The Summit will gather the key actors of the European GovTech ecosystem.
Azmat Yusuf is the founder and CEO of Citymapper, most well known for its incredibly useful transport app but also more recently for reinventing buses with its latest service, Smart Ride. Yusuf previously worked at Google, as well as in the venture capital and equities fields for international banks. He started the Citymapper app in 2011, originally as a guide for Londoners to navigate the city’s bus network and now Citymapper covers many global cities.
Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She was the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017. Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017. Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Group in 2008-2009.
Oliver Dowden is Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for implementing the Prime Minister’s priorities across government and improving government services. He attended Parmiter’s School and went on to study law at Cambridge University. After graduating he worked as a teacher in Japan before resuming his legal training and working in the City. From 2010 to 2015 he was Deputy Chief of Staff in Downing Street.
Anne Hidalgo has served as Mayor of Paris since April 2014. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Steering & Supervisory Board at Credit Municipal de Paris. She was elected as Chair of C40 Cities Leadership Group in 2016, a group of 90 global cities committed to fighting climate change. Ms. Hidalgo also serves as Vice-chairman of Métropole du Grand Paris, which encourages inter-municipal cooperation in Paris and its suburbs. She was previously the Deputy Mayor of Paris between 2001 and 2014.
Mounir Mahjoubi is the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs. A former President of the French Digital Council, Mounir Mahjoubi resigned in January 2017 to join the presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron, where he worked as chief digital manager. He also served as a member of the National Assembly from June to July 2017 and has been a member of La République En Marche! since January 2017.
Nicolas Colin began his career in the French civil service and then brought his clear understanding of regulatory systems across Europe to his work as a tech entrepreneur. In 2013, he became Co-founder and Director of The Family, a pan-European investment firm supporting early-stage entrepreneurs, now with a portfolio of 150+ fast-growing startups. He sits on the board of Radio France and teaches university courses on corporate strategy and public policy at Sciences Po in Paris.
Robyn is co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, a global peer-to-peer platform for government, created to help public servants find the ideas, experts and partners they need to solve society’s hardest problems. Robyn previously co-founded OneLeap, a London-based executive education company, and Level Up, which teaches income generation skills to vulnerable young people in Southern Africa. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index and an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index.
Brent Hoberman is chairman and co-founder of Founders Factory, an ambitious corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London, and also of Founders Forum, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Most recently, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund, backed by some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $640m.
Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in November 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years in Tallinn spent as Estonia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, when Ansip worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments. During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia’s liberal Reform Party.
Pierre Nanterme is Chairman & CEO of Accenture, a US$32.9 billion global professional services company. In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Nanterme is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders. He is Accenture’s primary decision- and policy-maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture. He has served on the board of directors since 2010.
Dr. Joseph Muscat was elected member to the National Executive of the Partit Laburista at the age of 21 and later nominated as Education Secretary of the Party. From 1997 to 1998 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista.
Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 9 July 2018. He was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018. Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee.
Paula Forteza is a Member of the French National Assembly for La République en Marche. She worked at the government of Buenos Aires and at Etalab, the open data taskforce of the French government, where she was involved in the organization of the OGP Global Summit. Since joining the National Assembly, Paula Forteza was rapporteur for the transposition of GDPR into French law and has been constantly advocating to making digital affairs, transparency and citizen participation a priority in the French political debate.
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.
Nikolai Astrup is a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party who has served as Minister of International Development since January 2018. He was leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo from 2012 to 2018. In parliament, Astrup sat on the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment from 2009 to 2015, and from 2016 to 2017 he chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and Communication. After the election in 2017, he was appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Juliet leads all patient-facing digital technology projects for NHS England. This includes responsibility for the ten Empower the Person Digital Transformation Programs such as the transformation of nhs.uk (the NHS website), the launch of the new NHS app, the new NHS Apps Library and Citizen Identity. She also leads the work to ensure digital experiences can be used to help people to manage life-long conditions.
Dagur B. Eggertsson has been the Mayor of Reykjavik since 2014 having been reelected in June 2018. He was previously Chairman of the City Executive Committee (2010 – 2014) and Vice Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance (2009 – 2013). Mayor Eggertsson is a qualified doctor and lectured in courses on public health at Reykjavik University (2005-2007). He has a Masters degree in Human Rights and International Law from the University of Lund.
Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau leads StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in The Netherlands and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector. Constantijn has been StartupDelta Special Envoy since July 2016. He was appointed by the Netherlands Government to make The Netherlands the European epicenter of innovation.
Daniel Korski CBE is the Chairman and Co-Founder of The GovTech Summit. He is also the Chief Executive Officer at PUBLIC and has 20 years of experience in senior positions in government across the UK, EU, and US. Daniel was most recently Deputy Head of Policy at No. 10 Downing Street and Special Advisor to David Cameron. Daniel was previously was adviser to the Vice-President of the European Commision and has previously worked for the UN and Foreign Office in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. He co-founded PUBLIC to enable tech startups to transform the way public services are run and delivered.
Philippe Wahl is a graduate of IEP Paris and ENA. In January 2011, Mr. Wahl was appointed Chief Executive Officer of La Banque Postale’s Executive Board, Deputy Executive Director of La Poste Group and Member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Wahl became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of La Poste Group in September 2013 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of La Banque Postale in October 2013. He was appointed Executive Vice President of the silver economy steering committee in December 2016.
Kevin became the Director General of the Government Digital Service in August 2016. He leads the Government Digital Service, is Head of Function for Digital, Data and Technology and is a member of the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee. Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Michel Grévoul is Director for State Procurement in France. In 2008, he was responsible for setting up a procurement directorate for the City of Paris, leading it from 2009 to 2014. In 2015 he was author of a report commissioned by the Prime Minister on the organization and governance of State Procurement, which led to the creation of the State Procurement Directorate, of which he has been Director since.
Since 2014, Jean-Louis MISSIKA has been a Paris councilor and Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of innovation, research and higher education. Jean-Louis MISSIKA is a media sociologist. He holds a PhD in management, a degree in philosophy and is graduated of Sciences Po Paris. He also served as Vice President of Iliad. He has taught media sociology at Sciences Po Paris.
Adrian is the Web Foundation’s President & CEO. His 20-year career in international development and advocacy has focused on delivering policy change on complex global issues in the Global South, North America and Europe. Prior to joining the Web Foundation, Adrian was the interim CEO of ONE, the campaigning and advocacy organisation co-founded by U2’s Bono to help end extreme poverty. He previously led ONE’s Europe division as its Executive Director.
Diego Piacentini worked for the Italian government as Commissioner for the Digital Transformation of Public Administration from August 2016 to October 2018. Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at Amazon as Senior Vice President of International Consumer Business. He was a key member of the executive team and responsible for all international retail operations. Previously, Mr. Piacentini worked for Apple Computer Italy from 1987, becoming General Manager and Vice President for Apple Europe in 1997.
Dr. Hasan Sheikh Faridul is the co-founder & CTO of EYN – London based start-up that is building border-grade identity solutions. He was a research scientist at IDEMIA (ex: Safran identity & security) and worked on world-leading fingerprint algorithm. Before that he was a postdoctoral researcher and research engineer at Technicolor R&D France and obtained his industrial PhD in computer vision and machine learning in 2014. Hasan is the co-author of 11 filed patents.
After graduating in business studies, Claire Ducos’ career has consisted of two phases. Firstly, leading major transformation programs in the domain of services for management teams, then spending ten years developing consulting for the Sopra Steria Group. She supports major companies and administrations in their digital transformation projects: increasing client capital, reinventing user experience, freeing collective intelligence. She develops the Sopra Steria Consulting brand in all the countries where the Group operates.
After an extensive career in Finnish national politics, serving as a Government Minister for seven years, Mr. Jan Vapaavuori became the Mayor of Helsinki in June 2017. As his first task, he set forth a city strategy, laying ground for an ambitious four-year agenda. The strategy champions Helsinki as the “most functional city in the world” with a special focus on sustainable growth, digitalization, global problem solving, creativity and the best possible conditions for happy everyday city life.
Francine Bennett is a data scientist, and CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C. Mastodon C are data science specialists, who help local and central government to realise the potential of their data. She has been an invited speaker to the Royal Society, advises the Cabinet Office on better use of data, and is a trustee of DataKind UK and board member of Bethnal Green Ventures. Before founding Mastodon C, she spent a number of years working on big data analysis for Google.
With more than 13 years of international experience in the technology industry, Brian Duffy is a leader focused on driving innovation, ensuring customer success and delivering strategic breakthroughs. In his current role at the President of Northern Europe for SAP, Brian is responsible for overseeing industry go-to-market efforts and all field execution from top line to bottom line. Prior to his sales leadership role, Brian served as Chief of Staff to an SAP Executive Board Member and served as the Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Initiatives.
James is a Partner at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture funds managing almost $3B. He is focussed on technologies improving human health and productivity and serves as a board member or observer on companies including Sophia Genetics, MyTomorrows, Sunrise (acq. Microsoft), Cloud9 (acq. Amazon) and 3DHubs. Prior to joining Balderton, James helped set-up and run a leading social impact fund in the UK, worked as a specialist advisor to Parliament and as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Chris Boos has a mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through artificial intelligence (AI). To that end, Chris founded Arago in Germany in 1995, pushing existing boundaries in AI technology to build a general AI. Since then, Chris has led Arago to become a key partner and driver for the established economy, positioning Arago’s AI HIRO™ as a platform for companies to reinvent their business models in the digital age.
Kåre Riis Nielsen is director of the Disruption Taskforce in the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. The taskforce is a world first disruption-lab helping the government to navigate better between new technologies, business models and smart regulation. With substantial international experience from Uber, the Danish Innovation Centre in Tel Aviv and Novozymes, Kåre is well-versed in tech, innovation and public policy.
Former journalist and media entrepreneur, Julie spent 7 years of her professional career in the Middle East. This experience took place during the Arab Spring and raised her awareness about governments that alienate their citizens and the importance of new technologies for democratic transformations. Julie is the co-founder and CEO of Fluicity, a startup that leverage technology and data segmentation to strengthen the relationship between local governments and their citizen.
Max Chambers is the Chief Strategy Officer at PUBLIC, leading the creation and incubation of new technology businesses in Europe. Max was formerly a senior adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, specialising in counter-extremism, security, policing and criminal justice policy. He was also the Prime Minister’s speechwriter following the 2015 General Election. Prior to joining PUBLIC Max was a Director at NextDoor, a US GovTech startup now valued at over $1.5bn, which brings together citizens in the same neighbourhood.
Brice Teinturier is a granted expert in opinion trends including political issues & elections as well as changes in society. He has been an adviser for companies’ top managers and politicians for more than 20 years. He helps them to understand opinion issues in order to manage their brand or reputation. He is Chairman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Ipsos France and directly oversees Ipsos Public Affairs’ development.
Lou is Head of Design for the UK government, based at GDS where they lead a 800 strong team of designers working across government to transform services. Lou joined GDS in 2014 as the first service designer in government and has established the discipline since then. They are now programme director for Service Design and Standards at GDS – the part of GDS that helps government transform services. Lou is a passionate believer in using design to solve complex problems.
Born in 1977, Emmanuel Gregoire graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and holds a licence in philosophy. On April 5th, 2014 Emmanuel Grégoire was appointed as a Deputy Mayor of Paris initially in charge of Human Resources, public utilities and modernization of public administration; then as of October 2017 in charge of Budget, Financing and Transformation of public policies. On September 24, 2018, appointed by Mayor Anne Hidalgo as First Deputy Mayor in charge of Finance, transformation of public policy and relations with city boroughs.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the centre of European and global politics for over three decades as Secretary General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and Danish parliamentarian. In 2014, Mr. Rasmussen established Rasmussen Global. The firm advises clients on a wide range of issues such as international security, transatlantic relations, the European Union, and emerging markets. Together with former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, he initiated the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.
Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician and has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of D66 (ALDE). She is Coordinator on the International Trade committee, where she is the ALDE spokesperson on transatlantic trade and digital trade. Ms Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. Ms Schaake is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe.
Natalie A. Jaresko is a Ukrainian-American public and private sector crisis manager. She has had a distinguished international career in public service and the private industry, with over 25 years of successful management experience in strategy and negotiation development and implementation of public policy and business objectives, especially during crisis periods. Ms. Jaresko served as Minister of Finance of Ukraine between December 2014 and April 2016. Prior to this ministerial position, she spent two decades investing in small and medium-sized business in the region.
Rafal Trzaskowski is a Vice-chair of the EPP, Former MEP, Minister of Administration and Digital Economy, Minister of European Affairs, MP, academic teacher.
Alberto Alemanno is the Jean Monnet Professor in European Union Law at HEC Paris and a pro-European political activist. He is the founder and CEO of The Good Lobby, a civic start up committed to democratize access to policymakers. Due to his commitment to close the gap between academia and society, he was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He regularly writes in Le Monde, Politico Europe and Bloomberg.
