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24th - 25th March 2020

Regulatory frameworks to drive accessibility, affordability and competitiveness in the digital economy in Europe – Postponed

Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF)

We regret that this event has been postponed. Ongoing concerns around COVID-19 have meant that colleagues are being restricted from attending meetings, in addition to any other travel restrictions which may be in place for delegates and speakers.

Given this situation, we believe that postponing is the most responsible course of action to support and protect our colleagues around the world, and look forward to welcoming you to a future IIC event when the situation has improved.


 

We’re delighted to be back in Brussels on 24-26 March 2020 for the annual Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF), kindly hosted by the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT).

The TMF will cover the following topics:

  • Digital Services Act – what does it mean in practice?
  • Artificial Intelligence frameworks and Data Strategies – from white paper to legislation
  • EECC implementation – consistent regulation of interpersonal communications services
  • Content liability, online harms and role of intermediaries
  • Digital competition – reforming and reshaping competition law; positions of dominance in the digital value chain
  • Climate Change and the Green Deal – ICT’s role as an enabler

The following hotels are located close to BIPT:

 

The President Hotel 4*
Boulevard Roi Albert II 44
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 203 20 20
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Thon Hotel Brussels 4*
Avenue du Boulevard 17
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 700 7878
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Hotel des Colonies 3*
Rue des Croisades 6-10
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 205 1600
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Progress Hotel 3*
Rue du Progrès 9
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 205 1700
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Hotel Siru 3*
Rue des Croisades 2
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 203 3303
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Theater Hotel Brussels 3*
Rue Van Gaver 23
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 350 9000
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Welcome Hotel Brussels 3*
Quai au Bois à Brûler 23
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 219 9546
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Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand-Place 3*
Rue de la Fourche 17-19
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 514 1615
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Hotel Sablon 4*
Rue de la Paille 2
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 880 0701
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The Hotel 4*
Boulevard de Waterloo 38
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 504 1111
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Hotel Manos Stephanie 4*
Chaussée de Charleroi 28
1060 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 539 0250
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Hotel Izán Avenue Louise 4*
Rue Blanche 4
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 535 9500
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The Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace 4*
Rue Gineste 3
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 203 6200
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The IIC accepts no responsibility for bookings made at any of the listed hotels and recommends that you check out the hotels on the internet before booking.

We regret that this event has been postponed. Ongoing concerns around COVID-19 have meant that colleagues are being restricted from attending meetings, in addition to any other travel restrictions which may be in place for delegates and speakers.

Given this situation, we believe that postponing is the most responsible course of action to support and protect our colleagues around the world, and look forward to welcoming you to a future IIC event when the situation has improved.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Jørgensen Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, European Commission

Prior to his recent appointment in the Cabinet of EVP Margrethe Vestager, Mr Kim Jørgensen was the Danish Ambassador to the Permanent Representative to the EU. He has held a variety of roles in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including State Secretary for Foreign Policy and Under-Secretary for Europe and North America.

Mr Jørgensen has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Copenhagen.

Limor Shmerling Magazanik Managing Director, Israel Tech Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum

Limor Shmerling Magazanik is a leader of policy in technology driven sectors, promoting responsible innovation and sustaining ethics while undergoing digital transformation. She is the Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. In this role, Ms Shmerling Magazanik engages policymakers, regulators, academics, and business leaders in multi stakeholder international groups for discussion and policy development, in areas such as Cyber Security, Privacy and Data Protection, Digital Health, Smart Cities, Smart Mobility, Internet Content issues, AI and Open Data.

Ms Shmerling Magazanik joined ITPI after a decade with the Israel Privacy Protection Authority, serving as Director of Strategic Alliances and as Director of Enforcement and Regulation. She led policy initiatives and promoted compliance with data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and digital identity regulation. She also took part in national projects on Biometric and ID data, Credit Data, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security and Open Data.

In 2018 Ms Shmerling Magazanik was chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top 50 women in tech

Ms Shmerling Magazanik is an adjunct lecturer at the IDC Herzlia School of Law; holds LL.B., MA and LL.M. degrees from Tel Aviv University; Is a research advisor at the Jerusalem Institute Milken Innovation Center and is a certified privacy professional.

