Past Speakers

Michael Sieber has a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. During his military and civil service in the German Armed Forces he assumed various responsibilities in operational, technical and international domains. This included munitions, vehicles, robotics, communications, modelling & simulation, radio frequency/electro-optical sensors, reconnaissance technology, electronic warfare. He led larger international projects with the US, Singapore and Chile. During his assignments abroad he worked with NATO in The Hague (Netherlands), and the Canadian Department of National Defence in Ottawa. In the German Ministry of Defence he was Senior International Armaments Affairs Officer, before he joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) as Assistant Research & Technology Director in 2010. Within the new EDA structure effective from 2014 he assumed the position as Head of the Information Superiority Unit.

Joseph Cannataci
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy

Prof. Joe Cannataci was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy in July 2015. He is the Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. He also holds the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen where he co-founded the STeP Research Group. An Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute and the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University Australia. A considerable deal of Mr. Cannataci’s time is dedicated to collaborative research. He was overall coordinator for the SMART and RESPECT projects dealing with surveillance and currently also coordinates MAPPING dealing with Internet Governance A UK Chartered Information Technology Professional & Fellow of the British Computer Society, he also continues to act as Expert Consultant to a number of international organisations. He has written books and articles on data protection law, liability for expert systems, legal aspects of medical informatics, copyright in computer software and co-authored various papers and textbook chapters on self-regulation and the Internet, the EU Constitution and data protection, on-line dispute resolution, data retention and police data. His latest book “The Individual & Privacy” is published by Ashgate (March 2015). In 2002 he was decorated by the Republic of France and elevated to Officier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques. His pioneering role in the development of technology law and especially privacy law was cited as one of the main reasons for his being made the recipient of such an honour as was his contribution to the development of European information policy. He has held or currently holds research grants from the British Academy, the Council of Europe, COST, UNESCO and the European Commission, totaling in excess of Euro 30 million.

Reinhard Posch
CIO of the Federal Republic of Austria

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Posch is member of many professional societies: IEEE, ACM, OCG (member of the board of the Austrian Computer Society), OGI (Oesterreichische Gesellschaft für Informatik), ACONET, OeMG (Oesterreichische Mathematische Gesellschaft), GME (Microelectronic society) etc. He was the Austrian representative in IFIP TC6 (Communication) as well as IFIP TC11 (Computer Security). Besides this, Reinhard Posch is member of the Working Group on security of payment systems with chip cards of the Austrian National Bank. He worked with the OECD group of experts on cryptography in preparing the OECD guidelines for cryptographic policies. At the national level, he was consulting the Federal Chancellery, the Ministry of the Interior and other public institutions on matters of security and cryptography. As the CIO for the Federal Government, Reinhard Posch is primarily involved in the strategic coordination of activities in the field of information and communications technology that concern more than one ministry. He specialized in ‘Applied Information Processing and Communications Technology’, and as Scientific Director of the Austrian Secure Information Technology Centre. The main efforts are computer security, cryptography, secure hard- and software, and eGovernment. He also helped Greece to recover from the economic crisis by working with the Reichenbach Group to assist implementing innovation in the Greek eGovernment. Reinhard was later awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Dr. Wojciech Wiewiórowski
Deputy European Data Protection Supervisor

Dr. Wojciech Wiewiórowski graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, and in 2000, he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor in constitutional law. After graduation he was editor and then publisher in legal publishing houses. In 2002, he began to work as lecturer at Gdańsk College of Administration, and since 2003 he was assistant professor and head of Legal IT Department at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk, with which he has been associated since 1995. Since 2006, he has been working for public administration. He was among others adviser in the field of e-government and information society for the Minister of Interior and Administration, as well as Vice-president of the Regulatory Commission of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In 2008, he took over the post of 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. He was also the member of the Archives Council to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He is a member of the Polish Association for European Law. In 2010, he was elected by Polish Parliament for the post of the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (Polish Data Protection Commissioner), which he served by November 2014 being re-elected for the second term. In that capacity, he was also Vice-Chair of the Working Party Art. 29 from February until November 2014. In December 2014, he was appointed Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor.

Achim Klabunde

Achim Klabunde heads the IT Policy group at the European Commission Data protection supervisor. In previous roles, he was at the European Commission, as a member of the team for the preparation of the Data protection reform in the Directorate-General for Justice. Before that, he led the Telecommunications Data Protection Directive team at the 2009 Telecom Reform. From 2002 to 2006, he was a project consultant for the Support for eHealth, eGovernment, ITSecurity and data protection projects. After studying computer science and communications research and Graduated as a computer scientist from the University of Bonn, he worked 15 Years in IT and communications as a software developer, project manager and IT manager.

Andreas Wild
Executive Director of ECSEL JU

Dr. Andreas Wild is the Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership on nanoelectronics, embedded software and smart system integration established as an autonomous European Union body through the merger of ENIAC and ARTEMIS JUs. Prior to joining ECSEL JU, Andreas Wild was the European R&D Director for Freescale Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. In his career, he managed Motorola R&D laboratories in U.S.A., Latin America, and Germany. He has an MS degree from the University “Politehnica” Bucharest, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Atomic Physics in Bucharest, Romania, authored 28 patents and more than 50 technical publications. His specialties include International management in semiconductor components and systems, negotiation and management of alliances and partnerships, including public-private partnerships, program management. 28 patents, more than 50 technical publications, and can speak seven languages.

