Digital Festival 2017

Speakers

Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services
Government of Belgium

Tibor Navracsics

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
European Commission

Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas

MEP
European Parliament

Jo Deblaere

Jo Deblaere

Chief Operating Officer
Accenture

Brando Benifei

Brando Benifei

MEP
European Parliament

Paweł Swieboda

Paweł Swieboda

Deputy Head
European Political Strategy Centre

Anna Sort

Anna Sort

CEO & Founder
PlayBenefit

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Chief Strategy Officer
City of Ghent

Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper

Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning
Facebook

Lucilla Sioli

Lucilla Sioli

Head of Unit, Digital Economy and Skills
European Commission

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman
Forum Europe

Isabel Van De Keere

Isabel Van De Keere

CEO & Founder
Immersive Rehab

Leen Segers

Leen Segers

Co-Founder & CEO
LucidWeb

Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Founder
Be My Eyes

John Burn-Murdoch

John Burn-Murdoch

Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist
The Financial Times

Lisa Talia Moretti

Lisa Talia Moretti

Digital Sociologist & Strategist

Tobias Gantner

Tobias Gantner

Founder
HealthCare Futurists

Peter Kerstens

Peter Kerstens

Co-Chair, Fintech Task Force & Adviser for Investment and Company Reporting
European Commission

Saf Nazeer

Saf Nazeer

Co-Founder & CEO
Helpfulpeeps

Juma El-Awaisi

Juma El-Awaisi

CEO & Co-Founder
Braci

Caroline Calomme

Caroline Calomme

Founder
Brussels Legal Hackers

Andrew Faiola

Andrew Faiola

Director, Mobility Solutions
Intelsat

Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Editor & Co-Founder
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Andrea Halmos

Andrea Halmos

Policy Officer, E-Government and Trust Unit
European Commission

Alexandre Alaphilippe

Alexandre Alaphilippe

Co-Founder
Saper Vedere

Nicolas Vanderbiest

Nicolas Vanderbiest

Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate
Université Catholique de Louvain

Tommy Vandepitte

Tommy Vandepitte

Lawyer
Brussels Legal Hackers

Gianpiero Lotito

Gianpiero Lotito

Founder & CEO
FacilityLive

Sara Colantonio

Sara Colantonio

Researcher & Project Coordinator
Semeoticons / ISTI-CNR

Russell Beaumont

Russell Beaumont

Architectural Designer
The Palimpsest / Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller

Founder & Executive Director
Digital Leadership Institute

Philippe Van Impe

Philippe Van Impe

Founder
Brussels Data Science Community

Roman Miletitch

Roman Miletitch

Founder
OpenTechSchool Brussels

Michel Frezet

Michel Frezet

Head of On-Orbit Servicing
Airbus Defence and Space

Khadijat Zahrah Abdulkadir

Khadijat Zahrah Abdulkadir

Founder & Executive Director
Digital African Woman

Long Pham

Long Pham

Researcher
International Energy Research Centre, University College of Cork

Karim Grini

Karim Grini

Technology Expert
Accenture

Janice Richardson

Janice Richardson

International Advisor, Literacy, Rights & Democracy

Nestor Dubnevych

Nestor Dubnevych

Co-Founder
lexnet.io

Martin Schmalzried

Martin Schmalzried

Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer
COFACE - Families Europe

Lucia Scopelliti

Lucia Scopelliti

Head of Economic Planning Unit
Milan City Council, Italy

Marten Kaevats

Marten Kaevats

Chief Innovation Officer
Government Office of Estonia

Aarti Holla

Aarti Holla

Secretary General
ESOA

Kumardev Chatterjee

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder & President
European Young Innovators Forum

Olivier Gillerot

Olivier Gillerot

Managing Director, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Financial Services
Accenture

Matthew Vincent

Matthew Vincent

Co-Founder & Developer
Rekrei

Gert Jan Ridder

Gert Jan Ridder

Digital Officer
Digital City of Groningen

Valentyn Pivovarov

Valentyn Pivovarov

Founder
lexnet.io

Tinna Rós Steinsdóttir

Tinna Rós Steinsdóttir

Child Participation Officer
Eurochild

Ruy Pinto

Ruy Pinto

Deputy Chief Technology Officer
SES

Anne-Sophie Aberi-Moska

Anne-Sophie Aberi-Moska

Co-Founder & Program Director
Digital African Woman

Vincent Wirtz

Vincent Wirtz

Director, Innovation and Sustainable Economy
ING Belgium

Carine Saloff-Coste

Carine Saloff-Coste

Director, Competitiveness and Employment
Paris City Council, France

Bruno Mellado

Bruno Mellado

Head of International Payments and Collections
BNP Paribas

Sandra Vandorpe

Sandra Vandorpe

Talent & Organisation Lead BeLux
Accenture Strategy

Marine Falize

Marine Falize

Innovation Advisor & Cluster Manager
impulse.brussels

Chris Sherwood

Chris Sherwood

Head of Public Policy
Naspers

Stephanie Hare

Stephanie Hare

Principal Director
Accenture Research

James Cemmell

James Cemmell

Vice President, Government Engagement
Inmarsat

David Hannion

David Hannion

Telecom Referent
Medecins sans frontieres

Allan Haughton

Allan Haughton

Digital Mobility POD IOT / IIOTSecurity Lead
Accenture Digital

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Senior Manager, Engineering
SES

Andy Lunness

Andy Lunness

Programme Director
BluWireless Technology

Lionel De Somer

Lionel De Somer

Manager, Business Strategy Practice BeLux
Accenture Strategy

Simon Gray

Simon Gray

Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs
Eutelsat

Lenard Koschwitz

Lenard Koschwitz

Director Public Affairs
Allied for Startups

Thomas Verhoef

Thomas Verhoef

Co-Founder
PinWin

Mark Purdy

Mark Purdy

Managing Director & Chief Economist
Accenture Research

Franck Boissière

Franck Boissière

Policy Coordinator & Programme Officer, Internet of Things Unit, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Martin Bragard

Martin Bragard

Founder
RobinFood.store

Enrique González Moreno

Enrique González Moreno

Customer Engineer
Hispasat

Homero Rivas

Homero Rivas

Director of Innovative Surgery
Stanford University

Marco Marsella

Marco Marsella

Head of Unit, Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility
European Commission

Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul

EU Government Relations Manager
Accenture

Cyrille Batailler

Cyrille Batailler

Managing Director, Emerging Technology Group
Accenture

Anna Rose

Anna Rose

Co-Founder & CEO
Videopath

Claudio Truzzi

Claudio Truzzi

Program Manager icity.brussels
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ben Vaparys

Ben Vaparys

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
GraduAid and Student.be

Juha Heikkilä

Juha Heikkilä

Head of Unit, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, DG Connect
European Commission

Doris Bogunovic

Doris Bogunovic

Founder
Rijeka Legal Hackers

Richard Hayton

Richard Hayton

CTO
Trustonic

Patrick Bunk

Patrick Bunk

Founder & CEO
Ubermetrics Technologies

Rosanna Kurrer

Rosanna Kurrer

Cofounder & Managing Director
CyberWayFinder

Patrick Devis

Patrick Devis

CIO
Belfius Bank

Gerald Reindl

Gerald Reindl

Programme Manager, Business Service Portal
Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Raf Ganseman

Raf Ganseman

Digital Transformation Consultant
CGI

Smart Society

13:30 – 14:30

Fake News or True Story? Whatever...

Arsenal C

Understanding the 21st century news-making context and the challenges it poses for western democracy is more important than ever for policymakers and government affairs professionals. In this session, we explore how the public, the press, companies and other bodies can tune into what’s real and what’s not – is “fake news” really fake? How is propaganda and astroturfing now being employed and where? Utilising innovative data analytics tools to deliver new insights, this session will debate whether it is indeed possible to determine news fact from fiction in the digital age.

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

Maison du Bois Stage

Law and policy are often portrayed in the media as an obstacle to the digital revolution. While regulators might struggle to grasp and adapt to the information society, it is time to start looking at the interaction between those spheres from a more creative perspective. Instead of looking at how regulation affects technology, why don't we ask what regulation can learn from technology? Imagine a society where lawyers learn from developers and start working in an open and collaborative way, where regulators learn from innovators and use technological tools to improve transparency or where judges are assisted by artificial intelligence to improve the speed of judicial proceedings.

In this workshop, we will show how to leverage technology to improve law and policy.

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This workshop is hosted by Brussels Legal Hackers.

The Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics spread over more than 50 cities around the world. We explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. In the other words, we ask how we can apply the hacker ethic to the conservative legal field.

Join us to discover the potential of this new perspective and the legal hackathons which have been organized all over the world in the past years. These deal with a wide range of issues from privacy by design to access to justice, from publication of local laws to legal software without forgetting citizens and refugees' rights. Blockchain has even been applied to the old-fashioned contracts!

We are doers and this will be reflected in our session by helping you to try "hacking" the law for yourself in jam sessions. We will tackle what you care most about whether that is parking tickets, direct democracy, consumer rights, the use of emojis in court, free access to legal information, the contracts of tomorrow or an issue that crosses your mind a few seconds before we start. No prior knowledge required, ideas and an open-mind is all you need.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

Chaufferie -1

Digital is playing an increasing role in how we think about our personal health. From wearables and apps to nanotechnologies and VR, the potential for digitally orientated innovations to make a positive impact on healthcare in Europe is clear. What innovations are we seeing in Europe and how might these be developed and applied in other areas? How can approaches to both medicine and healthcare continue to be further personalised? Through demonstrations and discussion, our speakers explore the digital healthcare future we wish to design.

 

10:05 – 11:00

Digital For Good

Arsenal B+C

The digital transformation of our economy is having an extraordinary impact on wider society, creating opportunities to improve the way we live and work in Europe and across the globe. The pace of digital transformation also presents a number of societal challenges, particularly how to ensure greater inclusion in the digital economy, where no-one is left behind. This session will therefore focus on how we can maximize the societal benefits of digital transformation and minimize the challenges, to ensure an inclusive global digital economy. 
 
We will explore how to:

  • Improve how we live through better access to healthcare, increased environmental sustainability and reduced social isolation;
  • Improve how we work through a more accessible, diverse and inclusive workplace and increased productivity;
  • Open up new opportunities through greater and wider access to education, skills development opportunities, market access, and jobs.

