DLD Europe 2019

September 9, 2019 • Brussels

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Making Europe more competitive in the digital world: regulation, privacy protection, entrepreneurship and more – take a look at the main topics discussed at DLD Europe 2019 in Brussels.


Optimism & Courage – the European Project
Steffi Czerny, Founder and Managing Director of DLD

Michael Clauss
Permanent Representative of Germany to the EU

Digital Platforms – A Threat For Democracy?

Moderated by Jan Fleischhauer (Focus Magazine)

Building Innovative Ecosystems

Yossi Vardi (DLD Chairman)

Moderated by Yossi Vardi (DLD Chairman)

The Love Europe Project
Alex Schaad (Film Director)

Freedom And Dignity in the Face of AI
Sarah Spiekermann (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Corporate Digital Responsibility As A Competitive Advantage Moderated by Astrid Frohloff (Journalist)
A Young Europe – An Action Plan
Vincent Immanuel Herr (HerrundSpeer)
The Technology Trap
Carl Benedikt Frey (Oxford Martin School)
Business Being Disrupted By AI In conversation with Jennifer Schenker (The Information)
Tech For Good – Empowering AI Leadership
Joanna Bryson (University of Bath)
Platform Consolidation
Georg Eisenreich (Free State of Bavaria)
Statements From the European Commission
Mariya Gabriel (European Commission)
Entrepreneurship à l’Européenne
Yaron Valler (Target Global)
in conversation with Robin Wauters (Tech.eu)
Developing & Retaining Talent in Europe Moderated by Natalia Drozdiak (Bloomberg)

The Future of Europe
Günther Oettinger (European Commission)
in conversation with Dan Michaels (Wall Street Journal)


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Nicolas Brusson, Blablacar, COO, founder, carsharing

Nicolas Brusson
Co-Founder & COO, BlaBlaCar

Nicolas Brusson leads BlaBlaCar’s international growth and operations. Naturally pragmatic, he uses fast iteration to uncover high-growth opportunities. Brusson also led BlaBlaCar’s $100m financing. He started his career working for startups in Silicon Valley during the 2000 boom, moved on to executive and investor roles, and finally worked as a Venture Capitalist in London, before leading BlaBlaCar’s global expansion. Nicolas holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Optics from the Ecole Superieure d’Optique and an MSc in Applied Physics from Paris XI University. He’s a regular speaker on the theme of transport industry disruption and scaling innovative businesses.

Joanna J. Bryson
Tenured Associate Professor, University of Bath

Joanna Bryson is an academic expert in intelligence, from the perspectives of computer science, psychology, and biology. Since 2005 she has been studying the fundamental (evolutionary) dynamics of social intelligence, dominance structures, and collective behavior. At University of Bath she founded the Bath Intelligent Systems research group. Prof. Bryson holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT.

Michael Clauss, Ambassador, DLD

Michael Clauss
Permanent Representative of Germany to the EU

Ambassador Clauss joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and held the position of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in China before moving to Brussels in 2008.

Christina Colclough, future of work, DLD

Christina Colclough
Director, UNI Global Union

Dr. Christina Colclough is Director of Platform & Agency Workers, Digitalisation and Trade at UNI Global Union. She specialises in the future world of work, digitalisation, ethics in AI, big data, workers’ data rights and good data governance. A digital optimist on a passionate mission to make the world a better place, Christina is a much sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader across the world. She heads up UNIs Young Workers Lab and is a member of the OECD expert group on AI.

Steffi Czerny, DLD conference, founder

Stephanie Czerny
Managing Director, DLD Media

Steffi Czerny has a background is in political sciences and communications. She is Managing Director of DLD Media and co-founder of the DLD Conference. Since joining the Burda group in 1995, Steffi Czerny has held several executive positions in new media activities. Steffi Czerny was identified as number 30 of The 2015 Wired 100 and has also been chosen as one of the 50 most inspiring women in European tech in 2015 by inspiring50.com for her success in bringing the international digital elite together at DLD.