Mathieu Nohet is the co-founder and CEO of Manty. He founded the govtech startup with two classmates in early 2017, when he came back to Europe after a couple of years in the US. There, he spent a year working in Silicon Valley for a cryptocurrency startup, before moving to New York where he earned a MSc in Management at Columbia University.
Camille Putois is the founder of K, a start-up that helps people gain easier access to public services. A graduate of ENA and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), she founded K after holding positions in the French administration, politics, and communications (Deputy Chief of Staff of the French Prime Minister 2012-2014, Ministry of Interior, Havas, Publicis and Brunswick).
John Paul Farmer is Director of Microsoft Cities, where he leads a team to build partnerships and design technology products that make urban communities more livable, more productive, and more sustainable. In addition, John is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and leads non-profit The Innovation Project to spread innovation best practices globally. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Obama White House, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Wietse Van Ransbeeck is the Co-Founder and CEO of CitizenLab, an e-democracy platform that allows governments to give their citizens a direct say on the topics that matter to them. Today, the citizen engagement platform is used by more than 75 local governments around the world, including big cities such as Vancouver, The Hague, Brussels, but also way smaller municipalities. Wietse was recently awarded as Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in Law & Policy for his work on bringing local democracies into the digital age.
Grégoire is a franche design working on social innovation and public policies design. He founded the Vraiment Vraiment studio, based in Paris and Brussels that works on improving social services and inventing the future of French administration.
Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for legislation.gov.uk before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016. Among others, Jeni sits on the UK’s Open Standards Board and the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership.
Paul Duan is a social entrepreneur using technology to empower people at scale. As the founder and president of Bayes Impact, he is one of the pioneers in using algorithms to create social impact. Since 2014, Paul led multiple projects throughout the world, ranging from helping micro-finance institutions operating in Africa, to launching an online platform in partnership with the Department of Justice in California to collect police use-of-force data from more than 800 police agencies.
Theo is a 20 year old student entering his master’s in economics and data science at ENSAE in Paris. He is the president of his school’s Junior-Enterprise, ENSAE Junior Etudes, a student run consultancy specialized in statistics, data science and quantitative economics. ENSAE Junior Etudes has worked with various ministries and public administrations over the past years.
In 2016 Justyna Orłowska became an advisor to the Minister of Economic Development. Responsible for management of the State’s innovative projects portfolio, she spearheaded the MinFinTech programme as well as the creation of the Lektury.gov.pl portal. In 2018 appointed an Advisor to the Prime Minister on Innovation Policy and Finance. Since the Programme’s establishment in April 2018, serving as Head of the GovTech Poland Programme – Poland’s largest initiative aimed at bringing innovation to the Public Sector.
Andrew is Chief of Staff to Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group, working primarily with telco and media companies in London, Paris, New York and the Middle East. Andrew spent time working for the UK Government’s Cabinet Office before joining Andy Street’s campaign team in his hometown of Birmingham. Andrew has championed the tech work of the Mayor’s Office including 5G rollout and the Mayor’s Urban Challenge GovTech competition.
Rikke Hougaard Zeberg is Director-General of the Agency for Digitisation within the Danish Ministry of Finance. She was appointed in 2017, but she has been the Deputy Director-General of the agency since 2012. Before that, she was the Deputy Director of Danish Broadcasting News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation in the period 2010-2012. For a number of years (2001-2010), she has been working in a number of different positions in the Danish Ministry of Finance.
Barney Gilbert is a doctor, economist and entrepreneur. In 2016, he co-founded Forward Health to solve the problem of broken communication in healthcare. Forward’s goal is to connect healthcare teams around the world, empowering health and care professionals to spend more time with their patients, doing the things that matter.
Chris developed the vision for crowdsourcing civic improvement 7 years ago, which is now being embraced by cities, citizens and companies around the world. He has worked closely with the Mayor of London and other public bodies to develop an award-winning model that allows projects to be collaboratively funded online – everything from new community centres and playgrounds, to installing fibre broadband in a neighbourhood, or turning an old railway line into a park.
John was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda. John founded and runs the FT’s 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. He also hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology.
Julia was part of the founding team of Citymart in 2011 and is currently Head of City Partnerships carrying full business responsibility for partnerships with leading global cities and organizations. She co-created and led the LLGA|Cities Pilot the Future program which proved the concept that by opening problems, cities can engage in a new way with urban and social solutions and share them with one another. Julia has further been responsible for the delivery of 100+ urban innovation procurements.
Paul Maassen started working with Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is currently the Chief, Country Support. He leads OGPs engagement with and strategic support of all OGP stakeholders at the national and local level. A global team with staff in over 10 locations supports open government champions, primarily in government and civil society, in using Open Government Partnership to further their objectives on transparency, accountability and participation.
Alexander has worked in the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government since 2014. His current role is as founder and champion of the CivTech® Programme, for which he won the Scottish Public Service Leadership Award in 2017, and his team won Scottish Public Sector ICT Team of the Year in 2018. Its mission is to drive daring and innovation in the public sector, deliver better public services, provide economic development opportunities, and push an intrapreneurial culture.
Tomasz is a co-founder & the CEO of deepsense.ai. With his visionary approach and excellent business development skills, Tomasz was recognized as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the New Business category. Prior to building deepsense.ai, Tomasz founded CodiLime, a software development company in the cloud networking industry. He built a team of over 250 employees from scratch and twice led the company to the top of Deloitte’s CE Technology Fast 50 Reports.
Christian Mandl was initially a political scientist specialized in EU affairs (Eurobus campaign with AIESEC), then became an entrepreneur (SkyEurope Airlines – IPO in 2005, then Maporama – sold to TIBCO in 2013), before becoming a VC investor (Neulogy Ventures). With Govio, Christian is now looking into civic tech and blockchain initiatives. Christian graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a postgraduate degree from the Freie Universität Berlin. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Tanya Filer leads the Digital State Project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Her research, policy work and teaching focus on the development of GovTech innovation ecosystems, and digital government more broadly. Tanya runs Tech States, the Institute’s interview series with leading voices on government and technology. She has served on the Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment at the World Economic Forum.
Alexander is the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of The GovTech Summit. He is also the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder at PUBLIC, a venture firm set up to help technology startups transform public services. Prior to founding PUBLIC, Alexander worked for almost 10 years in private equity before spending a considerable amount of time building and supporting a number startups as an angel investor-in-residence, helping the founders avoid some of the early issues around scaling, hiring and product / market fit. Alexander has been a non-executive member of the board of Heineken Holding NV since 2013.
