Green IT for Green Policy, 13-14 October 2010, Brussels, Belgium

Speaker Profiles


Jørgen Abild Andersen, Director General Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, National IT and Telecom Agency

Jørgen Abild Andersen is among the World’s most experienced government officials within the ICT area. As Director General of the national regulatory authority since 1991, Mr Abild Andersen has been responsible for implementing the liberalisation of the Danish telecoms market.

Prior to this he worked for the Danish General Directorate of Posts and Telegraphs, where he was Legal Counsel and Deputy Permanent Secretary from 1984 to 1991. During that period, he played a key role in the restructuring and privatisation of the Danish telecoms sector and in the establishment of competition within mobile communications.  With the establishment of the National IT and Telecom Agency in April 2002, the responsibilities of Jørgen Abild Andersen have been extended to cover the whole policy range within the ICT area. His current policy responsibilities include among others privacy, trust and security in the Information Society, eBusiness, eGovernment, eSkills, green ICTs, the national digital signature as well as broadband, DNS and radio spectrum. One of the results of the work is the establishment of an internationally acclaimed open e-business infrastructure, which now serves as a model for the development of a similar infrastructure to be used at the pan-European level.

Mr Abild Andersen gained a Masters of Law from the University of Copenhagen in 1975. He started his professional career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Public Works and for a three-year period he served as Private Secretary to the Minister. From 2003 to 2004 he was Chairman for the European Commission’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group. In 2005, Mr. Abild Andersen served as Chairman for European Regulators Group (ERG) and the Independent Regulators Group (IRG). Since 2006 he has been Denmark’s representative in the European Commission’s i2010 High Level Group. In June 2008 Jørgen Abild Andersen headed the Danish delegation to the OECD Ministerial Conference on the Future of the Internet Economy in Seoul, Korea. And in May 2009 he hosted the OECD High Level Conference on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, which was held in Helsingør, Denmark. In October 2009 he was elected Chairman of OECD's Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP).

Mr. Abild Andersen is married. His wife is a surgeon. Together they have one daughter who is working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Georges AtayaProfessor Georges Ataya, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Professor at Solvay Brussels School, Managing Director of ICT Control SA-NV, management consulting firm based in Brussels, Georges Ataya is an author, lecturer and consultant in IT Governance, Information security Management and IT Assurance and compliance.

Georges is the International Vice President and Board member of the IT Governance Institute ( He participates since 2001 in research in areas related to the management of the IT process. Areas of specialty are Business-IT Linkage, Value Management, Risk Management, resources and outsourcing management, and performances monitoring. He publishes regular columns in the Belgian computer magazine « IT Professionnel » and the Dutch « IT Expert ».

Georges Ataya is professor at Solvay Business School where he founded and currently directs the Executive Master in ICT Audit & Security and the Executive Master in IT Governance. European recognized Expert-witness, active with business mediation and arbitration. Georges performs expert witness work for the Belgian Justice system since 1992 and performs mediation in France since 2000. Managing Partner of ICT Control SA-NV, Georges Ataya has advised the office of the French Prime Minister (Secrétariat Générale de la Défense Nationale), the Belgian Government (auditor of the e-ID project), Belgian regional governments and the European Commission DIGIT as well as enterprises in the financial and Services sectors of activity.

From 1991 to 1996 he managed at ITT World Directories the worldwide IT activities with 10 reporting IT departments in three continents. Past Partner with Ernst & Young Belgium where he directed the Technology and security Risk Services from 1999 until 2002. Georges is Certified Information Systems Auditor (ISACA, USA 1991), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2 2002), certified information security Manager (CISM, ISACA 2003), and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT, ISACA 2008).He participated in 2001-2002 in the International Committee to define the Information Security Manager (CISM) certificate. He launched in 2008 the first Boot camp for the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) that he lectures at four occasions (twice for the European Commission IRMs). Georges Ataya speaks fluently English, French and Arabic (Born in Lebanon). He holds meetings in Dutch.