Valentina Daiber
Chief Officer Legal & Corporate Affairs, Telefónica Deutschland

Valentina Daiber is responsible for the General Counsel unit of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, which comprises Legal, Compliance, Corporate Security and Internal Audit, as well as the regulatory work of the company, the relations to the public authorities and the government offices and the department of Corporate Responsibility. In addition, Valentina Daiber leads the representative office of Telefónica in Berlin.

Natalia Drozdiak
European Technology Reporter, Bloomberg

Based in Brussels, Natalia Drozdiak writes about the impact of the regulatory crackdown on Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech giants as well as cybersecurity, privacy issues and innovation in Europe. Prior to Bloomberg, Natalia was at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered EU antitrust and tech regulation in Brussels and German business news in Frankfurt. She is a dual U.S.-Belgian national and was raised all around Europe. She is an alumna of Bard College and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.

Georg Eisenreich, Bavaria, DLD

Georg Eisenreich
Bavarian State Minister of Justice

Georg Eisenreich was appointed Bavarian State Minister of Justice on November 12, 2018. Previously he had served as Minister of the Digital Agenda, Media and Europe in the Bavarian State Chancellery. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Eisenreich was an honorary City Councillor in Munich. He has been a member of the Bavarian Landtag since 2003 where he represented the Munich-Hadern constituency (Upper Bavaria). Before entering politics, Mr. Eisenreich worked as a lawyer in Munich.

John Frank
Vice President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft

John Frank joined Microsoft in Paris in August 1994. Prior to his current role Prior to this role he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, leading the Digital Trust and Security group which includes the Law Enforcement and National Security team, the Digital Crimes Unit, the Industry Affairs group, and Competition Law, Privacy and Government Contract Compliance teams.

Carl Benedikt Frey
Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, University of Oxford

Carl Benedikt Frey directs the program on the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School. He is author of The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation. Frey has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Astrid Frohloff, RBB, DLD

Astrid Frohloff
TV Moderator, RBB Television (Berlin)

Astrid Frohloff is a familiar face on German Television. The ARD journalist has many years of TV experience and stands for sophisticated political journalism. Until recently Astrid Frohloff presented one of Germany’s most popular political TV magazines, “Kontraste”. Currently she presents a new forward-driven TV format which is focusing on constructive journalism and demonstrates innovative best practice cases in Europe.

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commission

Mariya Gabriel
European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Mariya Gabriel’s responsibilities as EU Commissioner include the development and implementation of measures to make Europe more trusted and secure online, so that citizens and business can fully reap the benefits of the digital economy. She is also tasked with developing proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market.

Vincent-Immanuel Herr, Activist, DLD

Vincent-Immanuel Herr
Author and Activist

Vincent-Immanuel Herr is an author, activist, feminist, and consultant from Berlin. His work focuses on European integration, youth empowerment, and gender equality. He has published two books and numerous articles. Since 2018 he has been one of four HeForShe Catalysts for the German Committee of UN Women. Since 2015 he has been co-leading the #FreeInterrail initiative demanding Interrail tickets for all EU youth upon turning 18. In recognition of his work he received the 2018 Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration.

Paul-Bernhard Kallen, Burda, CEO, DLD

Paul-Bernhard Kallen
CEO, Hubert Burda Media

Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen holds Master and Ph.D. degrees in Economics. He was a Principal at McKinsey & Co. before he joined the family-owned company Hubert Burda Media in 1996, initially as Managing Director for corporate finance, administration, personnel and of Burda’s international publishing holding. Since 1999 he has been a Member of the Executive Board of Hubert Burda Media (Print, Technology/Internet, International, Treasury & Finance) and as of 2010 CEO of Hubert Burda Media, succeeding publisher Dr. Hubert Burda.