Richard Stallman
President of the Free Software Foundation, Founder of the Free Software Movement

Richard Stallman is an American free software movement activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Stallman launched the GNU Project, founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Emacs, and wrote the GNU General Public License. Stallman launched the GNU Project in September 1983 to create a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software. With this, he also launched the free software movement. He has been the GNU project’s lead architect and organizer, and developed a number of pieces of widely used GNU software including, among others, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU Debugger and the GNU Emacs text editor. In October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation. Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, which uses the principles of copyright law to preserve the right to use, modify and distribute free software, and is the main author of free software licenses which describe those terms, most notably the GNU General Public License (GPL), the most widely used free software license. In 1989, he co-founded the League for Programming Freedom. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman had spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management (which he referred to as digital restrictions management, calling the more common term misleading), and other legal and technical systems which he sees as taking away users’ freedoms. This has included software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, activation keys, dongles, copy restriction, proprietary formats and binary executables without source code.

Bruce Schneier
Board member at Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fellow at Harvard,
CTO at Resilient Systems

Bruce Schneier is an American cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist and writer. He is the author of several books on general security topics, computer security and cryptography. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. He has been working for IBM since they acquired Resilient Systems where Schneier was CTO. He is also a contributing writer for The Guardian news organization. After receiving a physics bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1984, he went to American University in Washington, D.C. and got his master’s degree in computer science in 1988. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D from the University of Westminster in London, England in November 2011. The award was made by the Department of Electronics and Computer Science in recognition of Schneier’s ‘hard work and contribution to industry and public life’. Schneier was also a founder and chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions, formerly Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.

Romano Stasi
Managing Director of ABI Lab

Romano Stasi graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where he achieved an MBA in 1998 at the Bocconi University in Milan. He is the Managing Director of ABI Lab, the Banking Research & Innovation Centre promoted by the Italian Banking Association. He is also Chief operating officer of CERTFin, the Italian CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team ) dedicated to the banking sector. He has relevant work experience on B2B relationship, regarding in particular make or buy choices, marketing activities and process reengineering with a strong focus on the ICT solutions. He was a managing consultant for international consulting firms such as Accenture and Cap Gemini Ernst&Young developing projects in the Financial Services and ICT sector. He had the responsibility as E-business leader in GE Oil&Gas to define and implement the world wide B2B e-business strategy.

Melle Van Den Berg
Managing Consultant at CapGemini Cyber Security Consulting

Melle Van Den Berg is trained in political science and administration, and has practical experience in the government consultancy and project management. He is the founder and business director at De Speld, Holland’s main satirical article website. He specializes in cyber security, crisis management, security management, privacy, and cultural entrepreneurship.

Koen Maris

Koen Maris is Chief Technology Officer in the field of cyber security for ATOS in the region of the BeNeLux and the Nordics. Together with his team he scouts for new technologies and how to embed them into new services for the organization to serve their customers. He is recognized as a distinguished expert in the organization. He started his IT career as a software developer. This experience provided solid background in complex environments and a basis in the rollout of challenging IT projects. After a few years, he swapped development for ethical hacking because of a natural curiosity to flaws in systems. This was the start of technical career in IT security, however due to rise of security problems his career evolved from ethical hacking to security solutions integration and eventually to the more managerial side of security. He has been CISO and security officer preceding his current role (since 2015) as a Chief Technology Officer at Atos. He advises large organizations in a multi-industry environment to think on a long-term basis on Cyber Security and addresses complex security topics in layman terms for board of directors and executive committees. Koen Maris serves as a trusted advisor for many organizations and is becoming a known speaker that challenges his audience and questions current applied security models.

Roberto Gallo
CEO and Chief Scientist at KRYPTUS

Roberto Gallo has a Ph.D. degree in cyber security, and is an H2 member. He has been working in the Information Security Industry for more than 18 years focusing on raising the bar on behalf of his customers. Leading a unique team at KRYPTUS as CEO and Chief Scientist, he has had the privilege to help his clients to stay protected and anticipate countermeasures for the future, advanced threats. As coordinator of the Cybernetics Committee at the Brazilian Defense Industry Association, he aims to transform the Brazilian Industry and Stakeholders into world class players. His personal skills and interests include entrepreneurship, business development, defense, awareness building, risk analysis, hardening, system engineering, complex system integration, architectural vulnerability analysis, and cryptography. Some of his information security projects include the development of the hardware security architecture of the Brazilian voting machines (T-DRE, Urna Eletrônica), with more than 400.000 devices manufactured, the development of the ASI-HSM, the HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA and the sole device with the highest Brazilian certification level (NSF2-NSH3, FIPS 140-2 Level 4 compatible), and the development of the first Secure Microprocessor of the south hemisphere, the SCuP, iv) LinkBR2, a secure airborne datalink solution.

Bart Preneel
Director at COSIC TU Leven

Bart Preneel is the Director at COSIC TU Leuven, and the president at International Association for Cryptologic Research. He received the Electrical Engineering degree and the Doctorate in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He is currently full professor (gewoon hoogleraar) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has been visiting professors at the Technical University of Denmark (2007), Graz University of Technology in Austria (1997-2006), the University of Bergen in Norway (1997-2001), Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in Germany (2001-2002) and at the University of Ghent (1994-2002). He is a scientific advisor of Philips Research (the Netherlands). During the academic year 1993-1994, he was a research fellow of the EECS Department of the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interests are cryptology and information security. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 scientific publications and is inventor of two patents. He was president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cryptology, the IEEE Transactions on Information Foresnsics and Security, and the International Journal of Information and Computer Security. He is also a Member of the Accreditation Board of the Computer and Communications Security Reviews (ANBAR, UK). He has participated to more than 20 research projects sponsored by the European Commission, for four of these as project manager. He is currently project manager of the European Network of Excellence ECRYPT, which groups more than 250 researchers in the area of cryptology and watermarking.