Paolo BertoldiDr. Paolo Bertoldi, European Commission DG Research, Institute for Environment & Sustainability

Paolo Bertoldi has a Doctor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 at the University of Padova (Italy). He has been working with the European Commission since 1986. From 1986 to 1993 he was working in the EU nuclear fusion project, Joint Undertaking Torus (JET) in the UK. For 1993 until April 2001, he was Administrator with the European Commission, DG Energy and Transport (DG TREN, Brussels Belgium), in charge of EU regulatory and voluntary programmes for the rational use of energy in end-use equipment, buildings and industry. He was also in charge of negotiated and long term agreements with industry and tertiary sectors and the GreenLight programme. Since May 2001, he is Principal Administrator at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy), in charge of research activities on energy efficiency policy, the efficient use of electricity (ICT, data centres, digital TV) and innovative policy instruments (e.g. white certificates, financing mechanisms, emission trading). He continues to manage the GreenLight, Motor Challenge and Standby Initiative programmes.

John BorrasMr. John Borras, Chair OASIS eGovernment Member Section and former Director of Technology in the Office of e-Envoy UK Government

John has spent the majority of his career working on the development of ICT systems, policies, strategies and procedures for central and local government in the United Kingdom. He took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2006 after 38 years service and has since been a self-employed consultant. John has an extensive knowledge of a wide range of issues relating to e-government and e-voting at the business, information and technical levels. He worked in the Office of e-Envoy (and subsequently the Cabinet Office’s e-Government Unit) where he was the Director of Technology, responsible for the UK’s e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) and other e-government and e-voting technical policies and standards. He has represented the UK government on various international working groups, developing e-government and e-voting strategies, data interchange procedures and standards, and enterprise architectures. He is a past Director of OASIS and is the current chair of the OASIS eGov Member Section, chair of the OASIS Technical Committee on e-voting standards and proposed chair of the Transformational Government Framework Technical Committee.

Peter BrownMr. Peter Brown, Chairman, OASIS Board Committee

Peter Brown is chair of the OASIS Board and also serves on its Finance and Auditing, Staffing and Compensation, and Strategy Committees.  Peter is an official of the European Parliament currently on long-term unpaid leave of absence. During this period, he founded and managed Pensive nv/sa, a Belgium-based software solutions company for information-driven enterprise and is currently freelance and based in Los Angeles.

Most of Peter's professional career to date has been working in the European public service - for the Council of Europe until 1989 and then for the European Parliament, where his work over 16 years has covered all aspects of the organization's work, from running the leader's office of the largest political group, acting as a political adviser, developing (pre-Web) online information networks, through to developing organization-wide information architecture and involving the Parliament in standards and consortium work. He is an active member of OASIS and was co-editor of the SOA Reference Model, an OASIS Standard.

Before founding Pensive, Peter worked with the Austrian Government's EU eGovernment Strategy unit as a senior adviser and worked particularly on electronic identity and eGovernment standards. Peter's areas of professional interest cover semantic technologies, interaction design, identity management, SOA and information management.

Mr. Bernard Clerfayt, Secretary of State for Finances

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Mr. Louis Collet, IT Director of the FPSF, Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance

Louis Collet is an economist educated at the university of Bergen (Belgium) who has been heading the ICT Staff Department of the FPS Finance since 8 years. This department employs 600 persons and has a yearly budget of 112 million Euros. He reports directly to the President of the FPS Finance and is a member of the Management Committee. For several years, he has urged to develop a long-range plan for 2015 which is both ambitious and necessary and which is intended to effect a thorough reform of the ICT environment in the FPS Finance. This was a special challenge, certainly given the fact that, at that time, people were working in an obsolete manner with antiquated and poor ICT equipment.

