Jan Jambon is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Security and Internal Affairs of Belgium, in charge of Urban Policy and State Buildings since 2014. As an active member of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party, Jambon has held many political positions in the past, including Party Leader at the Belgian House of Representatives (2008-2014) and Mayor of Brasschaat (2007-2014). Jambon began his career in the business sector in 1984, working at companies such as IBM, SD Worx and the Bank Card Company until officially entering into politics in 2007. He received his MBA from the University of Antwerp.
Krzysztof Szubert was named Secretary of State and Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs for Poland in March 2017. Szubert’s responsibilities include international affairs and Government Plenipotentiary for the Digital Single Market. He was Plenipotentiary of the Minister for International Affairs in 2016, Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Digital Affairs and member of the Digitization Council at the Ministry for Digital Affairs from 2015 to 2016. Szubert has also been an Initiator and Chairperson of the Coalition for the Development of the Information Society (KRESI), a platform to encourage dialogue and cooperation among organizations related to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in order to accelerate the development of the Information Society in Poland. He has been actively involved in the ICT industry for over a decade and has received multiple awards for his contributions. Szubert graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Organization and Management with an MSc in industrial IT systems.
Pilar del Castillo Vera is a Spanish MEP for the Party Popular, part of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group. Del Castillo Vera was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. She is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), for which she served as Coordinator of the EPP Group during the last term. She is currently the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Electronic Communications Code. Previously, she has been rapporteur on several legislative files including the Telecoms Single Market Regulation, the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC),the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the report "A Digital Agenda for Europe: 2015.eu”. Del Castillo Vera is the Chair of the European Internet Forum, a member of the European Energy Forum and of the Transatlantic Policy Network. Before her appointment to the EP, she served as Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004. She received a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense and an MA in Political Science from Ohio State University.
Päivi Antikainen has been a Director of the Data Business Unit at the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications since January 2016. She is responsible for policies regarding robotics, automation of transport in all transport modes, satellite navigation and utilization of big data for business purposes. Before, she worked as the Director of the Communications Services Unit at the Ministry for one year. Between 2010 and 2013, Antikainen was a communications policy attaché at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels. She has an extensive background in communications policy, having joined the Ministry at the Communications Services Unit in 2000. Antikainen has an MA in Political Science from the University of Helsinki.
Kristina Haverkamp has been a Managing Director at the German Energy Agency (dena) since October 2015. Before, Haverkamp was Head of the Department of European State Aid Control Policy and Head of the Department of Economics in the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany at the EU. Her responsibilities included energy and environmental policy as well as industrial and SME policy. She spent twelve years at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Finance, focusing on the European Single Market, structural cohesion and competition policy. Haverkamp started her career at the German Foreign Office as a legal secretary for international environmental policy and went on to become judge-rapporteur at the Federal Cartel Office. She studied law in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Udo Helmbrecht took office as Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) in 2009. His experience in the security field has been acquired through more than 35 years of professional management experience in the IT sector of a variety of industries, including energy, insurance, engineering, aviation, defense, and space. In 2010, Helmbrecht was appointed Honorary Professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany. In 2003, he became the President of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Helmbrecht studied physics, mathematics and computer science at Ruhr-University, Bochum, and received a PhD in theoretical physics in 1984.
Stephan Lechner, based in Luxembourg, has been Director of Euratom Safeguards at the European Commission's department for Energy since July 2016. Before, Lechner was Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, for more than 8 years. He has held various management positions and spent more than 18 years in the hi-tech sector of private industries, at international enterprises and at telecommunications operators. He managed international expert teams in Germany and in China and has more than 25 years of experience in collaborative European projects. Lechner holds a BA in mathematics and computer sciences, and a PhD in cryptography.
Tobias Miethaner has been Head of the Department Digital Society at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) since August 2014. Before, Miethaner was Head of the Policy and Party Work Unit of the Executive Committee of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party. He was a public prosecutor in Munich from 2008 to 2011 after working as the academic assistant to Professor Dr. Hand-Christoph Grigoleit. Miethaner graduated with an MA in Law from Regensburg and Aberdeen Universities in 2004, after which he completed a two-year practical legal training in Regensburg and Cape Town.
Lisbeth Nielsen has been Director General at the Danish Health Data Authority since November 2015. In her current role, information security has high strategic priority in a highly digitized and interconnected health care system. Nielsen has a background in both the public and private sectors. She has worked on a national strategic level, serving close to patients and providers while leading improvement efforts. Past positions include Chief Quality Officer at North Zealand Hospital, Capital Region of Denmark (2013-2015), Assistant Director at the Department of eGovernment, eHealth and Quality, Danish Regions (2007-2013) and Head of Health Care Sales Denmark, Acure (an IBM company) (2004-2007). Nielsen began her career as an advisor to the Department of eHealth at the Danish Association of County Councils (1998-2004). She received her MA in Public Administration from the University of Roskilde in 1998.
Florence Raynal has been Deputy Director of the International and European Affairs Department of the “Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés” (CNIL) since 2008. Raynal advises current CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin on her chairmanship of the Article 29 Working Party, or the Data Protection Working Party (WP29). Raynal participates in all reforms on international and European regulations in relevant fora (e.g. the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Council of Europe, EU Institutions, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, (APPA), and the International Conference of Privacy Commissioners). Previously, Raynal worked at Ernst & Young Law Firm as Senior Manager and Data Protection Officer, advising on privacy matters at both national and European levels, as well as on the firm’s privacy compliance for the 26 countries of the Continental Western European Area. Raynal began her career in 2000 at the law firm Donahue & Partners LLP in New York.
Florian Eder is POLITICO’s Managing Editor, Expansion, overseeing the newsroom’s policy coverage. Prior to joining POLITICO, Florian was EU correspondent for DIE WELT, covering EU politics and policies from Brussels where he arrived at the peak of the euro crisis in 2011. Florian spent three years in DIE WELT’s Berlin newsroom as an editor and previously worked as Italy correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland.
Ryan Heath is Senior EU Correspondent at POLITICO. He began writing for national newspapers in his native Australia in 1999, and is the author of two books including the cult classic Please Just F* Off, It’s Our Turn Now, an account of how Baby Boomers are viewed by the Millennial generation. After working as a speechwriter for the British civil service for seven years, he joined the European Commission spokespersons’ service in 2011 working for President José Manuel Barroso and Vice President Neelie Kroes. Heath has been a regular policy commentator on outlets such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Al-Jazeera, and reported from major events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos and Eurovision.
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