The 10th Annual European

CONFERENCE 2019

Speakers

Biographies can be found below:

 
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Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. 

In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years. 

Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001. 

Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.

 

Claire Bury

Deputy Director-General,

DG CONNECT,

European Commission 

Werner Stengg

Head of Unit for E-Commerce and Platforms DG CONNECT

European Commission

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Professional experience within the European institutions:

 

09/2016 – today:  Head of Unit in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, responsible for "E-Commerce and Platforms"

 

11/2014 – 08/2016: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, responsible for "Public Interest Services"

 

04/2011 – 11/2014: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Online and postal services"

 

02/2006 – 04/2011: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Better Regulation Cycle: Impact Assessment and Evaluation"

 

06/2002 – 01/2006: DG Budget, Evaluation unit

 

01/2001 – 05/2002: DG Enterprise, Assistant to the Deputy Director General

 

06/1998 – 01/2001:  DG Enterprise, Textiles and clothing unit

 

04/1996 – 05/1998: General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Transport unit

 

Eline Chivot

Senior Policy Analyst

Center for Data Innovation

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Eline Chivot is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. Based in Brussels, Eline focuses on European technology policy issues and on how policymakers can promote digital innovation in the EU. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Eline Chivot worked for several years in the Netherlands as policy analyst in a leading think tank, where her work included research projects on defense, security and economic policy issues.

 

More recently, Eline worked at one of Brussels’ largest trade associations and managed its relations with representatives of the digital tech industry in Europe and beyond. Eline received Masters degrees including from Sciences Po in France, in political science, economics, strategic management, and business administration.  

 

 
 

Věra Jourová

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

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Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. 

In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years. 

Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001. 

Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.

 

Claire Bury

Deputy Director-General,

DG CONNECT,

European Commission 

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Werner Stengg

Head of Unit for E-Commerce and Platforms DG CONNECT

European Commission

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Justas Šireika

CEO

Blockchain Centre Vilnius

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Eline Chivot

Senior Policy Analyst

Center for Data Innovation

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Marie-Paule Benassi

Acting Director of Consumer Affairs Directorate, DG JUST, European Commission

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Mrs Benassi is Acting Director in charge of the EU consumer policy at the European Commission since 1st September 2018. She has been dealing with this policy since 2003 as head of communications, head of consumer protection, public health and food safety at the EU Delegation in China and most recently as head of enforcement of consumer law and redress. She has notably managed the network of consumer protection authorities and modernised the enforcement cooperation framework used among these authorities to tackle practices of large players harming consumers’ interest at the EU level. Recently, these authorities worked on issues such as the dieselgate, unfair terms in social media contracts or price transparency in online travel services. She has also been active in developing concrete redress tools for consumers: the network of European Consumer Centres and the legislation on alternative dispute resolution and online dispute resolution.

 

A lawyer and economist from La Sorbonne, her career begun in Paris, in the Ministry of Economy, within the department for short-term economic forecasts. At the European Commission she previously worked as a trade economist at Eurostat and then a head of Euro-Mediterranean policy in the Trade General Directorate.

 

Claire Bury

Deputy Director-General,

DG CONNECT,

European Commission 

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Claire Bury is currently Deputy Director General in DG CONNECT with responsibility for regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.


She was previously Director of Modernisation of the Single Market in Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

 

Before that, she was Head of Unit for Company Law, Corporate Governance and Financial Crime in Directorate General Internal Market and Services, and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Internal Market Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Frits Bolkestein. 

 

An English barrister by training, she worked in the Commission's Legal Service and, before coming to Brussels, in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

Ambassador Mehmet Kemal Bozay

Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the EU

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Born on 7 February 1966 in Ankara, Turkey.

 

University Degree: Middle East Technical University (International Relations Department-1988).

 

Professional Career:

May 1989- Apr. 1990: Junior career diplomat,, Directorate General (DG) for Gulf States

Apr. 1990- Dec. 1990: Military service

Dec. 1990- Nov. 1991: Junior career diplomat, DG for International Political Organizations

Nov. 1991- Aug. 1993: Third Secretary, Turkish Embassy Tehran

Aug. 1993- Oct. 1996: Second Secretary, Turkish Embassy Ljubljana

Oct. 1996- Aug. 1997: First Secretary, Turkish Embassy Sarajevo

Aug. 1997- Sept. 1999: First Secretary, Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sept. 1999- Oct. 2003: Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Turkey to U.N.

Oct. 2003- Sept. 2005: Head of Department, DG for Middle East

Sept. 2005- Nov. 2009: First Counsellor, Turkish Embassy Tel Aviv

Nov. 2009- Mar. 2010: Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry

Mar. 2010- Jan. 2011: Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of Information Technologies Directorate

Jan. 2011- Nov. 2012: Minister Plenipotentiary, Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry

Nov. 2012- Dec. 2016: Ambassador of Turkey in Belgrade

Dec. 2016- Sept. 2018: Ambassador, Deputy Undersecretary for Europe and EU Affairs

 

Werner Stengg

Head of Unit for E-Commerce and Platforms DG CONNECT

European Commission

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Professional experience within the European institutions:

 

09/2016 – today:  Head of Unit in DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology, responsible for "E-Commerce and Platforms"

 

11/2014 – 08/2016: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, responsible for "Public Interest Services"

 

04/2011 – 11/2014: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Online and postal services"

 

02/2006 – 04/2011: Head of Unit in DG Internal Market and Services, responsible for "Better Regulation Cycle: Impact Assessment and Evaluation"

 

06/2002 – 01/2006: DG Budget, Evaluation unit

 

01/2001 – 05/2002: DG Enterprise, Assistant to the Deputy Director General

 

06/1998 – 01/2001:  DG Enterprise, Textiles and clothing unit

 

04/1996 – 05/1998: General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Transport unit

 

Justas Šireika

CEO

Blockchain Centre Vilnius

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Justas advised the Prime Minister of Lithuania on energy security issues from 2011 to 2012. In 2011 he started working in tech field after co-founding a successful mobile gaming company. In 2016, Justas joined CyberGym, a leading Israeli cybersecurity training company, helping it to close a major business partnership with Telia, the largest telco service provider in the Northern Europe. In 2018, Justas graduated from the Fintech programme at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Since 2017 he is consulting financial technology and blockchain companies in the areas of business strategy, product development and investor outreach. Justas currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Blockchain Centre Vilnius.

Alexey Popov

Founder and CEO

Spitch

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Since October 2015 — Founder and CEO of Spitch AG

 

2012-2015 — President of Universal Electronic Card Plc. Responsible for billing, processing, payment and ID cards.

 

2011-2012 — Head of IT Department of the Russian Government Back Office. One of the responsibilities of the Department was the e-government development coordination.

 

2005-2011 — Deputy Head and CIO of the Russian Federation Treasury. Managed the Russian Federation Treasury Development Project funded by World Bank.

 

1995-2004 — CEO of Bank’s Soft Systems (BSS). The company became the market leader in solutions for digital and mobile banking in Eastern Europe, employing more than 700 people.

 

Silvio Macedo

Founder and CEO

ShelfAI

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Silvio is founder and CEO of ShelfAI, a startup which is changing the way people buy groceries. Starting with a degree in Computer Engineering, he went on to be a researcher and in 2000 started a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, at Imperial College London. Silvio is 44 and was born in Portugal. He participated in several EU R&D projects and was consultant to companies like BBC and Rolls Royce Aeronautics. He regularly collaborates with the local colleges of engineering and Porto Business School. He has managed and founded five companies, including Xarevision and ShelfAI, and has spent the last 13 years working on technology for grocery retail.

 

Olivier Tsalpatouros

Director of European and Trade Affairs, Aviation Security, Customs and Embargo

DPDgroup

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Olivier Tsalpatouros is Director of European and Trade Affairs, Aviation Security, Customs and Embargo of DPDgroup.

He supports and represents all business units and subsidiaries of DPDgroup regarding Embargo, Customs, Regulation, Aviation Security, Brexit and Trade issues.

Olivier Tsalpatouros created the European and Trade Affairs division, cooperating with key stakeholders such as European Institutions, International institutions (IATA, WTO, WC) and all relevant bodies (Trade and Transport Ministries, Regulators and Associations,…) wherever DPDgroup operates.

