries Association Orgalime.  

EFFRA is an industry driven association, promoting the development of innovative manufacturing technologies. EFFRA represents the private side in the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership (PPP), whereas the European Commission represents the public side. EFFRA develops research and demonstration topics which are then implemented by the ‘Factories of the Future’ PPP. The EFFRA Innovation Portal – a free and public service –acts as a match-maker and as an output monitoring tool of launched ‘Factories of the Future’ project.

As head of the EFFRA Office, Željko Pazin is responsible for the overall management of the association and for coordinating the private-side contribution to the Factories of the Future Public--Private Partnership, an initiative jointly executed by the European Commission and EFFRA. For Orgalime, the engineering industry association representing the overall interests of the Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Metalworking & Metal Articles Industries, Željko Pazin works on Legal, Trade and R&D issues and manages a small team.

He previously worked at the European Commission and the American Chamber of Commerce and holds a German Master’s degree in Business Administration as well as Master degree in European Political Studies from College d’ Europe in Bruges.

Diederik Verzijl

Senior Expert, PwC Innovation Research Centre

Diederik Verzijl specialises in strategic policy research and advice on complex policy issues for both national governments and the EU. Examples of the EU studies that Diederik worked on include “Enabling Technologies and Open Innovation” project for DG RTD, “Extension of the European Cluster Observatory” for DG GROWTH, as well as “Regional Biotechnology Study” for DG RTD. Diederik is currently actively involved in the “Vision and Sectoral Pilot for Skills on Key Enabling Technologies”, for DG GROWTH. Also, he performs assessments that analyse the extent to which business strategies can fit with current and envisaged policy of local, national and supranational governments. He specialises in programs that encourage R&D and innovation projects, and has been involved in project development for international research consortia and multinationals, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, in projects ranging from innovative development projects to fundamental scientific research.

Dr. Francine Papillon

Coordinator Minatec

Francine Papillon is currently the Head of the GIANT (Grenoble Institute for Advanced New Technologies) Programs coordination Group at CEA Grenoble and member of the GIANT Executive Team. After starting her career in the applied metallurgy unit at CEA Saclay (1997-1998), she joined the Nuclear Energy Division at CEA Cadarache (1998-2001). She then was appointed as a visiting scientist at the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and became the associate Director of the Materials Research Sciences and Engineering Center (2001-2008). Between 2008 and 2012, she was in charge of the Research and Education Program coordination at MINATEC (Grenoble) (2008-2012). Francine Papillon holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Paris XI (Musée du Louvre, 1997) and a MS in civil engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Féminine (France, 1993).

Frank Bösenberg

Managing Director, Silicon Saxony Management GmbH

Frank Bösenberg studied at TU Dresden and graduated in 2001 (civil engineering, Dipl.-Ing.) and 2005 (business administration, Dip.-Wing.) respectively. He has worked for the European Project Center of TU Dresden, being involved in European funded projects (FP6 and FP7) for more than 10 years. Since 2014, he is the Managing Director of Silicon Saxony Management GmbH, being responsible for the cluster management itself as well as for the management of major projects such as Cool Silicon (German leading-edge cluster project). In this very function, he is coordinator of the project Silicon Europe, which unites Europe’s most relevant micro- and nanoelectronic clusters for the development of a Joint Action Plan.

Prof. Antonio Marcomini

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Antonio Marcomini is a professor of Environmental Chemistry at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and leader of the Environmental chemistry and risk assessment unit at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Canada), and then research associate at the Polytechnic of Zurich, ETH-EAWAG (Switzerland). Coordinator/partner of several international and national research projects, he is author/co-author of over 220 papers, editor and co-author of two books.

