Nasser H. Saidi
Dr Nasser H. Saidi heads Nasser Saidi & Associates, a niche consultancy and advisor to governments, central banks, regulators, multi-national and regional companies. He is the former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre and Founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors. He was Senior Adviser to the UAE Minister of Finance between 2004 and 2006. Dr Saidi hold the post of Minister of Economy and Trade and of Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000 and was also the First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon between 1993-2003. He had been a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy for two mandates over the period 2000-2006. Dr Nasser H. Saidi is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA, Co-Chair of the OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group.
Alessandro Sala is Chief Information Security & ICT Compliance Officer at Ferrari. He has been responsible for CT risk management and the definition and diffusion of ICT security policies since 2008. Previously, he hold the post of Chief Techology Officer and was responsible in the GT department for design and management of ICT services managing with a team of 45 people. In this capacity, he was also in charge of ICT security policy and procedures, privacy, incident management and cooperation with police fources, as well as for audit management and security countermeasures. Alessandro Sala expertise is bulit upon his experiences as a software and system developer, as well as a industrial incident computer modeller.
Algirdas Saudargas is a Lithuanian politician and a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy as well as a substitute Member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. He also served as a Member of the Parliament of Lithuania and was appointed several times as a Foreign Minister throughout the 1990s. He was Chair of the Lithuanian Christian Democrat Party between 1995 and 1999. From 2004 until 2008 he was the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See. In 1992, together with nine other Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs and an EU Commissioner, Algiras Saudargas founded the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the EuroFaculty.
Helmut Scholz is a German Politician for the German Die Linke party, member of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left of the European Parliament. He studied International Relations at MGIMO University in Moscow. He has been Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He holds a seat in the European Parliament Committee on International Trade, the Delegation for relations with the United States, and in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.
Uwe Schroeder-Selbach is Energy Attaché for the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU. After having worked for the industry, he joined the German Federal Civil Service in 1991 within the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Initially he worked on issues regarding the East German industry privatization, while later he was responsible for the Committee on Export Credit Guarantees. After several years acting as an Advisor in the Federal Chancellory, Uwe Schroeder-Selbach has covered a spectrum of energy policy issues since 2000 back at BMWi. He is a lawyer and holds an MPA degree.
Paul Skehan is Director General of Spirits Europe which he joined in 2011. Previously, he acted as Director of the European Retail Round Table for four years, as well as a Deputy Secretary General of Eurochambres for ten years. Before joining Eurochambres, Paul Skehan worked as CEO of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland. He also served in the Irish Industrial Development Authority for which he was responsible for attracting and developing industry in Ireland. Paul Skehan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from UBI/Mercer University.
Christopher Snowdon, is the Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs which is a think tank based in Westminster, London. The IAE was founded by the businessman Antony Fisher in 1955, promotes free market economics and holds lectures regularly. Along with his role at the IAE, Christopher Snowdon published as an author and a freelance journalist on various government affairs and market-related issues.
Since 2013 Pia Sorvillo is part of the EMEA Government Relations team of eBay/PayPal. As a payment services expert based in Brussels, she contributes to the EU legislation assessment and outreach strategy for PayPal. Pia Sorvillo spent more than 10 years in private practice as a competition law specialist, working mainly with a major Wall Street law firm, both in Italy and in Brussels, dealing primarily with M&As and unfair commercial practices. In 2008 she joined Western Union as a member of the International Regulatory Affairs team based in Brussels, providing her expertise to secure regulatory authorizations to Western Union acquisition of two of its main agents in the EU. Pia Sorvillo is a qualified attorney and an alumnus of the European College of Bruges, where she obtained a LLM in European Studies.
Nick is a Director of Alma Economics, a consultancy firm combining unparalleled expertise in economics with an understanding of the real world. He is a technical economist who has led several high-profile projects across the globe for governments and the private sector, including overseeing the development of the MGI report. Prior to joining Alma, he held a number of UK Civil Service positions in HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Cabinet Office, including in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
Massimo Suardi is the Deputy Head of the Cabinet of Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission’s Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue. An economist by training, he has spent most of his professional career in the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs. He was Head of the monetary and exchange rate affairs unit between 2006 and 2010, contributing to the early technical work on the EU response to the crisis. Between 2010 and 2014, he moved to country surveillance, and became the Commission’s deputy mission chief for the joint EU/IMF financial assistance programme to Portugal in 2011 and the Head of Unit for the economic surveillance of Spain and Croatia in 2013. A graduate in economics of Rome University ‘ La Sapienza’, he holds a Master in European Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges. Before joining the Commission he worked at the Bank of Italy and at the University of Nottingham.
Andrey Suvorov is the Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection Business Development at Kaspersky Lab. He has joined Kaspersky Lab in June 2014 taking the position of Head of Critical Infrastructure Protection Business Development and he is responsible for planning and implementing the global strategy in the area of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity (KICs), expanding the company leadership with new SW solution and expert services. Previously he worked in IBM focusing on business development and sales management in the area of infrastructure and business solutions. Andrey holds an MBA Diploma from Warwick Business School (UK).