Speakers

Axel Desmedt Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Axel Desmedt heads the Legal Department, the Human Resources Department and the Telecoms Market & Media Department at BIPT. Mr Desmedt has been a Member of the BIPT Council since 2009, managing several services. In January 2017 he was nominated once more as a Member of the Council.

Between 1997 and 2006, Mr Desmedt joined the Brussels Bar as a lawyer, working respectively for the law firms Stibbe (at the EU/WTO Department) and WilmerHale (in the Competition, Trade and Communications Departments). In that capacity his tasks included the representation of clients from the postal and telecommunications sectors. From 2006 until 2009 he worked for the International group France Telecom/Orange in the Global Roaming & International Interconnection Department, and as Deputy Director of the Permanent Representation to the EU at France Telecom/Orange, respectively.

Mr Desmedt co-founded the magazine on network industry legislation for which he holds a position on the editorial team and he is a visiting lecturer at UCL as well.

Mr Desmedt holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Free University of Brussels (1997) as well as an LLM degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) where he specialised in international trade law.

Beatriz Sanz Fernandez-Vega Head of Competition and Data Policy, Telefónica

Bio coming soon

Ben Lyons Head of Online Targeting, Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation (CDEI)

Ben Lyons is Head of Online Targeting at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), the UK Government's advisory body for AI and data-driven technologies. The CDEI's review of online targeting was published in February 2020 and made recommendations about how the UK could improve the accountability, transparency and user empowerment of online targeting systems.

Before joining the CDEI, Mr Lyons worked in public policy roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors. He has degrees from Oxford and Tsinghua universities.

Claudia Selli Executive Director Political and Legislative Affairs & Head of the Brussels’ office, AT&T

Claudia Selli is the European Government Affairs Director of AT&T International External Affairs. Her main task is to advocate AT&T positions in Brussels towards the European institutions as well as in other European Member States and particularly in Germany.

Prior to joining AT&T, Ms Selli worked at the European Commission, DG Information Society where she actively took part in the negotiations with the European Parliament on several telecom files such as Roaming I and II, Safer Use of the Internet, the reform of the Europe’s telecom regulatory framework, the Audiovisual Media Service Directive etc. She has previoiusly also worked in the European Parliament.

Ms Selli holds a Masters in International Politics from the ULB University and graduated at “La Tuscia University” in Viterbo, Italy.

Dan Sjöblom Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS); Chairperson, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)

Dan Sjöblom is the Director General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and was appointed by the Swedish Government on 1 February 2017.

He serves as Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) in 2020, having served as a vice-chair in 2019.

Prior to taking up his position, Mr Sjöblom was the Director General for the Swedish Competition Authority for eight years, between 2009 and 2017.

He is also board member of the Swedish Broadband Council.

Mr Sjöblom has served as a civil servant at the European Commission between 1996 and 2009. He holds a Master of Laws from Stockholm University.

David A Gross (Ambassador) Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, USA

Ambassador David Gross co-chairs Wiley’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice. He is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications and Internet policies, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Noted as bringing "innovation and vision to the rapidly changing TMT industry" by Who's Who Legal and as one of the "Top 30 Telecommunications lawyers in the world" by Euromoney, Ambassador Gross draws on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker, and corporate executive to assist US companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-US companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the US and international markets, as well as national governments. Ambassador Gross advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as many regional organisations.

David Martin Senior Legal Officer, BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation

David Martin is a Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 32 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all EU policies.

Mr Martin leads BEUC’s digital policy team where he focuses on privacy, data protection, copyright and competition. He has been working on digital and ICT issues since 2006. Prior to joining BEUC in May 2015, Mr Martin worked at the Public Affairs consultancy Burson-Marsteller and the EU Regional Office of Murcia in Brussels.

Mr Martin studied Law at the University of Murcia (Spain) and holds a Master’s Degree in European Law from the University of Luxembourg, as well as a Postgraduate Degree on Economic and Legal EU Studies from the Collège Miguel Servet / Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

David Wheeldon Group Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Sky

David Wheeldon leads Sky’s policy positioning and advocacy, as well as government relations and industry engagement across Sky’s European markets and the EU institutions. Mr Wheeldon has been at Sky for over a decade and has held various roles in public affairs and policy as well as overseeing sustainability and responsible business.

