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Speaker biographies - Conference "Mission Growth"

Conference "Mission Growth: Europe at the Lead of the New Industrial Revolution" - Biographies of speakers

Opening session and Key-Note Speeches

José Manuel BarrosoAntonio Tajani
José Manuel BarrosoAntonio Tajani
 Ole Sohn Jeremy Rifkin
Ole Sohn Jeremy Rifkin

Panel Discussions and Forum Discussions

AbruzziniBartelsBenassi - Burtscher - de ClerckEntrecanales - Fonstad - FrassoniGoyens - Harradence - Lalioti - LangerMcCormack- Meier - Niederländer - Niessler - Pelly - Smaxwil - Spelman - Stančič - Straub - Zuccaro

Arnaldo Abruzzini 

 

Arnaldo Abruzzini joined EUROCHAMBRES in 1999 as Secretary General. EUROCHAMBRES is the Brussels-based European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, representing more than 2,000 regional and local Chambers of Commerce and Industry with more than 20 million member companies in 45.

  • 1996 : he founded INTERACTIVE MEDIA and served as board member till 2010.
  • 1996 to 1999: Board Member of MEDIACAMERE, a communication company owned by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1984 to 1996: shareholder and managing partner of the CONSIR group
  • 1987 to 1989: managing director of the BAVARIA ASSICURAZIONI
  • 1982 to 1984: assistant to the Managing Director in MEDIOBANCA
  • 1979 to 1982: he worked in the Rome (Italy) and Milwaukee (US) offices ARTHUR ANDERSEN.

A native of Italy, Mr. Abruzzini is a graduate in Economy with major in Finance from the Rome University “La Sapienza”.

Arnaldo Abruzzini

Guido Bartels 

 

Guido Bartels leads IBM’s energy and utilities business globally, which includes the company’s portfolio of solutions for the smart grid, an essential part of its overall Smarter Planet strategy. He is a member of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s senior leadership team.
Bartels also serves on the Executive Committee of the GridWise Alliance (GWA), the leading U.S. smart grid advocacy organization. From 2007 to 2010, he served as its Chairman, growing the membership eight-fold, and successfully positioning it to become a trusted advisor for energy policymakers and regulators. He assisted several other countries in setting up similar organizations, and with them the GWA founded the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) in 2010. Through consensus building within the international community, the GSGF aims to help accelerate the advancement of smart grids on a global scale. Bartels was elected to serve as the first Chairman of the GSGF.
Bartels also is serving a second term as member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), comprised of the nation’s top experts in electricity policy, planning, and operations. And from its inception in 2011, Bartels has served on the Advisory Board of Energy Aid, a UK-registered charity dedicated to the global eradication of energy poverty.
Being a passionate spokesman for the transformation of the energy systems around the world has earned him a variety of accolades, one of the most recent from FierceEnergy, which ranked him in 2011 among the “15 Most Influential People in Energy”. 

Guido Bartels

Andrea Benassi 

 

Andrea Benassi was elected as new Secretary General by the UEAPME General Assembly in 2008. He previously served as Director for European Integration and Foreign Markets at the Italian crafts and SMEs organisation Confartigianato, a position he occupied since October 2005. He also served as Director of Confartigianato’s Brussels office from October 1999 to September 2005 and as deputy director General in Mondimpresa scpa, the Italian company established by the Industry, Trade, Agricultural and Craft national Federations and Chambers for supporting the international dimension of SMEs.
A member of the Advisory group for Internationalisation at the Italian Ministry for International Trade and a Development Cooperation SME Expert at the Italian Foreign Office, Mr Benassi also sits as expert in a number of Committees and Technical Groups at UN and EC level. He has been recently appointed as member of the SEPA Council and of the European Commission High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies.