Jan Philipp Albrecht
Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the EU Parliament

Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter Hallstein Institute for European Constitutional Law in Berlin. He graduated in information and communications technology law from the Universities of Hanover and Oslo. He was also a spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. He joined the German Green Party in 1999 and held various posts at local, regional and federal level. He led working groups and pressed political campaigns especially in the fields of civil liberties, legal affairs and constitutional issues. Albrecht became an anti-nuclear activist very early in his career, prompted by the problems with a nuclear waste storage facility in his home town, and has taken part in demonstrations against the transport of nuclear waste in his region. He later explained that these experiences provoked his commitment to civil liberties and democracy, in particular with regards to new technologies[citation needed]. His commitment to data protection and other issues of civil rights in the digital age have become a defining point in his political career. In March 2018, Albrecht was elected as the successor of Deputy Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein, Robert Habeck, who concurrently holds the position of chairman of the Green Party. Albrecht will not assume office before late 2018. In this capacity, he will also serve as State Minister for Energy, Agriculture, Environment and Digitization in the government of Minister-President Daniel Günther. To some, he was even hailed the “King of Data Protection.

Renaud Sirdey
Research Director at Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, French DoE

Renaud Sirdey is a Research Director at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), the French DoE. His main research interests include applied cryptography, compilation, parallelism and discrete optimization. Prior to his current responsibilities, after spending around 10 years as a system architect in the telecom industry, he most notably led the research team which designed a complete industry-grade dataflow compiler for the 256 cores MPPA architecture as well as served as head of the Embedded Real Time & Security Lab. As early as the end of 2010, while leading a CEA internal research project on cloud computing security, Renaud started to work on compilation and RTE for building a practical homomorphic encryption-based cryptocomputing technology. At present, he is mainly working towards the development of this technology through the leadership or contribution to several R&D projects on that topic and which have recently lead to the release of the open-source Cingulata FHE compiler. Since 2015-16, my activities in cryptography have also started to broaden beyond FHE including work on implementation security as well as as lightweight symmetric encryption. On the more academic side, I am the author or co-author of over 50 refereed research papers, several popular science papers, as well as more than 10 patents. Specialties: applied cryptography; compilation; parallel computing; combinatoric optimization; graph theory; dependability engineering; software engineering; statistics.

Marit Hansen
Data Protection Supervisor of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Federal Republic of Germany

Marit Hansen is a German computer scientist and privacy expert. Since 2015 she has been the Data Protection Officer of Schleswig-Holstein. Her work focuses on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) , Identity Management, Anonymity, Pseudonymity, Data Security, Technical Data Protection and Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default. She was appointed by the European Commission in 2007 as an expert in the Working Group on Privacy & Technology of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Until 2008 she was a spokeswoman for the PET Group of the Society for Computer Science. As part of the recurring event “Data Protection – Law and Technology”, she gives lectures at the Institute of Computer Science of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. She was also a lecturer at the Multimedia Campus Kiel and at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel. In the ULD she was responsible for the EU-funded projects FIDIS , PRIME , PrimeLife and ABC4Trust . She was appointed as the successor to Thilo Weichert to the head of the Independent Center for Privacy Protection in July 2015, and has been a member of the Federal Government’s Data Ethics Commission since July 2018 .

Jaap-Henk Hoepman
Associate Prof. at The Institute for Computing & Information Sciences,
Radboud University Nijmegen

Jaap-Henk Hoepman studied computer science at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, and obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam based on work done at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). Currently he is an associate professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen, and principal scientist of the Privacy & Identity Lab. He is also an associate professor in the IT Law section of the Transboundary Legal Studies department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, and a researcher at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT). His research interests focus on privacy by design, and privacy friendly protocols for identity management and the Internet of Things. He also maintains a blog covering his research and activities, and he is a columnist for the Financieele Dagblad (FD, a major Dutch newspaper) and a regular guest on the Dutch national radio news show Nieuws en Co.

Jovan Golic
Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital

Jovan Golic has been working in the field of information security for more than three decades, both in academic and industrial world. In his current position at the Security Lab of Telecom Italia Group, he has been working on a number of projects related to data anonymization and pseudonymization, format-preserving and syntax-preserving encryption, pseudorandom number generation and stream ciphers, true random number generation in hardware, secure hardware implementations, secret sharing and key agreement protocols, intrusion detection, statistical anomaly detection, biometric authentication, authentication in ad hoc networks, security in information-centric networks, and embedded SIM protocols. He has been also involved in startup creation and delivering services and products to the market.

Rufo Guerreschi
Executive Director at Trustless Computing Association

Rufo Guerreschi is founder of Trustless Computing Association. He launched the event Free and Safe in Cyberspace, a top cybersecurity event series and founded and exited Participatory Technologies. As Head of EMEA BizDev at 4thpass, acquired by Motorola, he sold +$10M Java mobile app store systems, including to Telefonica. As CEO at Open Media Park, Brought the valuation of a planned EU’s 2nd largest IT/media park from €3m to€21m.