Prior to joining Sky Mr Wheeldon held a similar position at the London Stock Exchange Group where he was responsible for the Group’s UK, EU and global public policy covering listed companies, equities trading and the capital markets. In the early 2000’s, Mr Wheeldon was a Partner in a leading London based communications advisory firm where he provided political advice to major international businesses.

Mr Wheeldon began his career in university administration before becoming a political speech writer and strategist for several UK Members of Parliament. He has degree in Politics and Economics from the University of York.

Eirini Zafeiratou Director Public Policy EMEA, Amazon

Bio coming soon

Elena Plexida Vice President, Government and IGO Engagement, ICANN

Elena Plexida is Vice President for Government and IGO Engagement at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Prior to joining ICANN, Ms Plexida worked for the European Commission DG CONNECT on internet governance issues. Before that, she was a Telecom Attaché with the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU. During the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, Ms Plexida co-chaired the Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society. Before joining the Permanent Representation, Ms Plexida was an international affairs officer at the Hellenic Ministry of Telecom. Her main responsibilities included EU affairs and relations of the country with a number of international organizations.

Ms Plexida holds a master’s degree from the National (Metsovian) Technical University of Athens and a degree in economics and political science. She is also a graduate of the National School of Public Administration of Greece (ESDD).

Florian Damas Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director, Government Relations, Nokia

Florian Damas, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director at Nokia is responsible for the development of corporate positions on key regulatory and thought-leadership issues for Nokia.

Mr Damas advises regulators and competition authorities to ensure infrastructure interoperability and competition. He engages with governments in supporting national broadband plans and reaping the maximum economic and societal benefit from ICT.

Mr Damas is an active member of several trade associations and non-for-profit organisations.

Before joining Nokia, Mr Damas worked for several telecommunications providers including MCI Worldcom (now Verizon) and COLT Telecom, and the equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

He is personally involved during his free time in helping a non-profit organisations to provide online courses using open source software over fiber access.

Gordon Moir Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Gordon Moir is well known in the telecommunications space and is a global leader in the delivery of complex projects involving aligned legal, regulatory, public affairs and media strategies and the leading of multi-disciplinary teams. Mr Moir was Chair of the well-respected International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Telecoms and ICT, driving their work on international market access, internet policies and dispute settlement and resolution models globally as well as internet policy.

Mr Moir was previously General Counsel and on the executive of BT Retail (1999-2009), as well as having responsibility for BT's global antitrust and regulatory activity. During his ten years at BT, he secured access to markets and wholesale facilities across the world as well as dealing with a vast array of commercial, legal and regulatory matters. He was recognised by the Lawyer magazine as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers for his work on telecommunications regulation and regulatory policy.

Post BT, Mr Moir was head of the London office of Webb Henderson (2011-2014), a boutique regulatory firm, before taking his team across to Shepherd and Wedderburn to continue that work in 2014 after successfully building the practice.

Mr Moir has had a Placement with Judge Edward, European Court of Justice. He is also an Author of works on the Maastricht Treaty, and previously editor of Encyclopaedia of European Union Law, both Sweet and Maxwell

Mr Moir has an LLM from College of Europe, Belgium, cum laude, a Dip LP from University of Aberdeen and andLLB (Hons) from University of Aberdeen.

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama is the director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and a leading author on trade diplomacy, EU-Far East relations and the digital economy.

Mr Lee-Makiyama is regularly consulted by governments and international organisations on a range of issues, from trade negotiations to economic reforms. He appears regularly in European, Chinese and US media, and is noted for his involvement in WTO and major free trade agreements. He was also named “One of the 20 most influential people for open internet” by the readers of the Guardian UK in 2012. He was the first author to argue for a WTO case on internet censorship in China.

Prior to joining ECIPE, Mr Lee-Makiyama was an independent counsel on regulatory affairs, competition and communication, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representative of Sweden and the EU member states towards the WTO and the UN, including WIPO and UNECE. Mr Lee-Makiyama is also a Fellow at the department International Relations at the London School of Economics, and currently shares his time between LSE and ECIPE.

