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.
Sultana Sandrell is a Policy Officer of the Trade, Economic and Financial Affairs Unit of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and represents Malta in the EU Council Working Parties, as well as in other EU fora dealing with economic and financial-related issues. Previously, she was Director for financial services at Kreab Gavin Anderson and she was responsible for asset management policy. She started her career as an Analyst by working for American Express and subsequently, for E&Y, while she also held a senior position within the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association in the Political Advocacy department. Sultana Sandrell holds a both Bachelor in Business and a Master in European Business from the Cass Business School London.
Delphine Sarfati-Sobreira is UNIFAB’s General Director since 2013 and represents the French private sector in European and International organisations. She joined the organisation in 1998 and was first Communication and development Manager. She graduated with a Master of Communication & Business Administration. Ms Sarfati-Sobreira also worked for Le Figaro and Publicis (an international communications agency) where she was in charge of consumer products. Today, Ms Sarfati-Sobreira publishes several articles in media and regularly gives academic lectures in French Universities.
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.
Michael Scannell is an official of the European Commission since 1991. He is currently Director for the Food Chain – Stakeholder and International Relations in the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety. He was until recently Director of the Food and Veterinary Office which was responsible for promoting proper enforcement and compliance with EU requirements on food safety, animal and plant health in both EU Member States and third countries. His previous positions included chief spokesperson for the EU in the Codex Commission and in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee of the World Trade Organisation between 2002 and 2010. This period included the creation of a specific Directorate General for Health Protection and of the European Food Safety Authority. Mr Scannell is Irish and a graduate in economics and politics from University College Dublin.
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.
Philippe Setbon is the CEO of Groupama Asset Management since July 2013. Other mandates within Groupama included Chairman of the Board of Epargne Salariale and Chairman of Groupama AM SGR SpA. Whereas within the Association Française de Gestion he has been a member of the governing board of the AFG and of its Strategic Committee. He is also President both of the ‘Savings Solutions Commission’ of the AFG and the ‘Compliance & Regulation Commission’ of the AFG. He started his career in 1990 at Barclays Bank as Financial Analyst on the unlisted securities market. From 1993 to 2003, he joined AZUR GMF Group where he managed European equities then became Head of Asset management. He became CEO of the Asset Management Company, Boissy Gestion. In 2004 he joined the Generali Group, while in 2003, he worked for Rothschild and Cie Gestion as Head of Equity Portfolios Management.
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.
Dimitris Sofianopoulos is a Policy Officer at DG Energy working on the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). He has been educated at the National School of Public Administration of Greece and the University of Aegean.
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.
Andreea Strachinescu is Head of Unit of New Energy Technologies and Innovation at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission and is responsible for the development of policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. The core files for which she is in charge are the Strategic Energy Technology Plan, the energy research and innovation strategy of the EU and H2020, the main financing instrument of research and innovation at EU level. Prior to joining the European Commission, she worked in the public service in economic development and international cooperation, trade policies and actions. Andreea Strachinescu studied mechanical engineering and business administration in Bucharest, Romania and she has a Master of Science in International Affairs from H.E.C. Montreal, Canada.
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).
Prior to joining the EPSC as Deputy Head and acting Leader of the institutional team, Pawel 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.He is also 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.
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”.
Micheal Theurer has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. From 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and from 2011 to 2012 he chaired the Committee on Budgetary Control, while from 2012 to 2014 he was a member of the Conference of Committee Chairs. Micheal Theurer has been a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs since 2014, and is a full member of both of the Conference of Delegation Chairs and the Committee on Budgetary Control, as well as Chair of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand. In 2015 he was co-rapporteur of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 1) and between 2015 and 2016 he was a member of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2). Since 2016, he has been the coordinator of the ALDE Group on the Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. After beginning his career as a politician in the regional branch of the FDP, he became a member of FDP Federal Executive and, since 2013 he has been both a member of FDP Bureau and Federal Executive and Chair of the Regional Committee of the Baden-Württemberg FDP.
Andrea Trebiani is a Business Development Manager for ABB Power Generation & Water in Italy. He has been working in the e-mobility field since 2015 and has previously held different positions in the field of renewable energy, with a special focus on wind and solar power generation.
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.
Lyndsay joined (ISC)² full time in September 2015 after supporting their efforts in the EMEA region for over 12 years. Lyndsay has been part of the team that worked to help (ISC)² be recognised as the world’s and EMEA’s largest nonprofit body of cyber and information security professionals and to help establish its registered charity, the Center for Cyber Safety and Education. The Center provides an opportunity for all organisation to show their commitment to ensuring much needed public awareness, research and the next generation of professionals are developed for a safer cyber world. Lyndsay is actively involved in (ISC)2’s Global Information Security Workforce Study  research programme, which has tracked workforce growth and the trends impacting the development of the profession since 2004 and takes a particular interest in the barriers preventing women and all newcomers from entering the field.
Marco Valletta is member of the Personal Office of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety since November 2014. He was born on September 15, 1974 in Italy. After graduating in Political sciences at the University of Rome, he specialised in International and European Affairs with a Master in European Political and Administrative studies at the College of Europe of Bruges and a Ph.D. in European and Comparative Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Pisa. As of 2004 Marco Valletta is an official of the European Commission where he was policy officer for biotechnology and assistant to the Director General of DG Health and Consumers before joining the Personal Office of the Commissioner. His main responsibilities cover the food area of the Commissioner’s portfolio and particularly animal health and welfare, food waste, food control and food frauds. He also deals with the files related with agriculture, environment and better regulation.
Marie-France Van Der Valk
Marie-France Van Der Valk was appointed in 2010 as a European Affairs Director at Renault. Based in Brussels, she is in charge of promoting the interests of Renault and Nissan to the European Institutions on all issues linked with the car industry. She recently participated in the Commission initiative GEAR 2030, in which she chaired the project team on Global landscape. In September 2017, she was appointed chair of the Platform for Electro-mobility, a stakeholder organisation of 31 members, gathering companies, business associations, and non-governmental organisations alike, united in the promotion of electrification of all modes of transport. Marie-France joined Renault in 1996 in the Legal Department, before spending 4 years in the Manufacturing Department in charge of Industrial Performance for Assembly Plants. Previously, she worked for the OECD (Nuclear Energy Agency) and for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Marie-France has a Law degree (Private International Law and Environment Law).
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.
Since May 2017, Riccardo Viaggi is the Secretary General of CECE, Committee for European Construction Equipment, and he represents the manufacturers of construction equipment towards the European Union institutions in Brussels. He earned his Master Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna in March 2006, after completing parts of his studies in Switzerland, France and the United States. In addition to his native Italian, Riccardo speaks fluently English, French and Spanish. Before joining CECE, Riccardo was Secretary General of the European Builders Confederation for 8 years, during which he gained useful insights into the needs and
challenges of construction contractors in Europe.
Henna Virkkunen has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014. She is a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. She is a substitute member of the committee on Transport and Tourism. Before Ms Virkkunen was elected to the European Parliament, she served as a Minister of Transport and Local Government in Finland. She has also been a Minister of Public Administration and Local Government and a Minister of Education, during her two terms as a Member of the Parliament of Finland. Ms Virkkunen had been a member of the City Council of Jyväskylä and the Chairwoman of the Council during 2005-2008.
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.
Nikolaus von Peter
Nikolaus von Peter is a Member of Commissioner Bulc’ private office where he deals with urban mobility, innovation in transport, energy, climate and environmental issues as well as maritime transport and ports. A trained lawyer, he started his work in the Commission in the Directorate General for Budget. He spent a year in the German administration and worked in the inter-institutional team of DG MOVE before joining Commissioner Bulc in November 2014.
Jan Ole Voss
Dr Jan Ole Voss is a Legal Advisor for the European Renewable Energy Federation and has specialised in EU and German energy and infrastructure law, international investment law and competition law. His focus in the field of Energy Law is on renewable energies, energy efficiency, grid regulations and competition law. Dr Voss has gained a doctorate degree in law at University of Freiburg.
Since joining EHP and DHC+ in January 2013, Ingo Wagner has divided his work between Euroheat & Power (EHP) and the DHC+ Technology Platform. For Euroheat & Power he deals with a variety of policy fields mainly focusing on the wider efficiency sphere and on questions around system integration, including buildings, industry and others. He also coordinates the work of EHP’s working groups on Resource Efficiency (buildings, standardisation, technical issues) and District Cooling. He represents EHP in several committees and organisations such as the Coalition for Energy Saving’s advocacy working groups and CEN TC371 WG1 and CEN TC228 WG4.
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.
Bart de Wijs
Bart de Wijs is the Head of Cybersecurity of the ABB Power Grids division which he represents at the ABB Group Cyber Security Council, a cross-disciplinary team staffed with resources from various corporate functions. Within the division he leads a team of cyber security specialists dealing with the different aspects of all the security related concerns potentially affecting ABB customers. He is also a member of various cyber security expert groups as well as an ABB representative in public private partnerships and information sharing initiatives. Between 2007 and 2010 he was responsible for cyber security in ABB’s Power Generation business unit.
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.
Charles Wright is Associate General Counsel at Amazon, leading its Customer and Partner Trust Legal team. Previously, he was a member of Amazon’s Litigation and Regulatory group. Before joining Amazon, he was a lawyer in private practice in Seattle.
Peter Zapfel heads the European Commission’s unit “Emissions Trading System – Policy Development and Auctioning” in DG Climate Action. After joining the Commission in 1998 he worked for the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment. He has represented the Commission as a delegation member in several UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. He has been involved in the Commission’s work on emissions trading since 1998. In DG Environment he has coordinated a DG-internal task force for the Commission’s assessment of national allocation plans for phase 2 of the EU Emission Trading System. He also served as assistant to the Deputy Director-General of DG Environment and as assistant to the Director-General in DG Climate Action. Prior to his current assignment he was Head of Unit of the Economic Analysis and Strategy Unit in DG Climate Action. He holds academic degrees from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Natalia Zebrowska is a Legal and Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. She is following the work on the IPR Enforcement Directive and coordinates the cooperation on fight against counterfeiting within the remit of stakeholders’ dialogues brokered by the Commission. Admitted to the bar in Poland, Natalia Zebrowska worked for the top international law firms specialised in IP before moving to the public sector. She is a Graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and holds an LLM at the Centre for the International Intellectual Property Studies of the Strasbourg University.
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”.
Laurent Zylberberg has a sociology, political science and public law background. He is currently Senior Executive Vice-President of the French Caisse des Depots and is in charge of International and Public Affairs. He is also Chairman of the European Long Term Investors Association since 2016. Political Adviser for different Ministers from 1989 to 1993, he also taught at Sorbonne University in political science and public law. Social Affairs Counsellor at the French Embassy in London until 1996, he then joined “Euroconsultants” a consulting company in Brussels. Back to Paris in 1998, he worked for France Telecom/Orange as marketing director for public services. In 2002, he is appointed Group Director for public affairs. In 2005, he is Group Director for Employee Relations. In 2011, he is appointed as CEO
of Orange Vietnam before being designated, in 2013 as Group Chief Compliance Officer.
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