Paul Nemitz
Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship at the EU Commission

Paul F. Nemitz is the Director responsible for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission. Before joining DG Justice, he held posts in the Legal Service of the Commission, the Cabinet of Commissioner Nielson, and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law.
Nemitz was admitted to the Bar in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, with the support of a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Roman Yampolskiy
AI Superintelligence Safety Expert and Professor

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions. Yampolskiy is a Senior member of IEEE and AGI; Member of Kentucky Academy of Science, and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI. Roman Yampolskiy holds a PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He was a recipient of a four year NSF (National Science Foundation) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellowship. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are AI Safety, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Biometrics, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Games, Genetic Algorithms, and Pattern Recognition. Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been cited by 1000+ scientists and profiled in popular magazines both American and foreign.

Ulrich Seldeslachts

Ulrich Seldeslachts is executive director of, a not for profit industry association focused on Cyber Security and Data Protection in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC is a cyber security catalyst, bringing together enterprise and government users, with industrial ICT Security expertise and academic experts and researchers. As a spinoff of KU Leuven University, LSEC is a thought leader on Cyber Security since 2002. Next to GDPR and data protection, LSEC has been active in domains of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Insider Threats, and Cyber Security Market Analysis. Prior to LSEC, Ulrich was responsible for the corporate development of a US-European Broadband wireless operator (Sprint-Clearwire), held operational ICT security positions at Orange and ran Cybersecurity investments at a Corporate Venture Capital. Ulrich has been coordinating digital transformations since 1996, operating the first commercial websites for large international companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, KBC bank, Interleasing, and Food Lion – Delhaize group.

Erik Duyck
Electronics Engineer & Business Development Accelerator at EIT Digital

Erik Duyck is an electronics engineer and business development accelerator at EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. They deliver breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeds entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life in Europe. It does this by mobilising a pan-European ecosystem of almost 200 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. He currently works out of Eindhoven, and recently returned from a mission in Silicon Valley, to further experience Digital Transformation, for the benefit of their scale-ups, corporate partners & our professional education. As an engineer, he likes to be inspired. In turn, he likes to inspire others with empathy.

David Meyer
Senior Technology Writer at Fortune

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist specialising in connected rights, policy, communications technology, emerging markets and emerging tech. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David’s main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.

Jennifer Baker
EU Tech Policy Reporter

Jennifer Baker is an EU tech policy reporter with 18 years experience as a journalist – freelance, remote, and in-house. She has over eight years of experience in Brussels reporting on EU technology, politics and legislation. Her skills include translating technical jargon, legalese & policy-speak into understandable, engaging English. Jennifer also has many contacts bursting with tech influencers and Brussels insiders, as well as Great on-air presentation skills including, live breaking news. She is a renowned live event moderator with in-depth knowledge of EU policy & the tech sector and expert in event reports and analysis publications for knowledgeable, targeted audiences. She was named in Politico’s Top 20 Women Shaping Brussels in 2017, ranked in Onalytica’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Data Protection 2016, and an expert council member, with a good technology collective.

Max Schrems
Leading Austrian Privacy Activist & Author

Max Schrems is an Austrian activist and author who became known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA’s PRISM program. Schrems is the founder of NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights.

Simone Halink
Co-chair of An Internet Safe and Secure Working Group of the FOC

Simone Halink works as a specialist on Internet freedom for the human rights department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her main areas of focus are the Freedom Online Coalition, digital rights, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and surveillance. Simone studied law at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Toronto, and New York University. Before joining the Ministry she worked as a lawyer at Bits of Freedom, a leading Dutch digital rights organization, and as a commercial litigator at the Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

William R. Pace
Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy

William R. Pace is the Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy. He has served as the Convener of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court since its founding in 1995 and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. He has been actively engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights issues for the past 30 years. He is a published writer and has been widely featured and/or quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, CNN, Le Monde, and the Associated Press, among a range of other media.

Daniel Castro
Vice President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. He has previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Castro was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He also writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Zachary Goldman
Director of the Center of Law and Security at New York Law School

Zachary K. Goldman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and a Senior Associate at the law firm WilmerHale, where his practice focuses on cybersecurity, national security law, financial sanctions, anti-money laundering, and related areas. From 2012-2018 he was the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, during which time he co-founded NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, and was a founding director of the MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy. Zachary previously served in government as a policy advisor in the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he was the subject matter expert on terrorist financing in the Arabian Peninsula and Iran, and as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the US Department of Defense.

John C. Havens
Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems

John C. Havens is the author of “Hacking H(app)iness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World“(Tarcher/Penguin – March, 2014) and is currently working on his second title for Tarcher/Penguin due out in 2016, “Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines”. He is a former professional actor and has been a keynote speaker around the world in Dubai, Milan, Stockholm, Munich, Geneva, at events like TEDx, SXSW, Web 2.0, WSJ Digital, and for companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and HP. He is frequently interviewed for his expertise on subjects of emerging technology and wellbeing. John is the Principal of Transitional Media Consulting, where he has worked with clients like, Datacoup, and Vision Critial, providing PR, Marketing, and Business Development Counsel around emerging and social media.

Yvo Desmedt
World-Renowned Cryptographer, Fellow of the IACR, Jonsson Distinguished Professor

Yvo Desmedt received his Ph.D. (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Leuven, Belgium (1984). He was program chair of ICITS 2007, co-program chair of CANS 2005, program chair of PKC 2003, the 2002 ACM Workshop on Scientific Aspects of Cyber Terrorism and Crypto ’94. He has authored over 200 refereed papers. He has given invited lectures at several conferences and workshops in 6 different continents. His first Assistant Professor position was at the Universite de Montreal (Canada). Other positions include: University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Florida State University and University College London. He declined an offer of Vice President of Citibank (New York, New York), and has held visiting appointments at Technion (Israel), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), University of Karlsruhe (Germany), AIST (Japan), Macquarie University (Australia), etc. He also went on research visits to AT&T Research, Certicom, ETH, IBM Yorktown Heights, Philips Research Laboratory, Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e), University of Waterloo, and others.