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smarter Cities

Chaufferie -1

The concept of the smart city has been around for a significant period of time. Indeed, the 1960’s US kids’ cartoon The Jestsons portrayed a utopian future city with flying cars, space-age living accommodation and automation on an often comedic and obstructive scale. There is increasingly a narrative developing around the smarter design of the smarter city, one where the Jestsons-like clamour for the future city is dampened and a more considered, sober but no less exciting approach is advocated. How will digital interact with our future urban environments and how do we make sure to learn from the urban planning mistakes of the past?  

Smart Living

14:00 – 14:20

How Game Systems Can Help Improve the Value Chain

Maison du Bois Stage

Based on studies in the video game industry, Anna Sort will show in 3 easy steps how game mechanisms and solutions can be applied to healthcare. The objectives are widespread and connected to having patients and communities more committed to their health, ameliorate recovery and adherence to treatments.

Smart Society

14:45 – 15:30

Digital For Society

Arsenal C

The Internet has made the world smaller and more connected, yet for many it has also meant less face to face social interaction. But how are innovators reacting to this phenomenon? How can digital platforms be used to bring social benefits? This session will explore fascinating examples of community and human to human interaction, facilitated by digital, that would not otherwise be possible.

Smart Living

14:40 – 15:10

3D Scanning and the Ghosts of Cities' Past

Maison du Bois Stage

What if there was a forum where past, present and future versions of a city exist simultaneously? Where visions for the future could be experienced at a 1:1 scale and discussed publicly, letting people confront, understand, and contribute to changes in their communities? What if this was possible with a device you are already carrying in your pocket?

For designers, low-cost 3D technology is a powerful tool. For the public, it means proposals for urban development can be assessed as intuitively as the real world. This talk explores how technology can make urban development more inclusive.

Smart Living

12:45 – 13:15

Man Vs Machine - This Is the Final Boarding Call, Dear Human

Arsenal C

We're moving towards a world inhabited by AI and algorithms, and we seem insistent on doing so blindfolded and with great speed despite being constantly told that the 'robots' are coming for our jobs, our relationships... our minds. We can't hit the breaks, but we can reframe the challenge in front of us - why are we so afraid? What is it that we fear most? Our humanity is not only our most defining characteristic, but the key to unlocking the man versus machine challenge. It's time to revisit what makes us human.

Smart Society

12:30 – 13:30

Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth

Arsenal B

Innovation is about brave first timers. Learn how satellite companies continue to make history and the headlines bringing space down to your living rooms every day of the week! How far will satellite companies go to make sure you continue to have live TV and access to connectivity everywhere you go? Join us to see how innovation at its best is helping to make the hyper-connected world.

We will be on Facebook Live and have live sketching throughout the session.

Smart Living

15:00 – 16:00

The Future of Connectivity - HAPS, Satellite, WiGig

Arsenal B

Connectivity is undoubtedly the key driver of socio-economic development in the world today. Policymakers across the world are preoccupied with how to propel citizens into the Gigabit Society. Innovation & new business models are the answer and between them, High Altitude Platforms (HAPS), satellites and WiGig (next generation WiFi) will all be instrumental. Join us for a lively discussion that will open your eyes to today’s most revolutionary technologies and give you the opportunity to exchange with the minds that are shaping the future!

We will be on Facebook Live and have live sketching throughout the session.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

Chaufferie -1

Europe is ripe with entrepreneurial talent and nurturing the environment in which tech businesses can be launched and grown is key for Europe’s competitiveness and prosperity. This session will highlight examples of great European businesses who are scaling up, and analyse the investment climate in which they and others are operating. Is Europe an attractive place to invest in digital and e- commerce businesses? What are the EU institutions doing to support the European digital eco-system and investment environment? 

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

Chaufferie 0

Within an increasingly connected world, stronger defences are required to address cyber threats and attacks. The European Commission has identified the safety of connected products and services, to be one of the significant new challenges of the connected economy. It plans to develop a European ICT Security Framework and measures on cybersecurity standards, certification and labelling to make ICT-based systems, including connected objects, more cyber-secure.
 
This session will look at the practical aspects of making connected systems and devices more secure from a technical and business perspective and explore what policy measures can and should be undertaken to support this objective, including the role of standards, certification and labelling.

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

Chaufferie 0

Innovation, strategy and digital managers of financial institutions from across Europe will highlight how concretely digital technologies - artificial intelligence, blockchain, social media, Cloud - are changing their organisations’ governance, operating models, users’ engagement strategies and workforce to respond to societal, economic and sustainable expectations. It will also be an opportunity to reflect upon remaining challenges encountered and further requirements to transform financial services organisations.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:15

How the Cloud is Revolutionising the World

Arsenal C

A description will be available shortly.

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

Arsenal B

With the European Commission planning to propose its strategic vision on AI later in 2017, this panel will look at the economic and societal opportunities and challenges presented by AI and how Europe can take a leadership position in the development and use of AI, both from an economic and public policy perspective.

Smart Living

13:45 – 14:45

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Arsenal B

Glued to your emails? Can’t get enough Netflix? Need to surf 24/7? Connectivity anywhere, anytime - no problem! The collaboration between sectors is reaching its goal: planes, trains and automobiles are all being connected to give you a safer, more productive, entertaining trip. Ride with us through this session to find out more!

Smart Society

15:30 – 15:50

The People's NSA!

Chaufferie -1

The standard quip is that people don't lack information - they have too much. But with fake news, propaganda, and misinformation being propagated around the world by governments, movements and businesses, it is harder than ever to find the truth. Our traditional gatekeeper, media, has lost its economic model at the same time it is being dragged into the political process some say because it has failed to address the needs of whole classes of voters. A new group of non-profit investigative organizations are seeking to fill the void with credible, non-political information but they face many technical and financial problems. A growing chasm is spreading between governments and wealthy businesses which have lots of sophisticated information tools and the public which have few. Where is this all going? What is the future of information for the people? OCCRP, a pioneering investigative reporting organization, sees challenging times ahead but proposes a creative solution to the problem: ‘The People's NSA.’

Smart Society

15:50 – 16:10

In Defence of Data: What role for data in a post-truth world?

Chaufferie -1

Can everything really be subjective? Is it now impossible to separate facts from propaganda? And where might we find ourselves challenged and our opinions shifted? It would appear that while we now have the possibility to access more information than ever before, we are arguably becoming more entrenched in existing views and positions. From a position of strength only a few years ago, data and data driven decision-making is perhaps now in need of a renaissance. In this post-truth, post-expert world, how might hard data and the insights it leads to be re-centred?

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

Chaufferie 0

Over the course of the lunch, the panel will discuss how the world of work is evolving through digital and the needs and expectations of employees and employers in this new environment, including new roles and responsibilities. In addition to exploring the ways of engaging in this new world of work, the session will look at the changing nature of work in a digital world, what skills are and will be required and how will they be developed.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

Chaufferie 0

Practitioners from public administrations across Europe will highlight how they are embedding a “government as a platform approach” to design public policies and implement initiatives to co-create public services that foster sustainable economic growth and social wellbeing.

Smart Living

11:15 – 17:00

Coffee & Coding | Workshop

Chaufferie Lounge

Learn, practice and work with new technologies during our Coding Workshop! No matter your level or job title, you are most welcome to join at any point during the day and stay as long or as little as you wish.

All levels are welcome. Laptops will be provided, but you can bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

Arsenal B

Connectivity for connectivity’s sake or connectivity for life! Learn how being connected makes all the difference in life-threatening situations when it matters the most. European assets are being deployed across the whole world, from within our own borders to remote islands, saving lives and bringing relief in emergency situations. Join us to learn more about what it’s like to be in the field relying on wireless communications to save lives.

We will be on Facebook Live and have live sketching throughout the session.

Smart Working

17:15 – 18:15

Building Communities and Partnerships in the Digital Eco-System

Chaufferie 0

Although not exclusively, access to relatively cheap and powerful computing tools has played a significant role in democratising the potential for individuals to design and build commercial digital tools and services from the ground up. These often niche digital solutions are increasingly being incorporated into broader coalitions and commercial offerings. This session will look at how Europeans are building solutions, how digital communities are built, managed and utilised, and how the digital eco-system is developing in Europe. It will analyse how both large and small businesses, governments and the education sectors can cooperate to deliver unique and compelling offerings, particularly when, on their own, no single entity can deliver the suite of necessary and potential solutions that is made possible through collaboration.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online

Maison du Bois Stage

The debate around how we should be educating our children around digital, who are growing up in an exciting yet often daunting world of innovation and technological progress, has been going on for some time. New challenges are emerging with increasing regularity and this panel will look to shed light on the latest thinking around how society needs to react to ensure that the internet is a safe and exciting place for children to be.

Smart Working

12:30 – 13:00

Announcing DigitYser, the Digital Flagship of Brussels

Maison du Bois Stage

DigitYser is the brand new digital flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn, create and implement digital solutions focused on Data & AI, IoT and VR.

Come along to discover the details of this unique private/public project that will transform Brussels into the capital of Data Science, VR and IoT.

Smart Society

16:10 – 16:30

A Conversation on Data & Journalism

Chaufferie -1

John Burn-Murdoch and Drew Sullivan will explore how digital is changing how they work, both positively and negatively. They will also explore in more detail some of the themes from their individual talks.

Smart Society

13:15 – 13:45

Retelling the Story of Lost Heritage

Maison du Bois Stage

In this talk Matthew Vincent, Co-Founder of Rekrei, will present Rekrei and discuss how technology can help in retelling the story of lost heritage.
Rekrei is a platform for the digital reconstruction of lost heritage through crowdsourcing. Originally launched in 2015 as Project Mosul, the project has since expanded its focus to include global cultural heritage lost by whatever means. Founded by two archaeologists, the project combines technology and cultural heritage, with the aim of virtual interaction with cultural heritage that has been lost either through human interventions or natural means. Thanks to a collaboration with The Economist Media Lab, Rekrei was able to achieve one of its first goals: the creation of a virtual museum to give people the possibility to experience the Mosul Cultural Museum using some of the models created by the public participation. Now, Rekrei is looking forward and looking to make the retelling of cultural heritage accessible by anyone in the public.