Ann Mettler is a Director-General at the European Commission where she heads the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank which reports directly to President Juncker. In this capacity, Ann also serves as Chair of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an inter-institutional project aimed at strengthening the EU’s foresight capacity and anticipatory governance. The EPSC was awarded ‘Best New Think Tank 2016’ by the Global Go To Think Tank Index.
Stanislas de Margerie is a partner at Margerie Reine Cordier, a law firm specialising in regulatory and administrative law. Stanislas has substantial experience in public procurement. His practice also focuses on helping innovative companies understand their regulatory environment and challenge it before the courts when necessary. His clients include startups, established companies and public entities. Stanislas has previously practiced as an EU and competition lawyer in Brussels.
Simon co-founded Apptivism in 2016. Apptivism is the leading provider of citizen engagement chat interfaces for Governments, Non-profits and political parties. Prior to Apptivism, Simon worked at the Behavioural Insights Team.
An experience software turned entrepreneur, Sebastian applies modern technology to solve future problems. Currently, he is focused on enabling data portability for businesses under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Dr. Jan Fritz Rettberg heads the staff unit for innovation and technology in the Lord Mayor’s office and coordinates the Smart City and digitization strategy of the City of Dortmund. He received his doctor’s degree in innovation and technology management. He was Head of Innovation Management at the ie³ Institute for Energy Systems at TU Dortmund University and was responsible for projects on energy transition, electromobility and future energy supply structures.
Victoria is an engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor. In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously. From 2015 till 2017 she was part of the Board of the Space Foundation. From 2015 till 2017 she was part of the Board of the Space Foundation. In 2016 the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) awarded her the Young Space Leader Award and she currently serves as Special Advisor to the IAF President.
André Rogaczewski founded Netcompany back in 2000. Today, 18 years later, he is leading one of the most successful international IT companies in the Nordics with more than 1,800 passionate IT talents and offices in 5 countries. With his technical background, a master’s degree in computer science from Aalborg University and a true vision for Denmark’s digital future, he has led the company through tremendous growth and built a unique delivery model.
Sir Mark was knighted in the 2018 Birthday honours for his “exceptional contribution to national security at a time of unprecedented threat and personally providing reassuring national leadership through the attacks of 2017”. He has a very wide policing experience and expertise from counter terrorism to community policing and including major events policing, public order and serious and organised crime and has a reputation as an innovative and transformational leader.
Renaud Seligmann is Practice Manager in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank, working across a wide range of governance issues in the Middle East and North Africa region. He also sponsors the Digital Governance Community of Practice within the World Bank.
Andreas Tschas is the Director of the Austrian Digitalisation Agency. Before that he was working for TTTech as the Head of Marketing and Business Development on topics like Autonomous Mobility and the factory of the future. 8 years ago he co-founded Pioneers which became one of the most influential communities for startups, innovation and digitalisation in Europe. Andreas sold Pioneers mid 2018. Moreover Andreas is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Marc was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Physics at Harvard University, specialising in quantum sensing. He founded ASI in the belief that benefits of AI should extend to everyone. ASI provide data science consulting, using expert data scientists and engineers to deliver business advantage and build capability. They provide an industry leading training and placement programme to quantitative PhD students to become data scientists or data engineers.
Stephanie is the CEO of Doctify, a medical review and booking platform. Stephanie previously trained and worked as a Trauma & Orthopaedic surgeon. Stephanie also sits on the board of Haoma Medica, a UK-based biotech company focused on Osteoporosis, is an active member of the “doctorpreneur” community and regularly hosts sessions to promote the participation of women in technology.
Amandine is the Head of Product and Operations for New Vector, the company behind Riot (https://riot.im), an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool. She co-founded Matrix.org, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Amandine also previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs.
In 2014, Ron launched the Govtech Fund: the first-ever venture fund exclusively focused on investing in startups that are modernizing the operations of government. With the launch of Govtech Fund II in January 2018, the portfolio now spans 19 startups, operating in 20,000 government agencies and over $300M in follow-on financings from the world’s leading VC funds.
Andrew Rasiej is the Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work and community center designed to support the use of technology for the public good. Andrew is also the Founder of the Personal Democracy Forum the world’s largest annual gathering focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and government. He is the Chair of the NY Tech Alliance representing 60,000 professionals working in the New York tech ecosystem. He also founded MOUSE.org which provides technology education in public schools in New York and worldwide.
James Reeve is a co-founder of OneTeamGov and leads the development of services in the UK’s Department for Education. He founded OneTeamGov with Kit Collingwood-Richardson in 2017 after learning that the only way to deliver transformational services in government is to break down the barrier between the creation of policy and delivery of services. He is passionate about making government more accessible for people and expanding internet-era leadership across government organisations.
Theo Blackwell is the Chief Digital Officer for London, appointed by Mayor Sadiq Khan in September 2018. Theo is responsible for the Smarter London Together Roadmap, the Mayor’s approach to making London the smartest city in the world and a global test-bed for innovation
Orianne leads Mission Société Numérique, the French government task force on digital empowerment.
Susan Acland-Hood took up post as HMCTS Chief Executive on 21 November 2016. Her previous role was Director of Enterprise and Growth at HM Treasury when she was responsible for policies on productivity, growth, business, infrastructure, exports, competition and markets, and for energy and transport spending (including Board membership for several major infrastructure projects). Prior to that, Susan spent 2 years as Director of Education Funding at the Department for Education, overseeing the comprehensive reform of the capital programme.
Andrea is the Head of the Unit “eGovernment and Trust” in Directorate General ‘Communication networks, content and technology’ (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission whose mission is to advance the quality and innovation of public administrations and accelerate the large-scale application in the public sector and private sectors of identification and trust services in the digital single market through leadership of the eGovernment agenda.
Dr. Frédéric Bardolle is the Head of the Digital Development of the French Ministry of Defence. Previously, he was a member of the inaugural class of the Entrepreneur d’Intérêt Général program where he served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the role of technology in disseminating of the Court of Auditors’ reports. Since 2016, he is also a core member of the NGO Data for Good, a community of volunteers putting their digital skills to use for public good.
Robert Steen has served as Vice Mayor Finance with responsibility of digitalisation of Oslo since October 2015. Mr. Steen has extensive experience from the digital transformation of the media industry where he spent 15 years prior to entering into politics in 2015. On the digital scene in France Mr. Steen would be most known for his participation in starting up the very popular Internet service leboncoin.fr – today only superseded by Google, Facebook and YouTube.