Danail Hristozov

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dr. Danail Hristozov is a senior research scientist at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Italy. He is currently performing integrative research across the fields of risk assessment and governance of engineered nanomaterials as a principal investigator of the large-scale SUN (Sustainable Nanotechnologies) project ( Over the last 5 years Danail has contributed to several EU projects, including MARINA, NANOforART, ENPRA, and ITS-NANO, also as research staff of the industrial companies Venice Research Consortium and Veneto Nanotech. Before moving to Italy, Danail worked at Malsch Techno Valuation, a consultancy firm in the Netherlands, where he specialized in Technological Assessment of emerging technologies in the Observatory Nano and ICPC NanoNet projects. In his early years as a researcher, Danail was employed at the Chair of Industrial Sustainability of the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany, where he studied the benefits and risks of engineered nanomaterials for the environment and the human health.

Jürgen Siebel

Human Resources, Siemens AG

Jürgen Siebel joined Siemens Professional Education in August 2013. Based in Munich, he initiates and drives the company’s professional education projects outside Germany. Jürgen represents Siemens on international and cross-industry bodies promoting (dual) work-based education models as key components of any education-reform agenda. He is convinced that all lines of education – including the academic – can be made more effective by adding work-based curriculum elements. They provide employability to the young and, hence, are most impactful in fighting youth unemployment and maintaining competitiveness. Furthermore, Juergen believes that entrepreneurship education deserves more weight in secondary-school curricula.

Before joining Professional Education, Jürgen has served in various leading operational and strategic roles within Siemens’ business, corporate, and regional HR organizations. He has been with the company since 1999.

Jürgen earned his M.Sc. in economics at the University of Hamburg, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Vienna.

Elco Rouwmaat

DG GROWTH, European Commission

Elco Rouwmaat is involved in research and evaluation of projects in the fields of innovation policy, knowledge-based clusters and high-tech industry. With a background in business administration and a specialisation in the field of innovation management and entrepreneurship, Elco specialises in analysing complex policy issues from a business perspective. Examples of the EU studies that Elco worked on include “Enabling Technologies and Open Innovation” project for DG RTD, the "Business Innovation Observatory” for DG GROWTH, as well as the “Study on assessing the research management performance of framework programme projects” for DG RTD. Currently, Elco is involved with several innovation related studies and evaluations for the European Commission, including the ‘Digital Entrepreneurship Monitor’.

Elco is also a member of the Core Team of the “Vision and Sectoral Pilot for Skills on Key Enabling Technologies”, for DG GROWTH. In particular, he is coordinating the activities related to the sectoral pilot.

Dr Derek Boyd

Chief Executive, NMI

Derek has been with NMI since 2001 and Chief Executive since 2003.  He has broad experience in the electronics and semiconductors coming from previous employment with Compaq, National Semiconductor and NEC. 

Derek graduated in 1984 with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration in 1994.  Derek is also Doctor of the University of Glasgow having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2010.

In 2012 Derek led the development of “The ESCO Report” a blueprint for the growth of the Electronic Systems Community in the UK; future skills being a key part of the report.  Publication led to the formation of an ESCO Industry Council currently co-chaired by Warren East and Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister for Intellectual Property.  Derek is a serving member on this Council and is also the leader of the ESCO Skills Workstream.

Day 2

Jan Mühlfeit

Global strategist, coach, mentor

Jan is seasonal global executive. He spent more than 24 years in business, sales and marketing at the different continents. He has a deep knowledge and skills in personal development and proven record in building successful teams and organizations. He spent almost 22 years in Microsoft. In his last job (2007-2014) he served as Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. His personal mission is “Helping people, organizations and countries around the globe to unlock human potential”. Based on his long term experience in a global economy he created special development program on finding personal uniqueness for individuals and teams. He works closely in coaching and mentoring field with INSEAD, Gallup and SeedCamp. Jan is Senior Strategic Adviser for Atlantic Bridge Venture. He has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He is involved in his advisory capacity in different projects of WEF, OECD and EC.

Jan is well regarded speaker at WEF, OECD, EC, EP, Harvard, INSEAD, Cambridge and Economist events. Jan has been interviewed by CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times and WSJ.

From 2008 – 2010 he was moderator of CT24 morning talk show Rendez-vous in Czech TV.