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

Arsenal C

The Belgium startup ecosystem is slowly but aggressively catching up with other parts of Europe in terms of the number of productive startups that are being formed yearly to build smarter societies.

ICT is an essential ingredient in every smart city project, and to fully benefit from it, collaboration is necessary between field actors. Following outputs from a national study conducted by the Smart City Institute (SCI), the collection, processing, and sharing of data remains a major challenge.

Smart cities startups will join the debate to discuss and challenge how working together and collaborating can foster more productivity and better-built technologies.
How can they compete while collaborating? What challenges can this pose for beginners?

Mature corporations such as Microsoft, Accenture, Google and Amazon are developing partnerships either amongst each other or with other small businesses to advance technological developments. But as a startup without a very solid position in the marketplace, how can they manage these collaborations while maintaining originality and a competitive edge?

 

09:50 – 10:05

Keynote Opening

Arsenal B+C

A description will be available shortly.

speaker

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Government of Belgium

Alexander De Croo is Deputy Prime Minister for Open VLD and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services in the Michel I Government.
As Minister of Development Cooperation, he focuses on strengthening human rights and promoting local economic growth in the partner countries.
The Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services portfolio focuses on the maximisation of the economic potential of the digital economy.

10:05 – 11:00

Digital For Good

speaker

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

Tibor Navracsics holds degrees in law from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Budapest's ELTE University and a PhD in political sciences. In 1999 he became an Associate professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, ELTE. Between 1997–2000, he assumed the position of the Secretary-General of the Hungarian Political Science Association and he was also Head of the Department of the Prime-Minister's Office until 2002. In 2003 he became Chef de Cabinet to the President of the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union and between 2006–2010 he was an elected Member of Parliament as well as a Member of the Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional, Judicial and Procedural Affairs. He also served as Fidesz National Assembly representative from 2006 until October 2014.

Between 2010 and 2014 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice. In 2014 he also assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In November 2014, Tibor Navracsics became European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

09:50 – 10:05

Keynote Opening

10:05 – 11:00

Digital For Good

speaker

Kaja Kallas

MEP, European Parliament

Kaja Kallas is an Estonian politician. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament elected from Estonia and belongs to the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). She has previously worked as an attorney-at-law and been a Member of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu), where she chaired the Economic Affairs Committee. She is also Vice-Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party. As an attorney, she specialised in European and Estonian competition law.

In the European Parliament, Kaja Kallas serves on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and is Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU–Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. She is also a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Delegation for Relations with the United States. She was a rapporteur for the jointly drafted strategic report "Towards a Digital Single Market Act" that calls for ambitious action to remove barriers in the digital world as well as to avoid hindering the technological revolution by overregulating the sector.

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

speaker

Jo Deblaere

Chief Operating Officer, Accenture

Jo Deblaere is Accenture’s chief operating officer, responsible for leading the company’s business operations globally, executing Accenture’s business strategy and ensuring operational excellence company-wide. Mr. Deblaere is also group chief executive – Europe with overall leadership responsibility for more than 20 countries. In addition, Mr. Deblaere leads enterprise risk management for Accenture, working across the company to identify, assess and actively manage enterprise risks. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and chairs Accenture’s Capital and Investment Committees.

10:05 – 11:00

Digital For Good

speaker

Brando Benifei

MEP, European Parliament

Brando Benifei, 31, European Federalist, is one of the youngest MEPs and is from La Spezia, Italy. He has been chair of European affairs for the Young Democrats and Vice-President of ECOSY (youth organization of PES) for 4 years and was part of the PES working group which originally drafted the European Youth Guarantee. His main fields of legislative work in the EP are Employment and social affairs and Foreign affairs. He is co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. Among his parliamentary activities in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, he was responsible for key legislative and non-legislative reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market; youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative. He is very active on digitalisation and innovation, throughout different platforms and networks, most recently specifically on the copyright reform.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

speaker

Paweł Swieboda

Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre

Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), an in-house think tank of the European Commission reporting directly to President Juncker, as Deputy Head, Paweł Swieboda was President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, an EU policy think tank based in Warsaw, from 2006 to 2015. Earlier, he was Director of the EU Department at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2001-2006 and EU Advisor to the President of Poland from 1996 to 2000. 

A graduate of the London School of Economics (BSc in Economics), and the University of London (MA in International Relations), he is a member of a number of advisory boards of European think tanks as well as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. In 2013/2014, he was Rapporteur of the Review of European Innovation Partnerships.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

speaker

Anna Sort

CEO & Founder, PlayBenefit

A nurse with a mission: Make health fun. Passionate about video games and engagement design. Entrepreneur, blogger and lecturer. Nurse by profession, and a Master’s graduate on Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media with a singular ICT-Health specialisation. Currently leading engagement design projects in a wide range of industries, working as a professor in several international universities (Stanford, Universitat de Barcelona, UAB) and collaborating in Serious Gaming projects and congresses. In 2016 Anna was chosen to be one of the 10 founding members of the Women of Health IT Community, created by HIMSS Europe to empower women in the health IT sector.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

Smart Living

14:00 – 14:20

How Game Systems Can Help Improve the Value Chain

speaker

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts

Chief Strategy Officer, City of Ghent

Karl-Filip Coenegrachts is Master of Laws, specialized in European Law. From 1997 to 2000 he worked for the Belgian Ministry of Justice as co-ordinator for the European Union and Schengen.

In 2001 he started in Ghent as advisor to the Vice Mayor responsible for personnel and IT. In that capacity he co-founded Digipolis, the intermunicipal organisation for ICT for the cities of Ghent and Antwerp, and Gentinfo, the first local citizen service centre in Europe.

In 2004 he became head of Department of Strategy and International Relations of the City of Ghent and Chief Strategy Officer in 2015. His responsibilities include the long term strategy of Ghent including the implementation of horizontal policies, smart city/citizen strategy, data and information management, international relations, policy participation and European funding programmes.

He is currently also Ghent representative and President of the Executive Committee of Eurocities.

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smarter Cities

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Robert Pepper

Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook

Robert Pepper helps lead Facebook’s connectivity and technology policy activities focusing on new technology development, deployment and adoption.  Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade, working with governments across the world helping them develop their digital strategies and address areas such as ICT and development, broadband plans, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy and Internet governance.

Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years beginning in 1989 where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television.

Before joining the FCC, Pepper was Director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. His government service also included Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiating a program on Computers, Communications and Information Policy at the National Science Foundation.

His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He chairs the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and has served on the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and the UK’s OFCOM Spectrum Advisory Board.

Pepper received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Smart Living

15:00 – 16:00

The Future of Connectivity - HAPS, Satellite, WiGig

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Lucilla Sioli

Head of Unit, Digital Economy and Skills, European Commission

Lucilla Sioli is the Head of the Digital Economy and Skills unit within the Directorate-General Connect.

Her unit monitors trends and performance in the digital economy and is responsible for country monitoring in digital in the context of Europe2020, and for the publication of the Digital Agenda Scoreboard. The unit also manages the oversight of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs which addresses the impact of ICT on labour markets.

She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Southampton and one from the Catholic University of Milan. Ms. Sioli has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

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Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe

Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

He is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank, He is a member of the advisory groups of the European Institute in Washington DC and the Washington European Society.  He is also on the advisory group of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

 He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smarter Cities

Smart Society

16:10 – 16:30

A Conversation on Data & Journalism

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Isabel Van De Keere

CEO & Founder, Immersive Rehab

Dr Isabel Van De Keere is the CEO and Founder of Immersive Rehab, a Virtual Reality healthtech startup that focuses on the creation and development of interactive environments & games in Virtual Reality that improve the effectiveness of physical & neuro-rehabilitation. Following a long physical rehab period Isabel went through herself due to a work accident, she decided to start Immersive Rehab in September 2016. 

With a background in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and as a Biomedical Engineering Scientist, Isabel is passionate about healthcare technologies, digital health, immersive technologies (VR/AR) and its applications in healthcare, using tech for good, social entrepreneurship, and promoting women in tech.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

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Leen Segers

Co-Founder & CEO, LucidWeb

Leen has helped build startups in technology and media for almost ten years. From evangelising social media to monetising online video, she has experienced the frontlines of the startup world. As the COO of Tech.eu, she helped the company turn a profit within her first year there. In 2015 she enjoyed her first VR experience and was immediately enchanted by the prospect of a new venture. Convinced that the future of mobile video will be virtual, she founded LucidWeb, a VR and WeBVR consulting and software development company.

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Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Founder, Be My Eyes

Hans Jørgen Wiberg is the founder of Be My Eyes. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired people with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video connection. This means Be My Eyes can provide a friendly pair of eyes at anytime through your smartphone.
Be My Eyes is a worldwide service helping 33000 blind and visually impaired people in 80 different languages, and close to 500000 volunteers signed up to help.
Be My Eyes strives to keep the app accessible, so also new smartphones users are able to use the service. Be My Eyes  is an exponential organization with a very small team. This is a key aspect in the way the team use social media and have created their development strategy. 
For Hans Jørgen as a non-tech, visually impaired founder, it has been an exiting journey and learning experience to see Be My Eyes develop and spread all over the world, helping real people solve real issues.

Smart Society

14:45 – 15:30

Digital For Society

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John Burn-Murdoch

Senior Data-Visualisation Journalist, The Financial Times

A biography will appear here shortly.

Smart Society

15:50 – 16:10

In Defence of Data: What role for data in a post-truth world?

Smart Society

16:10 – 16:30

A Conversation on Data & Journalism

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Lisa Talia Moretti

Digital Sociologist & Strategist

Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning digital sociologist and strategist with 10 years experience based in London. Over the last decade, she's worked across the entire content lifecycle studying the relationship between technology, brand and audiences for brands like Adobe, IpSoft, Hyatt Hotels, Dulux, Starwood Hotels, IKEA, seventeen magazine and National Geographic. During this time, Lisa has also presented keynotes and run workshops to audiences from a wide range of business backgrounds on the impact, opportunities and challenges of digital technology. Lisa is an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Management Studies department at Goldsmiths College, University of London and a visiting teacher at Cardiff University and Plymouth University. Her teaching area of expertise is Digital Research Methods. Lisa's research collaborations with Goldsmiths College and IpSoft, Adobe, Mindshare and Rackspace on virtual reality, augmented reality, wearable technology and virtual assistants have gained international coverage with CNN, BBC, Fast Company, Campaign, Techcrunch, Forbes and others.  

Smart Living

12:45 – 13:15

Man Vs Machine - This Is the Final Boarding Call, Dear Human

Smart Society

14:45 – 15:30

Digital For Society

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Tobias Gantner

Founder, HealthCare Futurists

Tobias is a restless resident of different worlds, a roaming renaissance man: A medical doctor by training, a health economist and jurist by education, a philosophy aficionado by academic passion and curious by default. He has worked in a number of leading positions in patient care and major industry companies such as Siemens, Novartis, Bayer Healthcare and J&J. He is the founder of the HealthCare Futurists network and the Director of the European Center for Patient Centric Innovation and Medical Entrepreneurship which is affiliated with UNU MERIT.

The HealthCare Futurists is an international and independent network, think tank, incubator and catalyst for innovation in health-care, life sciences and medicine. The HCFs consist of renowned experts and thriving professionals of diverse disciplines with a persistent passion for patients.

The HCFs have successfully completed innovation labs with major health-care industry companies and health-care providers alike. They provide guidance to startups and are engaged in medical enlightenment to the public. The HCFs are initiators and home to the innovate.healthcare hackathon.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

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Peter Kerstens

Co-Chair, Fintech Task Force & Adviser for Investment and Company Reporting, European Commission

Peter Kerstens is Co-Chair of the Fintech Task Force and Adviser to the Director for investment and company reporting at the European Commission's DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, focusing on technology transformation and security questions. He is a career official with extensive experience in EU policy and legislation in a range of areas. Prior to his current position, he worked on international financial services regulation, equivalence and financial sector sanctions. From 2008 until 2013 he was Finance Counsellor at the EU Delegation to the USA in Washington DC. Prior to his posting to Washington DC, Mr. Kerstens was a Member of Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy's Private Office where he was responsible for services policy and institutional relations. From 2001 until 2004, he was a Member of the Private Office of Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne, covering institutional relations for the health and consumer protection portfolio and advising the Commissioner on competition policy, justice and home affairs and economic and monetary policy.

Mr. Kerstens joined the European Commission in 1996 and also held positions in the Directorate-General for Enterprise and the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection.

Prior to joining the European Commission, he worked as a public affairs consultant in Brussels advising major financial services and direct marketing companies on EU affairs.

Mr. Kerstens holds a magna cum laude Master degree in European affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges and a magna cum laude Master degree in political science from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a Dutch national.

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

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Saf Nazeer

Co-Founder & CEO, Helpfulpeeps

Saf Nazeer is co-founder and CEO of Helpfulpeeps, a new social network built on the principles of ‘paying it forward’ where people share their time, energy, skills and knowledge to help each other for free. He believes in harnessing the power of technology to make a positive impact and is on a mission to bring back community spirit in an increasingly disconnected world.

Smart Society

14:45 – 15:30

Digital For Society

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Juma El-Awaisi

CEO & Co-Founder, Braci

Juma El-Awaisi is a Pharmacist and HCP with a vast experience in business and management. After graduating from the school of pharmacy at the age of 20, Juma took a different path and moved towards business and marketing. He is currently CEO of Braci and has led the company to a valuation of over £4 million.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

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Caroline Calomme

Founder, Brussels Legal Hackers

Originally from Brussels, Caroline studied at the European Law School in Maastricht before obtaining her graduate law degree from the University of Oxford. She worked as a Blue Book trainee for the European Data Protection Supervisor and as a private law lecturer for Maastricht University. She is now pursuing her passion for law and technology in Brussels.

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

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Andrew Faiola

Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat

Andrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

Smart Society

12:30 – 13:30

Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth

Smart Living

13:45 – 14:45

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

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Drew Sullivan

Editor & Co-Founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Drew Sullivan is the Editor and Co-Founder of OCCRP and served as its first director. He founded and is Executive Director of the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He has served on the board of directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Prior to establishing OCCRP, he founded the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as its director and editor. As a journalist and editor, his teams have been awarded the European Press Prize, Global Shining Light Awards, Daniel Pearl Awards; the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting; the Tom Renner Award recognising outstanding crime and corruption reporting and many other international awards. He has spearheaded investment in technology as a means to innovate and revolutionize investigative journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell International Space Systems.

Smart Society

15:30 – 15:50

The People's NSA!

Smart Society

16:10 – 16:30

A Conversation on Data & Journalism

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Andrea Halmos

Policy Officer, E-Government and Trust Unit, European Commission

Andrea Halmos works as a Policy Officer in the eGovernment & Trust Unit of DG CONNECT at the European Commission. Her current activities are mainly focused on the implementation of the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020. This includes working with numerous Commission services and Member States as well as developing various measures to support local and regional administrations in their implementation efforts.

In the past, she worked on developing the vision for the future of public services through the open government concept and used the H2020 funding mechanism to put the concept into real innovation projects. Previously, she had worked for the eTEN European Community programme, which supported the deployment of trans-European electronic services in the public interest and also worked as case handler at DG COMP. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2003, she worked for an internet start-up company as a sourcing consultant. Having graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, she received a master's degree in European studies from the College of Europe and from the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

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Alexandre Alaphilippe

Co-Founder, Saper Vedere

Co-Founder of Saper Vedere. Former digital consultant in EU Public Affairs working with European associations to improve their advocacy through digital communications.

Smart Society

13:30 – 14:30

Fake News or True Story? Whatever...

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Nicolas Vanderbiest

Teaching Assistant and PhD Candidate, Université Catholique de Louvain

Nicolas Vanderbiest is a teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His thesis subject is "Reputation crises of organisations on social media. A systemic approach". He is the author of the blog Reputatio Lab, which gathers a database of more than 450 social media crises. He also analyses crises, astroturfing and social media phenomena for Rue 89, France Culture / La Première (Radio) and RTBF (TV/Web).

Smart Society

13:30 – 14:30

Fake News or True Story? Whatever...

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Tommy Vandepitte

Lawyer, Brussels Legal Hackers

Tommy is a self-employed in-house lawyer with a keen interest in technology and financial law. An alumnus of the KULeuven, he started as a trainee attorney. Attracted to the early implementation of the law rather than litigation, he soon switched to in-house. His longest employment was with KBC where he first worked in the legal department and then as (first) data protection officer in the compliance department. Nowadays he freelances, generally in the financial sector.

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

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Gianpiero Lotito

Founder & CEO, FacilityLive

Since 2010 Gianpiero Lotito has been the founder, with Mariuccia Teroni, of FacilityLive, the Italian startup that develops a platform for information management driven by a next generation search engine with patents granted in 44 countries worldwide (including Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, Israel South Africa and Australia).
Gianpiero is a technologist, with a musical career behind, who has been working for over twenty years on innovative projects in the publishing world and on technologies applied to content with Mariuccia Teroni. He taught Multimedia Publishing at the University of Milan and wrote books and articles on technology for major Italian editors like Bruno Mondadori and Gruppo Espresso.

Gianpiero is CEO and CTO of FacilityLive, and Ambassador of e-Skills for Jobs (a project under the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs of the European Commission).

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Sara Colantonio

Researcher & Project Coordinator, Semeoticons / ISTI-CNR

Sara Colantonio is currently a Researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technology “A. Faedo” of the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR) in Pisa, as a member of the “Signals and Images” Lab. Her academic career started with a M.Sc. degree (Hons.) in Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering, both from the University of Pisa. In 2008 and 2009, she received a grant funded by FINMECCANICA for investigation in the field of diagnostic imaging. Her research interests also include machine learning, image understanding, decision support theory, and personal informatics. She has co-authored over 70 scientific papers, and worked in several national and international projects. She conceived and coordinated the EU FP7 Project SEMEOTICONS, whose main outcome is a smart mirror, called Wize Mirror, for self-monitoring individuals’ risk of cardio-metabolic diseases.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

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Russell Beaumont

Architectural Designer, The Palimpsest / Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

J. Russell Beaumont is an architectural designer with a focus on socially engaged architecture and interactive design. His research focuses on the intersection of social justice, dignity, beauty, and the built environment. He currently lives in NYC and works for an architecture firm that specialises in affordable housing.

Smart Living

14:40 – 15:10

3D Scanning and the Ghosts of Cities' Past

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Cheryl Miller

Founder & Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute

Cheryl Miller is CEO of Zen Digital Europe and Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute, a Brussels-based, international NGO whose global mission is to bridge the gender gap and digital divide worldwide by educating and empowering digital leaders of today and tomorrow.

Cheryl is a serial social entrepreneur with twenty years of international experience in the tech and ICT sectors, and her work to promote ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) and leadership to youth and women has been recognised by the United Nations, European Parliament and European Commission. She is consulted worldwide as an expert on topics related to digital inclusion, digital literacy, gender equality, youth and female leadership, and education and entrepreneurship, particularly in STEM fields.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

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Philippe Van Impe

Founder, Brussels Data Science Community

Philippe Van Impe is a Founding Partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, a large open community of specialists in data and business. The community's activities aim to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, through regular meetups, training and ‘Data for Good’ projects, where members contribute their skills to work on projects with NGO’s, public institutions and start-ups.


Philippe is also the Founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, which connects and supports data professionals throughout Europe to share and discuss best practices in open data, big data and data innovation.


Philippe is a Social Entrepreneur simultaneously pursuing both a financial & a social return on investment.

Smart Working

12:30 – 13:00

Announcing DigitYser, the Digital Flagship of Brussels

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Roman Miletitch

Founder, OpenTechSchool Brussels

PhD student in Artificial Intelligence, award winning digital artist, founder of OpenTechSchool Brussels (opentechschool.org/brussels), lead community manager of Hack League (hackleague.io) and event planner (foodandcode.com). Roman is a Jack of all trades and thrives on applying what he learned from one field to another. Coding from roofs, subways or abandoned buildings, he’s always eager to explore the creative possibilities of this digital medium.

Smart Living

11:15 – 17:00

Coffee & Coding | Workshop

Smart Working

17:15 – 18:15

Building Communities and Partnerships in the Digital Eco-System

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Michel Frezet

Head of On-Orbit Servicing, Airbus Defence and Space

Michel Frezet is currently responsible of the On-Orbit Servicing Division within the Program Line On-Orbit Services and Exploration since April 2015.
He has a strong background in Automatic & Control, space mechanics and GNC for Rendezvous, as well as in avionics for all type of space vehicles.
Michel Frezet started his career in 1982 at Matra Espace in Toulouse in the field of models and simulations, then continuing in space mechanics and GNC for Rendezvous for the programs Hermes and ATV.
He then successively was Head of the Space Mechanics, AOCS & GNC Department, the Data Handling, On-board software and dependability Division and the Functional & Electrical Check-out Sub-directorate in the different Space Systems industrial organizations.
Michel Frezet is graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris (1981), with focus on Systems and Control.

Smart Society

12:30 – 13:30

Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth

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Khadijat Zahrah Abdulkadir

Founder & Executive Director, Digital African Woman

Khadijat Abdulkadir is the Founder and Executive Director of Digital African Woman, a social enterprise focused on developing tech startups across Africa and Diaspora. Currently a Master candidate in Business Engineering and Management Science from Solvay Brussels school of Economics and Management, Khadijat also holds a double Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science. A certified SAP Business Consultant and ABAP programmer with experiences from corporations such as Aramark, Accenture and Microsoft USA. She has held several positions including, Environmental Program Analyst, IT Program Manager and SAP Business Analyst. In her Passion for Business development, Khadijat has acquired experiences training over 600 hundred startups across Africa and Europe, equipping them with specialized training to build and scale sustainably across various markets especially within Africa. She is most passionate about empowering young women with the technology skills and tools necessary to be fully active innovators and entrepreneurs in the 21st century. She focuses her projects on entrepreneurship, innovation and access for women especially in Sub-Sahara Africa. Through Digital African Woman, Khadijat serves as the country manager and Belgian representative for the Startup Europe Awards. Her work has been featured in Forbes USA, Tropics Magazine SA, and People Centered Internet- Silicon Valley.

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

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Long Pham

Researcher, International Energy Research Centre, University College of Cork

Long Pham is a researcher of the International Energy Research Centre, University College Cork since January 2014, after spending more than five years with IBM in Vietnam. Her focus is on resident engagement for smart city programs, local policy development and regulation for technology adoption. Apart from her research work, Long works on UCC’s internationalisation strategy, bringing the educational institutions in Vietnam and Ireland closer in research collaboration and student recruitment. She utilises her strong and well-connected networks with Vietnamese country leaders to meet goals for UCC and Ireland as a whole, especially in the education sector.

Long was an executive at IBM’s Governmental Programs for over five years and worked closely with Vietnamese and American governments on technology and free trade policies at all stages, including the formation of policies, drafting legal documents, and revising and evaluating the final documents. While being in Ireland, she still works closely with many ministries including the Office of Government, the Ministry of Education and Training, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. She holds in-depth understanding of the governmental and sectorial strategies in Vietnam and aligns them well in the context of the bilateral relation with Ireland for strategic engagements.

She is also well connected to city and provincial leaders when she oversaw the Smarter Planet agenda and Smarter Cities cooperation programs in Vietnam with a focus on major cities Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Ha Noi. Then, she led discussions from IBM with senior government leaders at the central level and with cities’ leaders on areas of priorities, technologies, policies, funding, business models and implementation plans. She became trusted partner for the leaders when it comes to growth strategies and applicable technologies.

Prior to joining IBM, Long was a career journalist and Managing Editor for the Viet Nam News, a daily English newspaper of the Vietnam News Agency where she was in charge of the various publication channels and wrote commentaries on politics and public policies for the daily, weekly and monthly editions. She has been honoured with numerous national awards in journalism. Her journalism career started as a Fulbright Scholar, for which she earned her Masters of Journalism. Long continues to participate in Fulbright activities, including being selected as one of three speakers at a town hall on Fulbright 20th Anniversary event chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2012 visit to Vietnam.

In addition to policy advisory work and research, Long is a PhD candidate and her work focuses on resident engagement for smart city programs, local policy development and regulation for technology adoption to promote smart and sustainable city development. She is expected to complete her study by 2017.

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smarter Cities

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Karim Grini

Technology Expert, Accenture

Karim is a Senior Analyst in Accenture Technology and a leading member of the Blockchain practice in Belgium & Luxembourg, where he is the main technology expert and works on various groundbreaking projects across Benelux. He has been active in this domain since the earliest days of Bitcoin and has built extensive knowledge of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies. Karim is busy building pilots that will pave the way for large production systems running on a Blockchain-Core as well as working on global technology standardization initiatives within the Accenture Emerging Technologies practice. His background is in Electronics Engineering and International Business.

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Janice Richardson

International Advisor, Literacy, Rights & Democracy

International advisor and programme coordinator in areas relating to literacy, the cyber wellbeing of children and teens and the protection of their rights, Janice is a public speaker, project innovator and author of a dozen books as well as publications for children and adults on the impact of technology on society. Creator of Safer Internet Day (in 2003), now celebrated annually by more than 50 million people in over 100 countries worldwide, she was co-founder and coordinator of the European Safer Internet network (Insafe) from 2004 to 2014. In 2014-2016 she created and led the EC-funded ENABLE initiative (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments), which aims at eliminating bullying through the development of social-emotional literacy. She is currently Senior Advisor at Telefono Azzurro (Italy) and European Schoolnet (Belgium), a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, works as an expert for UNICEF, and is leading missions for the Council of Europe in the MENA region. Her overriding goal: promote the wellbeing of children and young people and ensure that their rights are protected in today’s blurred on- and offline environments. Janice studied in France and Australia, and has worked extensively in more than a dozen countries worldwide.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online

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Nestor Dubnevych

Co-Founder, lexnet.io

Co-Founder at lexnet.io; CEO bot.lawyer; Ambassador at KYIV Legal Hackers; associate at Juscutum Attorneys Association; finalist of V International Summer School on Cyber Law; participant of Berlin Legal Tech Hackaton, AgTech Ukraine; mentor at AI Spring Hackathon; speaker on Moscow LegalTech Conference, Blockchain Conference Kyiv, IOT Conf Ukraine, HackIT Ukraine, UISGCON12; and author of articles about legal innovations, blockchain, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

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Martin Schmalzried

Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, COFACE - Families Europe

Martin Schmalzried holds a Master's Degree from the ULB (Brussels) in Political Science and is a licensed sociology teacher in upper secondary education. He has been working at COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU) as a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for over eight years, in charge of child online safety and digitalisation. He was responsible for the content of the #DeleteCyberbullying project and provides expertise to various actors and institutions among which the OECD and the Council of Europe.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online

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Lucia Scopelliti

Head of Economic Planning Unit, Milan City Council, Italy

Lucia Scopelliti has been working for the Comune di Milano since 2009 in the areas of social policy, social innovation, sharing economy and other initiatives in place to support innovative startups. She is currently responsible for the Smart City Office, Department of Employment, Economic Development and University in the Municipality of Milan.
Previous posts held: Intern at the OECD, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris; Consultant at FAO, Rome. She is the author of several publications in international scientific journals and currently teaches at the Master in Management and Innovation of Public Administration at the Catholic University of Milan.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

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Marten Kaevats

Chief Innovation Officer, Government Office of Estonia

Marten Kaevats is the digital advisor in the Government Office of Estonia who studies the impact of various scalable technologies on the spatial behaviour of individual people and communities, as he believes that the third industrial revolution and the hyperlocal model of life will create reformatory changes to the spatial and social behaviour of people. Marten has graduated from governmental talent management programme in 2017. He is educated as architect and city planner and has been the head of TAB 2015 "Self-Driven City" curatorial team. Marten is also an active member of several civil society organisations; having among other things led the team that won second place at the design competition for the Monument to the Estonian War of Independence, he was also one of the founding members of the Uue Maailma Selts (New World Society) in 2007 and contributed to the creation of freeware community web platform Community Tools, established in 2008.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

Smart Living

13:00 – 14:00

Designing Smarter Cities

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Aarti Holla

Secretary General, ESOA

Aarti Holla-Maini joined ESOA in 2004. She was named one of the Faces of Satellite of 2014 by the Society of Satellite Professionals International and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Space where she served as Vice-Chair from 2013 - 2014.

Ms. Holla-Maini has nineteen years' experience in the aerospace industry, starting at Daimler-Benz Aerospace (now Airbus Defense & Space) in Germany. She moved to Brussels in 2000 to represent former Astrium in the Galileo Industries joint venture towards European institutions on the European satellite navigation system Galileo, working on the development of the public-private partnership scheme and other management aspects of the Galileo programme. Since her MBA she has organized workshops on negotiation skills for young managers and remains an active alumnus of HEC.

Ms. Holla-Maini holds a Masters of Business Administration from HEC, France & Stern Business School, NY, USA. She qualified as Solicitor of the Supreme Court in the UK in 1995, holding a LLB Hons Law with German Law degree from King's College, University of London & the University of Passau, Germany. Aarti lives in Brussels, has 3 children and speaks 5 languages.

10:05 – 11:00

Digital For Good

speaker

Kumardev Chatterjee

Founder & President, European Young Innovators Forum

Kumardev Chatterjee, 38, is a multi-awarded Innovation Luminary, Tech Founder, European Commission appointed expert on Innovation and expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. He has been published by the New York Times and Politico, amongst others. He is one of the 50 experts who co-wrote the book ‘Digital Minds for a New Europe’, alongside Google’s Eric Schmidt. Kumardev is Founder and CEO of Unmanned Life, the world’s first AI-driven IoT platform that uses patent pending technology to deliver Autonomous Drone-as-a-Service (A-DaaS) for Commercial purposes, using both aerial and ground drones, indoors and outdoors, disrupting human-intensive industries like logistics, surveillance and infrastructure. Kumardev also leads the European Young Innovators Forum’s board community of young innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs and led Europe’s first-ever delegation of Young Innovators on a joint US State Department-EYIF program, the InnotourUSA. Kumardev in his role as a European Commission appointed independent expert has evaluated more than €86 Million EUR of grant proposals since 2013. He has evaluated across multiple topics and calls for both FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. He is also a Eurostars Technical Expert. He holds a MSc in Computer Science, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

speaker

Olivier Gillerot

Managing Director, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Financial Services, Accenture

Olivier is Managing Director at Accenture. He is leading the Financial Services practice in France and Benelux. With more than 20 years of experience in this sector, Olivier has advised banks, insurance and capital markets companies in multiple transformation programs. He has been developing and executing strategies to explore new distribution and marketing approaches, back-office optimizations and also new market entries. He has always been exploring the use of new digital technologies to enable change and transforming business models. Olivier is based in Brussels and Paris.