The past years have not only brought good news and success stories, however, nobody can deny that, during the past years, tremendous and tangible progress has been made in the field of ICT within the FPS Finance. The major building blocks of the new ICT environment have now been put in place. Gradually, new applications are added which grant a direct benefit to citizens and companies through the Internet, but also to employees of the department itself through the Intranet. One of the most widely known applications is obviously Tax-on-Web which receives peak rates of approximately 840 hits per second. This year, almost half of the returns (that is to say, about 3,000,000 returns) will have been filed through Tax-on-Web without any problems worth mentioning having been experienced. Automation brings clear added value to taxpayers: this year, 461,235 assessment notices had already been sent by the end of August. This is unprecedented in the history of the FPS Finance which, until a few years ago, did not succeed in sending the first notices until October!

Louis Collet considers 2010 and 2011 as years of company reliability and information security. While new applications are put into use, the real challenge is to ensure availability and reliability of the information supplied to line departments and customers. In this respect, FedIAM (Identity and Access Management) is one of the projects which came into operation. Simultaneously, the infrastructure must be kept up to date taking account of the evolution of hardware and software, and the capacity required to supply the services must be maintained. Furthermore, the functionality of the applications is continuously improved, in order to ensure adaptations to the changing needs and regulations among other things. The importance of co-sourcing is gradually increasing in this respect.

Since a few years, Louis Collet, married to a Dutchwoman and father of two perfectly bilingual daughters, dedicates his spare time to playing golf, a challenge which he embraced with equal enthusiasm. Although his golfing skills do not outstrip his ICT skills, we feel that it is only a matter of time before that is the case …

Carol Cosgrove-SacksDr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Senior Advisor on International Standards Policy, OASIS

Carol is the Senior Advisor on International Standards Policy for OASIS, with whom she has worked since late 2005. In this capacity she assists OASIS with representation and advocacy to international and European organizations, undertakes policy briefings on standards trends and developments, and works to promote OASIS open standards for interoperability, especially in the public sector. She works closely with the OASIS E-Government Member Section and its Steering Committee, assisting in organizing the Green I.T. for Green Policies Conference in close association with the Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance and the Belgian EU Presidency team.

Prior to joining OASIS, Carol was the Director for Trade & Regulatory Affairs in the United Nations in Geneva. In that capacity she pioneered the e-Business MoU between the international standards development organizations and standards fora and consortia. She also worked closely with the European Commission regarding standards and regulation issues. Carol is also a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and at the Europa Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland. She is Director of the Ethics in Finance-Robin Cosgrove Prize, and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tom DowdallMr. Tom Dowdall, Project Leader for Greener Electronics and Cool IT Campaign, Greenpeace

Tom Dowdall is the project leader for Greener Electronics and Cool IT campaign for Greenpeace International, based in Amsterdam. Greenpeace’s work on Greener Electronics is well known for driving improved environmental performance from consumer electronics companies. On sustainable IT Greenpeace is highlighting the need for action from the ICT sector on providing real IT climate solutions, climate policy leadership and cutting emissions from ICT via energy efficiency and large scale renewable energy use.

Andreas EbertMr. Andreas Ebert, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft EMEA

Andreas Ebert joined Microsoft in 1991 and serves currently as the Regional Technology Officer for the EU. His current focus and interest is on the economic impact of technological developments, software ecosystems and a broad set of technology policy themes touching areas like cloud computing and energy. Mr. Ebert has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry a background in software development, establishing a consulting organization to General Manager for Microsoft Austria. Mr. Ebert joined the EMEA Technology Officer in 2004 and increasingly focused his work on the broader applicability of interoperability, standardization, security, privacy and accessibility.

Bastian FischerMr. Bastian Fischer, Vice President & General Manager, Tax & Utilities Global Business Unit EMEA, Oracle

Bastian is a recognized industry leader with an extensive experience in the Utility industry, in IT technology, customer management and smart grid & smart home area. A regular speaker on the theme of Utility industry innovation, he is an active contributor to a variety of customer thought leadership initiatives and industry press articles on international level. Before joining Oracle, Bastian Fischer held several leadership roles focusing on the Utility Industry transformation in USA, APAC and Europe.

