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Speakers

Brendan McGinty
Chairperson, Skillnet Ireland and Managing Partner of Stratis Consulting

Brendan is Chairperson of Skillnet Ireland, the National Agency for Workforce Learning in Ireland, with over 65
distinct Learning Networks nationwide supporting over 15000 Companies and over 50,000 trainees. The
Skillnet Ireland mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning
in Ireland and in doing so to ensure that businesses have the necessary skills to thrive and to maintain a
highly skilled workforce. Brendan is passionate about workforce development issues and helping organisations and workers invest in skill development and to prepare for the ‘future of work’ issues that we now face.
Brendan is a leading expert in people strategy, employee relations, employment policy, change management
and dispute resolution with 30 years of experience backed judgement. At Stratis, Brendan and his
colleagues support organisations who want to lead improvements in critical areas of Employee Relations,
People Strategy and Workplace Policy. He brings career experience, knowledge and insight to the full advantage
of clients in leading people strategies and supporting senior leaders on any sensitive employment and
people strategy issues.
Brendan worked with Ireland's national business organisation, Ibec until 2013, where as a member of the
leadership team he had a successful career as Director of Industrial Relations and Human Resource
Services.
He engages with trade unions, government, state agencies, with other stakeholders and has an excellent
appreciation of National and European employment policy.
He is also Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body of the National College of Ireland and previously
served as a board member of the Labour Relations Commission until 2015 (now the Workplace Relations
Commission). Brendan is a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the World Employment
Confederation and previously served on both the Social Affairs Committee of Business Europe and as a
member of the Governing Board of Eurofound.

Slawomir Tokarski
Director, European Commission DG GROW

Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became a Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. Since 2015 Mr Tokarski became Acting Director, Dir F “Innovation and Advanced manufacturing” (DG GROW) and Head of Unit “Innovation Policy and Investment To Growth”. On 16th February 2016 Mr Slawomir Tokarski is appointed as Director, Dir F “Innovation and Advanced manufacturing” (DG GROW).

Olle Vogel
Knowledge Foundation, Expertkompetens, Sweden

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Marte Andresen
Consultant, PwC, Netherlands

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Ronald Kleijn
Project Manager, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, Make IT Work, Netherlands

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Werner B. Korte
Director, empirica GmbH

Werner B. Korte shares the directorship of empirica with Simon Robinson and is responsible for managing many large-scale international research and development and consulting projects in relation to the new forms of work and employment, e-Skills, monitoring and benchmarking the information society, demographic change and ageing, ICT services for energy saving in social housing and public buildings and other topic areas for different DGs of the European Commission (DG INFSO, ENTR, EAC, EMPL), the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, IPTS, national ministries, federal and regional governments and ministries in Germany, other European countries, in Qatar and global IT industry players like Cisco or Microsoft. In the e-skills domain Werner was the project coordinator of studies on monitoring and forecasting e-skills demand and supply, benchmarking, studies on policies on multi-stakeholder partnerships for e-skills in Europe quality labelling and responsible for the development of several executive briefings for Cisco Systems and another e-skills forecasting project for the ING Belgique Bank, working on the initiatives ‘European Guidelines and Quality Labels for e-Leadership Curricula’ and ‘e-Leadership skills for SMEs’, the service contracts ‘Leadership skills for digital and key enabling technologies in Europe’ all for the European Commission. He has recently completed the eSkills4Diversity project for J.P. Morgan and is currently coordinating the service contract 'High-tech skills for Europe' also for the European Commission.

Tobias Hüsing
Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH

As a senior research consultant, Tobias Hüsing helps clients understand the changing skills landscape during the digital transformation we see both at macro and micro level. Tobias has been doing and leading research in the area of skills and work for more than 10 years including studies about digital skills and future skills creation, the digital transformation of SMEs, digital entrepreneurship, IT labour market scenarios and forecasts, innovation and knowledge transfer co-operation and policies, and the socio-economic impact of ICT. Tobias’ interest is especially in empirical and quantitative data based research and policy consultancy for clients such as the European Commission, other government and (IT) industry clients. Tobias has been responsible for developing several large scale cross-country surveys, he is the author of several indices and indicator scoreboards and contributed to a number of observatories. Tobias has repeatedly authored and presented digital labour market forecasts, building on the major technological, social, education, labour market and demographic trends. He recently finished the service contracts and the project ‘HumanCapital – Skills and Competences’ (2017) for the EIT – European Institute for Innovation and Technology’ and involved in a service contract for the European Commission on ‘Digital Organisational Frameworks and IT Professionalism’ (2016-2019) and is now working on the service contract ‘High-Tech Skills for Europe - Scaling up Best Practices and Re-focusing Funding Programmes and Incentives’ (2017-2019) for the European Commission. 

Olivier Crouzet
Director of Pedagogy, École 42, France

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Ville Kairamo
CEO, Demola, Finland

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Tamás Tompa
Head of Education, Codecool, Hungary

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Jorg van Velzen-de Boer
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat, Netherlands

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Anders Flodstrom
Education Director, EIT Digital, Sweden

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Mary Cleary
Deputy CEO, ICS & ICS Foundation, Ireland

Mary Cleary is Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society/ICS Foundation and Vice-Chair of the CEN TC 428, “e-Competences and Professionalism”. She oversees ICT professionalism and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for ICS, coordinating the Irish Digital Jobs and Skills Coalition and advising the ICS CIO Forum on professionalism and Continuous Professional Development for all domains, with particular emphasis on eHealth. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, and has extensive experience of ICT professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool and is an active member of ECDL Foundation Expert Working Group. She manages education outreach initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland), and delivery of 8 national conferences annually. She is a delegate to the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) ICT SCC, and a committee member of the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).

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Malin Rosqvist
Senior project manager RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden

Malin Rosqvist is a senior project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Previoulsy she was senior project manager within Embedded Systems research at Mälardalen University. Leading the PROMPT initiative, Professional Master in Software Engineering, Malin engages in finding new ways for academia to be a competence provider also for professionals who need to be able to combine work and studies. PROMPT is an educational initiative in cooperation with several academic parties and leading industrial companies and organizations. Together the parties develop advanced level courses in web-based format, tailored to fit professional engineers and software developers. The long-term goal of PROMPT is to guarantee the supply of advanced software competencies and innovativeness in industry.

Malin is also a member of the board of Swedsoft, a non-profit organisation for stakeholders in software intensive systems in Sweden. Further, Malin has a role as Project Coordinator of Software Center at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. In Software Center companies and universities work together to accelerate the adoption of novel approaches to software engineering.

Previous to her present work in academia, Malin held a position as web master and later marketing manager at ABB, working globally with marketing and sales of industrial robots. Malin holds a MA from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and is Certified Project Manager (IPMA, International Project Management Association).

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