The speakers at Tallinn Digital Summit 2019
Session: AI and law
Dr. Salma Abbasi is an internationally experienced senior executive and inspirational visionary leader, with more than 37 years of work experience in leading technology companies in Silicon Valley, London and Dubai, with a proven track record to achieve results that impact the bottom line. She has demonstrated success in effectively working across multi-cultural boundaries with diverse customers and has the ability to establish a culture of empowerment, trust and accountability in any organization. As a triple engineer she has gained a natural aptitude for innovative problem solving at the strategic, tactical and operational level, resulting in cost savings, operational excellence and revenue growth.
Nikolai Astrup is the Norwegian Minister of Digitalisation and responsible for ICT policy in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. The Minister is also responsible for the work on electronic communications, including responsibility for the Norwegian Communications Authority. In addition, the Minister is responsible for the Altinn portal, business-oriented ICT, the Digital21 strategy for digitalisation of businesses in Norway, and resources for ICT research.
Nikolai Astrup has served as Minister of Digitalisation in Norway since January 2019. He is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. From January 2018 to January 2019, Astrup served as Minister of International Development. Astrup holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Governance and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was elected Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2018 and leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo from 2012 to 2018. In parliament, Astrup was member of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, the Standing Committee on Transport and Communication, and the Standing Committee on Finance. Astrup was the editor of the conservative periodical Minerva from 2001 to 2008. Astrup is 40 years old, married and has three children.
Session: AI in democracy
Benjamin Bathke is a Berlin-based entrepreneurial freelance journalist covering technology, media innovation and intractable global issues like migration for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and other global publications. In 2018, Ben was a Google News Initiative fellow at the NZZ in Zurich. During his five years in the US, he completed the Global Journalism Fellowship and worked for both a tech startup and Washington University in St. Louis.
Michel van der Bel
Michel van der Bel is the Microsoft’s President for Europe, Middle-East and Africa and leads 20,000 employees across a region that includes 29 subsidiaries and more than 70 different languages.
As all companies become technology companies, and innovation becomes an integral part of every business, Michel’s focus is on helping customers along this technology and people journey. Supporting Microsoft’s own transformation – into a company that empowers every individual and organization to achieve more – Michel brings unique insights to the organizations he works with.
Michel believes passionately that managers need to become mobilizers. Building trust is critical: giving people room to collaborate, innovate and agitate while at the same time helping remove blockers that might hold teams back. Mobilizers rally different parts of the organization behind common goals. Leaders with these attributes create energy and promote resilience that ripples across the organization, enabling a powerful environment for change, growth and market disruption leading to greater opportunity.
Michel’s varied leadership roles within Microsoft have provided him with a deep knowledge of international markets, organizational and geographical cultures as well as all industry sectors.
Prior to his current role, Michel was responsible for the Microsoft business in UK. His career at the company started in 1999, when Michel became the General Manager of Microsoft Netherlands. He then went on to become Microsoft International’s Vice President for Public Sector, concentrating on the implementation of a global public sector strategy. His next role led him to serve as Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer in the Greater China Region.
Irakli Beridze is leading the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with the objective to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of AI through improved scientific and technological coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, awareness-raising and global outreach activities.
Since 2014, initiated and managed one of the first United Nations Programme on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Initiating and organizing number of high-level events at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international organizations. Finding synergies with traditional threats and risks as well as identifying solutions that AI can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
He is a member of various international task forces, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, and the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission. He is advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, scientific and technological developments, emerging technologies, innovation and disruptive potential of new technologies, particularly on the issue on crime prevention, criminal justice and security.
He is frequently lecturing and speaking on the subjects related to technological development, exponential technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics and international security. He has numerous publications in international journals and magazines and frequently quoted in media on the issues related to artificial intelligence.
Recipient of recognition on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.
Session: Uptake and impact of AI in the EU
Stina Billinger is the State Secretary to Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation. Her areas of responsibility are state ownership, entrepreneurship, innovation.
She is State Secretary with administrative responsibility at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.