Gry Hasselbalch
Founder of the Global Privacy as Innovation Network

Gry Hasselbalch is the Cofounder of DataEthics – a non profit thinktank that has worked to provide knowledge and collaboration on data ethics since 2015. She co-authored the book “Data Ethics – the New Competitive Advantage”, published in 2016, and is currently a member of the EU Commission’s High Level Expert Group on AI. She is also the Vice Chair of the IEEE P7006 – Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent and member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of AI and Autonomous Systems, and is currently researching the data ethics policy debate in Europe from a humanist’s perspective She predicts that by 2035 humans have returned to human life. Technologies are no longer augmenting, but are now supporting our identity, culture, economy, politics.

Marcos Vinicius Mazoni
President of SERPRO

Marcos Vincius Mazoni is the CEO of Serpro. An enthusiast in free software, he was one of the precursors of the branch in Brazil, having coordinated the I FISL. He has a degree in business administration and a postgraduate degree in information technology from FGV, and business management from UFRGS. He worked for 20 years at Companhia Riograndense de Telecomunicações. He also worked at the Porto Alegre City Hall, at Procempa , and at ASBEMI and ABEP, and he was president of Procergs , from 1999 to 2002; director, from Celepar, Paraná state computer company, from 2003 to 2006; and president and CEO of Serpro , from 2007 to 2016.

John "Maddog" Hall
World Renowned Free Software Pioneer & Evangelist

John “Maddog” Hall is the CEO of OptDyn, makers of Subutai P2P Cloud Platform. The nickname “maddog” was given to him by his students at Hartford State Technical College, where he was the Department Head of Computer Science. He has worked for Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation (Digital), VA Linux Systems, and SGI. He was the CTO and ambassador of the computer appliance company Koolu. It was during his time with Digital that he initially became interested in Linux, and was instrumental in obtaining equipment and resources for Linus Torvalds to accomplish his first port, to Digital’s Alpha platform. It was also in this general time frame that Hall, who lives in New Hampshire, started the Greater New Hampshire Linux Users’ Group. Hall serves or has served on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations, including the USENIX Association. Hall has spoken about Linux and free software at the technology conference Campus Party many times since 2007, most recently in June 2014 in Mexico and in November 2014 in El Salvador. At the UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, Hall was honoured with a Lifetime Recognition Award for his services to the open source community.

Rogério Winter
Liason Officer of the Centro de Tecnologia da Informação
Renato Archer of the Brazilian Army

Rogério Winter graduated at the Academia Militar de Agulhas Negras as a communications officer of the Class of 1991. He now works as the professional activities at the CTI Renato Archer (Campinas) as Director Substitute and head of institutional relations. He has a masters in electronic engineering and Computing by the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and masters in military applications from the Escola de Aperfeiçoamento de Oficiais do Exército Brasileiro. He has over 25 years of professional experience the area of information security, working mainly on the topics: Cyber warfare, electronic warfare, command and control, security of network Computers. He is co-author of the book “Apocalypse: The end of the antivirus”, and is also the director of the Cybersecurity of the ASSESPRO São Paulo.

Alberto J. Azevedo
IT Security and Privacy Expert, Consultant, and Hacktivist

Alberto J. Azevedo is the founder and CEO at CYB3R Security Operations, founder and CEO at Infosec Army, and president at Security Solutions Holding. He attended the IT Technologist graduation on the Federal Center of Technology Education in Brazil (CEFET-PR). He has more then 20 years of experience on IT, specializing in corporate network security. He was CEO of Nova Era were he performed several security and IT projects in large companies in several states. He is an enthusiast of the hacker culture, and creator of the ESPH (Enterprise Security Planning Hack) a methodology to implement security on corporate networks, he is also the leader of the Security Experts Team Project, a projects that aims to distribute information security papers and manuals in portuguese for free on internet. He’s an expert on Security Regulations and Standards, a speaker on international conferences, and Latin America Manager for the Trustless Computing Project (Former UVST – User Verifiable Social Telematics). Alberto is also member of the SecurityCast project and Founding member of the USL-PY project. At the present he’s working as a Security Consultant to large companies, some governments in Brazil and all over the world.

Steven Bellovin
Prof. at Columbia University

Steven M. Bellovin is a researcher on computer networking and security. He is currently a Professor in the Computer Science department at Columbia University, having previously been a Fellow at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, New Jersey. In September 2012, Bellovin was appointed Chief Technologist for the United States Federal Trade Commission, replacing Edward W. Felten, who returned to Princeton University. In February 2016, Bellovin became the first technology scholar for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Kai Rannenberg
Chair at Deutsche Telekom & Chair of Multilateral Security at Goethe Univeristy

Kai Rannenberg has been at Goethe University since 2002, before which he was with the System Security Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, focusing on “Personal Security Devices and Privacy Technologies “, such as within the CamWebSIM project. He has been an IFIP Councillor since 2009, and from 2007 to 2013 he chaired IFIP TC-11 “Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems”, after having been its vice-chair since 2001. Kai is active in the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) chairing its Legal & Security Issues Special Interest Network (CEPIS LSI) since 2003. From 2004 until 2013 Kai served as the academic expert in the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

Peter Ide-Kostic
Senior Policy Analysts at the EU Parliament STOA Unit

Peter Ide-Kostic is an administrator and policy analyst within the Secretariat of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament. He mainly specializes in Parliamentary research, Security Management, Project and Program management, Technology Assessment (TA), Physical Security, Information Security, Technical security, IT security, Personal data Protection, Travel Security, Personal Security, Risk Management, Contingency Planning, Business Continuity Management, Disaster Recovery Management, Crisis Management, Security Investigations, Threat Assessment, People management, Financial and Budget management, emerging TIC and security technologies, Program and Project management.

