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Hoyer Dr Werner

Hoyer Dr Werner

President of the European Investment Bank

Financing the industrial transformation

Financing the industrial transformation

24 Feb 2021 | 17:25 - 17:40

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Hoyer Dr Werner

Werner Hoyer has a PhD (economics) from Cologne University where he also started his career in various positions. Dr Hoyer served for 24 years as a Member of the German Bundestag. During this period, he held the position of Minister of State at the Foreign Office on two separate occasions. In addition, he held several other positions, including that of Whip and FDP Security Policy Spokesman, Deputy Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group, FDP Secretary General and President of the European Liberal Democratic Reform Party (ELDR). Upon appointment by the EU Member States, Dr Hoyer commenced his first term as EIB President in January 2012. His mandate was renewed for a second term commencing on 01 January 2018. Dr Hoyer and wife Katja have two children.

Huet Cecile

Huet Cecile

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

"Since the Digitalising European Industry initiative in 2016, the Commission has been supporting the creation of many Digital Innovation Hubs. In 2021, the Commission, hand in hand with Member States, is further gearing up to support the digitalisation of Europe’s economy. Digital Innovation Hubs play a central and active role to ensure resilience in our industrial and economic landscapes. The heart of the session is devoted to what they offer and how the Digital Europe Programme will support them. We will explain the crucial role of European Digital Innovation Hubs for Europe’s economic recovery and resilience. The session will also introduce the Digital Europe Programme, including some of its specific elements such as Industrial Data Spaces. The goal is to exchange ideas and best practices, and learn how to become an active part of these initiatives of Europe’s digital industrial policy."

25 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Huet Cecile

Cécile Huet is Deputy Head of the Unit "Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Excellence" at the European Commission, supporting beneficial robotics and AI developments.
In Horizon 2020, the unit launched one of the world's largest civilian programme in robotics. This unit is also at the heart of the EC AI strategy, and in particular the ‘ecosystem of excellence’ of the White Paper on AI. 
In 2015, she has been selected as one of the "25 women in robotics you need to know about".

Hök Frida

Hök Frida

Deputy Director, Chemsec

Transition to safe and sustainable chemicals – opportunities and challenges

Transition to safe and sustainable chemicals – opportunities and challenges

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Hök Frida

Frida Hök, Deputy director, ChemSec Frida Hök has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science. She has a solid background in the field of environmental NGOs. Frida joined ChemSec 2009 and are responsible for ChemSec strategic policy work as well as to coordinate all ChemSec projects. Her work has during the years at ChemSec focused mainly on the implementation of REACH, the benefits of a strict regulation also for business, the need to strengthen the voice of alternative providers and more lately the need for an ambitious chemical strategy.
Iana Dreyer

Iana Dreyer

Founder and chief editor of Borderlex

Session - Trade in times when the global competitive landscape is fundamentally changing

Session - Trade in times when the global competitive landscape is fundamentally changing

"The Covid-19 pandemic has confronted economies across the world with the consequences of a globalised world with complex and integrated value-chains over several continents. It exposed the fragility of our model based on open free trade and cost efficiency. It showed how much our industries are dependent on foreign supplies, not only raw materials but also intermediate products, to manufacture their goods. Since then, there has been a strong emphasis in reinforcing the resilience of our economies by developing Europe’s open strategic autonomy. A combination of diversification of sources, development of strategic capacities, reshoring or nearshoring is advocated by European policymakers to make Europe more resilient. How does this compare with businesses’ behaviour on the markets? Do we see in practice a change of strategy and in the way companies do business? Recent surveys amongst international businesses tend to indicate that international leaders do not envisage to change significantly the organisation of their supply chains nor to reshore some of their activities to Europe. This panel will discuss how businesses see their supply chains in the near future and in the medium term and the reasons behind their strategies."

26 Feb 2021 | 10:50 - 12:20

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Iana Dreyer

Iana Dreyer is the founder and chief editor of Borderlex, the leading news and analysis website focusing on European and British trade policy. The website offers independent and expert insights into the policies that shape the environment for businesses to trade across borders.

Before founding her publishing activity in London, Iana worked in think tanks, writing on trade and energy policy in Brussels, London and Paris. She has worked with the European Centre for International Political Economy, the Institute Montaigne and the EU Institute for Security Studies. Iana has also worked for the Financial Times group and has trained in journalism. Iana is a graduate from the School London School of Economics and Sciences Po in Paris

Irujo Amezaga Mikel

Irujo Amezaga Mikel

Regional Minister for economic development of the Government of Navarra, Spain

People-centred industrial policy: how community economy can create opportunities for all

People-centred industrial policy: how community economy can create opportunities for all

Inequalities across Europe caused by globalisation, technological change, the previous economic crisis or current COVID pandemic are hampering economic growth and can lead to social conflict, reducing participation in society and leading to increased social exclusion. At the same time, the industrial transformation should serve everybody: all citizens and all companies should have their share in the digital and green transition. This session will discuss various necessary ingredients and innovative tools ensuring modern equality: from skills, access to technologies and data for all, local green deals, IPR sharing etc.
26 Feb 2021 | 14:25 - 15:40

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Izzo Valentino

Izzo Valentino

Senior project officer for the European Cluster Collaboration Platform

European Cluster Collaboration Platform

European Cluster Collaboration Platform

" Launched in 2016, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform now boasts more than 1,200 industry clusters from all over Europe. In 2021, the ECCP offers more services than ever to strengthen the European economy through collaboration. The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre is an integral part of the platform, offering an essential reference point to make resource efficiency a key aspect of EU businesses’ competitiveness in their transition to a green industry. Come to this session and discover how it can help your business grow and collaborate with others."
26 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Izzo Valentino

Valentino is Senior Project Adviser in the entrepreneurship and cluster sector of the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) and he is in charge of the coordination of all cluster actions delegated to the Agency.
Graduated in Economics in 2002 with a Master in international careers in 2003, he joined the European Institutions in 2005. Since then his career has developed therein, working at the European Parliament, at the European Commission and at EASME in the “COSME unit” where he has been now for over 6 years. Previous experience include, among others, the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe and the Italian research institute on Public Administration.

James Moran

James Moran

Associate Senior Research Fellow, Think-Thank Centre for European Policy Studies – CEPS, (former Head of EU Delegation, Egypt)

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

"As a response to the Covid crisis, some EU businesses are reconsidering their value chains, where some strategic products would be manufactured on the European continent and its proximity. How can we leverage our geographical and cultural proximity with the Eastern and Southern Neighbours to bring manufacturing closer, diversify and ultimately achieve greater open strategic autonomy? What would it take in terms of regulatory alignment, business environment and EU policy engagement? Improving the business environment, rule of law, and regulatory aspects on goods production has been for several years an area where the EU is encouraging the neighbourhood partners to progress – and many of which do. What more can and needs to be done? The Commission has also been working on how to strengthen the support of European foreign direct investment for SMEs in the region via European equity. Particularly on regulatory aspects, benefits from better regulatory alignment could influence the choice of investors to integrate parts of their production line from neighbouring countries. What role could alignment processes (e.g. Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) play in this regard? While some countries are quite advanced in this process, others see more challenges for their economic and regulatory environment. What options could be leveraged to mutually benefit the relevant ecosystems?"

26 Feb 2021 | 10:50 - 12:20

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James Moran

James Moran is an Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He has extensive experience in the middle east and North Africa: He was formerly the  Principal Advisor on the Middle East and North Africa at the EU’s European External Action Service. He was Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation in the Arab Republic of Egypt from February 2012 to September 2016, EU Ambassador to Jordan and Yemen in 1999-2002 and was the EU's senior coordinator in Libya during the 2011 revolution.
 
