Peter BAUR

European Commission, DG Education and Culture

Peter Baur is the Deputy Head of the Unit ‘Higher Education and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; EIT’ at the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture. He joined the European Commission in 1994; he worked for almost 7 years in the  area of information and communication technologies before moving in 2001 to the Directorate General Education and Culture and to work on education and training related aspects.  He was for several years actively involved in the development of vocational education and training policy on EU level. Since 2008, he works on the development of policy in the area of Higher Education on EU level, with particular focus on the promotion and development of university-industry co-operation. Before joining the European Commission, he worked for 10 years in the IT industry.

Francis BEHR

Consultant to Syntec numérique, French Trade Association for high-tech industries

Francis Behr received his degrees as an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris France 1959) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécom-munications (Paris 1964). After graduation, he completed his national service with the French Air Force (DRME: Direction des Recherches et Moyens d'essais). Working with other scientists, he got the opportunity to teach in Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées. Also, with three of them he was a co-writer of a technical book (Théorie de Technique des Transmissions de Données).  He worked for the French Air Force as an engineer (STTA) for three years on such subjects as radiometry, semiconductors and was project manager for the experimentation of nuclear detectors on the site of Muruora for the campaign of 1966. Leaving the Air Force in 1967, he joined a company specialized in Data communication (Compagnie Européenne de Télétransmission) as a branch manager. In 1971, he joined Capgemini, where he worked until retirement in 2000 in various positions and various assignments: in operation, he worked as CEO of subsidiaries of the Group, while in horizontal assignments, he got the responsibility of such projects as a global reengineering project for the entire group, and in 1999, the responsibility of the Millenium project for all countries of Capgemini belonging to South Europe (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Austria). He also was involved in the Millenium project of MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France). Upon retirement, he kept responsibilities with the MEDEF (Commission Economie numérique) and joined Syntec numérique as a benevolent to develop the European connections of the Trade Association. At the same time he took responsibility as an expert in a group of scientists and economists for a report to the EC on ICANN (2003-2004). He was also involved in the approach of EC about the TLD (Top Level Domain) ".eu". He was the project manager of e-skills 2012 for the French project.


Chairperson Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology, Chair of High Level Advisory of ECWT

Sasha Bezuhanova is founder and Chairperson of the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology and Chair of the High Level Advisory of the European Centre for Women and Technology. In November 2013 she was awarded with the Digital Woman of Europe Award 2013 for exceptionally high achievements in the ICT sector. Her professional career begins at the Central Institute for Computer Technologies after completing her Master’s degree in Electronics in 1985 from the Technical University of Sofia, where she is now also a Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. After leaving the Institute, Sasha consecutively becomes the Country Manager of HELLIGE Bulgaria, the General Manager of S&T Bulgaria, the General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Bulgaria, Manager of HP’s Public Sector Business in Central and Eastern and finally – HP’s Director Public Sector for the World Growth Markets. While developing her outstanding career, Sasha keeps on working for and supporting numerous causes and initiatives – attracting girls and women in the ICT sector; creating a modern business environment in Bulgaria, especially for young entrepreneurs; developing leaderships skills among young people; supporting the civil society; participating in innovative projects; implementing unique business strategies that become an example of best practices. Her most recent initiatives are the award for girls-entrepreneurs Entrepregirl and MoveBG -a platform for developing online democracy, a social innovation enterprise that is built on and stimulates online community dialog of which she is founder and leader. Sasha Bezuhanova is Chair of Board of Junior Achievement Bulgaria and of the Bulgarian School of Politics and is also member of Board of the Bulgarian Charity Aid Foundation.


Director, Breyer Publico, CEN expert

Jutta Breyer was born in 1972 in Saarbrücken. Jutta Breyer's university studies included Philology and Education, for several years she taught adolescents and adults in France, Germany and Spain. After completing her degree as a teacher for Secondary Schools (2001), Jutta Breyer worked for three years as instructor for Qualification and Personnel Development in the Media and Information and Communication Technology sector in Hamburg, Germany. In 2004 she founded Breyer Publico Consulting. Since then, Jutta Breyer works as independent Consultant on national and international level, for education and media projects in business, politics and education. One of her focus interests is the development of sustainable human resource strategies in an international environment with a special focus on ICT. This includes the development and implementation of the European e-Competence Framwork (e-CF), a European ICT multi-stakeholder initiative she started to coordinate in 2006.