Olivier Tsalpatouros holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Economic Intelligence & Strategy, a Master’s Degree in Law and a Master’s degree in International Business Negotiation and Development.

Magdalena Piech

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Allegro & Chair, European Tech Alliance

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Magdalena joined Allegro in July 2017. She holds a PhD in law. Her thesis focused on the role and obligations of intermediary service providers under EU Law.

She has been following domestic and EU legislative processes, as well as the impact of adopted laws on business and e- commerce for many years. Before joining Allegro, she worked at the European Parliament, the Polish Ministry of Economy and the Polish Confederation of Private Employers “Lewiatan”. Magdalena Piech holds a position of the Chair of the European Tech Alliance and Council member of the e-Commerce Poland Chamber of Digital Economy.   

Scott Marcus

Senior Fellow

Bruegel

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J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economics think tank, and also works as an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory policy regarding electronic communications. His work is interdisciplinary and entails economics, political science / public administration, policy analysis, and engineering.

From 2005 to 2015, he served as a Director for WIK-Consult GmbH (the consulting arm of the WIK, a German research institute in regulatory economics for network industries). From 2001 to 2005, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as a peer to the Chief Economist and Chief Technologist. In 2004, the FCC seconded Mr. Marcus to the European Commission (to what was then DG INFSO) under a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to working for the FCC, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), one of the world's largest backbone internet service providers.

Mr. Marcus is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Communications and Media program at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), a unit of the European University Institute (EUI). He is also a Fellow of GLOCOM (the Center for Global Communications, a research institute of the International University of Japan). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE; has served as co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE Communications Magazine; served on the Meetings and Conference Board of the IEEE Communications Society from 2001 through 2005; and was Vice Chair and then Acting Chair of IEEE CNOM. He served on the board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2000 to 2002.

Marcus is the author of numerous papers, a book on data network design. He either led or served as first author for numerous studies for the European Parliament, the European Commission, and national governments and regulatory authorities around the world.

Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York (CCNY), and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.

João Cadete de Matos

Chairman of the Portuguese Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacões  (ANACOM) and Current ERGP Chair

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Chairman of ANACOM since August 2017.

Chairman of the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) in 2019.

 

João was Director of the Statistics Department of the Bank of Portugal from 2004 to 2017. He was guest Associate Professor of the Information Management School of NOVA - New University of Lisbon.

He was Chairman of the Permanent Section of the Statistical Coordination of the National Statistical Council. He was member of several International Committees, namely the Statistics Committee of the European Results Bank, the European Balances Committee, the Advisory Committee on Public Finance Institutions of the International Monetary Fund, the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics and the European Statistics Forum.

 

João served as President of the European Council of the Central Balance-Sheet Data offices (2014 - 2016) and of the European Committee for Financial and Balance of Payments Studies (2011 - 2012).

He joined Banco de Portugal in 1985 and was the first coordinator of the Balance of Payments Area in the Department of Statistics and Economic Studies (1993 - 1998). He was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Statistics in 1998.

 

João was also Coordinator Teacher of Currency and Banking and Monetary Economics subjects at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (1988 - 1999) and at ISEG (1982 - 1986).

Degree in Economics from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG) of the Technical University of Lisbon, with an average of 15/20 ​​(1982).

Jadwiga Emilewicz

Minister for Entrepreneurship and Technology,

Poland

*via video

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Jadwiga Emilewicz was appointed Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology on 9 January 2018. She is responsible for activities conducive to the growth of competitiveness and innovativeness of Polish economy and business.

On 27 November 2015, Jadwiga Emilewicz was appointed Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development.

In 1999-2002, she worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister. In 2009, she was appointed the Head of the PRL (the People’s Republic of Poland) Museum in Krakow. She is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Jadwiga Emilewicz started working on her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, the Jagiellonian University. She was a scholar of the Oxford University and the American Council on Germany, Dräger Foundation, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Since 2003, she has been collaborating with the Tischner European University in Krakow.

Jadwiga Emilewicz is a social activist and the author of numerous scientific publications. She was the President of the “Lepsza Polska” (Better Poland) Foundation.