Session: AI in healthcare
Dr. Dan Bogdanov met his first significant privacy challenges while working with the data collection systems of the Estonian Genome Center. This inspired him to start researching cryptographic solutions for privacy problems. He is the inventor of Sharemind, a secure multi- party computation system for collecting, sharing and processing private data. Sharemind is a new kind of computer that analyses digital data without seeing the individual values. This achieves beyond-the-state-of-the-art data protection, as has been demonstrated in various applications processing tax, education, genomic and financial data.
Dr. Bogdanov has been a research team lead for multiple privacy technology research projects with DARPA – an agency of the United States Department of Defense, European FP7 and Horizon 2020. He is the co-author of the ISO/IEC 29101 standard on the architecture of privacy-preserving systems and the ISO/IEC 19592 standard on secret sharing. Today, Dr. Bogdanov leads the Department of Information Security Systems at Cybernetica, an Estonian company creating information security, e-Governance and maritime security solutions.
Hans-Christian Boos has a mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through artificial intelligence (AI). To that end, Hans-Christian founded Arago in Germany in 1995, pushing existing boundaries in AI technology to build a general AI.
Since then, Hans-Christian has led Arago to become a key partner and driver for the established economy, positioning Arago’s AI HIRO™ as a platform for companies to reinvent their business models in the digital age. As CEO of Arago, Hans-Christian Boos’s vision is to transform traditional companies into future-proof, AI-enabled enterprises – regardless of their respective industry. Arago’s international client base includes IT service providers, banks and companies in the telecommunications, steel and metals indusries.
But his ambitions go far beyond: a strong believer in integrating machine reasoning and machine learning, Hans-Christian is constantly challenging current thinking on AI. As a strategic corporate and political advisor, as well as angel investor, Hans-Christans’ multifaceted engagement for AI makes him a much respected public speaker and thought-leader on issues of global importance, such as the man-machine-relationship, the way societies deal with information and the future of labor.
Hans-Christian Boos studied computer science at ETH Zurich and the Technical University Darmstadt. His ongoing research focuses on graph theory, machine reasoning and machine learning.
Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science. She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT.
She has additional professional research experience from Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago’s financial industry, and international management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath.
Session: AI in healthcare
Edward Bukstel is CEO of Clinical Blockchain LLC. He has 30 years of clinical data integration, data security, and communications experience. He has successfully licensed systems and services to companies, including international pharmaceutical companies, health systems, and managed care organizations. Mr. Bukstel was a founding member of the ASTM E1238 Standard that became integrated into HL7. He has been a national speaker on electronic data interchange and has been a guest lecturer at The Wharton Business School. Mr. Bukstel has written extensively on Blockchain and Healthcare and is a faculty member for Thomas Jefferson University’s “Blockchain for Healthcare” 2019 Graduate Certificate Program. Mr. Bukstel is focused on working on creating sustainable blockchain platforms in healthcare by considering the overlooked opportunities represented by secondary data silos, such as Medical Bill Negotiation and Patient access to medical journals currently protected by paywalls.
Ben Cerveny has worked for over 25 years as an executive, strategist, and designer in the context of operating systems, media applications, web services, products, the built environment, and digital games. Currently, he is the President of the Foundation for Public Code, where he is working to help cities and other public organizations develop and share software and policy that is open, legible, and useful at the civic scale. Before this, he was a Design Fellow at Samsung, leading a project on room-scale programmable environments. Previously, he designed the massively multiplayer game that became Flickr [and also named it], founded the Experience Design Lab at Frogdesign, and was CEO of Bloom Studios, whose data visualization iPad app Planetary was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution.
Julien Cornebise is a Director of Research, AI for Good at Element AI and head of the London Office. He is also an honorary Associate Professor at University College London. Prior to Element AI, Julien was at DeepMind (later acquired by Google) as an early employee, where he led several fundamental research projects used in early demos and fundraising.
After leaving DeepMind in 2016, he worked with Amnesty International. Julien holds an MSc in Computer Engineering, an MSc in Mathematical Statistics, and a PhD in Mathematics, specialized in Computational Statistics, from University Paris VI Pierre and Marie Curie and Telecom ParisTech. He received the 2010 Savage Award in Theory and Methods from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis for his PhD work.