Head of Unit "ICT for Competitiveness and Industrial Innovation", DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Michel Catinat is a civil servant with the Commission of the European Union, having joined in 1986. Since the 1st of October 2010, Michel Catinat is Head of Unit "Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy", Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. Amongst other duties, he is currently in charge of the European policy on “Key Enabling Technologies”. For two years, Mr Catinat has been adviser and published a report on critical raw materials in the European Union. Previously, Mr Catinat was Head of Unit “Sustainable development, climate change and competitiveness”. His unit’s mission was to ensure the implementation of Sustainable Development Strategy and that the most cost-effective solutions for environmental, energy and transport objectives were adopted. Mr Catinat has also been Head of Unit responsible for the Information Society and the Information Technologies. He has been involved in the definition and implementation of measures to support the emergence of the Information Society in Europe. From 1986 to 1989, he has been appointed as Economic Adviser in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission. He carried out the economic analysis of the European Single Market Policy. Before joining the Commission, Mr Catinat held a number of posts as economist in the French administration services in the Economic Planning Office (Prime Minister) and in the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs). Mr Catinat attended the “Ecole Polytechnique” in Paris where he graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering. He is also graduated with a Master in Economics. He is former Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University (USA) and was professor at the College of Europe in Brugge, teaching “Information and Communication Technologies: Impact and Structure”.


Dean of Study - 42

With a scientific background, Olivier Crouzet got a Master degree as an IT engineer. During scholarship, he acted both as a technical assistant and a teaching assistant. After 2 years as system administrator in the 3rd French Internet service provider, he joined Nicolas Sadirac to develop during the last ten years a well-known IT school which became a French leader with 4000 students. He designed the pedagogical model, and made it evolve. Based on this educational success, a new IT school '42' is created in 2013, along with Nicolas Sadirac, Kwame Yamgnane and Florian Bucher, promoting a even more advanced training methodology, called Peer-Learning. Olivier Crouzet designed this model: 100%-project-based, without any teacher, lecture, nor knowledge transfer. Students debate, exchange ideas, try, fail, try again, to reach the goal, and finally evaluate their peers. Founded and funded by Xavier Niel, owner of one of the four French telecom companies, '42' is totally free for the students. In this spirit of social opening, Olivier Crouzet, while still evolving the pedagogical model of the school, is also promoting evolution in the French education system.

Maarten Dolf DESERTINE

Business development Manager, EXIN

Maarten Dolf Desertine has over two decades experience in a variety of different international sales and business development roles within industries ranging from financial services to the highly innovative, contactless technology. After a technical business administration study he has been responsible for the establishment and expansion of sales as well as for managing various teams in industry. The last fifteen years have been dominated by the co-development of several large-scale national and international technology-dominated projects in the field of smart cards, NFC (Near Field Communication) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). He has been active as a board member of RFID Netherlands for several years and maintained contacts with various European bodies. He has an extensive international network of both suppliers of technology solutions, "system integrators" and customers, as well as knowledge of the different ECO systems and value chains. He understands these specific market(s) very well. Within the RFID domain Maarten Dolf remains active today as an independent business partner. In his current role at EXIN (the internationally recognized organization for certification of professionals in information management), he is among other things responsible for developing new market propositions and national and international cooperation based on the European ICT competency framework for ICT professionals: the e-CF (European e-Competence Framework). On behalf of EXIN he is member of e-CF Netherlands, the national e-CF/e-Skills working group of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


General Secretary, CEPIS

Fiona Fanning is Secretary General of CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and an active member of the European e-Skills community for several years in various capacities.  She has been involved in numerous European projects, including the Euro-Inf Project which focused on refining and exploiting Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria for Informatics Education.  She is member of the Executive Committee of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA), a community of stakeholders supporting the development of digital literacy and e-skills in Europe, and is a high level advisor to the European Centre for Women and Technology.  Fiona has recently led CEPIS’s work in the development of a pan-European framework on ICT professionalism, as well as the professional e-competence programme -  an online tool for ICT professionals in line with the European e-Competence Framework.

