CSI Piemonte

Désirée Bua  has been working on international activities all her career. She has had various multicultural experiences (consultancies in Uruguay and Ecuador, backstopping activities on project in South Africa, Ecuador, EuropeAid project in Algeria, coordination of EU funded projects). She is skilled in EU Project Design and Management, International Donors Project Design and Management (World Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank, UN) and has worked in several transnational teams, such as European Consortia in the frame of EU funded projects. Moreover, she is competent with EU Programme Legislation Framework, Programmes management rules, project design as well as donors cooperation programmes.

Vice President - Global Public Sector – Capgemini UK

Graham has worked internationally all his career, firstly across four continents with the oil and gas giant Shell, then with Capgemini.

Graham presently leads Capgemini’s global activities in Cities & Regions, the European Commission, and eGovernment, where he draws upon his extensive experience in public sector policy, strategy, transformation and technology programmes to lead and support a number of international projects.

Graham enjoys developing original thought leadership positions on issues of public sector futures, city governance, customer-centric service transformation, urban mobility, cloud computing and the like.

21c Consultancy

Dr. Julia Glidden completed her D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University, and has extensive experience working with public administrations across Europe to drive public service innovation.  An internationally recognised expert on eGovernment, Julia has authored numerous articles on citizen engagement, including a Council of Europe sponsored volume on eParticipation.  Julia recently helped to found Citadel on the Move, a flagship project of the European Commission aiming to combine Open Access Data and Mobile Application tools to create ‘smart,’ innovative citizen-generated services that can be used in across Europe.  She is a member of the United Nations Expert Working Group on the 2014 eGovernment Survey and the European Commission’s Expert Group on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme.

Brunel University (UK) and DTI (DK)

Jeremy Millard works on electronic and open government, regional development and open/social innovation. Customers include UN, OECD and WB. Recent EC assignments: Information Society in EU rural development and regional policies, eGovernment 2020 Vision Study and planning H2020 research on ICT-driven Public sector Innovation.


Flemish eGovernment Manager, CORVE (BE)

Geert Mareels, born in 1962, holds master degrees in Administrative Management and in Political Science. He was chief of staff to 3 different ministers from 1995 till 2004. Since  October 2004 he leads CORVE, the eGovernment service of the Flemish Region in Belgium. Corve is specialized in exchanging data between all government administrations on local, regional and federal level.
He is also a member of the Flemish Privacy Commission. He’s project coordinator of a EU project “Citadel on the Move”  that aims to facilitate the use of Mobile apps by all municipalities and of a new project “Open Transport Network”.   In his spare time he wrote a novel and is member of the board of editors of a magazine on political and social topics.

Director of IT department, Regional Authority of the Vysocina Region (CZ)

Petr has a bachelor degree in Computer Science,  Knowledge engineering, Economy.  Working  as a Autocad and Pascal programmer in Robert Bosch AG, Abt. VKT6, Wien, Austria, later as LAN administrator in Czech private business, as CRM specialist in SKOFIN (Volkswagen Group) and at the same time active as a vice president of EFYSO (European Federation of Youth Organizations). He is leading IT in Vysocina since 2001, when the Region was officially established. In 2007 he was awarded by IDG and eTime magazine as the Best CIO in Public Administration. During 10 years he has managed to develop ICT in Vysocina from the greenfield up to the most advance regional ICT in the Czech Republic.

Finance Officer of the  Joint Technical Secretariat of INTERREG IVC

Ilaria Piazza joined the Joint Technical Secretariat of INTERREG IVC programme as a Finance Officer in September 2012. She contributes to the monitoring of the financial aspects of INTERREG IVC running projects. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a Master degree in International Relations. Ilaria earned a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw), specialising in the implementation of Structural Funds in the Italian regions eligible under the ‘Convergence’ objective during the 2007-2013 programming period. 

European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Ispra

Engineer with years of experience in the Space Industry in programme management, business planning and development of satellite systems, joined in 1999 the European Commission – the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Coordinated inter-institutional and space application activities such as the European Research Area, Galileo and GMES/Copernicus initiatives. Member of the European Commission Delegation of the inter-governmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) concerned with Ministerial Summits political negotiation process for international agreements in Earth Observation. He is now responsible for the European Union Location Framework (EULF), an action under the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) programme, compatible with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), based on the information infrastructures implemented through the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC and the related legislation.

Italian Ministry of Economic Development - Dept for Cohesion Policy

Luigi Reggi is a public policy analyst with 10 years of experience as a practitioner and researcher in the field of Public eServices and Open Government Data. Currently, he serves as an ICT and open data specialist at the DG European Regional Policy, Department for Cohesion, Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He is also a member of the research group of the project “Technology Adoption and Innovation in public services” (TAIPS) at the University of Urbino, funded by the European Investment Bank. Between 2004-2008, he worked as coordinator of the Observatory of the Regional Competence Centres for eGovernment and the Information Society, set up by the National Centre for IT in the Public Administration. He has authored international academic articles and research reports on public eServices quality and diffusion, open data strategies, research policy, EU Regional Policy implementation and impact.