Hannes Swoboda is an Austrian Member of the European Parliament. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1996. In the 2009-2014 institutional term, he was a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a substitute Member in the Committee on Energy, Research and Industrial Policies and a Member of the Delegation for the Relations to the United States of America. In 2012 Mr Swoboda was elected President of the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Pavel Telička is a Czech Politician and a Member of the European Parliament as well as a vice-President of the ALDE Party. After his graduation from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague in 1986, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. In the following years, he held various high-level positions, including as a deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as within the Czech Mission to the European Union. From 1998 onwards, he served as Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union. In December 2004, he co-founded “BXL Consulting” which was providing consultancy in EU affairs, while, in January 2005, he joined the European Policy Centre as a Senior Advisor. Since May 2005, Pavel Telička has been a member of Board of Directors of the association “Notre Europe”.
Klaus Trömel is the Head of Lending Operations at the European Investment Bank. He was Director General Risk Management at the Directorate, as well as Director of the Transaction Management & Restructuring. Between 2000 and 2007, he had been Head of Division Project Finance & EIF at the Credit Risk Department and at the Risk Management Directorate. Klaus Trömel had been Loan Officer responsible for the UK / North Sea area in the Directorate for Lending Operations in Europe focusing on on transport, oil & gas and project finance always for the EIB in Luxembourg. Previously, he worked as a Trade & Pre-export Finance Officer for the “Credit des Bergues” in Geneva, Switzerland and as an Analyst for the Hewlett-Packard European headquarters. Klaus Trömel graduated from the Technische Universität Berlin in civil engineering.
Konstantinos Vardakis holds a M.Sc. in Rural Engineering from the Louvain Catholic University and an M. Phil. in Development Economics from the University of Southampton. After having worked for the private sector in the Middle East, he joined the EU in 1988, and was subsequently posted as Attaché to the EU Delegations to Zimbabwe and Sudan before returning to EU Headquarters as Desk officer in the Central Africa Division. Further to assignments in the EU Delegations to Pakistan and Russia, he was appointed Senior Desk officer in the Central Asia Division and seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus as Special Adviser to the Political Director. Konstantinos Vardakis is presently serving in the European External Action Service as Deputy Head in the Division in charge of the Eastern Partnership, regional cooperation and relations with the OSCE.
Maarten Verwey has been Deputy Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission since September 2011, responsible for finance and international relations. Mr. Verwey started his career at the Dutch Ministry of Finance in 1994. In 1999 he moved to Manila where he worked for three years for the Asian Development Bank. On his return to the Dutch Ministry of Finance in 2002, he became head of the export credit insurance division and two years later he assumed the position of deputy director of the economic and financial strategy department. He was nominated Director of Foreign Financial Relations in September 2007. Mr Verwey has been a chairman of the euro task force on coordinated action (2010-2011), he played a key role in first establishing the pooled bilateral loan facility for Greece, subsequently the European Financial Stability Facility and the European Stability Mechanism. Since June 2012 he has been the EU mission chief for Cyprus financial assistance program. He has recently been appointed as Co-chairman of the Ecofin Task Force on Investment and as EC representative on the EIB board and the EIF board.
Andrea Voigt was appointed Director General of EPEE in 2009. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment, represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. EPEE’s membership is composed of 40 member companies, national and international associations realising a turnover of over 30 billion Euros and employing more than 200,000 people in Europe. Prior to joining EPEE, Andrea Voigt has been working in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry for more than 15 years, holding different functions in the fields of marketing, communication and public relations. A German national, Andrea is fluent in English, French and Italian, holding degrees in public administration (M.P.A), applied linguistic science (M.A.) and marketing.
Sir Graham Watson
Sir Graham Watson is a British politician for the Liberal Democrats Party. Between 1994 and 2014 he was a Member of the European Parliament for the Liberal Democrats; President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party between 2002 and 2004, served as President of the ALDE group between 2004 and 2009 In the 2011 Birthday Honours, in recognition of his political and public services, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the II. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages, and before becoming a politician he worked as a freelance interpreter and translator.
Fabienne Weibel is Head of Public Policy at BlaBlaCar. Previously she was Director of Government Relations for PayPal in EMEA and she managed the relationships with policy makers in the region. Before that, she has successively worked as legal counsel for eBay in France and as Head of Legal for PayPal in Southern/Eastern Europe. Before joining the eBay group, she was an associate at Franklin, a Paris-based law firm, where she was advising French and international High Tech companies operating in France. She has a degree in Business Law and English from the University of Paris X-Nanterre in France. Fabienne Weibel was a also a member of the Paris Bar.
Josephine Wood is Member of Cabinet to Vice President Kroes where she is responsible for institutional and stakeholder relations. She has worked in a number of policy and advocacy roles in the Commission, European Parliament and the private sector. She is British and has lived and worked in Brussels for over 10 years.
Niklas Zennström is CEO of Atomico, Founder of Skype and President of the European Tech Alliance. A Swedish entrepreneur well-known for founding several high-profile online ventures including Kazaa, he recently founded the technology investment firm Atomico. Niklas Zennström is also the co-founder of the charity organization Zennström Philanthropies. He was recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2006, and has received numerous awards for innovation and entrepreneurship including a Gold Medal by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences for his “highly successful entrepreneurial achievements, creative innovation, high technical competence and outstanding leadership”.
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