She joined CEPIS in 2007, since then she has been advising on policy issues and representing the organisations interests in the capacity of Senior Policy Advisor, prior to becoming Secretary General. Ms Fanning’s previous positions include owner and Director of Beyond Words Translation Services, Director at the American Red Cross, and Project Manager for an international relief and development organisation operations in West Africa. Fiona Fanning graduated from Dublin City University (Ireland) with a Masters in Translation Studies and a specialisation in Law. She also holds a BA International in French and German and a DEUF from Université Lyon III (France). [www.cepis.org]

Nils Olaya FONSTAD

Associate Director, INSEAD eLab

Dr. Nils Olaya Fonstad is Associate Director of INSEAD eLab, a global research center within INSEAD focused on how organizations from the public and private sectors create value from the digital economy. He currently investigates how organizations strengthen key enablers to maximize the value and minimize risks from their investments in ICT. Of particular interest is how firms, as they increasingly rely on ICT for operating business processes and innovating products and services, define, access and foster new skills and leaders for competing and innovating globally – often in collaboration with other businesses, universities and public sector institutions. Most recently, Nils and a team from INSEAD eLab completed a research report titled "Building Competitiveness and Business Performance with ICT” (http://www.corp.att.com/bemoreproductive/welcome.html), which identifies what distinguishes high performing firms from others in terms of their investments in new ICT (such as cloud, mobility, and collaboration tools) and key business enablers (such as access to e-skills and having a mature digitized platform). The findings reveal that while firms with strong business enablers can double the likelihood of being competitively agile, firms with weak business enablers are at significant risk of wasting their investments. Nils has presented the research findings to senior-level managers, such as CIOs and CEOs, as well as to media, such as Blooomberg News, Financial Times, and Fortune. Before joining INSEAD eLab in November 2008, Nils worked as a research scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR). Nils earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Film Studies from Cornell University.

Karsten GAREIS

Project Manager & Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH

Karsten Gareis is senior project manager and researcher at empirica GmbH, Bonn. He has a degree in geography, economics and regional development from the University of Bonn, Germany, and spent part of his studies at the University College London. Karsten has joined empirica in 1990, and has since then been responsible for a number of consultancy projects implementing ICT-based methods of work organisation in major service sector companies. He has also worked extensively on knowledge society strategies for regions and countries in Europe. Another main field of activity has been conceptualising, preparing, overseeing and analysing large-scale multi-country surveys of the general population and companies, focusing on Information Society phenomena such as new ways of working, e-business, e-learning and digital literacy. This has included development of innovative approaches to benchmarking and indicator development for informing EU policy-making. In the last 5 years, he had key roles in EU funded studies on global virtual collaboration; developing company's capability to use ICTs for addressing demographic change; analysis of the social impacts of ICTs in Europe; and fostering adequate supply of ICT practitioners on EU labour markets. This work also comprised the design and execution of stakeholder dialogue activities; in-depth case study research; and design of dissemination activities including country briefs, websites, online knowledge bases, brochures and conference presentations. Karsten has authored or co-authored numerous articles and handbooks.


Secretary General, European CIO Association

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


Director-General DIGITALEUROPE

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

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

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


Chief Business Consultant at SAP

Kay P. Hradilak works as Chief Business Consultant at SAP in the area of Business Transformation Services. He is highly engaged in enhancing business and IT topics through innovation and has written a book about managing IT services companies. Prior to joining SAP, Kay worked as managing director of IT services companies with focus on high end IT infrastructure services, as business development manager in the area of biotech and IT and as project manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He is currently responsible for the Programme Management of the Academy Cube, a talent-matching initiative and platform of European companies, universities and associations addressing skills shortages and unemployment of STEM academics in Europe.


Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH

Tobias Hüsing is senior researcher and project manager at empirica. He specializes in research and consultancy in e-Skills policies and labour market analysis, innovation policy and knowledge transfer, building on a long-standing experience in empirical research, survey methodology, indicator development, foresight and scenario development, benchmarking and statistical analysis.

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

His most recent activity includes the e-Skills studies "eSkills Quality" and "eSkills Vision", the Knowledge Transfer Study, "e-Skills Monitor" and "e-Skills21", and a study on the use of e-Infrastructures in academic research, "eResearch2020". Tobias studied economics and sociology at the University of Cologne.


Professor, ENPC School of International Management, Paris

Dr. Tawfik Jelassi is Dean and Professor of e-Business and Information Technology at the ENPC School of International Management, Paris. He teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses on Innovation and Technology Management, Business Models for Emerging Technologies, and Information Technology & Electronic Commerce. His research was published in leading academic journals and in his five books, the latest of which entitled "Strategies for e-Business" (published by Financial Ties / Prentice-Hall) was translated into Chinese and Korean languages. Dr. Jelassi received several teaching and research awards in Europe and the USA. He is also Chairman of the Board of the leading mobile telecom operator in Tunisia.