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

speaker

Matthew Vincent

Co-Founder & Developer, Rekrei

Matthew Vincent is the co-founder and developer of Rekrei (formerly Project Mosul), a project focused on the crowdsourcing of the memory of lost heritage. Matthew has been passionate about the use of technology in cultural heritage, particularly how technology can serve heritage, make it more accessible and bring it to life in new ways. Since 2004, he has been digging up the past in Jordan as an archaeologist, and in more recent years, has combined his love of archaeology and passion for technology to continue to develop new ways of enhancing the world of cultural heritage.

Smart Society

13:15 – 13:45

Retelling the Story of Lost Heritage

speaker

Gert Jan Ridder

Digital Officer, Digital City of Groningen

Gert-Jan Ridder is a Digital Officer at the Digital City of Groningen. As part of the team he will hunt for projects to start or accelerate and is an ambassador towards local, national and international stakeholders.

Other than this, Gert-Jan is also involved in Samenwerking Noord, an organization promoting collaboration in the North of the Netherlands.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

speaker

Valentyn Pivovarov

Founder, lexnet.io

Justice entrepreneur. Innovation in law. Founder at lexnet.io - legal technology laboratory; CEO Legal Alarm (HiiL Justice Accelerator winner in 2016); Chief Innovation Officer Juscutum Attorneys Association; participant of Berlin LegalTech Hackathon; Speaker on Moscow LegalTech Conference, Innovation Justice Forum; Ambassador at KYIV Legal Hackers. Triathlon runner.

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

speaker

Tinna Rós Steinsdóttir

Child Participation Officer, Eurochild

Tinna Rós Steinsdóttir works as a Child Participation officer at Eurochild, a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people. Eurochild puts great emphasis on communicating with children and young people and do their work for children, with children. Within her role, Tinna is responsible for supporting the participation of children at all levels of Eurochild’s work.


Originally from Iceland, Tinna has lived in Austria and Switzerland before relocating to Brussels in 2016 to work with Eurochild. Tinna has great experience in child/youth participation, leadership training, and personal development from years of involvement in the YMCA and YWCA from an early age; on a local level in Iceland, European level, and global level. 
Tinna is currently a bureau member of the Joint Council on Youth of the Council of Europe (CMJ), is involved in the work of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and sits on the Youth Policy Group of YMCA Europe.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online

speaker

Ruy Pinto

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, SES

Ruy Pinto is currently the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at SES leading various technology initiatives in the company. In particular Ruy is responsible for managing the SES HTS Programme, including satellites, infrastructure, platforms and integration.

Ruy worked at Inmarsat from 1990 to 2016, in various technical and managerial roles. His last position at Inmarsat, from December 2013, was Group Chief Operations Officer, responsible for all operational functions at Inmarsat: satellite and network operations, operations engineering, customer services, service assurance, Group IT, partner platforms, business applications, including billing, plus navigation activities. As part of his remit Ruy also established a Digital Office for Inmarsat, responsible for the company digital strategy and digital commercial models.

Ruy Pinto started as a satellite operations software engineer at Inmarsat in 1990 and held a number of technical project management functions until 1999. In 2000, Ruy Pinto became Director of Satellite Operations and Navigation with responsibility for control of the fleet of Inmarsat satellites and development and maintenance of all satellite control functionality. From 2009 to 2011, as Vice President of Satellite and Network Operations Ruy Pinto managed network and satellite operations, spectrum management and yield optimisation functions for the Inmarsat product portfolio plus navigation services. From 2012 to 2013, Ruy Pinto was the Group Chief Technology Officer responsible for all engineering, satellite and network operational functions across Inmarsat and its subsidiaries. As part of his role Ruy Pinto has spear headed a number of Inmarsat commercial initiatives such as the company involvement on Galileo, Alphasat and other high profile projects requiring public funding. Ruy Pinto also served on the Boards of INVSAT, Inmarsat Navigation Ventures and PT-ISAT, fully owned subsidiaries of Inmarsat plc. Finally Ruy was a founding Board Member of the Space Data Association (SDA), a not for profit organisation established in the Isle of Mann for improving the safety of flight for satellite operators.

His external positions portfolio included two years as the Chairman of UKSpace, the UK space industry trade association, and four years as a Director and VP of Space for the Association of Defence, Security and Aerospace Companies (ADS). Finally, Ruy Pinto is a Non-Executive Director of the Space Application Catapult, established by the UK government to foster the development of the space sector and space applications in the UK and an SSPI (Society of Satellite Professionals International) Board member.

Previously, Ruy Pinto worked with VSAT data communication networks and data communications software as the project manager for the deployment large scale VSAT networks in Brazil. Ruy was also the manager of the satellite software control segment for the first generation of Brazilian satellites. Ruy Pinto has a background in electronics and satellite data communications having graduated in Electronics Engineering in 1981, followed by a post-graduate degree in Digital Telecommunications Systems, both from the Rio de Janeiro Catholic University.

Ruy Pinto was born in Brazil and became an UK national in 1998. Ruy is married with two daughters.

Smart Society

12:30 – 13:30

Set Phasers to Stun - Innovating from Space to Earth

speaker

Anne-Sophie Aberi-Moska

Co-Founder & Program Director, Digital African Woman

Anne-Sophie Aberi-Moska is the Co-Founder and Program Director of Digital African
Woman, a social enterprise focused on developing tech startups across Africa and
Diaspora.

Anne-Sophie holds a Civil Engineering Master in Biomedical Science. After studying all
job opportunities offered to her, she chose to start an exciting career as an IT Consultant, which has led her to now work as an « hands-on » IT Project Manager, combining both keen technical and management skills. Passionate about people, she’s been trained in coaching and counselling, and she is very devoted to potential development, driven by the ambition to help and see each individual writing its own success story. She’s also a confirmed trainer, with a proven track record of empowering many individuals, teams and enterprises in topics such as strategy, team management or talent management -to name a few-, but also on technical topics related to IT Infrastructure (Cloud computing, Network Technologies, Virtualization, GDPR, etc.). She believes in the revival of Africa, with a focus on the youth. Through DAW, Anne- Sophie really believes that outstanding African Youth potential will be revealed.

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

speaker

Vincent Wirtz

Director, Innovation and Sustainable Economy, ING Belgium

Six years ago Vincent decided to walk the talk and take the step towards renewable energy financing. During this period he integrated the sustainable economy way of thinking embedded in the circular economy.
To accelerate the transition towards it, he is also now working on the emergence and development of new business models to be sustainability financed. His strengths lie in his creativity, analytical mind, people management, risk management and sustainable finance.

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

speaker

Carine Saloff-Coste

Director, Competitiveness and Employment, Paris City Council, France

Born in 1973, Carine Saloff-Coste is a graduate of the engineering school Supelec, of SciencePo Paris and of the national institute INET. She began her career in the industry field as a telecom engineer for Siemens Transport, implementing line 14 of the Parisian subway. She then worked for the Banque de France on transforming securities settlement systems. After graduating from INET, she moved to Boston on behalf of the Ile de France Region and Essonne Department to create an office dedicated to promotion and prospection in the biotechnology sector. Back to France, she became Director of Spatial Planning and Development for the Conseil General de l’Essonne. She joined in 2007 the city of Paris, in charge of the Economic Development Branch. In 2013, she became Assistant Director of the Economy, Innovation and Higher Education Branch. Senior Administrative Manager of Paris, she is now Director of the Economic Development, Employment and Higher Education Department.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

speaker

Bruno Mellado

Head of International Payments and Collections, BNP Paribas

After a career in project management in consulting in Canada, Bruno Mellado joined BNP Paribas in 2006. He has managed large investment programs to create payment capabilities across Europe for BNP Paribas. He is now responsible for payment and collection cash management products for the group.

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

speaker

Sandra Vandorpe

Talent & Organisation Lead BeLux, Accenture Strategy

An ‘Out-of-the-usual-HR-box’ thinker, with an entrepreneurial mindset, instinctive understanding of business objectives, and a natural ability to achieve results with people, Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management, in both national and international environments and within the private and public sectors (Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Belgacom and Belgocontrol).

She is passionate about helping companies to become better places to work (for their people) and succeed (for their customers and all stakeholders). She recognizes talents in all people and enjoy coaching colleagues at every career level, stimulating them to step outside their comfort zone.

She currently leads Accenture’s Talent & Organization (T&O) team in Belgium & Luxembourg, where together with other Accenture professionals, we help organizations to create, lead and manage the Workforce of the Future. We design and implement tailor-made strategies that integrate Talent, HR, Organizational and Cultural Change capabilities to dramatically improve the performance of their enterprise in the digital era.

Her main expertise lies in developing HR strategies that support business objectives and designing HR organizations to implement these strategies. Her skills include Leadership Alignment and Development, HR Management, Employee Engagement, Corporate Cultural Change, Employer Branding, HR information Systems & Reporting, and Business transformation.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

speaker

Marine Falize

Innovation Advisor & Cluster Manager, impulse.brussels

Marine Falize (Brussels, 1986) holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management from the Louvain School of Management (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). She is currently working as an Innovation Advisor at Impulse Brussels and a Manager at Cluster Software (IT Services).

