Guests to the Eat & Meet October 2014

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Guests to the Eat & Meet October 2014 in Brussels

Colette Maloney
Dr. Colette Maloney
Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit, European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Dr. Colette Maloney is Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. The unit is charged with developing policy around ICT contributions to smart cities, and to delivering triple-bottom-line sustainability in response to societal challenges in resource efficiency, climate, transport and energy as well as being responsible for R&D activities on ICT and sustainability. From 2004-2008, Dr. Maloney was Head of Unit Cognitive Systems and Robotics and was responsible for building up a substantial R&D initiative in this domain. She has a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and a PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin.

Magdalena Kopczynska
Magdalena Kopczynska
Head of Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission
Ms. Kopczynska joined the European Commission in 2006 to work in the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services. Prior she had worked for 3 years as the Director of the Brussels Office of the Polish Private Employers Confederation ‘Lewiatan’, representing Polish entrepreneurs vis-à-vis European Institutions. Graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a degree in English literature, Ms. Kopczynska worked for several years in the public relations domain which she accompanied by a post-graduate degree in communications at the Warsaw University.

Theo Thomas
Theo Thomas
Lead Economist in the Macro & Fiscal Management Unit, World Bank
Theo Thomas oversees World Bank operations and economic and public sector advisory services across the region. Previously he was based in Jakarta supporting institutional reforms in the central finance agencies and the expanding social insurance programs. Theo has also extensive experience in Africa as well as Latin America and Caribbean Region and worked as Senior Economist at the IMF. He is also a member of the Bank’s Global Expert Team for Public Sector Performance and has taught, edited, and published work on performance budgeting, fiscal space, and public investment management.

Josephine Wood
Ms. Josephine Wood
Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission
Ms. Wood is a Member of the Cabinet of Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. Her policy areas include Digital and ICT policy, Health and Pharmaceuticals, Climate change and Stakeholders relations. In a different position as Policy Officer at DG Connect, she advises the European Commission on institutional relations with a focus on DG Connect’s relations with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. She also supports the work of Digital Champions within the Stakeholders Unit of DG Connect.

Carl-Christian Buhr
Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr
Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission
Dr. Buhr, an economist and computer scientist by training, is a member of the cabinet of Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. Among others, he advises her on the developing European Cloud Computing Strategy, Data protection as well as ICT research policy. He previously dealt with antitrust and merger control investigations by the Commission, such as the Microsoft antitrust case and the Oracle/Sun Microsystems merger. Prior to joining the Commission he was an IT auditor for the European Court of Auditors and lectured at university.

Martijn Hendriksen
Mr. Martijn Hendriksen
Member of Cabinet for Industry and Entrepreneurship, European Commission
Mr. Hendriksen is a member of the Cabinet Enterprise and Industry Commissioner and EU Commissioner Antonio Tajani. He advises the Commissioner on developments to ensure that all the EU’s business sectors will come out of the current economic crisis stronger and more competitive than before, and will be able to support sustainable growth in a strong social market economy. Prior to joining the Commission he a country support officer for ING Group and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a BEc in Economics and an MSa in Business Administration and Philosophy from RSM Erasmus University and Catholic University Leuven, respectively.

Ilias Iakovidis
Mr. Ilias Iakovidis
Deputy Head of the ICT for Health unit, European Commission
Ilias Iakovidis is Deputy Head of the ICT for Health unit of the European Commission. He is responsible for European Union’s research strategy as well as the International cooperation in this domain. The ICT for Health unit supports currently research and development in areas of multiscale modeling and simulations, Patient safety, and health monitoring. Ilias is also working on the follow up of the eHealth Action Plan COM, targeting large scale deployment of eHealth in EU Member States of which he was the main co-author. He received a BSc in mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a PhD magna cum laude in applied mathematics from the Texas Tech University.

Valerie Kinoo
Ms. Valerie Kinoo
Board of Directors, , Digital Leadership Institute International
Valérie Kinoo is Co-Founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Digital Leadership Institute International. Valérie has longstanding experience in the field of ICT and gender equality. Among many other things she is also the Executive Director of G.E.N.D.E.R., a non-profit organisation promoting women’s emancipation and empowerment, is an administrator of the Every Girl Digital Social Media Campaign promoting Girls in ICT Day 2013 and was the European Director of Zen Digital Europe. Valérie has studied at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium as well as at UCL in the UK.

Patrick Itschert
Mr. Patrick Itschert
Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Patrick Itschert studied Humanitarian Studies in Aalst (NL) and obtained a Diploma in Economics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Following his years as a researcher, he fulfilled numerous advisory roles including in the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Budget Minister. Between 1991-2001 he was General Secretary of the European Trade Union Federation for Textiles, Clothing and Leather and was a Delegate to the European Economic and Social Committee’s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) between 2002-2005. He was elected Deputy General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation at the Athens Congress in May 2011.

Sigrid Johannisse
Ms. Sigrid Johannisse
Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission, European Commission
Ms. Sigrid Johannisse serves as an advisor to Advisor Vice-President Neelie Kroes Digital Agenda. She responsible for policy on cyber-security and privacy; innovation and financing; start-up Europe; smart cities and e-services such as e-health and e-government. Previously, she was involved in running innovation programs at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands.

Joe McNamee
Mr. Joe McNamee
Executive Director, European Digital Rights
Joe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 32 privacy and digital civil rights organisations from across Europe. He studied Modern Languages in Bristol (BA), European Politics (MA) in Swansea and International Law (LLM) at the Brussels Schools of International Studies. He has worked on Internet-related topics almost continually since 1995, having started his online career as a technical support advisor for an Internet provider in 1995. He was responsible for three independent studies for the European Commission on Local Loop Unbundling, on Convergence and on Telecommunications and the Information Society in eight former Soviet states.

Alicia Gómez Campos
Ms. Alicia Gómez Campos
Projects Officer/Membership Outreach and Events Officer, CECODHAS Housing Europe
Ms. Gomez Campos is currently in charge of the dissemination, coordination and communication of CECODHAS Housing Europe ERHIN and ELOSH projects together with the organisation’s Members and Events coordination. Previously she held various positions as a journalist, as well as a Campaign and Advocacy Assistant at four NGO platforms focused on Human Rights in Latin America and its relationship to the European Union. She obtained a BA in Journalism from the University of Malaga and a MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, focusing on Gender and International Relations.

Guests to the Eat & Meet March 2014 in Brussels

  • Karl Friedrich Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Colin Scicluna, Cabinet of the High Representative / Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, European Commission
  • Sébastien Brabant, Deputy Spokesperson of HR/VP Catherine Ashton, European Commission
  • Daniel Giorev, Special assistant and Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission