Events Speakers [F-L]

Michal Feix

Michal Feix is the Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs at and the Chairman of the board of SPIR, a profession association of companies and agencies working in the area of internet advertising. While holding various top-level posts at, he had been Advisor to both the Minister in ICT and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. Michal Feix  has a background as a web developer and holds a Master Degree in ICT from the Czech Technical University, as well as an MBA from the University of Economics based in Prague.

Markus Ferber

A member of both the Christian Social Union in Bavaria and the Bureau of the European People’s Party, Markus Ferber is currently vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in which he has been serving since 2009. He is also a member of the Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion and a substitute member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism.

John Flack

John Flack was returned as a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East of England in June 2017. He was appointed as Conservative Spokesman for Regional Development and was also appointed to serve on the Fisheries committee. On taking his seat John joined the cross-party Animal Welfare Intergroup who recently elected him as a Vice President in recognition of the work he has done in the Parliament to promote animal welfare across a wide spectrum of issues, from cage farming and fur labelling to ghost fishing and cetacean bycatch. Representing over 6 million people in a predominantly rural area, the East of England, and coming from twelve generations of farmers, John has been particularly aware of the challenges in the farming sector in terms of animal welfare and has been for many years a strong advocate for improved standards in the way animals are raised, transported and slaughtered. Earlier in October John published a 100+ page hard back book – Animals Can’t Vote …but you can! to highlight the cruel abuse of animals in agriculture, tourism and entertainment.

Elena Flores

Elena Flores was appointed Director for Policy Strategy and Coordination in DG ECFIN in 2011. Previously, she was Director, Economies of Member States II (from 2007) and head of the unit for Public finance in the euro area and the EU (from 2002) and for financial markets 1997-1999. From 1999-2002, Ms. Flores served as Advisor in Commissioner Solbes’ office, responsible for economic policies, employment, taxation and financial issues.

Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz

Philippe de Fontaine Vive was senior Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2003 to 2015. He was responsible for operations in France and the Mediterranean partner countries, innovation and corporate social responsibility. He also chaired the EIB Institute’s Supervisory Board. During his term of office, he was successively in charge of financial operations, SME financing in Europe and external communication. He began his career at the French Treasury Department, where he was successively responsible for banks, insurance, transport and urban planning, debt, the development of emerging markets, State holdings and the financing of the State and the economy. He has also been an alternate Director at the World Bank in Washington, International Affairs Adviser to the Minister of the Economy and Finance and Vice-President of the Paris Club.

Jacky Fox

Jacky leads Deloitte’s Cyber Security and IT Forensic service lines in Ireland. Jacky has 20+ years’ experience in the industry and has excellent knowledge of hardware, operating systems, networks and application software. She holds an MSc in Digital Investigations and Forensic Computing, lectures on Cyber Security in University College Dublin and is an active researcher and publisher in the digital forensics and cyber communities. Jacky is passionate about creating an environment for greater inclusion in the Cyber Security Industry and has researched and spoken extensively on this topic in Europe.

Daniel Fraile

Daniel Fraile is senior analyst for grids and market integration at the European Wind Energy Association (WindEurope). He coordinates industry activities in the area of grid integration, such as the development of European and national grid codes, and supports the WindEurope’s policy activities on energy market design. Before joining WindEurope in 2015, Daniel worked on strategic management consulting in renewable energies at Hinicio, for the European photovoltaic industry association, for the environmental NGO CAN-Europe as well as for the Spanish utility Iberdrola. Daniel is a telecommunications engineer specialized in renewable energy, with over 10 years of experience on energy and research policy, project management and international cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

Roland Freudenstein

Roland Freudenstein is the Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Brussels based Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the political foundation and official think tank of the European People’s Party. He was the Director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and held a leading function in the Foundation’s Office in Berlin. Mr Freudenstein also represented the German city state of Hamburg to the European Union. He has contributed to debates and published extensively on European integration, international security, German-Polish relations and global democracy.

Patrick Gagnol

Patrick Gagnol has been working for ten years at the Electric Mobility Division at EDF. He is currently the coordinator of the European TEN-T and CEF projects Corri-Door and UNIT-E aiming at deploying interoperable multi-standard fast charging stations and eMobility services in Europe. He is part of the board of the European eMi3 initiative promoting interoperable eMobility. He was previously involved in several eMobility projects with Toyota for testing a fleet of pre-market  PHEV Prius, SAVE with Renault. Prior to this, he had been the leader of the French German CROME project demonstrating innovative interoperable public EV 22 kW infrastructures and eMobility between Germany and in France.

Jean Luc Gal

Jean-Luc Gal has been seconded to the European Commission by the European Patent Office as of April 2013 onwards and he is in charge of some patent-related issues within the Industrial Property Unit. Previously, Jean-Luc had also been acting as the Head of the Liaison Office of the European Patent Office in Brussels. Over the period 2000-2004, he was a national expert seconded by the French National Office of Industrial Property to the European Union, as well as to the French Permanent Representation in Brussels. Jean-Luc Gal has written several articles on various issues such as patents, computer-implemented inventions and legal protection of biotechnological inventions.

Evelyne Gebhardt

Evelyne Gebhardt has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994. She is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China. She is also a substitute member for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula. Since 1992, Evelyne Gebhardt has been Chair of the Working Group of Social-Democratic Women.and in 1999, she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.

Stephanie Ghislain

Stephanie Ghislain leads the “Trade & Animal Welfare” Project at Eurogroup for Animals, a pan-European animal advocacy organisation representing 64 members based in the EU and beyond. This project acts as a constructive partner to EU decision makers offering WTO compatible solutions to problems identified in connection with trade and animal welfare. It aims to ensure that EU trade relations do not present a barrier to maintaining and improving EU animal welfare standards, and to positively impact animal welfare protection in partner countries by using trade relations to provide relevant incentives and technical assistance. Before joining Eurogroup for Animals, Stephanie worked six years in a consulting firm, primarily advising foreign governments on EU trade policy. She represents Eurogroup for Animals on the Commission’s Expert Group on Trade Negotiations; chairs the EU Domestic Advisory Group on the EU-Ukraine DCFTA and acts as vice-chair of the EU Domestic Advisory Group on CETA.

Julie Girling

Julie Girling is a British Conservative politician who has served as an MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar since 2009. She is currently the Coordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and is an active member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, as well as the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Julie is also a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector and sits on the Delegation for relations with South East Asia. Julie held the post of Chief Whip of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and prior to becoming an MEP, she was a leading member of the Cotswold District Council, as well as Cabinet member for the Environment in the Gloucestershire County Council. During her time in the European Parliament, Julie has worked on a number of important legislative files covering areas such as air quality, food safety, reform of the Common Agriculture and Fisheries Policies, biodiversity, chemicals and animal welfare.

Thierry Goger

Thierry Goger was appointed Secretary-General at FEHRL and started in this role in January 2014.
Thierry comes from the COST Office where he was Scientific Officer for the Transport and Urban Development Domain and promoted research collaboration and coordinated high-level networking activities. He has a background as a researcher on the assessment of environmental impacts due to transport systems, programmes and policies.

Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho

Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2018 Head of the Unit “Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building” at the European Commission, within the Directorate General “Communication Networks, Content and Technology” (DG CNECT, He previously held different positions in DG CNECT, including Head of Unit for “eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing”, Head of Unit for Administration and Finance, Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination, and Deputy Head of the Unit “ICT for Inclusion”. During this period, he worked on various policy files as well research and innovation programmes relating to the social and economic impact of digital technologies. He also worked the at the European Commission as member of cabinet of the Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, legal officer dealing with telecommunications regulation, and trade official handling antidumping investigations. He holds degrees in law, business administration, international relations and European policies

Paulo Gouveia

Paulo Gouveia is Director of General Affairs at Copa-Cogeca since 2007 and has been a sherpa member at the High Level Forum for a better functioning food supply chain He is responsible for the coordination of horizontal policies at Copa-Cogeca with special regard to co-operatives, agribusinesses and the food chain. He has more than 25 years experience working for farmer and cooperative organisations in Portugal and in other EU member states. He has specialised in agro-economics, institutional capacity building and institutional development of agricultural organisations. Paulo Gouveia is a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

Per-Olof Granström          

Per-Olof Granström is the Director for Energy at CERRE, Centre on Regulation in Europe, an institution which provides high level studies and dissemination activities. He has previously held various positions in the European energy sector, such as: Secretary General of EDSO for Smart Grids, Director of European Affairs at Vattenfall, Executive Vice President at Swedenergy, Vice President/Director of trade at Nord Pool and Head of Generation and Trade at Stockholm Energi. He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in Sweden.

Jörgen Gren

Jörgen Gren is a member of the Cabinet of Vice President Ansip. He recently worked as Head of Unit dealing with Digital Agenda and single market-related policies in DG CONNECT. He was also Deputy Head of Unit in the same directorate and he negotiated the financial framework for the Connecting Europe Facility on broadband and digital services. Previously, Jörgen Gren served as Head of the Press/Media Unit for the 2009 Swedish presidency and was a member of the Cabinet of Ms Hübner, Polish Commissioner for Regional Policy.

Gabriel Grésillon

Diplômé de l’école des Hautes études commerciales (HEC), Gabriel Grésillon entre en tant que journaliste aux Echos en 2004, après un passage rapide au Figaro. Journaliste au service international, il a couvert l’Asie pendant plus de 5 ans avant d’être nommé correspondant à Pékin en 2010 où il restera jusqu’en 2015. Depuis septembre 2015, Gabriel Grésillon est correspondant à Bruxelles. D’abord en charge des sujets microéconomiques, il s’occupe désormais de macroéconomie et de politique, et couvre notamment les négociations du Brexit. Début 2015 il publie un livre intitulé « Le grand bond dans le brouillard » dans lequel il aborde le sujet de l’avenir de la Chine et ses problèmes structurels.

Else Groen

Else Groen is the Director General of Independent Retail Europe and the co-chair for the retail sector of the Supply Chain Initiative, a voluntary stakeholder initiative for better B2B relations in the food supply chain. Previously, she was the Secretary General of FEACO, the European Association of Management Consultancy Companies. Before starting as a Manager, she worked for Coopers and Lybrand Europe within the team of the Euro Info Centre Project, the European Commission’s network for the information of SMEs. She started her career as a Public Affairs Adviser in the Belmont Community law firm and holds a Masters degree in Business Law from the University of Leiden.

Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan is a British politician for the Conservative Party. He studied modern history at Oxford University. Since 1999, he has been a member of the European Parliament, first in the European People’s Party–European Democrats, and later in the European Conservatives and Reformists. In addition to his political work he is also well known for his work as a writer and journalist. He has received different prices for his blogs (the Bastiat Prize in 2009 and the Orwell Prize in 2011), as well as the Political Books Awards for his book How We Invented Freedom and Why it Matters. He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

Hilde Hardeman

Hilde Hardeman is Deputy Head of Cabinet to European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. She is in charge of the Cabinet’s daily coordination, and follows in particular issues related to employment, social dialogue and better regulation. From 2011 until September 2014, she served as Head of the President’s Briefings Unit at the European Commission. From 1994, when she joined the European Commission, until 2010, she dealt with the EU’s Eastern neighbours. From 2008 to 2010 she was Head of the Unit for Relations with Russia and the Northern Dimension Policy at the Commission’s Directorate-General External Relations, and from 2005 to 2008 of its Unit for Relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. In that capacity, she played a central role in the negotiations on the new EU – Russia Agreement and the EU – Ukraine association agreement, as well as in the setting up of the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). Between 2000 and 2003 she coordinated the preparation of the Commission’s Regular Reports on the then candidate countries at the European Commission’s Directorate-General Enlargement.

Rebecca Harms

Rebecca Harms is a politician from Germany and a Member of the European Parliament for Alliance ’90/The Greens since 1998. In the 2009-2014 institutional term, she was a Member of the Conference of the President, as well as of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.  Following her very recent re-election, Mrs Harms has been co-president of the The Greens–European Free Alliance Group from 2009. At the end of the institutional term, she was also nominated for one of the two top candidate posts by Alliance 90/The Greens for the 2014 European consultations.

Sebastian Herkel

Graduated from Karlsruhe University, Sebastian Herkel is working at Fraunhofe ISE since 1992 – currently as head of Solar Building Department. His major research fields are energy efficient buildings and construction for non-residential buildings, residential buildings and energy supply concepts on district level, heat pump technologies and optimization of building operation including fault detection. He is leading various research projects on the National and European level and is Member of different working groups of the Solar Heating and Cooling Implementing agreement of the International Energy Agency – current in Task 44 Solar Heat Pumps.

Luis Arturo Hernández

Since 2013 Luis Arturo Hernández has worked at E.ON as an internal Technical Consultant in the area of smart cities and energy system optimization. Luis Arturo Hernández is currently a leader of the Interflex project, along with being an Advisory Board Member of the US National Energy Lab project “NODES, as well as innovation Team Leader in the decentralised energy systems area.

Thomas Heynisch

Thomas Heynisch is Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, dealing with EU policies related to food, healthcare industries and biotechnology. He joined the Commission in 2000, when he was responsible for sustainable resources in DG ENVI and moved to DG Enterprise in 2002 in the unit dealing with competitiveness of the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnologies. Previously, Thomas Heynisch worked as a military physician and as a European affairs specialist at the German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. He obtained a degree in Medicine and Economics from the University of Cologne and a Doctorate in Health Economics from the Heinrich Heine University.

Ana Hinojosa

Ana Hinojosa assumed her elected post in the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the World Customs Organization (WCO), effective January 1, 2016. She leads the Directorate that is responsible assisting Members in implementing effective and efficient controls, ensuring fair and accurate revenue collection, and protecting society by intercepting and suppressing illicit and criminal activities. The directorate has the twin goal of securing and facilitating legitimate global supply chains through the simplification and harmonisation of Customs procedures. In order to accomplish this, the Directorate, working with WCO Members, develops international standards covering all aspects of trade processes. Prior to her election and transition to her current post, she served nearly 29 years with the United States Custom Service/Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Matthias Hönisch

Matthias Hönisch is Head of Cards Business Unit at National Association of German Cooperative Banks (BVR), board member of the EPC ECSG. In the German Banking Industry, he is jointly responsible for the girocard system. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for payments and cards at PayPal International with a geographical focus on Central Europe.

Szabolcs Horváth

Roman Horvath is a policy officer at the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission. He is part of the sustainable construction team, he primarily deals with skills, qualifications and employment issues in the construction sector. Roman holds master’s degrees in construction engineering and business management. After a short university career at the Slovak University of Technology he was working eight years at the Ministry of Transport of the Slovak Republic, dealing with EU affairs and EU funded infrastructural projects. In 2007 he joined the European Commission and in 2014 he became part of its sustainable construction team.

Andrew Hotchkiss

Andrew Hotchkiss is President of Lilly’s pharmaceutical operations across Europe and Canada. He is Chair of the European Markets Committee of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and sits in the EFPIA’s Patient Access Committee. Andrew joined Lilly in 1985 as a Sales Representative in the UK. Over a career spanning 29 years, Mr Hotchkiss has held many senior leadership positions within sales and marketing operations and strategic planning, including General Manager positions in Italy and the UK. Prior to his current role, Andrew was Lilly Vice President, International, Oncology.

Hiddo Houben

Hiddo Houben is Head of Unit of the USA and Canada in DG Trade and deputy Chief Negotiator for the TTIP. He heads the Unit responsible for relations with the US and Canada in DG Trade. Mr Houben joined the European Commission in 1989 and his work has focused on efforts to address the challenges of European integration, globalisation, and international trade negotiations. He participated in the global trade negotiations of the Uruguay Round, which notably created the World Trade Organisation in 1995. After this experience, he was part of the EU teams negotiating China and then Russia’s terms of entry to the WTO. In 2004 Mr Houben joined European Commissioner Peter Mandelson’s cabinet and later he was part of Baroness Ashton’s Office. During this period he was also involved in the EU’s legislative work to restore financial markets and to address Europe’s energy challenge. In 2009, Mr Houben was posted in the EU embassy in Washington DC, where he was Head of the economic office.

Richard Stuart Howitt

Richard Stuart Howitt is a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party for the East of England. He has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994. Richard Howitt held several position within the EU Parliament, he was Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Regional Policy from 1997 to 1999, Co-Chairman of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade, ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 2002 to 2004, First Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights from 2004 to 2009 and he is currently the European Parliament representative in the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Danuta Maria Hubner

Danuta Maria Hubner is a Polish economist and politician of the European People Party (EPP), Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and member of Conference of Committee Chairs, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect as well as of the Delegation for relations with the United States. Danuta Hübner has played a key role in the enlargement of the EU and became the first Polish member of the European Commission in charge of the EU Regional Policy. Previously, her activities as a politician in Poland included, among others, the roles of Minister for European Affairs, Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration , Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade.

Marco Incerti

Marco Incerti is Head of Communication & Research fellow at the Centre for European Studies and is a member of the European Association of Communication Directors. He is author of several publications concerning  the European Union and a guest speaker at the Club of Venice (a network of EU28 Institutional Communicators). Marco Incerti is also a member of the US Department International Visitors programme.

Benedek Javor

Benedek Javor is an Hungarian politician and a Member of the European Parliament for Dialogue for Hungary. He is first vice-chair of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and is a substitute member in the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy. In the 2010 general elections, he won a seat in the Hungarian National Assembly and was Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee for most of his mandate. He is also a founding member of the environmental NGO “Protect the Future!”. He is the author of several articles and publications on environmental issues, energy security and different forms of energy dependency. Benedek Javor holds a PhD in Biology from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest.

Bertrand Jéhanno

Bertrand Jéhanno is, since 1st July 2011, Head of Unit MICA (Internal Market, Competition, State Aids) at the General Secretariat for European Affairs SGAE – Prime Minister Services. In this position, he is responsible for the coordination of the French ministries on items relating to the free movement of services and goods, consumer affairs, competition, State aids and weapons. Before, he was Head of Unit at the Direction Départementale de la Protection des Populations des Bouches-du-Rhône dealing with consumer and competition matters in real estate, banking, transport, electronic communication services, tourism, public procurement.  From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Jéhanno joined the Directorate for Information, Communication and Media at DG Competition as Case handler dealing with merger control and as Head of inspection team, after he had been Case handler at the French Competition, Consumer affairs and Fraud Control DGCCRF, Merger and State aid office. From 1997 to 2001 Bertrand Jéhanno worked at the National Directorate for Competition Investigation as Case handler.

Jens-Henrik Jeppesen

For the past 15 years, Jens-HenrikJeppesen, has been engaged in European and international public policy, focusing on digital economy and technology policy. He began his European affairs career as a trainee at the US Desk of the European Commission’s Directorate General for trade and external affairs. He also worked for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, managing staff support to the Telecommunications Subcommittee and to the European-American Industrial Council. He later headed the Technology, Media and Telecoms Practice of a leading European Public Affairs consultancy, Adamson BSMG Worldwide.  Before joining Dell in 2007, Jens managed Intel’s EU Affairs team. He and his team drove Intel’s corporate and technology policy agenda, including data protection, cybersecurity, telecommunications and spectrum regulation, copyright and digital rights management, patents and standards policy and regulation. Jens personally led Intel’s European policy work on digital content, copyright and DRM. He managed several engagements between Intel executives, and European Commissioners and Member State governments.

Adrian Joyce

Adrian Joyce is Secretary General of the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE), a Brussels-based trade association which initiated the Renovate Europe Campaign. He is a professionally qualified architect who spent seventeen years in private practice (working in the UK, France, Belgium and Ireland), before getting involved in architectural policy. Adrian was Practice Director of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, before moving to Brussels to join the Architects’ Council of Europe, where he became Director. He also holds a part-time teaching post at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, and is also the Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings.

Ruud Kempener

Ruud Kempener is a policy officer in the renewables unit of DG Energy since 2016. Before that, Ruud created the power sector transformation unit at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and he was responsible for the development of IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap. Before joining IRENA in 2011, Ruud spend two years as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Ruud received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia and an MSc in Technology & Society from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Clemens Kerle

Clemens Kerle is case-handler in the State aid policy unit at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He joined DG Competition’s unit for State aid coordination in October 2007. Between May 2011 and July 2012 he worked as an officer for State aid in the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Upon his return to DG Competition, he joined the Task Force Financial Crisis, and assumed his current role in March 2013. Prior to working in State aid control, Mr Kerle taught European Union Law at the University of Linz, Austria. He holds a doctorate in EU Law from the University of Innsbruck where he discussed his thesis on the acquisition of recipients of incompatible State aid and an LL.M. from the University of Toronto.

Silvia Kersemakers

Silvia Kersemakers is expert in large scale projects on secure information exchange across the European Union. She has been closely involved in the preparation of the Commission proposal for the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the negotiations on the final text which was adopted end 2015. Currently, she is involved in the so called Level 2 measures, including the Regulatory technical Standard on strong customer authentication.

Timothy Kirkhope

Timothy John Robert Kirkhope is a British lawyer and politician currently serving as Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber for the Conservative Party. After serving for ten yearsas Member of Parliament for Leeds North East, he was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999. Between December 2004 and November 2010 he was leader of the Conservative delegation for a total of six years. Timothy Kirkhope is co-ordinator and spokesman for the ECR in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament. He is also a member of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States and a substitute member of the Transport Committee. During his Westminster career he was Parliamentary Private Secretary, Whip and then Minister at the Home Office for, among others, Immigration and Borders between 1995 and 1997.

Brigide Kisters

Brigide Kisters is First Secretary and Transport Attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union and is responsible for traffic and infrastructure-related matters. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Officer for infrastructures  at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands. In this capacity, she was involved in several transport-related projects and she provided guidance and advice to decision-making authorities in the domain of regulatory modernisation, as well. Brigide Kister was also Senior Adviser for European Affairs at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. She started her career as a civil servant at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1991 after having obtained a “Doctoraal” in Administrative Studies with a specialisation in International Relations and Management & Planning  from the University of Twente.

Cleopatra Kitti

Cleopatra Kitti is an entrepreneur, co-founder and Chairman of LITUS SA, Brussels’ first investor and policy advisory for the Mediterranean region. Ms. Kitti has more than 25 years of experience in advising governments and multinationals on leadership, governance and reputation, market entry and crisis management across markets and sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2015, Ms. Kitti has founded the Mediterranean Growth Initiative a stakeholder platform supporting institutional and private sector thinking and doing around the Mediterranean. Ms. Kitti is a member of the international advisory board of the International Crisis Group, member of the International Arab Women’s Forum.

Martin Köhler

Martin Köhler is the Policy Advisor on international trade policy of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament since 2005. Before joining his political group, he worked on global financial flows and World Bank/IMF policies in a global NGO network, based at the Italian NGO “re:common”. In this function he coordinated European development NGOs at the UN Financing for Development Conference in Monterrey in 2001. He holds a degree in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin.

Pascal König

Pascal König has worked as a Policy Advisor at Ecommerce Europe since January 2016. In Ecommerce Europe, Pascal manages the work of the e-Payments Working Committee which deals with a broad range of topics related to digital transaction: online payments, interoperability, electronic identification and FinTech. Together with his national counterparts, he oversees the preparation of position and papers and official responses to documents such as public consultations or regulatory technical standards. Pascal is also active with the organization of the Global E-commerce Summit.

Dina Köpke

Dina Köpke, Director Governmental Affairs Emerson Climate Technologies GmbH, is responsible for regulatory affairs at the European level and represents the company in the European industry associations. Her main focus is with EPEE (vice chair Ecodesign Working Group), ASERCOM (Marketing and communications WG, Refrigerants WG, Steering Committee) and EHPA (Member of the Board, Treasurer, Manufacturers’ committee and Advocacy and communications committee). She closely follows mainly European legislation approaches and delivers expertise and guidance to colleagues and industry partners. She holds a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from INSEAD. She has been with Emerson since 1999 in various positions and countries in logistics, project and plant management, and product marketing.

Martin Kröger

Since 1995 Martin Kröger has worked as European civil servant in the European Commission.  He currently holds the position of head of the ‘Transparency’ unit in the Secretariat-General operating under the authority of the President of the European Commission. The unit is responsible for the coordination, implementation and further development of the Commission’s overall transparency policy. During his European career Martin Kröger worked on a broad range of assignments related to the governance structure of the European Commission. In particular, he was in charge of designing the Commission’s ‘Transparency Initiative’ – under the Barroso I Commission – and the development of standards for the consultation of stakeholders which are a key component of the Commission’s ‘smart regulation’ tool box. Martin Kröger started his career in the German Ministry for the Environment dealing with international legal affairs.

Stéphane Lambert

Stéphane Lambert has been a member of the Public Service of Canada for 15 years. In his current role as Counsellor at the Mission of Canada to the EU, he oversees Canada’s trade framework with the European Union and manages Canada’s economic and science and technology ties with the EU institutions. In his previous role, as Director-General of Trade Strategy and Portfolio Coordination at Global Affairs Canada, Stéphane was accountable for developing approaches to meet Canada’s goals for trade, including through the conception, implementation and tracking of trade-promotion strategies, inclusive measures to help SMEs succeed in international markets, and delivery partnerships with other institutions and the private sector. Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Stéphane Lambert worked at the Privy Council Office where he was responsible for the management of operations related to industry, trade and regional development issues. He also held a number of executive positions at the Department of Finance Canada. Stéphane Lambert holds a master’s in Political Science from the University of Montréal and a Doctorate in Political Studies from Sciences Po Paris, France.

Philippe Lamberts

Philippe Lamberts is a Belgian MEP who has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009. He is currently a member Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, as well of the Conference of Presidents. Between 1999 and 2003, he had been an Adviser of the Vice-Prime Minister Isabelle Durant on Foreign Affairs and Defence-related issues. Mr Lamberts was the co-spokesperson of the European Green Party between 2006 and 2012. He graduated as an engineer at the Université catholique de Louvain in 1986. From 1987 to 2009 he worked at IBM, among other positions, as a manager.

Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Group of Socialists and Democrats. She has an academic career in social sciences and has been Professor at Tartu University since 1995. Ms Lauristin’s political career started in 1988 as one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has thereafter been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy Speaker of the Estonian Parliament, Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and Member of the Estonian Parliament. Currently she is an active Member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee at the European Parliament.

Jo Leinen

Jo Leinen has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999. From 2004 to 2009 he was President of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and from 2009 to 2011 he chaired the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Jo Leinen has been the Chairman of the Delegation for the relations with China since 2014, and is a full member of both, the Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as well as a substitute member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs. He is also a full member of the European Parliament’s Working Group on EU-UN relations and a substitute Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. In the year 2000, he took part in the Convention for the Elaboration of a Charter of Fundamental Rights for the EU. Before becoming an MEP, Jo Leinen was Minister for the Environment in the State Government of Saarland, Germany from 1985 to 1994. After being President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) from 1997 to 2005, he was appointed the organization’s Honorary President. He served as a Vice President of the European Movement International (EMI) from 2003 to 2011, before becoming its President in November 2011.

Florent Le Strat

Florent Le Strat started his career in 1998 by performing heat transfer calculations for Ariane V launcher. In 1999, he joined the EDF’s Nuclear Engineering Division where he was in charge of containment systems design (improvement of present plants, new systems for EPR). In 2004, he moved to the R&D Division of EDF, and integrated the team studying policies studies. Expert research engineer since 2013, he analyses the evolution of climate policies at European and international level, assesses the impact of EU-ETS regulations on carbon price, in relationship with the other climate-energy targets, through internal studies or in relationship with partners.

Antonio Lopez-Nicolas

Antonio Lopez-Nicolas is an official of the energy department of the EU Commission where he currently works as Deputy Head of the Renewable Energy Unit. He is an electrical engineer with further studies in economics and management and has a wide professional experience in different relevant positions in the energy sector. Previously, Antonio worked at ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, as Head of the Market Unit in charge of network code development, market design and transparency issues.

Gianpiero Lotito

Gianpiero Lotito is the founder, together with Mariuccia Teroni, of FacilityLive, a startup that is launching on the international market a next generation search engine. FacilityLive was founded in 2010 and owns patents in 43 countries including in the USA, Europe, Japan and Israel. Gianpiero Lotito is a technologist who has been working for over twenty years on innovative projects in the publishing world and on technologies applied to content. He taught Multimedia Publishing at the University of Milan and wrote books and articles on technology for major Italian editors like Bruno Mondadori and Kataweb.

David Luff

David Luff is an international trade lawyer and a guest professor of international trade law at the College of Europe and the Universities of Liege, Lille, Barcelona, and Moscow. He has been practicing international trade law at both EC and WTO levels for twenty-three years. He is in charge of major trade remedies and competition cases and he is working on projects where he deals with technical barriers to trade, customs rules, WTO dispute settlement, regional integration and market access actions. He has advised multinational companies and governments on WTO implementation and trade negotiations issues. David Luff has also advised several countries on cross-sectoral strategies to take advantage of international trade rules and on the means to adjust to challenges posed by multilateral trade negotiations. He has also counselled the governments of two countries in their WTO accession negotiations.

Astrid Lulling

Astrid Lulling is a MEP from Luxembourg and a Member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, the Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. She has also been President of the Intergroup “Wine–Tradition– Quality” of the European Parliament since October 1999. She is a Substitute member in the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and in the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Elected for the first time in the European Parliament in 1965, she has been a MEP since 1989. Astrid Lulling was also President of the National Council of Luxembourg Women, President of the Committee of Female Work of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as well as President of the European Centre of the International Women’s Council.

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