Pauline Véron has been deputy to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, since March 2014, and is in charge of local democracy, citizen participation, NGOs, and youth.
Khalil Rouhana is the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology) since December 2016. His responsibilities include the policies for digital economy and society and notably for research, innovation and industrial strategies, digital solution for societal challenges and governments as well as cybersecurity. Before that he was Director for “Digital Industry” in DG CONNECT supporting the competitiveness of core digital sectors in Europe and the digitisation of all industrial sectors of the economy.
Mathilde Bras is a Program Manager at Etalab, the French government taskforce for open data, open gov and datascience. She runs the “Entrepreneur.e d’intérêt general” program (Public Interest Entrepreneurs), created in 2017 to attract digital experts within public departments to develop concrete digital service products. At Etalab, Mathilde aims at building active communities of innovators – from the public sphere and civil society – in order to improve public debate (open gov, open data), and foster public innovation (IA, agile, datascience design).
Tiphaine graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. After this amazing academic experience, she wanted to use her abstraction skills and her outlook on projects to tackle new questions outside of academia. She started working as a data scientist in companies like Dailymotion or Clustree among others before joining the second promotion of France’s Entrepreneurs d’Intérêt Général on the Prévisecours challenge at the Ministère de l’Intérieur which aims at helping firemen in their daily life.
Maximilian has worked in multiple industries (from automotive to insurance) and with C-Levels in various fields of digital innovation (from Internet-of-Things to Blockchain). His latest Startup is Keyp, an open identity ecosystem with the worlds first smart login (SSO) for any type of digital access. As an open ecosystem formed by all types of identification, authentication, implementation and certification providers (100+ solutions so far) Keyp bundles all services in the field of digital identity.
Emma recently joined Bird’s European Government Partnerships team, based in Amsterdam. She comes to the US electric scooter start-up after more than three years as a special adviser to HM Government in the UK, most recently at the Department for Transport.
Quentin Sauzay co-founded ECHO in 2016. Previously, he was a consultant for the World Bank, based in Benin, in charge of programs focusing on infrastructure development, investments promotion and business climate improvement in the West Africa sub region. He also advised promising SMEs in Kenya, regarding their strategies and business development. In 2015, he was appointed as a special advisor to the Prime Minister of Benin in charge energy access and infrastructure developments programs.
Katharina Horst is heading the D21 French office, a European civic tech and consulting firm building trust through participatory processes with local and national governments and businesses, worldwide. D21 introduces its game-changing voting method in a suite of digital products to help managers make better decisions. It has offices in Paris and Prague. Prior to joining D21, Katharina was an advisor and EU committee delegate on research and innovation policies.
Aurore Bimont co-founded Système D, the first incubator in France that fast-tracks solutions enhancing transparency, participation and collaboration in our democracies (such as GovTech and CivicTech).
Bernard le Masson is global managing director for Public Service within Accenture Strategy. His role focuses on helping senior public service officials transform their organizations in the digital world. Mr. le Masson has 25 years of deep consulting skills and experience in Accenture. He has worked on a number of significant government transformation projects, and many strategic consulting programs for agencies, ministries and local governments, primarily in Europe and Middle-East. Bernard is the President of the corporate citizenship body Accenture Foundation in France.
Jean-Marc Lazard is Co-Founder and Chief Executing Officer at OpenDataSoft. Jean-Marc has a 16-year track record as an innovation ambassador. Jean-Marc is a global executive with expertise in business strategy and people management. He spent a decade as Head of Innovation for multinational companies including Bel Groupe and Dassault Systèmes. Jean-Marc Lazard co-founded OpenDataSoft in 2011 with the goal of enabling all types of organizations to create value from their data assets by sharing them.
Enda Leahy is the Founder and CEO of Courtsdesk, an innovation in the supply of legal news and data. He was formerly a senior executive in national newspapers and magazines in the UK and Ireland.
Axel Dauchez founded the civictech platform Make.org which aims to engage civil society at a large scale to facilitate the positive transformation of wider society. Previously, Axel founded and led tech companies for 15 years.
Voxe is a civic tech initiative aiming to help millennials be better informed in order to have an impact on the public debate. Clara-Douce joined Voxe in 2016 to coordinate the #hello2017 campaign, an initiative to get French millennials out to vote. Since 2017, Clara-Douce has been a business developer for Voxe, building strong partnerships with public administrations in order to get millennials more engaged in the public debate.
Alex Jones is an International Development Professional and Senior Statistician with over 15 years’ experience working in various roles across Asia and Africa. He specialises in Adaptive programme management and the promotion of innovation. His current role spans the breadth of DFID’s portfolio, harnessing the potential of cutting edge policy-making techniques and new technologies to deliver transformative impact for some of the world’s poorest people.
Eddie Copeland is Director of Government Innovation at Nesta, the innovation foundation. He leads the organisation’s work on city data analytics, behavioural insights, digital government and digital democracy. Eddie is a regular writer and speaker on how government and public sector organisations can deliver more and better with less through smarter use of people, data and technology. He is also a member of the Smart London Board, a group that advises the Mayor of London on how London can harness digital technology and data for the benefit of those who live and work in the capital.
Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi is the Deputy Head of Division for the Reform of the Public Sector and Head of the Digital Government and Open Data Team. She leads the work on the digital transformation of governments and public sectors that include country reviews on digital government and open data, the work on the use of emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain in governments to enhance openness, efficiency and innovation. She is also responsible for monitoring the implementation of the OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies.
Stéphane Vincent is the co-founder and CEO of « La 27e Région » (Region 27), a think- and action-tank dedicated to government innovation created in 2008. La 27e Région runs several innovation programs inspired by service design, ethnography and social innovation in close partnership with local and national governments. Its 70 members include cities, counties, regional and national governments. Co-founder of States of Change, an international collective of 25 pioneer organizations in government transformation, and of Les Halles Civiques, a network of spaces dedicated to public and civic innovation.
Involved in active citizenship and citizen participation organizations for a long time, Ninon is co-founder of Tous Elus. The movement’s goal is to enable everybody to truly participate in democracy and actively take part into the local civic life. She is in charge of the internal democracy and governance programme for the organization.
Dr Robert Krimmer is a Full Professor of e-Governance within Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance within the School of Business and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. Robert’s research is focused on electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, the transformation of the public sector, and all issues further developing a digital society. Robert is also Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues.
