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Registration and Welcome Coffee


Welcome and Introduction by the chairperson

John Higgins CBE, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE


European Commission High-Tech Policies and Initiatives: Digital Single Market Strategy, Innovation and high-tech skills in Europe

Slawomir Tokarski, Director, European Commission, DG GROW


Keynote: Vision and Scenarios of new Disruptive Technological Trends and Future Potential Impact

Martin Canning  PDF, Group Vice-President European Consulting, IDC


Keynote: High-tech Leadership and Innovation Skills from an Industrial and Global Perspective

Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen PDF, Chief Economist, PwC Europe and Managing Partner of PwC Strategy & Economics


Keynote: High-Tech and Leadership Skills for a Digital Single Market

Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxembourg




High-Tech Leadership: Increasing Europe's Talent Pool: Are we ready for successful High-Tech Innovation?

  • Estimates of high-tech leadership and innovation skills needs
  • Demand and supply and forecasted excess demand
  • Foresight until 2020 and beyond
  • Key findings and conclusions

Tobias Hüsing PDF, Senior Research Consultant, empirica 

Mark Lengton PDF, Senior Consultant, PwC


Making High-Tech Innovation happen in Europe: Proposals for a European Agenda towards 2020 and Beyond

  • Best practices in Europe and the rest of the world
  • There is a job to do! A new ambitious agenda
  • Recommendations for action and tentative roadmap
  • EC, Stakeholders and Member state commitment and action

Werner B. Korte PDF, Director, empirica

Kristina Dervojeda  PDF, Senior Manager Innovation & Development, PwC 




Expert Panel Discussion: Working Together Towards High-Tech Leadership in Europe: Better Anticipating and Managing Change

Chairperson: John Higgins CBE, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

  • Freddy Van den Wyngaert, Chairman of the Board, EuroCIO – The European CIO Association and CIO, Agfa ICS, Belgium
  • Rodrigo Miranda, CEO, ISDI Institute for the Internet Development, Spain
  • Christian Pagel, Head of Information Technology Management / CIO, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions GmbH, Germany
  • Laurent Zibell, Policy Advisor IndustriALL European Trade Union, Belgium
  • Samuli Siren, Partner, Partner, Redstone Digital, Germany
  • Silvia Leal, IT Programmes Academic Director, IE Business School, Spain




Expert Panel Discussion: The importance of a European Innovation and Leadership Skills Agenda: Key messages, priorities and the Way Forward

Chairperson: John Higgins CBE, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE 

  • Kristina Dervojeda, Senior Manager Innovation Policy Research, Leader PwC Innovation Research Centre, PwC Woman of the Year 2012, The Netherlands 
  • Frank Gielen, Director of Education, EIT InnoEnergy
  • Malin Rosqvist, PROMPT leader, Board member, Swedsoft,  Project Coordinator, SoftWare Center, University of Mälardalen, Sweden
  • Mika Helenius, Secretary General, TIVIA, Finland
  • George Sharkov, National Cybersecurity Coordinator, Adviser on Cyber Defense, Ministry of Defense,  Director, ESI CEE European Software Institute - Center Eastern Europe, Bulgaria
  • Oliver Grün, CEO, BITMI, Germany and President, European Digital SME Alliance


Summary, Conclusions, Next Steps

John Higgins CBE, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica