CCO, Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management
Lars Hülsmann studied Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He looks back at almost 25 years of business experience and joined Kaiserwetter from ACON Actienbank AG, Munich where he headed the Advisory division as the responsible Director of the Management Board.
In 2011 Lars founded and ran his own company, Gulf Energy Consultants, which was focused on Corporate and Project Finance Consultancy in the field of Renewable Energies. He has spent a large part of his business life abroad, e.g. in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he acted as the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Portfolio Management at Unicorn Investment Bank. At Unicorn, he was in charge of more than 20 direct investments in the US as well as in the Middle East and managed their respective restructuring & sale.
Before he moved to Arabia, Lars served as the Global Head of Basel II and later on as the acting Chief Operating Officer at Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank in London. He started his professional career in the Corporate and Investment Banking division of HypoVereinsbank in Munich. After that he joined Accenture, the world’s largest Consultancy firm, as a strategy consultant. Next to several senior positions on executive management level, Lars also held positions as a Director of the Advisory Board of various public companies.
Editorial and Conference Director, Cavendish Group
Editorial and Conference Director, Cavendish Group
Ben Avison currently leads on the content and concepts of Cavendish Group’s RAID (Regulation of AI, Internet & Data) and Host City brands. He implemented the launch of RAID conference in Paris in 2017, while developing Host City into the largest meeting of sports, business and cultural events.
Before shifting his focus to world-class conferences, Ben was responsible for managing the editorial and production of all Cavendish Group’s publishing products, launching a highly successful portfolio of technology titles in the BRIC markets.
Before joining Cavendish Group in 2004, Ben was editor of the European Pharmaceutical Intelligence Bulletin, where he was at the heart of the regulatory environment for the healthcare sector. He wrote a market research for Reuters on market authorisation strategies, and also wrote for the Independent on Sunday.
Ben has been passionate about technology all his life – as a child in the early 80s, his design for a laptop was praised by Sir Clive Sinclair. He now spends his spare time as a semi-professional musician and volunteering for the British Red Cross. He holds a MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University.
Cabinet Expert – Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager; European Commission
Werner Stengg, who joined the European institutions in 1996, is currently a cabinet expert on the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, dealing with digital matters. Between 2006 and 2019, he held different head of unit positions across the European Commission, dealing with e-commerce and online platforms, public interest services, online gambling and postal services, and with the better regulation agenda.
Prior to that, he was involved in mainstreaming policy evaluation across the Commission, in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral textile trade agreements, and in the negotiations on regulatory files in the areas of aviation and maritime transport.
He earned his doctoral degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Eva Kaili MEP
Chair, Future of Science and Technology Panel (STOA) European Parliament
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, part of the Hellenic S&D Delegation since 2014. She is the Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA) and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI), Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Budgets (BUDG), and the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA).
Eva is a member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (DACP), the delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP), and the delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT).
In her capacity, she has been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been the draftsperson of multiple pieces of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity, as well as the ITRE draftsperson on Juncker plan EFSI2 and more recently the InvestEU program.
She has also been the Chair of the Delegation to the NATO PA in the European Parliament, focusing on Defence and Security of Europe.
Prior to that, she has been elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament 2007-2012, with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).
She also worked as a journalist and newscaster prior to her political career.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics.
Chairman, Belgian Data Protection Authority
Before becoming the first chairman of the GBA, David Stevens was Data Protection Officer at Telenet and Nielsen.
David has more than 20 years of expertise in law and IT.
He started his career as a researcher of the "Center for Intellectual Property and ICT Law (CiTiP)" at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
He defended his thesis in 2009 on the subject of the independence of the regulatory authorities in the telecommunications and media sector.
Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information for Germany
In January 2019 Ulrich Kelber was elected Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information for Germany.
For this charge he resigned as a Member of the German Bundestag, which had been his dedication for nearly twenty years. He won a directly elected seat in the Bonn constituency in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. During that time he was the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection for five years from 2013 to 2018.
Before that, from 2005 to 2013, he was the Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary group of the SPD in the Bundestag. He had responsibility for the areas of the environment, nature conservation, nuclear safety, food, agriculture, consumer protection, and sustainability.
Ulrich Kelber is a professional computer scientist and has worked as knowledge management consultant at an IT company since 2002.
Commissioner for Data Protection, Ireland
Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014.
Responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used, the role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of US internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland.
Previously Irish Registrar of Companies where she led regulatory enforcement of compliance with the filing provisions of the Companies Acts, Helen has also held senior roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation working on economic migration policy, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry.
She holds postgraduate qualifications in European Economic and Public Affairs, Governance, Computer Science, Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation, and Judicial Skills and Decision Making. She was delighted to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.
Acting Head, Competition Division, OECD
Antonio Capobianco is a Senior Competition Expert with the OECD Competition Division and is currently the Acting Head of the Division. In this position he is responsible for the proceedings of the OECD Competition Committee and for all the other competition work streams of the Division. Over the years at the Competition Division, Mr Capobianco has coordinated a series of OECD projects and work streams, including the development of the 2009 Guidelines for Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement and the related OECD Council Recommendation of 2012, the work on transparency and procedural fairness, on SOEs and competitive neutrality, and most recently he has been leading the work on international enforcement co-operation. He has authored numerous Background Notes of the Secretariat on a variety of competition law enforcement and policy topics.
Prior to joining the OECD in 2007, Mr Capobianco was a Counsel in the Competition Department of WilmerHale LLP, based in Brussels. He also spent three years with the Italian Competition Authority. Mr Capobianco authored several articles on antitrust issues published on major international law journals specialized in competition law and he co-authored textbooks on Italian and European competition law and economics. Mr. Capobianco graduated in law at the L.U.I.S.S. - Guido Carli in Rome and holds LL.M. degrees from the Law School of the New York University and from the Institute of European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Deputy Head of Unit Data Protection at European Commission
Karolina Mojzesowicz is the Deputy Head of Unit of the unit responsible for data protection at the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers). She was one of the Commission's representatives in the interinstitutional negotiations with Parliament and Council on the General data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is now responsible for its implementation in the EU. Mrs Mojzesowicz previously served as a member of the European Commission's Legal Service, focusing on EU Competition law and International Trade law. In that capacity, she represented the Commission in numerous cases before the European Courts and before the WTO panels and Appellate Body. Mrs Mojzesowicz studied law in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany where she obtained her PhD in 2001.
Isidro Laso Ballesteros
Cabinet Expert at Commissioner Gabriel cabinet for Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, Youth; European Commission
Isidro is the Cabinet Expert of Commissioner Gabriel for Innovation, research, Education, culture and Youth at the European Commission. He has been a senior official at the European Commission since 2001 with responsibilities such as head of Startup Europe for 9 years and Deputy head of Innovation Ecosystems at the European Innovation Council.
From 2015 to 2019 Isidro was also nominated “Thought Leader at United Nations ITU Agency”, and is member of several advisory boards to international networks of startups. He combines his professional activities with academic activities such as being “Cambridge University CSAP Continuing Fellow”, visiting lecturer to CEPADE (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) and writing books and papers which are included as citations by hundreds of academics.
After graduating as an Engineer from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, he set up two Innovative SMEs on software business in the Tech AgriFood area before becoming a strategy advisor to CEOs of large corporations. Afterwards he became director in charge of IT and Change Management Projects in a large corporation (Atos Origin). In 2001 he moved into the public sector where he has been mainly working on strategy and innovation within the European Commission