Her teaching and research interests lie between Entrepreneurship, International Business and Strategic management. Her work has been presented at various academic conferences such as the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and recognized with best paper awards at the McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference and the Congrès International Francophone en Entrepreneuriat et PME.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

speaker

Chris Sherwood

Head of Public Policy, Naspers

Chris Sherwood was appointed Head of Public Policy for Naspers in late 2016, creating the function from scratch. In this role, he is responsible for Naspers’ own policy priorities globally, as well as for providing support to group companies. Chris moved to Naspers from the Allegro Group, where he was the first permanent Brussels public policy professional to be employed by a European Internet company. While at Allegro, he co-founded and chaired the European Tech Alliance for its first year. He previously worked for Yahoo! as Director for Public Policy, and at the US Department of Commerce at the US Mission to the EU, where he worked on ICT sector-related issues, including privacy and environmental rules. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and an IT systems implementation consultant. He has Masters Degrees in German and European Studies. He speaks fluent English, French, German, and Polish. He has UK, French, and US nationalities.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

speaker

Stephanie Hare

Principal Director, Accenture Research

Stephanie Hare is a Principal Director at Accenture Research, where she is responsible for developing thought leadership on security. Prior to joining Accenture, Stephanie worked as a deployment strategist at Palantir Technologies, a political risk analyst at Oxford Analytica, and a visiting fellow and tutor in French history at the University of Oxford. Her publications and media commentary on technology, political risk and history can be found at https://lse.academia.edu/StephanieHare and she is on Twitter at @hare_brain.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

speaker

James Cemmell

Vice President, Government Engagement, Inmarsat

James Cemmell is Vice President, Government Engagement at Inmarsat. He is responsible for Inmarsat’s corporate level engagements with a wide range of government stakeholders. James also leads Inmarsat’s UK government supported emerging market partnership programmes, which presently include: a multi-year disaster response project with the government of the Philippines, a major fisheries traceability initiative with the government of Indonesia, and an eHealth project in North and South Nigeria. He has a Master’s Degree in International Development from BCID, an Advanced Certificate in International Trade Law & Regulation from the World Trade Institute (Bern), and is an EMBA Candidate at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. James is a member of the Advisory Board of City & Islington College, London’s leading STEM specialised College.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

speaker

David Hannion

Telecom Referent, Medecins sans frontieres

David Hannion has been working for Medecins Sans Frontiers since 2002. He started in the field as polyvalent technical coordinator and since 2010 he is in charge of telecommunications.

He has been part of the emergency response team in different outbreak such as Cholera, Ebola, earthquakes, flood, Typhon and many others.

He has a University Degree in electronics and in engineering for local development and counts with a radio license recognised internationally that allows him to experiment in the radio frequencies field.

 

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

speaker

Allan Haughton

Digital Mobility POD IOT / IIOTSecurity Lead, Accenture Digital

Allan is a Senior Manager working in Accenture Mobility, part of Accenture Digital, where he leads IOT and mobile security thought leadership.
He has extensive knowledge of mobile and IOT technology, and has written a number of security thought leadership white papers with the Accenture Security Practice, and is developing next generation security mechanisms with the Accenture Security Practice and Tech Labs.  He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from developing submarine tracking systems, implementing  1+1 optical protection switching systems in telecommunications, and pioneering operating system development for smartphones. He has a passion for IoT security, motor cars and photography.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

speaker

Robert Smith

Senior Manager, Engineering, SES

Mr Smith's biography will appear here shortly

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

speaker

Andy Lunness

Programme Director, BluWireless Technology

Andy is currently Programme Director at BluWireless Technology, an innovative pioneer of mmWave wireless technology developing cutting edge 60GHz wireless systems. Responsible for platform delivery, Andy and his team design and deploy integrated systems that showcase Blu Wireless’ IP.

He has over 25 years’ experience in embedded systems covering both hardware and software design. Prior to Blu Wireless Andy held a progression of roles with STMicroelectronics delivering satellite digital television and wireless technologies to tier-1 customers including Sky and Nokia.

Smart Living

15:00 – 16:00

The Future of Connectivity - HAPS, Satellite, WiGig

speaker

Lionel De Somer

Manager, Business Strategy Practice BeLux, Accenture Strategy

Passionate about innovation, growth opportunities and previously a three-time entrepreneur, Lionel is a strong believer that reality is open and still in the making. He is a Manager at Accenture Strategy, bringing his innovation and mindset to management consulting to help companies create opportunities based on both micro- and Macro-level experiences of analysing, creating, planning and building successful businesses.

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

Smart Working

17:15 – 18:15

Building Communities and Partnerships in the Digital Eco-System

speaker

Simon Gray

Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat

Simon Gray is the Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs for Eutelsat and he is also a member of the ITU Advisory board for developing disaster comms strategy worldwide. He has been elected by the other 8 satellite fleet operators to coordinate the Satellite charter with the UN for the satellite industry as the coordinator for the ESOA Humanitarian working group. Simon has been a Director of the GVF, for over 6 years. He has worked in the satellite industry for over 20 years and while at Eutelsat has been responsible for the largest training program ever undertaken by a satellite operator. His role in Eutelsat has also encompassed developing a new class of satellite terminal, equipment approval, mobile Apps, training courses & training tools. His team has also been responsible for overseeing over 350,000 terminal installations across 4 continents and he is the point of reference for the Eutelsat fleet for remote terminal technology.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Digital For Life

speaker

Lenard Koschwitz

Director Public Affairs, Allied for Startups

Lenard Koschwitz joined Allied for Startups in 2015. Previously he was the senior advisor to a Member of the European Parliament and Spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs. During his time in Parliament, he focussed on the data protection reform, cyber security and the Common European Asylum System. Further, he was involved in coordinating the legislative work of the Parliamentary Group and its the position papers on these issues. Lenard is a passionate European and a member of the European Federalists and the Europa Union. He studied political science, German literature and psychology in Germany and European Studies in Brussels. Lenard speaks German, English, French and Italian. During high school, he founded an online magazine and event agency for music and lifestyle.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

speaker

Thomas Verhoef

Co-Founder, PinWin

Thomas Verhoef has battled his way through a long series of startup challenges, losing a lot and winning a few, the way it seems to go when being an entrepreneur.
In several areas, he has worked together with gifted people making products where he feels he is proud of: A digital service platform, a dating app based on the mode of transportation, a one-stop shop second-hand car buying platform to name a few. Having taken valuable lessons from all of them, he now spends his time developing Pinwin, a smart city application where the user can find its way easily in an unknown city, enriched with extra information to guide him along the way, based on his persona.

In his spare time, he enthusiastically writes about digital topics, ranging across the board, trying to make sense of the whole digital revolution to the Jane & John Doe's of this world.

Oh, and if you don't know what to wear and want to be wit about it, wink wink, check out Cultureboy, a Belgian clothing brand he founded with his girlfriend!

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

speaker

Mark Purdy

Managing Director & Chief Economist, Accenture Research

Mark J. Purdy is a managing director and chief economist at Accenture Research. His research examines issues at the intersection of macroeconomics and business, such as globalization, international competitiveness, economic growth and jobs. Recent projects have focused on Chinese productivity, emerging-market geographic strategy, inclusive economic growth and the economic impact of new technologies such as the Internet of Things. He is one of the co-authors of Accenture’s recent study on the internet of things, “The Growth Game Changer,” launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2015. He is a member of the European Government-Business Relations Council.

Purdy has published widely in tier-1 media and specialized publications such as Strategy & Leadership, Rotman Management, Business Economics, Thunderbird International Review of Business, the European Business Review, HBR Online, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fortune, The Global Economy Journal and The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Disease.

Before joining Accenture, he was an economic advisor at the U.K. Competition Commission, the Consumers’ Association and Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council. He has a Bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Trinity College, Dublin.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

speaker

Franck Boissière

Policy Coordinator & Programme Officer, Internet of Things Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Franck Boissière is in charge of IoT policy developments, with particular interest in interoperability, standardisation, cybersecurity, trust and privacy. During his 25 years in the European Commission, he has first been involved in a wide spectrum of research programmes (next generation Internet, high performance computing, research infrastructures, cyber physical systems and control systems), and during the last 10 years in many of the Digital Agenda and Digital Single Market policy such as standardisation, e-Commerce, digital payments and cybersecurity.
Before joining the European Commission, Franck Boissière was working research engineer at France Télécom in charge of multimedia equipment, protocols and services. He received his engineering degree from the French Ecole Polytechnique in 1983 and specialised as telecom engineer in Telecom Paris.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

speaker

Martin Bragard

Founder, RobinFood.store

After a short career in Strategy consulting and Investment banking, Martin learnt to code and developed RobinFood.store, a startup decreasing food waste by connecting small retailers with consumers nearby. On RobinFood, food retailers and restaurants list their food approaching the sale deadline. Users can enjoy this quality food, sold nearby at a discounted price.

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

speaker

Enrique González Moreno

Customer Engineer, Hispasat

Since 2015 Enrique has been providing technical support on commercial proposals with a specific focus on broadband services and mobility solutions via satellite.
Prior to joining Hispasat, Enrique worked as a researcher on Lidar Telemetry in the Photonic Technology and Bioengineering department of the UPM and has been the Head of the Advertising and Media team of the Employment and Technology forum SATELEC.
Enrique received his Master’s in Telecommunication Engineering at the “Universidad Politecnica de Madrid”.

Smart Living

13:45 – 14:45

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

speaker

Homero Rivas

Director of Innovative Surgery, Stanford University

Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University. He has been involved in Digital Health for many years and has founded and advised many Digital Health startups. He has conducted several research projects using wearable devices to improve operating room safety as well as medical simulation and education, augmented and virtual reality, and telemedicine with drones among others. He is a strong proponent of novel technologies in healthcare such as 3D printing, drones, artificial intelligence engines, etc. He is a co-director of Stanford’s massive “open online” course on mHealth, with over 20,000 registered students from all over the world. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Also, he is a founding member and Vice-President of the Wearable Technology in Healthcare Society (WATCH). He is a digestive surgeon and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Rivas has pioneered and led numerous state-of-the-art innovative techniques of minimal access surgery including scarless surgery, natural orifice surgery, robotic surgery, and more. He has been involved in minimal access surgery both in the U.S. and internationally, in nearly all continents, as a surgeon-in-training, a practicing surgeon, and also as a teacher of other surgeons. He holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Smart Living

11:15 – 12:45

Digital Health Lab

speaker

Marco Marsella

Head of Unit, Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility, European Commission

Marco Marsella is Head of Unit, Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission.

The unit supports policy, research, innovation and deployment of learning technologies and key enabling digital language technologies and services to allow all European consumers and businesses to fully benefit from the Digital Single Market. The unit is responsible for the Web Accessibility Directive which aims to make public sector websites and mobile applications accessible to people with impairments. The unit also promotes a better internet for children by protecting and empowering children online and improving the quality of content available to them.