Isabelle Vereecken Head of Secretariat, European Data Protection Board (EDPB)

Isabelle Vereecken is the head of the EDPB Secretariat. The Secretariat deals with a range of tasks, from ensuring respect of the legal framework, drafting legal documents, providing IT solutions to ensuring transparent communications, handling media relations as well as organizing meetings.

Prior to join the EDPS, she was a legal advisor at the Belgian Data Protection Authority for 10 years. In this position, she was in charge of international data transfers matters and she regularly contributed to the work of the Article 29 Working Party. In addition, she followed closely the negotiation of the General data protection regulation (GDPR), being detached at the European Commission working on the proposal and after by acting as an expert to support the Belgian government during the negotiation.

Ms Vereecken started her career as a researcher and worked at the CRID (Computer and Law Research Centre – University of Namur) for 4 years on data protection, intellectual property rights and e-commerce issues.

Ms Vereecken has a masters degree in law from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a postgraduate degree in ICT law from the University of Namur.

Jack Hamande Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Jack Hamande joined the Institute in September 2013 as Chairman of the Council until January 2017, when he was nominated as a Member of the Council.

Mr Hamande acquired a great deal of experience in management, previously working for the Walt Disney Group, AT&T, Verizon Business, Cisco and Proximus. His managerial responsibilities increased and broadened over the years, especially as regards strategy, regulation, engineering and business development. In 2009 he changed the course of his career by joining the Belgian federal public sector as Director General for Organisation and Personnel Development at the FPS Personnel & Organisation. There he initiated several programmes applying to the whole of the federal public service in areas such as efficiency, customer orientation, leadership development, performance management, culture, diversity and well-being at work.

Mr Hamande holds a Masters degree in Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences (ULB) and a degree in management.

Jeremy Godfrey Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland; Vice-Chair, BEREC

Jeremy Godfrey joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in 2013 and was Chairperson of the Commission from February 2015 to February 2017. He was Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) for 2019, and is currently Vice-Chair.

Mr Godfrey has almost thirty years’ experience in the ICT sector, as an industry executive, business consultant and Government official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong. In this role, he had responsibility both for Government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, internet governance and the promotion of inward investment in the IT sector.

Mr Godfrey began his career in the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, serving as private secretary to the Cabinet Minister as well as in a variety of other roles. He then spent ten years in the Cable & Wireless Group, in Hong Kong and in the UK, mainly in strategy, marketing and regulatory roles – including Director of Strategy and Director of Marketing for Hong Kong Telecom.

Between 1998 and 2008, Mr Godfrey worked for PA Consulting Group where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office, serving clients in the communications, transportation, financial services and government sectors. Projects that he led included major change initiatives, business start-up projects, and due diligence assignments. He worked in around a dozen markets in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Godfrey has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics.

Johan Keetelaar Director Public Policy, Head of Connectivity and Access EMEA, Facebook

Johan Keetelaar joined Facebook as Director Public Policy in 2018. In this role Mr Keetelaar leads Facebook’s Connectivity Policy activities in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mr Keetelaar was the Director of Telecommunications, Post and Transport and Director Competition at the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) and a member of BEREC.

Before the launch of the ACM in 2013 Mr Keetelaar worked at the Netherlands Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA) as Director Markets. Prior to that in the telecommunications and aviation industry for almost ten years.

Mr Keetelaar holds an MSc. in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam.

Krisztina Baracsi Vice President EU Affairs, Telenor Group

Bio coming soon

Laure Wagener Senior Advisor Data Regulation, Group International Policy, Vodafone

Laure Wagener is in charge of data, artificial intelligence and privacy policy in the Brussels office of Vodafone Group. She closely follows EU discussions on related policy initiatives, such as ePrivacy, e-Evidence, and international data flows, as well as data issues linked to ethics and to competition policy in the digital age. Prior to joining Vodafone after a sabbatical outside the EU, Ms Wagener represented Luxembourg in EU discussions covering multiple Digital Single Market files, which included the regulatory framework for telecommunications. She was head of the Council negotiating team that led to the conclusion of the General Data Protection Regulation under Luxembourg Presidency in 2015. Ms Wagener can draw on long-standing professional experience in EU affairs since 2004.

Coming from a small, multinational and outward-looking country, she remains passionate about the European project.