Andrea Benassi

Wolfgang Burtscher 

 

Wolfgang Burtscher was appointed Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation on 22 July 2009 and is responsible for the policy and management of the Research Framework Programme.
An Austrian national, Mr Burtscher is 51 years old and acted before joining DG Research and Innovation as a Director in DG Agriculture of the European Commission since 2000.
Before joining the Commission in 2000 Mr Burtscher was representative of the Länder at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU. From 1992 to 1996 he was Director of European Affairs in the Vorarlberg administration. Previously, from 1990 to 1992, he was a legal advisor at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva, at the time of negotiations on the European Economic Area (EEA). He focussed particularly on the free circulation of goods and capital and on competition issues.
Wolfgang Burtscher holds a doctorate in law and also has a qualification from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice.

 Wolfgang Burtscher

Paul de Clerck  

 

Paul de Clerck is head of the Economic Justice team at Friends of the Earth Europe, the largest grassroots environmental organisation in Europe. He has been campaigning on the accountability of the corporate sector for the last 10 years, and is board member of FinanceWatch, European Coalition for Corporate Justice and OECDWatch.

Paul de Clerck

José Manuel Entrecanales 

 

As Chairman and CEO of ACCIONA, José Manuel Entrecanales has transformed a engineering and construction business into a global infrastructure, energy and water services company to meet some of society’s most pressing needs in the 21st century.
Mr. Entrecanales, born in 1963, began his professional career in 1985, working for Merrill Lynch in New York and London. He joined ACCIONA in 1991. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Entrecanales combined his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of ACCIONA with the role of Executive Chairman of ENDESA, the leading electric utility in Spain and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Entrecanales was a founding partner and Chairman of Vodafone Spain.
Mr. Entrecanales is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact and the Corporate Leaders’ Group, some of the world’s leading corporate organizations in the promotion of sustainable development and fighting climate change.
In addition, Mr. Entrecanales is Chairman of the Instituto de Empresa Familiar, the Family Business Association of Spain, as well as member of the Board of the Principe de Asturias and Principe de Girona Foundations, Vice President of the Pro-Cnic Foundation, the primary public private partnership initiative in Spain supporting cardiovascular research and Chairman of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation in Sustainability.

José Manuel Entrecanales

Nils Olaya Fonstad 

 

Dr. Nils Olaya Fonstad is Associate Director of INSEAD eLab, a global research center within INSEAD focused on how organizations from the public and private sectors create value from the digital economy. He currently investigates how businesses define, access and foster new skills for competing and innovating globally – often in collaboration with other businesses, universities and public sector institutions. Most recently, Nils completed the “2012 IT-Enabled Leadership Report,” which consists of survey data from 188 Chief Information Officers from seven European countries and interviews with 14 of Europe’s and Asia’s most distinguished CIOs, as judged by their peers, and describes both the expanding strategic roles of CIOs and their IT Groups and insights into three ways organizations are thriving amidst austerity. He is currently leading several research projects, including a project for the government of Malta to develop an eSkills Demand and Supply Monitor, to ensure that businesses – particularly SMEs – understand and have access to the skills they need and to fine-tune government policy accordingly. Before joining INSEAD eLab in November 2008, Nils worked as a research scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR). Nils earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Film Studies from Cornell University.

Nils Olaya Fonstad

Monica Frassoni 

 

Monica Frassoni is an Italian politician and was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2009 and Co-President of the Green Group in the EP from 2002 and 2009. Monica took up the role of President of the European Alliance to Save Energy, in late 2010. She is also currently serving as Co-President of the European Green Party.

Monica Frassoni

Monique Goyens 

 

As Director General of BEUC Monique Goyens represents 42 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts. Having a background in law she has published numerous articles in scientific journals on consumer and European law. Prior to BEUC, Monique led the Belgian Commission Universitaire pour le Développement with international and national donors and partners in developing countries. She had been BEUC’s Senior Legal Adviser and contributed to the promotion of consumer interests through research as Project leader for European Affairs at Centre de droit de la consommation–UCL.

Monique Goyens

Fergus Harradence 

 

Fergus Harradence joined the UK Civil Service in 2000, subsequently working on labour markets and skills, trade policy and export promotion. He also spent 9 months on secondment with Ericsson Ltd, in the UK and Ireland. He is currently responsible for supporting innovation and technology development in businesses in the UK, including overseeing grant funding programmes, and working on a range of issues including tax, regulation and competition and public procurement.

