Head of the Digital Services and Platforms Unit, European Commission
Prabhat Agarwal, Head of unit DG CONNECT F.2 Digital Services and Platforms.
Prabhat Agarwal is the Head of the ‘Digital Services and Platforms’ Unit, for which he had been the Deputy Head since 2016. He joined the European Commission in 2007, and has since then covered a variety of digital innovation and regulatory areas, as well as foresight. Prior to joining the Commission, Prabhat Agarwal worked on micro and nano-technologies for Philips Research and NXP Semiconductors. Prabhat Agarwal studied physics in the UK and France and holds a PhD on Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Cambridge.
Advisor (Digital Affairs), Department of European Union and International Cooperation, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Anna-Liisa Pärnalaas is an Advisor on Digital Affairs in the European Union and International Cooperation Department in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. In the current role, she is working closely with key EU digital policy initiatives (including artificial intelligence, data and cybersecurity). Previously, she worked as a Cybersecurity Coordinator in the Ministry and in the Constitutional Committee of the Estonian Parliament. She holds a Master’s degree from Tallinn University of Technology on Public Sector Management and Innovation
Filip Van Elsen
Partner, Global Co-Head of Technology, Allen & Overy*
Filip heads the IP/IT department of Allen & Overy in Belgium and chairs our global Telecommunications, Media & Technology sector group. He is also a member of our global Client Group, which aims at developing and managing client relationships in an integrated and collaborative way.
Filip works internationally, advising both established multinationals as well as early stage technology companies from IP-rich sectors. He specialises in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of digital transformation and technology related projects. He focuses on new emerging technologies and assists clients wherever digital transformation underpins fundamental change in their business (eg fintech, cyber security, AI, digital medicine and connected cars).
He advises our clients on large complex outsourcing transactions, cloud computing, software licensing as well as on technology driven M&A and joint ventures. In addition, he advises on data protection, cyber security and big data projects. Finally, he also helps to resolve disputes arising from significant technology projects.
Filip lectures at the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven on the legal aspects of digitalisation (cyber security, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, block chain and digital health). He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and industry roundtables on IT law, outsourcing and data protection, including the implementation of the GDPR and the NIS Directive on cyber security. Independent legal directories (including Chambers & Legal 500) have been highly recommending Filip for the past 10 years and have consistently ranked his practice in tier one.
Head of Sector AI Policy, European Commission
Irina Orssich is working in Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is specialised in the field of Artificial Intelligence. A German national, she has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in European law. Previously responsibilities have included posts in the audiovisual sector and as legal adviser for competition and state aid law
European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) since December 2019.
Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk. He was among others adviser in the field of e-government and information society for the Minister of Interior and Administration, the Director of the Informatisation Department at the Ministry of Interior and Administration. He also represented Poland in committee on Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (the ISA Committee) assisting the European Commission.
The Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (Polish Data Protection Commissioner) 2010-2014 and the Vice Chair of the Working Party Art. 29 in 2014. In December 2014, he was appointed Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor. After the death of the Supervisor - Giovanni Buttarelli in August 2019 - he replaced Mr. Buttarelli as acting EDPS.
His areas of scientific activity include first of all Polish and European IT law, processing and security of information, legal information retrieval systems, informatisation of public administration, and application of new IT tools (semantic web, legal ontologies, cloud, blockchain) in legal information processing.
Catherine Di Lorenzo
Counsel, Head of IP, Data and Tech Luxembourg, Allen & Overy
Catherine is the head of the IP, data and tech practice in Luxembourg. She specialises in the fields of data protection, cybersecurity, IT contracts and negotiations, e-commerce, advertising, media and telecommunications, intellectual property and regulatory issues (notably regarding digitalisation projects, including IT outsourcing in the financial, funds and insurance sectors). Catherine has a particular interest in the life sciences sector and regularly assists clients on regulatory, contractual, IP and data protection related questions in these sectors. She also advises on Luxembourg contractual law and other general civil law related matters.
Catherine regularly assists multinational companies from various sectors with respect to their data protection compliance (including cookie consent aspects, filing of data breach notifications, handling of data subject access requests, drafting and negotiation of processing agreements, etc.), regarding investigations from data protection authorities and on specific projects involving personal data (e.g. use of geo-location or biometric data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and Binding Corporate Rules). Catherine also regularly advises clients (in close cooperation with the Litigation team) on investigations from Luxembourg authorities or data requests under mutual cooperation procedures.