Michel Jaccard
Founder of Id Est Avocats

Michel is the founder of id est avocats, an award winning boutique law firm located in Switzerland focusing on delivering strategic and expert advice to successful startups, innovative companies and global brands in the fields of technology, media, intellectual property, privacy and cybersecurity. Michel is also a widely respected corporate law specialist and has acted with his team on some of the most significant rounds of financing, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures in the technology sector in recent years in Western Switzerland, including several exits to major US buyers. Michel graduated with honors from Lausanne University (J.D.’93, Ph.D.’96) and Columbia University (LL.M.’97, Fulbright Grantee and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). He has practiced law for more than 15 years in Switzerland and abroad in leading business law firms, including as head of practice. He is admitted to the Swiss and New York bars and worked in 2003-2004 in the IP/IT department of White & Case LLP in New York. He has been active in open source matters since 2005, and is a founding member of the International Free and Open Source Law Review (IFOSSLR) editorial committee. Michel was listed among the “300 most influential personalities” in Switzerland by Bilan Magazine and has received top rankings in tech | media | IT | IP and corporate | M&A by leading guides such as Chambers, Legal500 and Best Lawyers.

Bjoern Rupp
CEO of GSMK Cryptophone

Dr. Rupp is the managing director of the GSMK company for secure mobile communication mbH with a seat in Berlin, and has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including more than 14 years in the field of telecommunication and IT security. After working for an international management consultancy in the Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media and Electronics (TIME) Division, he was responsible for building and managing the GSMK in 2003, which today operates in over 50 countries worldwide with highly secure mobile phones and communications and terminal security products.

Pierre Chastanet
Senior Policy Analysts at the EU Parliament STOA Unit

Pierre is Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission and is notably in charge of the European regulation on the free flow of non-personal data and the implementation of cloud policies. He has been working for 12 years at the European Commission in various management and policy development assignments, in the area of cybersecurity, digital privacy, ICT for societal challenges, green ICT and telecom innovation. Prior to that, Pierre acquired over 10 years of ICT experience, mostly in various IT management positions at Procter & Gamble. Pierre holds a M.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, a M.A. in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels and a B.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Alberto Pelliccione
CEO of ReaQta

Alberto began his journey as a malware reverse engineer and A.I. researcher, later on he applied his knowledge of the field in the governmental side of cyber intelligence. In 1998 he became more and more enamoured with A.I., convinced that it would eventually play a larger role in society, when the dream started to become true he decided to join the revolution. as CEO of ReaQta, he leads the innovation process, developing new paradigms to help their clients raise their security posture in an easy and efficient way, helping them to tackle the challenge of defending their infrastructures from increasingly sophisticated and subtle threats. ReaQta develops an innovative Artificial Intelligence driven Endpoint Threat Response platform, capable of detecting new and previously unknown cyber threats, ranging from ransomware to sophisticated in-memory threats, using dynamic behavioral analysis, allowing real-time and autonomous response.

Eric Drexler
Fellow at Oxford University, Researcher and Internal Advisor to the FHI

Eric Drexler is an American engineer best known for popularizing the potential of molecular nanotechnology (MNT), from the 1970s and 1980s. His 1991 doctoral thesis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was revised and published in 1992 as the book “Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery Manufacturing and Computation”, which received the Association of American Publishers award for Best Computer Science Book of 1992. Drexler holds three degrees from MIT. He received his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences in 1977 and his M.S. in 1979 in Astro/Aerospace Engineering with a Master’s thesis titled “Design of a High Performance Solar Sail System.”

Raoul Chiesa
President of Security Brokers, Former Consultant & Advisor to ENISA

Known as “The Most Famous Italian Hacker”, Raoul Chiesa starts his web adventure at the age of twelve. He first sneaked into military and government institutions and banks. Internationally famous, he affirms his role and shows his skills by sneaking into Banca d’Italia in 1995. Shortly after, SCO (Central Operative Section of the Italian Police), on a FBI hint, arrests him with thirteen different charges. After persuading the enquirers of his good faith, he spends four months in house detention. Finally, this event forced him out of the dark web and start working on cybersecurity. He defines himself as an “ethical hacker” and becomes the European leader in cybersecurity helping several governments facing web-related issues.

Nikola Danaylov
Assistant Director of the Singularity Weblog

Bestselling author of Conversations with the Future, Nikola Danaylov is a keynote speaker, futurist, strategic adviser, popular blogger and podcast host. Nikola has spoken at public events on topics ranging from technology, transhumanism and the technological singularity to new media, blogging and podcasting. He has been ranked within the top 10 people the AI Elite follow on Twitter, profiled in Next Stage Rising Stars Magazine and has been interviewed himself for numerous documentary films, blogs, podcasts, magazines and newspapers. Nikola’s Singularity.FM interviews have had over 4 1/2 million views on iTunes and YouTube and have been featured on international TV networks as well as some of the biggest blogs in the world, such as BBC, MTV, Space, ArteTV, TV Japan, the Telegraph, io9, the Huffington Post, ZDNet, BoingBoing and others. Today, Singularity Weblog is the biggest independent blog on related topics. The Singularity.FM podcast is the first, most popular and widely recognized interview series in the niche and, according to Prof. Roman Yampolskiy, Nikola has established himself as the “Larry King of the Singularity.”