Session: AI in smart cities
Jarmo Eskelinen is a smart city and open data expert with background in architecture, digital media and urban events. He is based in the University of Edinburgh as the Executive Director of the Data Driven Innovation programme. The 15-year, £660m initiative spans across ten industry domains from creative industries and healthcare to fintech and robotics, building five new innovation hubs connected to supercomputing infrastructure. The DDI programme is part of the £1.3bn Edinburgh City Region Deal.
Previously Jarmo has been the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of the Future Cities Catapult from 2016, founder and CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki innovation lab 2006–16, Executive Director of the Media Centre Lume of the Aalto University 2001-06, and the Head of Programme of the Helsinki 2000 European City of Culture.
Jarmo is a member of the Smart London Board, board member of Open Knowledge International, founder and former vice chair of the Open & Agile Smart Cities network OASC and former President of the European Network of Living Labs ENoLL.
Hovig Etyemezian is heading United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) innovation department since June 2019. Immediately prior to his current position, Hovig was the head of UNHCR office in Mosul, Iraq. He joined UNHCR in 2006, and has served ever since in Lebanon, DR Congo, Algeria, Mauritania, Iraq, Jordan and Tunisia. Prior to his humanitarian career, Hovig served with various human rights and peace building organizations, founded and managed a newspaper in Costa Rica, and coordinated a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-funded Rule of Law programme in the MENA region. He holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Peace-building from the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica
Peggy Lynn Hicks
Session: AI in democracy
Peggy Hicks has served since January 2016 as director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the UN’s human rights office. From 2005 to 2015, she was global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, where she was responsible for coordinating Human Rights Watch’s advocacy team and providing direction to its advocacy worldwide. Ms. Hicks previously served as director of the Office of Returns and Communities in the UN mission in Kosovo and as Deputy High Representative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has also worked as the Director of Programs for the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), clinical professor of human rights and refugee law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and as an expert consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Hicks is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Eleanor Hobley has, with over 5 years research experience into applying artificial intelligence to predict and understand complex relationships in diverse data sets, an in depth understanding of numerous algorithms, their strengths, and weaknesses. Since commencing as research leader with ZITiS she has successfully advised various law enforcement agencies on applications of artificial intelligence to various projects with different goals and questions. Dr. Eleanor Hobley has framed research questions aimed at using artificial intelligence to investigate diverse data sets (from singular applications such as image analysis to more complex interpretation and data mining of heterogeneous data sets derived from various sources, at national and international level. She has a good insight as to the current applications and limitations of artificial intelligence within numerous law enforcement agencies in Germany and Europe.
Cyrus Hodes is a venture partner at FoundersX Ventures, a silicon-valley based VC firm focusing on early and late stage AI startups.
He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the AI Initiative, within The Future Society—a 501(c)3 incubated at Harvard Kennedy School—which he manages by engaging a wide range of global stakeholders to study, discuss and shape the governance of AI. He is currently leading the Global Data Commons and the AI4SDG Center projects at TFS.
Cyrus served as the Advisor to the UAE Minister of Artificial Intelligence, working on projects that will positively impact the world through the use of AI and help further global governance of AI solutions.
He has led for the past 2 years discussions at the Global Governance of AI at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Cyrus led robotics and AI ventures in the US and the UAE.
Cyrus is a Member of the OECD Expert Group on AI (AIGO), of the Council on Extended Intelligence (MIT-IEEE) and part of 3 committees of the IEEE Ethically Aligned Design since 2016.
He is an Advisor on AI Ethics at Smart Dubai and part of the Steering Committee of AI Commons.
He studied at Sciences Po Paris, where he later was a Lecturer, holding a M.A. (Hons) from Paris II University in Defense, Geostrategy and Industrial Dynamics and a M.P.A. from Harvard.
Stephen Hsu is Senior Vice-President for Research and Innovation, and Professor of Theoretical Physics, at Michigan State University. Before joining MSU in 2012, Hsu was Director of the Institute for Theoretical Science and Professor at the University of Oregon.