Catherine also assists several clients with respect to their digitalisation projects and IT contracts (including all intellectual property related aspects thereof, for instance in case of joint software development projects) and IT outsourcing projects, including filings with the financial sector supervisory authority, drafting and negotiation of outsourcing contracts and investigations.
She also advises clients on questions relating to trademarks, copyright and trade secrets and on the drafting of agreements with third parties (e.g. license agreements, coexistence agreements, etc.).
Catherine is a member of APDL (the Luxembourg association for data protection), FedISA (the Luxembourg chapter of an international electronic archiving community) and ITechLaw. She is also a member of Cloud Community Europe-Luxembourg and is a member of the Data Protection Forum, the ICT Forum, and of the Trust and Cyber security Forum of the Luxembourg Bankers' Association (ABBL).
Catherine is also visible in the Luxembourg market through her participation in technical working groups and speaking engagements. She has lectured IT law at the University of Luxembourg. She is ranked “Band 3” by Chambers Europe 2020 and as a “Rising Star” by Legal 500 2020.
Counsel, Head of tech & data Paris, Allen & Overy
Laurie-Anne is a Counsel, head of the Tech & Data practice at Allen & Overy in Paris. She is specialised in the fields of information technology and data protection law.
She assists French and international blue chip clients with the digitalization of their activities, including in relation to strategic partnerships, cybersecurity issues, data monetization and the launch of online tech products and services in a broad range of sectors.
She has developed an expertise in the drafting and negotiation of complex IT agreements, including in relation to M&A transactions. Laurie-Anne also advises companies on data protection compliance issues - including data breaches and IT/data contentious matters.
Laurie-Anne speaks at international conferences, conducts quarterly round table discussions on data protection in Paris and regularly publishes expert articles in French and international publications. In addition, Laurie-Anne contributes to the HEC Paris Tech Law courses.
IFLR EUROPE 2020 and EUROMONEY 2021 (TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
Huy Nguyen Trieu
Associate Fellow and Entrepreneurship Expert
Huy has been a lecturer on the Oxford Fintech Programme at the School and he teaches about innovation models in finance.
Outside the School, Huy is the CEO of The Disruptive Group, a business builder in innovation and finance, co-founder of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, and founding Partner of the Asian SuperCharger.
Huy has navigated between start-ups and large organisations, from tech CEO to managing director in international banks. He is fascinated by the changes happening around us, the impact of technology on many industries, and the changing dynamics between small and large organisations.
He started his career as an entrepreneur and co-founded Ukibi, a precursor of LinkedIn. After five years, he moved into the world of finance where he helped to build high-growth businesses, with his last position as Head of Insurance Structuring at Citi in London.
Huy dedicates considerable time to helping industry grow via his blog, Disruptive Finance. He is a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority’s Consultative Working Group for financial innovation, and a Board advisor to Expon Capital.
Huy is a frequent keynote speaker in Europe and Asia and he is regularly quoted in articles on innovation and finance.
In his role as an entrepreneur expert, Huy mentors students, particularly engineers and techies who need advice on business, marketing or fundraising.
Huy is a graduate of MIT (US), École Polytechnique (France) and ENPC (France).
Assistant Professor in Critical Data Studies, University of Amsterdam
Rocco Bellanova’s work sits at the intersection of politics, law and science and technology studies. He works on data protection and the governance of data infrastructures, with a special focus on security cooperation across Europe
Head of Department for International Relations; Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Safa Uslu has been serving as Head of Department for International Relations of the Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey for the past year. Prior to his current role, Mr. Uslu served in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for 8 years as the Director General and Deputy DG for Foreign Affairs and International Projects Department. In addition to his current role, Mr. Uslu has maintained his duty at the National Petroleum Pipeline Company (BOTAS) as Executive Board Member.
From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Uslu served as the Advisor of the Former Turkish President H.E. Abdullah Gül and, Chief of Cabinet when H.E. Gül was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. Mr. Uslu joined the Executive Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University in 2014 and earned an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2015.
Mr. Uslu has a PhD from Durham University with his thesis on Turkey-Sub-Saharan Africa Energy Relations and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Durham University. Mr. Uslu earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Sakarya University.