Jan Muehlfeit joined Microsoft in 1993 in Czech where he hold different leadership positions. He received the MS President’s Award for Excellence in 1994. Jan was named RD of MS CEE in 2000 and promoted to VP EMEA in 2002. Under his leadership, CEE became company’s best performing region worldwide for four consecutive years. In 2004 he also became a co-architect of MS global emerging markets strategy and member of Microsoft executive board for emerging markets.

Following these achievements, Jan Muehlfeit assumed the role of VP PS EMEA in 2005. He was named VP, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and was subsequently promoted to Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation in 2007. He was key in normalizing Microsoft relationship with EU institutions. Jan left Microsoft at the end of 2014.

Born in 1962, Jan Muehlfeit grew up in Czechoslovakia. He received a computer science degree from the Czech Technical University and later on completed executive development programs at Wharton, LSE and Harvard.

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila

Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila is the Head of the "KETs, Digital Manufacturing and Interoperability” Unit in the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. In this function, she is responsible for promoting technological innovation through KETs, digital transformation, ICT standardisation and skills. She was previously the Head of the Clusters and Emerging Industries Unit in the same Directorate-General where she was also dealing with the Green Action Plan for SMEs. Before that she was the Acting Head of the Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction Unit where she was dealing with the Ecodesign and Energy labelling Directives, the Construction Products Regulation and competitiveness aspects of environment, energy and climate policies.

Since joining the Commission in 1996, Kirsi has worked for several years on SME policy. Her work experience before the Commission includes the banking sector and the paper industry.

Kirsi holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

Charlotte Holloway

Head of Policy, techUK

Charlotte leads techUK's Policy team, which covers a number of areas including data and privacy, talent and migration, child online safety, intellectual property, the economic impact of tech and more.

Charlotte runs techUK's Public Policy Group of senior policy and public affairs professionals from across the tech industry, and working with BIS she also oversees the secretariat for the Information Economy Council. Her recent projects include co-authoring Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for Growth and Jobs 2015-2020 (September 2014), and acting as Chief of Staff to angel investor Sherry Coutu CBE on The Scale-Up Report, a major independent report produced for Government in November 2014.

Charlotte was previously Policy Manager with the Broadband Stakeholder Group, the UK's advisory forum on broadband, gaining expertise on a broad range of digital communications infrastructure issues. In 2011, Charlotte worked with Will Hutton to set up the Big Innovation Centre at The Work Foundation, and as its Centre Manager she engaged policy-makers and industry to develop new thinking on the UK's innovation capabilities. Prior to that, Charlotte was Programme Manager at think tank The Work Foundation on its Knowledge Economy research programme, where she analysed the UK's industrial strategy across four key sectors and investigated sustainable foundations for growth through to 2020. Charlotte started her time in the policy world as Operations Manager at local government thinktank the New Local Government Network, and has additionally worked on a number of political campaigns. 

Charlotte holds a MSc in Public Policy from London School of Economics and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

Philippe Trichet

Expert Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Philippe Trichet is an expert director in BCG's Paris office who specializes in large-company digital transformation. Prior to working at BCG, Philippe developed a track record for delivering rapid results through agile, large-scale digital-change-management initiatives, including ten years as a senior vice president of digital customer experience for a global specialist in energy management.

Philippe draws on his international field experience to consult, teach, and speak on a variety of topics, including digital governance and strategy prototyping; large-enterprise digital program management, such as lean start-up approaches, fast worldwide deployment, high-return digital investments, and business and IT mixed-team coordination; and emerging technologies, such as those surrounding cloud computing, mobile devices, operational business intelligence, social business, and the Internet of Things.