Mark Klein
Chief Digital Officer, ERGO Group AG

Mark Klein brought more than 15 years of international experience in digital transformation to ERGO when he joined the German insurer in September 2016. Within the Group he leads ERGO Digital Ventures and is responsible for transforming the insurer’s business model, operations and building up new businesses. After starting his career with McKinsey, he initiated and managed a start-up in the trading industry. Mark Klein studied engineering and business administration studies at renowned RWTH Aachen university.

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Pirate Bay, DLD

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi
Co-Founder, Pirate Bay

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, a Scandinavian hacker/artist, works on projects that have the potential to change society and deal with questions of intellectual property rights in particular. Sunde is best known for co-founding the controversial The Pirate Bay, the worlds biggest p2p network. In addition, Sunde founded Flattr, Njalla and similar services for alternative/distributed infrastructure. He’s currently artist in residence at the Swedish art collective Konsthack and host a tv-series about activism airing in autumn 2019 on public broadcasting.

Rafael Laguna
Co-founder and CEO, Open-Xchange AG

Rafael Laguna has been building software companies for over 25 years. He is a long-time campaigner for open-source software and has repeatedly proven that open approaches can produce profitable, high-grade commercial software without compromising user privacy or safety. In addition to his role at Open-Xchange, Rafael was appointed Founding Director at SprinD in 2019. SprinD is a new €1 billion federal agency that will help identify and finance large-scale, cutting-edge innovation projects in Germany over the next decade.

Dan Michaels, Wall Street Journal, Brussels, DLD

Dan Michaels
Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

Daniel Michaels oversees the WSJ’s coverage of the European Union, European affairs, NATO and European security. Previously Mr. Michaels was the Journal’s German Business Editor, based in Frankfurt, overseeing corporate reporting and coverage of the European Central Bank. Mr. Michaels is a native of New York and graduated from Princeton University. In addition to living in Europe since 1991, he earlier lived and worked in China and Taiwan. He speaks French, Polish, Mandarin Chinese and basic German.

Anne Niedermann, polling, surveys, IfD Allensbach

Anne Niedermann
Research Director, IfD Allensbach

Anne Niedermann joined Germany’s most established public opinion research institute, IfD Allensbach, in 1995. As Director of Surveys for Legal Evidence she designs surveys that are submitted in conjunction with legal proceedings. Dr. Niedermann has submitted expert opinions based on survey results in about 400 legal cases to date, in Germany and throughout Europe. In 2018, she received the “Award for special commitment to market research” from the Federal Association of German Market and Social Researchers e.V. (BVM).

Günther H. Oettinger
European Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources

Günther Oettinger has been European Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources since January 2017. Previously he had served as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since November 2014. Günther Oettinger is a member of Germany’s CDU party and was Prime Minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg from 2005 to 2010. After relocating to Brussels he became the European Commissioner for Energy in February 2010.

Prof. Boris Paal, University of Freiburg, Law, GDPR

Boris Paal
Director, Institute for Media and Information Law, University of Freiburg

Dr. Boris P. Paal (M.Jur., Oxford) is a Professor of Civil and Commercial Law, Media and Information Law at University of Freiburg. He researches and teaches, advises and publishes in all areas of Private and Business Law with a special focus on Data Protection, Competition, Media, and Information Law as well as on Data Compliance. He regularly lectures on his fields of research and serves as a consultant and expert for state institutions and private entities.

Clark Parsons
Managing Director, Internet Economy Foundation

Born in Alabama, Clark Parsons began his career as a journalist in Nashville, USA. Awarded a Bosch Fellowship in 1997, he moved to Germany. In 2005, Parsons and a co-founder launched Vortel GmbH, a VoIP telephony company that sold in 2008 to Inter.net. Clark Parsons joined the Internet Economy Foundation at its start in January 2016. He is working to establish the I.E.F. as a networked voice for the development of a strong Internet economy in Germany and Europe.