Esther Makaay is a digital identities professional. Her role is proposition development – identifying partners, getting pilots and projects started – for log-in solutions provider Connectis and for .nl registry SIDN. Specialist fields include trust frameworks, digital identities & eID schemes, DNS(SEC) and (new) top-level domains. Esther is also an internet technology expert. Being passionate about innovative services and sustainable internet development, Esther is active in various networks and forums, including IDnext and Open Identity Exchange.
Marie-Luise Neitz is the Project Manager of the EU-funded project ECHORD++ (FP7), which was the first project introducing the cascade funding scheme in robotics. Nowadays this scheme is widely used in other disciplines, as well. Marie-Luise has a vast experience in coordinating activities within large consortia and networks, managing financial support to third parties, and communicating with robotic stakeholders to analyze trends and establish co-operations. Within the ECHORD++ project she facilitated the introduction of Robotic Innovation Facilities (RIF) and developed the concept of Public end-user Driven Technological Innovations (PDTI).
Since August 2018, Darja Isaksson is Director General at Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency. Previously member of the Swedish Government Innovation Council and member of Swedish Government’s Digital Advisory Council. She is also the founder of two successful digital agencies.
Luca is an IT Systems Architect at SOGEI. Currently, he works for SOGEI where he is supporting the Ministry of Economy and Finance in developing its cloud strategy and is currently head of the Tecnological Demand Management team. He participated in the Working Group which defined the Italian SPCCoop standards and recently joined the CoMiFin EU Project, the SUNFISH H2020 Project (He was the techical leader), and the Poseidon H2020 project. He holds a degree in Physics from La Sapienza University, Roma
Samira Boussetta is responsible for the innovative SME purchasing division and the LAB purchasing mission at the State Purchasing Department. After several years as director of Public Procurement in different local authorites then head of legal affairs and innovative purchases in the health sector, she joined the Directorate of State Purchases in 2016 to develop innovation.
Technology entrepreneur, investor, and former senior public policy leader. Founder and managing partner of Steam Capital, which invests and helps to build transformational, deep tech companies in Europe. Has held executive, board and advisory positions in several highly innovative, R&D-based companies. Previously founder and executive chairman of Neulogy, the first major advisory and investment boutique in CEE focusing on R&D, innovations and deep technology. Held several senior positions in the Government of Slovakia, including junior minister for innovations and deputy for European affairs of the minister of finance.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
Daniel Korski, Chairman, The GovTech Summit
Alexander de Carvalho, Vice-Chairman, The GovTech Summit
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Daniel Korski, Chairman, The GovTech Summit and CEO, PUBLIC
Technology is set to completely transform the way governments interact with their citizens. From voting, to healthcare, to welfare, to security, to urban planning and traffic management, a new wave of digital innovators are forging a path for smarter governments around the world. Despite relatively little publicity, the European GovTech ecosystem has made significant strides over recent years: but much remains to be done. In this panel, we explore the greatest challenges faced by governments aiming to digitise public services, how to encourage governments to think (and act) more like startups, and how Europe can fully seize the GovTech opportunity.
Robyn Scott, CEO and Co-Founder, Apolitical (Moderator)
Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission
Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for Digital Government, UK
Brian Duffy, CEO EMEA, SAP
Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD
Technology, and in particular, social media, is completely transforming how we engage with politics. At the same time, our politics and democracies have never felt so divided. Recent elections and referenda around the world have been marred by concerns about the manipulation of the electorate through social media, while online ‘echo chambers’ are driving unprecedented levels of political tribalism. However, the future need not be bleak for our democracies in the age of technology. In this panel, we discuss how technology can be a force for good in modern-day politics, and how use it to drive political engagement that is constructive, informed, and rational.
John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, FT
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Co-Chairman, Transatlantic Commission on Electoral Integrity and Former Secretary General, NATO
Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director, Financial Oversight and Management Board Puerto Rico and Former Finance Minister, Ukraine
Armin Laschet, Minister President, North Rhine-Westphalia
Marietje Schaake, MEP, Netherlands
AI has been the hottest buzzword in tech for a long time, and governments are beginning to catch on. Gradually, governments around the world have started to explore the potential for smarter uses of public datasets to drive more efficient and targeted public services. Many of these early case studies have been extremely encouraging , and show the way for future data-driven governments. Despite this, the opportunity for AI in government has barely scratched the surface. Here, we discuss what we can learn from existing applications of AI in the public sector, and which sectors stand to benefit the most from AI going forward.
Nicholas Vinocur, Technology Editor, POLITICO (Moderator)
Chris Boos, CEO, arago GmbH and Member, Digital Advisory Council Germany
Gerald Darmanin, Minister for Public Finances, France
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
Tomasz Kulakowski, CEO, deepsenseai, Poland
Pierre Nanterme, Chairman and CEO, Accenture
Thomas Cazenave, Government Coordinator for Public Transformation, France
Gérald Darmanin, Minister for Public Finances, France
Mounir Mahjoubi, Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, France
Gérald Karsenti, MD, SAP France
Thomas Cazenave, Government Coordinator for Public Transformation, France
Pauline Véron, Deputy Mayor of Paris
Katharina Host, COO, D21
Coline Vanneroy, Development Director, Cap Collectif
Quentin Sauzay, Cofounder, ECHO
Clara-Douce McGrath, CDO, Voxe
Ninon Lagarde, Co-president, Tous élus
Aurore Bimont, Director, Système D (moderator)
What do Europeans think of their country’s online public services? The Digital Gov barometer, commissioned annually by Sopra Steria and Ipsos, explores this question in depth in six European countries. This year, the survey will be unveiled exclusively at the GovTech Summit and will explore opinions on the key strengths and weaknesses of e-government in 2018. Are e-governments performing well? What can they do better? How much appetite is there from Europeans for online public services? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this discussion between industry experts and leading policy-makers.
Claire Ducos, Head of Consulting Business Development, Sopra Steria Consulting (Moderator)
Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, DG Connect, European Commission
Brice Teinturier, Deputy CEO, Ipsos, France
Wietse Van Ransbeeck, CEO and Founder, Citizen Labs
Robert Steen, Vice Mayor, Finance, City of Oslo, Norway
It is not easy for governments to keep up with the pace of change in science and technology. Many European countries now have dedicated research and innovation units to ensure that they are always aware of the opportunities presented by new technologies. The key to creating and sustaining technology knowledge in government is to establish genuinely collaborative ecosystems, including innovators, startups, corporates, universities, and political officials. In this panel, we discuss how governments can better engage with cutting-edge startups and academic research to ensure that they are always aware of the art-of-the-possible in new technologies.
Bernard Le Masson, Global Partner Public Sector, Accenture (Moderator)
Alexandre De Croo, Vice-Prime Minister, Belgium
Stephanie Eltz, Founder, Doctify
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, UK
Diego Piacentini, Former Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Italy
60% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. As a result of this major demographic shift, cities are becoming increasingly important centres of localised action and innovation. Indeed, hundreds of cities across Europe now not only have their own governments, but also have teams dedicated to promoting innovation and digitisation. The scope for applying new technologies to create fully connected, joined-up urban centres is truly vast. From AI-enabled autonomous traffic management, to data-driven public transport systems, to embedded sensors for monitoring air quality, to demand-responsive waste collection, technology is transforming how our cities operate. In this panel, we discuss the future of cities as drivers of innovation, as well as strategies for encouraging greater collaboration and data-sharing between European cities.
Theo Blackwell, CDO, City of London (Moderator)
Francine Bennett, Founder and CEO, Mastodon C, UK
Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, Finland
Philippe Wahl, Chairman, Groupe La Poste
Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris
GovTech startups are exploding across Europe, responding to very concrete needs of governments and public authorities. However, the funding environment for these startups is still relatively nascent, with some funds put off by public sector markets. In this discussion between leading venture investors, we explore the value of investing in GovTech startups, and whether these startups can generate attractive returns for investors.
Alex de Carvalho, Co-Founder, PUBLIC, UK (Moderator)
Ron Bouganim, Managing Partner, Govtech Fund
Brent Hoberman, Founder, Firstminute Capital, UK
Christian Mandl, Founder, Govio
James Wise, Partner, Balderton Capital
Emmanuel Grégoire, First Deputy Mayor of Paris
CivTech is one of the central fields of GovTech. It seeks to reinvent how citizens can interact with local authorities and institutions, providing new digital channels for democratic participation and collaboration. For governments, CivTech offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage directly with citizens, receiving real-time feedback on policy issues and public services. Data collected through these channels is extremely powerful, and can form the basis of flexible, data-driven public services. However, despite notable success stories around the fringes, governments across Europe are yet to fully take advantage of these new channels and platforms. How should the modern state interact with its citizens? And how can CivTech ventures access the capital and support necessary to achieve genuine scale and political impact?
Simon Day, Founder and CEO, Apptivism (Moderator)
Alberto Alemanno, Founder, The Good Lobby
Axel Dauchez, Founder, Make.org, France
Paula Forteza, French MP, France
Chris Gourlay, CEO, Spacehive
Andrew Rasiej, Co-Founder, Civic Hall
In an era of rapid digitisation and digital transformation, sharing personal data has become integral to all areas of life and business. The right to data portability introduced by Article 20 of the GDPR allows individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services. It poses clear challenges to business models that rely on personal data collected from customers. In this panel, we discuss how GDPR can support innovation, how the right to data portability can promote interoperability between systems and give greater power to the citizen over the data that controllers hold, and how the public sector can encourage trust in an era of increased data sharing and growing concerns around data privacy.
Siim Sikkut, CTO of Estonia (Moderator)
Ann Mettler, Director-General, ESPC, European Commission
Sebastian Nemeth, Co-Founder, Portyr, Finland
Jeni Tennison, Director, Open Data Institute, UK
Andreas Tschas, Director, Austrian Digitisation Agency
EU projects develop technology and digital solutions to make public administration more effective and efficient and to bring citizens, businesses and government closer together. The session will discuss examples of ongoing work to build a Digital Single Market and provide an outlook to the future. Examples discussed include urban robotics, robotics in healthcare, public cloud services, electronic identification at municipal level and the reduction of administrative burden through the once
Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission (Moderator)
Robert Krimmer, Project Manager TOOP – The Once Only Principle
Esther Makaay, eID & Business Analyst
Marie-Luise Neitz, Project Manager ECHORD++
Luca Nicoletti, IT System Architect at SOGEI
The opportunities to use technology to improve policing and justice are immense. However, neither sector has successfully exploited the technology opportunity. The policing technology market is highly consolidated, dominated by a small number of international vendors, delivering expensive and inefficient legacy systems. In the justice sector, technology could enable a more efficient and streamlined legal aid service for society’s most vulnerable, but digital systems are rare, with inefficiencies driving high national costs. In both sectors, there is a very strong, credible pipeline of European startups that could totally transform how the state operates. How can we encourage police chiefs and commissioners to buy cutting-edge technology services from innovative startups? And how can we encourage a largely analogue state legal system to explore the potential of new technologies, such as electronic document management, AI-enabled case assessment, and chatbots?
Max Chambers, CSO, PUBLIC (Moderator)
Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS, UK
Amir Elichai, Founder and CEO, Carbyne
Enda Leahy, CEO and Co-Founder, Courtdesk
Mark Rowley, Former Assistant Commissioner at Met and Chairman, Panopticon
The digital identity landscape is evolving rapidly and governments across Europe are seizing the opportunity. Smart digital identification systems underpin successful e-governments, allowing citizens to access key public services online. However, this is just the beginning for digital identity: new biometric identification technology offers governments unprecedented levels of security and efficiency, with applications from safer online banking to improved airport and border surveillance. What are the opportunities, and risks, associated with the proliferation of new digital identification systems?
Andrea Servida, Head of Unit eGovernment and Trust at DG CONNECT, European Commission (Moderator)
Hasan Faridul, Co-Founder, Eyn
Amandine Le Pape, Co-Founder, Matrix.Org
Maximilian Möhring, Managing Director, Keyp
Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
Genuine digital transformation requires innovation from within. Many case studies of successful government digitisation have been driven by small teams of public servants, determined to make a change. This is hardly surprising: public officials are better placed than anybody to understand the nuances of local and national challenges. The key is to empower government intrapreneurs to design creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. In this panel, we discuss strategies for promoting a greater culture of inventiveness in government departments, as well as smarter strategies for connecting government intrapreneurs with external innovators to solve public problems.
Mathilde Bras, Open Government and Innovation Officer, Etalab, France (moderator)
Kevin Cunnington, Director General, GDS
Alexander Holt, Head, CivTech®, Scottish Government
Kare Riis Nielsen, Director, Disruption Task Force, Denmark
Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi, Digital Government Lead, OECD
Technology has completely transformed how we travel between places. First, paper road-maps were replaced by satnav GPS systems, and now those systems have been superseded by mobile apps. Technological transformation will not stop there, however, and European startups are powering a revolutionary change in urban and rural mobility. New crowdsourced route-planners provided citizens with real-time information on traffic, transport and congestion within cities; demand-responsive local buses can update their routes to provide a more accessible and efficient service; and vehicle-sharing apps allow people to move around faster and more sustainably, especially in isolated rural areas. We discuss the role of tech startups in this mobility revolutions, and how governments can use and promote these tools to provide better public transportation services.