Hsu’s primary work has been in applications of quantum field theory, particularly to quantum chromodynamics, dark energy, black holes, entropy bounds, and particle physics beyond the standard model. He has also made contributions in genomics and bioinformatics, and in encryption and information security.
Founder of several Silicon Valley companies — including SafeWeb, a pioneer in SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Networks) appliances (acquired by Symantec in 2003) — Hsu has given invited research seminars and colloquia at leading research universities and laboratories around the world. He is the author of more than 100 research articles, ranging from theoretical physics and cosmology to computer science and biology. In 2017 he founded Genomic Prediction, which provides advanced genetic testing and bioinformatics to the IVF industry. In 2018 his lab produced the first accurate genomic predictors for complex human traits (e.g., height with accuracy roughly 1 inch, using ~20k DNA loci) and a number of disease risk predictors (e.g., Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease).
Hsu graduated from the California Institute of Technology and received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. A Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he was on the faculty at Yale University before moving to the University of Oregon.
Luukas Ilves is Head of Strategy at Guardtime, a leading cybersecurity and data integrity company. He also chairs the Council of Europe’s work on the human rights and ethics dimensions of Artificial Intelligence.
Most recently, Luukas was deputy director and senior fellow at the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank. His research focused on digital development in the EU and developing countries, e-government, AI security, and the data economy. Luukas has served in various policy positions for the Government of Estonia and the European Commission, including leading digital policy during Estonia’s 2017 Presidency of the EU Council and as a member of staff for Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.
Luukas is a graduate of Stanford University, a reserve officer and a member of the Estonian Defence League’s Cyber Defence Unit.
Session: AI in healthcare
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2019. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology & Innovation, Trade & Agriculture as well as Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Regions & Cities.
Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr. Knudsen served as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009). Besides his diplomatic career, which includes postings in London (2003-2004), Washington (1998-2000) and Moscow (1997), he briefly served as Group Director for International Policy in Vodafone, London (2013).
Benjamin Kumpf is the Head of Innovation at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to joining DFID, he led the Innovation Facility of the United Nations Development Programme, managed a global flexible fund to support experimentation and scaling-up development innovations and advised internal and external clients on the implementation of innovation strategies.
Over the past 13 years, Benjamin has worked on programmes and policy design at the intersection of innovation, technology and global development. Previous engagements include stints with UN Volunteers, with the German Agency for International Cooperation and the International Agricultural Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, Jordan, Nepal and Rwanda. He is a member of several advisory bodies to advance innovation in the development and humanitarian sectors and holds a Master degrees in Political Science and in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg and a post-graduate certification from the New York University.
Sofia Kyriazi is an Artificial Intelligence Engineer at the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Service. She currently supports UNHCR’s artificial intelligence projects, focusing on a wide array of challenges related to predictive analytics and natural language processing to better support the organization for the future of displacement. She previously held positions at IBM and CERN where she experimented in cognitive systems research and full stack solutions development.
She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of Athens, with a focus on Information Processing. She also holds a Masters Degree with a focus on Human Media Interaction from the University of Twente in the Netherlands
Yolanda Lannquist is Head of Research & Advisory at The Future Society, an independent nonprofit focused on the governance of AI to seize the opportunities it presents while mitigating its risks. She leads projects in the governance and policy of AI including AI for UN SDGs, global governance of AI, impacts on the economy, and more. Beyond research, Yolanda directs graduate and executive education courses on AI policy taught at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, IE University in Madrid, and the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai.
Yolanda has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelors degrees in Economics and European Studies from Columbia University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Yolanda previously advised Fortune 500 multinationals on innovation and market entry strategy as a business strategy consultant in Copenhagen.
She also worked on digital trade and regulation at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and authored several reports on global labor markets at The Conference Board in New York. Yolanda speaks English, French, Romanian, Turkish and Italian.
Eileen M. Lach
Eileen Lach joined IEEE in 2011 and served as its first General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer until her retirement in April 2018. In her role as the lead attorney and a senior executive at IEEE, Ms. Lach was key to the commencement in 2014 of IEEE’s major initiative on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, and engaged in its initiatives on the Internet of Things and the protection of patent rights for technology innovators and implementers through the IEEE standards development process. Following her retirement, Ms. Lach moved from being an IEEE staff member to a voting Member of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and the IEEE Council on Extended Intelligence in collaboration with MIT. Ms. Lach is also a member of The Future Society, a Harvard University incubated independent think tank committed to the advancement of the global governance of Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of IEEE’s for-profit subsidiary, IEEE GlobalSpec, Inc., and a member of the Board of Governors of St. Thomas University Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In addition to her work in the technology and ethics arena, Ms. Lach serves as a judge/arbitrator in the Civil Courts of the City of New York and has focused her philanthropic work in New York City, where she lives, on the protection of victims of international trafficking and the funding of innovative theatre and arts projects. Prior to joining IEEE, Ms. Lach, was a senior executive in a major global healthcare company and a partner in a national U.S. law firm. Ms. Lach began her career with a Wall Street law firm and for seven years simultaneously served on a pro bono basis as the General Counsel of Amnesty International in the United States.
Ms. Lach is admitted to practice law in New York and holds court admissions to the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Ms. Lach earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, USA (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She received a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs, with a concentration in Diplomacy and Development Economics, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Session: AI in smart cities
Dr. Stephen Lorimer is the Smart London Strategy and Delivery Officer at the Greater London Authority. He is responsible for the Mayor’s plans and programmes in smart city technologies and innovation in digital public services. He is the officer responsible for implementing Smarter London Together, the Mayor’s roadmap to make London the smartest city in the world. He has led London’s data trust pilot with the Open Data Institute and the Borough of Greenwich, is London’s contact for the Open Government Partnership, and is leading London’s new approach to cyber security.
He also manages the work of the Smart London Board to put digital technology and data at the heart of making the capital an even better place to live, work and visit. He formerly was responsible for the Mayor’s policy to support the tech sector in the City Hall economic development and business team.
In academia, his publications focused on urban transport, housing energy data, and spatial analysis of cities. Before a PhD in data in the built environment at the Bartlett, University College London, he was a practicing urban planner and urban designer at the consultancy Urban Initiatives. His projects included the Mayor of London’s housing design standards, CPD design for Urban Design London, the Aylesbury Estate Masterplan in Southwark, and an urban growth game for the HCA that received the innovation of the year award from Regeneration Magazine.
Session: AI and law
Massimo Marelli is the Head of Data Protection Office at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Before taking this role at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, Massimo worked as an ICRC Delegate in the field and as legal adviser at the ICRC headquarters. Prior to joining the ICRC, Massimo worked as lawyer at the UK Office of Fair Trading, Referendaire at the EU General Court and as Solicitor in private practice. Massimo is a member of the Brussels Privacy Hub Advisory Board, and with Professor Christopher Kuner is the co-editor of the Brussels Privacy Hub/ICRC Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action. Massimo is also a member of the Advisory Board and a Fellow of the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity at the University of Maastricht.
Session: AI and law
Karen McCabe is a Senior Director of Technology Policy and Marketing at IEEE, where she leads efforts to build and connect communities working in the technology policy ecosystem and where her focus is on the development and promotion of collaborative strategies that help advance technology for society and humanity benefit. Karen has over 25 years experience working at the nexus of mission-driven organizations, industry, NGO and government bodies to raise awareness, to educate and build capacity among stakeholders in the technology and standards sphere. Karen focuses on initiatives to expand global footprint and build communities Karen has held various leadership and senior management positions in the technology sector, with a specific focus in the global standards and technology development domain. Karen in engaged in efforts in digital inclusion, ethics and technology and global standards in trade and policy. She helps lead the organization’s engagement with UN and other international bodies with a focus on engagement of technical community and a focus on the intersection of policy and technology. Karen is a member of the OECD Internet Technical Advisory and works with an array of organizations and bodies to connect technologists, industry leaders and policy makers where she develops partnerships and builds alliances across stakeholder communities.
Session: AI in healthcare
Dr Lili Milani is a research professor and head of the personalized medicine initiative at the Estonian Genome Center, University of Tartu. She is actively participating in preparing and implementing the national strategy for personalized medicine in Estonia in close collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Institute for Health Development. Her main areas of research have been epigenetics and pharmacogenetics – studying the genetics of inter-individual variation in drug response. She has a PhD degree in molecular medicine from Uppsala University, Sweden (2009) and is currently part of several international consortia and H2020 projects focusing on genomics in health, diseases and their co-morbidities.
Session: Uptake and impact of AI in the EU
Gianluca Misuraca is Senior Scientist at the Digital Economy Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Growth & Innovation where, since 2009, is leading research in the area of Digital Governance and Social Innovation. He currently coordinates research on Digital Government Transformation and is the lead researcher on Artificial Intelligence in the public sector for the European Commission´s monitoring service of the EU AI Coordination Action Plan ´AI WATCH.
Before joining the European Commission, Gianluca was the Managing Director of the Executive Master in eGovernance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During his career he held several positions as policy advisor for different International Organisations, cooperation agencies and consulting in the area of eGovernment, regional development, research and innovation. Among various assignments, Gianluca was responsible for the United Nations General Secretariat, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) of the implementation in Africa of the United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and the eAfrica initiative for good governance.
Gianluca’s background is economics with focus on the interface between ICTs and public sector innovation. He holds a Diploma of Specialisation in EU Economics and Law, a diploma in Security Management, an Executive Master in eGovernance and a Ph. D in Management of Technology.
Session: Uptake and impact of AI in the EU
Karol Okoński is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs since July 10th 2018, in 2016-2018 Undersecretary of State. He supervises the work of the Department of National Systems, Department of Development of Digital Services and the Cybersecurity Department. On December 7th 2018 he was appointed Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Digital Committee of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the IT Architecture Council. Member of the Joint Committee of the Central and Local Government, where he is also Vice-Chair of the Information Society team. Chairing Steering Boards for a number of key governmental programmes, among others, e-ID, Central Registry of Vehicles and Drivers, National State Registries, eID NODE and Open Data. Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Ministry of Digital Affairs.
Steffen Ousdal is the Head of the Adaptive Policing Lab at the INTERPOL’s Innovation Centre Directorate. He is a Deputy Chief of Police from the Norwegian National Police Directorate and been with the police force for 22 years.
He has previously worked within different crime areas, and has since 2013 been in charge of establishing a national crisis respond centre in Norway. With a background as a police officer, he also holds a Master’s degree in risk and safety management.
Moira S. Patterson
Session: AI in healthcare
As Global Market Affairs & Community Engagement Director for IEEE-SA, Ms. Patterson oversees key initiatives related to digital inclusion and identity, data governance, and children’s online experiences. She has managed strategic initiatives and policy engagements in Europe and Africa and engaged in capacity building activities. In her role, Ms. Patterson has facilitated dialogue among various stakeholders (industry, government, academia, and social impact bodies) on ICT technology and the intersection of technology and policy, and worked in multi-stakeholder environments across various technical domains and industry sectors. By promoting standards’ potential to support sustainable development and to address digital challenges, Ms. Patterson contributes to IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
The IEEE-SA is a globally-recognized standards-setting body that develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community. The IEEE-SA has a portfolio of over 1,200 active standards and more than 650 standards under development.
Ms. Patterson has been employed by the IEEE-SA since 2007.
Ms. Patterson holds a B.A. in Political Science (Comparative Politics) from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Political Science (Comparative Politics, Developing Countries) from McGill University.
Jonnie Penn is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and a Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar researching artificial intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Formerly, he was a MIT Media Lab Assembly Fellow, Google Technology Policy Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a New York Times bestselling author.
Session: Opening Speech
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, leader of the Estonian Centre Party, is the head of the Government of the Republic of Estonia since 23 November 2016.