Between 2002 and 2011, after heading the China division in Brussels he was the EU's Asia Director from 2006-2011, and was the chief negotiator for a number of EU partnership agreements with China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Earlier experience in the 1980's and 90's included service with the EU Delegations in Jamaica and Ethiopia and various assignments in Brussels. Prior to joining the EU in 1983 he worked for the UK government and private sector in London. A UK national, he attended Keele, Harvard and London Universities.

Janssens Virginia

Janssens Virginia

Managing Director of PlasticsEurope

Joining forces – how industrial alliances help to achieve EU policy objectives?

Joining forces – how industrial alliances help to achieve EU policy objectives?

Industrial alliances help achieving key EU policy objectives related to green and digital transition in a given ecosystem or value chain. They bring together a wide range of partners including public and private actors and civil society. Alliances have already delivered benefit in the area of batteries and circular plastics. Building on this success, the Commission launched in 2020 the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and the European Raw Materials Alliance. How they help to achieve EU policy objectives and at the same time create opportunities for participating companies? Tune in to this session to learn the answers.

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Janssens Virginia

Virginia Janssens joined PlasticsEurope as Managing Director in March 2020 with a clear mandate to help accelerate a solutions-driven approach, working towards the circularity and climate goals of a sustainable plastics industry.  Building on eight years as Managing Director of EUROPEN, (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment), Virginia brings considerable experience in business critical issues, engaging with different parts of the plastics value chain, and key EU policy priorities.

Prior to EUROPEN, Virginia acquired her knowledge of the Brussels arena working for a leading public affairs consultancy on multi-sector clients including food, chemicals and energy.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Political & Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and a second Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.

She’s a mother to a young boy and lives with her family in Ghent.

Janulevičius Vidmantas

Janulevičius Vidmantas

President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK); President of BOD Group

Regional cooperation for climate neutral, digitally advantaged and more competitive Europe

Regional cooperation for climate neutral, digitally advantaged and more competitive Europe

Organiser: Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists National achievements and regional cooperation aimed at climate neutral, digital and competitive economy. Focus on business realities, plans and visions in the following fields: energy market; offshore wind and solar; energy efficiency, smart distribution networks; conversion of fossil fuel-based power plants into renewable energy sources; application of advanced technology solutions and digitized energy solutions; sustainable transport and logistics; circular economy; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; R&D and innovation collaboration.
26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Janulevičius Vidmantas

Vidmantas Janulevičius is the President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK) - the leading business organization in Lithuania. Representing members from all the main sectors of industry and uniting over a third of the Lithuanian work force, LPK puts strategic emphasis on creating sustainable future economy, achieving national and regional cooperation for Lithuania and the region to become climate neutral, digital and competitive. 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins

Chairman, European Business Organsiations Worldwide

European business & sustainability in third markets

European business & sustainability in third markets

Organiser: EBOWWN The main focus of the session will be to showcase the role of European business in delivering projects towards the green transition in global markets. The EBO Worldwide Network is an association which includes European Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils in over forty countries in all continents (except Antarctica). A panel of European Chambers from a country from each continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) will present the main context for green transition policies and programmes in their market, and how European companies are delivering project to achieve these ambitions.

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Jason Collins

Jason Collins was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Australian Business Council in 2007. As CEO, Jason carries overall responsibility for the delivery of the Council’s core programmes, membership and relations with Australian and European government agencies, chambers of commerce, industry groups, and other public and private sector organisations.
He is also the elected Chair of the European Business Organisations Worldwide, a peak association headquartered in Brussels of European business organisations, chambers of commerce, and other organisations across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
He serves on the advisory boards of a number of Australian and Europe based research centres, industry bodies and is a regular speaker at international conferences and commentator on trade and related topics in the media.
His previous experience includes working as an advisor Chief of Staff in the NSW Parliament and Executive Director of the NSW Millennium Forum. He is also the Managing Director of Matrix Corporate Marketing, an advisory firm assisting companies on international business strategy, regulatory issues and stakeholder management.
He is a founding director of the Australia Youth Trust, a former Chairman of the Australasian Sponsorship Marketing Association, and former Board Member of the Australia Asia Young Leaders Program.