Ms Wagener holds degrees in political science from universities in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Lise Fuhr Director General, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association

Bio coming soon

Lorelien Hoet Government Affairs Director EU, Microsoft Corporation

Lorelien Hoet is Government Affairs Director at Microsoft, and she works notably on EU telecommunications files. Before joining Microsoft in March 2018, Ms Hoet worked as a legal executive at Proximus for 9 years, holding different positions including Head of Legal Consumer business – managing the legal support in the areas of consumer legislation, privacy law, IP law, criminal & security matters, etc. Ms Hoet started her career as an attorney specialised in competition law, working in law firms in Brussels and Stockholm. She was also active as Director Regulatory Affairs at Mobistar (Orange), in charge of the follow-up and application of telecom regulation and competition law files.

Manuel Kohnstamm Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global

Manuel Kohnstamm is Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Liberty Global. He is responsible for developing and implementing Liberty Global’s regulatory strategy, public policy, government affairs and corporate communications. Mr Kohnstamm is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on Liberty Global’s Executive Leadership Team and the Regulatory Committee.

Mr Kohnstamm joined the Europe operations of Liberty Global’s predecessor in September 1999 and held several positions in corporate affairs, public policy, and communications. He was appointed to his current position in January 2012. From 1992 until he joined Liberty Global, Mr Kohnstamm worked at Time Warner Inc., most recently as Vice President of Public Affairs in Brussels for its subsidiaries Time Inc., Warner Bros., and Turner Broadcasting. Prior to joining Time Warner, Mr Kohnstamm worked with the consulting group European Research Associates in Brussels where he conducted macro-economic and policy studies on the telecommunications and defense industries.

Mr Kohnstamm is a member of VodafoneZiggo’s Supervisory Board as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Global’s subsidiary Telenet Group Holding NV, a Liberty Global subsidiary and a Belgian public limited liability company.

Mr Kohnstamm is Co-chair of GIGAEurope, an industry association bringing together independent private telecoms companies. In addition, Mr Kohnstamm is a trustee of the non-profit organisation Street Child, a charitable organisation focused on improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world.

Mr Kohnstamm graduated in Political Science and holds a Doctorandus Degree in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam. He also holds a Postgraduate Degree in International relations from the Clingendael Diplomat School in The Hague, and successfully completed the Cable Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School, Boston (MA).

Michel Van Bellinghen Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Michel Van Bellinghen became Chairman of the BIPT Council in January 2017, having been a Member of the Council twice (from 2003-2009 and then again in 2013).

Mr Van Bellinghen began his career as a researcher at the UCL university in 1990, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law. He went on to become an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992, joining BIPT in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he held the position of expert at the private office of Rik Daems, who was the Federal Telecommunications Minister at the time, and afterwards took up the function of Assistant Head of the Private Office. After his first tenure as Member of the BIPT Council (2003- 2009) he supervised the legal department until being elected as a Member again in 2013.

Mr Van Bellinghen has written several scientific publications. He has a Master of Laws from UCL.

Mikael Bäck Mikael Bäck, Vice President and Corporate Officer, Group Function Technology, Ericsson

Mikael Bäck is Corporate Officer for Ericsson Group. As a member of the Group Function Technology Leadership Team, he oversees business priorities and strategies for partnerships, customers, with focus on Europe and the APAC region. He also leads the company’s activities in The World Economic Forum in the areas of 4G and 5G.

Prior to his current role, Mr Bäck served as Vice President Global Strategy and Portfolio Development for Ericsson.

Mr Bäck joined Ericsson in 1990 and has since worked in multiple managerial positions in sales, product management, business development and strategy. He has also worked out of Ericsson’s Japan office and for several years led the company’s 3G business.

Paul Nemitz Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Paul F Nemitz is the Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers. He was appointed by the European Commission on 12 April 2017, following a 6 year appointment as Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizen’s Rights in the same Directorate General.

As Director, Mr Nemitz led the reform of Data Protection legislation in the EU, the negotiations of the EU – US Privacy Shield and the negotiations with major US Internet Companies of the EU Code of Conduct against incitement to violence and hate speech on the Internet.

Before joining the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, Mr Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

He has represented the European Commission in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice and has published widely on EU law.