Jadwiga Emilewicz speaks English, German and French.

Mother of three sons.

Raphaël Goulet

Head of Unit, Public Interest Services,

DG GROW

European Commission

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Raphaël Goulet is since 2017 Head of Unit for public interest services in the Directorate General for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission.

Before that and since 1996, he has held various positions in the European Commission's Directorate General for regional and urban policy first in charge of regional development programmes (ERDF) in Germany, and then of pre-accession infrastructure projects (ISPA) in Latvia. He became Assistant to the Director General in 2002. He headed different units since 2007: first as Head of Unit for strategic planning and inter-institutional relations, then Head of Unit for information, communication and relations with third countries between 2008 and 2012, later for Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, and finally for Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

Raphaël Goulet graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and from the Free University (political science and economics) in Berlin.

 

Eline Chivot

Senior Policy Analyst

Center for Data Innovation

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Eline Chivot is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. Based in Brussels, Eline focuses on European technology policy issues and on how policymakers can promote digital innovation in the EU. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Eline Chivot worked for several years in the Netherlands as policy analyst in a leading think tank, where her work included research projects on defense, security and economic policy issues.

 

More recently, Eline worked at one of Brussels’ largest trade associations and managed its relations with representatives of the digital tech industry in Europe and beyond. Eline received Masters degrees including from Sciences Po in France, in political science, economics, strategic management, and business administration.  

 

Fredrik Beckvid-Tranchell

Member of Cabinet,

Cecilia Malmström’s Team, European Commission

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Fredrik Beckvid Tranchell is a Member of Cabinet for Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, advising the Commissioner on relations with the Eastern partnership, Western Balkans, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, as well as investment policy and digital trade. He has previously worked as an EU trade negotiator and in the directorate-general for Health and Food Safety. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU on trade and foreign policy issues.

Mr Beckvid Tranchell studied economics, political science and international relations at Lund University, UC Berkeley and London School of Economics.

Mikael Svensson

Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy Europe

Mastercard

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Mikael Conny Svensson is a Swedish national, with degrees in political science, international relations and EU policy and law from Universities in Sweden, France, Belgium and South Africa.

 

Since his graduation from University Mr. Svensson has held different positions in the field of public policy, public affairs and government relations, mainly in Brussels but also in the Member States. Mr. Svensson has close to twenty years’ experience in working with the development of European policy in such different policy areas as trade and environment, food and nutrition and financial services in the technology sector.

 

Mr. Svensson joined Mastercard in 2008 and has since build up a public policy and government relations function from scratch.

Maurits Bruggink

Secretary General

EMOTA

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In April 2015, Maurits Bruggink was appointed Secretary General of EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association. His main task is representing the interests of the sector to policymakers at European level and in Member States.

 

Maurits has been involved in international advocacy, government affairs and trade association management for over 25 years in different positions. He is Member of the Strategic Committee of EURid, the .eu registry manager, member of EuroCommerce, the European retail association and overlooks EMOTA’s contribution in several European Commission expert groups.

 

Maurits has a degree in international trade law of the University of Leiden, Netherlands and speaks 5 languages.

Nicolo Brignoli

Policy Officer, Retail financial services, DG FISMA,

European Commission

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Nicolò Brignoli joined the European Commission in 2017, further to different experiences in the private sector (insurance, consulting) and public bodies. In the Retail Financial Services unit of DG FISMA, he is member of the PSD2 team and lead on the implementation of the revised Cross-border Payments Regulation.

Daniela Bojahr

VP Sales, Central Europe,

Statista

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Daniela Bojahr has been VP Sales, Central Europe at Statista since January 2018.

Prior to this she was an Interim Manager at hamburger.de and Director Publisher Development at Rubicon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Basquill

Editor

Payments Compliance

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John leads PaymentsCompliance's award-winning editorial team. He joined as a reporter in 2015 and has been editor since 2016. John covers regulatory and legal developments that have an impact on payments businesses, including banks, processors, e-money institutions, acquirers and card schemes. Within Europe, key topics include PSD2 and its supporting secondary legislation, as well as the 4th and 5th AMLD, GDPR and the Interchange Fees Regulation. John has also written for sister publications GamblingCompliance and Blockchain Briefing, as well as numerous specialist industry publications, and was previously a media researcher and contributor.