Andreas Reisen
Head of Division "IT and Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures and the Private Sector, Secure Information Technology" of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior

Andreas Reisen has headed the department “Critical IT Infrastructures; secure information technology “in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. In addition to the protection of critical IT infrastructures, he is responsible for tackling questions in technology policy in the area of IT security (such as crypto policy and digitization), IT security certification and cooperation with the IT security industry – including the corresponding technical supervision of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) – to his area of responsibility. Prior to this, Andreas Reisen had already been in charge of several presentations in the BMI with different IT-political relevance since 2002. He began his professional career in the BSI (1993-1999) and then moved to the BMI. He is a graduate physicist and studied Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics at the RWTH Aachen University.

Eve Hunter
Analyst at AMIDA

Experienced cybersecurity analyst with a demonstrated history of working in industry, think tanks, and NGOs. Formerly NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense CoE. She is also interested in critical infrastructure and SCADA security, nuclear power, international security, IT security policy and the intersection of technology and human rights/ethics. Has a Master of Science (MSc) in Cybersecurity from Tallinn University of Technology and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Culture from Smith College.

John Calian
Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories

Developing and leading innovation topics Deutsche Telekom and its partners including for blockchain. Also Vice President of DT Blockchain Group. Formerly, founder and COO of startup software firms in the Seattle area. Co-Founded and operated a start-up mobile software company that built a sophisticated web service platform delivering digital mobile content to mobile devices. Firm was sold in 2009 to Digby. Holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington.

Liz Steininger
CEO at Least Authority

CEO at Berlin-based Least Authority, a leading open source cloud service based on highly-audited open source and advanced cryptographic protocols. Formerly, senior program manager at the Open Technology Fund. Prior to joining Least Authority, Liz was a Project Manager, Program Manager and Analyst on numerous tech development projects over her 16 years in both private companies and public organizations, including managing funding with the Open Technology Fund. She holds an M.S. in Management & Technology from Carlow University (2007) and B.S. in Digital Media from Drexel University (2001).

Thomas J. Ackermann
Entrepreneur in Residence at the Strategy & Rapid Innovation - KdoCIR - German Federal Armed Forces.

Ackermann spent most of his professional career so far around Internet-centric start-ups, from being the first ISP in his hometown, starting his own start-up in Germany in the early days of the Internet, then moving to the US and Silicon Valley in 1994 for the disruptive Internet revolution, where he helped build several startup companies. Among those, he built the global infrastructure for the first animation of the Internet (ShockWave/Flash), deployed the first content mirror sites for Macromedia in London and Tokyo, built the first SuperPOP (free carrier choice) data center in the heart of Silicon Valley (Globix), built the infrastructure for the first multi-bank money transfer system through a web-based service (CashEdge), the first global bartering site with virtual currency (Bartertrust), as well as developed the first working defense against distributed Denial-of-Service (dDoS) attacks (Melior Inc CyberWarfare). Building on the CyberWarfare success, he invented and built AI-based ThreadStream Logic Gate Computing, enabling ExoWarfare technology (ExoWarfare Inc); early in the evolving Blockchain ledger technology, he designed and built industrial infrastructure and hardware to scale its applications into the future (Blockchain Industries, MetaBlockchains, Blockchain BGP, Blockwart). Thomas is currently developing uses for Quantum Computing in Blockchain (Quantum Blocks), as well as technology for conflict resolution in the 21st century (HyperWarfare).

Carlo von Lynx
Founder of

Carlo is the founder of, a free software distributed social network that runs on users’ devices with end-to-end encryption and anonymization. Formerly head of symlynX multicast, and tech lead at STERN magazineInventor of URL shortening and prototype content delivery networks. Contributor to IRC, XMPP. Main author of PSYC. Former head of symlynX multicast systems. Participant in the Pirate movement and author of legislation proposals and expert in liquid democracy technology and digital social structures.

Chase Gummer
Founder & Managing Partner at Anchor Point, Head of Digital at FTI Consulting, Germany

Formerly Senior Research Fellow at Brandenburg Institute for Society & Security, Chase was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, writing about technology and economics. He has also been an analyst for several German think tanks, specializing in cybersecurity and the challenges of digitalization for German companies. Chase was born in the US and studied international affairs and economics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After stints at Hering Schuppener and Axel Springer, Chase is now Head of Digital at FTI Consulting.

Mirko Ross
Lead Architect of Asvin

Cybersecurity, IoT, blockchain expert. Lead Architect of Asvin, an open source solution for a secure update of IoT edge devices. Since 2017, the technical consultant for Blackpin Secure Communication. He also teaches mobile software development at Heilbronn University and is involved on several research activities for open standards and business models in the Internet of Things. He is also a member of the Expert Group on Security in the Internet of Things at ENISA. Member of the IOTA Evangelist Network (IEN) since 2018.

Lisa Trujillo
Teacher at the ReDI School of Digital Integration

Lisa Trujillo is a Technologist with software engineering, technical delivery, and research experience for numerous innovations agencies, research networks, development cooperation organizations and social impact enterprises. She is a technology consultant, and Digital Civil Rights Researcher, focusing on emerging technologies, bridging tech minority gaps, and data privacy and protection for underrepresented groups. She is an Event Co-Organizer with Google’s Women Techmakers Program, and her main focus areas include: privacy, data protection and security, GDPR implementation, emerging technologies, digital literacy, youth migration and digital education development.