Mr Nemitz is a visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe in Bruges; Member of the Board of the Verein Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V., Berlin; Trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York; Member of the Board of the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy, AAID, Paris; Member of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels. He is also a member of the Tönissteiner Kreis e.V., Berlin, the Commission for Media and Internet policy of the SPD, Berlin; the German Association for European Law and the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration, Heidelberg.

Mr Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the judiciary and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University.

He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasbourg Faculty for Comparative Law.

Peter Alexiadis Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Brussels; Visiting Professor, King’s College, London; Trustee, International Institute of Communications

Peter Alexiadis is the Partner-in-Charge of the Brussels office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Mr Alexiadis is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in both Telecommunications Regulation and Competition Law by international peer review publications for over two decades, including being listed as "2014-2015 Brussels Media Lawyer of the Year" by the publication Best Lawyers' International, as a “Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal in 2017 and 2018 in both Competition Law and TMT practice areas, and among The American Lawyer's "Star Laterals of the Year" for 2003 when he joined Gibson Dunn.

Mr Alexiadis has been a project leader in a number of landmark projects for the European Commission on the EU electronic communications regulatory framework, while having also served as external counsel to DG Competition's Communications Unit in the period 1999-2002. His competition practice has a particular focus on merger control, the abuse of dominance and antitrust litigation before the European Commission, National Competition Authorities and the European Courts. His telecommunications regulatory practice embraces both public sector bodies around the world and a range of private sector market actors.

Mr Alexiadis holds legal qualifications from the Universities of London, Thessaloniki and Sydney. He is a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London, in the LLM course "Competition Law & Regulated Network Sectors".

Petra Wikström Director of Public Policy, Schibsted

Petra Wikström is Director of Public Policy at the Nordic media- and digital consumer brands group Schibsted. Ms Wikström has extensive experience in working with policy issues for several Nordic media companies, both as self-employed consultant as well as head of public affairs for the largest commercial broadcasters in Sweden and Finland. She has worked at various media associations both in London and Brussels, and has been a member of the board of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).

Ms Wikström, has a degree in political sciences, is originally from Finland.

Rob van Eijk (Dr) Managing Director, Europe, Future of Privacy Forum

Dr Rob van Eijk works at The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) as Managing Director for Europe. In this role, Eijk implements FPF’s agenda in Europe, oversee its day-to-day operations, and manage relationships with stakeholders in industry, government, academia, and civil society. Eijk is a technologist with an MSc from Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science and a PhD from Leiden Law School. He worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) for nearly ten years.

Robert L Strayer Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State

Robert L Strayer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy. In this capacity, he leads development of international cybersecurity, Internet, data, and privacy policy and related negotiations with foreign governments. He has led dozens of bilateral and multilateral dialogues with foreign governments’ foreign affairs and communications ministries.

Mr Strayer was named by the President, as an Ambassador, to lead the 90-plus person US delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018, and served as vice-chair of the conference. He managed the successful election of first US citizen to an ITU senior management position in more than two decades. The United States also achieved successful, pro-innovation results on resolutions related to cybersecurity and emerging technologies.

Before joining the State Department, Mr Strayer was the general counsel for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). In that position, he oversaw the drafting and passage of the committee’s legislation and advised the Chairman on policy matters, including cyber security, sanctions, and digital economic policy. During 2015, Mr Strayer taught a seminar on cyber security law as an adjunct law professor at the George Mason University law school.

From 2011 to 2012, Mr Strayer was the director of the homeland security project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was led by 9/11 Commission co-chairs former Governor Tom Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. During that time, he initiated and directed a task force on cyber security that published a report on eliminating cyber security information sharing impediments.

From 2005 to 2011, Mr Strayer served as a counsel and, subsequently, Republican deputy staff director on the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, he managed the development of cyber security policy and the drafting of cyber security legislation. In addition, he was a counsel on the committee’s special investigation of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, reviewing communications failures following the hurricane.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr Strayer practiced telecommunications law at WilmerHale. Prior to the law firm, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Lanier Anderson on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and served as the Si Karas fellow in the Solicitor’s Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Mr Strayer received a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif, and he earned his BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Denison University.