Fergus Harradence

Vali Lalioti 

 

Prof. Dr. Vali Lalioti, Managing Partner of CoachFirst International, Professor in Leadership & Innovation at Antwerp Management School, helps corporations, business schools and global executives accelerate growth and innovation. Vali has worked in USA, Europe, China and Africa, was BBC’s European innovation strategist and Vice-Chair of NEM European platform. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing & Strategy and uniquely combines strategy, marketing and technology with a powerful coaching approach to create individual & organisational growth.

Vali Lalioti

Karsten Langer 

 

Karsten Langer has been a partner with The Riverside Company since 2006. He currently leads the firm's investment and portfolio management activities in the Benelux and France. Prior to this role, he spent three years building up Riverside's pan-European origination team. Previously, Karsten Langer was Managing Partner of an independent corporate finance firm in Brussels, advising on numerous transactions across Europe for blue-chip multinationals and private equity firms.
He also spent five years with GE Capital Europe, including as Chief Operating Officer of TIP and Modular Space, and in corporate business development. Karsten Langer started his career with Danske Bank in Copenhagen. He holds a BSc (econ) from the Copenhagen Business School and a Masters in Management from EAP - European School of Management (now ESCP Europe), and speaks English, French, Danish, German, Portuguese and basic Dutch.
Karsten Langer is currently Chairman of the EVCA (European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association).

Karsten Langer

Ade McCormack 

 

Ade McCormack is an opinion columnist with the Financial Times (since 2004). He is the author of a number of books relating to new technology and leadership, including the acclaimed ‘e-Skills Manifesto – A Call to Arms’.

He is also a visiting lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where he lectures on digital leadership as part of the MBA programme. He also helps organisations prepare for the digital economy through his eWorld Academy (www.eworldacademy.com).

Ade's eWorld Radar blog (www.eworldradar.com) was recently short listed by Computer Weekly magazine as one of the most influential blogs in respect of digital leadership.

Ade has worked in over twenty countries across many sectors. He has a degree in Physics with Astrophysics.

Ade McCormack

Johannes Meier 

 

Johannes Meier holds a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences. Prior to joining ECF he was a partner at McKinsey & Co., CEO of GE CompuNet Computer AG, managing board member of the Bertelsmann Foundation, and founder of a startup developing learning platforms.

Johannes Meier

Klaus Niederländer 

 

Klaus Niederländer was appointed Director of Cooperatives Europe and Regional Director Europe of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) on 15 November 2010. One of his key roles is to promote the co-operative business model in new sectors, such as renewable energy. Mr. Niederländer comes to the co-operative movement with a professional background in enterprise and general economic development. He gained experience as a financial analyst, management consultant and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) programme manager in his previous jobs in Europe, the US and Africa. Co-operative development has deep roots in his family's history with their involvement in the creation and development of the local cooperative banking and agricultural sector in the South Western part of Germany.

Klaus Niederländer

Rudolf Niessler 

 

Dr Rudolf Niessler is Director for Policy Co-ordination in the European Commission, DG Regional Policy. He is Austrian and was born in 1956.

His earlier positions include

  • Several postings in the European Commission, DG Regional Policy as e.g. Head of Unit of the "Spanish" unit and the "Urban actions" unit (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Councillor at the OECD for Trade Policy, Environment Policy and Territorial Development (Paris, France)
  • Deputy Director at the Federal Institute for Less Favoured and Mountainous Areas – Affiliate to the Ministry of Agriculture in Austria (Vienna, Austria)
  • Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna, Austria)
Rudolf Niessler

Richard Pelly 

 

Richard Pelly is the Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund (EIF) seated in Luxembourg which is dedicated to enhancing access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe. Over the last three years of economic recession, he has successfully expanded EIF’s countercyclical role and doubled its impact on the provision of finance for growth and innovation. Under Richard Pelly’s leadership, the EIF has not only broadened its geographical reach but also considerably developed its product range to meet existing market needs and to help develop the venture and growth Capital markets across Europe, as well as Bank lending to SMEs.