With his wealth of international experience and a profound understanding of IT as an enabler of change and innovation, he is currently leading the Oracle Utilities team in EMEA, setting the focus on strategic projects and smart grid initiatives as well as providing direction to the largest utility customers. Bastian leads the Oracle Executive Customer Advisory Board for Utilities, setting the roadmap to enabling utilities in the roll-out of smart grid projects, embracing industry breakthrough innovations and adopting new and innovative business processes. Bastian was educated in Germany and holds degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Universities in Stuttgart and Saarbrucken.

Jochen FriedrichMr. Jochen Friedrich, Technical Relations Executive, IBM Europe

Jochen Friedrich is a member of IBM’s Technical Relations Europe team which is part of the IBM standards and open source strategy organization. He is responsible for coordinating IBM’s software standardisation activities in Europe with a special focus on telecommunications, interoperability and services as well as on open standards and the European standardisation framework.

Jochen Friedrich started his career in IBM at the Scientific Centre Heidelberg in 1998. Since then he has held several lead positions in Research and Development. He worked as operations manager for the IBM European Voice Technology Development team and was responsible for Business Development and Project Coordination for Voice Research projects in Europe. Jochen has broad experience in driving new, emerging technologies, managing multi-national and multi-company teams and setting up multi-company projects in the European Union research framework.

In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Jochen is a member of a regional board of the German Association of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (VDE), he was a foundational Board member of the Enterprise Interoperability Centre (EIC) and holds lead roles in European industry associations, most notably in the OpenForum Europe (OFE) where he chairs the standardisation task force, in DigitalEurope (DE) and in the German ICT association BITKOM.

Jochen lives with his wife and two children in Heidelberg, Germany. He holds a PhD in Humanities from Heidelberg University (Germany), spent an academic year at Reading University (United Kingdom) and holds a degree as Certified Telematics Engineer. For further information see Jochen's Open Blog ( and connect with Jochen at Linked In (

Tony GirotiMr. Tony Giroti, Chairman and CEO, Bridge Energy Group

Tony Giroti is the Chairman and CEO of Bridge Energy, Inc., the Trusted Advisor & Implementation Partner in providing Smart Grid Integration Solutions to the energy industry. Mr. Giroti has over 23 years of experience in managing Information Technology products, platforms and applications.

Most recently, he has been leading various Smart Grid and Demand Response initiatives assisting IT and Management in developing an Enterprise and Application Integration strategy. He is a member of the OASIS Board of Directors, the Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC) and an active participant in the development of standards with the CIM Users Group and GridWise Architecture Council. Mr. Giroti has been granted 4 patents by US Patent and Trademark office in the areas of SOA/XML/IT platform. He is the former Chairman of the IEEE, President of Power Engineering Society, Chairman CISA/ISACA New England and former President, CEO and Chairman of two venture capital-backed global technology companies in the areas of Data Warehouse and Unified Communication. He is CISA certified. After completing his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Giroti trained at Crompton Greaves Ltd. in Power Systems division designing large transformers.

He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Massachusetts.

Ms. Siki Giunta, Vice President of Cloud Computing and Software Services, CSC

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Neil HarrisMr. Neil Harris, Head of Sustainability, European Market, Cisco


Neil Harris is Cisco’s head of Sustainability in Europe. He supports Cisco’s Global EcoBoard and a broad range of market and operational initiatives all aimed at driving greater levels of environmental performance, in business and society. Much of Neil’s work positions Cisco at the heart of emerging trends, trends that are reshaping the way business’s communicate, develop products and implement new technologies. His interests include the issue of resource and materials efficiency within IT systems and how the IT industry can collaborate to incorporate cradle-to-cradle approaches to manufacturing and IT hardware design. He has extensive experience of developing strategies aimed at supporting carbon reduction (Cisco’s 25% reduction target by 2012) deploying GHG measurement systems and reduction initiatives. Neil is a very active industry advocate for the application of IT to important environmental issues.