Johannes Reck, GetYourGuide, DLD

Johannes Reck
CEO, GetYourGuide AG

Johannes Reck co-founded GetYourGuide in 2009 while attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He has grown the company into the leading booking platform for travel experiences. GetYourGuide has facilitated more than 30 million ticket bookings to date and has raised over $650M from investors such as the SoftBank Vision Fund, Battery Ventures and KKR. Johannes Reck leads GetYourGuide’s 550-person global team from its headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

Viviane Reding
Former Vice-President of the European Commission

Viviane Reding also served as European Commissioner for 15 years and was responsible for Justice, Industry, Telecommunications, Research in Technology, Education, Culture and Sports. She has been Member of National and European Parliaments since 1979. Ms. Reding holds a Ph.D. in Communication (Sorbonne University, Paris, France). She acted as a professional journalist in the field of political affairs for 20 years.

Alex Schaad, director

Alex Schaad
Film Director

Born in Kazakhstan, Alex Schaad came to Germany as a child in 1993. He studied film directing at the University of Television and Film, Munich. His second film, Invention of Trust, won the Student Academy Award in Gold in the category “Foreign Narrative”. He followed up with his award-winning short film Endling and the episode “Part of the World” for The Love Europe Project project. He finished his studies in 2019 and currently works in Munich, Germany, as an author and director.

Jennifer Schenker, The Information

Jennifer Schenker
Founder, The Innovator

An award-winning journalist, Jennifer Schenker has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of a an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business called The Innovator, owned by Groupe Les Echos, the publisher of the largest financial newspaper in France.

Nili Shalev
Director General, ISERD

ISERD, the Israel-Europe Research and Development Directorate, appointed Niki Shalev in 2016. Mrs. Shalev is responsible for the implementation of the Israel-EU agreement on Research and Development, Horizon2020, creating support infrastructure and initiating activities for promoting industrial and academic R&D cooperation between Israel and Europe. Mrs. Shalev has more than 20 years of experience representing the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry in a wide range of executive positions.

Sarah Spiekermann
Chairwoman, Institute for Information Systems & Society at WU Vienna

Sarah Spiekermann is a well-regarded scientist, author, speaker and advisor on digital ethics. Her books include Digital Ethics – A Value System for the 21st Century (2019), Networks of Control (2016) and Ethical IT Innovation (2015). In 2016 Ms. Spiekermann founded the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at WU Vienna. She has co-authored US/EU privacy regulation and worked as an expert and advisor to companies and governmental institutions, including the EU Commission and the OECD.

Pernille Tranberg, privacy, DLD

Pernille Tranberg
Co-founder, DataEthics.eu

Pernille Tranberg is an independent speaker and advisor in data democracy, data ethics, data understanding and digital self-defense for companies, authorities and organisations. She is the co-founder of the European think-tank DataEthics.eu and is a former tech and investigative reporter at the national daily Politiken. She has written 7 books, the latest being DataEthics – The new Competitive Advantage (2016) with Gry Hasselbalch. She also co-authored with Steffan Heuer the book Fake It about big data and digital self-defense.

Yaron Valler
General Partner, Target Global

An accomplished investor, Yaron Valler managed Hasso Plattner Ventures before joining Target Global. Successful investments include Panaya (sold to Infosys), Fyber (sold to RNTS Media), Delivery Hero and many other leading companies in Berlin and Israel. Yaron Valler holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a B.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

DLD Chairman Yossi Vardi portrait

Yossi Vardi
Chairman, International Ventures

Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Vardi is also Co-Chairman of DLD. With 40 years experience of co-founding, leading and participating in building over 60 high-tech companies, he is one of Israel’s early entrepreneurs. Yossi Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ, which was acquired by AOL.

Axel Voss, European Parliament

Axel Voss
Member of the European Parliament

Axel Voss (CDU) studied law at the universities of Trier, Freiburg and Munich. Since 1994, he has been working as a lawyer. He became a Member of the European Parliament in 2009, where he represents the Mittelrhein area, which includes the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen and the districts Rhein-Sieg and Rhein-Erft. Axel Voss is EPP-coordinator for the Committee on Legal Affairs as well as deputy member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Robin Wauters
Founding Editor, Tech.eu

Robin Wauters is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.

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