Johann KEMPE

Member of the Managing Board and CIO, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Dr. Kempe is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the international media company Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Holtzbrinck is one of Germany's leading media publishing groups with a strong international presence. Holtzbrinck has around 90 Trade, Education and Science and Newspaper publishers and Internet companies in over 80 countries. As Holtzbrinck CIO, Dr. Kempe is chairman of Holtzbrinck’s Technology Council, which is responsible for defining the company’s cross-divisional technology vision and strategy.  He heads the internal and global IT service provider Holtzbrinck GTS. His current focus is on various technology initiatives for the consistent implementation of the digital growth strategy of Holtzbrinck. Dr. Kempe is also Managing Director or advisory board member in some of the digital start-up companies within Holtzbrinck, like devbliss.de or skoobe.de . Dr. Kempe has studied computer science at the Technical University of Munich with a focus on economics and has done his Ph.D. thesis at the Research Center for Knowledge-Based Systems FORWISS. Before joining Holtzbrinck in 2001, he was a consultant and Knowledge Manager at the consulting firm Roland Berger & Partner.

Heleen KIST

Digivaardig & Digivaardig

Digivaardig & Digivaardig is a Dutch public private partnership of industry, government and social organization to increase the digital skills of the Dutch (working) population and to stimulate the trust in ICT and internet to enlarge the digital safety and the digital awareness. Heleen Kist coordinates the digital skills activities. The program is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the private parties KPN, UPC, SIDN, NVB, IBM and Ziggo. There is also a strong cooperation with the ministry of Social Affairs and the European Commission DG Connect as cofounder of the Safer Internet program. The public-private collaboration underneath the program is unique: parties start from the thought that concerted action results in greater achievements than acting on their own.  This collaboration is open and transparent and new parties can always join in. More information: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/heleen-kist-ramselaar/6/78/482

Werner B. KORTE

Director, empirica GmbH

Werner B. Korte shares the directorship of empirica with Simon Robinson and is responsible for managing many large-scale international research and development and consulting projects in relation to the new forms of work and employment, e-Skills, monitoring and benchmarking the information society, demographic change and ageing, ICT services for energy saving in social housing and public buildings and other topic areas for different DGs of the European Commission (DG INFSO, ENTR, EAC, EMPL), the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, IPTS, national ministries, federal and regional governments and ministries in Germany, other European countries, in Qatar and global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft. In the e-skills domain Werner was the project coordinator of the studies ‘Monitoring and Forecasting e-skills Demand and Supply in Europe until 2015’ (2009-2010), ‘Benchmarking study on policies on multi-stakeholder partnerships for e-skills in Europe’ (2007-2008) and responsible for the development of several executive briefings for Cisco Systems. He has recently completed as project coordinator the service contracts ‘e-Skills for Competitiveness and Innovation – Vision Roadmap and Foresight Scenarios 2012-2020’, ‘ Quality Labels for Training Fostering e-Skills for Competitiveness and Innovation’ for the European Commission and another e-skills forecasting project for the ING Belgique Bank. He is currently project coordinator of the service contract ‘Monitoring and Benchmarking e-Skills Policies and Partnerships’ and contributing to the initiatives ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ and ‘e-Skills: the International Dimension and the Impact of Globalisation’ all for the European Commission.

Silvia LEAL

Director of Information Technologies and Digital Innovation Programmes at IE Business School, Madrid

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


Executive Professor of IT Leadership, Henley Business School, University of Reading

Professor Sharm Manwani teaches and researches business and IT integration covering strategy, architecture and change programmes. During the last five years, he has created and led the Masters in Enterprise Information Management for Deutsche Telekom which has delivered significant organisational benefits and is recognised as best practice. Prior to joining Henley, he held European CIO roles at Diageo and Electrolux while obtaining his MBA and Doctorate at Henley Business School. During this period he led a number of international change programmes driving mergers, restructuring, business process redesign and key account management, enabled by transformation of the IT organisations and architectures. He is a judge for major IT industry awards and has presented at many academic and professional conferences. His book on IT Enabled Business Change: Successful Management supports a BCS qualification.


Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation

Jan Muehlfeit is an ICT industry veteran and almost 19 years at Microsoft. He served in different positions in Microsoft Czech/Slovak subsidiary between 1993 and 2000, led CEE region in 2000-2005. He became Vice President of Microsoft’s Public Sector team in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2005, Vice President, EMEA Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006 and later Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Muehlfeit is a Vice-Chair of the Academy of Business in Society (ABiS), board member of JA, Co-Chairman of the European e-Skills Association and a member of the Board of AIESEC and Ovum advisory body. Jan Muehlfeit has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He also represents Microsoft on the TABD, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and is involved in his advisory capacity in different projects of WEF, OECD and European Policy Center (EPC). He is also a board member of Czech National museum and member of IBLF Leaders Council. He graduated from Czech Technical University and later on completed executive development programs at Wharton, LSE and Harvard. 


Vice President, Government Relations, NOKIA

Kaisa Olkkonen, Vice President, Government Relations, is responsible for Nokia Corporation´s policy and regulatory work globally. She is a member of the Executive Board of Digital Europe, a member of the Board of ICC Finland, Vice Chair of the ICC Digital Economy Commission and a member of the Board of Finland-China Trade Association. Before her current global role, she led Nokia´s EU Representative Office in Brussels, being responsible for Nokia´s regulatory work in Europe and for Nokia´s policy approach to privacy and data protection questions globally. Prior moving to the Government Relations organization, she worked in several leadership positions in Nokia´s Legal and IP Organization, most recently as the head of the team responsible for providing legal support to Nokia´s Internet Services businesses.  Kaisa Olkkonen has more than a twenty year long professional background of working in various positions in international business enterprises. Her tasks have covered a broad range of legal matters, including technology law and contracting, various forms of co-operation agreements, intellectual property matters, consumer protection and marketing law, product safety and liability, mergers and acquisitions and associated integration. For the past years she has been especially focusing on the broad range of topics around Internet law and content licensing. She has led various multinational teams of lawyers located around the world, and has besides working at the Nokia headquarters in Finland also spent a period in Asia, Singapore, heading the regional legal team there, as well as in Brussels heading the interest representation team there. During her Nokia career she has also participated in the business management team work in several Nokia Corporation units.  As part of her leadership roles in Nokia, Kaisa Olkkonen has been actively involved in Nokia Corporation´s regulatory strategy building and the regulatory work and lobbying efforts globally, her current priority responsibility area.


Deputy Director General DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr. Peltomäki is responsible for regulatory policy including internal market and standardisation, sustainable growth and EU 2020 which includes industrial innovation and mobility industries, textiles, chemicals, metals, mechanical, electrical industries, raw materials, tourism and key enabling technologies. Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.  Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.  A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.


Professor, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin

Joe Peppard BBS MSc PhD FICS is a professor at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of South Australia and Southern Queensland.  Previously, he has held academic appointments at Cranfield School of Management, Loughborough University (United Kingdom), Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland), Groningen University (the Netherlands), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and University of Sydney (Australia). In 2011 he was Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Southern Queensland (Australia). The focus of Professor Peppard's research and teaching is in the area of information, information systems and technology. Through his research he seeks to challenge dominant orthodoxies as he believes that these are contributing significantly to the problems that organisations have in leveraging information technologies, both operationally and strategically, and ultimately in optimising the value delivered to the business. Professor Peppard has published widely in academic and general business and management journals, regularly presents his work at international conferences and has authored a number of books. In 2009 The Operational Research Society awarded him the prestigious Stafford Beer Medal for his research while he received the Best Paper Award at the 2012 American Marketing Association’s International Service Research Conference.


Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

André Richier is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry (Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy Unit). He is responsible for policy issues relating to information technology, competitiveness and innovation and the digital economy in particular e-leadership and the EU e-skills strategy. He is also contributing to the "Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs" launched in March 2013. He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow attached to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He played a leading role in the preparation of the “eLearning: Designing Tomorrow’s Education” Initiative and Action Plan in 2001 within the Multimedia Unit of the Directorate General Education and Culture. In the 1990s, he was in charge of research projects in the field of multimedia within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT) of the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 1994, he held sales and marketing positions in the ICT industry. He started his career at IBM in 1985.