Mr. M. D'Hondt, The President of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance

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Perry KrolMr. Perry Krol, Senior Solutions Consultant, Tibco Software Inc.

Perry Krol is a solutions consultant within the emerging technology group of TIBCO software. He leads TIBCO's efforts in Europe to develop business solutions for smart metering and smart grid initiaves in the utilities industry, based on TIBCO's the real-time event-driven technology platform.
Perry graduated as a computer science engineer in 1995 and has worked on enterprise application integration projects ever since. With the deregulation of the European utility markets in the early 2000's, Perry joined TIBCO to architect his first real-time enterprise integration solution for the utility industry enabling customer choice. His focus remained on solution development for this industry ever since.

Dennis KefalakosDennis Kefalakos, Editor, "NEW EUROPE"

Dionyssios (Dennis) Kefalakos is currently the Editor of New Europe weekly, based in Brussels. Before that and until June 2010 he was managing editor of Naftemporiki, the Greek economic and business daily, where he worked for fifteen years. Towards the mid 1980s he started his journalistic carrier in the other Greek economic daily, The Express. There he put together the bases of the modern business reporting in Greece. He stayed with this newspaper until the mid 1990s. His previous endeavors had brought him again to Brussels. He was counselor to the European Commission, member of the relevant EEC Market Committee for the Cereals (wheat, corn, burley) and also held the same position as a member of the EEC Market of Oils and Fats Committee. All that happened between 1983 and 1988. Dionyssios Kefalakos had a brief teaching carrier as professor of “Economic Reporting” in the ANT1 School of Journalism of Athens (1994-1997). He holds a Pre-doctorate degree, Diplome d' Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.), from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris Ι, and a M. Sc degree in Economics, form the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of London. His first degree in economics is from the Athens School of Economics and Commercial Sciences (ASOEE). Dennis has been awarded two prizes for journalism, one in “Economic Report” and another one in “European Affairs Report”.

Pierre LeclercqMr. Pierre Leclercq, Executive Director, Euro Green IT Innovation Center 

Pierre Leclercq graduated as a Computer Science engineer in 1984. Soon after, he left Belgium to live the American dream, and spent 20 years in California, working in the Silicon Valley. He worked at Apple for seven years, started a small software outfit he later sold to Digital Equipment, was part of the Internet boom and bust, and then joined Wallonia's regional Economic Development office in San Francisco. Pierre returned to Belgium 3 years ago. In 2007, Pierre was instrumental in convincing Google to choose Wallonia as the location for their primary European data center.

More recently, Pierre convinced Microsoft, IBM and Cisco to partner with Wallonia’s government with the objective to push innovation through public-private partnerships. Two centers of excellence were created: A Microsoft Innovation Center, and the Euro Green IT Innovation Center. Pierre sits on the Board of the Microsoft project, and takes on a more operational role in the Euro Green IT project, as executive director of the structure. Pierre is 49 years old. He lives near Brussels with his wife and 2 children.

Christine LinsMs. Christine Lins, Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Council Brussels 

Christine Lins, Secretary General of EREC (European Renewable Energy Council) since April 2001, graduated from the University of Linz, Austria (international economics and applied languages with a specialization in marketing). She has more than 13 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources. EREC is the common voice in Brussels for the European renewable energy industry, which currently employs more than 550.000 people and has an annual turnover of 70 billion €.

Laurent LisciaMr. Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, OASIS

Laurent Liscia, Ph.D., Executive Director at OASIS, provides leadership, operational oversight, and strategic vision for the consortium. He represents OASIS in the international arena, serving as an advocate for open standards in matters of policy and adoption. Laurent also develops new opportunities to extend the breadth and depth of future OASIS work. Prior to joining OASIS, he co-founded several Web-related companies, including Traackr and Webmotion. Laurent served as a Media Attaché for French Foreign Affairs and has worked in France, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Morocco and the United States. He holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne University and speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Laurent is based in San Francisco. Read Laurent's blog.

