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Speakers' CV


Karel De Vriendt
Karel De Vriendt, IDABC
European Commission
 
Karel De Vriendt is the IDABC Head of Unit in the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. After having obtained a degree in nuclear engineering and a post-graduate degree in informatics, he worked 7 years in private industry (as a software engineer) before joining the European Commission. Within the Commission he worked as a project officer for what is now the Information Society and Media DG and then spent 12 years in various operational IT functions. He has been involved in the introduction of electronic mail within the Commission, the connection of the Commission network with the Internet and later became responsible for user support and IT training. His last function before joining the IDABC unit has been head of unit responsible for the development of a number of the Commission's internal administrative systems.
Dana Bérová
Keynote speech
Dana Bérová
Czech Minister of Informatics
 
Ms Dana Berova has worked at the Ministry of Informatics since January 2003. As Head of the e-Government Section and Deputy Minister she was responsible for projects using information technologies in public administration (such as the Public Administration Portal) and for international cooperation, particularly in relation to the European Union. In April 2005 she was appointed Minister of Informatics to the new Government. In 1990 Dana Berova graduated from the Prague School of Economics in the field of automated control systems. In 1987-1989 she did interdisciplinary studies in the Department of Journalism of Charles University. Dana Berova formerly worked as a manager, a specialist in media and television companies, and consultant. She was an editor in Czechoslovak and Czech Television, in the period 1994-1997 economic director managing the property of Karel Schwarzenberg, from 2000 to 2002 programme director for the regional television station TV 3. She jointly owns a trading company, Sanu Babu spol. s.r.o., importing merchandise from India and Nepal. Dana Berova speaks English, German and Russian. She is married and has one son.
Carsten Gerlach
Carsten Gerlach
Wendler Tremml Attorneys at Law (Germany)
 
Carsten Gerlach has studied law in Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada. In addition, he has gained technical knowledge by working as a software developer and a system administrator. He works as a lawyer in the law firm of Wendler Tremml where he provides legal counsel to businesses and public authorities in all legal matters related to information technology. His focus is on contracts, especially the drafting of license and project contracts and general terms of business. He also specializes in intellectual property law and Open Source Software issues in particular.
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, (Netherlands)
 
Ishab Aiyer Ghosh is Founding International and Managing Editor of First Monday, the most widely read peer-reviewed on-line journal of the Internet. He is Senior Researcher at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) at the University of Maastricht and United Nations University, Netherlands. He coordinated the European Union -funded FLOSS and the follow-on FLOSSPOLS and FLOSSWorld project. In 2005 he was elected a board member of the Open Source Initiative.
Bart Knubben
Bart Knubben,
ICTU Foundation (The Netherlands)
Programme OSOSS
 
Bart Knubben is working as a senior consultant on open source software for the Dutch programme OSOSS. This programme is assigned to the ICTU foundation, the Dutch government organisation on ICT. Bart Knubben has a background in both law and information management, and has a special interest in the relationship between intellectual property law, innovation and digital media.
Flavia Marzano
Flavia Marzano
University of Bologna (Italy)
 
Flavia Marzano is a Computer scientist. She is a member of the Italian Open Source committee, head of the FLOSS Competence Center of the Province of Rome and an evaluator of IST European Projects. She teaches in Bologna University. She is active in the definition of Italian e-goverment and e-participation Action Plans and related call for projects and evaluations. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of Master in Open Source Software Mangement and a Project Manager of the eParticipation project of the Province of Rome. She is part of SIR/ELANET (PRELUDE Challenge Scientific Committee for Research and Innovation) and Partner in DEMO_Net NoE european project on e-participation.
Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz
Unisys (Belgium)
 
Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz has an interdisciplinary profile as lawyer and 20 years of IT experience (Document & Imaging architect). Mr. Schmitz dedicated himself to ICT consultancy at an early stage specialising in legal and factual information systems, achieving databases and studies related to European and national laws. At Unisys Belgium, he is in charge of management consulting for the European Union, delivering studies and prototyping related to e-Government policies, including Open Source Software and the Justice, Freedom and Security space. Mr. Schmitz is the author or main contributor of the "Study into the use of open source software in public sector" (2001), the "Pooling open source software study” (2002) and other advices published on the IDABC Open Source Observatory site (the OSO, which is managed by his team, in collaboration with Merit). Mr. Schmitz is the coordinator and main writer of the project EUPL (European Union Public License).
Patrick Sinz
Patrick Sinz
Adullact (France)
 
Patrick Sinz is the managing director of Ethiqa SAS, a strategic consulting company focusing on Open Source strategies for the Public Sector, and sustainable development in the IT and Telecom areas. Patrick is a board member of the AFUL (association francophone des usagers de logiciels libres) and head of the Hephaestos project for the ADULLACT association (association des usagers de logiciels libres dans l'administration et les collectivités territoriales). From 1999 to 2004 Patrick worked for Hewlett Packard in various functions, first managing the Internet Startup Unit, the E-Service Unit and the E-Government Unit for the CEMEA region and later as the World Wide e-government Business development manager. Prior to that, he held a number of General Management, CTO and Sales management roles within medium and large corporations, and launched several start-ups in IT consulting and Internet service. Earlier he worked on Operating System related projects at the INRIA and the IRCAM. His current interests include Open Source related collaboration and economical models and Open Source security and development processes. Patrick taught Operating System Design and Electronic Government at the University of Paris 8 from 1981 to 2004, and holds a DEA of Computer Science specialized in Artificial Intelligence from Paris 8.
Mats Östling
Mats Östling
SKL (Sweden)
 
Trained and experienced specialist teacher. Teacher-educator within Master´s education: ICT, learning and pedagogical work, The Stockholm Institute of Education. Long-term experience from organisational and development issues regarding all sorts of ICT-related matters on the level of local authorities Participation in different projects aimed at implementing ICT in local governments Working as an ICT-strategist since 2000, on an national level, for The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and the Federation of Swedish County Councils. Initiator of the Swedish project concentratingon the re-use of public financed software and conversion of software developed within the public sector into open software. Frequent speaker on the subject of open source as well as eGovernment.
Barbara Held
Barbara Held, IDABC
European Commission
 
At present working as Detached National Expert at the European Commission Program for “Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA)”; project officer of the “European Interoperability Framework EIF” and related projects. Being a Desk Officer at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, Barbara Held formerly served at the German Government’s Coordination and Advisory Board for IT in the Administration (KBSt), responsible for software strategy and Open Source strategy. 
Jan Willem Broekema
Jan Willem Broekema
ICTU (The Netherlands)
 
Jan Willem Broekema is OSOSS Programme manager (Open Source Onderdeel Software Strategie) and National Co-ordinator Open Standards. The OSOSS programme and the Bureau Open Standards both work for and on behalf on the Dutch government.