Managing Director, Telecentre-Europe

Gabriel Rissola is Managing Director at Telecentre-Europe (Belgium) and Partner & Associate Researcher at D-O-T Research & Consulting (Spain). He has university background in information technologies, psychology and philosophy. He has worked as Senior Researcher at EC’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), EC and UN evaluator, senior consultant for UN agencies and the WB. He has experience in the private sector as a senior manager in the telecom industry and as a dotcom entrepreneur. Along his +25-year professional career, Gabriel has always looked for opportunities to put technology at the service of people, maturing a long-lasting interest in the catalyst role of ICT for socio-economic opportunities and the development of telecentres as engines of learning, empowerment and social change.


Mrs Madeleine Siösteen Thiel holds a degree in Master of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics.
During a long period she has worked with Planning, RTD programmes and  International Cooperation in Swedish national research funding agencies. She holds a large network of eGOV stakeholders at a high policy level in Europe.
Currently she works as Senior Programme Manager within the Services and ICT Division at VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. Chairman  Steering Committee Nordic/Baltic Citizens´ Services RTD Programme. Member European Steering Committee international ICT-conference Global Forum-Shaping the Future.

Project manager in EPMA

Iva has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the USA and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Turkey. Before she joined EPMA in August 2010, she has worked for the Czech national administration. She has also worked on and led several projects undertaken by NGOs in the Czech Republic, Turkey and India.
In EPMA she manages EU funded projects. Her professional interests include eGovernment, eInclusion and eAccessibility, social inclusion and regional development. Iva regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes in international press.

President, Global Forum, founder & partner, ITEMS International, Professor at the Institute of European Studies, University of Paris, France 

Doctor Sylviane Toporkoff is partner & founder of ITEMS International - a company specialized on strategic ICT consulting, and full Professor at the University of Paris 8, Institute of European Studies, in France. She obtained her doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne.

Sylviane Toporkoff is specialized on international research & consulting  in the area of the Information Society; public policy; economic & strategic international partnerships for industrialists, operators & local authorities; marketing on issues related to e-Business; e-Gov; e-health; local, regional and international development through the use of ICT; e-Democracy; and telecommunications industry regulation.

Dr. Toporkoff serves as expert to the UNESCO Commission of the French Republic for Education, Sciences and Culture, in particularly to its "Committee on Communication, New Technologies and Socio-Cultural Affairs”. Dr. Toporkoff serves as expert to the European Commission. She is also Member of the Scientific Committee of the Medici Framework at the Politecnico Milano, Italy; Member of the Scientific Committee of Market Management, Editions ESKA; Founder and animator of ENSA “European Education New Society Association” - an association on the future of education and ICT.

Joost van der VleutenJOOST VAN DER VLEUTEN
Policy Officer, DG CONNECT, unit H2, European Commission

Joost van der Vleuten studied Dutch language and literature at Utrecht University. Worked as a teacher at university, as a copy writer and communication trainer. He switched to Dutch government, as a speech writer and strategy advisor for electronic communications, internet  and energy for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. He managed projects like The Future of Electronic Communications, Energy Report 2008, ICT 2020_4 Scenario Stories and The Internet: a Shared Future. Since September 2011 he has been seconded in Brussels as a national expert and policy officer at the Digital Social Platforms unit of DG CONNECT. 

Daniel van LerbergheDANIEL VAN LERBERGHE
Director of Social Media and PoliTech Founder at Fondation EurActiv PoliTech

Daniel VAN LERBERGHE is Director of Social Media and PoliTech Founder at Fondation EurActiv PoliTech [www.euractiv.com]. Previously, Daniel was President & Founder of POLITECH INSTITUTE - European Center of Political Technologies. In the framework of his activities, he manages the team work, the organisation finances and external contacts with partners and stakeholders and he contributes to European RTD projects, develops innovative concepts, organises seminars and lectures at events and workshops within high profile international conferences. Daniel was also joint editor-in-chief of the European Review of Political Technologies, which he created, a unique pan-European periodical and policy-shaping instrument bridging the converging domains of Political Technologies. He is also a member of various Steering and Scientific Committees and has published various articles in different academic reviews. Daniel is an official member of the “Commission pour le dialogue sur l’Europe” of Saint-Gilles Municipality (Brussels), and Secretary General of the European Institute for International Relations since 2001. He is also lecturing in seminars for civil servants of EU Member States organised on a regular basis by the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, NL. In 2007, he was rapporteur for the Council of Europe Conference on eDemocracy on the use of Web 2.0 to strengthen Democracy. His report contributed to the recommendations on eDemocracy of the COE.

Director of EPMA

Dr. Irina Zalisova, Director and co-founder of EPMA, has a university background in philosophy, politics &social sciences, completed with computing, social analyses and management. From 2004 Irina is leading EPMA, a half–public organisation, co-founded by BMI Association and Vysocina Region, focusing on implementation of eGovernment and eParticipation across EU regions, ICT for Government and Policy Modelling, PSI re-use and other related topics, bridging research and practice. Irina is a member of Scientific Committees of different eGovernment conferences, program director and co-organizer of 5 annual Eastern European eGovernment Days in Prague. She is shaping the programme of the ONE Conference Prague 2013.