Mr. Peter Neirinck, International Relations Representative, Project Manager, Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance

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Mark OsselMark Ossel, Vice President Energy & Utility, Echelon 

Mark B.M. Ossel is the Vice President of Energy & Utility, Echelon Board member, Treasury, ESNA.  Mark (1955), Vice President Echelon, is focussed on developing the Energy and Utility market for Echelon in West Europe, Middle East and Africa, by extending the network of partners and growing the customerbase. He is involved in AMR since 2001, when the Enel AMR project started. Mark is also member of the board of ESNA (Energy Services Network Association), the international Echelon NES usergroup, and involved in international standardization efforts. Mark has a background of more then 20 years in various management functions in the Information & Communication Technology market, before he became involved in energy management, smart metering and Smart Grids.

Before joining Echelon in June 2001 as Vice President EMEA for the LonWorks Infrastructure business, Mark served, among other management roles, as the Director Marketing Operations Europe, Middle East & Africa for Unisys Corporation, one of the largest US computers and IT services companies. Mark has a bachelor degree in marketing and economics, and attended additional courses in The Netherlands, UK and USA; he has a special interest in applying new technology. A specific area of interest is the field of energy management through home automation. Based on the background in LonWorks and Energy management systems a perfect match. Mark has a Dutch nationality, lives in the Netherlands and is a.o. a member of Rotary International , non-executive member of various boards.and active in the Unesco World Heritage program.

Mr. Steve Purser, Head of Technical & Competence Development, ENISA

Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics respectively. He started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Information Security Manager for a number of companies in the financial sector. He joined ENISA in December 2008 as Head of the Technical Department and is currently responsible for all operational activities of ENISA. Steve is co-founder of the 'Club de Securité des Systèmes Informatiques au Luxembourg' (CLUSSIL) and is currently the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group. He frequently publishes articles in the specialised press and is the author of 'A Practical Guide to Managing Information Security' (Artech House, 2004).

Mr. Didier Reynders, Belgian Federal Minister of Finance

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George RittenhouseMr. George Rittenhouse, Vice President, Alcatel Lucent S.A.

Gee Rittenhouse is Vice President of Bell Labs Research, overseeing all Alcatel-Lucent research in physics, computer science, mathematics, optics, access, networking, and applications. He is also Chairman of the Board of Green Touch, a non-profit pre-competitive research consortium focused on dramatic reductions in network energy requirements. Prior to leading research he was Vice President of Bell Labs' Technology Integration Group, with the primary mission of taking Bell Labs research innovations and driving them into Alcatel-Lucent’s products and services. Before that Gee was Vice President, Bell Labs Wireless Research.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986. Then in 1993 he received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Bell Laboratories as a member of technical staff in 1993 where he worked on high-speed circuits using X-ray lithography for optical networking applications. He later joined the Wireless Research Laboratory at Bell Laboratories where his research focused on RF front-end radio architectures and cellular system engineering. In 2000 he was promoted to Director of the Wireless Technology Research Department and led several projects including MIMO system development, cellular network optimization, wireless IP networks, and fourth generation wireless systems. In 2002 he received the Bell Labs Fellow Award. He has numerous publications and patents in the areas of communications and circuits.

Mr. Andre Rouyer, Industry and Government Alliance Consultant, Schneider Electric

A.ROUYER is the chair of the EMEA liaison committee of The Green Grid managing the development of alliances with companies in the ICT industry and with government bodies involved with Energy Efficiency.

Andre was previously Senior Director for Global Industry and Government Alliances with the IT business of Schneider Electric for which he still provides consulting services. He has been involved with the power electronics and IT businesses for more than 35 years. He held different responsibilities in his company from Services to Marketing.  He also spent four years in the USA as the director of Marketing for the UPS division of Schneider.