Veerle Lozie

Global IT and Operations Manager at Melexis

She studied languages at the Hogeschool Gent, worked one short year in France at the Pasteur Institute, but her career really took off at Melexis, the technology company specialising in testing chips for the automotive industry. Veerle Lozie (41) is now global IT manager and since 2013 she also oversees “Global Operations”: a team of some 300 people.  She started at Melexis in 1997 in the logistics departement.  In the autumn of 2005, Veerle Lozie, mother of two girls aged 9 and 7, took over the ERP team and was tasked with rolling out the Oracle Business Suite.  In May of 2008, she was promoted to the rank of global IT manager and today heads this team of 35 people. She travels between the subsidiaries in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine and the Far East. This avid reader, who lives in Westrozebeke, now mainly focuses on the integrated planning tool project. Veerle is also very active as Vice-President on the board of CIOforum Belgian Business,associated with the European CIO oganisation. She strives to encourage young people to move to the STEM directions. "It's too important. Eventually, we will run out of brains, which will see us lagging behind in terms of innovation".

Ander Michelena

CEO, ticketbis

Ander graduated in Business Administration and Finance at the Universidad Pontifica de Comillas ICADE (Madrid). In 2005 he was selected among the four Spanish students to take part in a Mckinsey EuroAcademy in Athens. In 2006 he started his career at Morgan Stanley London, where he specialised in merger, acquisitions and IPOs of European financial institutions. In January 2008, Ander formed part of the  FIG Special Situation team in charge of assessing and providing solutions to financial entities and governments. In 2009 he left the Bank to create, a marketplace where fans can buy or sell tickets in a secure and safe way, with his partner Jon Uriarte. Five years later, Ticketbis is the leading secondary ticketing platform in South Europe, Latin America and Asia with presence in 30+ countries and over 350 employees in 14 offices around the world with revenues of EUR 53m in 2014.

Daniel Jarjoura

Managing Director StartUp42

He is the Managing Director StartUp42, an early-stage startup accelerator he founded in Paris in 2013, backed by EPITA school of computer science and corporate members. He is also involved in Avolta Partners a M&A boutique helping technology startups raise venture capital financing. A computer science engineer by training, Daniel has spent most of his career translating technical solutions into business realities. He is now focused on helping startups reach their full potential through education, mentoring and investment. 

Tobias Hüsing

Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH

Tobias Hüsing is a Senior Research Consultant at empirica. He specializes in analysing and consulting on e-leadership and e-skills policies and labour market developments, as well as research, innovation and knowledge transfer policies, building on a long experience in empirical research, survey methodology, indicator development, foresight and scenario development, benchmarking and statistical analysis.

He currently coordinates the study on ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’ for the European Commission, which brings together several Higher Education institutions and other major stakeholders to develop educational offers for start-ups and SMEs to provide them with relevant e-leadership skills and qualifications for entrepreneurs, managers and advanced ICT users.

Tobias leads the e-skills supply and demand forecasting team at empirica, analysing industry and labour market insights and the supply system for e-skills and e-leadership education and training, based on research of policy and stakeholder initiatives and the dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders.

He has developed and implemented research methodologies and analysis frameworks in several large scale, cross-cultural empirical research and policy evaluation projects.

Tobias studied economics and sociology at the University of Cologne.

Werner B. Korte

Director, empirica GmbH

Werner B. Korte shares the directorship of empirica with Simon Robinson and is responsible for managing many large-scale international research and development and consulting projects in relation to the new forms of work and employment, e-Skills, monitoring and benchmarking the information society, demographic change and ageing, ICT services for energy saving in social housing and public buildings and other topic areas for different DGs of the European Commission (DG INFSO, ENTR, EAC, EMPL), the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, IPTS, national ministries, federal and regional governments and ministries in Germany, other European countries, in Qatar and global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft.

In the e-skills domain Werner was the project coordinator of studies on monitoring and Forecasting e-skills demand and supply, benchmarking, studies on policies on multi-stakeholder partnerships for e-skills in Europe quality labelling and responsible for the development of several executive briefings for Cisco Systems and another e-skills forecasting project for the ING Belgique Bank.

He is currently working on the initiatives ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ and ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’ all for the European Commission.

