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Didier Reynders
Commissioner for Justice in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection

A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1th December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice.

After presiding the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992.

On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019).

He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011.

He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014.

He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 11th October 2014 (until 30th November 2019).

He has also been Minister of Defense since 9 December 2018.

Since 1th December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.

Stijn Claessens
Head of Financial Stability Policy and Deputy Head of the Monetary and Economic Department, Bank for International Settlements

Stijn Claessens represents the BIS externally in senior groups, including the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the G20. Within the BIS, he leads policy-based analyses of financial sector issues and oversees the work of the secretariats of Committee on the Global Financial System, Markets Committee and Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures. Between 1987 and 2006, he worked at the World Bank in various positions. From 2007 to 2014, he was Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. From 2015 to early 2017, he was Senior Adviser in the Division of International Finance of the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a PhD in business economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He taught at the New York University business school and the University of Amsterdam.

Mr Claessens is author of numerous publications in the fields of finance, international finance and international capital flows and further details are available here: https://www.bis.org/author/stijn_claessens.htm

Dr Jörg Kukies
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany

Jörg Kukies is the state secretary for financial market policy and European policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance since April 2018. Before that he was co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs AG and managing director of the Frankfurt branch of Goldman Sachs International from 2014 to 2018. He has previously held positions in the product development team of Goldman Sachs International in London, in the equities division for Germany and Austria in Frankfurt, and as head of equity derivatives for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Goldman Sachs International from 2011 to 2014. Dr Kukies studied economic sciences at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He has a master in public administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Christiane Wendehorst
Scientific Director, European Law Institute

Christiane Wendehorst has been Professor of Civil Law at the University of Vienna since 2008. Amongst other functions, she is founding member, Immediate Past President (2017-2021) of the European Law Institute (ELI) and now Scientific Director, Chair of the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Co-Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, and member of the Managing Board of the Austrian Jurists' Association (ÖJT), as well as the Bioethics Committee at the Austrian Federal Chancellery. She is an elected member of the Academia Europea (AE), the International Academy for Comparative Law (IACL), and the American Law Institute (ALI). From 2018-2019 she co-chaired the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government. Currently she is European leader of the transatlantic project "Principles for a Data Economy" and EU delegate to the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). Prior to moving to Vienna, she was a professor in Göttingen (1999-2008) and Greifswald (1998-99) and Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute of Legal Studies (2000-2008).

Dr. Ali Taha Koç
Head of the Digital Transformation Office, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

Dr. Ali Taha Koç was born in Ankara in 1980.

After finishing his undergraduate degree in 2001 at Bilkent University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with full scholarship, he completed his master's and doctorate studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas with full scholarship.

Koç joined Intel, USA in 2006 as a research and development (R&D) engineer. During his tenure at Intel, he developed 61 patents, published 23 scientific articles, and developed and managed several international projects. In 2013 Intel awarded Koç as one of the top 10 most patent inventor.

After returning to Turkey in 2014. He started to work as the Chief Counselor of the Prime Ministry and in the same year he was appointed as the Head of Information Technologies of the Presidency. He also managed the formation of the State Information Coordination Center (SICC) in the Presidency Security Policies Department, and started the information flow from all ministries and security units to the Presidency.

With the Presidential decree published in the Official Gazette dated 12 September 2018, he was appointed as the Head of Digital Transformation Office.

In addition to his duties at the Presidency, he is also a board member for Türksat Satellite Communications Cable TV and Business Inc. Koç teaches graduate and doctorate courses at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University.

He is also a licensed pilot, fluent in English, married and has a child.

Ventsislav Karadjov
Deputy Chair, European Data Protection Board

Ventsislav Karadjov is Chairman of the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection since April 2014.

In addition, after having served for two terms as Vice-Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, he was elected unanimously as Vice-Chairman of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in 2018.

Previously, Mr Karadjov has held various senior legal and management positions for international institutions such as the European Commission, the US Agency for International Development, the OSCE and the UN Development Programme.

He has also served as an Advisor to the Minister for Internal Affairs and as Chief Expert Associate to the 41st and 42nd Bulgarian National Assembly.

Sultan Meghji
Chief Innovation Officer, FDITECH, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Sultan Meghji was named Chief Innovation Officer of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in February 2021. Prior to joining the FDIC, Mr. Meghji co-founded a financial technology firm providing secure, cloud-native, artificial intelligence-based software for community banks and credit unions. In addition, he worked on an aid mission to help implement digital banking in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and worked with fintechs and central banks to create peer-to-peer banking solutions for hundreds of thousands of people in underserved areas of Africa and Central Asia. 

Mr. Meghji is a nonresident scholar in the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on the architecture of the global financial system, cyber and critical infrastructure security, and the impact of artificial intelligence and quantum computing. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Olin Business School, and a distinguished member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the Missouri Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Mr. Meghji has served as an advisor to the U.S. Treasury, the Group of Seven (G7), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the areas of cybersecurity, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. 

Sean Heather
Senior Vice-President for Antitrust, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sean Heather is Senior Vice President for International Regulatory Affairs and Antitrust. In this role, he leads the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC), which seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets, and oversees the Chamber’s antitrust policy on behalf of its members.

On the international level, Sean directs policy related to data governance, cross-border data flows, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and other emerging regulatory frameworks related to the digital transformation of the economy. In addition, he is responsible for policy related to foreign direct investment and investment screening. His efforts also focus on advancing sound regulatory practices as the foundation of better regulation and cooperation across jurisdictions.

Further, Sean as made significant contributions to update trade disciplines that address issues ranging from competition policy and state-owned enterprises to regulatory cooperation and digital trade. 

Heather has held a variety of positions during his long career at the Chamber. He served in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division and was head of the Chamber’s regional office in Chicago.

Before joining the Chamber, Heather worked for the Illinois comptroller and with several political campaigns across the state. He holds an undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Tine A. Larsen
President, National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) – Luxembourg

Tine A. Larsen was appointed one of four commissioners of Luxembourg’s Data Protection Authority as of 1st November 2014 and assumes the presidency of the collegiate body.

She holds a Master in Law with a specialisation in commercial law from the University Robert Schumann in Strasbourg, France, and an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London.

She took the bar exam in Luxembourg in 1999 and practised as a lawyer before joining the Luxembourg Government Administration in 2003. After two years as an attaché with the Luxembourg Army Headquarters, she joined the National Rescue Services Agency. As of 2008, she was the head of its administrative, technical and medical division.

Mrs Larsen represents Luxembourg DPA at the European Data Protection Board. She is also a member of the national “Judicial Oversight Authority” (Autorité de contrôle judiciaire), the national “Information Commission” (Commission d’Accès aux documents), as well as an advisory member of the Luxembourg Human Rights Consultative Commission.

 

Dr. Florian Toncar
Member, Bundestag (German Federal Parliament)

Born on 18 October 1979 in Hamburg; Protestant; married; three children.

Obtained Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification) at Goldberg grammar school in Sindelfingen in 1999. Studied law in Regensburg, Cambridge and Heidelberg from 2000 to 2005; passed first and second state examinations in law in 2005 and 2007 respectively; obtained doctorate at the University of Tübingen in 2012.

Has been a lawyer specializing in banking and financial supervision since 2009 and worked for an international law firm until October 2017.

Member of the FDP since 1998.

Member of the German Bundestag from 2005 to 2013 and since 2017; chairman of the Parliamentary Panel on Financial-Market Stabilisation from 2009 to 2013; deputy chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag from 2011 to 2013.

Parliamentary Director of the FDP parliamentary group in the German Bundestag since 2017; spokesman for financial policy of the FDP parliamentary group and member of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag since 2018.

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