Sukhdip Mann

Key Account Manager Central Europe

Statista

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Sukhdip Mann started at Statista in November 2016 as a working student and is now responsible for the sales and business development of their analysis tool eCommerce DB

Jan Bart Henry

Head of EU Affairs 

PostNL

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Jan Bart Henry has extensive experience in European Public Affairs representing TNT Post, becoming PostNL later, since 2005 in Brussels. In addition to this ongoing responsibility, Jan Bart now shares his international experience and network with other organizations through his participation in Dr2 Consultants as associated Partner.

 

He joined TNT Post in 2002, managing the Central European expansion of the company’s European mail networks. As a Dutch national with a civil engineering and business administration background, Jan Bart started his career in 1978 at Shell. Prior to joining TNT Post he worked in marketing and regional management at Philips Electronics and as consultant in two business development firms.

 

Jan Bart has a wealth of international experience. He was posted in Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East. He also lived in the UK and South Africa to complete his education. 

Jean Allix

Special Advisor

BEUC

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Mr Jean Allix (69) has been appointed Special Advisor to BEUC in September 2016 He is dealing with financial services but also with competition issues. He is representing BEUC in many institutions and working groups related to payment issues.

Mr Allix has been dealing with payment issues since 1987. Prior to BEUC, Mr Allix worked from 1990 to 2016 in the European Commission.   From 1990 to 1999 he was in the consumer department about all the preliminary works on the introduction of the euro. From 2000 to 2006 he was dealing with payment issues (PSD) in the DG internal market In 2007 he moved to the directorate for competition always on payment services issues (Interchange fees).

Mr. Allix holds a DEA in Economics (Paris X University 1975)

Eva Maydell

MEP

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Eva Maydell (Paunova) is a Member of the European People's Party Group in the European Parliament (EP). One of her key priorities is establishing a fully operational Digital Single Market. In digital Europe, among others, she stands for thriving e-commerce, digital entrepreneurship and a tech-savvy and innovative society. She has been chosen as one of the Ambassadors for the European Commission´s initiative e-skills for jobs 2014-2015. 
 
Ms Maydell is one of the founding members of the Digital Agenda intergroup in the EP and has been awarded the prestigious MEP Award for Best newcomer MEP 2015. She was the EPP Group's rapporteur on Copyright in the digital age, as well as the Competition policy report 2015. Eva Maydell has been active working on the Parliament's report on the Digital Single Market, as well as on dossiers related to effective e-governance in the EU. 
 
Eva Maydell is part of the Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and the special Committee on Tax Rulings (TAXE). Ms Maydell is also member of the Delegations for Relations with China and the United States at the EP. In November 2015 she was ranked by "The Financial Times" as one of Central and Eastern Europe's 100 most influential people in tech. Furthermore, POLITICO Europe listed her among the 28 Europeans that "shape, shake and stir Europe". Recently, Forbes Europe included her in their '30 under 30' list of the most engaged young politicians in Europe for her efforts towards supporting entrepreneurs, SMEs and better education in Bulgaria. 
 
As convinced European Ms Maydell is President of the largest organisation of associations and civil societies in Europe "European Movement International" (EMI), as well as Chairwoman of the Youth Intergroup at the EP, member of the EPP Young Members Network and the EU40 board. Eva Maydell is also part of the board of her party's entrepreneur organization and honorary member of the Council of Women in business in Bulgaria. 

Lucy Anderson

MEP

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Lucy has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, representing London for the Labour Party in the United Kingdom and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). Lucy is the Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and a full Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN); she is also a substitute Member of the Committee of inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.

 

Lucy has been the shadow rapporteur for a number of dossiers, representing the S&D Group, such as the TRAN legislative proposal regarding Air Passengers Rights Regulations and the TRAN non-legislative proposal on bilateral agreement between the EU and Japan on civil aviation safety. She is also the shadow rapporteur on the Hired Vehicles file forming part of the Mobility Package. In 2016 she was the shadow rapporteur for the S&D Group of the TRAN legislative proposal regarding the application of the Postal Services Directive. She is the main rapporteur for the TRAN cross-border parcel delivery services Regulation proposal of the EP.