Over the last 15 years he has been involved with developing business with Strategic Accounts and also with forming Strategic Alliances. He was VP of this activity with MGE UPS Systems. He was also in charge of managing the relationship with companies developing standards, directives and Codes of Conduct on a worldwide basis. He is the former secretary of the IEC SC 22H UPS committee and assistant secretary of the CENELEC TC 22X on Power Electronics. He graduated with the University of Montpellier / France and he hold a Master in Electronics.

Mr. Adil Soussi Nachit, Programme Manager ICT, FPFS, Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance

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Pol VanbiervlietMr. Pol Vanbiervliet, General Manager, Cisco Belgium and Luxembourg

Pol Vanbiervliet has been at the head of the Belgian and Luxembourg office of Cisco since October 2005. As Managing Director he is responsible for the local team and an extensive network of partners that together commercialise innovative communications and network solutions. He also chairs the local Management Board which assures the coordination between the respective vertical functions at Cisco Belgium. Over 800 people are mainly active in following areas: Sales, and a Technical Assist Center in Diegem, and the Video Center of Excellence in Kortrijk.

Under his tenure, Cisco Belux managed to double its sales in less than 5 years and always ranked amongst the best companies in the Great Place to Work contest. Next to develop Cisco’s business in Belux, Vanbiervliet keeps a special focus on transforming the Public sector by positioning Cisco’s thought leadership and by supporting and driving several initiatives in this area., such as EuroGreenIT in the Walloon region. He sits on the Board of several professional ICT organisations. He also is a Board member of Plan Belgium, a subsidiary of Plan International, aiming at improving the live of children in the South Pol Vanbiervliet can boast many years' of managerial experience in the Belgian ICT sector. He worked successively at Burroughs, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Mobistar, Belgium's second mobile operator. Pol Vanbiervliet holds a Master in economic sciences at the University of Ghent and studied advanced management at INSEAD.

He is married to Anne-Mie, and together they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. He prefers to spend his free time with his family, cooking and cycling. Vanbiervliet’s blog:

Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgian Federal Minister of Economy

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Mr. Thierry Verheggen, President of the OASIS Group in FPSF, Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance

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Michel Vlasselaer, Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Michel Vlasselaer is a Partner at IBM Global Business Services (GBS). He is leading the Strategy & Transformation activities of IBM Global Business Services for SouthWest Europe (France, Spain & Portugal, Italy and Benelux) and Benelux.

During his more than 20 years of consulting, he has been focusing on different CEO’s issues: Transformation, Growth & Innovation, New Business Model, Strategic Profit Improvement, Human Capital & Change Management, Customer Driven Organisation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Shareholder Value. Helping CEOs to shape the future of their organizations and to transform. He is very active in IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy and is a key speaker at events such as Press Conferences, Innovation days, conferences, …

Recently he organized different CEO Roundtables about the New Economic Environment: "how to face it and which key actions and decisions to take to benefit from this context". Michel is active in the academic sphere and has 3 written books (the last one on Business Transformation).

Colin WallisMr. Colin Wallis, Authentication Standards Manager, New Zealand Government

Colin Wallis has been involved in the New Zealand Government's online IAM Programme since 2004. This follows five years in the UK, where he worked on the UK eGIF and private sector eBusiness initiatives. Today, Colin holds leadership positions across the consortium space in the area of online Identity. In OASIS, he sits on the Steering Committee of the eGov Member Section, and on the Technical Committees of Security Services, Customer Information and Identity in the Cloud. In the Kantara Initiative, Colin Chairs the eGov work group, represents eGov on the Leadership Council and, in turn the Leadership Council on the Board of Trustees. In ITU-T, he sits on the correspondence group for Study Group 17 working on Identity Management. In UN/CEFACT, he sits on TBG19, the eGov work group currently focusing on eProcurement and eArchiving. In ISO JTC1 SC27, Colin is an acknowledged subject matter expert on identity and privacy in Working Group 5, typically taking the role of NZ's Head of Delegation.