Session: Uptake and impact of AI in the EU
Maria Rautavirta is Director of Data Business Unit at the Ministry of Transport and Communications Finland. Maria is responsible on the strategic development of data economy, a prerequisite for the use of new technologies such as AI, as well as initiatives and regulative frame for data utilization and intelligent and automated systems in transport sector. In order to foster data economy and free flow of data in global cooperative competition, Maria has lead initiative of the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU to draft universal Data Economy Principles to guide policies and regulative measures towards human-centric, thriving and balanced data economy.
Session: AI in democracy
Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst and advocacy strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, media, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications.
She currently leads policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the World Wide Web Foundation. She previously worked at the iHub in Nairobi, where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology innovation research in the East Africa region.
Nanjira is a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel, board member at The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN) , has served as a trustee at UK Citizens Online Democracy (mySociety) (2016-2019), and as a deputy on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-17).
Session: AI-powered governments
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom, in charge of digital government and society, also telecommunications and post areas.
His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic development initiatives and regulation, to represent the government in EU and other international organisations or collaboration in his domain.
Dr Bente Skattør is Senior Advisor ICT, in the department of business governance Oslo Police District (OPD).
She has extensive experiences as project / program manager in Norway, Cross Nordic and some globally. This involves innovation, automatization, changes, improvements with high risk and complexity. She is the lead of policing in smart city in Oslo PD. Interests are AI, Big Data and Innovation/Change Management, ie. the interaction between work processes, change culture and ICT/Digitalization.
Nathalie Smuha is an assistant lecturer and researcher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, where she focuses on the ethical and legal implications raised by Artificial Intelligence and other new technologies. In the context of her research, Nathalie also worked at the European Commission (DG Connect) where she coordinated the EC High-Level Expert Group on AI, which delivered the EU Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI and AI Policy and Investment Recommendations.
She is a qualified attorney-at-law, specialized in the regulation of technology and EU fundamental rights law.
Session: AI in smart cities
Dr. Ralf-Martin Soe is a Founding Director of Smart City Center of Excellence (Finest Twins) and Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department. He is also a Development Manager at the ITL Digital Lab. His previous recent positions include being an ICT Counsellor to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Supervisory Board Member at the Estonian Internet Foundation and Government Fellow at the United Nations University’s e-Governemnt Unit.
During the last years, he has been initiating and managing large-scale Research and Development projects mainly in the field of ICT (e.g. Finest Twins, Hupmobile, TalTechCity, ICT Development Programme, Last Mile Fast Internet, Sohjoa Baltic, Finest Smart Mobilty, Real-time Economy, e-Receipt, Testlab and Cross-Sectoral Product Development). During 2009-2013, he was a Financial and Digitalisation Consultant working with the UK Government, PwC, Praxis and United Nations University. From 2006-2009, he was an Investigative Journalist at the Business Daily Äripäev and was selected as the Best Young Journalist in Estonia by the Estonian Newspaper Association in 2008, after several nominations.
Ralf has two master degrees in Financial Management (MSc, Maastricht University/ United Nations University and MBA, University of Tartu) and has a PhD degree in Technology Governance from Taltech.
Stephen P. Welby
Stephen Welby is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.
Prior to joining IEEE, in 2015 Stephen was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In this role, he served as the chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, leading one of the largest and most complex research, development, and engineering organizations in the world. He oversaw a $12.5B annual investment portfolio, managed internal and collaborative research and engineering efforts, drove a culture that valued innovation, and supported the department’s global technical engagement.
Stephen has more than three decades of government and industrial experience in technology and product development, including senior leadership positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His technical experience includes development of leading edge aeronautical and space systems, robotics, machine learning, high-performance software, and sensor systems.
Stephen holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a master’s degree in business administration from the Texas A&M University, and master’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the IEEE.
Leong Der Yao
Session: AI in smart cities
Mr Leong Der Yao is the Director of the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Division at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, focusing on driving digital transformation across the public sector using data science and AI, through consultancy projects, technology incubation, product and platform development and capability development efforts.
Prior to joining GovTech, Mr Leong held various public policy and administration roles in the Singapore Government.
Mr Leong’s academic background is in electrical engineering and computer science, and recently completed his Masters in Public Management at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.