Emma Silver, EMEA Head of Policy, Bird (Moderator)
Dr Jan Fritz Rettburg, CIO, City of Dortmund
Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO, OpenDataSoft
Rafal Trzaskowski, Mayor Elect, Warsaw Municipality
Azmat Yusuf, Founder and CEO, CityMapper, UK
Data can be a government’s most valuable asset, driving unprecedented levels of transparency and efficiency in public services. However, as is the case in all areas of cutting-edge innovation, the boundaries of right and wrong are not always clearly defined. In this panel, we discuss how governments can maintain the trust of citizens when collecting and handling vast amounts of data, and allay concerns about personal privacy, consent and data ownership. As governments move into unchartered territory, it is vital that the technology does not outrun the policy.
Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder of CognitionX, UK and Chair, AI Council UK (Moderator)
Barney Gilbert, CEO, ForwardHealth
Adrian Lovett, President, Web Foundation
Paul Maassen, Chief, Country Support, Open Government Partnership
Constantijn van Orange-Nassau, Special Envoy, StartupDelta
Laure Lucchesi, Director, Etalab, France (Moderator)
Mohammed Adnène Trojette, Deputy Secretary General, Court of Audit, France
John Paul Farmer, Director, Microsoft Cities
Tiphaine Phe-Neau, Data Scientist, Etalab, France
Today, it is easier than ever to order a pizza, hail a taxi, stream a movie, and chat with friends on the other side of the world. Dealing with government, however, can still be far from easy. As consumer goods and services become smarter, more efficient and more tailored to the individual, citizens will begin to expect the same standards from their governments. With people used to navigating so much of their lives through Facebook, Uber and Deliveroo, how can governments deliver the same efficiency and user-experience for core public services? And, more broadly, how can governments stay in touch with the needs and wants of citizens, to ensure they keep up with the pace of change in consumer markets?
Rikke Hougaard Zeberg, Director-General, Danish Agency for Digitisation (Moderator)
Darja Isaksson, Director-General, Swedish Innovation Agency
Camille Putois, Founder, K
James Reeve, CEO, OneTeamGov, UK
André Rogaczewski, CEO, NetCompany, Denmark
The PitchGovTech will be the largest ever startup pitch event dedicated to innovative technologies disrupting the public sector. You’ll hear from some of Europe’s leading tech startups dedicated to solving a crucial public sector problem.
The 15 startups were selected from over 130 applications to the PitchGovTech competition. The applications were evaluated by an independent assessor and the pitches will be judged by a cross-disciplinary European judging panel.
Samira Boussetta , Deputy Head of Procurement, French Government
Côme Berbain, Chief Technology Officer, DINSIC
Martin Bruncko, Managing Partner, Steam Capital
Valerie Drasche-Wartinberg, Head of Programme, Spain Startup- South Summit;
Harry Briggs, Early Stage VC
Néjia Lanouar, DSI, City of Paris
Governments collect vast amounts of data, about everything from waste collection, to crime statistics, to national employment outcomes, to health and social care services. This data is crucial to understanding how well governments are working, and if their policies are making a difference. Beyond the design of policy, embedding data into the delivery of public services can drive greater levels of efficiency, transparency and personalisation. Every public system, from health, to education, to transport, to welfare, can be made smarter and more responsive if it were powered by the enormous datasets available to public authorities. However, data-driven, governance, is not without its challenges. We explore how governments can ensure that they have the right underlying infrastructure and in-house talent to take advantage of the opportunity offered by big data.
Andrew Browning, Chief of Staff to Mayor of West Midlands, UK (Moderator)
Juliet Bauer, CDO, NHS England
Théo Maret, Président de la Junior Entreprise de l’ENSAE
Mathieu Nohet, CEO, Manty, France
Mark Warner, CEO, ASI, UK
Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta (Moderator)
Gregoire Alix Tabeling, CEO and Founder, Vraiment Vraiment, France
Lou Downe, Director of Design, GDS, UK
Orianne Ledroit, Digital Society Programme Director, Agence Nationale du Numérique
Stéphane Vincent, CEO and Co-Founder, La 27e Région, France
When asked what is the single greatest barrier to working with government, startups almost always give the same answer: procurement. At times, it seems that procurement is completely at odds with how today’s tech startups operate. Not only are contracts and framework applications long and onerous, but procurement departments can be overly risk-averse, favouring established suppliers and long, fixed-term contracts. Startups, in contrast, move fast, take risks, and constantly innovate and adapt. In this panel, we discuss how to open up procurement to more tech startups, and identify the key cultural, structural and legal barriers to greater digital innovation.
Julie de Pimodan, CEO, Fluicity (Moderator)
Michel Grévoul, Director for State Procurement, France
Julia Haselmayer, Co-Founder, CityMart
Stanislas de Margerie, Partner, Margerie Reine Cordier
Justyna Orlowska, Head of GovTech Poland, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister
The aim of GovTech is to make key public services more efficient, engaging and accessible. Central to this vision is a more efficient digital system for managing and streamlining state welfare. Beyond this, technology can also promote greater levels of financial inclusion across Europe. From new bank accounts, to micro-loans, to crowdfunding apps, to fairer short-term liquidity platforms, new technologies are already enabling millions more people and businesses to join the European economy, often for the first time. In this panel, we discuss what the welfare state in the digital age will look like: and how governments can better use technology to enable a new wave of financial inclusion.
Tanya Filer, Digital State Lead, University of Cambridge (Moderator)
Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavik
Nicolas Colin, Founder, The Family, France
Paul Duan, Founder, Bayes Impact/Bob Emploi
Reuben Saxon, CEO and Co-founder, FreeUp
Mobile phones enabled countries to leapfrog the long and tedious process of installing landlines – financing and building heavy infrastructure in order to connect citizens. New technology could give similar powers to emerging states, providing insight and knowledge. The development community is seizing this opportunity to deliver better, smarter services.
Renaud Seligmann, Governance Global Practice, World Bank (Moderator)
Victoria Alonsoperez, Founder, Chipsafer
Susan Alzner, Co-Founder, Shift7
Nikolai Astrup, Minister for International Development, Norway
Alex Jones, Head of Emerging Futures, DFID, UK