Gary Kildare

Chief HR Officer, IBM Corporation Europe, Madrid

Gary Kildare is an energetic and progressive business leader who has worked around the world and has over 25 years of international experience. Originally from Falkirk, Scotland, he joined the IBM Corporation in the UK. He has deep experience of transformation, acquisitions, change management, leadership and enterprise risk management. Having spent many years outside the UK - he returned in 2005 as Chief HR Officer for Global Business Services for Europe (IBM's fastest growing consulting services organisation), in 2008 he became Global Vice President of HR for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific with accountability for over 430,000 employees worldwide. In February 2012 he was appointed as Chief HR Officer for Global Technology Services Division, based in New York; and in May 2014, he became Chief HR Officer IBM Europe, based in Madrid.  

Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a GlobalScot and sits on the Criticaleye Advisory Board. He has served as a Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland, as a member of the Scottish Government’s Education study – ‘The Curriculum for Excellence’, a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy (Financial Services), a Non-Executive advisor to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and a member of the People Committee and the Pay Review Committee; a member of the CBI business council for Scotland. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2012.

Cheryl Miller

Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

Cheryl Miller is Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute (2014), a Brussels-based, international NGO promoting leadership diversity in strategic, innovative economic sectors. Cheryl is also CEO of Zen Digital Europe (2008), a leader in bespoke change and communication campaigns that engage stakeholders at the highest level and deliver measurable results for decision-makers. Cheryl is a dynamic, out-of-the-box thinker, an excellent communicator, and a team player who consistently inspires concrete outcomes from big picture vision. She has a twenty-year track record leading international teams in the tech and ICT sector, mainly in business functions and most recently in the public policy arena. Her pioneering work in ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) is recognized by the United Nations, European Parliament and European Commission, and Cheryl regularly speaks and writes on topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and the workplace of the future. She also coaches, promotes and invests in early-stage enterprises, particularly in STEM sectors.

Erik Neumann

Head of National Projects at EIT ICT Labs Germany GmbH

Erik Neumann leads the Software Campus initiative at EIT ICT Labs Germany. Software Campus is a joint initiative from the German government, major industry players and research institutes aiming to provide leadership knowledge to IT-savy high-potentials. Before joining EIT ICT Labs, he has been project manager at SmartSenior, a large scale cooperative AAL research project, co-funded by the German ministry of Education and Research. He has a history in technology scouting of ICT technologies and a background in Media Science.

Alfonso Fuggetta

CEO & Scientifiс Director, CEFRIEL – Politecnico di Milano

Alfonso Fuggetta is currently CEO and Scientific Director at CEFRIEL - Politecnico di Milano, Full Professor of Computer Science at Politecnico di Milano, and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Software Research, University of California, Irvine. In recent years, he has been a member of several committees of the Italian Government including the Government Committee on Open Source Software in the Public Administration. He has also collaborated with AIPA, CNIPA, Department of Innovation of the Italian Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and University. He is also regularly collaborating with Regione Lombardia and other local and regional administrations. He was member of several program committees for international conferences and of editorial boards of scientific journals.

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder and President, European Young Innovators Forum

Kumardev Chatterjee is a Young Innovation leader, top-tier ICT industry professional, European Commission appointed expert and New York Times published opinion leader, all by the age of 35. Chatterjee’s vision, opinions and views have been published by the New York Times, World Economic Forum, European Commission, European Business Summit, Microsoft and leading tech media across Europe. 

Chatterjee is one of the 45 world's leading digital thinkers who with Eric Schmidt and Vint Cerf co-wrote the European Commission's e-book Digital Minds for a New Europe that articulates a vision for Europe 2020. 

He is an Advisory Board member of the Journal of Innovation Management with Henry Chesbrough. In recognition of his Innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements of EYIF, the European Commission and INTEL have awarded him as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion.