Alexander Szanto
Cyber Security Research Fellow at Brandenburg Institute

Alexander Szanto Primarily focused on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project HERMENEUT. He was previously with digitalization and domestic security research fellow to MP in the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf. Alexander studied European Studies at the University of Maastricht and as part of his studies he spent a semester abroad at the Sciences Po in Paris with a focus on International Relations. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security, concentrating in Cybersecurity and Political Developments in the Middle East post-1945 in the War Studies Department of King’s College in London.

Adam Burns
Chief Technology Officer and Head of Research at Adaptant Labs

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Research at Adaptant Labs, managing research for cutting-edge cloud security systems. Co-founder and ex-Director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. Formerly he deployed military-grade encrypted mobile VoIP systems, emergency broadcast radio networks in Syria and Africa, and secure Enterprise WiFi systems. Adam is a passionate Internet technologist, pioneer and advocate, with over 25 years of experience in the human centered “full stack” of digital communications. He was technical manager of Australia’s first national ISP (member of the Association of Progressive Communications) specialising in facilitating human rights, NGOs and social change groups’ online communications needs. Adam worked in health and justice sectors, bringing emerging standard practices of information security and risk management to the handling of data vital to human and social well-being. He has co-founded and was a director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. Adam founded Europe’s earliest community wireless network, holding workshops for people to share expertise to establish, manage and own their own open access networks.

Elad Verbin
Lead Scientist and Founding Partner of Berlin Innovation Ventures

Verbin is a computer scientist and lead scientist and founding partner of Berlin Innovation Ventures, a Berlin VC founded solely by R&D experts, investing into ventures in blockchain, zero knowledge and machine learning. As a theoretical data and computer scientist, Elad has been following blockchain technology since the 80’s, and he leans on the humanities and other disciplines to shape its future. He is keenly aware of the high hopes associated with the rise of the decentralized web and passionate about finding ways to protect the democratizing potential of crypto economics. In order to “design cryptoeconomic systems of long-term utility, viability, and success,” he argues that “experts in actual human economic behavior, such as public policy experts, behavioral economists, and social scientists need to be included into the design process.” Elad holds a postdoc degree from the Computer Science Department of Aarhus University, and completed his Ph.D with Haim Kaplan at Tel Aviv University.

Silvan Jongerius
Managing Partner at techGDPR

Silvan Jongerius is the Managing Partner of TechGDPR, a boutique consultancy for Data Protection and Privacy in tech-centric environments, such as Blockchain, AI and IoT. He has led data protection and security efforts since 2012, has spend over 12 years in senior technology leadership, general management and innovation for large technology educators, and has focussed on Blockchain projects during the last years. He holds certifications from the Columbia Business School in Digital Strategies for Business, from the IAPP as Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe/GDPR) and is TÜV certified Data Protection Officer (Datenschutzbeauftragter). He is a regular speaker and educator in GDPR, blockchain, innovation and technology and is mentor or advisor for a number of technology, innovation and blockchain projects.

Christian Junger
CEO and Co-Founder of MADANA

Christian is CEO and co-founder of the German blockchain start-up MADANA, which is a GDPR compliant platform for data analysis that uses Blockchain technology allowing participants to get in on the data market with their own data and simultaneously preserving their privacy by design. Before, Christian participated in various Blockchain projects as business development lead at the CryptoTec AG. His crypto career began in 2013 with his first Bitcoins during his Finance and Entrepreneurship studies. In 2013, he co-founded the Bitcoin Aachen meetup and was involved in the founding process of Lisk. Christian participated in various blockchain projects such as Business Development Lead at CryptoTec AG. Besides leading MADANA, Christian speaks at many conferences around the world and is adviser of various institutions in Germany.

Sebastian Weyer
Co-founder & CEO at Statice

Sebastian Weyer is the Co-founder & CEO at Statice which helps companies to leverage private customer data in a privacy-preserving manner by using synthetic data to foster a variety of collaborations with external data owners and data experts.

Ludmila Morozova-Buss
Researcher in Strategy, Systems Thinking, Knowledge Engineering, Industrial Cybersecurity

An acknowledged multi-lingual, multi-cultural thought leader, Ludmila Morozova-Buss established her foundational economics, finance, and business strategy knowledge and experience through myriad assignments in the United States and Asia as well as in Europe. With a clear grasp of systems theory and revelation of pervasive, persistent, and resilient interconnectedness, Mrs. Morozova-Buss was uniquely qualified as lead moderator and facilitator of Global #MegaTrends Roundtable – a select gathering of Industry Leaders across industries ranging from protégées through mentors across all professions while emphasizing the common connectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Jörn Erbguth
UDIS-Certified Data Protection Officer Since 2017

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection. He is researching governance of blockchains and smart contracts at the University of Geneva. He is lecturing at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, University of Geneva and University of Lucerne. Jörn Erbguth is a member of the Focus Group on DLT at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and board member of the EDV-Gerichtstag, and holds diplomas in computer science and law.

Nicola Feltrin
Free Software Expert, Activist, and Lawyer

Nicola Feltrin is a Free Software expert, activist, lawyer, and freelance IP and free software license consultant. Formerly Network coordinator for a major NGO for the promotion of free software. He has a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Trento University.