Before joining the EIF in April 2008, Richard Pelly has been Managing Director of Structured Asset Finance at Lloyds TSB Bank in London where he forged a 160 people strong team providing project, property and asset finance on a global basis. From 1998-2005, he worked for GE, first as Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank in Hungary and then as CEO of UK Business Finance within GE Commercial Finance. Prior to his career at GE, Richard Pelly has been working for Barclays Bank in various functions in the UK and in France from 1977-1997.

Richard Pelly

Friedrich Smaxwil 

 

With an educational background in engineering and business administration, throughout his professional career Mr Smaxwil has held various executive positions with Alcatel-SEL, the German Railway Industry (VDB) and Siemens. As President of CEN (European Committee for Standardization) since January 2012, he represents CEN at the European and international levels, ensuring that good relations with all CEN partners are maintained and developed further.

Friedrich Smaxwil

Mark Spelman 

 

Mark Spelman leads Accenture’s Global Strategy practice and runs the company’s global macro economic and political think-tank called the Accenture Institute for High Performance. He is responsible for the firm’s strategic relationship with the World Economic Forum (WEF); he is a regular participant and session leader at Davos and the WEF regional summits and a member of WEF’s Global Advisory Council on Europe.
At Accenture, Mark has almost two decades of experience working at board level in senior management and business strategy positions. He is actively involved in Accenture's research programmes – current topics include globalisation, operating models, skills and smart cities.
He is currently the Vice-Chairman of AmCham’s (American Chamber of Commerce) Executive Council based in Brussels. He leads a group of senior directors responsible for the European operations of companies of American parentage – including Alcoa, Boeing, Caterpillar, 3M, Dow, DuPont, Honeywell, IBM and Intel. The group is proactively consulted by the Commission, EU member states and MEPs for its advice on EU policies and EU-US economic relationships.
Mark is interviewed regularly, as a leading global expert on a wide variety of global and low carbon energy issues ranging from commodity prices, geopolitics and sustainability. Mark has an MA in Economics from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

Mark Spelman

Zoran Stančič 

 

Dr. Zoran Stančič is Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG INFSO since 2009.

Trained as an engineer he started his professional career as a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana. In 1994 he was employed as the Head of the Spatial Information Centre of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Associate Professor at the Department of Geodesy. From 1990 till 2000 he was a research fellow or visiting professor at the University of Arkansas, the Delft University of Technology, the University of Reading, the Boston University, the University of Trieste and the University of Paris. Zoran Stančič has published seven scientific books and a number of scientific papers on quantitative methods in archaeology and remote sensing.

During 1999 - 2000 he was Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

From the year 2000 to 2004 he was State Secretary for Science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia.

In the period 2004 - 2009 he served as Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, DG Research.

Zoran Stancic

Richard Straub 

 

In his 32 years with IBM Dr. Richard Straub has held key international executive functions such as Deputy General Manager for PC Europe and Global Chief Learning Officer. Since 2006 he has started a new career working with non-profit organizations - as part time executive and as social entrepreneur. He is currently executive committee member at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Secretary General of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG). In addition he retained a strategic advisory role for the IBM Global Education Industry. As a social entrepreneur he founded in 2008 the Peter Drucker Society of Austria and in 2010 the Peter Drucker Society Europe. He is the president of both. The Peter Drucker Society has as its mission to be a catalyst for the improvement of Management as a vital role in modern society. As the crystallizing yearly event the Drucker Society organizes the Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna – the fourth edition will be held in November 2012.

Richard Straub

Sandra Zuccaro 

 

Sandra Zuccaro was born in Münster (Germany) in 1973. She has a M. Sc. in Physics from Münster University and worked there from 1997 to 2004 as a researcher and instructor. Her research interests included semiconductor physics, thin film technology and nonlinear dynamics. Since 2004, she has been teaching Physics and Electronics at Max Valier Technical High School in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). She has been involved in the Max Valier student satellite project since 2009 and is developing algorithms and software for the satellite's attitude control.

Sandra Zuccaro

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