Sebastiano Toffaletti

Secretary General at PIN-SME

Sebastiano Toffaletti is Secretary General at PIN-SME, the European association of ICT Small Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). In 2007 he contributed to fund his organisation, which is the first European association of the ICT sector exclusively focused on representing the interests of SMEs. PIN-SME currently represents tens of thousands small companies that are active in the ICT sector across Europe.  Sebastiano previously served as Director at NORMAPME, the European association of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for standardisation, funded with the support of the European Commission in 1996. The association's members represent 12 Million SMEs in Europe. An Italian graduated Civil Engineer, Sebastiano Toffaletti holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Bologna (Italy) and speaks English, French and Spanish in addition to his mother tongue.

Maksim Belitski

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School

Maksim Belitski is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School. Before joining Henley he worked at the Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University, US and the University of Bolzano, Italy.  He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Leicester and University of Milan. He is teaching Innovation and market entry, Practice of Entrepreneurship, Financing for Entrepreneurship, MBA in Entrepreneurship and couching start-ups and SMEs in the Thames Valley region. He speaks internationally for a variety of universities and conferences based on his academic and private expertise projects in leadership, innovation, returns to knowledge, knowledge spillovers, creativity and strategic management of place. Maks has worked with local UK businesses across sectors, with an emphasis on IT, finance, creative sectors and with the local borough councils to enhance university-private-public partnerships, knowledge transfer and regional development. 

Silvia Leal

Academic Director, IE Business School, Madrid and CIONET Committee Member

Silvia Leal PHD (Cum Laude) is Director of Information Technologies and Digital Innovation Programmes at IE Business School. She is Advisory Committee Member at CIONET and Thinking Heads, member of the Steering Committee of the e-leadership skills initiative service contract run by the European Commission and member of executive board and spokesperson  of ATI (Asociacion de Tecnicos de Informatica). 

Peter Kelly

Professor of Practice, High Growth Entrepreneurship Aalto Ventures Program

An award winning entrepreneurship educator and practitioner. Over the past 20+ years, he has worked with entrepreneurs in Finland, Sweden, UK, Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Ireland. His areas of personal and professional expertise include design thinking, new business creation, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and innovation policy. A self-described “positive non-conformist”, Peter likes nothing more than to challenge convention and routines.

Rodrigo Miranda Beltrán

ISDI & internetAcademi General Manager

Rodrigo Miranda Beltrán is an  IMPACT Accelerator comitee advisor & project mentor. Advisor and Partner at Duelia, Nuubo, Nomaders, Neupic, Reclamador, Key Talent, Wiseri & AlmiraLabs. TopSeedsLabs partner, advisor & project mentor.

Coordinator of the Social Media Module in the Master in Internet Business. Associate Professor at Instituto de Empresa, MIB, EOI, ESIC-ICEMD, Online Business School, Universidad de Catalunya, UOC and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Shackleton Buzz&Press Ex-General Manager. Over 15 years in major responsibility roles in different Internet and Telecommunication companies in Spain and Latin America.

IESE Executive MBA in 2009. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Telecommunications Engineer. Telefónica I+D 2005 & Torres Quevedo 2009 National Innovation Award (Premio nacional de Innovación). 

Bernd Böckenhoff

CEO of the Academy Cube

Bernd Böckenhoff is CEO of the Academy Cube – a non-for-profit talent and learning platform for Europe. AC works with the industry, academia, public and EU administration to offer best-in-class trainings and concrete job offers. Bernd worked in different executive positions at SAP and has more than twenty years of business and management experience in sales management, business development and general management with a strong focus on market requirements & target achievement.
Since 2014 he is also Partner at PDAgroup, a skills and tools IT solution provider to build and sustain a high performing business. He holds a business degree from the University of Mannheim and worked most years in the Software Industry in an international environment.

John Higgins

Director General DIGITALEUROPE

John Higgins was appointed Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect.

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Intellect’s predecessors.