 

Lucy has a professional background as a lawyer, and her areas of expertise are mainly transport, employment rights and equality law. She has also been a Trade Union Activist and a School Governor in London. During her time as a local Councillor, she held positions as Chair of Licensing and Executive Member for Schools. In recent years, Lucy was employed as a senior manager for the National Union of Teachers, and before that as a Business Manager at the Greater London Authority. Lucy also worked from 1997 to 2006 for the Trades Union Congress as a policy and legal expert, where her work including campaigning for effective implementation of European Union directives.

Jolanda Girzl

Director

Konsument Europa / ECC Sweden

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Jolanda Girzl has over 20 years of experience in Consumer Affairs and is active in both research and policy making in this area. Since December 2007, she is the Director of European Consumer Centre (ECC) in Sweden. ECC Sweden is based at the Swedish Consumer Agency, the national authority with responsibility for consumer protection. Jolanda has been involved in many ECC-joint projects for example on chargeback within the EU/EEA, counterfeit goods, services directive and she has led the projects on air passenger rights, e-commerce, trust marks and subscription traps. She initiated, during the project about subscription traps, a Cross-Stakeholder Group with the PAN-Nordic Card Association, an organisation for financial institutions working with payment cards in the Nordic region.


Prior to her current position, she built up the local consumer advice centre in the Municipality of Karlstad, which is very successful and serves several municipalities.

She has studied Law at Uppsala University, specialized in commercial contract law. Jolanda is very interested in promoting safe and responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices. She was awarded for her commitment and involvement in the Surf Calm campaign in Sweden for promoting safety and security on the web.

Jolanda is participating in the ALERT project advisory group. ALERT assesses end-user awareness about how modern ICT consumes personal data. The project goal is the development of educative learning materials that increase awareness of consumers. She also participated in the User Advisory Board for European H2020 innovation action CREDENTIAL, which was dedicated to develop a secure and privacy-preserving cloud-based identity provisioning and data sharing platform, enabling end-to-end security and authenticity in such systems.

Paolo Battiston

Executive Vice-President, Digital Payments & Labs, Europe,

Mastercard

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Mr. Battiston is Executive Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, Europe for Mastercard. In this role, he is responsible for the implementation of digital payments in Europe. Prior to this role, Mr. Battiston was Division President for Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, defining strategies for product innovation, marketing and sales, as well as managing relations with financial institutions, big merchants and governments.  
 
Mr. Battiston previously served in different roles and positions at Mastercard, first as Account Director for the primary Italian banking groups, before becoming responsible for credit card development for big European banking groups.  He was general manager of Mastercard Italy from 2008 to 2013. 
 
Prior to joining Mastercard, Mr. Battiston was at Accenture and McKinsey & Company, where he developed operational projects and industry strategies in the telecommunication and financial sector in Italy and abroad for several years. He graduated cum laude in Electric Engineering at Politecnico di Mil

Ozan Acar

Head of Industry Councils and Entrepreneurship, TOBB -- Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges

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Ozan Acar is the Head of Industry Councils and Entrepreneurship Department at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. He coordinates the activities of 61 different industry councils which brings together 2500+ most prominent private companies with the purpose of facilitating the contribution of the private sector to the sectoral policy making processes. Acar also leads TOBB’s activities for entrepreneurship ecosystem building through TOBB’s young and women entrepreneurship councils active in nation’s 81 provinces. He also coordinates TOBB’s strategic engagements with technology companies, including digitalization initiatives co-organized with Turkcell, Vodafone, Facebook, and Google.

 

Before joining TOBB, Acar was working at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) as the founding director of the competitiveness program. At this capacity he led various projects on industrial and technology policies. He was appointed as the rapporteur of the International Development Cooperation Ad-Hoc Commission for the Tenth Development Plan of Turkey’s Ministry of Development while he was at TEPAV. 

Ozan Acar has also extensive experience in international organizations including the World Bank, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, Brookings Institution, and Harvard’s Center for International Development. Acar received his BA and MA degrees in economics from Bilkent University in Ankara. He also holds an MPA in international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

vices but also with competition issues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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