Ronaldo Neves de Moura Filho Chief of Staff to the Presidency of Anatel, Brazil

Mr Ronaldo Neves de Moura Filho, a civil servant at Anatel since 2009, has occupied several positions in the Agency such as operational manager in competition in the former Public Services Superintendence, manager at the Obligation Enforcement Superintendence, and advisor to the Board of Directors.

Prior to Anatel, Mr Moura worked as a lawyer in Civil, Tax and Environmental Law.

Mr Moura graduated in Law at the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) and specialised in Tax Law at the Brazilian Institute of Tax Studies (IBET). He is currently a Master candidate in Public Administration at the Brazilian Institute of Public Law (IDP).

Serge Abiteboul (Professor) Member of the Board, Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques, des postes et de la distribution de la presse (Arcep), France

Professor Serge Abiteboul is Director of Research in computer sciences at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and at Inria (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), Professor Abiteboul has a PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate (thèse d'État) from the Université de Paris-Sud. His work on data, information and knowledge management - notably on the internet - and his theories on databases earned him membership in the Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in the Academy of Europe in 2011.

He is also a lecturer at the École Polytechnique and guest lecturer at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011, he was appointed to the Collège de France Research Chair in computer and digital sciences. In 2013, he joined the French Digital Council, chaired by Benoît Thieulin, and that same year became President of the Scientific Advisory Board on the Information Society in France. He has been the chairman of the Fondation Blaise Pascal Strategic Council since 2017.

The author of numerous publications on data and algorithms, as well as a novelist, Professor Abiteboul is the editor and founder of Blog binaire. He was the curator of the Terra Data exhibition at the Cité des sciences in 2017 and 2018.

Simeon Thornton Director, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Bio coming soon

Stefan Lechler Deputy Head of Unit, Electronic Communications Policy, DG Connect, European Commission

Stefan Lechler was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for Electronic Communications Policy at the European Commission in 2018. Before this, he had been working since 2013 in the Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technologies of the European Commission.

Previously, Mr Lechler worked for DG Competition and for the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union. Prior to joining the European institutions in 2008, Mr Lechler worked for ten years for Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn, where he headed the legal department's unit for competition law and major litigation since 2002.

After his law studies in Erlangen (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland) and the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), he was admitted to practice as a German Rechtsanwalt in 1996 and began his career as a lawyer in Brussels working for a US law firm.

Steohen Unger IIC UK Chapter Head
Stephen Unger (Dr) Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications

Dr Stephen Unger was until recently a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator responsible for digital communications. He had various responsibilities, including setting regulatory strategy for the UK, representing the UK internationally, and leading Ofcom’s technology programme. For a period he was Acting Chief Executive.

Before becoming a regulator Dr Unger spent several years in the private sector. He worked for a variety of high-tech start-ups who were developing and exploiting new wireless technologies.

Dr Unger's current focus, working both as a consultant and as an academic researcher, is on the practical implications of disruptive technology change.

He has served as a non-executive Board member for several organisations. Some have been responsible for promoting international collaboration on public policy (BEREC, the IIC), others the commercial application of technology (The Geospatial Commission, Cambridge Wireless, Assia Inc).

For more background see www.linkedin.com/in/ungersteve. Dr Unger can be contacted at swunger@swunger.com

Tatiana Siakka Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Bio coming soon

Yih-Choung Teh Group Director of Strategy and Research, Ofcom, UK

Yih-Choung Teh is Group Director, Strategy and Research at Ofcom. One area of current focus is the increasing shift to online communications and the associated challenges. He has previously been a Director in Ofcom’s Competition Group, working on issues including Ofcom’s strategy to encourage investment in telecoms infrastructure, and overseeing Ofcom’s broadcasting and media competition programme.

Before joining Ofcom, Mr Teh worked for a strategy consultancy in the telecoms sector, providing policy and strategy advice to public and private sector clients globally. Prior to this he held an academic research post in the University of Oxford.

Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir Senior Policy Adviser for Karen Melchior, MEP, European Parliament

Bio coming soon

Tuesday 24 March 2020

08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome

Michel Van Bellinghen, Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

09.15 Keynote

Kim Jørgensen, Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, European Commission

09.45 Session 1: Digital competition - reforming and reshaping competition law; positions of dominance in the digital value chain

Chair
Tatiani Siakka, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Panellists include:
Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global
Axel Desmedt, Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)
Simeon Thornton, Director, Markets, Competition & Markets Authority
Ronaldo Neves de Moura Filho, Chief of Staff to the Presidency of Anatel, Brazil
Beatriz Sanz Fernandez-Vega, Head of Competition and Data Policy, Telefónica

 

11.00 Refreshments

11.15 Keynote - intersection of competition and big data issues

Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Managing Director, Israel Tech Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum

11.345 Session 2: EU Data economy - access, privacy, portability, sharing, protection - policy and regulatory frameworks and industrial strategy

Chair:
Elena Plexida, Vice President of Government and IGO Engagement, ICANN

Panellists include:
Lorelien Hoet, Government Affairs Director EU Microsoft Corporation
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS); Chairperson, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Krisztina Baracsi, Vice President EU Affairs, Telenor Group
David Martin, Senior Legal Officer, BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation

 

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Session 3: Climate change and the Green Deal – ICT’s role as an enabler

Chair
Gordon Moir, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Panellists 
Eirini Zafeiratou, Director of Public Policy EMEA, Amazon
Professor Serge Abiteboul, Member of the Board, Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques, des postes et de la distribution de la presse (Arcep), France
Claudia Selli, Executive Director Political and Legislative Affairs & Head of the Brussels’ office, AT&T
Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association
Mikael Bäck, Vice President and Corporate Officer, Group Function Technology, Ericsson

 

15.30 Refreshments

15.45 Session 4: Artificial Intelligence frameworks - from white paper to legislation
  • Discussing the key components of an EU AI approach – including data access, product liability, transparency & fundamental rights
  • Comparison with policy approaches to AI in other regions
  • Trustworthy AI: from voluntary certification to mandatory requirements

Chair
Ambassador David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, USA

Panellists
Isabelle Vereecken, Head of Secretariat, European Data Protection Board (EDPB)
Professor Serge Abiteboul, Member of the Board, Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques, des postes et de la distribution de la presse (Arcep), France
Laure Wagener, Senior Advisor Data Regulation, Group International Policy, Vodafone
Florian Damas, Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Nokia Bell N.V.
Dr Rob van Eijk, Managing Director, Europe, Future of Privacy Forum
Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Managing Director, Israel Tech Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum

17.30 Reception

Kindly sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs
(pre-booking is required)

 

Wednesday 25 March 2020

08.45 Registration
9.00 Welcome
09.15 Session 5: EECC implementation - consistent regulation of interpersonal communications services
  • What services do we expect to be covered by the definition of ‘interpersonal communications services’?
  • How do we expect these to be regulated, and how can we ensure consistency?
  • Is the current approach to service definition, which relies on whether or not telephone numbers are used, sustainable into the future?

Chair
Dr Stephen Unger, Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications

Panellists
Johan Keetelaar, Director Public Policy, Head of Connectivity and Access EMEA, Facebook
Stefan Lechler, Deputy Head of Unit, Electronic Communications Policy, DG CNECT, European Commission
Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Brussels; Visiting Professor, King’s College, London; Trustee, International Institute of Communications
Jeremy Godfrey, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland and Vice-Chair, BEREC

 

10.45 Refreshments

 

11.00 EU, US and China – ICT policy priorities

Chair
Ambassador David A Gross, Attorney at Law, Wiley Rein LLP

Panellists
Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
Robert L Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

 

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Session 6: Digital Services Act - what does it mean in practice? Content liability, online harms and role of intermediaries

Chair
Jack Hamande, Member of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Panellists
Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir, Senior Policy Adviser for Karen Melchior, MEP, European Parliament
Ben Lyons, Head of Online Targeting, Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation (CDEI)
Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director of Strategy and Research, Ofcom, UK
David Wheeldon, Group Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Sky
Petra Wikström, Director of Public Policy, Schibsted

14.00 Closing remarks

15.15 Close of Forum

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Event details
Date:
24th - 25th March 2020
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Theme:
Privacy, Safety, Security, Governance, Competition Policy, Infrastructure and Spectrum, Innovation and Content, Investment
Region:
Europe
Chapter:
Europe
Bld du Roi Albert II 35
1030 Bruxelles
Belgium

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