John is a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick and recent chair of its audit committee.   John is President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and was recently elected to the Board of the European Internet Foundation.  John’s other recent committee chair roles include the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

Peter Hagedoorn

Secretary General, European CIO Association

Peter Hagedoorn (65), M.Sc., received his Master of Science degree in physics from the Technical University Delft, the Netherlands. Upon graduation he completed an internship with the European Commission in Brussels. He worked for Shell International Petroleum Company in The Hague as process technologist and for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague as civil servant in the departments for Nuclear Energy and later for International Technology Cooperation. In the IT industry he worked for Bull Netherlands, was thereafter a Director of RAET (Dutch software company) and became later an independent organisational consultant / interim manager. In 1997 he was appointed as Director of the Dutch Millennium Platform: the national campaign about the millennium problems. In 2000 he became Chief Information Officer and Vice-President of Hagemeyer (a Dutch multinational trading company), and thereafter Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice-President for Océ NV. Peter Hagedoorn started in 2004 with some other Dutch CIOs the Dutch CIO Platform: the society for CIOs and was 5 years President. He was also member of the Advisory Board of EuroCIO in that period. In 2005 Peter Hagedoorn was awarded with the “CIO-of-the-year Award 2005” for all his CIO activities. Since 2008 he is advisor and/or consultant for several public and private bodies. Amongst others he is: Managing Director of the management consultancy 3Align, president of the Advisory Board of the CIO Platform Netherlands, e-skills Program Director for EuroCIO, President of the CIO Academy Netherlands, Co-chair of the Executive Committee of the European e-skills Association, Chairman of the e-skills Task Force Netherlands (ended summer 2011). Per November 2011 he is appointed by the Board of the European CIO Association, successor of EuroCIO, as the first Secretary-general of that organisation. 

Frits Bussemaker

Program Director, Partner and Liaison International Relations CIONET

Frits Bussemaker. Program Director, Partner and Liaison International Relations CIONET, a network of over 4500+ CIOs and IT leaders in Europe. He represents CIONET on a number of European projects in the area of eSkills and eLeadership development. Furthermore, he is the founder and chair of iPoort a community for the members of the Dutch parlement to discuss the value and role of IT in the Dutch society and co-founder of the Wireless Innovation Council Europe. He is the chair of the advisory board of the Dutch eSociety Platform. He is member of the advisory board of the following organizations: the Global Industry Council of the IP3, an UNESCO-consultative body focusing on Computing as a Profession; IPBPM, Portugal; Standards4Enterprise, USA; BPM-Forum, the Netherlands; the factulty for Process Innovation and Information Systems, Utrecht university of applied science, the Netherlands.

As Program Director he has been responsible for a large number of (international) conferences like the World Conference for Information Technology 2010, the ‘Week of Inspiration’ for the Dutch Tax Office, World Computer Conference 2012 and the World CIO Forum, Xian, China. He is frequently asked to speak at/or moderate events. He regularly coaches both organizations and individuals on collaboration and strategy. He has an MSc from Delft University. You can contact him at frits.bussemaker(at)cionet(dot)com.

Bo Sejer Frandsen

CEO, it-forum

Bo Sejer Frandsen is CEO for it-forum – the largest Danish IT cluster organization and is president for PIN-SME – the European association of ICT small Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

He has been member of the National advisory board for ICT and is one of the ICT professionals being consulted regarding ICT policies.

It-forum is a non-profit organization which has more than 500 members with in total more than 100.000 employees. It-forum purpose is to help the members to grow their business and influence the national and regional policies in order to create the best growth environment for ICT entrepreneurs in Denmark.

In addition he has been serial entrepreneur and  started 6 different ICT companies together with professional investors and is currently active as Board member / Chairman in 8 ICT companies.

Caroline Jenner

CEO, JA-YE Europe

Mrs Jenner, born in Canada, began her career as an entrepreneur in Slovakia. After taking the role of CEO for JA Europe in 2001, she became deeply engaged in entrepreneurship education policy with the European Commission, serving on expert groups and more recently on New Skills for New Jobs. In addition, appointed as Senior Vice President Europe for JA Worldwide in 2004, she has worked on global initiatives such as the World Economic Forum’s 2010 Report on Entrepreneurship Education. Mrs Jenner is a regular contributor, speaker and panellist. JA Europe ( is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes,    reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2014. 


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