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He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global consultancy based in London. He has a master’s degree in public policy jointly awarded from the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University.

Nick Wallace

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

He serves as the Permanent Observer of Canada to the Council of Europe. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in Ottawa. He had assignments in Canada’s Privy Council Office as well as in DFATD’s Asia- Pacific Branch and International Economic Relations Bureau. In 2004 and 2005, he served as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s Committee on Trade and Investment.

Alan Bowman

Deputy Head of Mission, Mission of Canada to the EU

He is in charge of Intellectual Property practice and he leads Dispute Resolution and Tech & Comms practices in Belgium. He has exceptional expertise on issues that require the coordination and integration of a variety of legal solutions, such as intellectual property (IP), information technology, media, sport, competition and telecommunications. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating complex IP and information and communications technology (ICT) contracts and licensing.

Benoit Van Asbroeck

Partner, Bird & Bird

Promoting cooperation between the Canada and European Union in science, technology and innovation. Helping Canadian researchers and companies to build partnerships with European collaborators to pursue joint projects under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. Also monitor EU policy developments of interest to the Canadian aerospace and information technology industries. Part of the Government of Canada team promoting the benefits to Canadians and Europeans under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement (CETA). Solid experience in international business development, investment attraction and business strategy, particularly with Canadian researchers and start-ups seeking strategic partnerships and financing in the United States and Europe. Strong network of private, public, and non-profit partners to broker collaborative partnerships in product development, technology demonstration, technology licensing, financing and marketing.

Michael Willmott

First Secretary, Science and Technology at the Mission of Canada to the European Union

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She is the coordinator of the DISCOVERY project and founder and member of the Transatlantic ICT Forum. She is actively involved in supporting policy dialogues between Europe and strategic partners. She has promoted ICT R&I cooperation and partnership building between Europe and Latin America through projects like PRO-IDEAL PLUS, AMERICAS and LEADERSHIP, and currently is the coordinator of FIWARE Mexico. She is a founder member of the LAC-ICT Expert Group and Associate Member of NCURA, the US National Council of University Research Administrators, serving as advisor for Latin America.

Yolanda Ursa

Director, INMARK; DISCOVERY Coordinator

Camille Sailer

President and CEO, EACCNJ

She is an experienced international trade attorney who has served as the Regional Commercial Counselor for Trade and Investment at the American Embassy in Brussels. She has extensive policy expertise in EU institutions, the Mid-Atlantic business community and deep knowledge of trade negotiations such as for TTIP. She leads the Transatlantic ICT Forum activities for the H2020 project DISCOVERY, and specifically has coordinated the definition of the Forum status and membership as well as the DISCOVERY ICT Policy and Regulations Working Group.


He has a background ph.d in atmospheric and climate sciences at University of Oslo and University of California Irvine. Worked as Assistant Professor at Univ. of Oslo, Group leader of Scientific Computing at Univ. of Oslo, Special adviser at Research Council of Norway Climate and Polar issues, currently at NordForsk working with funding instruments for climate sciences and Infrastructures. He is the chair of the DISCOVERY Funding Mechanisms Working Group.

Jostein K. Sundet

Senior adviser, NordForsk (Nordic Council of Ministers)

He works as International Strategic Liaison Manager, coordinating European Framework Program projects. He engaged the EU trust and security research and program management communities with their peers in Brazil, India and South Africa and enabled the collaboration with research communities in trust and security in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Korea that were established in the INCO-Trust project. He is a partner of DISCOVERY project and is leading the Cybersecurity Working Group, advocating dialogues related to cybersecurity and privacy.

Jim Clarke

Telecommunications Software and Systems Group, WIT

He is currently director of ICANN, Global Future Internet Authority. He has been working as a senior independent strategic advisor with over 25 years’ experience in guiding governments and major organisations on the economic/business and societal impacts of current and future internet innovations and technologies. He is a policy expert with a focus on European, US and global information society policy issues. He has been involved in information security policy, data protection, future internet and internet governance.

Maarten Botterman

Chairman, NLNet foundation

He has more than ten years of industrial and academic research and technology management experience in innovation, software/system engineering, cyber physical systems, security and energy. He currently leads the External Research Development activities at the European Research Center for UTC, high-technology products and support services provider to customers in the aerospace and building industries worldwide. He leads a number of projects in cyber security, IoT and digital factory.

Menouer Boubekeur

United Technologies Research Center

He is member of advisory board of Trust in Digital Life. He has been working as a researcher for 12 years and subsequently as research program manager for 5 years at CWI in Amsterdam. He worked at the European Commission in leading positions in various parts of the Research programmes ESPRIT and ICT, including IT infrastructure, program management, software engineering and since 2004 in trust and security, as well as the establishment of the Security Theme in FP7.

Jacques Bus

Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum

She is an Associate Professor at the Photonic and Bioengineering Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is actively engaged in challenging EU R&D projects with specialization in e-Inclusion and Ambient Assisted Living technologies. She has participated in over 30 EU projects, being a partner of DISCOVERY. Her field of expertise covers the domains of the ICT applied to different sectors like health and social inclusion, personalisation of services and content, ambient intelligence framework services, application development for mobile phones and accessibility of ICT.

Maria Cabrera

Innovation Director, LST UPM

Dan Caprio

Chairman, The Providence Group

He is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s IoT formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He has specialties in US and EU privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunications, IoT, Big Data, and Cloud computing.


With a technical and consulting background since 2008, he has been involved in business development, education and business growth as a mentor for a number of programmes and many companies. He helps companies in UK & Ireland to develop their businesses using technology and through digital projects. Since December 2014 he has been working between the US / UK / Ireland developing Xpand International currently with a team of 12 covering 6 countries and 8 specialisms.

James Gumble

CEO&Cofounder, Xpand International

She gave policy advice to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the field of international cooperation and was part of the German delegation in the Strategic Forum for International STI Cooperation (SFIC) for four years. Since 2016 she is the coordinator of the H2020 funded project BILAT USA 4.0. The BILAT project aims to enhance and further develop a strong partnership between the US and EU in science, technology and innovation. Before joining DLR-PT, she has worked as account manager in the field of expert recruitment.

Henriette Krimphoff


Director and senior innovation consultant at inno TSD, Sophia Antipolis. She has 20+ years of experience in project management, innovation policies, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, international R&D & innovation cooperation. She is an expert for UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. She has been leader or senior consultant on 60+ science, technology and innovation-related projects with R&D partners and industrial partners all over the world. She is the coordinator of PICASSO project.

Svetlana Klessova

Director inno TSD

He is Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Autonomic Service Architecture. His research interest is in adaptive resource management using virtualization and service-oriented approaches in very large-scale systems of various types. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the 2006 Thomas Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and the 2010 IEEE Canada A. G. L. McNaughton Gold Medal for his contributions to the area of communications. He is a partner of DISCOVERY project.

Alberto Leon-Garcia

Professor, University of Toronto

He collaborates with the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. He has been the project manager of the LOBSTER, NoAH and iCode projects, co-funded by the European Union with focuses on developing novel approaches to network monitoring and network security. He has been the project manager of the SysSec project and is currently coordinating the MANDOLA and PROTASIS projects co-funded by the European Commission.

Evangelos Markatos

Professor, University of Crete

He leads of cybersecurity project at IIT-CNR. He is co-author of about 200 scientific papers. His main research interests involve security and privacy in distributed and mobile systems and foundations of security and trust. He is involved in several Steering Committees of international conferences, workshops, and working groups, like the IFIP WG 11.14 on secure services and software engineering. He acts as manager of R&I projects on information and communication security. He is the coordinator of the FP7-NoE NESSoS on Engineering Secure Future Internet Services and the H2020 MSCA ITN NeCS.

Fabio Martinelli

Project Leader IIT-CNR

After a traineeship at the European Commission’s DG Communication in 2010, she worked for the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) as a policy advisor. She joined the European Organisation for Security (EOS) in January 2013 where she worked as a Cybersecurity Project Manager and helped set up the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), the private counterpart to the European Commission in the cPPP on cybersecurity. She is now a policy manager in ECSO, in charge of coordinating the various WGs and supporting the implementation of the cPPP.

Nina Olesen

Senior Project Manager Cybersecurity Policy, European Organisation for Security

Since 2013, he is the Coordinator of the International Research Strategy for the Unit, contributing to the overall DG CONNECT research and innovation work programme and seeking synergies between DG CONNECT’s policy and research work and that of third countries. He has been policy officer for Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and North America. In previous years he was involved in Galileo, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control.

Jean-Yves Roger

Senior Policy Officer, European Commission DG CONNECT

He is responsible for developing market strategies, sales strategies, prepare and drive executive Business Unit growth initiatives. He has solid experience in pre-sales and consultative selling of complex ICT systems, including business case analysis and customer presentations. He worked as a consultant at large US based IT Company as well as Swedish Telecom Software SME with broad experience from Internet Industry Association of Australia.

Rene Summer

Director, Government & Industry Relations at LM Ericsson

She is Director of the Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center, and Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Her research is on Big Biomedical Data Analytics. She has published 150+ peer reviewed articles leading academic publications. She has actively participated in FDA-led Microarray Quality Control and Sequencing Consortium (MAQC-SEQC) and her bioinformatics systems were certified by NIH/National Cancer Informatics Program. She is a partner of DISCOVERY project.

May. D Wang

Co-director, Georgia-Tech

With its origins in the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, which Jutta established in 1993, the IDRC is an internationally recognized center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices. She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Her most recent awards include the IEC 1906 Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45. She is a partner of DISCOVERY project.

Jutta Treviranus

Director, IDRC OCAD University

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He is a full member of the New Club of Paris, a Fellow
Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (The RSA), Collaborating on international projects with the Baltic RSA chapter on Innovation, creative problem solving and experiencial outdoor cultural leadership programmes. He is a member of the Leadership Group of ENoLL – European Network of Living Labs, Co-creative innovation art director at Future Center Alliance. He collaborates with DISCOVERY as facilitator of the ICT Discovery Lab and other events in EU, Canada and the US.

Paolo Martinez

Founder and partner of FUTOUR

He is a facilitator of creative workshops to unlock the innovative potential of their teams. He is the co-founder of the Duck Academy, he challenges people using their imagination when dealing with today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in order to work towards shared understanding and goals. He has travelled the world being the viola player of the Rubio String Quartet for 12 years. He used to be on stage as a musician, and now as a creative challenger, facilitating workshops unlocking the dynamic and creative potential of teams and organizations.

Marc Sonnaert

Duck Academy, The Noventus Connection