He has worked on policy development, innovation and research implementation in the areas of digital content, technologies for learning, e-inclusion, assistive technologies and better internet for kids. Prior to joining the European Commission, Marco worked as a researcher and AI specialist in Italy.

Smart Society

11:15 – 12:15

Our Children Online

speaker

Alexandra Paul

EU Government Relations Manager, Accenture

Passionate about public policies, public sector transformation and the role of government in bringing economic, social and sustainable outcomes, Alex has collaborated with multiple governments across Europe to design and shape their innovation and EU strategies. She is a government relations manager at Accenture, acting as a trusted advisor to public administrations and the third sector across Europe by bringing her EU and public policies knowledge. She is currently working on how governments are in practice embedding platform approaches. Alex holds master degrees in European Public Administration and EU Policies from the College of Europe (Belgium), European Political Economy from the London School of Economics (UK) and in European Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris (France), as well as bachelor degrees in Economics and Sociology from la Sorbonne (France). She is fluent in French, Spanish and English and learning Italian.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

speaker

Cyrille Batailler

Managing Director, Emerging Technology Group, Accenture

Cyrille Batailler is a Managing Director in the Emerging Technology group at Accenture. He is the Artificial Intelligence lead, incubating the next generation of cognitive technology services.

With over 20 years of experience in technology innovation, Cyrille leads Accenture’s exploration of the disruptive Artificial Intelligence field, where cognitive IT systems can sense, comprehend, act and learn, interact naturally with people, data and their environment, and can deliver value by automating or augmenting work activities in various domains. Artificial Intelligence specialties notably include Text Analytics, Deep Learning, Cognitive Robotics, and Virtual Agents.

Cyrille’s recent work has also focused on Video Analytics, an artificial intelligence specialty that applies computer vision to video surveillance cameras to derive operational, security/safety and marketing insights. Most notably, he supported various police Safe City initiatives, where Accenture integrated advanced analytic capabilities into existing video monitoring systems to increase situational awareness, streamline operations and enhance response time to public safety incidents.

Cyrille also oversees Accenture’s Unique Identity activities, another artificial intelligence specialty which includes for instance the provision of a biometric identity management system to UNHCR to manage refugee populations globally.

Previously, Cyrille directed European R&D activities within Accenture Technology Labs.

Cyrille is a certified Accenture Solution Architect, Digital Architect, Master Technology Architect and Quality Assurance Director; he is also an IEEE CBP-Certified Biometrics Professional. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

speaker

Anna Rose

Co-Founder & CEO, Videopath

Anna Rose is the co-founder and CEO of Videopath - an interactive video solution that allow users to bring clickable websites into video. Videopath has been highlighted by TechCrunch, Venture Beat, BBC, Vanity Fair and Horizont as a leading content marketing tool for brands and content publishers.

Anna is originally from Montreal, Canada but has been a resident of Berlin for the past decade. Previous to founding Videopath, Anna built up the EMEA video content network for Gracenote (formerly owned by Sony Inc) and worked with a number local startups as a video and digital producer. She holds a degree in Business Management and Music Technology from McGill University.

Smart Working

14:15 – 15:15

Invest in Europe!

speaker

Claudio Truzzi

Program Manager icity.brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Claudio Truzzi has 30 years of experience in the field of Microelectronics technologies, through all aspects of the industry: R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development. Experience encompasses Molecular Engineering, Semiconductor Technologies, Electronic system Design, MEMS and Wireless Sensor Networks

Currently icity.brussels coordinator with ULB in Brussels, he has held C-level positions in a number of high-tech startups: ViaFactor, AlphaSzenszor, Alchimer, Convergix, CS2. Claudio Truzzi holds a Ph.D. in microelectronic engineering, has published 70+ articles in scientific journals and specialized press and has co-authored several patent applications.

Smart Working

17:15 – 18:15

Building Communities and Partnerships in the Digital Eco-System

speaker

Ben Vaparys

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, GraduAid and Student.be

Ben Vanparys is the cofounder and managing partner of GraduAid and Student.be. The biggest Belgian student community with over 130 000 active users,

One of their most important missions is to create innovative tools in order to help students make the step towards the professional world.

Ben is fascinated by the digital revolution and wants to make sure that millennials and employers create a mutual understanding, as a means to shape the workforce of the future.

Smart Working

12:45 – 14:00

Redesigning Work to Unlock Human Potential | INVITATION ONLY

speaker

Juha Heikkilä

Head of Unit, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, DG Connect, European Commission

Dr Juha Heikkilä joined the European Commission in 1998 and currently works in its Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect). For more than 11 years, he has been working in the unit now called Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, first as a Project Officer, since 2008 as the Deputy Head of Unit, and since May 2014 as the Head of Unit. The unit has been funding a multidisciplinary research programme on Cognitive Systems and Robotics for about 12 years, focusing on smarter and more flexible robots and artificial systems. In recent years, the annual budget has been between €70 million and €80 million.

At the beginning of the current EU seven-year funding programme, Horizon 2020, the unit set up a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics, which brings together all the key stakeholders in the area. In this partnership the unit will invest up to €700 million via Horizon 2020 in roadmap-based research and innovation in robotics over a seven-year period. Previously, Dr Heikkilä was involved in computational and corpus linguistic research at the University of Helsinki, and he did a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

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Doris Bogunovic

Founder, Rijeka Legal Hackers

Doris graduated from the Law faculty of the University of Rijeka with a strong focus on European Private Law. She was also the initiator of the first Croatian chapter of Legal Hackers. After a year in compliance she continued her professional development at the European Parliament as an intern at the MEP's Office while pursuing her interests in IP&IT Law, Data protection and New Technologies

Smart Society

15:30 – 17:30

Let's Hack The Law - How to leverage technology to improve law and policy?

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Richard Hayton

CTO, Trustonic

Richard leads the architecture and research teams within Trustonic, focusing on new opportunities in IoT whilst extending our reach in Smartphone security. Prior to Trustonic, Richard was Chief Architect for Citrix Mobility, where he was responsible for crafting the XenMobile Enterprise Mobility Suite. During almost 20 years at Citrix, he lead projects ranging from embedded software to global enterprise systems, with a focus on user and developer experience. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, focusing on identity federation for users, device and services.

Smart Working

11:15 – 12:30

Security in IoT

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Patrick Bunk

Founder & CEO, Ubermetrics Technologies

Patrick founded Ubermetrics Technologies in 2011 after working as a researcher for 3 years on news shocks and their effects on financial and goods markets. He and his cofounders built Ubermetrics to make sure that every company is armed with the best information possible to support and guide their business decisions. He leads Ubermetrics as the CEO and is responsible for the product and strategy. The company is based in Berlin and San Francisco, has more than 30 employees and over 200 customers, among them well known brands like BMW, Activision Blizzard, T‹V Rheinland, and DHL.

Patrick studied at the Humboldt-University, Northwestern University and the ESMT, Economics and Management, M.Sc.

Smart Living

16:15 – 17:30

A Vision for AI in Europe

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Rosanna Kurrer

Cofounder & Managing Director, CyberWayFinder

Rosanna Kurrer is Cofounder and Managing Director of CyberWayFinder, a startup that brings innovation into the field of cyber security by offering a training and mentorship program that aims to attract new talent and increase diversity in the growing industry.

She is also a creative confidence coach and passionate design thinker, leading Design Thinking workshops in the context of developing innovative corporate strategies, as well as the Design Thinking Your Professional Life career seminar series. She is an Architectural Engineer by training and holds a Masters Degree in Building Physics from Kyoto University in Japan. As EU Code Week Ambassador and MIT Master Trainer, Rosanna has led development of innovative, hands-on curricula to promote the uptake of digital skills, and regularly designs and leads hands-on, result-oriented workshops in the areas of computer programming, mobile app development, data visualisation and 3D design.

“If you want a good idea, start with a lot of ideas.” -Linus Pauling

Smart Living

15:45 – 17:15

Startup Workshop | Technology for Smarter Societies

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Patrick Devis

CIO, Belfius Bank

Patrick Devis is CIO at Belfius. After finishing his studies in economy, he started his career as a computer engineer. He then became product manager in 1996, when he helped start their first ever banking websites. Since then, he has been active in sales and marketing, whilst also playing an important role in product management of the “direct channels”. Following a brief incursion into the world of human resources, today, he has come back to marketing the segment of “public and corporate banking” at Belfius.

Thanks to Patrick Devis, Belfius can count on a CIO (chief information officer), capable of playing a progressive role thanks to his long and vast experiences within the bank. The fact that he has prior knowledge dealing with Belfius, will of course be welcome within the framework of strategic projects to come, for which Devis will have to collaborate closely with the CDO (Chief Digital Officer).

Smart Working

15:45 – 17:00

Digital Innovation in Financial Services: A Game Changer?

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Gerald Reindl

Programme Manager, Business Service Portal, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Gerald Reindl works as Programme Manager for the Austrian Business Service Portal (www.USP.gv.at) at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Vienna. Gerald Reindl started in 2006 in Brussels at Pleon Public Affairs and moved to the Ministry of Finance in 2008. As part of the Unit on reducing administrative burdens he dealt with the Standard Cost Model and the initiative on cutting red tape in Austria. The flagship measure of this initiative is the Business Service Portal.

His current activities as deputy head of unit Multiprojectmanagement and Steering are mainly focused on rolling out further eGovernment services in Austria including the business life situation starting a business, open government data in eProcurement and digital government mailing. The Business Service Portal is also pilot partner in the “Once-Only” Principle (TOOP) Project, which is part of the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.

Smart Society

14:15 – 15:30

Digital Innovation in Public Service: Government as a Platform

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Raf Ganseman

Digital Transformation Consultant, CGI

Raf is a digital transformation consultant with CGI and the lead of the CGI Global Blockchain Core Committee. He has a background in Banking & Marketing, and has been focused on Blockchain technology since the days when Bitcoin and Blockchain were used to refer to the same thing. Raf has been working actively to get the buzzword bingo out of Blockchain, and providing clarification and guidance to large enterprises looking to understand the new concepts. CGI has been at the forefront of Blockchain since 2014, working together with their clients in amongst others Energy, Trade Finance & Crossborder payments and the biggest players in the Blockchain field on every level, being a sparring partner, building Proofs of Concept, or setting up strategic studies.

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