Alexander RIEDL

European Commission, DG CNECT

Alexander Riedl is Deputy Head of the Unit “Knowledge Base” in the European Commission’s Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content and Technology. One of his current projects is the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, a multi-stakeholder initiative to tackle the mismatch between supply and demand of jobs in Europe’s digital economy. At the Commission, he previously worked in competition enforcement and scientific advice to policy making after eight years in the private sector (media and telecommunications companies). A German national, he studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany, the UK and Belgium.


Director, empirica GmbH

Simon Robinson, MA (Cantab) is director of empirica Communication and Technology Research. He heads consultancy and research teams at empirica on innovation, research governance, knowledge transfer, health and social care innovation and evaluation of public interventions, including major EU energy saving initiatives. Simon has consulted for DG Information Society and Media on policy topics from e-infrastructure to consumer issues in the information society, as well as initiating and leading multi-national research projects across a wide R&D spectrum. In the e-skills domain he initiated the approach taken by ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ for DG Enterprise and Industry and now coordinates a consortium working on European Guidelines and Quality Labels for New Curricula.

Fabianne RUGGIER

Consultant, Malta Information Technology Agency, MITA

Fabianne Ruggier has been involved in the area of digital literacy and e-skills since October 2002, and has mainly worked with the national Maltese Government for the majority of these years of experience. Her period in the private sector was as an Education Manager with Microsoft. She is a graduate from the University of Malta in Management and Public Policy, whilst she also studied for a Masters in Business Administration with the same University. Her work has revolved around public policy and strategy on ICT education and human capital. She has been involved in the drafting of national Government strategies, including the latest strategy that is being developed by the Maltese Government for imminent launch. She has over the years executed various projects on a national basis in conjunction with the industry, the education institutions and other stakeholders in the bid of enhancing the variety and quality of ICT education opportunities. Since 2010 she has been managing the eSkills Alliance Malta – an alliance between Maltese stakeholders to improve the national e-skills base. She is currently in charge of evolving the eSkills Alliance into a stronger vehicle with its own legal personality: a Foundation backed by multiple stakeholders.

Lucilla SIOLI

Head of Unit, European Commission, DG CNECT

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Head of the knowledge base Unit at DG CNECT of the European Commission, a unit which monitors economic trends and performance in the area of ICT and is responsible for the benchmarking activities in the information society area.  She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997. 

Sebastiano Toffaletti

Secretary General, PIN SME

Sebastiano Toffaletti is Secretary General at PIN-SME. In 2007 he contributed to constitute PIN-SME, the first European industry association exclusively focused on representing the interests of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector. The members of PIN-SME currently represent more than 50.000 enterprises, which employ around 200.000 people across Europe. Previously, Sebastiano served as Director of NORMAPME, the European association of SMEs for standardisation, established with the support of the European Commission in 1996. Sebastiano has more than 10 years experience in the field of standards and regulatory affairs for SMEs. He served industrial organisations in several sectors varying from safety equipment, electro-technical installations, building materials to quality management systems and Corporate Social Responsibility. As an Italian graduated Civil Engineer, Sebastiano Toffaletti holds a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Bologna (Italy) and speaks English, French and Spanish in addition to his mother tongue.


IT Foundation for Education, Estonia

Erki Urva is Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education. He graduated from Tallinn University of Technology and Tartu University (both economics). From 20011 to 2013 he was a member of the board and since May 2013 he is Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education. Before that he was Director Baltics, Linxtelecom and prior that that appointment and until 2005 VP Commercial, later President and CEO of Estonian Air. Earlier in his career and up until 2000 he had several managerial positions in the travel industry and banking.


Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, European Commission

Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau has master degrees in Law from Leiden University (1995) and in Business Administration from INSEAD at Fontainebleau (2000). He is Head of the Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the European Digital Agenda. Until recently Constantijn was Head of the Information Policy and Economics team at RAND Europe, and Head of Brussels office of the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND Europe, Mr. Van Oranje worked as an associate analyst for Booz Allen & Hamilton in London (2001-2003), where he worked on a variety of projects in ICT, print media and fast moving consumer goods. This was preceded by a traineeship at the International Finance Corporation in ICT investment portfolio management. Constantijn started his professional career at the European Commission, working 5 years in the Cabinet of Commissioner Van de Broek (1995-1999). Mr. Van Oranje also advised the Dutch Foreign Ministry on European communication strategy (2003-2010), and holds a number of Board positions in charitable foundations in The Netherlands.


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